RIDGE GETS GRANT FOR NEW FIRE TRUCK
May 6, 2010 - The Reporter
By Jesse Marx
The Chicago Ridge Fire Department has received a federal grant that will be used toward the purchase of a new fire engine. The $285,366 grant secured by U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-3, Western Springs) was awarded under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Department of Homeland Security oversees the program.
The money will cover 95 percent of the cost of a $300,000 fire engine that will replace a 1975 open cab engine. Chief Randall Grossi has a few possible replacements in mind, but has not yet looked into prices or models.
Grossi said this will be the department's first purchase of a new engine in nine years. "I have a preference but it depends on the cost," Grossi said. "It may limit the number of manufacturers we look into."
"A new truck will take close to a year to manufacture - generally nine months to a year," he added. "How long it takes to then get it into service depends on the model and when everyone is trained and ready." Putting such a vehicle into service typically takes a couple hundred hours, he added.
The grant program was created in 2001 to aid fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations in safety training and obtaining equipment and vehicles, according to the program's website. Chicago Ridge is one of 24 grant recipients in Illinois this year.
This is part of the May 6, 2010 online edition of The Reporter.
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