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Worth Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

For #TBT, these are what I call the Worth twins, 2 FordC/Darleys, unknown age or specs.  Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa
vintage Worth FD engine 6713

Mike Summa photo

vintage Worth FD engine 6723

Mike Summa photo

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As seen around … Berkeley

From Drew Gresik:

Spartan Darley fire engine

Berkeley Engine 352 – 1996 Spartan Gladiator/Darley 1500/500, Drew Gresik photo

Spartan Darley fire engine

Berkeley Engine 351 – 2006 Spartan Diamond/Darley 1500/800/20A. Drew Gresik photo

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Chicago Heights to buy used engine

This from the Chicago

City Council Approves Purchase of Pre-Owned Fire Truck

The Chicago Heights City Council approved the purchase of a $50,000 pre-owned fire truck from the Village of Tinley Park.
The Chicago Heights fire department could have an addition to its fleet of fire trucks in the coming weeks, should the village of Tinley Park approve the sale of a 1994 Spartan Diamond … [Darley] Pumper … to Chicago Heights at its Tuesday, March 19 city council meeting.
Chicago Heights City Council members approved the purchase of the truck at its Monday, March 18 meeting. The truck will cost the city $50,000.
“This would kind of put a buffer in our fleet, in case anything goes wrong,” Chicago Heights Fire Chief James Angell said.
The truck, which has only 17,000 miles on it, comes with all the ‘bells and whistles,’ Angell said, stating the truck will come with almost all of the hoses, radios and ladders still on it. He added that the price of the truck is well under the cost of purchasing a new truck, which could cost the city between $325,000 and $375,000.

thanks Bill

Tinley Park FD Engine 211

Tinley Park Engine 211, a 1994 Spartan Diamond/Darley with a 1,500-GPM pump and 500 gallons of water may be purchased by the Chicago Heights Fire Department. Bill Friedrich photo

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Schiller Park has been added to the site

Schiller Park Fire Department patchThe Schiller Park Fire Department in MABAS Division 20 has been added to the site. Schiller Park has two stations, though only the headquarters station is staffed. The second station currently houses a reserve engine and ambulance. The suppression fleet consists of Pierce apparatus with a broad range of chassis: Saber, Enforcer, Dash, & Impel. Ambulances are from Wheeled Coach, Road Rescue, and very soon from Medtec as well.

Daily staffing includes an engine, an ambulance, a shift commander, and a jump company for the tower ladder or a second ambulance. Although apparatus is currently black over red, Schiller Park was at one time lime green and also had separate fire and EMS divisions.

Schiller Park Fire Department Cadillac ambulance

Cadillac Ambulance 452 used by the Schiller Park EMS prior to merging with the fire department. Larry Shapiro photo

Schiller Park Hendrickson fire engine

This version of Engine 455 was delivered in 1976 by W.S. Darley on a Hendrickson chassis with an 1871-C cab. It carried 500 gallons of water with a 1,250-GPM pump. Larry Shapiro photo

Schiller Park Fire Department

Schiller Park Engine 455 was refurbished by RPI in 1992 which included a full cab enclosure and a new color scheme. Larry Shapiro photo

Schiller Park Fire Department

Schiller Park Engine 455 was delivered in 1995 by Pierce on a Saber chassis with a 1,250-GPM pump and 500 gallons of water. Today this is the reserve engine out of Station 2 and has been renumbered as Engine 456. Larry Shapiro photo

Schiller Park Fire Station

Schiller Park Fire Station 1 is part of the municipal complex with the police department and city government offices. Larry Shapiro photo

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The Color of Fire Trucks (part 12) Division 11

More on the non-red fire apparatus that served in MABAS Division 11.

Cicero Fire Department 1976 Haz mat unit

Cicero Haz Mat 1 in 1976 was this lime green unit built by Koeing on a Ford F-600 chassis. Bill Friedrich photo

Haz Mat 1 was kept at Sta.2

Cicero Fire Department Squad F-11

Cicero Squad F-11 was this white truck built by Wolverine on a Ford F-600 chassis in 1976. It had a 25′ elevating ladder which was more commonly used by outdoor sign companies. Bill Friedrich photo

Here is a shot shortly after the Western Electric plant in Cicero closed down. This was Engine 6 on the radio.

Cicero Fire Department 1978 Ford Howe fire engine lime green

Cicero acquired this 1978 Ford F-700/Howe commercial engine from the Western Electric Plant Brigade when it closed. This had a 750-GPM pump with 600 gallons of water. Bill Friedrich photo

The engine was sold to a department in Alabama. It was at Cicero for about 1-2 years. They did not care for the lime green color. Western Electric employed around 20,000 people and was located near 22nd & Cicero. They did have a full time department.

Cicero Fire Department 1981 Ford Darley fire engine

Cicero Engine 3 was delivered by W.S. Darley in 1981 on a Ford C-8000 chassis with a custom canopy configuration. Originally it was all white but was later repainted to match the new color scheme. Bill Friedrich photo

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New life for former Roberts Park engine

Martin Nowak found X-Roberts Park Engine 304 HERE and HERE, now with the New Kensington Bureau of Fire in PA.

New Kensington Bureau of Fire Rescue 4

New Kensington Bureau of Fire (PA) Rescue 4 is X-Roberts Park FPD Engine 304. Ed Saliba, Jr. photo


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Tinley Park orders new aerial

This from Karl Klotz:

Tinley Park Fire Department 1976 Seagrave aerial ladder

Tinley Park will replace this 1976 Seagrave 100′ rear mount with a 2013 Pierce Velocity 100′ rear mount. Karl Klotz photo

Tinley Park has ordered a Pierce Velocity 100ft heavy-duty aluminum aerial ladder without a pump. This truck is replacing the current Truck Co. 201 (1976 Seagrave aerial ladder) and Squad Co. 201 (1994 Spartan Darley pumper).

Tinley Park Fire Department Engine 201 Spartan Darley

Tinley Park ordered a new aerial ladder which will replace this 1994 Spartan/Darley pumper/squad in addition to a Seagrave ladder truck. Karl Klotz photo

The new truck was designed to accommodate specialized rescue and basic haz-mat, as well as fire suppression duties. It will be housed at Station 1 and will function as a jump-company for about a year until additional staffing is added. Currently, there is one crew at Station 1 which staffs Engine Co 201. Truck Co. 201 will be due on all Box Alarms when a truck is requested, Full-Stills in the village, I-80 auto accidents, specialized rescue responses, and eventually it will be an additional daily staffed truck company. Currently there is only one staffed truck company (Truck Co. 204) which is housed at Station 4.  This new truck is slated for delivery in the spring of 2013.


This will be the first Pierce aerial for the TPFD and the first strait ladder since 1976.  Currently, TPFD has five Pierce Dash engines and two 95′ E-ONE tower ladders assigned to Truck Co. 202 and Truck Co. 204.


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Area apparatus photos

Drew Gresik submitted several apparatus photos of units that are not yet on the website.

Brookfield Fire department Ambulance 414

Brookfield Ambulance 414 is a 2006 Ford E-450 Type III from LifeLine. Drew Gresik photo

Riverside Fire Department Ambulance 1614

Riverside Ambulance 1614 is a 2010 Ford E-350 Type III by Medtec. Drew Gresik photo

Riverside Fire Department Engine 1621

Riverside Engine 1621 is a 2003 E-ONE Typhoon with a 1,250-GPM pump, 1,000 gallons of water and 40 gallons of foam. Drew Gresik photo

Riverside Fire Department Truck 1629

Riverside Truck 1629 is a low profile, 2000 Seagrave (LP55DA) with a 2,000-GPM pump, 500 gallons of water, and a 100-foot rear-mounted ladder. Drew Gresik photo

North Riverside Fire Department tower ladder 806

North Riverside Tower 806 is a 1997 Pierce Dash with a 2,000-GPM pump, 200 gallons of water, and a 100-foot tower ladder. Drew Gresik photo

River Forest Fire Department Engine 222

River Forest Engine 222 is a 2002 Spartan Gladiator/Darley with a 1,500-GPM pump, 800 gallons of water, and 30 gallons of foam. Drew Gresik photo

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5-Alarm ++ fire in Peru (IL) – update

Tim Olk took a drive on Monday to visit the fire scene in Peru, IL. When he went down there, they were over 30 hours into the fire and had requested a 4th Alarm for tankers to the scene. Tim found fires still burning and producing large amounts of smoke throughout many areas of the complex. He took a large amount of photos during the time he was on-scene which will be online in the coming hours. Here are a few samples of what he found in Peru. Earlier coverage of the fire can be found HERE.

Massive fire in Peru IL Western Clock Company

A Pierce tower ladder from the Mendota Fire Department works an elevated master stream into one building in the Westclox complex in Peru, IL. Tim Olk photo

Massive fire in Peru IL Western Clock Company

Another Pierce tower ladder, this one belonging to the Peru Fire Department, works at an adjacent building. Tim Olk photo

Massive fire in Peru IL Western Clock Company

Firefighters direct a hand line into one of the buildings in an effort to extinguish some of the fire that still burns more than day after the fire broke out. Tim Olk photo

Massive fire in Peru IL Western Clock Company

A section of the former clock company that has been totally destroyed. Tim Olk photo

Massive fire in Peru IL Western Clock Company

An engine from LaSalle pumps water from the porta-tanks that are constantly refilled by one of the many tankers on the scene. Tim Olk photo

Massive fire in Peru IL Western Clock Company

A tanker from the Oglesby Fire District takes a turn at the porta-tanks. Tim Olk photo

Massive fire in Peru IL Western Clock Company

The water supply officer prepares to send this tanker from the Standard Fire Protection District to dump it's water. Tim Olk photo

Massive fire in Peru IL Western Clock Company

A Darley engine from the Dixon Rural Fire District pumps at the fire scene. Tim Olk photo

Massive fire in Peru IL Western Clock Company

Firefighters were kept at a distance during the height of the fire due to the intense heat and are just now able to move in and hit all of the remaining fires. Here they douse a dumpster in a loading dock area near several burned trailers. Tim Olk photo

Massive fire in Peru IL Western Clock Company

Well over a day after the initial fire was intentionally set, parts of the scene are still shrouded in thick smoke. Tim Olk photo

Massive fire in Peru, IL Western Clock Company

A Pierce Arrow engine from Peru pumps from another porta-tank set up in a different section of the complex. Tim Olk photo

Tim has a large gallery of images that can be found HERE.


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