Posts Tagged Highland Park Fire Department

New ambulance for Highland Park

From the FosterCoachSales Facebook page:

Brand new custom Horton conversion on a Ford F450 chassis.

Highland Park FD Ambulance 32

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Highland Park FD Ambulance 32

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Highland Park FD Ambulance 32

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Highland Park FD Ambulance 32

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interior of new ambulance

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Highland Park Fire Department news

Excerpts from theChicagotribune.com:

Highland Park officials showed a conceptual plan for a new Ravinia Fire Station to replace the current cramped and antiquated station that dates to 1929.

The city is proposing to replace its current station at 692 Burton Avenue with a new two-story, 14,000-square-foot building. The plan suggested for the site could be enlarged by acquiring two homes near the northeast corner of Highland Place and Pleasant Avenue and making use of a portion of a city-owned parking lot.

Public parking spaces would be available on the Ravinia Fire Station site. Construction of the new Fire Station 32 would not begin until at least 2022.

City officials say space is so cramped at the nearly 90-year-old station that it’s difficult to maneuver equipment and apparatus in and out.

The city previously considered several other locations for an enlarged Ravinia Fire Station, including the northern portion of Brown Park on the south side of Roger Williams Avenue west of St. Johns Avenue.

Fire Chief Dan Pease said the architect raised concerns about constructing the station that close to the Ravinia train station and Metra tracks because a major accident could knock out the station and personnel.

thanks Dan

architectural rendering of proposed new fire station for Highland Park IL

(Williams Architects)

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Highland Park FD apparatus

This from Josh Boyajian:

  • Highland Park Battalion 33 – 2015 Ford Expediton
  • Highland Park Squad 33 – 2015 Spartan Gladiator classic 1500/500 Job #214084
  • Highland Park Truck 33 –  1995 Sutphen TS104 1500/370/30/104′ MM ladder
Highland Park FD Battalion 33

Highland Park FD Battalion 33. Josh Boyajian photo

Highland Park FD Squad 33

Highland Park FD Squad 33. Josh Boyajian photo

Highland Park FD Truck 33

Highland Park FD Truck 33. Josh Boyajian photo

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House fire in Northfield, 3-26-16

This from Larry Shapiro:

Northfield firefighters were called to 2050 Norfolk Road this afternoon (3/26/16) for a reported brush fire that was encroaching on a house. First arriving companies found smoke from the attic and requested a full Code 3 response before upgrading to a working fire Code 4 with visible fire in the attic. Automatic and mutual aid units included engines from Northbrook, Winnetka, and Glencoe, trucks from Glenview, Wilmete, and Northbrook, plus Highland Park Squad 33. The rear of the house was damaged along with the attic above the garage. The fire was out within 20 minutes of the initial call for service.

house fire aftermath with holes in the roof

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E-ONE e-MAX fire engine at fire scene

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North brook fire truck staged at fire scene

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E-ONE e-MAX fire engine at fire scene

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firefighters overhaul fire scene

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Glenview firefighter at fire scene

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firefighters overhaul fire scene

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Highland Park FD Spartan ERV fire engine

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aerial fire trucks at fire scene

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Highwood to dissolve fire department

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Voters appear to have given the City of Highwood the go-ahead to dissolve the fire department so fire protection and paramedic services can be turned over to neighboring Highland Park.

At just after 9 p.m., with nearly 1,000 votes cast, the referendum question had 70 percent voting yes and and 30 percent voting no, according to unofficial Lake County election results.

The cities reached a 30-year agreement last fall for the Highland Park Fire Department to serve Highwood, a city of less than one square mile that is surrounded on all sides by Highland Park.

The deal hinged on Highwood voters agreeing to dissolve the local fire department in the March 15 referendum. If the referendum officially passes, Highland Park is scheduled to take over fire and paramedic services on July 1.

“This partnership will not only provide lasting financial benefits while maintaining high service levels,” Highwood Mayor Charles Pecaro said. “But also can become a model for municipalities seeking to share services with their neighbors.”

Highland Park’s Fire Station 34 at 1100 Half Day Road is located a few blocks west of Highwood’s western border, and the department already responds to many Highwood fire calls under automatic and mutual aid agreements.

Highland Park does not plan to hire any additional firefighters or paramedics, or acquire any additional equipment, saying its current staffing and equipment are sufficient.

Under the agreement, Highwood will pay Highland Park $625,000 the first year for fire and paramedic services, along with fire inspections. Annual increases will be tied to inflation, but capped at 5 percent.

Highwood expects to cut its current fire costs of $1.3 million by more than half under the arrangement.

Highwood Press Release:

March 15th Referendum Passage

The proposed Highwood & Highland Park fire and ambulance service partnership referendum that was included on the ballot passed yesterday. Voters confirmed the agreement that was unanimously approved by the City Councils of both Highwood and Highland Park to provide shared services to residents.

“This decision was not taken lightly by the City’s staff, elected officials or the Highwood voters,” said Scott Coren, Highwood’s City Manager. “Its passage shows residents’ confidence in Highland Park’s internationally accredited fire department. Their outstanding service levels, combined with the significant positive financial impact for both communities made this a prudent decision.”

In June 2014, the State of Illinois passed a law that requires municipalities to go to referendum, with specified language, to consolidate or provide shared fire and emergency medical services. The language is clearly slanted to push residents to vote against it. Highwood is the first municipality in Illinois to successfully pass this referendum question despite facing these obstacles.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to extend Highland Park’s exceptional fire, EMS and fire inspection services to the City of Highwood. We remain committed to providing high quality public safety services to both communities at all times and we will continue to keep public safety as one of our core priorities,” stated Ghida S. Neukirch Highland Park City Manager.

Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback on the matter.

Charles Pecaro
Mayor
City of Highwood

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New engine for Highland Park (more)

This from Larry Shapiro:

Highland Park Squad 33 was placed in service on Wednesday (1/6/15). It’s on a Spartan Gladiator Classic chassis with a SpartanERV Star Series body and a 1,500-GPM pump, 500 gallons of water, and 30 gallons of foam.

SpartanERV fire engine Highland Park FD

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haz mat supply storage on fire engine

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SpartanERV fire engine Highland Park FD

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SpartanERV fire engine Highland Park FD

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SpartanERV law tag

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SpartanERV fire engine Highland Park FD

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fire engine pump panel with rotary controls

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SpartanERV fire engine Highland Park FD

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This from Niko Stefani:

Here are some photos I took of Highland Park Fire Department’s new squad. It was placed in service last night (1-5-16). A while back the squad used to be at Station 33. The department did some rotating with the apparatus. The truck was placed at station 34 while the engine and squad would be out of Station 33. That didn’t last very long so they moved the squad to Station 34. Ever since it has been Squad 34 using a 2000 Pierce Saber. The Pierce is now the new reserve company for Highland Park. Engine 33 (used to be 34) is now going back as Engine Co. 34 at Station 34 and the new squad will be out of Station 33 along with the truck in the center of town. I was told today that the truck is usually staffed around this time of year. When it’s not, the engine crew or now squad crew would jump over to the truck for mutual aid calls. The 2006 Pierce Enforcer is once again at Station 34 while the new Spartan squad is out of Station 33. Battalion 33 is also being replaced with a new Ford Expedition.
SpartanERV fire engine Highland Park FD

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SpartanERV fire engine Highland Park FD

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fire department graphics

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fire department graphics

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SpartanERV fire engine Highland Park FD

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New engine for Highland Park

From the SpartanERV website delivered 9-30-15 for Highland Park

  • Highland Park Fire Department, IL (so# 214084-01)
  • Spartan Gladiator Classic cab and chassis
  • side control pump panel
  • Waterous CMU 1500-GPM pump
  • Pro Poly 500-gallon tank
  • Harrison 8.0-KW generator
  • Stainless steel body
  • Roll-up doors
Highland Park FD IL fire engine

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Highland Park Fire Department historical program

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Highland Park Historical Society on Wednesday October 7 at 7:00 PM will host ‘Highland Park Fire Department: 126 Year History of Service,’ with retired Highland Park Fire Department personnel Captain Tom Mann and Firefighter/Paramedic Roger Underwood.

Since its inception as a volunteer fire department in 1889 (professionalized in 1924), the Highland Park Fire Department has had two losses of life on duty: Lt Frank Freeberg (1956) and Lt. William Perry (1958). Notable fires highlighted will be the Northwestern Military Academy’s three fires (1888, 1902, 1915), Ravinia Pavilion (1949), Ruby’s Delicatessen (1960) and a gasoline tanker fire (1983). This presentation will feature rarely seen images from the archives of the Highland Park Fire Department and Highland Park Historical Society.

There will be a personal perspective of the life of a fireman by second generation Highland Park Firefighter Captain Tom Mann (retired).

‘Highland Park Fire Department: 126 Year History of Service,’ will be presented at the Highland Park Public Library Auditorium 494 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park. For further information, please contact the Highland Park Historical Society: 847.432.7090 or archives@highlandparkhistory.org. Admission is free.

 

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New engine for Highland Park

Production images of the new engine for Highland Park from the Spartanerv site

Spartan Gladiator Classic cab and chassis, side control pump panel, Waterous CMU 1,500-GPM pump, Pro Poly 500-gallon tank, Harrison 8.0kw generator, stainless steel body, roll up doors

fire truck chassis

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fire engine being built

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fire engine being built

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As seen around … Highland Park

New Ambulance 34 in Highland Park

Highland Park FD Ambulance 34 Horton Type I ambulance

Highland Park Ambulance 34 – 2013 Ford F-450/Horton Type I so#15656

new ambulance law tag

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Highland Park Dive Squad 34 and Boat 34

fire department dive rescue unit and boat

Highland Park Dive Rescue 34 – 2006 Ford F-550/2007 Rescue Vehicles of Iowa and Boat 34. ©2015 Larry Shapiro

law tag for fire truck

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