Archive for October, 2021

As seen around Cordell, Oklahoma

This from Danny Nelms:

Cordell, OK new to them tender/tanker. 1998 E-One 1500 GPM pump/3000 gallons. Former Fox Lake Fire Department Illinois. John Strenski photo 
new home for former Fox Lake FPD pumper/tender

John Strenski photo

From our files, evidently prior to a repaint 

1998 E-ONE Hurricane 3000-gallon tanker in Fox Lake IL

Larry Shapiro photo

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As seen around … Bradley, Oklahoma

This from Danny Nelms:

Grady County / Bradley, OK  Engine 1.  1989 E-One 1500 Hale pump and a 500 tank.  8V-92 Detroit Diesel / Automatic transmission.  S. O. # 7137.  Ex – Lisle-Woodridge Fire District, Illinois.   (SR photo / 2021)
new home for former Lisle-Woodridge FPD fire engine

From Facebook – SR photo / 2021

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New engine for Downers Grove

From the Nov 2nd Village Council Meeting agenda

Village of Downers Grove 11-2-21 agenda minutes to purchase Pierce fire engine

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pricing information fr a new Pierce Impel fire engine for the Downers Grove Fire Department

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partial description of a new Pierce Impel fire engine for the Downers Grove Fire Department

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add-on extras for new Pierce Impel fire engine for the Downers Grove Fire Department

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thanks Daniel

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New ambulance for Addison Fire District

This is to replace the 2008 f650 which is the last of the large ambulances.

Addison Fire District meeting minutes with new ambulance approval

thanks Tim

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Chicago Fire Department news

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There were worries late Thursday that the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate could be creating safety concerns with the Chicago Fire Department. There has been a lot of attention on the fight by the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police over the city’s vaccine mandate. But the city is facing another lawsuit – brought by firefighters and workers with the Chicago Department of Water Management. The fight is set to end up in federal court on Friday.

Twenty eight Chicago firefighters and paramedics are sitting out without pay for not complying with vaccine rules. The CFD is moving paramedics from fire engines to the ambulances. What that does is downgrade care available on fire trucks. Engine companies with the highest level of care are certified to provide Advanced Life Support. That means one paramedic is on board, with just about everything found in an ambulance. But because the fire department is being forced to backfill, the Union says six companies on Monday and three Wednesday could only provide Basic Life Support, with no paramedic.

In a statement, the Chicago Fire Department said that downgrading is not an uncommon occurrence and that no fire or ambulance companies have been put out of service or limited service due to personnel issues. But the union disagrees.

The firefighters’ union president said he discussed this issue with Mayor Lori Lightfoot briefly on Friday, stressing something has to change. He plans to continue those talks Friday at a special city council meeting addressing the vaccine mandate.

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New Chicago Fire Department replica models (more)

From Fire Replicas:

Low stock alert – Chicago’s 1953 FWD pumpers

1953 FWD Chicago fire engine Replica model 1953 FWD Chicago fire engine Replica model

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As seen around … Bolingbrook

This from Martin Nowak:

Bolingbrook Engine 2 on scene of a gas leak at Route 53 and Northridge Ave. Pictures taken before 1 P.M. on Thursday, 10/28/21
Bolingbrook firefighters on scene

Martin Nowak photo

Bolingbrook FD Engine 2 on scene

Martin Nowak photo

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La Grange Park Fire Department news

Thieves steal tools from fire truck

thanks Scott

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New squad for Des Plaines (more)

From Tim Olk:

Des Plaines FD Squad 63

Des Plaines Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 4211

Des Plaines FD Squad 63

Tim Olk photo

Des Plaines FD Squad 63

Tim Olk photo

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Peoria Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from

In a sudden 6-4 vote, the Peoria City Council took a big step toward the restoration of public safety services Tuesday night, voting to restore one of the city’s fire engines, which was cut in 2020. This would go into effect on Nov. 1.

During the council’s discussion of the 2022-2023 biennial budget, a councilman said the city has seen the possibility of civilian casualties due to the reductions in the fire department.

Peoria Fire Chief Jim Bachman talked about how the fire department’s ability to control fires to its room of origin has decreased since 2017.

The motion was brought forth that “the city council direct the city manager to restore an engine cut by Council action in 2020.”

The engine will be staffed by 11 existing firefighters, via overtime, until the city applies and possibly gets a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant to cover the continued costs next year.

Although this sudden motion was immediately supported one councilwoman, it received pushback from four others. The unexpected timing of the motion during the budget discussion seemed to be one of the lead causes of the conflict amongst council members.

One member defended the motion saying that it had to do with positions that were cut due to COVID-19 and that the city is on good financial ground to make this decision. Ultimately the mayor and five council members voted to pass the motion.

The motion’s sponsor said that the fire chief will decide where the engine will be placed and that this creates a safer Peoria.

In addition to wanting more information on Bachman’s data regarding containing fires to its room of origin, one council member brought up concerns of how much the overtime would affect the firefighters.

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