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New Lenox Fire Production District news

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After 45 years in the fire service and three years running the New Lenox Fire Protection District, Steve Engledow will retire June 23.

He was a Joliet firefighter for 28 years and Troy fire chief for five years, said Thursday “it’s time for the younger group to take over.”

He said the Board of Fire Trustees will choose his replacement at a later date, but he will not be involved in the hiring process.

Engledow said he was hired in New Lenox to reorganize the department, splitting some jobs and condensing others while clarifying who some responsibilities were assigned to. He also enacted a line-item budget to control spending each year and implemented an equipment replacement schedule.

Engledow grew up in Harvey and moved to Frankfort when he was 15 – attending Lincoln-Way High School. Getting holiday shifts at an early job required joining the chemical factory’s fire brigade.

After serving as a Country Club Hills firefighter, he became a Joliet firefighter and eventually rose to deputy chief. He also served as a part-time assistant chief for the East Joliet Fire Department before taking over the Troy Fire Protection District.

He advises firefighters beginning their careers to pursue as much education as possible.

Engledow will be moving to South Carolina, where he has owned property for several years.

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New Lenox Fire Protection District news

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New Lenox board trustees approved an intergovernmental agreement Monday to establish a new consolidated 911 center at Will County’s new sheriff’s department complex, which currently is under construction. The Laraway Communications Center, to be included in the new $30 million complex at Laraway Road and Route 52 in Joliet, is expected to serve 31 government agencies. These include New Lenox and the New Lenox Fire Protection District, as well as Romeoville, Frankfort, the county’s sheriff’s department and the agencies served by the EASCOM center.

Heading the new center will be Brad Veerman, who currently is director of the Lincolnway Public Safety Communications Center, which at present services New Lenox. Lincolnway will close once the new center is operational.

The plans for the new center follow an unfunded state mandate effective at the beginning of last year requiring counties with populations between 250,000 and 1 million to consolidate and reduce dispatch centers by half. Will County will now have three centers, including the city of Joliet’s and WESCOM’s new Plainfield center.

Once approval is received from all interested parties, representatives from each of the agencies will meet Feb. 22 and elect an executive board, New Lenox Trustee Dave Smith said. Smith is chairman of the governance committee for the new entity and wrote its bylaws and the intergovernmental agreement.

The executive board will consist of seven members, including three representing police agencies, three representing fire agencies and a seventh member from the sheriff’s office, according to the agreement.

Smith said the village’s share of the annual $5.3 million budget will be $440,000, slightly more than its contribution to the Lincolnway center.

Each member agency’s share will be determined annually according to its volume of calls to the dispatch center. The center will house about 40 to 50 dispatchers and all 31 agencies are expected to be on board before the February meeting.

thanks Dennis

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New Lenox FPD news

From the New Lenox FPD Facebook page:

Two New Lenox Fire Protection District (NLFPD) staff vehicles were extensively damaged on Sunday afternoon after a pickup truck came off of Route 30 onto district property and crashed into them.

The two vehicles damaged were the 2002 Chevy Suburban and 2006 Ford Expedition which were primarily used by the Fire and Life Safety Division.

The incident happened just after 1 p.m. at NLFPD, Station 1, located at 261 E. Maple Street. One person was transported from the scene to an area hospital. No firefighters were hurt. 

“We are very thankful no one was seriously injured in this crash,” said Chief Steve Engledow. “Vehicles can be replaced.”

There is no significant damage to the building, however, there is some damage to landscaping and exterior lighting.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

New Lenox FPD vehicles hit by pickup truck

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New Lenox FPD vehicles hit by pickup truck

New Lenox FPD photo

New Lenox FPD vehicles hit by pickup truck

New Lenox FPD photo

New Lenox FPD vehicles hit by pickup truck

New Lenox FPD photo

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New Lenox Fire Protection District history

This from Mike Summa:

This is the New Lenox Fire Protection District 1976 Pemfab/Conestoga/LTI 750/0/100′.  Hope that you enjoy, feel free to comment.
Thank you,
Mike S.
Pemfab Wedge LTI aerial

New Lenox Fire Protection District 1976 Pemfab/Conestoga/LTI 750/0/100′. Mike Summa photo

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New Lenox FPD apparatus updates

This from Kevin Griffin:

I got pictures of New Lenox’s newer truck and new ambulance
Truck 61 is a 2013 Smeal 100′ tower
Ambulance 61 is a 2015 Ford F550/Lifeline

New Lenox FPD Tower 61

New Lenox FPD Tower 61. Kevin Griffin photo

New Lenox FPD Tower 61

Kevin Griffin photo

New Lenox FPD Tower 61

Kevin Griffin photo

New Lenox FPD Ambulance 61

New Lenox Ambulance 61 is a 2015 Ford F550/Lifeline. Kevin Griffin photo

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New engine for New Lenox

This from Global Emergency Products:

Pierce photo of a delivery at New Lenox Fire Protection District, IL

Engine 62 – 2016 Enforcer top-mount pumper 1500/750

new fire engine for the New Lenox FPD

Pierce photo

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New Lenox Fire District news

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The New Lenox Fire Protection District recently held a swearing-in ceremony during a Board of Trustees meeting to officially hire firefighter/paramedics as district employees.

Zach Cook and Joseph Schwinger were hired as a district firefighter/paramedics. Cook has been a firefighter with New Lenox for two and a half years and a firefighter for six years. Schwinger has been in the fire service for three years.

The fire district also welcomed New Lenox resident Kevin Kolosh as a commissioner, replacing Anne Mathews, who recently retired. Kolosh is the commander of detectives for the Calumet City Police Department.

In June, the NLFPD announced these recognition awards:

• Lt. Eric Chellios was the 2015 Officer of the Year. He has worked with the New Lenox Fire District since March 2008.

• Brent Havener was given the honor of Firefighter of the Year. He has been a firefighter with New Lenox for nine years.

• Candidate of the Year went to Brandon Toth, who had worked his way through the district’s cadet program and began his service as a firefighter for New Lenox a year ago.

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New engine for New Lenox

From the Pierce Flickr page:

New Lenox Engine – 2016 Pierce Enforcer so#29520

New Lenox FPD fire engine

Pierce Enforcer engine for New Lenox FPD Engine 62. Pierce composite

thanks Al

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As seen in New Lenox

This from Hunter:

Saw this on New Lenox Fire site at Station 4 1986 Peterbilt

Peterbilt fire truck

New Lenox FD photo

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New Lenox Fire District history

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You’d think after nearly 70 years the Krohn brothers would’ve settled the argument over who was the first to join the New Lenox Fire Department. The Krohn brothers brought themselves and a piece of history together when they gathered on Wednesday at Fire Station 1.

In February 1939, the brothers were grade school students in Orland Park when they noticed smoke in the distance. A short time later, their mother drove up and told them there was no house to go home to.

The family moved to Cedar Road in New Lenox and soon began helping out at the fire station. When a fire was reported over the phone, volunteers were called to the station by a siren.

“I worked at Otto’s Garage in town, [I’d] run to my bicycle to get to the station on Church Street and set the siren off. Guys would come take the equipment,” Dale said.

Burning barns and grass fires along the tracks of the Rock Island Line continued to be the most common calls while the Krohn brothers officially volunteered. Gene served from 1948 to 1975, Dale from 1950 to 1964, Wade from 1952 to 1964. Glen Krohn’s service began in 1960 and continues to this day through his duties as a fire trustee.

“When I joined there was a rack – every raincoat was a size 48 and every boot was a size 12,” Gene said. “I could put a pair of slippers in the boots and they fit pretty well then.”

Glen joined Dale working at Otto’s Garage while Wade worked at the hardware store next door. Gene worked the day shift at Caterpillar in Joliet, but had the “fire phone” line in his house for 20 years to handle night calls.

Each of the Krohn brothers could fill the daily newspaper with stories of firehouse life and rescues that were either dangerous or hilarious in retrospect.

Glen remembered using a swimming pool to draft water to fight a house fire. Wade recalled letting a barn burn because the truck kept sliding on the icy roads.

Dale will never forget a fire that got so hot it melted the lights on the fire truck and Gene wouldn’t be here if Ike Moore, “Mr. Five-By-Five,” hadn’t made him and another firefighter grab his legs after they fell into the basement of a burning farmhouse.

Dale explained the Krohn brothers volunteered as firefighters because “after our fire we had nothing.”

“We all followed the same theme. You help somebody that needs help,” Gene added.

As the meeting broke up last week, Gene gave Glen a souvenir to present to the department. It was the original red light that was put on the front of New Lenox’s first fire truck – a 1941 Ford with a pump on the front. The trustee took it to Chief Steve Engledow.

“Looks like it still works. There’s a lot of history here,” Engledow said as the Krohn brothers left the station.

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