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New engines for Rockford

From the Global Emergency Products Facebook page:

We want to thank the City of Rockford Fire Dept. for the recent order of three (3) new Pierce Enforcer PUC pumpers! 

 

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New quints for Rockford

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Pierce Rockford Fire Department, IL 32582-03, Pierce Rockford Fire Department, IL 32582-02

Pierce Rockford Fire Department, IL 32582-02

Pierce composite

Pierce Rockford Fire Department, IL 32582-03

Pierce composite

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from mystateline.com:

Ryan Curry is an Iraq veteran who does charity work through his group “Beneath the Beard,” which was formed to help military veterans with PTSD.

On Tuesday, some of Curry’s colleagues from the Rockford firefighter’s union invited him out to Old Chicago for lunch. “I was getting a hold of some other people with the fundraising things we were doing, and a police officer came in and said someone had hit my car,” said a surprised Curry. What started as a white lie ended with a wounded Marine vet receiving a much needed pickup truck. 

The Rockford Firefighters Local 413 raises money each year to purchase cars for wounded vets, and Curry was this year’s winner.

“I got wounded in Iraq in 2006, August 30th,” Curry said. “I hit and IED and I hit a lot of them. So, that was my 7th concussion within 30 days, so I had some damage to my frontal lobe. The final time I hit, I put some shrapnel in my body, and severed by ear drums.”

Curry’s mission didn’t end in Iraq. He learned that, in order to help himself, he had to help others. “I felt that this natural, little part of us that helps us, mentally helping somebody else, and that kind of catches on, and that’s where it has kind of gone from,” he said.

Curry’s work with the department involves charity work, collecting donations and delivering them to the people who need them. Over the past few months, firefighters noticed that he was making multiple pick-up runs in his old car. “We raised close to 80 turkeys, and I delivered them to all the veterans in hospice care and people who are in need,” Curry said. “It takes a lot of trips in my old vehicle, so I can load the back of [the new pickup truck] with Christmas gifts.”

“It was important for us to touch base with Ryan and acknowledge his service, and the sacrifice he made,” Firefighter Christopher Scol said. “And not just the sacrifice he made, but when he got back from being deployed [in the military] and dealt with his personal issues and injuries, he continues to serve the community in a capacity that’s just inspiring.”

To help Curry in one of the many causes he is involved in, visit beneaththebeard.org

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from rrstar.com:

Aldermen on Monday agreed to buy the Rockford Fire Department three new quints for $3.2 million under terms of a 4.2 percent loan. The loan will cost the city $479,529 a year for eight years.

The vehicles are expected to provide front-line response to fires, rescues, and medical emergencies for about seven years before moving to a reserve truck capacity, Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten said.

“We got rid of the typical ladder trucks four years ago,” Bergsten said. “Now they’re multipurpose so they can go to any emergency.”

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from mystateline.com:

Rockford firefighters attempted to make one neighborhood feel a little safer as they went door to door to install smoke alarms and conduct home safety surveys.

The Rockford Fire Department undertook the initiative in the neighborhood of Winnebago and Maple Streets, in response to a deadly fire last week that claimed the life of a 1-year-old child.

The Rockford Fire Department routinely does similar visits to neighborhoods throughout the city in the aftermath of significant fires.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from rrstar.com:

A lawsuit filed one year to the day after a June 25, 2017 fire destroyed the historic Hanley Furniture building claims the city refused to allow owners of an adjacent building to access their property, allowing 3 feet of rainwater to pool on the roof and damage the structure.

Rockford Mutual Insurance Co. — which insured the building on behalf of Sam and Linda Pirrello, owners of 307 S. Main St. — filed the lawsuit at the Winnebago County Courthouse. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $464,472 — the amount the insurance company paid to the Pirrellos.

Mayor Tom McNamara said the city acted exactly as it should have and praised the coordinated response by Rockford firefighters, public works crews, and the water division. Because of concern about the Hanley Building’s structural integrity, the city didn’t allow any work to proceed at the adjacent building, but the fire department did allow tenants and owners the chance to enter the building briefly to assess damage and retrieve small items.

“We did everything we could to make sure everyone was safe, and we tried to mitigate the damage to that building as much as we could,” McNamara said. “Not one person got injured in one of the largest fires our city has seen in 30 years outside that Asher Tool fire.”

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from wrex.com:

A veteran in the stateline is a proud winner of a 2018 Ford F-150. Rockford Firefighters Local 413 raises money so it can buy cars for wounded vets and this year’s lucky recipient is Ryan Curry.

Ryan was injured in Iraq in 2006 when his unit hit an I.E.D and was ambushed. He started a group for veterans with PTSD called “Beneath the Beard” and dedicates his time giving back to the community. He says that this new car will help him reach more people in the area.

Rockford Firefighters Local 413 are hosting a special game at the Rockford Rivets Stadium this Friday night and will sell special jerseys for Wheels 4 Warriors.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from wrex.com:

The Rockford Fire Department added Epi, a nearly 2-year-old arson dog, to the department back in December. In just those short 4 months, Epi has been able to make two arson arrests herself. The department says she was able to sniff out the suspect all the way back to their house to make the arrest.

With the new addition of four paws and a keen nose, the department says they have seen an increase in the amount of evidence found during arson investigations.

“Two years I’ve been an arson investigator, I think I’ve maybe taken 30-40 samples in those two years. I’ve taken well over 40 with her in just the last few months,” Rockford Fire Arson Investigator John McGee said.

Epi recently traveled to California for her ATF re-certification and received 100 percent on her exam.

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New mobile command post for Rockford (more)

Rockford has traded in their former mobile command post which is being offered for sale

From the LDV website:

This used mobile command center features a Freightliner MT-55 with 40′ overall length walk in van body as the platform. Full specifications are available upon request.

  • 5.9L turbo charged 210HP Cummins diesel engine
  • Allison HD 4-speed automatic transmission
  • (4) Havis Shield 500w quick raise lights
  • 20′ telescoping mast and camera system
  • Large exterior storage compartments
  • (2) Coleman 15,000BTU roof mounted a/c unit
  • Propane furnace with newer propane tank
  • Winegrad satellite system
  • Ample interior storage with freshly painted oak cabinets
  • Full galley area including microwave, coffee maker, sink and refrigerator (new in 2017)
  • Bench seating and large table in command area
  • LDV tv/monitors in work and command areas
  • Onboard weather station
  • Interior night lighting
VEHICLE DETAILS
  • Type Emergency Response Vehicles
  • Year 2000
  • Make LDV
  • Model Step van
  • Mileage 16500
  • Size/length 40 ft
  • Heat No
  • A/C No
  • Location Rockford, IL
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • • Freightliner MT-55
  • • 30′ walk in style van body
  • • 250″ wheel base
  • • Hydraulic brake system
  • • Kohler 15W liquid-cooled diesel generator with 2500 hours
  • • 22′ retractable awnings
  • • Heavy duty leveling system

Rockford Police Department mobile command post for sale

Rockford Police Department mobile command post for sale

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New mobile command post for Rockford

Excerpts from rrstar.com:

The Rockford City Council on Tuesday approved the purchase of a $374,500 mobile command vehicle that will be shared by the fire and police departments.

A large trailer, it will serve as a training and incident command post for the fire department when responding to large-scale emergencies or for training exercises. Police could use it during critical incidents or SWAT team deployments. It could be a shared command space in cases of a natural disaster or mass casualty incident, Rockford Fire Division Chief Matthew Knott said.

The vehicle is being bought from Lynch Diversified Vehicles of Burlington, Wisconsin. Funding is coming from a $250,000 Assistance to Firefighters grant, $25,000 from the fire department operations budget, and $100,000 from the police operating budget.

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