Posts Tagged New Lenox Fire Protection District

New home for New Lenox Snorkel

Excerpts from Haixusa.com:

No matter where it is, this old snorkel fire truck is always a big attraction. The U.S. truck drove numerous missions for the New Lenox Fire Protection District, southwest of Chicago, for 45 years.

US Snorkel is part of collection in Germany

Haix USA photo

In 2016, former HAIX® CEO Ewald Haimerl purchased the New Lenox Snorkel and it had quite the journey from the U.S. to Germany. First, the it traveled 1200 miles from Illinois to the Port of Charleston, South Carolina. Due to its size and low gas mileage, the 31-gallon engine had to make multiple stops for fuel during the trip through the Appalachian Mountains. There were also several police checks along the way and not just because it was traveling slower than normal traffic, but also because of the sheer magnitude of the truck. Once it reached Charleston, the truck was transported by ship across the Atlantic to Bremerhaven, Germany where it was stuck in customs for a week before it made the 7-hour trek to its final home at the HAIX® headquarters in Mainburg. Extensive restoration work was done on the vehicle to make it fully functional today.

The most eye-catching model in his collection is a GMC pumper, built in 1942, and originally commissioned on a U.S. airbase in Sweden. The vehicle is the oldest in the HAIX® Oldtimer Fleet. The pumper was in use on a U.S. Air Base in the north of Sweden for over 30 years. After a long break at a used car dealer, HAIX® breathed new life into this convertible truck. With the top open, it is the star of photo shoots at trade shows and other HAIX® events.

The Ford TK, which was built in 1949, has been part of the HAIX Oldtimer Fleet since the end of 2018. Before that, it was used as a promotional vehicle for an insurance company in Georgia. However, most of the passengers are carried by the Opel Blitz, built in 1965. There is space for eleven people in the small light fire engine LLF, including the driver.

In addition to the four fire engines, the HAIX old-timer fleet also includes two police vehicles which are considered “Young Timers” due to when they were manufactured. These include a Chevrolet Impala 300 SS police car from 1995 and a 1993 Harley Davidson police motorcycle, which also had an impressive journey to Germany.

Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) originally took possession of the Chevrolet and initially used it as a backup patrol car before it was taken out of service. It was then chauffeured to the Swiss honorary consul in Zurich. Later, it came to the U.S. consulate in Munich under private ownership, until it finally found its way to HAIX® in Mainburg. The comfort of the old vehicle and the sirens are always a big hit at area events.

HAIX® continues to preserve the history of vintage and classic fire trucks and police vehicles and hopes to add to this fleet in the future!

Former New Lenox FPD Snorkel

from Chicagoareafire.com

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New engine for New Lenox

From the Pierce Flickr page:

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Pierce Enforcer fire engine

Pierce composite

thanks Ron

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New ambulance for New Lenox FPD

From Lifelineambulance.com:

Reference #: 4609
Model: Superliner Type I
Dealer: Jefferson Fire & Safety
Module Size: 171″
Headroom: 72″
Chassis Make: F-Series
Chassis Type: F550
Wheel: 4WD
Air Ride: Liquid Spring
new ambulance interior

Life Line Emergency Vehicle photo

Life Line Type I ambulance

Life Line Emergency Vehicle photo

Life Line Type I ambulance

Life Line Emergency Vehicle photo

thanks Martin

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New Lenox FPD ambulances

This from Martin Nowak:

Took these photos of the New Lenox FPD ambulances a few months back. There is a new Ambulance. 
fire department ambulance

Martin Nowak photo

fire department ambulance

Martin Nowak photo

fire department ambulance

Martin Nowak photo

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Commercial fire in Joliet, 8-3-19

The New Lenox FPD is at the scene of a commercial fire at Box Alarm Warehouse Fire 20266 Amhurst Ct. in Joliet.

massive smoke from commercial fire

Mike Illarde photo

Radioman911.com has a video on Facebook

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New Lenox Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the herald-news.com:

The New Lenox Fire Protection District was able to buy new radios with a $144,208 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The district’s current portable radios are 10 to 12 years old.

The new Motorola dual band radios will ensure all NLFPD firefighters will be using the same type of radio. The new radios have larger buttons, which are easier for firefighters to use with a gloved hand and have the most up-to-date safety features. They also will increase the NLFPD’s ability to communicate with law enforcement agencies and other public safety agencies locally and nationally.

The radios also will allow the NLFPD to adapt to an 800 mHz radio system in the future without added costs related to buying or infrastructure.

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New Lenox Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from nlfpd.com:

On September 17th, the New Lenox Fire Protection District (NLFPD) held a swearing in ceremony during their Board of Trustees meeting to promote a lieutenant and a battalion chief. The new battalion chief is Michael Parkhurst; he has been in the fire service for 17 years, eight of those with the NLFPD. Currently, he also serves the district as the training officer, pre-plans coordinator, equipment testing coordinator, fire/arson investigator, Black CART Team member, and Southwest Hazardous Materials Response Team Technician. Battalion Chief Parkhurst will oversee all day-to-day operations for the district’s four fire stations on gold shift.

The new lieutenant is Zach Cook. He has been in the fire service for 8 years, over half of those with the New Lenox Fire Protection District. He has been an active member with the district and served as co-chair for the MDA Fill the Boot Drive. He most recently was the engineer for Truck 61 on red shift. Lieutenant Cook will remain on red shift and be in charge of the firefighter/paramedics at Station 3. 

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New Lenox FPD news

Excerpts from the Herald-News.com:

A 49-year-old New Lenox woman was injured Thursday morning after she crashed into an ambulance that was returning from a training program about 11:50 a.m. Thursday near Route 30 and Nelson Road in New Lenox.

Christine Diver was driving west on Route 30 when she tried to turn left and crashed into the New Lenox Fire Protection District’s ambulance, causing a three-car collision. She was taken to the hospital where she was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. No firefighters or other passengers were injured in the crash.

Diver was charged with driving an uninsured vehicle, failing to yield, and driving with a suspended license.

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New Lenox Fire Protection District news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

New Lenox Fire Station #2 was expected to reopen Wednesday after village trustees agreed to loan $450,000 to the area’s fire protection district. The station at 1205 N. Cedar Road was closed March 30 after a referendum for tax rate increase failed to pass in the March 20 primary by 212 votes.

The New Lenox Fire Protection District board approved the intergovernmental agreement at its April 16 meeting, and village trustees took action Monday.  The loan, which has no specific deadline for paying it back, will cover the cost of personnel from now until the end of this year and will keep the station open until Jan. 1, 2019. The station will be fully staffed, and many of the 12 firefighters who were laid off last month will return though some have found other jobs.

According to the agreement, the fire district will begin repaying the no-interest loan for $50,000 annually for nine years if voters approve a tax hike. The fire district plans to place another referendum on the November ballot, but Riegel said the amount has not been determined.

The chief also said fire officials are working with an accounting firm to determine what type of service the district can sustain at its current tax rate, how it can build up reserves and be able to buy new equipment, if needed.

At its March 19 meeting – the day before the primary election – the fire board voted to borrow $750,000 in Tax Anticipation Warrant to cover payroll and expenses until tax revenues arrive in June.

When village trustees discussed the loan at its April 9 meeting, officials said then that the public did not realize that a failed referendum would force the closure of a fire station.

The district was seeking to raise the tax from 38 to 59 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation for a four-year period – 2018-2021, adding about $70 per year to the tax bill of a $100,000 home. It was the fifth time it tried and failed to get voters to approve a rate hike.

thanks Dan

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New Lenox Fire Protection District news (more)

This from Martin Nowak:

Station on Cedar road closed down like stated in previous posts.

fire station closed for lack of funding

Martin Nowak photo

fire station closed for lack of funding

Martin Nowak photo

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