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Newport Township’s new squad ready for service

Newport Township FPD Mack MR Saulsbury heavy rescue with crane

Newport Township is nearing completion of the work required to place this 1985 Mack MR/Saulsbury heavy rescue into service. Lt. Rob Schreiner photo

The Newport Township FPD purchased a used 1985 Mack MR/Saulsbury heavy rescue with an 8-ton, 33-foot, National Crane from the Lutherville VFC in Maryland in March. The previous post is HERE with photos of the original black and white color scheme. Newport Lt. Rob Schreiner has supplied us with photos and information about the new Squad 1455.

It will be housed at Station 2 on Delaney Road, as it is too tall for the headquarters station. The new squad will replace both of the R-Model Mack units at Station 2, Squad 1455 and 1456, and will be utilized as a second rig for extrications, fires, and SRT responses.  Squad 1455 will provide additional support  to their structure fire responses which the previous units could not fulfill.  The new unit has air-packs and appropriate squad items for fires, plus the 30-KW generator, and an extensive amount of ground lights.

Newport Township FPD Mack MR Saulsbury heavy rescue with crane

Newport Squad 1455 was purchased from the Lutherville VFD in Baltimore County Maryland who retired this unit in 2008. Lt. Rob Schreiner photo

Along with the new paint scheme, Squad 1455 had some minor mechanical issues which were corrected,  corrosion was repaired, radios and an opticom were installed, and work is underway to outfit the tools from the existing rigs.  Some additional striping and decal work needs to be completed as  well. The trench box that was stored on the old squad will be moving to a small trailer and will be pulled by a pickup truck. The new squad, including paint, lettering, and repairs to present, has been donated to the department by two generous people, with no cost to the department for this upgrade.

Newport Township FPD Mack MR Saulsbury heavy rescue with crane

Mounted amidship on this squad is a National Crane with a lifting capacity of 8 tons and a reach of 33 feet. Lt. Rob Schreiner photo

Both of the R-Model Mack squads will be declared surplus and sold.

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New (used) heavy rescue with crane for Newport FPD

Bill Friedrich informs us that the Newport FPD in Lake County has purchased a 1985 Mack MR/Saulsbury, walk-in, heavy rescue with a mid-ship mounted, 8-ton, 33-foot, National Crane from the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company in Baltimore County, MD. The unit is not yet in Illinois, but reportedly will be soon. Lutherville’s apparatus are painted white with gold striping and a black band along the bottom. Lutherville replaced this squad in 2008 with a Pierce Velocity, tandem axle, walk-around, heavy rescue with a 10-ton National Crane.

Lutherville Vol Fire Company Squad 303 Mack MC Saulsbury National Crane

The Lutherville Vol Fire Company in Baltimore County, MD ran this 1985 Mack MR/Saulsbury heavy rescue as Squad 303 until it was replaced in 2008. Larry Shapiro photo

Lutherville Vol Fire Company Squad 303 in action

Lutherville Squad 303 demonstrates the capability of the crane to stabilize or lift a vehicle to assist with an extrication. Larry Shapiro photo from the book Cranes in Action, MBI Publishing

Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company MD Pierce Velocity heavy rescue National Crane

The Lutherville Vol Fire Co in Baltimore County MD put this Pierce Velocity heavy rescue into service in 2008. Squad 303 has a mid-ship mounted 10-ton National Crane. Larry Shapiro photo

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Homewood has been added to the site

Homewood Fire Department decal

In Division 24, the Homewood Fire Department has been added to the site. They cover 5 square miles with a combination of career and part-time personnel. Their apparatus is from Pierce, Smeal, Crimson, and 3D. An interesting aspect of their fleet is the number of different chassis manufacturers that are represented in their station. The Pierce utilizes a Lance chassis, and they also have one cab and chassis from HME, Spartan, and Pemfab. They have two ambulances in their station plus a reserve ambulance which they share with Flossmoor and Hazel Crest. This unit is housed in the Hazel Crest station. All images were submitted by Karl Klotz.

Homewood Fire Department Pierce Lance aerial

Homewood Flossmoor Pierce Lance aerial

Homewood Truck 550 was delivered in 1987 with an open rear jump seat and lettering for both Homewood and Flossmoor. Larry Shapiro collection

This week, they sold their 1982 Mack MR engine to Ford Heights, and in March of next year, they are expecting delivery of a new aerial from Pierce.

Homewood Fire Department Mack MR engine

Homewood Engine 536, built in 1982 on a Mack MR chassis was recently sold to Ford Heights. Karl Klotz photo

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