New engine for the St John FD in Indiana

From Legacy Fire Apparatus:

Thank you congratulations to St. John Fire Department, IN on your recent Sutphen Corporation rescue engine order! This will be their first Sutphen truck. 

Welcome to the family!; #StJohnFD; #firetruck; #Sutphen;

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thanks Martin

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New tower ladder for Brookfield (more)

From Macqueen Emergency:

Brookfield FD

Job: #37741 | Illinois | Enforcer 110′ RM; #BrookfieldFD; #Pierce; #FireTruck; #Enforcer;

MacQueen Emergency photo; #BrookfieldFD; #Pierce; #FireTruck; #Enforcer;

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New tender for Lemont FPD

From Bill Schreiber:

Lemont FPD tender update. Freightliner 114SD with a Rosenbauer 3/16 formed body, 1250-GPM pump, and a  3000-gallon tank.; #firetruck; #Rosenbauer; #LemontFPD;

Rosenbauer photo; #firetruck; #Rosenbauer; #LemontFPD;

Rosenbauer photo; #firetruck; #Rosenbauer; #LemontFPD;

Rosenbauer photo; #firetruck; #Rosenbauer; #LemontFPD;

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New truck for the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD (more)

From Macqueen Emergency:

Lincolnshire FD

Job: #36977 | Illinois | Enforcer 107′ Ladder; #lincolnshire-RiverwoodsFDP; #FireTruck; #Pirece; #Enforcer;

MacQueen Emergency photo; #lincolnshire-RiverwoodsFDP; #FireTruck; #Pirece; #Enforcer;

MacQueen Emergency photo

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Lockport Township Fire Protection District news

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An Illinois fire department has filed suit against Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC, alleging breach of contract, breach of warranty, and violation of the state’s “lemon law” due to problems with a new 105-foot Apollo aerial platform. The Lockport Township Fire Protection District filed suit today in US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The Seagrave Model TP7KCT Marauder 105’ Apollo Quint rear mount platform was ordered in 2020, along with a Seagrave Marauder pumper. The aerial platform was delivered in March of 2022, but has been plagued with a number of mechanical problems outlined in the complaint. These include:

  • On April 10, 2022, the ladder failed to be stowed properly. Additionally, the raise and lower valve handle failed.
  • The following day, after setup, an outrigger drifted, twisting the pin—causing 360° rotation at approximately 70’ ladder extension, 50° incline, with two men in the air. LTFPD immediately suspended training.
  • On April 14, 2022, LTFPD held conference call with Seagrave to discuss issues. Seagrave blamed hydraulic issues—correctible with programing.
  • One week later, Emergency Vehicle Technician and Fleet Mechanic Brian Fisher (“Fisher”) and Seagrave identified sensor issues and adjusted the programing. However, they were unsuccessful in recreating April 11, 2022 drift issue.
  • On April 22, 2022, training resumed.
  • The following day, while operating the lift from side to side, the “green” light that indicates that the outrigger is planted would not illuminate. Upon further testing and inspection, Fisher thought the problem was resolved; however, he quickly noticed puddle(s) of hydraulic fluid on the garage floor apron.
  • On April 27, 2022, the Apollo platform was returned to Seagrave to be inspected.
  • After two weeks, repairs were made and the Apollo platform was returned.
  • On May 16, 2022, Fisher advised LTFPD repairs were done and the training continued.
  • On June 2, 2022, the Apollo platform went into full service.
  • On June 8, 2022, LTFPD found broken wear pads and old bolts that were left in outrigger channel(s).
  • On June 14, 2022, Fisher, who was replacing faulty sensors, found motor bolts to be “hand-tight.” LTFPD cut off the Apollo platform from service indefinitely.

On June 17, 2022, Fire Chief John O’ Connor informed Seagrave that LTFPD considered the device to be “unsafe and inoperable for use” and sought to return it for a full refund of $1,369,220.00. The President and CEO of Seagrave, Ulisses D. Parmeziani, disagreed that the device was unsafe or inoperable, but offered to repurchase truck for “fair market value.”

LTFPD engaged legal counsel and countered by demanding that Seagrave:

  • accept return of Apollo platform and refund $1,369,220.00 for the Apollo platform; or
  • deliver Apollo platform to an agreed upon qualified third- party inspector to be paid at Seagrave’s expense; agreed to pay the repair bills/costs to be completed by an independent vendor; return Apollo platform to LTFPD at Seagrave’s expense; extend Seagrave Limited Warranty three (3) years from date all issues are resolved; reimburse LTFPD for their legal bills incurred.

According to the complaint, when Seagrave failed to respond to the attorney’s demands, they opted to file suit. The four count complaint alleges breach of contract, breach of express warranty under 810 ILCS 5/2-313, breach of express warranty of material and workmanship, and breach of Illinois’ New Vehicle Buyer Protection Act (815 ILCS 380).

thanks Drew

Here’s a link to the lawsuit

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Long Grove FPD Brush truck for sale

Found at

2011 Alexis Ford 4X4 Mini Pumper

Manufacturer Alexis
Year Built 2011
Mileage 20,235
Location USA – Midwest
Stock # 16297
  • Stock#: 16297
  • 2011
  • Alexis Fire Body
  • F-550 4×4 Ford Chassis
  • 4 – Door Commercial
  • Length: 21′ 9″
  • Truck Height: 8′ 5″
  • Wheelbase: 161.8″
  • GVWR: 19,500
  • Seating for 4;
  • Mileage: 20,235
  • Ford 6.7L 300 HP Diesel Engine
  • New motor in 2021
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Additional equipment not included with purchase unless otherwise listed.
  • Interior Medical Cabinet
  • 520 GPM Pump
  • 300 Gallon Polypropylene Tank
  • 14 Gallon Foam Cell
  • Waterous Aquis Class A Foam System
  • Crosslays/Speedlays: Crosslays: (2) 1 3/4″, (2) 2 1/2″
  • Rear Discharges: (4) 2 1/2″
  • Rear Suction: (2)
  • Booster Reels: (1) 100′; #Alexis; #FordF550; #LongGroveFPD;

Long Grove FPD photo; #Alexis; #FordF550; #LongGroveFPD;

Long Grove FPD photo

thanks Martin

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Chicago Fire Department news

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was accused Thursday of scrapping a Chicago Fire Department promotion list — and saddling taxpayers with excessive overtime costs — to get even with a controversial city council member who was second in line to be promoted.

Last year, Lightfoot lashed out at Ald. Jim Gardiner over profane, threatening, and misogynistic text messages he sent to people, including Lightfoot’s political consultant and chief of staff to Finance Chairman Scott Waguespack . Lightfoot also asked then-Inspector General Joe Ferguson to investigate.

One week later, Gardiner rose on the council floor to issue a rare public apology for the embarrassment his messages caused. He received a rare rebuke from the Cook County Democratic Party and remains under federal investigation for allegedly retaliating against some Northwest Side constituents for political purposes.

Now, Gardiner is turning the tables on Lightfoot — with a recent lawsuit to back up his claim. He is a Chicago firefighter on a leave of absence from the department. He said the mayor, with whom he has clashed repeatedly, tossed CFD’s 2009 promotion list simply because he was second in line to move up to the rank of lieutenant. The list has been up since 2013. CFD policy is to exhaust the list before putting up a new one.

David Barron and Michael Lynch, two white firefighters awaiting promotion to lieutenant filed a lawsuit Aug. 30 in Cook County Circuit Court accusing the city of violating their rights by scrapping the list and suspending promotions, even though there were 40 vacancies as of April — and even more now.  That has forced firefighters to work excessive amounts of overtime while the city races to finalize a new list from a lieutenants’ exam administered by the city in 2019, the firefighters’ attorney said.

The hiring plan requires the city to document the reason for retiring the promotion list. But, in response to a Freedom of Information Request filed by one of the aggrieved firefighters, the city responded that no such document existed.

The lawsuit, which an attorney hopes to turn into a class action, seeks promotions, back pay, and lost seniority for the roughly 60 firefighters whose names appear on the now-scrapped list.

Gardiner himself faces two federal lawsuits. One accuses him of harassing, intimidating and falsely arresting a constituent who picked up a cellphone Gardiner’s ward superintendent left at a convenience store. The other accuses him of violating the First Amendment rights of 45th Ward residents by deleting their criticisms of him from his official Facebook page. The city has refused to represent Gardiner in either suit.

Though one of his obscene text messages suggested otherwise, Gardiner has maintained he has “never withheld, nor have I ever instructed or condoned my staff to withhold city services from any resident.”

It’s not the first time Gardiner and Lightfoot have clashed. Shortly after taking office, Gardiner accused the mayor of rewarding his vanquished predecessor John Arena with a $129,996-a-year job in the Department of Planning and Development.

A few months later, Arena resigned from that post after Gardiner accused him of using his job as city planner to continue fighting the man who beat him.

thanks Dennis


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House fire in Blue Island, 9-21-22

This from 312 FIRE PHOTOS:

Blue Island, Illinois had a box alarm on Sept. 21st, 2022 in a 2-sty brick home that was well-involved when the first companies arrived. An aggressive interior attack by Blue Island and Posen resulted in a victim being pulled out. Companies were hampered by the overgrowth around the property and the overhead power lines running in front.  Most photos can be seen here; #BlueIslandFD; #312firephotos;

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Loves Park Fire Department news

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Loves Park Fire Department officials announced the opening of a new fire station on Wednesday at 5180 Rock Valley Parkway on the east side of the city. The station is in a former auto body shop that was remodeled to fit the needs of the fire department and will house an ambulance and a quint. A building dedication and open house will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. for the public with cake and coffee until 11 a.m.

Back in February, the Loves Park City Council approved the $1.5 million project. All funding was through the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

The City of Loves Park will continue to operate the station on Windsor Rd. The Grand Ave. station, the original city hall built in 1947, will close as a fire station and be used by the city’s public works department.

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Palos Heights Fire Protection District history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT- Fire departments from Cal Park, to Blue Island to Palos Heights in MABAS 22 have had American LaFrance apparatus.  The Palos Heights FPD’s Engine 6403 is one of two remaining ALF products still in service.  This is the Heights’ 2004 Alfco Eagle/3D 1250/750. Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa; #TBT; #FireTruck; #AmericanLaFrance; #PalosHeightsFPD; #MikeSumma;

Mike Summa photo

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