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New engine for Normal

From the SpartanERV website:

NORMAL FIRE DEPARTMENT SIDE CONTROL PUMPER Order #218144-01

Spartan fire engine being built #218144-01

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Spartan fire engine being built #218144-01

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Spartan fire engine being built #218144-01

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Spartan fire engine being built #218144-01

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Spartan fire engine being built #218144-01

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Spartan fire engine being built #218144-01

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Spartan fire engine being built #218144-01

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Spartan fire engine being built #218144-01

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Spartan fire engine being built #218144-01

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thanks Martin

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New apparatus orders

  • Urbana FD – Spartan 100′ mid-mount quint platform
  • Normal FD – 2 Spartan Star series pumpers
  • Waukegan FD – Seagrave marauder II pumper

drawing of new Seagrave Marauder II fire engine for Waukegan IL

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Normal Fire Department news

Excerpts from the pantograph.com:

The Normal Fire Department has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant to help fund an annual firefighter physical fitness and wellness program.  The money, totaling around $76,000, will be used to fund annual health evaluations and occupational health screenings such as lung testing, auditory testing, advanced echo cardiograms, chest x-rays and cancer screenings.

The results of these screenings remain confidential, but they will allow the department to tailor fitness and wellness initiatives for its members. In addition, the department physical fitness program will introduce a peer-supported fitness model where firefighters will work with their crews to meet fitness goals and also will include group physical training by local physical trainers and health agencies.

Fire Chief Mick Humer said “Over the span of three years, we experienced the loss of three of our active members, and two of those deaths were attributed directly to undiagnosed cardiac problems. In 2016, we had a seemingly healthy member have a near-death experience from a cardiac emergency and has since retired as a result.” 

Matt Hill, president of the union, said, “It’s very important for our firefighters to recognize how important their health is to themselves and the citizens that depend on us. I’m very pleased that the town of Normal, fire administration, and Local 2442 are working together to make wellness and fitness a top priority.”

Of the grant total, NFD will contribute 10 percent of the program, or around $6,900, with the grant covering the remaining amount of around $69,000.

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Normal Fire Department news

Excerpts from pjstar.com:

A Normal Fire Department pumper was destroyed in a blaze on Interstate 74 in Knox County. Knoxville Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Vandemark said crews were called about 10 a.m. Wednesday to eastbound I-74 near mile marker 59.

fire engine destroyed by fire

Steve Davis/Gatehouse Media Illinois

A firefighter from the Normal was driving the reserve engine from Alexis Fire Equipment back to Normal, followed by another Normal firefighter. The firefighter saw smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle and pulled over. They attempted to extinguish the fire while they called 911, but were unsuccessful. 

The 2004 engine had framework repairs before going to Alexis to have equipment reinstalled. The pumper was hauled back to Alexis.

thanks Ron

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Pierce Manufacturing hit with class action lawsuit (more)

Excerpts from the paragraph.com:

Several Illinois cities are banding together to pursue legal action after, they claim, a fire equipment maker stiffed them on warranty repairs.

Bloomington and Normal are among seven cities considering an alliance to pursue any and all legal remedies against Pierce Manufacturing of Appleton, Wis.

Of Normal’s five fire engines and two ladder trucks, six have corroded chassis, including two so badly damaged that they’re out of service. Repairs are estimated at $90,000 per vehicle, which the town wants Pierce to pay for under a 50-year warranty on each chassis offered by the company.

“It is our understanding … that Pierce has been denying similar claims, asserting that the apparatus were not properly washed, considering the salt that is present on our roadways during the winter,” according to the memo. “Our fire department washes each fire apparatus every day.”

In response, the town staff has requested it enter into an agreement with Bloomington, Champaign, Charleston, Decatur, Ottawa and Peoria to fight back. The City Council will consider that agreement when it meets today.

 

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Peotone Fire Protection District update

Another report from Bill Friedrich:

The Peotone FPD has placed two new pieces of apparatus in service. SS10, which came to them from the Normal FD has now been lettered for The Peotone FPD.

 

Peotone FPD Seagrave Snorkel

Snorkel Squad 10 - 1980 Seagrave with RPI conversion and 1,250-GPM pump with 300 gallons of water and a 50' Snorkel (formerly of Normal, IL). Bill Friedrich photo

In addition, Brush 14 was placed in service in 2011. The skid-unit for this rig came off their old brush truck.

Peotone FPD Brush unit

Peontone Brush 14 is a 2011 Ford F-550 pickup with a 125-GPM pump, 250 gallons of water and 20 gallons of foam. The unit was put together by the department. Bill Friedrich photo

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Peotone buys Snorkel

Bill Friedrich provided the following information about the Peotone Fire Protection District

Fire Chief Bill Schreiber is pleased to announce the arrival of his newest vehicle in the fleet. They purchased this vehicle from the Normal FD in McLean County. Bill expects this vehicle to go in service some time during November. He also reports this vehicle is not replacing anything.
Peotone Fire Protection District Snorkel Normal Fire Department

Peotone purchased this 1979 Seagrave P-Series 50' Snorkel from the Normal Fire Department in central Illinois. It has a 1,250-GPM pump and carries 500 gallons of water. The cab enclosure and other bodywork was done by RPI in Tipton, IN. Bill Friedrich photo

Normal Fire Department Seagrave 50' Snorkel

Prior to the refurb and cab enclosure, this is how the Snorkel looked originally. Bill Friedrich photo

Chief Schreiber sent a few images of the unit when it arrived and Peotone personnel tried it out.
Normal Fire Department Snorkel

The Snorkel when it arrived in Peotone. Bill Schreiber photo

Peotone Fire Protection District Snorkel

Members of the Peotone Fire Protection District tested their 'new' Snorkel. Bill Schreiber photo

Peotone Fire Protection District Snorkel

Another view of the 'new' Snorkel being worked. Bill Schreiber photo

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