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Lake Villa Fire District ambulances

Jeff Rudolph visited the Lake Villa Fire District recently and submitted updated images of several ambulances, two of which have been repainted to match the fire district colors. The units were previously owned and purchased by the Lake Villa Rescue Squad and were blue and white. The rescue squad has since merged under the fire district and all apparatus is red. Refer to the previous post HERE and HERE for much of the information.

Lake Villa Fire District Osage ambulance

One of the repainted units is this 2010 Ford E-450/Osage ambulance in Lake Villa running as Ambulance 241R. Jeff Rudolph photo

Lake Villa Fire District Osage ambulance

Lake Villa Ambulance 241 is a 2011 Ford E-450/Osage Type III. Jeff Rudolph photo

Lake Villa Fire Distract Osage ambulance

Lake Villa Ambulance 243 is a 2009 Ford E-450/Osage Type III that was also repainted. Jeff Rudolph photo

Lake Villa Fire District Osage ambulance

The 2010 Ford E-450/Osage ambulance that was photographed here as Ambulance 241 is currently assigned as Ambulance 241R. Hank Sajovic photo


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New Ambulances in Lake Villa

The Lake Villa Fire District received two new ambulances. They are Type III units built in 2011 by Osage on Ford E-450 chassis. According to information received by Jeff Rudolph, neither of them are numbered yet and both identical.  As best as can be determined, Ambulance 243, the 05′ was retired. Old Ambulance 242 became Ambulance 244, Ambulance 244 became Ambulance 245. It is not clear where old Ambulance 241 went. The two new units will be assigned to Ambulances 241 and 242.

As reported HERE, the new ambulances are painted red. This is a departure from the current ambulance fleet that is painted blue and white and was purchased as part of the Lake Villa Rescue Squad.

Lake Villa Fire Department 2011 Osage ambulance

Lake Villa took delivery of two 2011 Type III ambulances from Osage on E-450 Ford chassis. This unit will be assigned as Ambulance 242. These are the first red ambulances in Lake Villa. Jeff Rudolph photo

Lake Villa Fire Department ambulance Lake Villa Rescue Squad

The new ambulance will replace the current, 2010 Osage built ambulance that is assigned to Ambulance 242. This unit is being reassigned as Ambulance 244 which is the second ambulance out of Station 2.

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Lake Villa is on the site

Lake Villa Fire Department patch

Another Lake County (Division 4) department has been added to the site. The Lake Villa Fire Department/Lake Villa Fire District/Lake Villa Rescue Squad is an interesting marriage of resources and organizations. Together, they currently occupy three fire stations in Lake Villa and Lindenhurst. The downtown station and most of the apparatus assigned there is owned by the Lake Villa Fire Department which is a private organization. They do their own fundraising in addition to being paid for contract services from the Lake Villa Fire District. The other two stations and the fire vehicles in them are owned by the Lake Villa Fire District. The ambulances in all three stations which are white and blue, are owned and staffed by the Lake Villa Rescue Squad.

Lake Villa Fire Department station

The Lake Villa Fire Department station which has been expanded three times since the original building was constructed. Photo by Hank Sajovic

The Lake Villa Fire Department station in downtown Lake Villa is an interesting building which has had three separate additions built over the years. The building now has eight bays. Each two bay addition has an engraved stone with the year of that particular addition.

Lake Villa Fire Department Engine 241 Pierce Arrow XT

All of the fire suppression equipment with the exception of a 1973 CF-Mack/Welch was made by Pierce. This includes four engines, a pumper/squad, a 105′ ladder, and two tankers of which all but one are on Dash chassis. The newest piece is a 2009, Arrow XT engine at station 1.

Lake Villa Rescue Squad Ford Osage Type III ambulance

The rescue squad currently has five Ford/Osage Type III ambulances which are painted in the traditional rescue squad color scheme of blue and white. As mentioned in a previous post HERE, there are two new ambulances on order and they will be red, and lettered for the Lake Villa Fire District as are the current units.

Lake Villa Fire District Mack CF Pierce engine

Lake Villa Mack CF Pierce engine

The Mack/Pierce engine shortly after it was purchased. It was Engine 2420 at the time, was purchased by the FIre Department and did not have the Wil-Burt Nightscan mounted on the roof. Lake Villa had been a Mack customer for many years. When Mack stopped building fire trucks, many of its customers continued to buy the CF chassis with other companies completing the unit. Lake Villa's transition to Pierce began with this unit. By the time they were ready to purchase their next vehicle, Mack was no longer offering the CF chassis. Photo by Larry Shapiro

Annandale, NJ Mack CF engine

This engine from Annandale, NJ is an example of a four-door fabricated by Mack. The rear doors are recessed, flat, and cover the step. The engine was originally built in 1981 and was updated and refurbished in 1996 by The Swab Wagon Company. Larry Shapiro photo

There are three rather uniquely interesting units on the roster in Lake Villa. One is a 1933 Pirsch antique that’s in great shape. The other two units are a throw back to a time when all of the Lake Villa engines were built by Mack on CF chassis. They have a 1973 CF-Mack that was refurbished with a new body complete with high-side compartments by Welch, and the other is a 1989/1990 CF-Mack/Pierce combination. One trait which makes this unit especially nice is the four-door conversion which was fabricated by Pierce. When Mack enclosed the CF cab with four doors, the rear doors were flat, straight, and set in from the contour of the body by several inches. Pierce fabricated the enclosure using a set of front doors for the rear of the cab which kept the same contours and body lines of the cab from the front to the rear.

Lake Villa Fire Department 1933 Pirsch antique

Lake Villa Fire Department 1968 Mack CF engine

This is one of the CF Mack engines that preceded the Pierce units in Lake Villa. Engine 621 as shown here was built in 1969 and carried 750 gallons of water with a 1,000-GPM pump. Larry Shapiro photo

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