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Fleet changes for Darien-Woodridge FPD

When the new aerial goes into service for the Darien-Woodridge FPD, it will culminate a large change in their fleet. Four units are or will be sold from the current roster. These include:

  • Truck 619 – 1992 Federal Motors Hurricane/EONE 1500/500 75′ quint
Darien-Woodridge FPD Truck 619

Darien-Woodridge Truck 619 as it looks today. Larry Shapiro photo

Darien-Woodridge FPD Truck 374

Darien-Woodridge Truck 374 as it looked shortly after delivery. Larry Shapiro photo

  • Squad 616 – 1984 Ford C8000/1985 EONE 250/250 MDR
Darien-Woodridge FPD EONE squad

Darien-Woodridge Squad 616 which is being sold. Karl Klotz photo

  • Engine 611 – 1990 EONE Cyclone 1500/1000
Darien-Woodridge Engine 611

Darien-Woodridge Engine 611 as it currently looks. Larry Shapiro photo

Darien-Woodridge FPD Engine 375

The 1990 EONE Cyclone engine when it was delivered as Engine 375. Larry Shapiro photo

Belmont Fire Protection District Oshkosh Howe engine

The Belmont Fire Protection District 1949 Oshkosh Howe engine. Bill Friedrich photo

Belmont Fire Protection District Oshkosh Howe engine

Another view of the Belmont Fire Protection District Oshkosh Howe engine. Bill Friedrich photo

Bill Friedrich provided this history on the How engine:

On Sunday 5/6/12, Belmont FPD Engine 388 was loaded onto a transport trailer for the final response to the Andy Leiderer fire truck museum in NY State. Grandma, as the engine was known, started its career in the Chicagoland area at the Oak Lawn FD in 1949. Later it was sold to the Argonne Labs FD in Darien. It is unknown when or how the Belmont FPD in Downers Grove acquired this vehicle. Even after the Darien-Woodridge FPD took over the Belmont station, Grandma still carried the Belmont lettering. Here is  a link to a video that shows the new home for Grandma.


Belmont Fire Protection District Oshkosh Howe engine

Belmont Engine 388 begins it's final journey. Bill Friedrich photo

Belmont Fire Protection District Oshkosh Howe engine

Engine 388 being secured to the lowboy trailer. Bill Friedrich photo


Belmont Fire Protection District Oshkosh Howe engine

The plaque on the engine. Bill Friedrich photo

Bill adds that:

The Pirsch that is also on the trailer is an x-Milwaukee FD pumper that a private collector in Hudson,WI sold to the museum.

Belmont Fire Protection District Oshkosh Howe engine

Belmont Engine 388 departing Darien-Woodridge Station 2 for the last time. Bill Friedrich photo

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The color of fire trucks (part 4)

The next installment in this series about Chicago area fire trucks looks into departments in MABAS Division 3 that over the years have changed over to red fire apparatus. Also highlighted is a department that was always red but at one time had an engine that was a different color.

Deerfield had two Ward LaFrance P80 series engines with the Ambassador cab. Engine 720 was delivered in 1973 with a 1,250-GPM pump and Engine 712 came in 1977. Engine 720 carried 750 gallons of water , Engine 712 carried 1,000 gallons, and both were painted white over lime green.

Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Department 1977 Ward LaFrance Ambassador engine

Deerfield Engine 712 was a 1977 Ward LaFrance P80 with an Ambassador cab. It had a 1,500-GPM pump with 1,000 gallons of water. Larry Shapiro collection

The Glenbrook Fire Protection District (formerly the Glenview Rural Fire Protection District) merged with the Glenview Fire Department in 1992. The original Glenview Rural trucks were red, then sometime after the district name changed  the Glenbrook apparatus was transitioned to yellow. Subsequent purchases arrived yellow. The department had three American LaFrance Pioneer Series engines, one of which was a newer Pioneer II model. They also had a small squad and a 1968 Ford/Snorkel. The red 75-foot Snorkel was refurbished in 1986 and came back yellow from Pierce with a new four-door Arrow cab. Later they purchased a newer squad from Hackney and two Pierce Arrow engines.

Glenbrook Fire Protection District Engine 144 1976 American LaFrance Pioneer

Glenbrook Engine 144 was a 1976 Pioneer Series from American LaFrance with 750 gallons of water and a 1,250-GPM pump. Larry Shapiro collection

Glenview apparatus has always been red. In 1975, they purchased a pumper-squad from Seagrave with a 300-gallon water tank. Squad 8 came white over lime green. This unit was later repainted red but retained the white roof.

Glenview Fire Department 1975 Seagrave PB series pumper squad

Glenview had this one unit that was not painted red. Pumper-Squad 8 was a 1975 Seagrave P-Series with 300 gallons of water and a 1,500-GPM pump. Larry Shapiro collection

For many years, Northbrook painted their units yellow, having previously been red. They had three engines, a Sutphen tower ladder, two squad units, and utility vehicles that were yellow. They also had a matching yellow stripe on their modular ambulances. The apparatus changed to white over red in 1996 when they received two engines, a squad, and a ladder from Pierce.

Northbrook Fire Department Engine 58 1975 American LaFrance Pacemaker

Northbrook Engine 58 was a 1975 American LaFrance Pacemaker Series engine with 500 gallons of water and a 1,000-GPM pump. The Pacemaker was a conventional custom fire cab by TCM instead of an American LaFrance custom Century or Pioneer cab. Larry Shapiro collection

The Park Ridge Fire Department ran with white over lime green apparatus for many years. Including this conventional Pirsch engine, they had a Mack CF/Pirsch mid-mount ladder, a custom cab-over Pirsch engine, and two Seagrave WB Series low profile engines that were painted to match. They also had stripes on their modular ambulances that matched the apparatus. All but the mid-mount ladder were later repainted red.

Park Ridge 1958 conventional Pirsch fire engine

Park Ridge Engine 44 shown here at a fire scene, was a 1958 conventional cab Pirsch with 500 gallons of water and a 1,000-GPM pump. Steve Redick collection

To see the earlier posts in this series, enter the word color into the search field.

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Roselle is added to the site

Roselle Fire Department station

Roselle's fire station is at 100 N. Maple Avenue. Larry Shapiro photo

The Roselle Fire Department in MABAS Division 12 has been added to the site. Roselle runs out of one station packed full of apparatus, most of which was built by E-ONE. They have two engines, a tower ladder, and a wetside tanker in addition to a Darley heavy rescue, two medic units, and a 1927 Pirsch which has been restored for parade use.

This is a combination department with 13 full-time personnel, 33 part-time, and six contract medics. They cover the town of Roselle as well as unincorporated areas of Roselle, Itasca, Medinah, and Schaumburg. Some of their district is in Cook County although the majority  is located in Dupage County.

Roselle Fire Department tanker 561 E-ONE wetside

Roselle Fire Department Engine 521

Roselle Fire Department 1927 Pirsch Type S

Roselle Fire Department 1927 Pirsch Type S pumper

Roselle Fire Department 1980 GMC S7000 E-ONE medium duty rescue

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Zion has been added to the site

Lake County MABAS Division 4 is divided into four quadrants. The Zion Fire Department is located in Quad 1. A short distance from the Wisconsin border, Zion has two stations which cover just over eight square miles. Daily staffing is generally six between the two stations.

Zion Fire Department Fire Station 1

Zion's headquarters station is at 1303 27th Street. Larry Shapiro photo

They run a variety of apparatus including a 2007 Pierce Arrow XT engine with a 1992 Spartan/3D in reserve out of Station 1 which also houses a frontline and a reserve ambulance, an ATV, and a 1928 Pirsch pumper which the firefighters are in the process of restoring.

Zion Fire Department Pierce Arrow XT Engine 181

The jump company at Station 2 has an ambulance and a 105′ Pierce Dash quint that was built in 1999.

Zion Fire Department Quint 1832


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