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New ambulance for West Dundee

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:


West Dundee FIre Department ambulance

New Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance on a Ford F-450 4×4 chassis. Fire Service, Inc. photo

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New ambulance in Carol Stream

Martin Nowak spotted a new delivery for Carol Stream, an IHC 4300/Medtec Type I ambulance assigned to Station 1 as Medic 28.

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Reader updates

Martin Nowak has brought several items to us for publication.

– he spotted this delivery photo on the Foster Coach website

Franklin Park Fire Department Ford Medtec ambulance

Franklin Park's newest ambulance is this 2008 Ford Medtec Type III that was purchased through Foster Coach. The unit was previously used on the tv show Trauma. Foster Coach photo

– Roberts Park FPD has a new department website

– Martin has a site featuring his own photos HERE

– Bedford Park Pickup 713, 2006 ford f-250

Bedford Park Fire Department pickup

Bedford Park 713 - a 2006 Ford F250. Martin Nowak photo

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Franklin Park gets ambulance

Bill Freidrich found this article about the new ambulance in Franklin Park

Hollywood ambulance joins Franklin Park paramedics

March 12, 2011

A piece of Hollywood is coming to the Franklin Park fire department.

The village has purchased an ambulance used on “Trauma,” a former NBC television show.

The Franklin Park Fire Department recently purchased an ambulance used on the TV show “Trauma.” | Suzanne Tennant~Sun-Times Media

The Franklin Park fire department recently purchased an ambulance that was used on the TV show “Trauma.” | Suzanne Tennant~Sun-Times Media

To save money, Fire Chief Steve Iovinelli was looking for an ambulance demonstration model rather than a new vehicle. He contacted Foster Coach, an ambulance seller in Sterling, Ill.

Owner Steve Foster told Iovinelli he knew of a couple vehicles that might fit the village’s needs.

“He said they were sitting on a set in California,” Iovinelli said.

The ambulance was used in “Trauma,” which focused on a group of San Francisco paramedics. The show garnered poor reviews. One USA Today critic said it was full of “loud noises and big explosions” and “whiny EMTs.”

The show lasted 18 episodes and was canceled during its first season, in April 2010. Bad news for NBC, but a good deal for Franklin Park.

“It never had a patient in it,” Iovinelli said. “It’s never been on a call. It still smells new when you get in it.”

In fact, NBC built a set that looked like the inside of the ambulance rather than squeeze actors and camera’s in the back of the actual vehicle.

The village paid $90,177 for the ambulance. A new ambulance would have cost $130,000 to $140,000. The 2008 ambulance has about 10,000 miles on it, about half of that highway miles from California.

Iovinelli is not worried about paramedics being stopped on calls to sign autographs, though he mentioned he’s trying to find a poster from the short-lived TV show to hang up in the station.

Lt. Dan Fidonik, a firefighter/paramedic in Franklin Park, once saw the show.

“It’s a very bad, defunct TV show,” Fidonik said. “I saw part of one episode and turned it off.”

He’s fine with an ambulance via Hollywood.

“If it starts, runs and stops, I’m happy with it,” Fidonik said. “After 23 years of working on ambulances, an ambulance is an ambulance.”


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New ambulance for Gurnee

An article in the Trib Local for Gurnee describes the new 2011 IHC 4300/Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance for Gurnee. Funds for the new ambulance were donated by one of the Fire Protection Districts that contracts with the Gurnee Fire Department for service.

Thanks to the Warren-Waukegan Fire Protection District, which works closely with the Gurnee department to cover 32 square miles of incorporated and unincorporated land from Waukegan to Route 45, the Gurnee department will replace an old ambulance with a brand new, high-tech one, said Chief Fred Friedl.

Warren-Waukegan FPD President Phillip DeRuntz will present keys to the new vehicle to the department at 10 a.m. on Friday as part of a ceremony at Gurnee Fire Station No. 2, 6581 Dada Drive.

The entire article along with a photo of the new unit can be seen HERE.

Thanks to Bill Friedrich for finding the article.

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