Posts Tagged Alexis

St. Charles 2nd Alarm 6/1/11

The St. Charles Fire Department worked a 2nd Alarm fire on Wednesday at Salerno’s on the Fox restaurant. The Sun-Times has an article HERE and the Tribune has an article HERE.

No injuries were reported in the fire at Salerno’s on the Fox, 320 N. 2nd Street.

Fire Chief Patrick Mullen said the fire was reported at 5:24 p.m. and that smoke could be seen coming from the back of the one-story restaurant.

“It looks like the area of origin was around the gas meters,” Mullen said. “It’s a blow-torch.”

Firefighters from 10 area departments continuously poured water on stubborn flames fed by a ruptured natural gas line.

John Tulipano went to the scene and submitted several images of the apparatus that responded.

Salernos restaurant fire St Charles IL

St Charles Engine 103 was on a hydrant down the street. John Tulipano photo

Salernos restaurant fire St Charles IL

Geneva was one of the departments that responded to the fire. Truck 206, a Pierce Snorkel is staged down the block. John Tulipano photo

Salernos restaurant fire St Charles IL

Geneva also sent Engine 208, a Pierce Enforcer. John Tulipano photo

Salernos restaurant fire St Charles IL

Elburn & Countryside Engine 302, a Spartan/Alexis top-mount was also parked in staging. John Tulipano photo

Salernos restaurant fire St Charles IL

Batavia Truck 1, a Pierce Dash tower ladder was not put to work. John Tulipano photo

Salernos restaurant fire St Charles IL

Batavia also sent Engine 2, a 2009 Pierce Arrow XT. John Tulipano photo

Salernos restaurant fire St Charles IL

The new Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue Department responded with Engine 1823, a 1992 Spartan/Alexis 1,250-GPM engine (X-North Park,IL). John Tulipano photo

John has additional images HERE.

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Braceville puts new engine into service

Braceville FPD Engine 3212

Braceville Engine 3212, a 2010 Spartan Metro Star/Darley 1750/1000. Karl Klotz photo

Braceville FPD Engine 3212

The officer's side of Braceville's newest engine. Karl Klotz photo

Karl Klotz visited the Braceville Fire Department in MABAS Division 15 and photographed their newest unit. Engine 3212 was previously featured HERE just after it was delivered. It has been lettered and placed into service replacing two other units. The new engine is a 2010 Spartan Metro Star/Darley 1750/1000 top mount unit. Gone now is the previous Engine 3212, a 1982 Hendrickson 1871-C/Alexis 1250/1000 top mount that was purchased from Braidwood, IL. Also gone is Truck 3219, a 1979 Seagrave/Pierce 1000/500/500 with a 54-foot Squrt. This unit previously was from the Lyondell/Equistar facility in Morris.

Both units went to the Dana Fire Department in Dana, IL, which is in LaSalle County, approximately 50 miles southeast of Braceville.

 

Braceville FPD Engine 3212

Braceville FPD T3219

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Fox River & Countryside Fire Rescue District update

The Fox River & Countryside Fire Rescue District is building a new fire department from the ground up. As such, they are buying new apparatus to fill their two new stations. Bill Friedrich has submitted the following information that he received about the new rigs that are on order to get this department up and running.

They have ordered one pumper from Alexis on International crew cab chassis, which will have a 1,250-GPM pump and 1,000 gallons of water tank. Also on order are two tankers featuring International chassis with standard two-door cabs that will have 1,000-GPM pumps and 2,000-gallon tanks. The new apparatus fleet will be all white.

On the Alexis website, there are in-progress images of the units being built which can be viewed HERE. The images are labeled ‘FoxRiv’.

Two Medtec ambulances are also on order; a Type I on a F-450 chassis and a Type III on an E-350 chassis.

Bartlett Fire District Seagrave Engine - Fox River & Countryside Fire Rescue District

This decommissioned 1993, Seagrave engine from Bartlett carrying serial number 78589, was purchased by the Fox River & Countryside Fire Rescue District. It has a 1,000-GPM pump and carries 750 gallons of water. Larry Shapiro photo

The fire district has purchased a used 1993 Seagrave engine from Bartlett. This is currently black over red and will reportedly be repainted white.  They have also purchased a small used squad on a Ford chassis which is being refurbished by Alexis. The squad body on the Alexis site is all diamond plate.

Lakewood Fire Department Engine 1042 X-Arlinton Heights Fire Department

Engine 1042 from the Lakewood Fire Department, (X-Arlington Heights Fire Department), which is owned by American Emergency Services, might become part of the Fox River & Countryside Fire Rescue District. Larry Shapiro photo

There is a possibility that E-1042 (X-Arlington Heights Pierce) from Lakewood might become part of the new fleet as well.

 

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East Dundee FPD is added to the site

East Dundee Fire Protection District

The East Dundee fire station had an addition built in 2006. Bill Friedrich photo

In MABAS Division 2 which incorporates Kane County, The East Dundee Fire Protection District has been added to the site. Bill Friedrich submitted the images to create the page for the current department. Their fire suppression apparatus is all by Alexis and their ambulances are from Medtec. Two of their current suppression units are on HME 1871 series chassis and the pumper/squad was built on an American LaFrance Eagle chassis.

East Dundee Fire Protection District HME Alexis pumper tanker

In addition, Bill also submitted his images representing East Dundee’s past apparatus. These were combined with submissions from Larry Shapiro to build the East Dundee historic gallery that features several images including a 1934 antique.

East Dundee Fire Protection District antique brush truck

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Fox River Grove and Cary updates

In MABAS Division 5, the Cary Fire Protection District and the Fox River Grove Fire Protection District pages have been updated with several photos submitted by Bill Friedrich.

In Cary, new photos of Squad 255 and Tanker 260 were added along with an image of Engine 243.

Cary Fire Protection District

In Fox River Grove, a new photo of the tanker has been added along with a shot of Station 2 and an image of the 1923 Model T after a parade.

Fox River Grove Fire Protection District Model T fire truck

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Fox Lake house fire 2-14-11

The Fox Lake Fire Department was called to a structure fire at 36378 N. Wesley Road Monday before 11AM. First arriving units found heavy smoke on arrival from an occupied, one-story frame structure. Round Lake was due to the scene with an engine for mutual aid.

Jeff Rudolph took in the fire and submitted several images.

Fox Lake Fire Department house fire 2-14-11 36378 Wesley Road

'Sector A' after knock down. Jeff Rudolph photo

Fox Lake Fire Department house fire 2-14-11 36378 Wesley Road

A Fox Lake officer checks for hot spots in the attic. Jeff Rudolph photo

Fox Lake Fire Department house fire 2-14-11 36378 Wesley Road

Fox Lake Engine 2222, built by Alexis on a Spartan chassis, drafts from a portable tank since the area has no hydrants. In the rear is the Fox Lake squad. Jeff Rudolph photo

Fox Lake Fire Department house fire 2-14-11 36378 Wesley Road

Round Lake FPD Engine 2214 was due mutual aid. The engine was built by US Tanker on a Spartan chassis. Jeff Rudolph photo

Fox Lake Fire Department house fire 2-14-11 36378 Wesley Road

Fox Lake Engine 2222 was the first engine on the scene. Jeff Rudolph photo

Fox Lake Fire Department house fire 2-14-11 36378 Wesley Road

A Fox Lake firefighter stands by with the squad. Jeff Rudolph photo

Fox Lake Fire Department house fire 2-14-11 36378 Wesley Road

Fox Lake Engine 2222 has a heated enclosure for the pump operator. Jeff Rudolph photo

Fox Lake Fire Department house fire 2-14-11 36378 Wesley Road

Fox Lake Tender 2264 was built by Alexis with an enclosed operator's console on a Spartan chassis and has the nickname 'Tankzilla.' Jeff Rudolph photo

Fox Lake Fire Department house fire 2-14-11 36378 Wesley Road

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Manhattan has been added to the site

Another department in MABAS Division 19 has been added to the site. The Manhattan Fire Protection District covers 72 square miles from two stations. Their staffing consists of 9 full-time personnel, 35 part-time, and 35 POCs. The Manhattan fleet includes three IHC 4300/Road Rescue Type I ambulances and engines from Pierce and Alexis. They just received their newest engine which is a 2010, Spartan Gladiator Classic, Alexis with a 1,500-GPM pump, and 750 gallons of water. Manhattan received a new heavy rescue last year built by SVI Trucks which was also on a Spartan chassis with an extended, super command, Gladiator Classic cab. The old squad was built in 1986 on a Chevy Kodiak chassis by Marion, and is now owned by the Manhattan Emergency Management Agency (EMA).

Manhattan Fire Protection District Spartan SVI HDR

The 2009 Spartan Gladiator Classic/SVI heavy rescue/air unit/light unit assigned as Squad 1216 in Manhattan. Karl Klotz photo

Manhattan Fire Protection District Chevy Kodiak Marion HDR for Manhattan EMA

Manhattan's previous squad 1216 was this 1986 Marion Body unit on a Chevy Kodiak chassis. This rig is now with the Manhattan Emergency Management Agency (EMA). Karl Klotz photo

When the new Alexis engine was put into service, Manhattan donated old engine 1211, a 1984, IHC/Pierce with a 1,500-GPM pump and a 1,000-gallon water tank to the Hurst Fire and Rescue Department in Southern Illinois.

Manhattan Fire Protection District Spartan Gladiator Alexis engine

Manhattan's newest piece is this recently delivered Alexis engine on a Spartan chassis with a Gladiator Classic cab. It replaces a 1984 Pierce engine on an International chassis with a four-door cab. Karl Klotz photo

Manhattan Fire Protection District 1984 IHC Pierce engine donated to the Hurst Fire Department

Old engine 1211 was this 1984 Pierce commercial pumper that was built with an IHC cab and chassis. Members of the Manhattan FPD recently drove this unit to Southern Illinois where they presented it as a donation to the Hurst Fire & Rescue Department. Karl Klotz photo

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Carol Stream is on the site

Carol Stream Fire District patch

In Dupage County (Division 12), the Carol Stream Fire District has three stations. They staff one engine company, one two-piece squad company, one tower ladder, three ambulances, plus a battalion chief. Their apparatus consists of two E-ONE engines, an E-ONE tower ladder, an Alexis engine, plus an Alexis heavy rescue. All of the ambulances are from Life Line on various IHC chassis.

The headquarters station has four drive-through bays, the administrative offices, and a complete training facility which includes a burn tower. This station staffs a battalion car, an ambulance, and a tower ladder quint. It is home to a spare ambulance, an OEM Mobile Command Unit, a spare engine, and two antiques in addition to FPB and other staff vehicles.

Carol Stream Fire District headquarters station and training facility

Carol Stream Station 1 at 35 N. Kuhn Road, has the administrative offices and an extensive training facility complete with a burn tower. Larry Shapiro photo

Keeneyville Fire Protection District 1947 Ford Darley antique pumper

The Carol Stream Fire District web site has a nice history of the department which tells the story of the Keeneyville Fire Protection District and the Carol Stream Company. The fire apparatus for many years was painted black over yellow until 1996 when the yellow was changed to red.

At Station 3 which is located at 1045 Lies Road, Carol Stream runs a two-piece squad company. These units always respond together. The first piece of the company is the squad 235, a 2006 Spartan Gladiator Classic/Alexis 1500/750 pumper squad. The second piece is rescue 235, their brand new 2010 Spartan Metro Star Alexis HDR. The ‘squad’ has a complete complement of hydraulic rescue tools and the ‘rescue’ has supplemental equipment, and air cascade system, and is more of a specialty unit with extensive TRT materials and supplies.

Carol Stream Fire District 2010 Spartan Metro Star Alexis technical rescue unit

Rescue 235 is the 2nd piece of the squad company. It was built by Alexis on a Spartan chassis with a stubby, 2-dr, Metro Star cab. Larry SHapiro photo

Carol Stream Fire District 2010 Spartan Metro Star Alexis technical rescue unit

Both sides of the rescue are packed solid with technical rescue equipment. The hydraulic rescue tools for auto extrications are located on Squad 235 which is the 1st piece of this company. Larry Shapiro photo

Carol Stream Fire District 2010 Spartan Metro Star Alexis technical rescue unit

The rear door of the rescue is designed like a rear ramp on a trailer to permit access to the large lumber stored down the center of the unit. Roof access to reach the top storage compartments is via the folding ladder at the rear. Larry Shapiro photo

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Manhattan new units

The Manhattan Fire Protection District in Will County has received several new vehicles. Last year they took delivery of a 2009 Spartan Gladiator heavy rescue unit from SVI (Super Vac) Trucks in Loveland, Co.

This year they have received a 2010, IHC 4300 Type I MICU from Horton which is assigned as Ambulance 1224 at their Station 2. This replaces a 2002, IHC 4300 Type I MICU from Road Rescue which has been moved to Station 1 and renumbered as Ambulance 1215.

The newest delivery for Manhattan is a 2010, Spartan Gladiator Classic/Alexis engine with a 1,500-GPM pump and a 750-gallon water tank.

Manhattan FPD IL Spartan Alexis engine

Manhattan FPD Engine 1221 is a 2010 Spartan Gladiator Classic/Alexis 1500/750. Manhattan FPD photo

The Manhattan FPD will be added to the site within the next few days. Karl Klotz has submitted images for all of the apparatus with the exception of the two new 2010 vehicles which he hopes to photograph in the next week or so.

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Beach Park Fire Department is on the site

Beach Park Fire Protection District decal

Another Lake County, MABAS Division 4 department has been added to the site. Formerly known as the Bonnie Brook Fire Protection District, The Beach Park Fire Department covers roughly 14 square miles in northeast Lake County which includes unincorporated areas of the county as well as Beach Park. They do not though currently provide coverage for the entire town of Beach Park as the Winthrop Harbor Fire Department has responsibility for a portion of the town.

According to the Beach Park Village Link Newsletter in the winter of 2003:

The New Beach Park Fire Department

In the last months of 2002, there were plenty of positive changes in the fire protection services for our village. Formerly known as the “Bonnie Brook Fire Protection District”, the name was officially changed to the “Beach Park Fire Department” (BPFD) last November to better define the department’s capabilities and service areas.

Beach Park has a mixture of apparatus in the fleet including Alexis, Pierce, Seagrave, Medtec, and Osage. The newest rig is Engine 1222 which is a 2008 Seagrave Maurauder II engine. Currently, Beach Park Engine 1212, a 2002 HME/Alexis engine is undergoing work at Alexis Fire Apparatus.

Beach Park Fire Protection District Seagrave Maurauder II engine

Beach Park Fire Protection District Pierce Saber engine

Bonnie Brook Fire Protection District Pierce Saber pumper

Engine 1211 prior to the creation of the Beach Park FD was lettered for the Bonnie Brook FPD. Larry Shapiro photo

Bonnie Brook Fire Protection District Pierce Saber engine

Bonnie Brook FPD Engine 1211 shortly after being delivered by Pierce in 1993. Larry Shapiro collection

In recent Beach Park FD news, they have opened a second station at 13110 W. Major Avenue in Beach Park. This interesting station originated as an existing house with an attached garage. The garage was modified as a lobby and office area and a two-bay addition was then added for the apparatus. At the present time, this station has a crew of two or three which are a jump company, staffing either the engine or ambulance based on the nature of a request for service.

Beach Park Fire Protection District Station 2

Beach Park Station 2 at 13110 W. Major Avenue opened in April of 2010. Larry Shapiro photo

Beach Park Fire Protect District Station 2

Beach Park Fire Department Station 2

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