Archive for September 10th, 2016

Chicago Heights Fire Department news

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Budget problems are forcing Chicago Heights to reduce its number of firefighters and the community is banding together to fight the cuts.

Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzalez sent out a letter to residents last week detailing a five-point modernization plan for the fire department of 57 full-time firefighters. It includes hiring part-time firefighters to cut down on overtime and pension costs and reducing the manpower at fire stations from 17 to 15 per shift.

“We are not proposing any cuts into our full-time fire department, but what we are looking to do is we would like to add on certified part-time firemen,” Mayor Gonzalez said.

Chicago Heights Local 711 is against the plan. They’ve been trying to get the word out with the “Keep 17” signs that are popping up in yards across town.

“Any number of cuts to that 17 is devastating to operational safety whether it is dealing with multiple ambulance calls or structure fires,” Chicago Heights Local 711 President Steve Koenig said.

The mayor said the city would use some of the savings to upgrade their ambulance fleet. Residents say they just want to make sure their level of service isn’t compromised.

The mayor stressed that the talks are ongoing with the union and a final decision has not been made.

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Fire Service Inc. adds KME and Frontline apparatus

From the Fire Service, Inc Facebook page:

September 9, 2016

For Immediate Release

Fire Service, Inc. proudly announces a new partnership with KME Fire Apparatus and Frontline Emergency Vehicles.

KME manufactures a full line of custom apparatus, and as a true sole-source build, KME produces its own cabs, chassis, bodies, tanks and aerial devices. KME has delivered more than 10,000 vehicles to markets around the globe. KME is headquartered in Nesquehoning, PA. Fire Service, Inc. will represent KME in Indiana, and Northern Illinois.

Frontline Emergency Vehicles, which boosts an introductory competitive value driven modular ambulance, with an $85,182 MSRP and $1,304 per – month lease. Frontline builds Type 1 and Type III units with the industry’s fastest lead times of 60 days. Frontline is manufactured in Winter Park, FL at the REV Group Orlando facilities. Fire Service, Inc. will represent Frontline in Indiana and Illinois.

Along with our current apparatus lines of E-One, Wheeled Coach and Road Rescue, Fire Service, Inc. offers its customers even greater choices and flexibility when purchasing emergency response apparatus with these offerings. As the authorized dealer for these brands, Fire Service, Inc. enjoys a greater opportunity to grow and service our family of satisfied clients.

For further information on the product lines represented by Fire Service, Inc., please visit or contact us at

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New tower ladder for North Riverside

This from Josh Boyajian:

North Riverside’s new Tower Ladder 806

North Riverside Fire Department

Josh Boyajian photo

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Highland Park FD apparatus

This from Josh Boyajian:

  • Highland Park Battalion 33 – 2015 Ford Expediton
  • Highland Park Squad 33 – 2015 Spartan Gladiator classic 1500/500 Job #214084
  • Highland Park Truck 33 –  1995 Sutphen TS104 1500/370/30/104′ MM ladder
Highland Park FD Battalion 33

Highland Park FD Battalion 33. Josh Boyajian photo

Highland Park FD Squad 33

Highland Park FD Squad 33. Josh Boyajian photo

Highland Park FD Truck 33

Highland Park FD Truck 33. Josh Boyajian photo

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