Posts Tagged Inferno

First fire for Buffalo Grove tower

Buffalo Grove firefighter Andy Russell breast cancer awareness

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, Buffalo Grove firefighters join other fire departments around the country by wearing pink. Larry Shapiro

At the height of the morning storm yesterday and within a ½ hour of shift change, four calls for service came into Northwest Central Dispatch for the Buffalo Grove Fire Department within minutes of each other. There were two ambulance calls, a reported transformer fire with extension to a shed, and a working fire in a townhouse. As companies scrambled to each call, the transformer fire was just that and had not extended to the shed, but smoke met firefighters on arrival at a center unit in a four-unit townhouse. The fire was upgraded immediately and companies that were already en-route to the shed fire were rerouted providing quick back-up to first-due units.

Buffalo Grove’s 2010 Ferrara Inferno tower ladder was the first fire suppression unit on the scene and was deployed for the first time at a Buffalo Grove fire.

Buffalo Grove Fire Department 2010 Ferrara Inferno tower ladder townhouse fire

Tower Ladder 25 (235) is deployed at a townhouse fire at 161 Old Oak Court E during the storm on Tuesday morning. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove townhouse fire at 161 Old Oak Court E

The storm did not let up during fire fighting operations Tuesday morning as high winds knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses. Larry Shapiro photo

More images from this fire can be seen HERE.

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MABAS Division 7 is added to the site

Just when we thought we had a large enough project to undertake … listing each department, each station and every piece of rolling stock in 19 MABAS Divisions … Karl Klotz begins submitting department profiles from a 20th Division, MABAS Division 7 in Kankakee County!

So, we welcome the departments of Division 7 and have posted three of them to get things started.

  • The Grant Park Fire Protection District covers 62 square miles from two stations with 32 paid-on-call firefighters and officers. They have three E-ONE rigs, an engine from American LaFrance, plus ambulances from Horton and Road Rescue. They recently opened a new headquarters station which we mentioned HERE.
Grant Park Fire Department American LaFrance Eagle engine

The Limestone Township Fire Protection District covers a mere 36 square miles from one station with 40 part-time firefighters and officers. They are running with Pierce, Quality, and Ferrara apparatus and Road Rescue ambulances. Their newest piece is a Ferrara Inferno pumper squad that was mentioned HERE.The Limestone Township Fire Protection District station houses two ambulances, two engines, a pumper squad, a tanker, a brush unit and a pickup. Karl Klotz photo

  • In Momence, the fire department covers a whopping 92 square miles with a roster of 35 paid-on-call personnel from one station. They have three engines, a brush rig, two tankers, and a rescue squad. The apparatus was built by E-ONE, Pierce, and 4-Guys, plus one tanker that was built in 1964 by W.S.Darley and re-chassisied in 1989 on a Ford C8000 by Quality Manufacturing. Quality was purchased in 2003 by Spartan and now (with what was Luverne Fire Apparatus) have become what is known as Crimson.
Momence Fire Department Ford Quality Darley tanker

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New deliveries

Here are a few recent area updates:

  • Bellwood (Division 20) has a new 2010 GMC/Osage Type III ambulance
  • Nunda Rural (Division 5) has their new 2010 Ferrara engine
  • Limestone FPD (Division 7, Kankakee County) has a new 2010 Ferrara Inferno rescue pumper
Limestone FPD Ferrara Inferno rescue pumper

Limestone Squad 3 is a 2010, Ferrara, inferno pumper/squad with a 2,000-GPM pump, and 500 gallons of water. Photo by Karl Klotz

Bellwood Fire Department Osage ambulance

Bellwood's new GMC/Osage ambulance before lettering. Osage photo

Bellwood Fire Department ambulance

Interior view of Bellwood's new Osage ambulance. Osage photo

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New Algonquin tower ladder

Bob Altwasser submitted this image of the new Ferrara Inferno tower ladder that has recently gone into service for the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Department. Tower 181 has a 1500-GPM pump, 300-gallons of water, and a 100′ rear mounted tower ladder.

Algonquin Lake in the Hills Ferrara Inferno tower ladder

Algonquin's new Ferrara Inferno tower ladder. Photo by Bob Altwasser

Bob has a site with many photos called MidwestFireDepts.smugmug.com.

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Ferrara updates

On the Ferrara Fire site there are updated photos of the new Ember engine being built for the Nunda Rural FPD in McHenry County. The pictures can be seen HERE with the body mounted to the cab and chassis.

Also on the Ferrara site HERE are finished photos of the Algonquin Igniter MVP rescue pumper that was on display at the IAFC trade show last week. You’l have to scroll down to see the photos listed alphabetically under Lake in the Hills. Similarly, the new Inferno tower ladder can be seen HERE by scrolling down as well.

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Many new area rigs at Fire Rescue International

There are many new pieces of apparatus for our area currently on display at the Fire Rescue International 2010 trade show at McCormick Place. Among them are:

  • Pierce – South Holland Velocity PUC 100′ PAP rear mount tower ladder; Great Lakes NTC Impel 75′ RM quint
  • Medtec – Algonquin Lake-in-the-Hills Type I Freightliner
  • Crimson – CFD Spartan pumper; CFD Spartan 103′ RM aerial ladder; Naperville Spartan pumper
  • Horton – Minooka Ford Type III MICU
  • US Tank – Pingree Grove FPD Kenworth tanker
  • Federal Signal – CFD Ford Expedition battalion chief unt
  • Ferrara – Algonquin Lake-in-the-Hills Inferno engine and RM Tower ladder
  • Sutphen – Exxon Mobil Joliet Refinery industrial mid-mount tower ladder quint
  • Super Vac (SVI Trucks) – Cherry Valley Spartan HDR
Chicago Fire Department Crimson ladder

The first Spartan Gladiator Crimson 103′ rear mount aerial ladder built for Chicago was displayed at the Fire Rescue International (FRI) 2010 trade show. Larry Shapiro photo

Algonquin Lake-in-the-Hills Medtec ambulance

This Freightliner/Medtec Type I ambulance for the Algonquin lake-in-the-Hills Fire Department was on display in the Pierce booth. There were a total of three units on the trade show floor for this department. Larry Shapiro photo

Algonquin Lake-in-the-Hills Ferrara engine

The smaller than normal pump enclosure and built-in cross lays on the new Ferrara engine for the Algonquin Lake-in-the-Hills Fire Department resembles a trend in apparatus design which was first introduced several years ago by Pierce. Larry Shapiro photo

Cherry Valley Fire Department Spartan SVI Super Vac heavy rescue

A Spartan Super Vac (SVI) heavy rescue for Cherry Valley with walk-around body, light tower, front bumper hydraulic rescue tools, air cascade system and an abundance of slide-out shelving and trays. Larry Shapiro photo

A gallery showing several of these units can be seen on Larry Shapiro’s site HERE.

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Buffalo Grove trains with new rigs

The Buffalo Grove Fire Department spent several days training on their new Ferrara Inferno tower ladder and Igniter pumper. The pumper will go into service shortly and the tower will take longer to mount all the equipment and get everyone trained and ‘certified’ to use it.

Buffalo Grove Fire Department Ferrara training

Buffalo Grove personnel training with the new Ferrara apparatus. Photos by Larry Shapiro

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New Ferrara apparatus updates

Ferrara Fire Apparatus has delivered a medium duty rescue unit to Melrose Park. The walk-around squad is on a Freightliner M2106 chassis and has a light tower, rescue tools and storage for multiple air cylinders. We also missed a delivery last year by Ferrara of two Intruder 2 engines which use the HME 1871 cab and chassis. The units have 1500 GPM pumps and carry 500 gallons of water.

Melrose Park IL Ferrar Freightliner MDR

Ferrara delivered this medium duty rescue on a Freightliner chassis to Melrose park. Ferrara photo

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Bolingbrook Ferrara Intruder 2 engine. Ferrara photo

Bolingbrook Ferrara Intruder 2 engine. Ferrara photo

Ferrara has begun work on a rear mount tower ladder for the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Department. The unit will feature an extended Inferno cab with an 8-inch notched roof extension. The 100′ tower will have a 1500 GPM pump and carry 300 gallons of water. Progress on the building of this unit can be viewed HERE.

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New Ferrara units arrive in Buffalo Grove

The Buffalo Grove Fire Department received their new engine and tower ladder directly from the FDIC in Indianapolis. The Ferrara units were originally stock trucks that Buffalo Grove was able to purchase before they were built. The engine was built to the same specifications as Buffalo Grove’s 2007 KME Predator engine (218) so that the bodies match identically (or very close). Buffalo Grove does not letter their apparatus with company designations, they only have the fleet unit number as part of the graphics.

Buffalo Grove Ferrara Inferno Tower Ladder

Ferrara Inferno 100' tower ladder for Buffalo Grove T25 1250/300. Ferrara photo

Buffalo Grove Ferrara Igniter 1500/750/30 engine

Ferrara Igniter 1500/750/30 engine for Buffalo Grove Engine 26. Ferrara photo

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