Archive for November 6th, 2021

Fatal fire in McHenry, 11-4-21

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McHenry Fire Chief Steve Spraker said a fire started around 12:07 a.m. Thursday 11/4/21 and was contained inside a single unit in a two-story complex in the 800-block of North Southgate Street.

The 77-year-old victim was sitting in the living room lighting a cigarette when he accidentally dropped it and the couch caught fire. His 70-year-old wife managed to escape the flames and was treated on the scene for minor smoke inhalation, but her husband, who is visually impaired, was unable to make it out. 

Two of the other units in the building have been deemed uninhabitable by the city.

The McHenry Police Department, McHenry Township Fire Protection District, and the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office continue to investigate.


New aerial ladder truck for the Munster FD

From Fire Service, Inc. @FireServiceIncStJohn:

Congratulations to Fire Chief Mark Hajduk and the Munster Indiana firefighters on the purchase of their new E-ONE HP75 aerial. This apparatus will be equipped with a 500-HP engine and an Allison EVS4500 transmission. It will have a HALE QMAX 2250-GPM pump with a 2000-GPM aerial waterway, 75-ft heavy duty aerial with a 750 lb. tip load, large diameter discharges, oversized plumbing, a 500-gallon Poly Tank, Williams Industrial Foam System, 30-gallon on-board foam cell, with off-truck foam pick up system, all LED emergency lighting, and a complete ISO complement of ground ladders. The 4-man Typhoon cab will come equipped with E-ONE’S side roll airbag system. 

drawing of 2022mE-ONE Typhoon H75 aerial ladder quint

drawing of 2022mE-ONE Typhoon H75 aerial ladder quint

drawing of 2022mE-ONE Typhoon H75 aerial ladder quint

thanks Dennis

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Demers Ambulances and Lion Electric Launch All-Electric Ambulance

Demers Ambulances and Lion Electric Launch All-Electric Ambulance

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Demers Ambulances, a leading North American manufacturer of ambulance vehicles and The Lion Electric Company (NYSE: LEV) (TSX: LEV) (“Lion” or the “Company”), a leading manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles, unveiled today the Demers eFX Ambulance, the first all-electric and purpose-built ambulance.

This new model of ambulances, scheduled to be commercialized in the second half of 2022, was developed with the support of the government of Quebec and the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). It is the result of nearly five years of collaborative work carried out by Demers Ambulances and Lion, which also involved direct input from many paramedic technicians and emergency medical service companies. The Demers eFX Ambulance is the first ambulance designed according to the needs expressed by paramedics.

The Lion5 chassis of the Demers eFX Ambulance will be assembled in Saint-Jérôme by Lion, while the medical compartment and final assembly will be carried out by Demers Ambulances in Beloeil. The new 100% electric ambulance will be sold throughout North America, and eventually worldwide, as ambulances sold by Demers and its affiliated brands are already in service in 43 countries. This exclusive mutual agreement between Lion and Demers contemplates the deployment of at least 1,500 100% electric ambulances over the next five years by Demers Ambulances.

In addition to being a pioneer in the energy transition of ambulance transport, the purpose-built electric ambulance will also make it possible to achieve significant gains in the ergonomics, safety and efficiency of paramedics, in addition to improving their overall comfort and that of their patients.

In an industry first, the ambulance will be equipped with a custom-designed chassis for use as an ambulance. The research and development teams of Demers Ambulances and Lion have completely redesigned the living space of the two sections of the vehicle and rethought the ergonomics and layout of the ambulance as we know it.

Some of the main challenges that paramedic technicians frequently face are the ability to maneuver freely while the ambulance is in motion to provide care to the patient while sitting with a seatbelt fastened. The Demers Ambulances’ research and development team, supported by numerous paramedics consulted throughout this process, has developed many innovative features which will be unveiled prior to certification and start of vehicle production.

thanks Martin

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