Archive for January 21st, 2013

Hoffman Estates Station 24

This from Tyler Tobolt:

You don’t have a Picture of Hoffman Estates Station #24 Here it is.. Located at 5775 Beacon Pointe Drive 


Hoffman Estates Fire Station 24

Hoffman Estates Fire Station 24. Tyler Tobolt photo

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Melrose Park Box Alarm house fire 1-21-13

This from Josh Boyajian:

I took in Melrose Park’s Box alarm this morning at 1518 Harold. They went defensive after the roof was caving in. It was 8 degrees during the fire. Their second in engine had a 500-ft reverse lay to a hydrant down the block.  Here are some of my pictures.

winter fire scene with ice

Josh Boyajian photo

winter fire scene with ice

Josh Boyajian photo

winter fire scene with ice

Josh Boyajian photo

large diameter fire hose

Josh Boyajian photo

Melrose Park fire engine

Josh Boyajian photo

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Rolling Meadows updates

These Rolling Meadows updates are from Lance J. Neuses:

The 1998 American LaFrance has been moved to Sta. 16 and placed into reserve status as E16R.

The 2006 American LaFrance has been placed at Sta. 15 and has new decals and sits as E15 now. (This engine is currently being repainted, we have been told it will not be black over red, but surprises are welcome)

Engine 615 has been sold to the Cambria Fire Dept. in Wisconsin 8/2/2012.

The 2004 American LaFrance has been placed into front line service as E16 at Sta. 16. (This engine is slated to be repainted as soon as E15 comes back)

Attached also is an unofficial station patch for Sta. 15.  Shirts are in the works.

Oh forgot to mention the 2006 LaFrance has only 500 gal. not 750. That’s why it went to Sta. 15. The 2004 does have 750 and helps cover an area for Palatine Rural that has no hydrants, so it makes sense.

*** webmaster note: the changes have been made

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Where are they now … Bridgeview

This from Martin Nowak:

Elk Grove Township Engine 310, a 1981 Mack MC started its life as a Bridgeview Fire Department Engine 405 out of Station 2. Here’s a story a firefighter told me at my recent visit to the fire house. It was either 1993 to 1995 when a generator on top of Engine 405 started leaking as so this leak reached some batteries below. This caused sparks and so the whole fire truck engulfed in flames is sitting in the bay with firefighters sleeping. They wake up to someone pounding on the door. A police officer is standing at the door and says your fire truck is on fire. Here’s where the purchase of a new engine comes in. The department was looking for a truck and stumbled across what is currently 1993 Pierce Dash as Engine 425 (Picture taken by me recently). This truck was a Pierce demo with the specs the department liked or best fit them. Elk Grove Township purchased the burned up engine and had it repaired. Changes can be seen between the old photo (thanks to Bill Friedrich for allowing me me to use it) to the current picture on the site.


Bridgeview FD Mack MC engine

Bridgeview Engine 405. Bill Friedrich photo


Elk Grove Township FPD Mack engine

Elk Grove Township FPD 1981 Mack engine with a 1,250-GPM pump, 1,100 gallons of water and 300 gallons of foam. Larry Shapiro photo


Bridgeview FD Pierce engine

Martin Nowak photo

Also, Kevin G found this link to  X-Bridgeview Ambulance 406 that is being offered for sale

Bridgeview Fire Department Ambulance for sale

Penske photo

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