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New engine for St Charles FD

Excerpts from the City of St Charles council meeting:

During last fiscal year’s budget process, the fire department proposed combining the funding for two pieces of fire apparatus and purchasing one replacement vehicle. This would result in the fire department fleet total being reduced by one vehicle. The two vehicles considered were a 2006 engine company and a 2003 heavy rescue. Advantages to implementing this plan include the following:

• Immediate savings of $83,893 from the total budgeted for the replacement of the 2006 and 2003 apparatus

• Long term savings in monies allocated annually for vehicle replacement: One vehicle to replace instead of two

• Both current vehicles will be sold and the monies placed back into the replacement schedule

• Annual operational savings in the form of repair costs, fuel, tires and other consumables

We have conferred with the fleet maintenance group and the City Vehicle Replacement Committee. Both have agreed that the identified plan is advantageous to the city. The city is a member of the Houston Galveston Purchasing Cooperative (HGAC Buy) and the fire department desires to use this organization to complete the purchase utilizing their bidding agreement with Global Emergency Products for a Pierce Dash CF PUC pumper. The item is brought before committee at this time in order to avoid a 3% price increase and save the city approximately $22,750. Additional savings will be made through the utilization of HGAC Buy ($40,000) and from prepaying for the apparatus ($21,032). While the order will be placed before the beginning of the fiscal year, the construction time of approximately 10 months will result in the delivery of the vehicle well into the budgeted year. This is a budgeted expense.

purchase agreement for new fire engine for the St Charles FD purchase agreement for new fire engine for the St Charles FD

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St Charles Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The St. Charles Fire Department has retained Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for once again meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program.

The St. Charles Fire Department is one of only 250 agencies to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence Inc. The department was first accredited in 2013.

CFAI is dedicated to assisting fire and emergency service agencies throughout the world achieve excellence through self-assessment and accreditation to continually improve and enhance services to their communities.

The CFAI process is voluntary, and provides an agency with an improvement model to assess its service delivery and performance internally. The agency then works with a team of peers from other agencies to evaluate its completed self-assessment.

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Working fire in St. Charles, 2-22-18

This from Dave Weaver, radioman911.com:

2/22/18 SAINT CHARLES – Woman Rescued from Apartment Fire at Carroll Tower 200 N. 2nd St.

At 10:39 PM the St. Charles FD was dispatched to an activated fire alarm at the Carroll Tower apartment building. Firefighters arrived at 10:41 PM and found a working kitchen fire on the second floor of the six-story building. The female occupant was unable to exit the fire apartment. The incident was then upgraded to a General Alarm to bring additional resources to the scene. Firefighters removed the victim from the fire apartment and transported her to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva with non-life-threatening injuries. The sprinkler system held the fire in check in the kitchen and firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in approximately 15 minutes. There was a considerable amount of smoke throughout the second floor and firefighters remained on the scene until approximately 12:15 AM evacuating smoke, assisting the occupants of the remaining second floor units back to their apartments and conducting the fire investigation. Some of the occupants of the building had been evacuated to the lobby and some were sheltered in place as firefighters were able to rapidly extinguish the fire. The fire was contained to the kitchen of the apartment of origin and there were no other injuries to the occupants or to firefighters. The cause of the fire is attributed to combustible materials being left on a stove top and is considered accidental. Fire loss is estimated at $50,000. The St. Charles FD was assisted on the scene by the Geneva, Batavia, and Elburn fire departments. The North Aurora FD changed quarters to Saint Charles to assist with any additional incidents while units were operating at the fire.  Video by Dave Weaver.

 

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Box Alarm in West Chicago, 3-10-18 (more)

More photos of the Box Alarm in West Chicago, 3-10-18 from Steve Redick

Carol Stream Fire District Squad 27

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Carol Stream Fire District Truck 28

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Carol Stream Fire District Truck 28

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West Chicago FDP Tanker 5

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Firefighters at house fire

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Carol Stream Fire District Truck 28

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St Charles Fire Department tanker

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Carol Stream Fire District Squad 27

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West Chicago FPD tower ladder

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Warrenville Fire Protection District tower ladder

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York Center FPD tanker

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Carol Stream Fire District Engine 29

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St. Charles Fire Department news

Excerpts from StCharlesil.gov:

At 10:39 p.m. Feb. 22, 2018, the St. Charles Fire Department was dispatched to an activated fire alarm at the Caroll Towers, 200 N. Second Street. Firefighters arrived at 10:41 and found a working kitchen fire on the second floor of the six-story building, with a female occupant unable to exit the fire apartment. The incident was upgraded at this time to a General Alarm bringing additional resources to the scene. Firefighters removed the victim from the fire apartment and she was transported to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva with non-life threatening injuries.

The sprinkler system held the fire in check in the kitchen and firefighters were able to complete extinguishment in approximately 15 minutes. There was a considerable amount of smoke throughout the second floor and firefighters remained on the scene until approximately 12:15 evacuating smoke, assisting the occupants of the remaining second floor units back to their apartments and conducting the fire investigation. Some of the occupants of the building had been evacuated to the lobby and some were sheltered in place as firefighters were able to rapidly extinguish the fire. The fire was contained to the kitchen of the apartment of origin and there were no other injuries to the occupants or to firefighters.

The cause of the fire is attributed to combustible materials being left on a stove top and is considered accidental. Fire loss is estimated at $50,000. The St. Charles Fire Department was assisted by the Geneva, Batavia, and Elburn Fire Departments at the scene. The North Aurora Fire Department changed quarters to assist with any additional incidents while St. Charles units were operating at the fire.

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St Charles Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Kanecountychronicle.com:

No one was injured during a fire at a St. Charles apartment complex Feb. 7. The call came at about 1 p.m. at the Surrey Hill Apartments, 201 N. Tyler Road, resulting in an evacuation of the building to the lobby while firefighters worked to extinguish the fire which apparently started on a fourth floor balcony.

The apartments have balconies located next to each other and the fire extended to both of the sides. Investigators were trying to determine the balcony where the fire started – as well as how it started. Both apartments had some smoke damage, but the bulk of the fire and damage was to the balconies and the roof overhang. Damages were estimated at $10,000.

The St. Charles Fire Department was assisted by the Geneva, Batavia, Elburn, and West Chicago fire departments.

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As seen around … St. Charles

This from Mike Maida:

I was in St. Charles last Sunday and happened to pass buy their Station 1 and was able to photograph both engine 102, 103 and Truck 101.

St Charles FD Engine 102

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St Charles fire trucks

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St Charles FD Engine 103

St Charles FD Engine 103

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St Charles FD Engine 103

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St Charles FD Engine 103

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St Charles FD Engine 103

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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.

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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

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2-Alarm fire in St Charles, 7-31-17

This from John Tulipano:

A few images from Monday’s 2nd Alarm in St Charles.
 
I’ve loaded more to my website
 
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firefighters with hose line after house fire

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firefighters with hose line

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hose lines and master stream at fire scene

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St Charles FD quint at fire scene

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St Charles FD engine at fire scene

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firefighters overhaul after a house fire

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firefighters overhaul after a house fire

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firefighters overhaul after a house fire

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firefighter overhauls after a house fire

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firefighter with saw after house fire

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firefighter oon ladder at house fire

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firefighters overhaul after a house fire

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