New engine for Libertyville (more)

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Libertyville FD

Job: #36360 | Illinois | Enforcer Pumper
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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyNorthwestern.com:

Evanston Fire Department Fire Apparatus Operator Robert Byrne retired Saturday after more than 20 years of service. 

Beginning his career in Evanston in September 2001 as a firefighter and paramedic, Byrne became a fire apparatus operator in August 2009. 

As a member of EFD Local 742, Byrne also coordinated holiday charity events to raise money and supplies for organizations like Family Focus and the Salvation Army. Byrne also served as a union steward and as a treasurer to Local 742’s political action committee, which has historically lent support to local candidates. 

As the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award, Bryne was honored by the department for his dedication to duty. He also received the Chief’s Letter of Commendation, which acknowledges outstanding fire and paramedic work. 

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Of interest … DCFD celebrates 150 years

This from Austin Lawler:

The Washington DC Fire Department celebrated their 150th birthday over the past weekend. To celebrate they had a parade of current and former apparatus from DC as well as the surrounding area. Here is a video with some eye candy.
 

D.C. Fire Department’s 150th Anniversary Fire Truck Parade through the streets of Washington.

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Evanston Fire Department history Part 72

From Phil Stenholm:

Another installment about History of Evanston Fire Department

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The concept of the “paramedic” in a non-military, civilian environment, was introduced on a limited basis in several American cities in the late 1960’s, mainly to improve life-saving care to cardiac patients. In 1972, the NBC-TV series Emergency! provided the American public with a weekly glimpse into the world of Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics, helping to spread the idea across the nation. What was unique about the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s paramedic program was that firefighters were cross-trained as paramedics. 

In the Chicago area, fire departments with a tradition of providing ambulance service were the first to train paramedics and place Advanced Life Support (ALS) Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) ambulances into service. The Niles Fire Department – which had provided ambulance service to its residents since 1946 – established a paramedic-program in 1973. The Skokie Fire Department placed two MICU ambulances staffed with paramedic firefighters into service in 1975, replacing its two 1969 Cadillac Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances.

The Chicago Fire Department, which had provided ambulance service since 1928 and had 33 Cadillac and Pontiac BLS ambulances in service in 1974, placed their first two paramedic-staffed MICU ambulances into service in July 1974, with Ambulance 41 replacing Ambulance 1 at E1/T1 and Ambulance 42 replacing Ambulance 21 at E13. Five additional CFD MICU ambulances were in service by the end of 1974, with Ambulance 43 replacing Ambulance 11 at E22, Ambulance 44 replacing Ambulance 24 at E57, Ambulance 45 replacing Ambulance 2 at E103, Ambulance 47 replacing Ambulance 7 at E108/T23, and Ambulance 16 at O’Hare Field.

The City of Evanston borrowed an MICU “demonstrator” – minus the drugs and the specialized ALS gear only paramedics would be certified to use – from the State of Illinois Department of Public Health in June 1974, and it was tested over a 60-day period by the EFD. It was a modular ambulance, meaning it was a cab & chassis with a “box” mounted on top of the chassis. Personnel from Squad 21 were assigned to the unit (known as Ambulance 1) and responded to inhalator calls and ambulances runs city-wide throughout the summer. An engine company was dispatched as a “first responder” for inhalator calls outside Station # 1’s first-due area.

Three Evanston Police Department station-wagon patrol-ambulances were still in service in 1974 and (if available) could respond to inhalator calls and ambulance runs if the EFD’s MICU demonstrator was unavailable. The police patrol-ambulances were backed-up by the three stretcher-equipped EFD station-wagons. However, the three EFD stretcher-equipped station wagons (F-3 at Station # 5, F-4 at Station # 2, and F-5 at Station # 1) were used by Fire Prevention Bureau inspectors and the training officer during business hours, and normally could be staffed by personnel from an engine company (presuming the engine company was available and in quarters) only at night, on weekends, and holidays.   

Although the fire department was testing the MICU ambulance, Evanston Mayor Jim Staples wanted police officers – NOT firefighters – to be trained as paramedics, with the Evanston Police Department – NOT the Evanston Fire Department – operating the MICUs! He wanted the ambulances to be out on the street 24/7, just like the police patrol-ambulances. 

Evanston Police Chief William McHugh was apoplectic, saying there was no way his police department wanted any part of the new emergency medical service (EMS). Crime was on the rise in Evanston, gang activity was starting to become a problem, and the police department was hard-pressed just to provide rudimentary “throw-and-go”style ambulance service, without having to commit personnel and resources to a sophisticated new program.
 
Mayor Staples’ idea was politely considered, and then with approval of the Evanston City Council, City Manager Ed Martin assigned the the new EMS paramedic program to the fire department. Seven firefighters — Roger Bush, Dave Cleland, Jim Dillon, Randy Drott, Jerry McDermott, Jim McLaughlin, and Dave Pettinger — were trained and certified as paramedics at St. Francis Hospital during 1975. Although the fire department had not been the primary provider of ambulance service in Evanston over the years, firefighters knew all about saving lives. The EFD had been responding to inhalator calls since 1913!

In addition to establishing the new EMS program, the face of the Evanston Fire Department was changing in other ways as well. On November 26, 1973, the Evanston City Council agreed to appropriate funds to purchase a new 1,000-GPM pumper with a 300-gallon water tank. Only two bids were received; one from Howe ($43,242), and one from Pirsch ($47,721). Howe was awarded the contract, with an expected delivery date of one year. The pumper would feature an International-Harvester cab. 

On January 21, 1974, the city council authorized funds to purchase a second pumper with the exact same specifications, and Howe once again was awarded the contract by offering to supply the second pumper for $44,575 (slightly higher than its bid for the first pumper, but still below the Pirsch bid), but with the understanding that the price would go up substantially if the contract was not signed by February 5th. The city council wasted no time, and the contract was signed immediately.

The two new Howe – International pumpers were to replace the two 1958 Seagrave 1000 / 300 open cab pumpers at Station # 3 and Station # 4. On the orders of Chief Beattie, both of the Howe rigs were painted “safety yellow,” had rear-facing jump seats so that firefighters would no longer need to ride on the tailboard, were equipped with electronic sirens to be set in manual mode to reduce noise pollution, and had only one rear discharge port for a 1-1/2 inch pre-connect line, instead of the two rear discharge ports and two 1-1/2-inch pre-connects that had been standard on EFD pumpers since 1958. By eliminating one of the pre-connected attack lines, there would be more room in the hose-bed for larger-diameter hose.

Instead of a second rear discharge port and a second 1-1/2-inch pre-connect hose line, Chief Beattie specified that the new pumpers have a top-mounted booster reel (sometimes called a red line) that could be led-out quickly at a car fire, trash fire, brush fire, or gas wash, and in some cases even at a structure fire. EFD pumpers had not been ordered with booster reels since the Pirsch pumpers in 1952, something Chief Beattie believed was a mistake.  

Besides the new pumpers, the Evanston Fire Department also added a 1974 Dodge van (fleet # 341) for use as a utility vehicle, replacing the 1956 International-Harvester pick-up truck. Located in the shop bay at Fire Station # 1, the van could be used by EFD mechanics to run errands or to respond to a repair job at a fire, on the road, or at one of the four outlying fire stations, as well as to transport manpower and supplies to and from a large fire or other major incident. As with the two new Howe pumpers, Chief Beattie ordered the van be painted “safety yellow.”

Also in 1974, the WWII-era DUKW amphibious vehicle (F-7) that had been in service with the EFD since 1964 and the rescue trailer acquired from the Federal Civil Defense Administration in 1954 were taken out service. Some of the equipment and gear carried in the trailer was placed in storage at Station # 1, in the event that it might be needed for a tornado, flood, airplane crash, or some other disaster or mass casualty event. A 17-foot Boston Whaler (the new F-7) with an outboard marine engine and a boat trailer were purchased to replace the DUKW as the EFD’s Lake Michigan rescue vehicle, with a trailer hitch installed on the new van so that it could tow the boat & trailer to the Church Street Boat Ramp if it was needed.

The first of the new Howe – International pumpers arrived in November 1974 and was placed in service at Station # 3 as the new Engine 23 (fleet # 326), and the second Howe – International pumper arrived in May 1975 and was placed in service as the new Engine 24 (fleet # 324) at Station # 4. The 1958 Seagrave pumper that had been running as Engine 23 was placed into reserve at Station # 3 as Engine 26, and the 1958 Seagrave pumper that had been running as Engine 24 was sold at auction. 
 
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Rolling Meadows Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Journal-Topics.com:

The Rolling Meadows City Council agreed to sell a 2016 Ford rescue squad valued at $120,000 and a 1994 International/Hackney Hazmat squad valued at $10,000. Both vehicles will be replaced by a new squad that can handle hazmat, technical rescue, swift water, and investigations.

The reduction will also allow space in the firehouse for a Mutual Aid Box Alarm System squad that the city will be able to use. That vehicle has an air compressor and bottle storage needed for fires and specialty incidents, features the city currently does not have. Rolling Meadows will get use of the vehicle in exchange for routine maintenance on it.

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New truck for St Charles FD (more)

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New truck for St Charles FD

 

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Multiple shooting victims in Milwaukee, 5-13-22

This from Asher Heimermann:

As many as 17 people were reportedly shot on North Water Street in Milwaukee late Friday night. 

Ten ambulances from the Milwaukee Fire Department and 5 from Bell Ambulance responded to this shooting on Water Street near Highland.  I also saw MPD’s Tactical Enforcement Unit (SWAT) on scene, multiple officers had long guns.
 
This took place about two hours after an earlier shooting left 3 people injured one block away from the arena of the Milwaukee Bucks, an NBA team that had a playoff game against Boston just finishing up as the shooting took place.
 
 
 

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New fire boat for Chicago

From Firehouse.com:

The Chicago Fire Department has taken delivery of a Metal Shark Boats 38 Defiant NXT fire boat. The all-weather boat is equipped and powered by triple 350-hp Mercury Verado outboard motors.

Key features include SHOXS shock-mitigating seating, full Raymarine Axiom navigation suite, FLIR 400 XR thermal imaging system, and Metal Shark’s exclusive new hinged dive door. The vessel’s bow monitor and rear discharge are fed by a 1,000-GPM Darley fire pump driven by a dedicated Kodiak 4.3L V6 engine. 

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MABAS Division 3 high-angle rescue training, 5-10-22

This from Max Weingardt:

Evanston hosted a MABAS division 3 TRT drill 5/10/22

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New tower ladder for Melrose Park

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations to Chief Rick Beltrame, Assistant Chief Jim Wrosch, Captain Frank Islami, and the members of the Melrose Park Fire Department on the recent purchase of their new Emergency One 95′ rear mount aerial. This new aerial comes complete with the following:
E-ONE 95’ extruded aluminum platform
Cummins X12 500 HP engine
Allison EVS4000 transmission
Waterous CSU 1500-GPM-pump
500-gallon booster tank
SideStacker extruded aluminum body with lift-up side access hosebed doors
Whelen Emergency warning lighting package
FireTech HiViz scene lights
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