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New ambulance for Loves Park

Former Downers Grove ambulance now owned by Loves Park.

former Downers Grove FD ambulance

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New truck for Loves Park FD (more)

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Pierce City of Loves Park, IL 30626

Loves Park FD Quint 1854

Pierce composite

thanks Al

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New truck for Loves Park FD

From the Global Emergency Products Facebook page:

Welcome City of Loves Park Fire Department to the Pierce family! Inspection of their first Pierce, an Impel PUC 107′ (Job #30626). Hope you enjoyed your time and thank you for letting Pierce Mfg and Global Emergency Products assist you with your fire apparatus needs.

new fire truck for the Loves Park FD

Global Emergency Products photo

new fire truck for the Loves Park FD

Global Emergency Products photo

new fire truck for the Loves Park FD

Global Emergency Products photo

new fire truck for the Loves Park FD

Global Emergency Products photo

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Loves Park Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from wifr.com:

With less than two years in the role, Loves Park Fire Chief Jerry Wiltfang is proud of the progress his team has made. In just 14 months, this formerly all-volunteer crew now has a full-time staff to better serve their community in a fraction of the time. To address the rapid growth, the Loves Park City Council approved a resolution that provides funding for two new engines and updated equipment.

“Our response times were getting close to 20 minutes before we were here, before we had our full time crew, and now we’re looking to average around 6 minutes, by the time the tone goes off, until we’re at a person’s house is about 6 minutes. It’s just going to bring more safety to the public and hopefully all around Loves Park,” said Captain Adam Kuehl.

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Loves Park Fire Department news

Excerpts from mystateline.com:

The Loves Park Fire Department hosted a ribbon cutting event Tuesday to celebrate the arrival of its first advanced life support ambulance. For the last 50 years, the department has relied on neighboring departments for medical calls.

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Loves Park Fire Department news

Excerpts from mystateline.com:

In the City of Loves Park, there’s a new fire chief. Jerry Wiltfang, who was sworn in last month, spent almost his entire life fighting fires for the Rockford Fire Department, but he’s faced with a new challenge at a different department — he wants to reduce response times in Loves Park when a caller dials 911.

“The goal is to reduce our response time from the current 15 minutes to somewhere around 6 minutes,” Wiltfang said.

He’s been working to hire full-time firefighters since the department only has volunteers. Plans are in the works to build a third fire station on the far east side of the city, which will cost roughly $5 million. Right now, it can take firefighters up to 20 minutes to respond to that part of the city. The city’s full time fire fighters start this week.

Chief Wiltfang also served as the emergency operations director for the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office for several years.

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Loves Park Fire Department news

Excerpts from rrstar.com:

The Loves Park city council is considering bolstering its volunteer fire department with a daytime crew the city hopes can improve response times that are twice those of the neighboring North Park Fire Protection District.

Loves Park’s approximately 35 volunteer firefighters now respond from their homes when calls come in, a practice fire officials say explains their slower response times. To cut down on the time it takes to reach a fire, the city will work toward having three firefighters, along with two supervisors, staff its 400 Grand Ave. station from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., perhaps as early as August.

The firefighters would be paid $12 to $20 an hour depending on their experience. Because they would average 28 hours a week, there would be no health insurance benefits to finance. The move would cost the city up to $200,000 annually.

A review of response times for the first three months of the year shows Loves Park’s average response time was 15.2 minutes, compared with 6 minutes for neighboring North Park, which covers the southern half of Machesney Park and portions of unincorporated Winnebago County. Response times didn’t differ much by time of day.

Hiring the day crew would increase the fire department’s annual budget by 33 percent, pushing it to $1 million a year.

They were 27 minutes to 7349 Chucks Way and 24 minutes to both 12414 Kings Point Dr. and 5625 Covey Ridge Trail.

The three-month review also showed the benefits of a new auto aid agreement struck in February between the Loves Park and North Park fire agencies. Average response times dropped to 13.3 minutes in March, compared with 17.6 minutes that same month of February and 15.3 minutes in January.

Even with the North Park partnership and the addition of a day crew, Loves Park’s logistics challenges will be far from over. The mayor wants the city to build a new fire station estimated to cost about $5 million to continue working on response times near Mercyhealth Sportscore Two and the Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center under construction at the junction of East Riverside Boulevard and Interstate 90.

Because Loves Park doesn’t levy a property tax, its options for financing are limited to bonding or going to the voters for some form of tax revenues that would finance the construction.

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