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Elmhurst Fire Department news

from the Village of Elmhurst:; #ElmhurstFD; #RichardDuFort;At the city council meeting to be held on Monday, September 18, 2023, City Manager Jim Grabowski will seek the council’s approval of his recommendation in appointing Interim Fire Chief Richard “Dick” Dufort to chief of the Elmhurst Fire Department. Dufort has been serving as the interim chief since April of 2023.

Chief Dufort has more than 30 years of firefighting experience with the City of Elmhurst. An Elmhurst resident and graduate of York Community High School, he went on to complete his Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science from the College of DuPage and is continuing his education in the Fire Science Management Program at Southern Illinois University. He joined the Elmhurst Fire Department in March of 1993.

During his tenure with the City of Elmhurst, Chief Dufort has served in various leadership roles. Starting as a firefighter, he attended courses to continue his professional development and receive certification in training and education. In 2012, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, responsible for the management and mentoring of personnel, fire tactics, and training. He was promoted to battalion chief in 2017, supervising employees at both fire stations, participating in contract negotiations, and assisting in policy and procedure development, planning, and budget preparations.

In April 2023, he was appointed as Interim Fire Chief, responsible for leading the fire department and engaging in continuous development efforts, collaborating with the city ctaff, and identifying areas for growth and improvement.

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Elmhurst Fire Department news

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Elmhurst Fire Chief Bill Anaszewicz has left after 27 years at the fire department.

In a brief news release Tuesday afternoon, the city announced the exit of Anaszewicz, calling him the former chief. It said Anaszewicz resigned from his position after finding a new employment opportunity, which the news release did not detail.

According to the release, Richard Dufort was appointed as the interim fire chief. He is a 30-year veteran of the department.

Anaszewicz became the permanent chief in October after a unanimous city council vote. He was the acting chief for a year and a half.

Anaszewicz’s predecessor, Tom Freeman, also left quickly. He gave four days’ notice before retiring in 2021, though he praised the city government in his resignation letter. 

In December, some city council members pondered scaling back the fire department.

In 2021, the city council majority clashed with the firefighters union over advanced life support equipment. Firefighters wanted such gear on city fire trucks, while aldermen said it was enough that the city’s private ambulance service had it.

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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

Pierce composite

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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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