Archive for August 15th, 2014

Geneva to buy new engine

The Daily Herald has an article reports that the Geneva Fire Department is buying a Pierce Enforcer pumper for  $506,022. This will replace a 30-year-old engine that will be offered for sale as surplus property. The old engine has an open-cab style that doesn’t meet National Fire Protection Association standards anymore.

thanks Dan

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Original Snorkel to be restored by Smeal

From The DesPlaines Valley News:

The vintage Bedford Park Fire Department Snorkel … that was possibly headed to the scrap yard has been rescued from oblivion.

Fire Chief Sean Maloy said the truck, which was the first original Snorkel manufactured in 1959, will be donated to Smeal Fire Apparatus of Snyder, Neb. “They said the Snorkel will be restored 100 percent to its condition when delivered to the Bedford Park Fire Department on March 31, 1960,” Maloy said.

The company will keep the Snorkel on display in its museum as well as take it to fire apparatus shows. Smeal bought the rights to the Snorkel name from LTI in June, Maloy said. “They plan to start building Snorkels again and want to show off the original truck at fire conferences,” Maloy said. “It will definitely be a marketing tool.”

“The truck will retain the Bedford Park name and markings,” Maloy said. “We will send them photos of the original truck so they make sure to get everything right.” Maloy said the company would pay the village $1 for the truck, which needs an estimated $60,000 in body and engine work.

“The village board was very happy to see the truck get a good home,” Maloy said. “The truck is an important part of firefighting history and I’m very happy to see it will be going to a good home.”

While the first Snorkel was converted from [a tree trimmer], GMC Pierce produced the first original Snorkel fire truck in 1959 for the Chicago Fire Department. “For some reason, they did not purchase it and it wound up in Bedford Park,” said Maloy. “I’m told Bedford Park got a good deal on it.” For the next 20 years, Bedford Park firefighters used the GMC Snorkel to battle fires and drive in parades.

Maloy praised this newspaper for helping to make this all possible.

thanks Drew

earlier posts are HERE and HERE

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New engine for Hebron

This from Jacob Combs:

The Hebron Alden Greenwood FPD received our new engine on 8/12/14.
The engine is a 2014 Spartan Metrostar/UST
450 HP Cummins ISL9
Seats 4
1500-GPM Hale QMAX
1000-gal water tank
BLS equipped
Extraction equipped
low hose bed
front mount suction

This engine replaces a 1984 Ford C/3D engine and a 1980/1997 FMC/Spartan/US Tanker (refurb) engine
Spartan fire engine

New 2014 Spartan Metro Star/UST 1500/1000 for Hebron Alden Greenwood Engine 841. Alex Vucha photo

fire engine pump panel

Alex Vucha photo

chevron stripoing on back of fire engine.

Alex Vucha photo

Spartan UST fire engine

Alex Vucha photo

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Bidgeview house fire, 8-9-14

This from Keith Grzadziel

Bridgeview had a working fire in a vacant house this past Saturday around 05:30 HRS at 7355 S. Roberts Rd. The first arriving company, Bedford Park Engine 711, had 3 hand lines in operation along with the ladder pipe from Roberts Park Ladder 31. Companies operated defensively for approximately an hour before the fire was knocked.
heavy fire through the roof of a house in Bridgeview 8-9-14.

heavy fire through the roof of a house in Bridgeview 8-9-14.

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