Archive for June 5th, 2022

Bloomington Fire Department news

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There’s a new handheld tool to help diagnose heart attacks and other issues while in a Bloomington Fire Department ambulance. It’s called a Kosmos scanner, by Echonous. It uses ultrasound to give EMT’s a more accurate look at a patient’s lungs or heart, especially in the event of a heart attack. That ultrasound unit works with the same type of gel you might be familiar with in pregnancies.

At this point, only Bloomington’s station 2 has the Kosmos device.

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A request for assistance …

From a reader:

Good Day,

I have been looking at some of the photos on google. I am firefighter from east of Houston. A few years ago I purchased a 1978 American La France cab and chassis. I am looking for some parts for it.

I am working in Le Roy, IL and was told there were scrap yards around the area that may have some.

Can you give me any pointers?

Ben Banta

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New Mobile Communications Van for Westmont (more)

From the LDV website:

This 30ft command vehicle is built on a Freightliner MT-55 forward control chassis and features a B6.7L diesel engine with Allison 2500EVS automatic transmission. The truck also features rear air suspension. The all aluminum body features two LDV-fabricated flat floor slide-outs for maximum interior workspace. Deployment of the vehicle is simplified by our exclusive Intel-I-Touch™ vehicle automation system. The mobile command center is easy to park thanks to a 3-camera rear view system. We integrated our Extreme Duty body storage compartments for additional gear storage. The command center can be leveled on scene through the Intel-I-Touch. Magnetic blackout curtains are also included for privacy. A weatherproof exterior workstation features a 65″ QLED 4K display monitor. A digital HDTV antenna is installed which can feed all installed monitors. A heavy duty non-locking rear mast has also been installed with two individual camera systems.

Inside, there is a front work room with five workstations. Custom aluminum cabinets offer additional storage. Spider base task chairs are also included. 32″ high resolution display monitors are installed at each workstation. The center of the vehicle houses the large electronics rack and lavatory. A galley with microwave, refrigerator and Keurig coffee maker are also included. Magnetic closure pocket doors are also part of the design. Magnetic surface dry erase white boards are installed for note taking. The rear room inside the command center features a fixed center collaboration table with two spider base task chairs along with a fixed bench seat for staff. Flip down bench seating is installed in the curbside rear slide out. A large 65″ display monitor is installed on the rear wall. A sliding egress window is also installed.

Three ducted low profile rooftop A/C units handle the cooling duties inside the vehicle. Air conditioners are controlled through our Intel-I-Touch system. Direct discharge diesel-fired furnaces handle the heating. A 20kW liquid-cooled diesel generator supplies plenty of electric power. A full vehicle surge suppression system protects the vehicle’s electronics. A complete emergency lighting and siren package has also been installed. An emitter is installed on top of the light bracket. There is a pan/tilt/zoom IP based camera mounted on the roof raceway. An HDMI matrix switcher handles multiple video feeds.; #LDV; #mobilecommandpost; #WestmontFD

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thanks Daniel

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New truck for St Charles FD (more)

From pierce mfg FB:

St. Charles Fire Department’s #Velocity 100’ #AerialLadder will be attending to approximately 2,000 calls a year in the Chicago suburbs. The heavy-duty aluminum ladder was a fit for the department due to its short jack spread and heavy weight carrying capacity. Their response area consists of about 50,000 people over 13 square miles. The black over red color scheme was chosen to honor fallen firefighters. #StCharlesIL
Overall height: 12’ 2”
Overall length: 43’ 0.5”
Pump: Pierce #PUC, 1500-gpm
Tank: 500-gallon
Job Number: 36407; #Pierce; #StCharlesFD; #Velocity; #FireTruck;

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Pierce photo

thanks Danny

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