Oak Park (IL) Gets New Fire Apparatus

Oak Park has a new $800,000-plus, 95-foot Cyclone truck, built in Ocala (FL) by fire rescue vehicle manufacturer E-One.

Fire Chief Tom Ebsen said the truck was specially built with a low-profile chassis, so it can traverse viaducts of various heights throughout the village. He said chassis design for fire trucks are getting bigger, making it more difficult to get low clearance because of emissions equipment requirements that cleans diesel exhaust.

He said the old fire truck has been sold to Sergeant Bluff (IA) for about $170,000.

The new truck has a smaller “jacking system,” which extends from the sides and back of the vehicle to stabilize it while fighting fires. The new jacks have a 12-foot wingspan, compared to 20-foot for the old fire truck.

Ebsen said the truck, which is expected to respond to roughly 20 to 30 structure fires a year, is estimated to have a lifespan of about 15 years. He said that in 2013, the old fire truck was called out about 190 times.

Deputy Chief Ken Klemm said that unlike the old truck, known as a quint, the new truck does not have a pump. The additional space on the new truck, however, will provide more cabinet space for rescue, ventilation and extraction equipment.

“In Memory of Captain A. Voight” is emblazoned on the side of the new fire truck. The tribute is in honor of Albert Voight, one of three firefighters who have died in the line of duty in the fire department’s history.

For more information, view www.oakpark.com

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