Posts Tagged Downers Grove

Darien-Woodridge has been added to the site

Darien-Woodridge Fire District patchIn MABAS Division 10, the Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District has three stations. This is an E-ONE department dating back many years. They currently have an E-ONE quint, three E-ONE engines, and two E-ONE ambulances. This department used to have lime green apparatus with white roofs and has transitioned to replace the green with red over the past several years. There are two vehicles left with the original color scheme.

Their district includes parts of Darien and Woodridge as well as the unincorporated areas of Downers Grove and some of unincorporated Westmont. They are staffed with both full-time and part-time personnel, and in 2009, they ran 2,450 total runs.

Darien-Woodridge Station 1 is also home to the Southwest United FIre Districts Fire Training Academy which has three rigs of their own.

Darien-Woodridge FPD Station 1

Darien-Woodridge FPD Station 1 houses fire department headquarters and the Southwest United Fire Districts Fire Training Academy. Larry Shapiro photo

Darien-Woodridge FPD E-ONE quint

Darien-Woodridge FPD E-ONE ambulance

Southwest United Districts Fire Training Academy engine 1

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Area Departments and Chief Officers Receive Awards

During the International Association of Fire Chiefs Conference in Chicago last week was a ceremony recognizing achievements that were awarded by the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). Among the awards were fire departments that became accredited agencies, Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Designees, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Designees and Fire Officer (FO) Designees.

Several local chief officers were recognized as CFO Designees; some for the first time, some received their second recognition and several were awarded their third or fourth term as CFO Designees.

Both the Lake Forest Fire Department and the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District received their accreditation for the first time.

Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District Accreditation

Representatives of the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD were on hand to accept the plaque recognizing their department as an accreditated agency. Larry Shapiro photo

Lisle Woodridge and Downers Grove fire chiefs

From left to right: Downers Grove Fire Chief James Jackson, Sr., Lisle-Woodridge Fire District Chief Thomas Freeman (third term CFO Designee), and Downers Grove Deputy Chief Richard Mikel (first term CFO Designee). Larry Shapiro photo

Downer Grove and Westmont fire chiefs

From left to right: Downer Grove Deputy Chief Jefferey Pindelski, Westmont Fire Chief Frank Trout (third term CFO Designee) and Montgomery & Countryside FPD Chief Thomas Meyers, Jr (third term CFO Designee). Larry Shapiro photo

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Division 16 is complete

Lisle Woodridge Fire Station 2

Station 2 is home to a medic unit, an engine, and the special teams which includes haz mat, the dive team, and a mobile unit for the fire investigation team. Larry Shapiro photo

Division 16 encompasses only three fire departments but it represents roughly 100 square miles of area and includes 19 fire stations. The departments are Downers Grove, Lisle Woodridge, and Naperville. Previously, Downers Grove and recently Naperville have been added to the site with their combined 14 stations. As of today, the five stations of the Lisle Woodridge Fire District are on the site as well.

Lisle Woodridge 2009 Pierce Impel engine

Engine 541 (running out of station 4) is the newest unit in the fleet. Larry Shapiro photo

MABAS Division 16 Special Operations Unit

Three of the Lisle Woodridge stations are in the Village of Lisle and two are in the Village of Woodridge. They staff four engines, two trucks, a battalion chief and four medic units. One of the medic units is only staffed for 12 hours a day. Neither of their truck companies (one ladder and one platform) carries water or has a pump. Lisle Woodridge used to maintain a suppression fleet that was 100% E-ONE and a medic fleet of Freightliner/Life Line ambulances. Today, though several E-ONE units remain in the fleet, they are being phased out by Pierce units. Currently both trucks and two of the engines are Pierce. The medic units are still from Life Line although the Freightliner FL60 chassis are being replaced with IHC 4300 chassis.

Lisle Woodridge 1984 Spartan Gladiator EONE rescue unit

This unit which has no official assigned duties was one of the first super-command-cab units built by Spartan back in 1984. Spartan introduced these enormous cabs to the fire service and the first few units were built for suburban Chicago departments including this EONE rescue, a Frontline rescue for North Palos, and an FMC pumper for Fox Lake. The square cab design was not popular and made way for a contoured cab after a short period of time.

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Medtec deliveries in 2009

The year-to-date 2010 Medtec deliveries were posted previously, and as promised here are the 2009 deliveries.

Bensenville Medtec ambulance

Ford F-Series Medtec unit in Bensenville. Medtec photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department Medtec ambulance

Ford E-Series Medtec ambulance in Buffalo Grove. Medtec photo

Crystal Lake FD Medtec ambulance

Ford E-Series Medtec ambulance in Crystal Lake. Medtec photo

Crystal Lake Fire Department Medtec ambulance

Another Ford E-Series Medtec ambulance in Crystal Lake. Medtec photo

Downers Grove Fire Department Medtec ambulances

A pair of Medtec ambulances in Downers Grove on Navistar chassis. Medtec photo

Medtec ambulance Fox Lake Fire Department

Ford F-Series Medtec ambulance for Fox Lake. Medtec photo

Glen Ellyn VFD Medtec ambulance

Two Ford E-Series Medtec ambulances for Glen Ellyn. Medtec photo

Glenside FPD Medtec ambulance

Glenside FD Medtec ambulance on a Navistar chassis. Medtec photo

Hazel Crest FD Medtec ambulance

Hazel Crest FD Medtec ambulance on a GMC Ford F-650 chassis. Medtec photo

Naperville Medec ambulance

Napervile Medic 6 on a Navistar chassis. Medtec photo

Niles FD Medtec ambulance

Niles ambulance 2 on a Navistar chsssis. Medtec photo

Prospect Heights FD Medtec ambulance

Ford E-Series Medtec ambulance in Prospect Heights. Medtec photo

Sugar Grove Medtec ambulance

Medtec ambulance for Sugar Grove on a Navistar chassis. Medtec photo

Waukegan FD Medtec ambulance

Waukegan FD Medtec ambulance on a Navistar chassis. Medtec photo

Wood Dale Medtec ambulance

Ford E-Series Medtec ambulance in Wood Dale. Medtec photo

Woodstock FD Medtec ambulance

Ford E-Series Medtec ambulance in Woodstock. Medtec photo

York Center FPD Medtec ambulance

York Center FPD’s Medtec ambulance on a Navistar chassis. Medtec photo

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1st Division 16 department has been added.

The Downer Grove Fire Department has been added to Division 16. Thanks to Bill Friedrich, all four stations (that’s 1,2,3 & 5 … there isn’t a #4 currently) are on the site with the exception of a few reserve rigs. Their fleet is ‘Chicago-style’ black over red and is predominantly made up of Pierce and Medtec units.

Engine 1 is the newest suppression piece in Downers Grove. It is a 2008 Pierce Impel 1500/500. Photo by Bill Friedrich

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