January 8, 2010
no surprise to anyone that Fire Engines have longevity. When a Fire
Department makes a purchase of a Pumper or other apparatus, the costs
after outfitting with equipment and utilities can be as much as a single
family house! For that reason, Fire Engines are scrupulously maintained,
repaired, and taken care of. The miles it drives are low on an annual
basis, but the stress of those short term miles and the conditions it
runs in will eventually take their toll on even the best equipment.
Engine 103 Receives a New Assignment!
The Norwood Park Fire Protection District recently retired and sold
Engine 103, a Pierce Lance (make and model) Pumper it purchased in the
Spring of 1992. The Engine, equipped with a 750 gallon water tank and a
40 gallon foam tank, originally seated 6 firefighters when purchased but
was retrofitted for four when space was needed for EMS equipment (when
our front line engine was converted to an ALS, or Advanced Life Support,
response vehicle a few years ago). It served our Fire District for over
17 years, responding to multiple fires and EMS calls as well as, more
sadly, a funeral caisson when Firefighter Christopher Goldsworthy passed
away in 2006. Engine 103 served us proudly…and is now beginning a new
life with the Garden Valley Fire Department of Idaho.
You see, the cost of new Fire Equipment is prohibitive to some Fire
Departments, as a result they look for used equipment which is
affordable, well maintained, and costs less to operate annually. Norwood
Park was able to sell Engine 103 to Garden Valley, whom had it shipped
via flatbed truck to their location in December. Norwood Park continues
to be served by Engines 101 and 102, as well as Truck 104 and three
103 at a residential structure (house)
fire near Overhill and
Foster ave. in Norridge.
Firefighter Steve Henmueller gives elementary
school students a
look at Engine 103's
tools during Fire Prevention Week.
Engine 103 at a multi-alarm structure fire
at Jerry's Auto
Engine 103 served as a funeral caisson for
Christopher Goldsworthy in 2006.
Engine 103 being loaded onto a flatbed for
transport to Idaho.
Because of the size and
clearance of the Engine, a heavy towing
company had to be called in to load it
onto the flatbed.
Engine 103 loaded and on it's way for
Fire Service for the
Fire Department in Idaho!
October 20, 2009
Breast Cancer Fundraiser
The Norwood Park Fireman's Association Local 4210 did a fund raiser
for breast cancer awareness. During the open house and throughout the
month the firemen sold over 700 t-shirts and raised over $7000 for
breast cancer awareness. Click on the image for a larger view.
October 20, 2009
Commissioner Menconi Retires
Commissioner Marvin Menconi Retires in 2009 after 27 years of dedicated
service. Pictured - Deputy Fire Chief John Kovalcik, Commissioner Marvin
Menconi, and Fire Chief Kevin Stenson. Click on image for larger
July 7, 2008
Commissioner Tom Green Retires
Congratulations, Commissioner Tom Green, on your retirement. Your 25
years you served as a Volunteer and Commissioner has made our Department
a better place. Your dedication and friendship will truly be missed.
June 12, 2008
Lighting Grant Recipient
The Norwood Park Fire Department is proud to announce we have been
awarded a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Lighting
Upgrade Grant Program. The lighting upgrade will enable our
department to improve the lighting quality for the firefighters and
visitors while decreasing operating and maintenance expenses. The
lighting upgrades will save energy, help create a cleaner community, and
serve as an energy efficient model for our neighborhood. Lime
Energy of Elk Grove Village, Illinois has been awarded the contract to
perform the upgrade. For more information on how you can
help minimize pollution in our community please call us.