Posts Tagged MABAS Division 15

New engine for Channahon

The Channahon Fire Protection District in MABAS Division 15 has received a new engine from Pierce on a Quantum chassis.

Channahon Fire Protection District Pierce Quantum engine

thanks Ron & Martin

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Braceville Fire Department history added

Bill Friedrich has submitted 17 images of apparatus which document much of the history of the Braceville Fire Department in MABAS Division 15. These images are assembled with those previously submitted by Karl Klotz to produce a gallery with 21 images dating back to 1959.

Many of the rigs that Braceville has used saw previous service with other departments including Braidwood, Argonne Labs, Flossmoor, Lyondell Chemical (Quantum Chemicals), Homer Township, Northbrook, and the Oneida Wataga FPD. Apparatus manufacturers represented include Alexis, John Bean, Road Rescue, Horton, Pierce, Darley, Welch, and Pirsch.

Braceville Fire Department historic photo

This 1959 Chevy/Alexis engine carried 500 gallons of water and had a 500-GPM front mounted pump. Bill Friedrich photo

Braceville Fire Department historic photo Northbrook Fire Department

This 1989 Road Rescue ambulance saw previous service in Northbrook. Bill Friedrich photo

Braceville Fire Department historic photo

This beautiful 1965 Pirsch was rehabbed in 1980 by Pierce. It originally saw service with Argonne Labs. Bill Friedrich photo

Argonne Labs Fire Department 1965 Pirsch squad

The 1965 Pirsch squad as it originally looked when it was in service for the Argonne National Laboratory Fire Department as Engine 2. Bill Friedrich photo

Quantum Chemical Company 1979 Seagrave/Pierce 54' Squrt

This unit, shown here in service for the Quantum Chemical Company was acquired by the Braceville Fire Department several years ago. It has now been retired from Braceville and is on the roster in Dana, IL. Bill Friedich photo

Flossmoor Fire Department 1973 Ford Darley engine

Braceville purchased this engine from the Flossmoor Fire Department and has since retired it. The unit can be seen decorated for Braceville in the historic gallery. Bill Friedrich photo

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Rockdale Fire Department correction

On November 25th of last year, we added the Rockdale Fire Protection District, in MABAS Division 15 to the site. A photo by Karl Klotz featuring Rockdale Engine 2011 was posted with erroneous information. We are grateful to ‘Joe’ from Rockdale who has provided the correct information in a comment.

Hello! I'm a member of the Rockdale Fire Dept. A correction needs to be made 
here. Engine 2011 is somewhat mislabeled. Originally built by FMC in 1988(Job 
#7388), it has a Pem-Fab T-942 open cab chassis with the Sentinel body. The pump 
& tank size shown are correect. In 1999, the engine was involved in an accident 
in which the cab was damaged. The Fire Dist. contracted with RPI of Tipton, IN. 
to replace the damaged cab. The remains of Pem-Fab Truck manufacturers had 
2-T964 cab shells left. 1 of them became the new cab for this engine. In May of 
2000, this engine was placed back in service. It continues to provide protection 

The photo information has since been updated.

Rockdale FPD Engine 2011 Pemfab FMC Sentinel

The original post referenced the chassis as being a proprietary design for FMC by Spartan, when in fact it was built by Pemfab. The brochures shown below illustrate two different Spartan designs that were featured. Although cabs and chassis were supplied by both companies, the Pemfabs were not photographed for the literature, even though they were listed as being provided for the custom pumpers. The Pemfab is differentiated from the Spartan by the square black front grill and the side air vent positioned horizontally above the front wheel, whereas the Spartan has a full width black facia and a vertical air vent that is integral with the side and rail. The previous blog post also listed the body style as an Omega, when in fact Joe is correct that it was a Sentinel (SSIII).

FMC Fire Apparatus Sentinel pumper brochure

This Sentinel brochure illustrates an engine from Baltimore which was built around a Spartan chassis with a 4-door cab. Larry Shapiro collection

FMC Fire Apparatus Sentinel pumper brochure

The engine featured on the inside panel of this brochure was also built on a Spartan chassis with a 2-door cab. The Spartan version had the full width black facia and the air vent integrated with the handle. Larry Shapiro collection

FMC Fire Apparatus Sentinel pumper brochure

The rear cover of the FMC Fire Apparatus Sentinel brochure lists the Pemfab cab and chassis for the custom pumper. Larry Shapiro collection

FMC Fire Apparatus Sentinel pumper brochure

Inset of the Sentinel brochure showing the specifications for the SSIII custom chassis. Larry Shapiro collection

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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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Coal City Station 2

The Coal City Fire Department, in MABAS Division 15, opened Station 2 in December of 2010. Although the department has not yet been added to this website, Steve Redick submitted several images of the new station.  Last July, Karl Klotz submitted a shot of the station under construction which can be seen HERE.

Coal City Fire Department Station 2

Coal City Fire Station 2 at 1455 S. Berta Road opened in December of 2010. Steve Redick photo

Steve created two panoramic images of the station’s interior showing the apparatus bays and vehicles.

Coal City Fire Department station 2

Interior of Coal City Fire Station 2 as seen from the back of the apparatus bays. Steve Redick photo


This photo shows the apparatus lined up in each bay. An engine, brush rig, two ambulances, a boat and the MABAS Division 15 haz mat unit. Steve Redick photo

The Herald-News (Sun Times) has an article from January 13th which can be seen HERE that describes the new facility and the memorial in front which includes two pieces of steel from the World Trade Center after the buildings were destroyed on 9/11.

Coal City Fire Department Station 2 9/11 steel beams World Trade Center stel

A memorial located in front of Coal City Fire Station 2 features I-beam sections from the World Trade Center on 9/11. Steve Redick photo

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Patch updates to the website

There have been several patches added to the website or updated to a newer version.

In MABAS Division 24, Lansing and Lynwood patches have been added to their pages.

Lansing Fire Department patchLynwood Fire Department patch

The Wilmington Fire Department patch has been added in MABAS Division 15.

Wilmington Fire Department patch

In MABAS Division 4, the Buffalo Grove Fire Department patch has been updated to reflect the most current design.

Buffalo Grove Fire Department patch

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Braceville is added to MABAS Division 15

The Braceville Fire Department covers 1.5 square miles in Grundy County. They have one station which is staffed by 17 volunteers responding to both EMS and fire calls. They have two engines, one truck, a brush rig, and an ambulance in addition to a Chevy Suburban. The ambulance and one of the engines were both previously owned by Braidwood. The truck is from the Lyondell/Equistar facility. It is a 1979 tandem axle Seagrave chassis with a 54′ Squrt and bodywork by Pierce. It carries 500 gallons of water plus 500 gallons of foam. The X-Braidwood engine was built in 1982 by Alexis on a Hendrickson 1871-C chassis. The C designates a contour cab. Hendrickson also offered the S or square cab design at the time. This engine is soon to be replaced with a new Spartan Metro Star Darley engine in December. The new engine has a light tower and a complete set of Genesis Rescue tools in the front bumper and at the rear of the unit.

Braceville Fire Department Hendrickson Alexis engine Braidwood

Braceville Fire Department Spartan Metro Star Darley engine

Braceville Fire Department Seagrave Pierce Squrt

Thanks to Karl Klotz for the images and information.

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Wilmington is on the site & awaiting a new engine

In MABAS Division 15 (in Will County) the Wilmington Fire Department has been added to the site thanks again to the work of Karl Klotz. Although Karl has a few photos to get of new rigs, Wilmington’s station is well represented. They run with a mixture of apparatus from Pierce, US Tanker, and Seagrave. Their newest piece for the time being is a 2007, Seagrave Maurauder II 100′ quint, but they are expecting an all stainless-steel engine from Seagrave in March. Engine 2611, which is their 1996 Pierce Saber has been sold to a broker, but will remain with the department until the new engine arrives in the Spring.

Wilmington runs Horton ambulances. Their two newest ambulances are Type I models on Ford F-Series’ chassis. The third ambulance as well as the one which was just replaced are Type III styles on Ford E-Series’ chassis.

Wilmington Fire Protection District Seagrave Maurauder II quint 100'

Wilmington covers 105 square miles from their station at 501 N. Water Street although a second station might occur in the not to distant future. They have a full-time chief, 35 part-time firefighters and an additional 35 paid-on-call personnel.

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