Archive for October, 2023

Elk Grove Village Fire Department news

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The Elk Grove Village Fire Department has received a Class 1 designation from the Insurance Services Office through its Public Protection Classification program, placing it among the top 1% of all fire departments in the country.

Of the more than 46,000 fire departments evaluated across the nation, only 498 — including 29 in Illinois — have achieved a Class 1 designation. The department also is one of 118 agencies worldwide with both an ISO Class 1 and Accreditation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

The rating and fire department evaluation is based on factors such as the department’s training, apparatus and response capabilities, as well as water supply, dispatch operations and fire prevention programs.

The new rating is available to insurance companies, which may use ISO information to establish insurance premiums for residential, commercial and industrial property insurance rates.

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New engine for the East Hazel Crest FD (more)

This from Bill Schreiber:

East Hazel Crest FD Engine Co. 17 Rosenbauer Warrior pumper update; #rosenbaueramerica; #FireTruck; #EastHazelCrestFD;

Rosenbauer photo; #rosenbaueramerica; #FireTruck; #EastHazelCrestFD;

Rosenbauer photo; #rosenbaueramerica; #FireTruck; #EastHazelCrestFD;

Rosenbauer photo; #rosenbaueramerica; #FireTruck; #EastHazelCrestFD;

Rosenbauer photo; #rosenbaueramerica; #FireTruck; #EastHazelCrestFD;

Rosenbauer photo; #rosenbaueramerica; #FireTruck; #EastHazelCrestFD;

Rosenbauer photo

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New truck for Glenview FD (more)

From the macqueen website:

Glenview FD – Job: #37840 |Illinois|Enforcer HD 107 RM; #Pierce; #Enforcer; #FireTruck; #Beingbuilt; #GlenviewFD;

Macqueen Emergency photo; #Pierce; #Enforcer; #FireTruck; #Beingbuilt; #GlenviewFD;

Macqueen Emergency photo

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New ambulance for the Hammond Fire Department

This from Crossroads Ambulance sales and service LLC Facebook page:

The latest Medwerks Ambulance Remount demo sold to Hammond Fire Department is almost finished up. Finalizing electrical and interior then graphics and final detail before heading to its new home!; #ambulance; #remount; #Medwerks; #HammondFD;

Crossroads Ambulance sales photo; #ambulance; #remount; #Medwerks; #HammondFD;

Crossroads Ambulance sales photo; #ambulance; #remount; #Medwerks; #HammondFD;

Crossroads Ambulance Sales photo; #ambulance; #remount; #Medwerks; #HammondFD;

Crossroads Ambulance Sales photo

thanks Martin

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Grayslake Fire District news

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The Grayslake Fire District is hosting a coat drive to collect clean gently worn or new coats from November 1st through December 15th between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. in the front vestibule at all three of our fire stations. Adult, Children size Coats XL, 2XL, and 3XL are in demand but any new or like new used and clean coat is accepted.

Fire Station #1 – 160 Hawley Street, Grayslake IL 60030 (Across from The Freeze)

Fire Station #2 – 1200 Brae Loch Road, Grayslake IL 60030 (On the CLC Campus)

Fire Station #3 – 22405 W Behm Rd, Grayslake Il 60030 (Near Rt 60 & Peterson Road)

Area residents are invited to make a difference in our local community by donating to the coat drive and help reach our goal of 500 coats. Coats will benefit Nicasa, a not-for-profit health services organization building brighter futures for vulnerable, at-risk children, adults, and families in Lake County and Northern Illinois. Visit them at

Last year, more than 550,000 coats were distributed across the United States to children and adults in need through One Warm Coat’s programs. 

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New heavy rescue squad for Glen Ellyn (more)

From Marion Body Works – Fire & Emergency on Facebook:

Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company visited the Marion Body Works headquarters for the final inspection of their new rescue apparatus! MBW is honored to be able to build this truck with such innovation and craftsmanship in order to meet the exact specifications that your department needs. We know this truck will serve the Glen Ellyn community well for years to come! 
The Glen Ellyn community can be confident in knowing that their protectors are equipped with a vehicle that not only meets but exceeds the highest standards of safety and efficiency.
From the entire team at Marion Body Works, thank you for placing your trust in us, as well as dealer Tony Carlini with TC Fire Apparatus. Here is to many years of steadfast service and unparalleled bravery!; #firetruck; #Spartan; #MetroStar; #MarionBodyWorks; #GlenEllynFD;

Marion Body Works photo

thanks Danny

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Hampshire FPD fire engine for sale

This from Martin Nowak:

Hampshire Engine that was involved in wreck up for sale on copart

11,211 mi (ACTUAL)
$800,000.00 USD
Rear-wheel drive
NO; #firetruck; #Pierce; #Enforcer; #forsale; #HampshireFPD; #wreck

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Alsip Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

The Alsip Fire Dept. in the recent past.  The engine on the left is a 1947 Chevy/Central 500/300.  The middle engine is a 1964 ALF 900 series 1000/750.  The one on the right is a Ford, no year or specs.  Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa; #TBT; #AlsipFD; #history; #ft; #vintagefiretrucks;; #TBT; #AlsipFD; #history; #ft; #vintagefiretrucks; #MikeSumma;

Mike Summa photo

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Bloomington Fire Department news

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The Bloomington City Council on Monday OK’d the fire department’s plan to ease hiring rules tied to paramedic licensing.

Previously, the city mandated only licensed paramedics be considered for open firefighter positions. But that no longer is the case with Monday’s vote.

The Bloomington Fire Department still expects its firefighters to be paramedics. But under the new policy, if a new firefighter doesn’t have the paramedic certification, BFD staff will train them.

The change builds a broader candidate pool in a climate where BFD, like many other U.S. fire departments, struggle to fill ranks. 

Monday’s vote was 8-0. Ward 5’s Nick Becker was absent.


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Dixon City Fire Department news

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The Dixon City Fire Department is celebrating 125 years of service to the community throughout October. The department was established as a paid department in 1898. It is the 3rd oldest in the state of Illinois, and they transitioned to their current building in 2006, leaving behind the original, which had been in operation for 100 years.

Although the department has grown greatly since its establishment and original three staff members, they still face challenges experienced by others as well, saying that staffing concerns remain ongoing.

“Recruitment and retention, that’s not just an issue in the public sector, it’s an issue in the private sector. It seems here in Dixon that it’s kind of a rollercoaster, good years, bad years. Right now, we’ve already exhausted our list,” Deputy Fire Chief, Dave Lohse said. He has celebrated both the 100th and now 125th anniversaries with the department. 

Ryan Buskohl is the Fire Chief for the Dixon City Fire Department. After spending 18 years on the job, he shares how one of the big changes in the department’s history influences how their job has come to be done daily.

“Going from the firefighters actually pulling carts themselves to transitioning to horses pulling steam engines and then now, you obviously look at what modern apparatuses looks like. Just huge changes,” Buskohl said.

To commemorate the anniversary, Dixon CityfFirefighters will be wearing special shirts throughout the month. 

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