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New engine for Rockford FD

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Rockford, IL,38297-2; #FireTruck; #Pierce; #RockfordFD; #Enforcer; #PUC;

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New engine for Villa Park FD (more)

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Villa Park, IL, 38298-1; #FireTruck; #Pierce; #Impel; #VillaParkFD;

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From Village of Villa Park, Illinois, Government on Facebook:

On Monday, the Village of Villa Park celebrated our inaugural push-in ceremony for our newest fire engine. This fire service tradition dates back to the 1800’s when crews returned from calls on horse-drawn equipment and firefighters had to remove the horses and push the equipment back into the bay. Engine 81 is a 2023 Impel Fire Engine and will replace the 26 year old Emergency One Engine 80. Give us a shout if you spot Engine 81 around town!

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New engine for York Center FPD (more)

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York Center Fire Protection District, IL, 38292-1; #Pierce; #Enforcer; #FireTruck; #YorkCenterFPD;

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Fire Service news

This from Bill Post:

I have an interesting fire department related news story from Detroit. It is quite interesting and has some similarities to what is happening in Chicago. At the moment, Chicago is running short of operable spare tower ladders. This story is also about  not having an operable tower ladder for the center of the city. Tower Ladder 7, the one closest to downtown Detroit, hasn’t been running without a tower ladder since October.

Bill Post

From WDIV in Detroit


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Orland Fire Protection District news

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A new program is launching in Orland Park that will alert citizens trained in CPR when they receive emergency calls about cardiac arrest near them.

Imagine if thousands of average citizens were ready and able to respond to an emergency in their community.

The district launched a new app called PulsePoint that alerts people who are trained in CPR if someone is in cardiac arrest nearby.

The Orland Fire Protection District is the second fire department in the region to adopt the app. Naperville has successfully utilized this technology for roughly 10 years.

For a department that responds to several cardiac arrests a week, and an average response time of four and a half minutes, every second counts.

While the Orland Fire Protection District covers nine suburbs, PulsePoint is launching first in Orland Park, with hopes to expand into the other areas in the future.

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Frankfort FPD engine for sale

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2002 KME Excel Pumper

Truck Type Used Pumpers and Engines
Manufacturer KME
Year Built 2002
Mileage 91,125
Location USA – Midwest
Stock # 18094
Price $25,000
  • KME Excel chassis
  • GVWR: 40,540
  • Seating for 4; 3 SCBA seats
  • Engine Hours: 8,416
  • Cummins ISC 330 HP diesel engine
  • Engine brake
  • Allison MD3060 automatic transmission
  • Additional equipment not included with purchase unless otherwise listed.
  • Interior medical cabinet

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  • Hale 1500 GPM side-mount pump
  • 500-gallon polypropylene tank; #FrankfortFPD; #FireTruck; #forsale; #KME; #Excel;

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Orland Fire Protection District news

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The Orland Fire Protection District honored several firefighter/paramedics who saved the life of cardiac victim Don Torgerson.

Torgerson and his wife and son attended the meeting of the Orland Fire Protection District (OFPD) on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024 to express his gratitude for their lifesaving efforts.

The OFPD received a call on Nov. 30, 2023 for a person passed out at 14701 S. LaGrange Rd and Dispatcher Logan Maske immediately recognized that the patient was in cardiac arrest. 

Orland Park Police Officer Sean Murphy arrived on the scene and provided CPR until the arrival of OFPD EMS, saving Torgerson’s life.

The William Bonnar Sr. Life Saving Award was presented by OFPD Fire Chief Michael Schofield and EMS Coordinator Lt. Joshua Girdick to the responding team including to:

  • Ambulance 1 arrived with PC L. Ramirez and AD A. Hiller
  • Utility 1 arrived with Engineer C. Murray and Firefighter J. McCleary
  • Truck 1 arrived with Lieutenant B. Buenzow, Engineer S. McDonald, and Firefighter B. Steele
  • Battalion Chief J. Hynes was in Command

CPR and advanced life support care were provided and the patient experienced a return of spontaneous circulation. 

The patient was immediately assisted and taken by ambulance to Palos Community Hospital. All involved moved quickly and effectively to help successfully resuscitate the patient.

Torgerson, a former police officer whose father is a former firefighter, thanked the EMS response.

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Fire Service News

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Last week, AT&T suffered a nationwide outage that the company believes was caused by “the application and execution of an incorrect process used as we were expanding our network, not a cyber attack,” according to the company’s website. 

AT&T acknowledged the outage on its site at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday and reported that all service was restored just after 2 p.m.  Despite many AT&T customers on post being unable to use their wireless devices, emergency personnel –who rely on AT&T’s FirstNet for some communications – were fully operational.  

Nationwide, there were reports from some civilian police and fire departments of FirstNet being down. 

“This outage has had no impact on the First Responder Broadband Network (FirstNet) on Redstone Arsenal,” Deputy Fire Chief Robert Simmons said. “Our FirstNet devices have continued to function normally. I have talked with network engineers at AT&T, and they tell me this is true of the network across the nation.” 

Simmons also said this incident showed an “excellent proof of concept” referring to the work the installation has done to install a dedicated communications network for first responders on post, which is part of an Armywide partnership with the FirstNet Government Authority and AT&T. 

“It shows how well Band 14, the band dedicated to FirstNet, functions even when there is an outage on the commercial side,” Simmons said. “This event shows why this capability is a critical component in our ability to connect first responders.” 

Redstone Arsenal was the first installation with an approved infrastructure application consisting of three macro towers, 28 small cells and miles of fiber. The system gives emergency personnel’s communications across the network priority over other traffic.  

According to the company’s website, “FirstNet is different from other carriers in that it has a dedicated public safety core that routes FirstNet traffic.  “It also encrypts network traffic within the core, creating the highly secure environment public safety requires.”

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Monee Fire Protection District history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT-This was the Monee FPD’s Engine  #111(later 583), a 1979 Ford F/FMC 750/500.  Enjoy and comment.
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