DEPARTMENT NEWS (2004-2005)

 

November 15, 2005 - The Lego® Twp Fire Department has outfitted all 12 engine companies with new 5" large diameter supply hose.  

November 9, 2005 - The Lego® Township Council has approved the building of a new Fire Station 9 and the purchase of a new engine, aerial, and rescue for Engine 12, Tower Ladder 5 and Rescue 3.  The new firehouse will remain in the 3rd Battalion, possibly near the current location.  The old Station 9 and apparatus will be used as spare apparatus and for training.  The Lego® Twp Fire Department will also have a repair facility built to repair and maintain the fleet.  This new facility is expected to open up by Spring 2006. 

November 1, 2005 - The Lego® Twp Fire Department has removed the position of Apparatus Chauffer.  All LTFD Firefighters have been trained as apparatus operators and will rotate driver and firefighter duties every shift.  There were no layoffs nor were there any changes in salary.

September 28, 2005 - The Lego® Twp FD has taken delivery of a 2005 Pierce Lance pumper.  The new pumper has been assigned to Engine 6.

September 9, 2005 - The Lego® Twp FD has taken delivery of a 2005 Pierce Dash 95ft mid-mount tower ladder.  It has been assigned to Truck Co. 6.  Truck Company 6 officially opens today at 20:00 hours.

September 9, 2005 - Many events are scheduled with the Public during Fire Prevention week (October 5 - 11, 2005).  See schedule below.

  Sunday, October 9, 2005 - All Day starting at 1:00 pm, continuing every 2 hours. "Getting out alive"   Lecture and Q&A session at Station 7 (Morningside Ave). Last session begins at 7:00 pm

  Monday, October 10, 2005 - 7:30 pm - Holiday & Any day Fire Safety, includes discussion on LP Gas, holiday ornaments, candle use, and general items in the home.  Station 8 (Fairfield Terrace)

  Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - 7:30 pm - Motor Vehicle Extrication demo. Station 2 (Mortimer Avenue).  Will include a discussion from the LTPD's DARE program as well.

  Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - All day.  Fire drills at schools, office buildings, and the industrial complex.  Will include a brief lecture at each location.

  Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 7:30 pm. Carbon Monoxide (CO).  Discussion on CO and propane, natural gas, kerosene, etc.  Public will be educated on CO, what it is, effects, symptoms, etc., as well as recommendation of CO alarms and placement.  Station 6 (Route 35 North).

  Friday, October 14, 2005 - 7:30 pm Live burn demonstration. Discussion and practical on extinguishment of various fires that could occur in the home.  Public is taught the various extinguishers and how to use each type.  They will get hands-on experience extinguishing typical small household fires. Station 9 (Fire Academy).

  Saturday, October 15, 2005 - 11:30 am. - Children's lecture on fire safety and calling for help. Station 3 (Roberts Road).

August 26, 2005 - The Lego® Township Fire Department has officially resigned from the International Association of Lego® Fire Departments effective 15:00 hours today.  The LTFD has joined the Lego® Metro Fire District.

August 23, 2005 - A new truck company will be opening up some time in early September.  The new truck company will be the 6th truck company in Lego® Twp and will be assigned to the 2nd battalion out of Station 4 with Engine 4.  This will also increase the strength of the LTFD by 20 firefighters.  The new ladder will be built by Pierce and is expected to be delivered also in early September.

August 1, 2005 - Lego® Township Fire Department has tallied their runs for the year ended December 31, 2004.   The LTFD responded to 3,571 fire calls, broken down as follows:           

 

Structure fires

 52

Car fires

     111

Nuisance fires*

   299

Alarm malfunctions

2,073

CO alarms & outside electrical fires

 220

Motor vehicle accidents

 302

Malicious false alarms

76

Mutual aid

 55

Hazardous Material spills **

 40

Unattended cooking

198

First Responder / Assist EMS

145

 

 

* = Includes garbage can fires and other small fires, such as small brush fires.

** = Only calls where the Haz-Mat team was specially called and operated at a spill.  Stat does not include calls where small fluid spills occurred as a result of an MVA.

August 1, 2005 - Lego® Township Fire Department EMS has tallied their runs for the year ended December 31, 2004.   The LTEMS responded to 2,830 EMS calls, broken down as follows:           

 

Traumas

219

Motor Vehicle Accidents

302

Transportations

65

Refuse Medical Treatments (RMA's)

483

Mutual Aid Given

390

Mutual Aid Received

96

Other Medical Emergencies

1,275

 

 

July 29, 2005 - All Lego® Twp fire apparatus needing to be repainted to their respective battalion colors have been completed.  New pictures are expected to be taken starting this weekend

July 15, 2005 - Improvements at Station 7 has begun.  The improvements include lengthening the bays by 9 lego® feet, as well as redesigning the rooms in the living area, since all classes are now at the fire academy.  Improvements expect to be completed by August 1.  In addition, Rescue 1 has received a new paint scheme, to match the first battalion apparatus color.  Rescue 1 is now all red. 

July 8, 2005 - Lego® Twp  has begun the installation of additional outdoor warning systems throughout the township.  These sirens will be installed on all the township buildings, sufficent enough to cover all areas of the township.  These warning devices will be used to alert the residents of threatening weather.  In addition, there is a discussion about the possible use of sounding the sirens for all EMS calls and with the diaphones for fire calls.  The sirens are expected to be installed and in operation by August 1, 2005. 

July 7, 2005 - The Lego® Twp Fire Department has prepared a capital improvement budget for the upcoming year.  The budget calls for improvements to Stations 2, 7 and 8 , as well as major renovations or a new firehouse for Station 9.  There has been a lot of talk of building a separate building for the 9-1-1 center and the fire dispatch office, while expanding Station 1.  The lot adjacent to either side of fire headquarters is vacant, allowing for expansion if needed.

June 14, 2005 - The Lego® Twp Fire Department, division of Emergency Medical Service has hired 16 apparatus chauffeurs to drive the township ambulances.  This allows the second paramedic to work on patient care while transporting to the hospital.  The apparatus chauffeurs are trained first responders and can assist the paramedics in the field.  However, their primary responsibility is to drive the ambulances.  This plan goes into effect at 8 am, June 15, 2005 at shift change.

June 7, 2005 - Construction continues at Station 4.  Work is near completion.  All that is left is to put the apparatus floor down and complete the trim along the roof line.  Below  are pictures of the construction in progress.

June 6, 2005 - Lego® Township Fire Department has talked delivery of a new Pierce Lance 8-Man walk in Rescue.  The new rescue will be assigned to Rescue 1.  In addition, the Lego® Twp Fire Department Fire Alarm Division received a new bucket truck for maintenance on the overhead wires for the Township's municipal fire alarm box system.  New pictures will be posted in the upcoming weeks.  The new Station 4 is near completion.  Station 4 is expected to open in 2 weeks.  The two-bay firehouse will house Engine 4.  A new company is expected to be placed there by the end of the summer.  Possibly, a new truck company will be created and respond from there.

April 3, 2005 - Lego® Township is expecting to receive delivery of some new apparatus in the upcoming weeks.  A pair of new aerials to replace Ladders 3 and 4 and a new Rescue 2 as well as the possibility of two new engines for Engines 11 and 12.    Pictures will be posted as soon as the apparatus arrives and are placed in service.  Meanwhile, some modifications have been done to Station 9.  The station received 3 new bay doors in the front and a bay door was placed behind engine 12, creating a drive thru bay.  in addition, new skylights are being installed.  Additional modifications will be new windows and roof , as well as modifications to the training tower and the second floor of the firehouse.

March 24, 2005 - The Lego® Township Fire Department has restructed the battalions.  The Township will continue to have three battalions, now with 4 engine companies in each battalion.  A new truck company will be opening in the next few months and will be responding out of Station 4 when the station opens in a few weeks.  Companies in the Battalions will be as follows:  Batt. 1 - Engine Companies 1, 5, 6, and 11, Truck Companies 1 and 3, Rescue 1, and Battalion 1.  Batt 2 - Engines 2, 4, 9, and 10, Trucks 2 and 6, Rescue 2, and Battalion 2.  Batt 3 - Engines 3, 7, 8 and 12, Trucks 4 and 5, Rescue 3 and Battalion 3.  Each battalion's apparatus will have its own color scheme.  Batt. 1 units will be all red. Batt 2 units will be white over red, and Batt 3 units will be black over red.  Truck 1, Rescue 1, and Truck 3 will need to get the cabs repainted to match the battalion.

March 20, 2005 - Lego® Township Fire Department opens a new engine company, bringing the total amount of engine companies to 12.  The decision was made on Sunday after reviewing a report from the ISO rating office.  Due to the increase in year-round population and summer population, to maintain the best ISO rating, an additional engine company will be required.  The Chief officers of the LTFD have decided to activate Engine 11 and have them respond out of fire headquarters.  For the time being, the spare engine will be used until a new one can be purchased.  The LTFD has also decided to add an additional truck company, and to reassign the battalion borders or to add a 4th battalion.   According to officials, there will either be 3 battalions with 4 engines and 2 truck companies, or 4 battalions with 3 engines in each and 1 truck in 2 of the battalions and 2 trucks in the more populated areas.  The 6th truck company will respond from the new Station 4. 

December 4, 2004 -  Lego® Township and the Lego® Twp Fire Dept has announced plans for a Fire Academy and a 9th Fire Station to be built on the West side of the Township, west of the Lego® River.  The new academy is expected to open in time for the first Firefighter 1class of 2005.  It is undetermined at this time whether the equipment in the Fire Station will also be used on the academy's fireground.

November 30, 2004 - Members of Engine Co. 4 has requested that the new Station 4 retains a classic look, yet still be contemporary.  The Township and LTFD has selected a design for the new Station 4.  Construction will begin in the near future.  Despite requests from neighbors, the existing firehouse will need to be torn down, due to the structure's unstable foundation and footing.  The new Station 4 will be built at the same site.

November 29, 2004 - Station 4 has been formally condemned due to structural instability.  Engine 4 has been relocated to Fire Headquarters until further notice.  The spare engine has been relocated to Station 3.  Station 4 is going to be knocked down and a new firehouse will be built at that site.  In addition, the construction of the apparatus bays  at Station 5 is complete.  Engine 5 & Truck 3 have been moved into the building.  However, the living space still needs to be completed.  The firefighters have been staying in temporary housing setup adjacent to the construction site.  With the condemnation of Engine 4's quarters, a new Engine 4 has been ordered.  Insurance will pick up the cost for a new firehouse.  Construction will begin right away. 

November 28, 2004 - Lego® Twp Fire is currently in negotiations with the Lego® Hills FD in purchasing an engine and a tower ladder from the Lego® Hills Fire Department.  The trucks should be arriving within the next two weeks.  In addition, the firehouse is expected to be dismantled, trucked and rebuilt (as if it was a modular house) in the west side of the township.  It is undetermined at this time as to the role the new apparatus and station will play in the Lego® Twp Fire Dept.  The apparatus are expected to be reviewed upon arrival and sent to Pierce for any necessary refurbishment, and to conform to Lego® Twp Fire specifications.  The manpower will be employed by the LTFD.  It is undetermined at this time whether they will be split up amongst the LTFD or if they will be kept together.  The details will be worked out after the arrival of the apparatus and station.

November 26, 2004 - Groundbreaking for the new Station 4 will be after the first of the new year.  With that, it was decided that the 3rd Arrow XT to be delivered will go to Engine 10.  To save on costs, it was decided that this Arrow XT would not have the top mount pump.  Rather, it would have the same specs as the other 3 XT's.  The new engine is expected to be delivered within the next 2 weeks.  Construction has slowed at Station 5 with the rumor of the addition of a 3rd apparatus bay.  The third battalion has been growing quite rapidly, the Chief Officers and the township are talking about adding additional companies and adding a fourth battalion. 

October 23, 2004 - The new Engine 3 is expected to be delivered within 2 weeks.  A major crack has been found at Station 4.  The crack starts from the foundation up the rear wall to the roof has been discovered, as well as major cracks in the apparatus floor.  Emergency repairs have been made to Station 4.  The building department has concluded that the repairs made are a "band aid solution."  The repairs will not last long and the building will need to be condemned.  Thus a new Station 4 will be built.  Architects have been consulted and a new design is expected to chosen soon.  Thus, Engine 4 will be getting the 3rd Arrow XT.  Engine 4's Arrow XT will be different from Engines 1&3 in that the specs show that the  pump panel will be a top mount pump.

October 16, 2004 - Engine 3 will be getting the second Pierce Arrow XT ordered by the LTFD.  The new engine is expected to be delivered around Halloween.  Engine 4 is also expected to be replaced IF renovations of Station 4 or a new Station 4 is constructed.  Currently, the archway only allows certain height apparatus to fit inside the bay.  In addition, the small length of the bay limits the length of the engine.

October 1, 2004 - Fire prevention week will kick off on Sunday October 3, 2004 with a seminar for the residents of Lego® Twp.  Below is the schedule and location of each seminar.  Attendance is free.  Sorry, no food or drink will be served.  Feel free to bring your own food.

Sunday, October 3, 2004 - All Day starting at 1:00 pm, continuing every 2 hours. "Getting out alive"   Lecture and Q&A session at Station 7 (Morningside Ave). Last session begins at 7:00 pm

Monday, October 4, 2004 - 7:30 pm - Holiday & Any day Fire Safety, includes discussion on LP Gas, holiday ornaments, candle use, and general items in the home.  Station 8 (Fairfield Terrace)

Tuesday, October 5, 2004 - 7:30 pm - Motor Vehicle Extrication demo. Station 2 (Mortimer Avenue).  Will include a discussion from the LTPD's DARE program as well.

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 - All day.  Fire drills at schools, office buildings, and the industrial complex.  Will include a brief lecture at each location.

Thursday, October 7, 2004 - 7:30 pm. Carbon Monoxide (CO).  Discussion on CO and propane, natural gas, kerosene, etc.  Public will be educated on CO, what it is, effects, symptoms, etc., as well as recommendation of CO alarms and placement.  Station 6 (Route 35 North).

Friday, October 8, 2004 - 7:30 pm Live burn demonstration. Discussion and practical on extinguishment of various fires that could occur in the home.  Public is taught the various extinguishers and how to use each type.  They will get hands-on experience extinguishing typical small household fires. Station 1 (Bay Boulevard).

Saturday, October 9, 2004 - 11:30 am. - Children's lecture on fire safety and calling for help. Station 3 (Roberts Road).

August 3, 2004 - Construction has started for a new Station 5.  Station 5 features a new style truss system supporting long spans, ideal for fire stations.  The new firehouse is expected to open just before Christmas.  A new Station 4 is rumored to be in the process of being constructed, while the current Station 4 is rumored to become the Lego® Twp Fire Department museum. 

July 5, 2004 - The Lego® Township Fire Alarm Signaling Division has begun adding street boxes and master boxes throughout the entire township.  Over 200 street boxes and 50 master boxes are expected to be installed within the next month. 

July 1, 2004 - Marks the second anniversary of the Lego® Township Fire Department.  The LTFD celebrated their anniversary with the delivery of a new Pierce Dash Pumper and a new Arrow XT pumper.  The new Dash is assigned to Engine 7, and replaces a 1990 Pierce Dash.  The old Engine 7 has been traded in to help offset the cost of the new engine.  The new Arrow XT is assigned to Engine 1, replacing a 1988 Pierce Lance.  The old Engine 1 has also been traded in to Pierce to help offset the cost.

June 24, 2004 - The Township has consulted with the membership of Engine Co 5 and Truck Co 3 in regard to the possibility of a new Station 5.  The two companies have formed an 8-man building committee, made up of 1 member per platoon per company.  Suggestions for the new building will be made by the membership.  The committee will meet with Township officials with their suggestions.  A new firehouse should be selected in the near future.

June 14, 2004 - The new Station 3 has officially opened today!  The open house will be in July, after minor construction is completed.

May 19, 2004 - Construction continues to move along at a solid, steady pace.  The firehouse is expected to be completed by mid-June.  The firehouse will be dedicated, soon after Engine Co. 3 & Engine Co. 7 move in.  An open house is also scheduled, giving the minifigs of Lego® Twp an opportunity to see the new firehouse. 

May 18, 2004 - Lego® Township Fire Department has tallied their runs for the year ended December 31, 2003.   The LTFD responded to 3,393 fire calls, broken down as follows:           

Structure fires

 41

Car fires

     90

Nuisance fires*

   306

Alarm malfunctions

1,992

CO alarms & outside electrical fires

 206

Motor vehicle accidents

 179

Malicious false alarms

78

Mutual aid

 46

Hazardous Material spills **

 36

Unattended cooking

218

First Responder / Assist EMS

201

* = Includes garbage can fires and other small fires, such as small brush fires.

** = Only calls where the Haz-Mat team was specially called and operated at a spill.  Stat does not include calls where small fluid spills occurred as a result of an MVA.

May 18, 2004 - Lego® Township Fire Department EMS has tallied their runs for the short year beginning September 1, 2003, ending December 31, 2003.   The LTEMS responded to 729 EMS calls, broken down as follows:           

 

Traumas

52

Motor Vehicle Accidents

65

Transportations

12

Refuse Medical Treatments (RMA's)

96

Mutual Aid Given

393

Mutual Aid Received

111

 

 

April 12, 2004 - A new Pierce engine arrived at the Morningside Avenue Firehouse much to the surprise of the crew of Engine 10.  The new engine, a 2004 Pierce Dash 6-man pumper, with a 1,750 GPM Waterous pump replaces a 1990 Pierce Arrow 6-man pumper with a 1,500 GPM Hale pump.  The old Engine 10 has been traded into Pierce to offset the cost of the new engine.

April 9, 2004 - Construction continues at the New Station 3.  Supplies are in and are now being heavily guarded. The firehouse is expected to be completed in May of 2004.

February 27, 2004 - Construction has halted at Station 3's new firehouse due to theft.  A majority of supplies was stolen from the construction site today.  The theft occurred sometime between 12:30 pm and 6:30 pm, today.  There were no witnesses.  No one was at the site during that time.  The supplies were in a fenced in area, visible from Roberts Road.  The cost of the supplies is estimated at $69,990.  New supplies will have to be ordered, delaying the job for approximately three weeks (Actually, someone stole my bricklink order.  The box was supposedly delivered by UPS.  When I got home from work, the package was gone).

January 31, 2004 - Ground has been broken for a new Station 3 earlier today.  On hand for the occasion was the C platoon, along with Deputy Chief James O'Leary, Battalion Chief Bruce Carlin, Mayor Thomas Wells and Charles Jenkinson of The Building People Construction Company.  Below are pictures taken of the ceremony.

January 25, 2004 - The Township has approved the construction of a new firehouse for Station 3 at the same location.  Plans have been submitted and a contract awarded.  Construction is expected to begin by mid February.  Engines 3 and 7 will have a temporary shed and quarters across the street from Station 3 in a vacant lot.  The new Station 3 will have a 3rd bay, additional office space and larger living quarters.  The firehouse is expected to be completed within 6 months.  The new Station 3 is based on a real firehouse in the USA.  Credit will be given when completed.

January 9, 2004 - The Lego® Twp Fire Department is in negotiations with the Township for the expansion of Station 3 or a new fire station for Engines 3 and 7.  The firehouse, built in 1957, once housed a single engine company and a spare truck.  Accommodations were for a crew of 5. Currently, there are 10 firefighters and a battalion chief sharing tight sleeping quarters.  "Sometimes, firefighters would sleep in the recreation room or on the apparatus," said Captain Nicky Williamson. "Its really cramped."  Engine 7 was formed with the formation of the LTFD in 2002, and was assigned to respond out of Station 3.  The Township advised the LTFD that there are some grants available for firehouse improvements, which can offset the cost of the renovations or raising and rebuilding.  The LTFD Fire Commissioner will inspect the firehouse and talk to members of both companies as to the future of Station 3.  Below are pictures of the interior of Station 3.