Archive for August 26th, 2013

New ambulance for Hinckley FPD

Alexis delivered a new AEV Type III ambulance to the Hinckley Community FPD.

Hinckley FPD new ambulance

Alexis photo


Technical Specs
• Chassis: G4500 159” Chevy
• Engine: 6.6 Duramax
• Transmission: 6-speed automatic
• Attendant Seat:
• AEV Extruded Aluminum Body
• Compartment type: 172” x 95” x 72” HR
• Size/Headroom: 72”
• Inverter: Vanner 20-1050 Full Mod
• Shoreline: 20amp auto eject
• Siren: Carson SA441- 10F, 200 watt
• Power Door Locks: Full Mod
• Mica Color: Matt Gray
• Solid Surface Tray: Indigo Melange 9027ML
• Upholstery Color: Dark Wedgewood Blue
• Flooring: Lonplate II- 424 Gun Metal
• Rear Threshold: Covered with Yellow Speedliner
• 6-Point Restraint System: (2) Squad Bench, (1) CPR Seat
• patient lights: Kinequip, (5) streetside, (5) curbside
• Warning Light package: Whelen LED, 900
• Tomar Opticom # 3HI 7×3 Front Mod
• Wheelbase: 159”
• FAWR: 4,600
• RAWR: 9,600
• GVWR: 14,200

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Hinckley Community Fire Protection District

Older Hinckley FPD ambulance that was replaced. Hinckley FPD photo

thanks Martin

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Darien Woodridge FPD switches numbering

This update from Jim Skrabel:

As of Thursday morning 8/22/13 at 10am the Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District switched over to the DuComm CAD standardization numbering system for stations and apparatus.

Station 1 is now station 89

  • Chief 89
  • D/C 89
  • B/C 89
  • Ladder 89
  • Medic 89

Station 2 is now station 88

  • Engine 88

Station 3 is now station 90

  • Engine 90
  • Medic 90

Lt. Jim Skrabel

Darien-Woodridge FPD


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McHenry FPD updates

Karl Klotz, Steve Redick, and Larry Shapiro visited all five stations of the McHenry Township FPD last week to update the site. In addition to new units, this is one of many area departments that is in the process of renumbering apparatus.


Among the new and updated units photographed;  there were three ambulances, two engines, two tenders, and a new boat.

  • McHenry went from a one tender department to a three tender department with a tender in all but the downtown station. The new twin 3,500-gallon tenders were built by US Tanker on IHC 7500 chassis with extended cabs.
  • Tender 1272 is at Station 2, and Tender 1274 is at Station 4.


McHenry Township Fire Protection District apparatus

McHenry Twp Tender 1272 is one of two twin units. These were built by US Tanker on 2013 IHC 7500 chassis with an extended cab. They carry 3,500 gallons of water and have a 500-GPM pump. Larry Shapiro photo


Two Pierce engines have been put into service since our last update and one was moved. The new engines are on the Impel XM chassis instead of the Velocity.

  • These are assigned as Engine 41 at Station 1 and Engine 43 at Station 3.
  • Engine 44 at Station 4 was formerly Engine 10 at Station 1.
  • There are two more engines on order, each coming in six month intervals.


McHenry Township Fire Protection District apparatus

McHenry TWP Engine 41 is a 2012 Pierce Impel XM 1500/1000. Karl Klotz photo

McHenry Township Fire Protection District apparatus

McHenry TWP Engine 43 is a 2013 Pierce Impel XM 1500/1000. This newest engine has a telescoping light tower on the roof of the cab. Larry Shapiro photo

McHenry Township Fire Protection District apparatus

Rear view of McHenry TWP Engine 43. Larry Shapiro photo


The ambulance fleet has changed for the most part since our last visit.

  • The newest ambulance is a 2013 Type I by Osage at Station 4, running as Ambulance 54.
  • Another new ambulance is a 2012 Type I AEV at Station 1, running as Ambulance 51.
  • Ambulance 52 at Station 2 is a 2010 Osage Type I that has also been added since our last update.


McHenry Township Fire Protection District apparatus

Ambulance 54 is a 2013 Ford F-550/Osage. Larry Shapiro photo


  • Boat 1292 at Station 2 is a 2013, 24′ boat built by Clark Boats with a rigid hull.


McHenry Township Fire Protection District apparatus

Boat 1292 is a 24′ rigid hull built by Clark Boats in 2013. Larry Shapiro photo

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