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Time For a New Fire Truck

Friday, September 30, 2011

Story and photo by Jeff Stern

Fire protection for the Ravinia area got a boost in the summer of 2011 as Highland Park's Station 32 took delivery of the Fire Department's newest apparatus. The 1,500-gallon-per-minute pumper replaced a 1989 model that had reached 20 years of service, which the department considers the limit for the most efficient use and maintenance of its front-line fire apparatus.

Chief Patrick Tanner called the pumper "a fireman's fire engine" because it is designed to meet the needs of the firemen who must operate and maintain it, while minimizing the frills.

Great care was taken by the city and the fire department to ensure that taxpayers were getting the most out of the $416,000 it cost to purchase the pumper. The department formed a committee of firefighters, senior engineers and mechanics to determine just what kind of equipment was needed.

They visited fire stations throughout the metropolitan area to find out how comparable communities made their choices and also to determine what other elements might be needed only by Highland Park. Special care had to be taken to meet Ravinia's needs because of the tight fit in the 80-year-old fire house on Burton, where the pumper sits side-by-side with Ambulance 32.