Posts Tagged MABAS Division 7

Kankakee Township is added to the site

Kankakee Township FPD patchThe Kankakee Township FPD has been added to the site. Located in MABAS Division 7 in Kankakee County, they cover 18 square miles out of two stations. 18 paid-on-call firefighters have three engines, a tender, a brush truck, and a utility used as an EMS chase car.




Kankakee Township FPD Station 1.

Kankakee Township FPD Station 1. Karl Klotz photo

Kankakee Township FPD fire engine Kankakee Township FPD fire engine

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Otto Township FPD added to the site

Otto Township FPD patchThe Otto Township FPD in MABAS Division 7 has been added to the site. They cover 44 square miles in Kankakee County with a staff of 25 paid-on-call personnel. They have three engines, two tenders, and a brush unit running out of two stations.





Otto Township FPD Station 1

Otto Township FPD Station 1. Karl Klotz photo

Otto Township FPD fire engine fire department water tender

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Reddick Community VFD added to the site

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Another department in MABAS Division 7 is on the site. The Reddick Community VFD works out of one station with 21 volunteers to cover 52 square miles. They have an ambulance, a brush rig, two engines, and a water tender.


Freightliner fire engine

Reddick Engine 103, a 1997 KME on a Freightliner FL 80 chassis was originally part of the Sullivan West VFD in TN. Karl Klotz photo

front mount pump on fire engine

Reddick Engine 105 (formerly engine 103) is a 1980 American Fire Apparatus front-mount pumper on an F-Series Ford chassis. It has 750 gallons of water with a 750-fpm pump. Karl Klotz photo

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Essex Fire Department added to the site

The Essex Fire Department in Division 7 has been added to the site. A force of 18 volunteers runs 47 square miles out of one station in Kankakee County.

rural FD pumper/tanker

Essex Fire Department Tender 1412 is a 2001 Freightliner FL80/Darley 1500/2500/20A CAFS unit. Karl Klotz photo

rural fire department water tender

Esex Tender 1417 is on a 2003 Sterling Acterra. The tank builder is not clear. It has a 500-fpm pump with 2,000 gallons of water. Karl Klotz photo

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MABAS 7 Swap Meet

Don’t forget tomorrow …

Fire & Police Swap Meet

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MABAS 7 Swap Meet

Fire & Police Swap Meet

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The color of fire trucks (part 9) Division 7

This next installment (our 9th) in our series highlighting The Color of Fire Trucks, comes again from Bill Friedrich and looks at MABAS Division 7. This MABAS division covers Kankakee County and part of Iroquois County.

Essex Fire Protection District

Essex ran Squad 1974, a 1974 Dodge Power wagon that was modified by the department. Bill Friedrich archives

This was the only white vehicle in the Essex FD fleet.
Kankakee Fire Department Mack CF Pirsch ladder

The City of Kankakee had two units on CF Mack chassis that were white over lime-green. One was this 1983 Mack CF600 with a 100′ Pirsch aerial ladder, a 1,250-GPM pump and 200 gallons of water. This was Ladder 6. Bill Friedrich archives

In Kankakee, this was one of two lime-green Macks in the fleet, both of which had white roofs. The other was a Mack-CF engine. Both are now gone from the roster.
Kankakee Township Fire Department

The Kankakee Township FPD had this 1975 IHC Cargostar 1910 with an Alexis body, 1,000-GPM pump and 500 gallons of water. It ran as Engine 84. Bill Friedrich archives

The Kankakee Township FD was all lime-green at one time. All subsequent vehicles are painted red.
Pembroke Fire Protection District

Pembroke FPD Engine 139 was a 1972 IHC Loadstar 1800 built by Central with a 500-GPM pump and 500 gallons of water. Bill Friedrich archives

The Pembroke FPD had a few lime green rigs. Now they are all red.
Otto Township Fire Protection District

Otto Township Engine 38 was this 1986 IHC S1900/Luverne with a 750-GPM pump and 500 gallons of water. Bill Friedrich archives

The Otto Township FPD had lime green at one point. Now they too area all red.
Papineau Fire Protection District

This X-Glenside FPD engine is now running as Engine 1533 for the Papineau FPD. It is a 1981 Pierce Arrow with 750 gallons of water and a 1,250-GPM pump. Bill Friedrich photo

This is the only yellow rig in the Papineau FPD fleet. It was purchased last year from the Glenside FPD in MABAS Division 12.
Bourbonnais Fire Protection District

Bourbonnais Engine 63 was a 1976 was built by Howe on a Hendrickson 1871 with 800 gallons of water and a 1,000-GPM pump. Bill Friedrich archives

The Bourbonnais FPD  had a few yellow rigs. All the others were red.
Grant Park Fire Protection District

Engine 112 for the Grant park FPD was this 1963 IHC/Central with 1,000 gallons of water and a 1,000-GPM pump. Bill Friedrich archives

This was the only lime-green rig in the Grant Park Fire District fleet. Everything else has always been red.
Chebanse Township Fire Protection District tanker

Chebanse Township FPD Tanker 2871 was a 1994/2001 Peterbilt 379 built by Midstate Tank. It carried 3,000 gallons of water with no pump. Bill Friedrich photo

The Chebanse Township FPD, in Clifton, had two white rigs, all the rest are red.
Salina Township Fire Protection District

Salina Township FPD ran Tanker 164 which was built on a 1985 GMC F-7000 chassis by Midstate Tank. There was no pump alongside the 2,000-gallon tank. Bill Friedrich archives

Salina Township still has this white rig.  At one point they had a white brush truck. Everything else is red.
St. Anne Fire Department

Rescue 10 saw service with the St. Anne Fire Department. It was a 1967 Chevy Step Van. Bill Friedrich archive

St.Anne FD had the blue rescue truck. This was repainted white/red. Everything else has always been red.

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MABAS Division 7 is added to the site

Just when we thought we had a large enough project to undertake … listing each department, each station and every piece of rolling stock in 19 MABAS Divisions … Karl Klotz begins submitting department profiles from a 20th Division, MABAS Division 7 in Kankakee County!

So, we welcome the departments of Division 7 and have posted three of them to get things started.

  • The Grant Park Fire Protection District covers 62 square miles from two stations with 32 paid-on-call firefighters and officers. They have three E-ONE rigs, an engine from American LaFrance, plus ambulances from Horton and Road Rescue. They recently opened a new headquarters station which we mentioned HERE.
Grant Park Fire Department American LaFrance Eagle engine

The Limestone Township Fire Protection District covers a mere 36 square miles from one station with 40 part-time firefighters and officers. They are running with Pierce, Quality, and Ferrara apparatus and Road Rescue ambulances. Their newest piece is a Ferrara Inferno pumper squad that was mentioned HERE.The Limestone Township Fire Protection District station houses two ambulances, two engines, a pumper squad, a tanker, a brush unit and a pickup. Karl Klotz photo

  • In Momence, the fire department covers a whopping 92 square miles with a roster of 35 paid-on-call personnel from one station. They have three engines, a brush rig, two tankers, and a rescue squad. The apparatus was built by E-ONE, Pierce, and 4-Guys, plus one tanker that was built in 1964 by W.S.Darley and re-chassisied in 1989 on a Ford C8000 by Quality Manufacturing. Quality was purchased in 2003 by Spartan and now (with what was Luverne Fire Apparatus) have become what is known as Crimson.
Momence Fire Department Ford Quality Darley tanker

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