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Lockport Township Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from firelawblog.com:

An Illinois fire department has filed suit against Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC, alleging breach of contract, breach of warranty, and violation of the state’s “lemon law” due to problems with a new 105-foot Apollo aerial platform. The Lockport Township Fire Protection District filed suit today in US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The Seagrave Model TP7KCT Marauder 105’ Apollo Quint rear mount platform was ordered in 2020, along with a Seagrave Marauder pumper. The aerial platform was delivered in March of 2022, but has been plagued with a number of mechanical problems outlined in the complaint. These include:

  • On April 10, 2022, the ladder failed to be stowed properly. Additionally, the raise and lower valve handle failed.
  • The following day, after setup, an outrigger drifted, twisting the pin—causing 360° rotation at approximately 70’ ladder extension, 50° incline, with two men in the air. LTFPD immediately suspended training.
  • On April 14, 2022, LTFPD held conference call with Seagrave to discuss issues. Seagrave blamed hydraulic issues—correctible with programing.
  • One week later, Emergency Vehicle Technician and Fleet Mechanic Brian Fisher (“Fisher”) and Seagrave identified sensor issues and adjusted the programing. However, they were unsuccessful in recreating April 11, 2022 drift issue.
  • On April 22, 2022, training resumed.
  • The following day, while operating the lift from side to side, the “green” light that indicates that the outrigger is planted would not illuminate. Upon further testing and inspection, Fisher thought the problem was resolved; however, he quickly noticed puddle(s) of hydraulic fluid on the garage floor apron.
  • On April 27, 2022, the Apollo platform was returned to Seagrave to be inspected.
  • After two weeks, repairs were made and the Apollo platform was returned.
  • On May 16, 2022, Fisher advised LTFPD repairs were done and the training continued.
  • On June 2, 2022, the Apollo platform went into full service.
  • On June 8, 2022, LTFPD found broken wear pads and old bolts that were left in outrigger channel(s).
  • On June 14, 2022, Fisher, who was replacing faulty sensors, found motor bolts to be “hand-tight.” LTFPD cut off the Apollo platform from service indefinitely.

On June 17, 2022, Fire Chief John O’ Connor informed Seagrave that LTFPD considered the device to be “unsafe and inoperable for use” and sought to return it for a full refund of $1,369,220.00. The President and CEO of Seagrave, Ulisses D. Parmeziani, disagreed that the device was unsafe or inoperable, but offered to repurchase truck for “fair market value.”

LTFPD engaged legal counsel and countered by demanding that Seagrave:

  • accept return of Apollo platform and refund $1,369,220.00 for the Apollo platform; or
  • deliver Apollo platform to an agreed upon qualified third- party inspector to be paid at Seagrave’s expense; agreed to pay the repair bills/costs to be completed by an independent vendor; return Apollo platform to LTFPD at Seagrave’s expense; extend Seagrave Limited Warranty three (3) years from date all issues are resolved; reimburse LTFPD for their legal bills incurred.

According to the complaint, when Seagrave failed to respond to the attorney’s demands, they opted to file suit. The four count complaint alleges breach of contract, breach of express warranty under 810 ILCS 5/2-313, breach of express warranty of material and workmanship, and breach of Illinois’ New Vehicle Buyer Protection Act (815 ILCS 380).

thanks Drew

Here’s a link to the lawsuit

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New engine for Lockport Township FPD (more)

From Lockport Township Fire Protection District @LTFPD:

Today (11/24/21) our new engine 3 went in service. A new 2021 Seagrave Marauder will be responding out of Station 3 and ready to serve the residents of the Lockport Township Fire Protection District.

New Lockport Township FPD Engine 3 went into service

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Area apparatus orders

Here is a list compiled by Josh Boyajian of current area apparatus on order:

Alsip – Seagrave Engine

Berwyn – E-One Metro 100 Low Profile Ladder

Blue Island – Sutphen 100’ MM Ladder

Bolingbrook – (2) E-One Engines

Buffalo Grove – E-One Engine

Carol Stream – E-One RM Tower Ladder

Cicero – Pierce Impel Engine

Crestwood – (2) Seagrave Engines

Geneva – Pierce Ascendant Ladder

Hampshire – Pierce Enforcer PUC Engine

Joliet – E-One RM Tower Ladder

Lisle Woodridge – Pierce Ascendant MM Tower

Lockport – Seagrave Apollo Tower Ladder

Lombard – Pierce Enforcer Engine

Melrose Park – Pierce Impel Engine

Morton Grove – E-One EMAX Engine

Oak Brook – Pierce Ascendant Ladder

Oak Brook – Pierce Enforcer Engine

Norwood Park – Pierce Ascendant MM Tower

River Grove – Ford E-450 Wheeled Coach Ambo

Skokie – Pierce Enforcer Engine

Stickney – Ford F550 Horton Type 1 Ambo

Sugar Grove – Sutphen Engine

Thornton – Sutphen 75’ MM Ladder

Tri State FPD – Pierce Enforcer Ascendant Ladder

Western Springs – Pierce Saber Engine

Westmont – Pierce Impel Engine

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House fire in Crest Hill, 3-2-21

From the Lockport Township Fire Protection District Facebook page:

house fire in Crest Hill IL

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House fire in Lockport, 10-22-20

From the Lockport Township Fire Protection District Facebook page:

Active Incident- House Fire District 4-Full Still Alarm Level. Engine Company 4 arrived with heavy fire showing in a single story residence.

District 4 House Fire 10/22. Crews made a quick knock down of the fire and no major injuries reported.

Firefighters battle house fire

Lockport Township FPD photo

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New squad for the Lockport Township FPD

From the Lockport Township FPD Facebook page:

On September 23rd, 2020, the Lockport Fire District placed Special Operations SQUAD #6 in service. This vehicle carries all of the Technical Rescue Team equipment for high angle, confined space, trench, and structure collapse rescues. It will be housed at Station #6 and respond along with Truck #6 for any special operations in the fire district and when called by any mutual aid departments. This vehicle replaces a 1990 Fargo trailer.

IHC/Hackney fire truck squad

Lockport Township FPD photo

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House fire in Lockport, 8-19-20

From the Lockport Township Fire Protection District Facebook page:

3rd structure fire in 3 days on the east side. Crews arrived on scene in District 4 in Fairmont to find a heavily involved detached garage on fire.

Garage fire in Lockport, IL 8/19/20

Lockport Township FPD photo

Garage fire in Lockport, IL 8/19/20

Lockport Township FPD photo

Garage fire in Lockport, IL 8/19/20

Lockport Township FPD photo

Garage fire in Lockport, IL 8/19/20

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House fire in Lockport, 8-17-20

From the Lockport Township Fire Protection District Facebook page:

Box alarm fire last night in District 4. Companies on scene had to wait outside for ComEd to arrive and kill the power due to an electrical hazard. Multiple void spaces made finding an extinguishing the fire very difficult. Luckily no one was injured and thank you to everyone that responded from other communities. @ Lockport, Illinois

Lockport Township FPD press release

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House fire 8/17/20 in Lockport Township, IL

Lockport Township FPD photo

House fire 8/17/20 in Lockport Township, IL

Lockport Township FPD photo

House fire 8/17/20 in Lockport Township, IL

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Lockport Township Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the HeraldNews.com:

About 5:15 a.m. Wednesday, Lockport Township firefighters responded to a fire in the 3500 block of State Street in unincorporated Lockport Township. Fire companies arrived to find a vacant two-story building that had a one-story addition off the back. The one-story portion of the structure was found to have heavy fire through the roof. As the firefighters were stretching initial hose lines to the back of the building, there was an explosion in the two-story portion of the structure.

The debris from the explosion had caused minor injuries to a firefighter who was working on the exterior of the building. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation and he was treated and released.

Firefighters with East Joliet, Homer, and Northwest Homer fire departments were called to the scene and the fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes. However, the firefighters spent about two hours on scene to completely extinguish the fire.

1 Firefighter injured at Lockport Township fire

Lockport Township FPD photo

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Lockport Township Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the herald-news.com:

The Lockport Township Fire Protection District will hold an informational meeting for residents about an upcoming ballot question on a modest tax increase. Voters in the district will decide March 17 on the district’s first proposed tax increase in 20 years. The ballot question asks residents for the increase of 0.1% of the equalized assessed value of taxable property. For the average family in the district, that increase would be equal to about $66 a year.

District officials will provide more information on the referendum and answer questions at the meeting on March 4 at 6 p.m. at the Prairie Bluff Golf Club, located at 19433 Renwick Road in Lockport. For more information about the ballot question, residents can go to lockportfire.org.

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