Archive for March 30th, 2022

Fire Service News

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Ford has been trialling connected traffic lights equipped with C-V2X technology enabling them to automatically switch to green providing clearer routes for ambulances, fire engines, and police vehicles. Ford notes the system also has the potential to reduce congestion thanks to traffic lights sending their red-green timing information to approaching vehicles.

To test the technology, Ford utilized a road with eight consecutive traffic lights in Aachen, Germany, and two stretches with three consecutive traffic lights just outside the city. A Ford Kuga plug-in hybrid test vehicle, equipped with onboard units (for communicating with the infrastructure) and rapid control prototyping hardware (for running the prototype software in the vehicle), acted as an ambulance and passenger vehicle for the different test scenarios.

For testing an emergency response situation, the test vehicle signaled to the traffic lights to turn the light green. Once the vehicle passed through the junction, the traffic lights returned to standard operation.

For testing daily driving situations, the test vehicle received timing information for when the traffic lights turned from red to green and green to red. Ford’s Adaptive Cruise Control technology then adapted the vehicle’s speed to help ensure a higher proportion of traffic encountered a green light.

If the traffic light was red, the vehicle’s speed was reduced well ahead of the junction to time the vehicle’s approach to arrive at the light the moment it turned green, for example from 30mph to 20mph.

Ford engineers tested the system as part of the Corridor for New Mobility Aachen-Düsseldorf (ACCorD) project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport and supported by RWTH University Aachen, Vodafone, Straßen.NRW (the road authority for North Rhine Westphalia) and the City of Aachen, over a three-month period at the start of 2022.

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New tower ladder for Plainfield FPD


Plainfield FPD

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Macqueen Emergency photo

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Aurora Fire Department news

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A fire broke out just before 12:25 a.m. Wednesday morning at 15. N. Broadway in Aurora. Six people needed to be rescued from the building, as they had become trapped.  Two were transported in serious condition to a local hospital.

A woman jumped from a third-floor window and landed on the roof of an adjacent building. The jump was about 20 to 25 feet.  Another person suffered smoke inhalation. Four others suffered minor smoke inhalation and cuts.

The blaze was put out about 1 a.m., but firefighters remained on the scene to determine any structural damage, temporarily closing Broadway from East Galena Boulevard to East New York Street.

The fire’s cause remains under investigation. No damage was reported to the storefronts below the apartments.

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New engine for Lake Zurich

From the Pierce Flickr site:

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Pierce composite

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