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University Park Fire Department is added

University Park Fire Department station

University Park Station 1 at 698 Burnham Drive. Karl Klotz photo

In MABAS Division 27, the University Park Fire Department has been added to the site. This department has almost completed a change to black over red apparatus throughout the fleet. Previously, the rigs were black over white over lime green which was the color scheme used by the department under its’ former name. Prior to 1984, the village and subsequently the fire department was call Park Forest South. As a means to achieve autonomy, the village became University Park in 1984 and the fire department, being a municipal department, changed as well. A well documented department history is available on the fire department website HERE.

University Park Fire Department

The last piece of apparatus in the University Park fleet to carry the old color scheme is Engine 76. Karl Klotz photo

Recently, the department received a new E-ONE tower ladder. They traded three older pieces to the dealer; a Hendrickson/American/LTI tower ladder and two Hendrickson/FMC engines.

Park Forest South Fire Department

In 1980, the Park Forest South Fire Department received this unit for Engine 78. Built on a Hendrickson chassis with an 1871S cab, the body was fabricated by FMC. Larry Shapiro collection

University Park Fire Department Hendrickson FMC engine

University Park Engine 78 as it sits in the dealer's yard after being traded in. Karl Klotz photo

 

Park Forest South Fire Department

University Park recently replaced this 1976 Hendrickson/American Fire/LTI 85' tower ladder which was originally labeled for the Park Forest South Fire Department. Larry Shapiro collection

University Park Hendrickson American LTI

Old Tower 85 is also parked as its' fate is determined. Karl Klotz photo

 

University Park has a mixture of E-ONE and American LaFrance apparatus in addition to a Spartan/FMC/RPI/Pierce engine that formerly belonged to Beecher, IL. Both of the department’s ambulances are Type I units from Medtec on IHC chassis.

University Park Fire Department

Beecher Fire Department engine

Beecher Engine 406 began as a 1984 Spartan/FMC engine with open jump seats. In 1994, it was sent to RPI in Tipton, IN to have the cab enclosed. In 2001, it was rehabbed by Pierce with a new body. Bill Friedrich photo

Beecher Fire Department Spartan FMC Omega pumper

The Beecher Volunteer Fire Department took delivery of this FMC Omega pumper with a top-mount 'membrane' pump panel in 1984 on a Spartan chassis with a 2-dr CFC cab. Larry Shapiro collection

Karl Klotz provided the current department information and images.

 

 

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Central Stickney FPD has been added to the site

Central Stickney Fire Protection District station

The Central Stickney FPD station at 4951 S. Lotus. Larry Shapiro photo

Central Stickney FPD patchIn MABAS Division 21, the Central Stickney Fire Protection District has now been added to the site. Central Stickney has one station which is staffed by part-time personnel. They have two ambulances, a pair of twin Pierce Enforcer engines, the first Simon-Duplex/LTI 75′ rear-mount tower ladder, and a pickup that is used by their battalion chief. ¬†Located near Midway Airport, Central Stickney has a five square mile district which includes a portion of I-55 (the Stevenson Expressway) and a large industrial park.

Central Stickney Fire Protection District Pierce Enforcer

Engine 905 is one of two 2004 Pierce Enforcer engines. Larry Shapiro photo

Central Stickney was featured in posts HERE and HERE in the last year working at extra alarm fires.

Prior to adopting a red and white paint scheme, the Central Stickney apparatus was all white. They used to run with FMC and Howe apparatus which is featured in the historic gallery that has also been posted depicting Central Stickney apparatus dating back to the 1970s.

Central Stickney Fire Protection District Duplex Howe Grove ladder

Central Stickeny used to run with this 1971 Duplex/Howe 1250/0 85' Grove ladder. Bill Friedrich photo

Central Stickney Fire Protection District Simon-Duplex LTI 75' tower ladder

Currently, Central Stickney operates the first 75' tower ladder made by LTI.

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Rockdale is added to MABAS Division 15

We have added yet another department in MABAS Division 15. The Rockdale Fire Protection District has one station with a three square mile district. They have two engines, a tanker, a squad, a brush truck, and two support vehicles. The newest engine is a 2008 custom Sutphen top-mount which is backed up by a 1994 FMC Omega pumper on a Sentinel chassis. The cab and chassis were built by Spartan and basically represent the Spartan RS style (round-steel) but there was a custom set of trim packages and options that were unique to the FMC private label.

Rockdale IL FPD station

The Rockdale station has traditional red doors. Karl Klotz photo

Rockdale FPD tanker Empress Casino Fire

Rockdale Tanker 2017 was one of many that were called to assist the Joliet Fire Department on the 20th of March, 2009 in battling the Empress Casino Fire. Larry Shapiro photo

A gallery of images from the Empress Casino Fire in Joliet on March 20, 2009 can be seen HERE.

Rockdale IL FPD FMC Sentinel Omega pumper

FMC Sentinel pumper Woodstock IL

An FMC Sentinel tear sheet showing the unit purchased by the Woodstock FPD with the standard Sentinel trim package.

FMC Sentinel brochure

The front cover of the introductory FMC Sentinel brochure.

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Pink Heals Tour with Buffalo Grove Fire Department

The Pink Heals Tour 2010 has visited Rockford, the IAFC trade show in Chicago, Matteson, Naperville, and now Buffalo Grove during it’s time in Illinois. Last night in Buffalo Grove, the three pink fire engines were joined by a Mount Prospect police car with pink graphics and the Buffalo Grove IAFF Honor Guard. The three trucks (two EONE Hush engines and a Spartan FMC Sentinel) served in Bangor, ME; Tyler, TX; and Henry, Va.

On the Pink Heals Tour Facebook page, they describe themselves as:

We are the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink”: Guardians of the Ribbon”
An organization that drives PINK Fire Trucks across the United States to support women in their fight against cancer and inspire men to get involved. It was started in Phoenix, Arizona by firefighter Dave Graybill. We are making our way across the country and it is our job to also spread the word worldwide. Guardians of The Ribbons is a group of firefighters, police officers and leaders in the community; our purpose is raising awareness for the fight against cancer and inspire men to support the women of their community. On October 25, 26 and 27 we would like to have the public safety, local leaders and citizens of the community wear something pink to show support for those women battling cancer. It is in our nature to fight for those who have lost the ability to fight for themselves and we are asking the public for support. It will not only bring us together, but also give those who are battling this disease an overwhelming feeling of HOPE.
HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!
www.pinkfiretrucks.org
PINK HEALS
Men supporting women!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG-CMnTOaLo

Firefighter Steve Rusin, the Buffalo Grove Fire Department representative working with the Pink Heals Tour, has been selling pink and blue t-shirts to raise money for the Pink Heals Tour.

Pink Heals Tour 2010

These three pink fire trucks that are touring the country made several stops in Illiois. Larry Shapiro photo

Pink Heals Tour 2010

Each truck is covered with messages from people whose lives have been impacted by cancer. Larry Shapiro photo

Pink Heals Tour 2010

Another message is added to 'Karen' the FMC Sentinel pumper. Larry Shapiro photo

Pink Heals Tour 2010 Buffalo Grove Fire Department IAFF Honor Guard

The Buffalo Grove Fire Department IAFF Honor Guard. Larry Shapiro photo

Pink Heals Tour 2010 Buffalo Grove Fire Department IAFF Honor Guard

The Buffalo Grove Fire Department IAFF Honor Guard escorted the trucks to the baseball game and exhibition event. Larry Shapiro photo

Pink Heals Tour 2010

The trucks along with Buffalo Grove firefighters and a Mount Prospect police car make their way to the baseball field. Larry Shapiro photo

Pink Heals Tour 2010

Families greet the arrival of the Pink Heals Tour fire trucks. Larry Shapiro photo

A photo gallery with complete coverage can be seen HERE.

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Division 16 is complete

Lisle Woodridge Fire Station 2

Station 2 is home to a medic unit, an engine, and the special teams which includes haz mat, the dive team, and a mobile unit for the fire investigation team. Larry Shapiro photo

Division 16 encompasses only three fire departments but it represents roughly 100 square miles of area and includes 19 fire stations. The departments are Downers Grove, Lisle Woodridge, and Naperville. Previously, Downers Grove and recently Naperville have been added to the site with their combined 14 stations. As of today, the five stations of the Lisle Woodridge Fire District are on the site as well.

Lisle Woodridge 2009 Pierce Impel engine

Engine 541 (running out of station 4) is the newest unit in the fleet. Larry Shapiro photo

MABAS Division 16 Special Operations Unit

Three of the Lisle Woodridge stations are in the Village of Lisle and two are in the Village of Woodridge. They staff four engines, two trucks, a battalion chief and four medic units. One of the medic units is only staffed for 12 hours a day. Neither of their truck companies (one ladder and one platform) carries water or has a pump. Lisle Woodridge used to maintain a suppression fleet that was 100% E-ONE and a medic fleet of Freightliner/Life Line ambulances. Today, though several E-ONE units remain in the fleet, they are being phased out by Pierce units. Currently both trucks and two of the engines are Pierce. The medic units are still from Life Line although the Freightliner FL60 chassis are being replaced with IHC 4300 chassis.

Lisle Woodridge 1984 Spartan Gladiator EONE rescue unit

This unit which has no official assigned duties was one of the first super-command-cab units built by Spartan back in 1984. Spartan introduced these enormous cabs to the fire service and the first few units were built for suburban Chicago departments including this EONE rescue, a Frontline rescue for North Palos, and an FMC pumper for Fox Lake. The square cab design was not popular and made way for a contoured cab after a short period of time.

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