Posts Tagged Wilmette

Tree crushes car in Wilmette 11-23-12

Wilmette firefighters were called to assist a family that was trapped in their car this morning when a large wind gust uprooted a big tree that crushed their car. Firefighters found two adults and a child trapped in an SUV under an enormous tree. All were freed from the car and transported to area hospitals.

tree crushed car in Wilmette 11-23-12

Three people were trapped in this car when a tree fell on it it this morning in Wilmette. All were freed from the car by Wilmette firefighters. Tim Olk photo

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Box Alarm in Glenview

At the Glenview Box Alarm last week which occurred at a park district storage facility, Steve Redick made his way around the scene and documented the engines that were pumping.

Wilmette Fire Department engine 27 E-ONE

Wilmette Engine 27 was due on the box and laid a supply line to Glenview Truck 14. Wilmette has two stations. One runs an engine and houses the spare engine, while the other station (26) runs a tower ladder and has a spare tower ladder. Steve Redick photo

Glenview Fire Department Pierce Enforcer engine

Glenview Engine 7 was on a hydrant supplying Engine 6. This is a 2006 Pierce Enforcer. Steve Redick photo

Glenview Fire Department Pierce Arrow XT engine

Engine 8 is Glenview's newest. It is a 2009 Pierce Arrow XT rescue pumper with deeper compartments than their other units. Steve Redick photo

Glenview Fire Department Pierce Lance engine

Engine 13 is the oldest frontline engine in Glenview. This is a 1990 Pierce Lance unit which is slated to be replaced next year with a Pierce Arrow XT model similar to Engine 8. Steve Redick photo

Glenview has Pierce apparatus utilizing four different chassis styles; the Enforcer, Lance, Arrow XT, and Dash.

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Wilmette’s old ambulance and ladder truck were donated to South America

The City of Las Parejas in Buenos Aires received an ambulance and 110′ EONE RM aerial ladder in recent years, both from Wilmette. The story is interesting and there are several links below which tell part of it.  Wilmette had originally ordered an EONE HP95 mid-mount tower ladder which was delivered and then rejected. The first link below shows a photo of the mid-mount at a ceremony in Station 26 before it was returned to the vendor and eventually replaced with an HP95 rear mount tower ladder.

Wilmette removed the sign plates on the old ladder before sending the truck overseas but otherwise all lettering and decals remained. The Las Parejas Fire Department has added their own custom sings on the ladder but has not removed any of the Wilmette lettering. Instead, they have added Wilmette embroidery to their uniforms in addition to the stitching which shows Las Parejas.

Wilmette Fire Department EONE 110' rear mount

Wilmette Truck 26 an 1985 EONE Hurricane 110' RM quint prior to being removed from service and shipped to Buenos Aires. Photo by Larry Shapiro

Wilmette has sent bunker gear, hose and other surplus equipment to Las Parejas as well to assist this department with no municipal funding.

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…  (from the Wilmette Life, Pioneer Press)       A South American city that got a donated ambulance from Wilmette last year is in line to get a major boost to its fire service from the purchase of a surplus 1985 ladder truck — if they can figure out how to get it there.” Wilmette recently acquired a new truck with the help of a $675,000 federal grant. The new truck, called a quint, is a fully modern version of the 1985 model truck it replaces. Wilmette Fire Chief James Dominik said the village was not in a position to simply give the old truck away, but its book value is a mere $30,000, and the department knew of someone who could use it much more than a resale agent.

Las Parejas is a rural community of more than 11,000 …

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New tower in Wilmette goes in service.

The Wilmette Fire Department has recently placed their new EONE tower ladder into service. This is a 2009 Cyclone II HP95 rear mount tower ladder. The pump is 1500 GPM, there is a 500 gallon water tank plus a 20 gallon foam tank. Wilmette no longer runs an engine out of station 26. The tower runs first due along with an ambulance and the battalion chief. If their manning on a daily basis is above their minimum, then Squad 26 will also be staffed. Tower 26R, the 1992 100′ Pierce tower ladder which previously saw service in Hammond, IN is a backup. Tower 26R is fully equipped with a few minor exceptions. An engine and an ambulance run out of Station 27 which is also home to the reserve engine and reserve ambulance.

Wilmette Fire Department tower 26 EONE HP95

Tower 26 is a 2009 EONE Cyclone II HP95 RM 1500/500/20. Photo by Larry Shapiro

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Wilmette is added to Division 3 & they have a new EONE HP100 tower ladder on order

One more addition to the site today although not complete is Wilmette in Division 3. Stations 26 and 27 both have a few empty placeholders and there are some notes about upcoming changes. Engine 26R is currently at Station 26, but will be renumbered to 27R and relocated to Station 27 at the end of the year when Wilmette takes delivery of their new EONE CII HP100 RM tower ladder. At that time, Station 26 will have Tower 26 and Tower 26R as a backup. There will be no engine in that house as one tower will always be inservice. Until then, Engine 26R is a backup for the Tower company at 26.

Wilmette had purchased and received an EONE CII HP95MM TL which had numerous issues and was not accepted by Wilmette. They have since changed to a rear mount as the replacement which is due in November of this year. Anyone familiar with Station 26 might notice that the photo on the website depicts a center door that is higher that the outer doors. This revision was made to accommodate the new tower ladder.

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