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New Oak Park engines

The first of two new HME Ahrens Fox engines received by Oak Park (MABAS Division 11) has been lettered for Engine 602 and is currently having the equipment mounted. Engine 603’s new rig will be lettered soon. These new engines will replace a pair of 2001, HME 1871 Penetrator/Central States engines which are going to an apparatus broker. Until the 2001 units leave, there are currently six rigs in Oak Park with HME chassis. (that would make a nice photograph)

Oak Park Fire Department HME Ahrens Fox engine

Oak Park Engine 602's new 2010, HME 1871, Ahrens Fox, 1,500-GPM engine has a 500-gallon water tank in addition to two, 30-gallon foam tanks. Larry Shapiro photo

Oak Park Fire Department HME Ahrens Fox engine

Engine 603 will be lettered now that the lettering has been completed on Engine 602. This is how the engine cam from HME. Larry Shapiro photo

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Oak Park receives engines

The two HME Ahrens Fox engines have been delivered to Oak Park. When equipment mounting and graphics are completed we’ll post photos of the units. We posted construction photos of the rigs HERE.

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Oak Park new engine update

Oak Park IL FD HME Ahrens Fox engine

The officer's side of the body module which is ready to mount onto the chassis. Photo by Ron Kobyleski

Oak Park is on-track to receive their two new HME Ahrens Fox engines in mid-October. Both engines are on HME 1871 chassis with 3,000-watt Command Lights nested on the roof of the cabs. (a big aide  for fire photographers at night-time scenes) Each will have a 1,500-GPM pump, 500 gallons of water, 20 gallons of Class A and 30 gallons of Class B foam.  Oak Park Battalion Chief Ron Kobyleski supplied the in-progress photos.

Oak Park IL FD HME Ahrens Fox

The pump panel for one of the new engines. Photo by Ron Kobyleski

Oak Park IL FD HME Ahrens Fox engine

Cab and chassis for one of the new engines on the line at HME. Photo by Ron Kobyleski

Oak Park IL FD HME Ahrens Fox engine

The rear of a body module for a new Oak Park engine. Photo by Ron Kobyleski

Oak Park IL FD HME Ahrens Fox engine

Another view of the cab showing the extended chrome front bumper. Photo by Ron Kobyleski

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Local production updates

CRIMSON: The Spartan Gladiator Classic/Crimson engine for Highland Park should be at the local dealership within the next two weeks. After the appication of graphics have been completed, the 1500/500/40 engine which is slated for Station 32 in the Ravinia section of town should be delivered.

The order for 30-103′ rear mount aerial ladder trucks for Chicago will be on Spartan Gladiator Classic MFD chassis with a 10″ raised extension on the sides and a notched cab to maintain a low travel height.  The first chassis should be readying soon for production at Spartan. Crimson built a demo to the Chicago specifications last year and sold it as a stock truck to Jersey City, NJ which can be seen HERE. Although there have been some modifications to the final design, this is pretty close to what t he final units will look like in Chicago, including the gray ladder.

Jersey City Crimson ladder truck

photo by Ron Jeffers

HME AHRENS FOX: Oak Park has two HME Ahrens Fox custom pumpers on order. These will be on the HME 1971W cab with 400hp engines, 1500 GPM pumps and 750 gallon water tanks. The units are expected to be delivered in October of 2010.

SVI Trucks: The rescue coming for the Cherry Valley FPD should be on display at the Fire Rescue International trade show in August at McCormick Place. This is being built on a single axle Gladiator chassis with a Classic LFD cab, forward facing seating for five, and a 10″ raised roof. It will feature a 20′ walk-around body, roll-up doors, a top mounted Command Light and top of body compartments with a rear staircase for access.

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