Archive for September 24th, 2014

A request for some information … (more)

In response to Martin Nowak’s request for information:

This is from Keith Grzadziel:

Martin, this is is the former Kokomo, Indiana Fire Department Engine 5, 7, & lastly 8. It is a 1980 Ford C-8000 / S & S 1500 gpm / 500 gal. It’s posted on
fire engine photo

Former Kokomo FD engine. Chris Allen photo

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Chicago FD Ambulance 86

This from Josh Boyajian:

I don’t know but i believe i was the only person that shot the new Ambo 86 before they remarked it the other day to ALS ambo 67. Thought i would pass it along.
(C955)- 1995 Ford E-350/McCoy Miller BLS Ambulance. -Drew G Photo
(C163)- 2014 Ford E-450/Wheeled Coach Type III Ambulance – my photo
Chicago FD Ambulance 86

Chicago FD Ambulance 86. Drew Gresik photo

Chicago FD Ambulance 86

Chicago FD Ambulance 86. Josh Boyajian photo

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Park Ridge to buy new ambulances (more)

The Park Ridge Herald-Advocate mentions that a purchase request for new ambulances has been approved in Park Ridge:

Park Ridge will be getting two new ambulances to replace vehicles that have reportedly had their share of mechanical problems.

The City Council last month voted to authorize the fire department to purchase the ambulances at a cost of $440,500. The cost includes the purchase of new cots that Fire Chief Michael Zywanski said will better carry larger patients. It will take about one year before the ambulances are ready and delivered to the city for use, he said.

Sixth Ward Ald. Marc Mazzuca voted against the purchase, saying the city should buy one ambulance at a time. “A staggered purchase makes more sense than buying two of these at the same time,” he said. Mayor David Schmidt also questioned if the city needed to replace the vehicles this budget year.

Both Zywanski and City Manager Shawn Hamilton agreed that replacement is necessary. “There are a lot of times when we have an ambulance down,” Hamilton said, explaining that the city had already deferred replacing one of the vehicles last year. “These are necessary vehicles that are needed.”

Zywanski earlier told the council that the ambulances, which have been in use since 2006, are “showing significant amounts of wear.” Mike McGrath, fleet manager for the Public Works Department, also told elected officials that the engines had required a great deal of maintenance and were even discontinued by the manufacturer on newer ambulance models.

The city owns three ambulances, one of which is used as a reserve vehicle.

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