Archive for January 9th, 2011

CFD Rescue Vac goes in service

On December 6th of last year, The Chicago Fire Department issued an administrative order adding a new tool to the arsenal of the Special Operations Division. Rescue Vac Unit 5-2-4 was established as a new CFD asset. Assigned to the Special Operations facility at 39th and Honore, 5-2-4 is an X-Streets and Sanitation sewer vac truck that many may have seen displayed last summer for the International Fire Chief’s Association trade show at McCormick Place. It is on an LN Series Ford chassis and has been modified by Rescue Vac Systems, a local company that upgrades the equipment for emergency rescue operations.  5-2-4 will respond to city-wide trench rescue incidents and will be available for suburban trench rescues through the MABAS Box Alarm System.

Chicago Fire Department Rescue Vac 524 5-2-4 sewer vac

Chicago Rescue Vac Unit 5-2-4 shown here on display last August at the Fire Rescue International Trade Show at McCormick Place. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Department Rescue Vac Unit 5-2-4

The Chicago Fire Department made modifications to this sewer vac truck that previously saw service with the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation. Larry Shapiro photo

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Mokena opens new station

The Mokena Fire Protection District formally opened Station 3 on the 17th of December, 2010 at 10855 183rd Street, Orland Park.  They had been running out of temporary quarters at 11215 W. 83rd Place for the better part of 2010 as mentioned HERE.

Mokena Fire Protection District Station 3

Mokena FPD opened Station 3 on December 17, 2010 at 10855 183rd Street in Orland Park.. This photo was taken at the beginning of November showing the station prior to being staffed. Karl Klotz photo

Mokena FPD temporary Station #3

This was the temporary facility that Mokena was staffing at 11215 W. 83rd Place during construction of the new facility. Bill Friedrich photo

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