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Elmhurst Fire Department news

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Elmhurst aldermen this week pondered ideas to scale back the local fire department, saying they wanted to reflect today’s needs; fire departments are spending much more of their time on emergency medical service calls.

At a budget meeting Monday, aldermen said they understood the need to find ways to run the city’s larger fire trucks less often. Those trucks cost a lot more in maintenance and gas.

The city is poised to budget up to $380,000 for a rescue squad, which officials said would reduce the use of a ladder truck. It was suggested that the rescue squad may cost as little as $220,000. The ladder truck in question was expected to last 20 years, but at current usage rates, that estimate has been reduced to a dozen years. With the purchase of a rescue squad, the ladder truck is expected to last 30 years, according to city estimates.

One alderwoman thought that the city’s analysis that a ladder truck would last 30 years was a bit of a stretch, saying that “There is just no way that anyone on a city council 20 years from now is going to let a fire truck be 30 years old” and that “There are several of us on the city council who already feel that the City of Elmhurst has too much fire equipment. So while I appreciate the desire to want to save money, buying more equipment might not be the right way.”

She suggested the city may want to get rid of the ladder truck in question. In the rare instance in which a ladder truck is needed, she said the city could get assistance through mutual aid agreements with its neighbors.

Another said the council should take a look at the fire department’s spending, noting that over the last few decades, fire prevention efforts, less smoking, and improved building codes have dramatically reduced the number of fires nationally He added “I’m not up here saying we don’t need a fire department, but I do think we have to think about it differently.”

Yet another agreed with his colleagues’ sentiments., saying that the larger trucks leave a massive footprint.  “They’re huge,” he said. “I’m all for downsizing to a vehicle that is more nimble and more appropriate to actually navigate our streets for these calls.”


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New truck for Elmhurst (more)

This from Larry Shapiro:

I saw Elmhurst Ladder 2 for the first time today. It was originally a demo and was posted previously before being lettered.

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Elmhurst Fire Department news

From the City of Elmhurst:

Elmhurst Fire Chief Tom Freeman has retired effective April 30, 2021. He assumed the role of fire chief on October 10, 2016 coming to Elmhurst after serving as the fire chief for the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District for 22 years. He also served as a firefighter for the Village of Evergreen Park where he was promoted to several positions, eventually becoming assistant fire chief.

During his time with the City of Elmhurst, Chief Freeman had many accomplishments, most significantly his instrumental role in improving the Elmhurst Fire Department to an ISO Class 1 rating. He was also vital in the implementation and success of Rescue One, the department’s rapid response vehicle. 

He has numerous state and national certifications and memberships including the International Association of Fire Chiefs Chief Fire Officer designation.

During his career, he was president of MABAS Division 16, a member of MABAS Division 12, the Illinois Terrorism Task Force Committee on Training, appointed to the FEMA Region V Regional Advisory Council, and was a member of the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Crisis Management Team. Chief Freeman serves as an appointee of the governor on the State of Illinois Medal of Honor Committee. As an instructor for the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute and the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, he teaches throughout the state in the areas of strategy and tactics, incident management, unified command, and officer development and leadership.

Deputy Fire Chief Bill Anaszewicz has been appointed to serve as acting fire chief as the process moves forward.

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New truck for Elmhurst (more)

From the Pierce Flickr site:

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Pierce Enforcer PUC Ascendant quint demo purchased by the Elmhurst Fire Department

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New truck for Elmhurst (more)

Pierce 107′ demo for the Elmhurst Fire Department

new fire truck for Elmhurst

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Former Elmhurst heavy rescue for sale (more)

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1995 E-One Heavy Duty Walk-In rescue, 350 HP Cummins Diesel, Allison automatic transmission, 6 person cab with walk-in rear area, aluminum cab and body, 20 KW PTO generator WITH HOT SHIFT PTO SYSTEM, , cord reels and Will-Burt 6000 watt light tower on top of roof, A/C, 5 SCBA seats, 38,000 lb. GVWR, 45,000 miles, Air conditioned cab and rear, front winch, under-body cribbing compartments, adjustable shelves and trays, 4 cylinder 4500 PSI cascade system with low pressure outlet,  stainless steel wheel covers, SCBA cylinder compartments in wheel wells, cylinder rack in cascade compartment, roll-up aluminum compartment doors, Command Post in rear cab, 12,000 lb. electric winch, Whelen strobe lightbar and strobes, Federal Q2B siren, air horns,very clean condition, available now for only $ 62,000

1995 E-ONE Sentry heavy rescue for sale

1995 E-ONE Sentry heavy rescue for sale. Command Fire Apparatus photo

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New truck for Elmhurst

Elmhurst Fire Department request for new fire truck rom Pierce Pierce Enforcer Ascendent quint

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Fatal fire in Elmhurst

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At about 9:30 p.m., on Friday, DuPage County sheriff’s deputies and the Elmhurst Fire Department responded to a house fire on Willow Road. Firefighters removed one woman and two males from the home. They were dead.

The investigation is ongoing and the identity of the deceased is being withheld until the cause and manner of their deaths are determined.

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Elmhurst Fire Department news

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Joseph D. Schenk, 31, of the 1500 block of Jill Court, was charged with aggravated battery, possession of a controlled substance and obstructing a peace officer, and Mayrel J. Gamez, 25, of the 1500 block of Jill Court, was charged with obstructing a peace officer and criminal trespass to motor vehicle following the incident that reportedly occurred about 6:21 p.m. July 31 at Lake Street and Church Road in Elmhurst.

Elmhurst Deputy Police Chief Mike McLean said the two reportedly stopped the vehicle they were in while they were in traffic on Lake Street, and Elmhurst Fire Department personnel pulled up behind them in a department vehicle. The personnel inquired as to the welfare of Schenk and Gamez, anticipating their vehicle had broken down.

McLean said Schenk and Gamez were acting erratically, and Gamez allegedly opened the door of the fire department vehicle. A firefighter reportedly asked the woman to exit the vehicle, and Gamez allegedly refused to do so. The firefighter then reportedly pulled her out of the vehicle. Schenk then allegedly shoved the firefighter, and Elmhurst police responded to the scene and took Schenk and Gamez into custody. The pair were then transported to the hospital for treatment.

Gamez was charged with obstruction of justice because she allegedly did not comply with police officers’ orders during the arrest. The firefighter did not sustain injuries.

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