Archive for September 29th, 2021

New squad for Des Plaines (more)

From The Pierce Manufacturing YouTube channel:

Walk around this Enforcer pumper with Des Plaines Fire Department Lieutenant Minas Klikas. The apparatus is equipped with #TAK4 Independent Front Suspension to help with tight corners and was designed to have a longer wheelbase which measures 234 inches. The grab rails are recessed for driver’s safety when grabbing. The truck implemented a squad-based type cab which utilizes space for dive, hazmat, fire suppression, and ALS equipment. The #PUCPump was chosen because it increases compartment space. The coffin compartments on top of the apparatus will be used for larger items that are not used often.


Chassis: 84” Enforcer cab w/ 24” raised roof

Seating capacity: 4

Overall height: 11’ 2”

Overall length: 36’ 4.5”

GVW Rating: 53,800 lb

Front axle: #TAK4 Independent Front Suspension, 22,800 lb

Rear axle: Meritor RS30-185, 31,000 lb

Engine: Cummins L9, 450 hp, 1250 lb-ft

Safety: Side Roll and Frontal Impact Protection

Electrical: Command Zone Advanced Electronics System

BODY Material: Aluminum

Shelving: Adjustable up to 500 lb

Doors: Rollup

Pump: Pierce PUC, 1500 gpm

Tank: 750-gallons

Job Number: 35763 

thanks Daniel

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Palatine Firefighter Memorial Ceremony

Palatine Firefighter Memorial Ceremony

On Friday, October 1, 2021, the Palatine Fire Department will be hosting a memorial ceremony to recognize the service and sacrifice of Palatine volunteer Firefighters Wesley Comfort Jr. and Leonard Nebel.

Volunteer Fire Truck Strikes Train; 1 Killed, Chicago Daily Tribune, Dated: October 2, 1946

“On October 1, 1946, two volunteer firefighters from the Palatine Fire Department were fatally injured in the line of duty while responding to a fire when their fire truck collided with a Chicago and Northwestern Railroad passenger train. The fire engine was destroyed in the collision, and the vehicle was dragged for nearly 100 feet.

Firefighter Leonard Nebel died at the scene and was survived by his widow and five children. Wesley Comfort, Jr., son of the fire chief, was treated at Palatine Community Hospital until succumbing to his injuries on October 5.”

The memorial ceremony will be held at the Palatine Firefighters Memorial at the corner of N. Brockway Street and W. Slade Street in downtown Palatine. The Palatine Fire Department Honor Guard will step off from Fire Station 85 at 39 E. Colfax Street at approximately 8:45 a.m. and march to the Palatine Firefighters Memorial.  The ceremony will begin with the arrival of the Honor Guard at approximately 9:00 a.m. and include a wreath presentation and ringing of the ceremonial fire bell.  The ceremony is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. 

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New truck for Frankfort FPD (more)

This from Bill Schreiber:

Frankfort FPD Truck 72 chassis update

Rosenbauer fire truck being built for the Frankfort FPD

Rosenbauer photo

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