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Sycamore Fire Protection District news

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2-Alarm fire in Sycamore, 7-27-19 (more)

This from Eric Haak:

The Sycamore, Illinois Fire Department was toned out at 1740 hrs Saturday afternoon (7/27) for a balcony fire at the St. Albans Greens Apartment Complex. Early images taken by residents showed a very small fire in the corner of a second floor balcony in the “C” side of the u-shaped apartment complex. Upon the arrival of the incident commander, heavy smoke was reported from the rear and the fire was reported to already be in the attic. The incident was boxed on arrival. An aggressive interior attack was initiated but shortly after 1800 hrs, companies went defensive. The front section of this structure measured 250′ x 60′ with 150′ x 60′ wings on each end with the nearest hydrant being 400′ away. My arrival was over 1.5 hours after the initial dispatch. All of the above commentary is observations made by myself and should not be taken as an official account by any means.

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Firefighters in tower ladder bucket

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vintage Snorkel working at a fire

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heavy smoke as Firefighters battle apartment building fire

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heavy smoke as Firefighters battle apartment building fire

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heavy smoke as Firefighters battle apartment building fire

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heavy smoke as Firefighters battle apartment building fire

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Firefighters battle apartment building fire

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Firefighters battle apartment building fire at night

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2-Alarm fire in Sycamore, 7-27-19

Firefighters battled a 2-Alarm fire in a U-shaped apartment complex at 711 S. Main Street in Sycamore, 7/27/29.

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heavy fire destroys apartment building

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heavy fire destroys apartment building

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heavy fire destroys apartment building

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Sycamore Fire Department news (more

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The Sycamore City Council unanimously approved a consideration to buy a replacement fire engine through a purchasing cooperative agreement during its meeting Monday. The department will work with one of two cooperatives to purchase an engine with a water capacity of 3,000 gallons for an estimated $550,000. It will replace the 30-year-old Engine 4.

Engine 4 was purchased in 1989 and was meant for rural communities because of the truck’s high water capacity. Now faced with a growing rural population, the department needs a newer truck that can hold even more. The department will sell Engine 4 to offset the cost of the half-million-dollar truck it plans to purchase. The city and the fire protection district will also provide $365,000.

The agreement will allow the department to work with Texas-based HGACBuy or Minnesota-based Sourcewell to secure a cheaper price on a Rosenbauer pumper-tanker. A previous purchasing cooperative agreement saved the fire department $5,000 on an ambulance.

Sycamore firefighters responded at 3 a.m. Saturday to a fire at a Sycamore home. No injuries were reported, but the fire was estimated to have caused $150,000 in damage. Assistant Fire Chief Todd Turner told council members that it didn’t matter whether firefighters who responded to Saturday morning’s fire had a new truck, they would have run out of water. However, an engine with a higher capacity than Engine 4’s 2,000 gallons would have helped.

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Sycamore Fire Department news

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The Sycamore Fire Department has secured most of the money it needs to purchase a half-million-dollar fire engine but wants permission from the city council to find a better deal.

The fire department will seek approval from the council to enter into a cooperative purchasing agreement to get the best possible deal on a replacement fire engine. The department wants to replace its 30-year-old Engine 4 with a newer truck that can hold 3,000 gallons as opposed to the current truck’s 2,000-gallon capacity. The agreement would allow the department to work with government agencies in other states that specialize in government contract proposals to secure more competitive pricing.

The department estimates a new truck to cost $550,000, but the final number could be lower should the department seek outside help. A recently purchased ambulance was $5,000 less because it was bought through a purchasing agreement with a Chicago metro-wide cooperative.

Because of the amount of water on board, Engine 4, is primarily used for fires in rural areas that lack access to fire hydrants. Each of the department’s other two engines carry 1,000 gallons. The rural areas in DeKalb County have grown since 1989, and the department needs a reliable truck that can hold more water.

At the top of the fire department’s list is a Rosenbauer pumper-tender, and it’s seeking approval from the city council to enter an agreement with one of two cooperatives who contract with Rosenbauer America; the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s HGACBuy, a Texas-based cooperative, and Sourcewell, a Minnesota-based cooperative.

The city of Sycamore and the Sycamore Fire Protection District will provide $365,000 of the projected $500,000 needed for the engine. The rest will come from the sale of Engine 4 and current and future Sycamore Fire Department capital allowances.

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