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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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St Charles Fire Department news

Excerpts from insidestcharles.com:

The St Charles Fire Department is very excited to put a new fire engine into service at Station 3. The fire engine is the first of three to be purchased over the next three years. It took a committee of 8 fire officers and firefighters over two years to spec and design the engine that was built by Pierce Manufacturing. It took 10 months to build the engine that has many of the same safety features as a new car including front and side airbags in the cab, ABS brakes, traction control, roll stability control, independent front suspension, and an air ride rear suspension. It has a 750-gallon water tank, pumps 1,500 gallons of water per minute, has 40 gallons of foam, and carries three different size ladders. 

The services that the fire department provides have changed significantly over the last 20 years. The engine has become a multi-purpose vehicle capable of mitigating a variety of emergencies besides fires. Engines are staffed with paramedics and their needed medical equipment, rescue tools, water rescue gear, power saws, and large fans to exhaust smoke and toxic gases. 

Each engine has a service life of 20 years and the fire department allocates money every year into an apparatus replacement fund for the service life of each vehicle in order to pay for its replacement in full at the time of purchase. 

About the Traditional Fire Service “Push-In Ceremony”

The Push-In Ceremony is a tradition that dates back to the late 1800s when fire departments used hand-drawn pumpers and horse-drawn equipment. Upon returning to the station after a fire call, the horses could not easily back the equipment into the station, so they were disconnected from the fire equipment and firefighters would push the equipment back in to the bay themselves.

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St Charles Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

An off-duty Geneva firefighter helped three neighbors escape unharmed early Sunday after fire swept through their St. Charles home, causing an estimated $100,000 in damage.

St. Charles firefighters were called to a home on the 1000 block of Ronzheimer Avenue about 2:18 a.m. Sunday. They arrived about five minutes later to find one house fully engulfed in flames that was extending to a neighboring home.

Firefighters were able to first stop the spread of the fire into the second home and then get the main fire under control within 40 minutes.

 Officials said a neighbor returning home from work early Sunday first spotted the fire and called 911, while her husband, the off-duty firefighter, woke up the residents. No residents or firefighters were injured, officials said, but the off-duty firefighter suffered a minor injury.

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New area apparatus orders

  • Des Plaines Fire Department  – Pierce Arrow XT pumper,  2,000-gpm pump, 750-gallon water tank, 25-gallon foam cell. Delivery in October.
  • Oak Brook Fire Department – Pierce Enforcer PUC pumper, 1,500-gpm pump, 1,000-gallon water tank, 20-gallon foam cell. Delivery in September.
  • Plainfield Fire Protection District – Pierce Enforcer tanker-pumper, 1,250-gpm pump, 3,000-gallon water tank. Delivery in October.
  • St. Charles Fire Department  – Pierce Dash CF PUC pumper, 1,500-gpm pump, 750-gallon water tank. Delivery in September.

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Technical rescue/recovery in Geneva, 2-3-17

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the death of a 47-year-old West Dundee man who was killed Friday while installing a sign on a tower at Geneva Commons.

“A worker was crushed while he was in his aerial lift while he was working on a sign,” said OSHA spokesman Scott Allen. “We do have two OSHA compliance officers at the scene. We’re conducting interviews with potential witnesses, the employer and employees.”

Authorities said Donald J. Tentler, 47, was killed in the accident, which occurred at about 11:48 a.m. Friday. Tentler and another worker were at the top of the bell tower.

Firefighters found Tentler unconscious and unresponsive, and he was later pronounced dead at the scene. The other worker was able to walk down a fire truck ladder, but it took three hours to remove Tentler’s body from the bell tower.

“It seems to be some kind of mechanical malfunction. Whether it was human error or mechanical (failure), I don’t know,” Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said. “The worker was pinned by the lifting device.”

Fire agencies assisting Geneva at the scene included St. Charles, West Chicago, and Batavia.

2/3/17 GENEVA, IL – Technical Rescue – Fatal Construction Accident – Worker pinned inside tower at Geneva Commons shopping center 322 Commons Dr. – Video by Dave Weaver

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New engine for St Charles

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Pierce St Charles Fire Dept, IL 29825

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St Charles FD Engine 103

Pierce St Charles Fire Dept, IL 29825. Pierce composite

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Box Alarm in Geneva, 10-26-16

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I’ve attached a few images and a video from a

box alarm Wednesday (10/26/16) at 702 Redwing in Geneva

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Geneva fire engine at fire scene

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house fire with white smoke

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fire chief at fire scene

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firefighters overhaul after house fire

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firefighters overhaul after house fire

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firefighters overhaul after house fire

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firefighters overhaul after house fire

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firefighter overhauls after house fire

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St Charles fire truck at house fire

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St Charles Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

St. Charles aldermen unanimously approved a new, four-year contract with the St. Charles Professional Firefighter’s Association I.A.F.F. local 3322. The agreement is retroactive to May 1. It expires April 30, 2020. The deal locks in raises of 2 percent each of the first three years. The final year calls for a 2.5 percent raise.

 The department has about 50 full-time employees — around 18 percent of the city’s 269-person workforce. A new, $29,640 study will help determine if all those employees receive a competitive wage.

The city first put its current compensation philosophy in place 20 years ago. The idea is to pay wages higher than 75 percent of comparable communities within 20 miles of St. Charles. The study will determine who the city’s competitors are and what current best management practice is for employee wages.

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