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Rockdale Fire Department correction

On November 25th of last year, we added the Rockdale Fire Protection District, in MABAS Division 15 to the site. A photo by Karl Klotz featuring Rockdale Engine 2011 was posted with erroneous information. We are grateful to ‘Joe’ from Rockdale who has provided the correct information in a comment.

Hello! I'm a member of the Rockdale Fire Dept. A correction needs to be made 
here. Engine 2011 is somewhat mislabeled. Originally built by FMC in 1988(Job 
#7388), it has a Pem-Fab T-942 open cab chassis with the Sentinel body. The pump 
& tank size shown are correect. In 1999, the engine was involved in an accident 
in which the cab was damaged. The Fire Dist. contracted with RPI of Tipton, IN. 
to replace the damaged cab. The remains of Pem-Fab Truck manufacturers had 
2-T964 cab shells left. 1 of them became the new cab for this engine. In May of 
2000, this engine was placed back in service. It continues to provide protection 

The photo information has since been updated.

Rockdale FPD Engine 2011 Pemfab FMC Sentinel

The original post referenced the chassis as being a proprietary design for FMC by Spartan, when in fact it was built by Pemfab. The brochures shown below illustrate two different Spartan designs that were featured. Although cabs and chassis were supplied by both companies, the Pemfabs were not photographed for the literature, even though they were listed as being provided for the custom pumpers. The Pemfab is differentiated from the Spartan by the square black front grill and the side air vent positioned horizontally above the front wheel, whereas the Spartan has a full width black facia and a vertical air vent that is integral with the side and rail. The previous blog post also listed the body style as an Omega, when in fact Joe is correct that it was a Sentinel (SSIII).

FMC Fire Apparatus Sentinel pumper brochure

This Sentinel brochure illustrates an engine from Baltimore which was built around a Spartan chassis with a 4-door cab. Larry Shapiro collection

FMC Fire Apparatus Sentinel pumper brochure

The engine featured on the inside panel of this brochure was also built on a Spartan chassis with a 2-door cab. The Spartan version had the full width black facia and the air vent integrated with the handle. Larry Shapiro collection

FMC Fire Apparatus Sentinel pumper brochure

The rear cover of the FMC Fire Apparatus Sentinel brochure lists the Pemfab cab and chassis for the custom pumper. Larry Shapiro collection

FMC Fire Apparatus Sentinel pumper brochure

Inset of the Sentinel brochure showing the specifications for the SSIII custom chassis. Larry Shapiro collection

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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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