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Pink Fire Trucks Come to Buffalo Grove

From today’s Daily Herald:

Charity event, pink fire trucks a prelude to Buffalo Grove days

Buffalo Grove Days traditionally kicks off with a charity softball game involving village officials and local volunteers on the Wednesday before Labor Day.

This year, the game, which is sponsored by the Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place, as it usually does, at 6:30 p.m. today at Emmerich Park, at Lake-Cook Road and Raupp Boulevard.

What’s new is that four pink fire trucks will be parked near the field.

The four trucks are part of the Pink Heals Tour, during which firefighters from across the country drive a fleet of pink fire engines across the United States to raise cancer awareness, particularly cancer affecting women. The trucks began traveling in mid-August and will continue their journey until the end of October. One of the drivers will be Buffalo Grove Firefighter Steve Rusin, who, driving on his own time, will pilot one of the trucks from Florida through Texas.

Buffalo Grove Trustee and cancer survivor DeAnn Glover, liaison to the committee in charge of Buffalo Grove Days, said, “Kids can climb on them, and everybody can sign and leave a message of hope and honor for those who are fighting the battle or those who have lost the fight.”

Buffalo Grove Fire Chief Terry Vavra said he has been in contact with Dave Graybill, the Arizona firefighter who spearheaded the effort. “The reason why he started this is that as men we need to respond to the people that mean the most to us, our families and particularly our mothers, because if you ever watched a sports player, he doesn’t say, ‘Hi, Dad.’ He says, ‘Hi, Mom.'”

Vavra said Graybill is also starting a blue fire truck program to raise awareness of cancer in men.

The Buffalo Grove Fire Department sold just less than 600 Pink Heals shirts this year, up from a little less than 300 last year.

Pink Heals Tour

Steve Rusin at the show wearing the pink turnout gear which is associated with the Pink Heals Tour. Larry Shapiro photo

Last week, one of the pink trucks was at the IAFC trade show at McCormick Place. Buffalo Grove Firefighter Steve Rusin was on hand at the booth along with Dave Graybill.

Pink Heals Tour

One of the trucks was at the trade show last week in CHicago. Larry SHapiro photo

Pink Heals Tour

Betty Ganschow, Dave Graybill, and Steve Rusin at the trade show. Larry Shapiro photo

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Traditional Wet Down in Buffalo Grove

The Buffalo Grove Fire Department brought a touch of what is considered by many as being an ‘East-Coast Volunteer Fire Company’ tradition to the Chicago area. This morning they had a wet-down ceremony to welcome the new Ferrara engine and Ferrara tower ladder to their new home. The event was attended by current and former Buffalo Grove fire department personnel, village officials and other invited guests. Chief Vavra made a brief opening statement which was followed by a hosing down of the rigs. Guests and firefighters then dried the rigs before ‘pushing’ them into station 26. Both rigs should be in service within the next month and a half. The engine is slated to be assigned to Station 27 and the tower will likely go into service at Station 26. The KME 75′ Quint now assigned to Station 27 would then be moved to Station 25.

Buffalo Grove is trading in the 1991 E-ONE 75′ Hush Quint and the 1989 Seagrave engine.

Buffalo Grove Fire Department Ferrara engine and tower ladder

The new Ferrara tower ladder and Ferrara engine at Station 26 in Buffalo Grove. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department wet down

A Buffalo Grove firefighter 'wetting down' the new tower ladder. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department wet down

Fire department personnel and guests wipe down the new Buffalo Grove Ferrara tower ladder. Photo by Larry Shapiro

Buffalo Grove Fire Department wet down

Buffalo Grove firefighters get help from a few friends to push the new tower ladder into the station for the first time. Photo by Larry Shapiro

Buffalo Grove Fire Department wet down

Buffalo Grove's new tower ladder is pushed into Station 26. The apparatus bay door was raised last year to accommodate the new rig. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department wet down

Buffalo Grove engine 217 which is slated to go into service on the north end of town at Station 27 is pushed into the headquarters station for the first time. Photo by Larry Shapiro

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