Posts Tagged Pierce Dash CF PUC

New engine for St Charles (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

After the St. Charles Fire Department retired Engine 102 Saturday morning, firefighters pushed its replacement into the station. The push-in ritual is traditional when new equipment is brought on board, dating back to the days of horse-drawn engines.

“This is a tradition that has been around for a long time to welcome a new fire engine into service,” Fire Chief Joseph Schelstreet said.

Current and retired firefighters participated in the event at St. Charles Fire Station No. 2, which also included a blessing from the Rev. David Peck, and the ceremonial transfer of water from the old truck to the new.

“We take a bucket of water from the old truck and transfer it into the top of the new one, which is symbolic of passing the life blood from one truck to the other,” Schelstreet said.

Peck, a former volunteer firefighter in Rochelle whose father and uncle were assistant fire chiefs in Montgomery and Aurora, respectively, said the rituals help form a bond among fire department personnel.

“This ceremony is a tradition that provides a sense of identity and roots, and that’s good,” he said. “People that grew up as firemen always felt this push-in ceremony was an honor.”

The tradition can be traced to the late 1800s, when fire departments used horse-drawn equipment and hand-drawn pumpers. Since it was difficult to get horses to push equipment backwards, firefighters would move it by hand into the storage bays.

The new engine cost more than $600,000 and was designed with input from the fire department and a number of upgrades. The engine should see about 12 years of active service, followed by another eight in reserve.

Former St. Charles Firefighter Don Frohling, a 37-year department veteran, was on hand for the event Saturday.

thanks Dan

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New engine for St Charles

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Pierce City of St Charles, IL 31055

new fire engine for St Charles IL

Pierce composite

thanks AL

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New pumper/squad for Deerfield-Bannockburn

Pierce Dash CF PUC fire engine

New pumper/squad for Deerfield Engine 19. Pierce composite

thanks Asher

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Working fire in Niles, 7-8-14

This from Steve Redick:

Heavy smoke was pushing from a vacant warehouse in Niles, IL when companies arrived Tuesday evening. All operations were conducted from the exterior and an in-line pumping operation was established due to the building’s location in an industrial park at 7847 Caldwell Avenue. One additional engine was added to the working fire response, and the fire was declared under control within 30 minutes.

fire engine at warehouse fire

Steve Redick photo

fire in a vacant warehouse

Steve Redick photo

fire engine at warehouse fire

Steve Redick photo

ladder pipe being setup at warehouse fire

Steve Redick photo

firemen cut through overhead door

Steve Redick photo

fire in a vacant metal warehouse

Steve Redick photo

Pierce tower ladder at night

Steve Redick photo

Pierce quint pumping inline

Steve Redick photo

Pierce Dash CF PUC fire engine

Steve Redick photo

ladder pipe being setup at warehouse fire

Steve Redick photo

More photos at fire scenes.net

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Skokie FD apparatus

Karl Klotz submitted images showing all of Skokie’s engines:

Skokie Fire Department Engine 16

Skokie Engine 16. Karl Klotz photo

Skokie Fire Department reserve engine

Former Skokie Engine 17, now is the reserve engine. Karl Klotz photo

Skokie Fire Department Engine 17

Skokie Engine 17. Karl Klotz photo

Skokie Fire Department Engine 18

Skokie Engine 18. Karl Klotz photo

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New engine for Skokie Engine 17

This from Jeff Rudolph:

Here is a shot of E17 for the web site and a shot of the old and new units together. The fate of the 88 Pierce arrow is unknown ATT. Jeff R.
Skokie FD Engine 17

Skokie Engine 17, a 2013 Pierce Dash CF PUC 1500/500. Jeff Rudolph photo

Skokie Fire Department Engine 17

The old Skokie Engine 17, a 1997 Pierce Saber and the new 2013 Pierce Dash CF. Jeff Rudolph photo

Previous posts area HEREHERE, and HERE.

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New engine for Morris

Kevin Griffin  and Al Schlick spotted this new delivery on the Pierce Flickr site for Morris, IL

new fire engine for Morris IL

Pierce composite

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Suburban web site updates

Several suburban departments have been updated on the web site:

MABAS Division 1

MABAS Division 3

  • Skokie Engine 17 has been added
  • Glenview Ambulance 6 and Truck 14 have been added. The reserve engine and ambulance have been updated.

MABAS Division 4

MABAS Division 10

MABAS Division 12

MABAS Division 16

Images were supplied by Tyler Tobolt, Dennis McGuire, Jr., Jeff Rudolph, Larry Shapiro, Drew Gresik, John Tulipano, and Matt Tessler.

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New engine for Skokie

This from Josh Boyajian:

Here are some pictures I’ve taken of Skokie’s new 2013 Pierce Dash CF Puc last weekend! The rear of the engine has a special compartment or storage area for the last 200 feet of their skid loads. Instead of the 200′ horseshoe of 1-3/4 or 2-1/2 that is on top of the skid, they have it in these compartments that are shoulder height! Which in my opinion is pretty cool and very firefighter friendly. Also the inside of the Dash CF cab, how much room is inside it. Very nice engine! Enjoy!
Thanks Josh Boyajian
new engine for Skokie Fire Department Engine 17

Josh Boyajian photo

new engine for Skokie Fire Department Engine 17

Josh Boyajian photo

new engine for Skokie Fire Department Engine 17

Josh Boyajian photo

new engine for Skokie Fire Department Engine 17

Josh Boyajian photo

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New area apparatus

Martin Nowak spotted the following images on the Pierce Flickr site:

Plainfield FD fire engine

New engine for Plainfield – Pierce so# 26372. Pierce composite

Skokie FD Engine 17 Pierce Dash CF PUC

New Pierce unit for Skokie Engine 17 with Pierce so# 25399. Pierce composite

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