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Chicago new apparatus assignments – update

The fifth new Spartan/Crimson 103′ rear mount aerial in Chicago will be assigned to Truck 59. That makes Truck Companies 9, 31, 51, 56, & 59 the recipients of the five aerials that have been delivered to date. Each of these companies currently runs with a 1996 Seagrave except Truck 51, which has a 1995 Seagrave, the oldest ladder in front line service in Chicago. After these new rigs go into service, there will be two remaining 1996 Seagrave trucks that are assigned to Trucks 61 and 62.

As a side note, there are three 1996 HME 1871/Simon-LTI 100′ tower ladders currently assigned to Tower 21, Tower 37, and Tower 39. Due to an accident with their 2002 Pierce Dash Tower Ladder, Tower 34 is running again with their 1988 E-ONE Hurricane 95′ tower ladder.

Chicago Fire Department Truck 59 1996 Seagrave

Chicago Truck 59 and Truck 31 at the Quinn Fire Academy yesterday. All three shifts of the five companies receiving the new Spartan/Crimson aerials are rotating through the academy to receive training on the new apparatus before getting the rigs. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department Truck 31 2010 Spartan Crimson

The rear of Truck 31 shows that all ground ladder storage is within the center of the truck. A first for Chicago is full compartmentation on both sides of the rigs. Steve Redick photo

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New Crimson aerial for CFD Truck 31

Steve Redick happened upon the new Spartan Gladiator/Crimson aerial lettered for Truck 31 today at the Quinn Fire Academy and sent this image. Truck 31 is quartered with Engine 64, an ALS engine company. In a previous post HERE, this unit was shown without a company number, but it was labeled as a paramedic equipped truck, and now that designation has been removed.

Chicago Fire Department Truck 31 Spartan Crimson

The new unit for Truck Company 31 is this 2010 Spartan Gladiator/Crimson 103' aerial ladder carrying CFD shop #E338. Steve Redick photo

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Country Club Hills fire 1-14-11

Country Club Hills companies were dispatched for a structure fire today around noon at 4841 W. 173rd Street. They received  a report of an occupant trapped on the roof.  Upon arrival, 1st companies found heavy smoke from the one-story, 40×40 frame, commercial/office building.  The occupant reported trapped was off of the roof prior to the arrival of fire department units and suffered minor burns. This was a Full Still Alarm  plus a MABAS Box Alarm for tankers.

MABAS Division 24 Tanker Box #2410 was requested as a precautionary measure since companies had to lead out almost two blocks to the nearest hydrant.  The fire was under control in roughly 30 minutes. Mutual aid companies came from Oak Forest, Tinley Park, Flossmoor, Markham, Midlothian, and Hazel Crest.

Karl Klotz provided the report and photos. He has a complete gallery HERE.

Country Club Hills Fire Department fire on 173rd Street

Country Club Hills FD Truck 1145, a 104' tower ladder, was setup at the fire today on 173rd Street. Karl Klotz photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department fire on 173rd Street

A view from the rear of the building shows patches of fire along the roof in the 'C' sector. Karl Klotz photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department fire on 173rd Street Crimson

Country Club Hills Engine 1120 is supplying two hand lines to companies advancing on the fire. Karl Klotz photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department fire on 173rd Street

After companies vent the roof of the building, heavy smoke is able to escape which improves conditions for the interior companies. Karl Klotz photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department fire on 173rd Street

Oak Forest Assistant Chief Charlie Sopko was assigned to the 'A' Sector. Karl Klotz photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department fire on 173rd Street

Oak Forest firefighters emerge after performing a primary search of the building. Karl Klotz photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department fire on 173rd Street

Hazel Crest Truck 1220, a 1997 Pierce Lance 105' rear mount quint, in the parking lot near the building. Karl Klotz photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department fire on 173rd Street

Country Club Hills Engine 1120, was built in 2007 by Crimson on a Spartan Gladiator chassis with an Evolution trim package. This engine has a 1500-GPM pump, and a 500-gallon water tank in addition to a 30-gallon foam tank. Both pre-connects have been pulled as well as a bed of 5-inch hose for the long lead out of the supply line. Karl Klotz photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department fire on 173rd Street

Truck 1145 was delivered in 2008 by HME. The chassis is an HME Spectr and the 104' tower ladder is by RK Aerials. Karl Klotz photo

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Chicago new apparatus assignments

The latest information that we have is that three Spartan/Crimson 103′ trucks and one Spartan/Crimson high pressure engine are at Throop Street being readied for delivery. The trucks reportedly (nothing is certain until they are actually delivered) are for Trucks 9, 31, and 51. The engine is reported to be for Engine 60. There is another engine and truck being shown in progress on the Crimson website.

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Stickney Box Alarm

The Stickney Fire Department had a box alarm this afternoon at 4125 Oak Park Avenue. Josh Boyajian sent this image of Engine 1201 pumping at the scene. The engine is a 2007 HME/Ahrens Fox 1250/1000/30 TM. Truck 1204, a 1997 Spartan Gladiator, 3D 1250/500, Aerial Innovations 105′ rear mount aerial can be seen in the background.

Stickney Fire Department house fire Dec 17, 2010

Stickney Engine 1201 and truck 1204 on the scene of the box alarm fire at 4125 Oak Park Avenue. Josh Boyajian photo

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Flossmoor engine in production

Flossmoor has a new engine being built by Crimson. HERE is a link to the latest production photos that have been posted. It will be mounted on a Spartan chassis with a Gladiator cab. The body is stainless steel with a 1,000-GPM pump and 500 gallons of water.

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Tri-State has a new tower ladder

The Tri-State FPD, in MABAS Division 10 received a new 100′ tower ladder this year which was built by Smeal. It has a Spartan Chassis with a Gladiator Evolution cab which has trim offered exclusively to Smeal which is called their Sirius cab.

Tri-State FPD Spartan Smeal tower ladder

Tri-State Tower 529 is a 2010 Spartan/Smeal with a 2,000-GPM pump and a 300-gallon water tank. The ladder is 100'. Bill Friedrich photo

Tri-State Fire Protection District apparatus

The Tri-State FPD fleet includes two Pierce engines, the Smeal tower ladder and a Pierce engine with a Sky-Boom aerial device. Bill Friedrich photo

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Naperville’s new Engine 4

Lt. Andy Hilk from Naperville has informed us that the new 2010 Spartan Gladiator/Crimson engine is having equipment mounted before it is put into service at Engine 4, probably within the next week. The engine has a 1,500-GPM Hale pump, carries 750 gallons of water and 50 gallons of Class B foam. It features ROM Roll-up doors and has an 8KW Smartpower generator.

Naperville Fire Department Spartan Gladiator Crimson Engine 4

Naperville's newest engine just prior to going into service. This unit was displayed in the Crimson booth at the Fire Rescue International that was in Chicago this past August. Andy Hilk photo

The 1991 E-ONE Hush pumper which was in reserve has been sold to the Rockford Fire Department.

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Chicago sells reserve Snorkel

Dennis McGuire, Jr. provided the following update:

Year:  1987

Chassis Manufacturer:  SPARTAN

Body Manufacturer:  E-ONE

Aerial Device: 55′ SNORKEL

Hours:  748

VIN:  158BT0L07HC185046

Running Condition:  DOES NOT RUN

Sold for $4550.00

City of Chicago – City of Chicago Online Auctions

Chicago Reserve Snorkel

Decommissioned Chicago Reserve Snorkel. Chicago Auction Site photo

Chicago Reserve Snorkel

Driver's side of decommissioned Snorkel. Chicago Auction Site photo

Chicago reserve Snorkel

E-ONE body and 55' Snorkel boom of the decommissioned Snorkel. Chicago Auction Site photo

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Crimson unit in progress

Crimson Fire Apparatus is one of several manufacturers that posts photos of units in production so that interested parties can see the progress of particular units being built. Their website lists Naperville and Chicago as having units being built which can be viewed in production.

Click HERE for the status of the new Naperville engine (slated for Engine 4 to replace the last remaining Freightliner in frontline service) – Spartan Gladiator chassis 1500/750

Click HERE to see the status of a new engine for Chicago – Spartan Gladiator 1500/500

Click HERE to see the status of the first Chicago 103′ rear mount Crimson aerial – Spartan Gladiator 103′ RM 0/0

As a side note, it appears that Crimson will have to accomplish quite a bit to get one of the new Chicago aerials to display at the International FIre Chief’s show in Chicago this August (FRI).

For those who never saw the Crimson press release in March about the Chicago aerials:

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Brandon, S.D., March 31, 2010 – Crimson Fire, Inc. has signed a three-year contract with the city of Chicago to build more than 30 custom aerial fire trucks.

The Brandon, S.D.-based manufacturer of custom fire trucks and other rescue vehicles has begun designing and building five 103-foot rear-mount aerial trucks for the Windy City. Chicago, which also has a three-year contract with Crimson Fire to provide custom pumpers, could purchase as many as 30 aerial units over the life of the contract.

Equipment Management Co., the Crimson Fire dealership serving Illinois, secured the aerial contract for Chicago and will sell and service the apparatus. EMC, which also has operations in Arizona, joined the growing family of Crimson Fire dealers in July 2009.

“Chicago is a long-standing Crimson Fire customer, and we are honored to provide its firefighters with our custom aerials,” said Jim Salmi, president of Crimson Fire Aerials. “The city faces some unique emergency-rescue challenges, particularly with overall height restrictions and maneuvering through older neighborhoods. The Crimson Fire aerial enhances maneuverability in urban settings and delivers rugged, dependable performance with each run.”

The 103-foot rear-mount aerials, the longest available in the Crimson Fire product suite, will be built on a Spartan Gladiator® cab and chassis. The aerial will feature a low-profile design with an overall travel height of 11 feet, making it more maneuverable in the city. An aluminum body and the unique tubular design enable Crimson Fire to build the strongest and most durable trucks on the market.

The new Crimson Fire aerials also feature the industry’s only “greaseless” ladder through the patented roller assembly system, X-style outriggers and a ladder lift cradle that provides enhanced range of operation.

About Crimson Fire – Crimson Fire is a leading manufacturer of custom fire trucks and other rescue vehicles. A subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPAR), Crimson Fire is committed to quality, value and innovation. Drawing on more than 130 years of excellence in fire truck manufacturing, Crimson Fire manufactures a full line of pumpers, rescues, aerials, quick-attack vehicles and other emergency-rescue vehicles from its facilities in Pennsylvania and South Dakota.

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