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Western Springs Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

On a night deemed bittersweet, the Western Springs Village Board with fire department staff and members of the Hinsdale and La Grange fire departments took time Monday to send Capt. Steve Heinzelman off to retirement.

One of Heinzelman’s most noted achievements in his 22 years with the village was the response he organized to Hurricane Harvey’s catastrophic flooding across Texas in August 2017. Officials said he reached out to fire departments near Katy, Texas, found out what firefighters there needed and organized a collection drive.

Heinzelman was often seen putting in long hours grilling at Gathering on the Green, the village’s spring community event.

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New ambulance for Western Springs FD

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:

New Ambulance 1714 – 2018 Ford F650 Lifeline Type 1

Western Springs FD Ambulance 1714 - 2018 Ford F650 Lifeline Type 1

Chi-Town Fire Photos

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New engine for Western Springs

This from Josh Boyajian:

Western Springs Engine 1721 – 2017 Pierce Saber 1500/750

Western Springs FD Engine 1721

Western Springs FD Engine 1721 – 2017 Pierce Saber 1500/750. Josh Boyajian photo

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Western Springs Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Fire stations in Western Springs are draped in purple bunting to mourn the death of Lt. Richard “Dick” Jacobson who died June 20 after a long battle with ALS. Jacobson, 58, was a paid on-call firefighter.

He was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2011. He was appointed to the fire department in 2005 and remained involved and on the active roster for the past 12 years.

Fire Chief Patrick J. Kenny said Jacobson, who also trained as a mechanical engineer and worked as a project manager, volunteered for the department after receiving a letter appealing for community members to join the force.

Kenny said Jacobson approached ALS with the courage of a true hero. 

Jacobson was born in December 26, 1958. He grew up Highland Park and attended Deerfield High School where he met the girl who would become his wife, Kristen. The two didn’t start dating until after college. They both attended the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Kristen Jacobson said her husband loved firefighting for several reasons, including because it appealed to his natural sense of curiosity.

After being diagnosed with ALS, he became an advocate for research and education about the disease.

“He knew he couldn’t really fight it. But he educated others. He educated himself and he offered himself for clinical studies,” she said.

In addition to fundraising, he engaged with his doctors to learn about the illness.

In addition to his wife, Jacobson is survived by his children Rachel, Michelle, Arturo, and Andrew.

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Western Springs Fire Department news

From the Western Springs Fire Department:

WESTERN SPRINGS FIRE DEPARTMENT

Thursday June 22, 2017

To: All Western Springs Fire Department Personnel- Village Officials-Directors-Village Personnel-MABAS Division 10 Members-Press Members

From: Fire Chief Patrick J Kenny
Re: Passing of Lieutenant Richard Jacobson

It is with deep regret that I am informing you of the passing of Lieutenant Richard Jacobson. Lieutenant “Dick” Jacobson passed on to his new life in the company of his family. Lieutenant Jacobson has battled ALS since being diagnosed in 2011 with the courage and dignity reserved for true heroes. His battle ended Tuesday June 20, 2017.

Lieutenant Jacobson was appointed in 2005 and remained involved and on the active roster for the past 12 years until his passing. Memorial bunting will be hung as well as the Fire Department flag will be lowered to half-mast at both Fire Stations. Both tributes will remain in place for 30 days.

Services for Lieutenant Richard Jacobson were June 23, 2017.

In lieu of flowers family has requested donations to:

  • The Les Turner ALS Foundation http://lesturnerals.org/ (847) 679-3311
  • Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois https://www.lcfs.org/ (800) 363-LCFS
 

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New engine for Western Springs FD

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Western Springs FD so# 30412-1

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new fire engine for the Western Springs FD

New Western Springs engine. Pierce Composite

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Western Springs Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

A second fire on the same block in Western Springs within 24 hours was extinguished Thursday evening, and both are now being investigated as arson, Western Springs police said.

A vacant house was reported on fire at 5:30 p.m. on the 4900 block of Woodland Avenue, just two doors from of another vacant home that caught fire on Wednesday evening.

That house had been vacant for at least three year and also burned on March 7, Western Springs. The source of the March 7 fire was undetermined, said Western Springs Police Chief Brian Budds. The second fire at the house is considered suspicious.

Less than 24 hours later, a woman noticed smoke coming out of the eaves of the house two doors to the north.

While firefighters tried to force open the side door, a relative of the owner arrived with a key.  A Western Spring police officer said he had been out to check on the house Thursday morning and it was locked securely.

Budds said Thursday night’s fire also has been determined to be suspicious and police are investigating both fires as  arson.

Police ask anyone with information to call the department at 708-246-8540.

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Area apparatus orders

From Fire Apparatus Magazine –

E-ONE-Aurora Fire Department, two top-mount pumpers. Cyclone cabs and chassis; Cummins ISL 330-hp engines; Hale Qmax 1,500-gpm pumps; UPF Poly 780-gallon tanks; 50-gallon foam cells; Akron foam eductor foam systems. Sold by Greg Hansen, Fire Service, Inc., Naperville, IL. Delivery in November.

E-ONE-Bloomington Fire Department eMAX rescue-pumper. Quest severe-duty cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 450-hp engine; UPF Poly 750-gallon tank; “Bloomington” low hosebed; Onan 6-kW generator; Command Light KL415 light tower; Whelen warning and scene lighting. Sold by Craig Hamrick, Banner Fire Equipment, Roxana, IL. Delivery in December.

E-ONE-Buffalo Grove Fire Department pumper. Typhoon cab and chassis; Cummins ISL 450-hp engine; Hale Qmax 2,000-gpm pump; UPF Poly 780-gallon tank; Will-Burt Night Scan Chief NS1.8 light tower; Smart Power 6-kW generator. Sold by Greg Hansen, Fire Service, Inc., Naperville, IL. Delivery in December.

E-ONE-Buffalo Grove Fire Department 78-foot aerial quint. Cyclone II cab and chassis; Cummins ISX12 500-hp engine; Hale Qmax 2,000-gapm pump; UPF Poly 400-gallon tank; Smart Power 10-kW generator; two hydraulic cord reels with Holmatro CORE Technology™ hose. Sold by Greg Hansen, Fire Service, Inc., Naperville, IL. Delivery in December.

Pierce-Clarendon Hills Fire Department heavy-duty rescue. Enforcer cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 450-hp engine; 15-foot walk-around rescue body; Will-Burt Pow X NS6.0 light tower; Harrison 20-kW generator. Sold by John Kenna, Global Emergency Products, Aurora, IL. Delivery in July 2017.

E-ONE-Gurnee Fire Department 95-foot rear-mount platform quint. Cyclone II cab and chassis; Cummins ISX 500-hp engine; Hale Qmax 1,500-gpm pump; UPF 300-gallon tank; 20-gallon foam cell; FoamPro single-agent foam system. Sold by Andrew DiVerde, Fire Service, Inc., Naperville, IL. Delivery in February 2017.

E-ONE-Gurnee Fire Department heavy-duty rescue. Typhoon cab and chassis; Cummins ISL 380-hp engine; 20-foot walk-around rescue body; Will-Burt LED light tower; SpaceSaver cascade system and fill station; ladder tunnel for ground ladders. Sold by Andrew DiVerde, Fire Service, Inc., Naperville, IL. Delivery in May 2017.

Alexis-Fox Lake Fire Protection District, Ingleside, pumper. Spartan Metro Star cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 450-hp engine; Hale Qmax 1,500-gpm pump; Pro Poly 1,000-gallon polypropylene tank; Will-Burt Night Scan 5.4 light tower; Smart Power 10-kW generator. Sold by K. Jeffrey Morris, Alexis Fire Equipment, Alexis, IL. Delivery in May 2017.

E-ONE-Long Grove Fire Protection District pumper. Typhoon cab and chassis; Cummins ISL 450-hp engine; Hale Qmax 2,000-gpm pump; UPF Poly 780-gallon tank; 50-gallon foam cell; FoamPro 2001 single-agent foam system; Will-Burt night Scan Chief NS1.8 light tower; Smart Power 10-kW generator; stainless steel pumper body; SpaceSaver SCBA fill station; four-bottle cascade system; Whelen LED scene lights. Sold by Greg Hanson, Fire Service, Inc., Naperville, IL. Delivery in July 2017.

E-ONE-Peoria Fire Department, two Extreme Duty pumpers. Typhoon cabs and chassis; Cummins ISL9 450-hp engines; Waterous CS 1,250-gpm pimps; UPF Poly 500-gallon tanks; three quarter side body with Zico ladder rack; Amdor roll-up compartment doors; Firetech Hiviz LED lighting. Sold by Craig Hamrick, Banner Fire Equipment, Roxana, IL. Delivery in June, 2017.

Pierce – Brookfield Fire Department PUC pumper. Enforcer cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 450-hp engine; UPF Poly 500-gallon tank; 30-gallon foam cell; Pierce 1,500-gpm single-stage pump; Husky 3 Class B foam system; Harrison 10-kW generator. Sold by John Kenna, Global Emergency Products, Aurora, IL. Delivery in April 2017.

Pierce – Marengo Fire Protection District top-mount pumper. Enforcer cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 380-hp engine; Waterous CSU 1,500-gpm pump; UPF Poly 1,000-gallon tank; Will-Burt Chief NS2.6 light tower. Sold by Tracie Madden, Global Emergency Products, Aurora, IL. Delivery in February 2017.

Pierce – Western Springs Fire Department pumper. Saber cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 450-hp engine; Waterous CSU 1,500-gpm pump; UPF Poly 750-gallon tank. Sold by John Kenna, Global Emergency Products, Aurora, IL Delivery in March 2017.

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Box Alarm in Brookfield, 3-17-15

This from Steve Redick:

Took a ride to this job Tuesday (9129 Washington Avenue in Brookfield) … nothing left for me to see when I finally got there … mainly rig shots.

Steve

North Riverside FD fire engine

Steve Redick photo

E-ONE aerial ladder truck at fire scene

Steve Redick photo

E-ONE aerial ladder truck at fire scene

Steve Redick photo

Lagrange Park FD fire engine

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Western Springs FD fire engine

Steve Redick photo

Riverside FD fire truck

Steve Redick photo

Lyons FD fire engine

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McCook FD fire engine

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fire trucks at fire scene

Steve Redick photo

E-ONE aerial ladder truck at fire scene

Steve Redick photo

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Western Springs apparatus history

The Doings Western Springs has a nice article with photos in the ‘blast from the past …’ heading chronicling the history of the first motorized engine purchased by the Western Springs Fire Department. A private owner has acquired the 1941 FWD engine and is planning on restoring it.

WESTERN SPRINGS – In 1941, just days before Pearl Harbor, Western Springs took delivery of a fire engine, whose design was years ahead of its time. But, in recent years, it nearly rusted away on an Iowa farm.

Western Springs’ first fire apparatus was a simple hose reel that had to be pulled to each fire scene. But, in 1924, the department acquired a real fire engine, an International/Buffalo pumper. That engine served the village admirably for many years. But, by 1940, the Village had grown considerably. And, the Village Board saw the need for a second, more modern piece of equipment.

While some towns might have simply purchased a fire engine that was readily available, Fire Chief Waldo Erickson was committed to getting the most for the taxpayers’ dollar. Erickson and his team literally designed the engine they needed from the ground up. And, the resulting bid specification read like no other. There would be no external ladders they would be stored in compartments accessible from the rear. And, there would be no open cab the engine would have an enclosed cab capable of holding three firemen. That feature would not become prevalent for another 20 years. And, the new engine would have four-wheel drive, pump 750 gallons of water per minute, and be painted white in order to be more visible to motorists.

Ten different companies submitted bids, with the winning proposal coming from FWD Auto Company in Clintonville, Wisconsin. The company’s proposed price was $9,203, or $150,000 in 2013 dollars.

The new engine was delivered in late November 1941, just days before the start of World War II. Had the village waited even a few weeks to place its order, delivery of the new engine would have likely been delayed until 1946. Amazingly, the basic design was still being offered by FWD some ten years later!

In the 1950’s, Western Springs experienced considerable population growth and, as a result, it purchased another fire engine the white 1952 Ward-LaFrance that you may have seen in the Memorial Day parade. And, in 1967, the town acquired still a third piece of fire apparatus. But, the days of the 1941 FWD were numbered. In 1968, it was retired from service, replaced by a more modern FWD pumper.

Where the old engine went is not known. But, in 2012, it was on an Iowa farm and listed for sale on the eBay website.

While the old engine appeared to have been painted red at some point after leaving WesternSprings, it was in sad shape. But, after its fate was reported in a Western Springs Historical Society story on the internet, a gentleman from St. Louis contacted the Society for the owner’s name and phone number.

He subsequently contacted the owner and purchased the 71-year-old fire engine. In fact, he has already transported it back to St. Louis, where he plans to restore it as it appeared when first delivered to Western Springs in 1941.

The restoration process will likely take many months, or even years. But, for the time being, a great fire engine has been given a well-deserved reprieve.

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