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Posted on: June 30, 2015

New grant-funded fire engine arrives in Villa Park

New Engine 81

The Villa Park Fire Department showed off the brand new Fire Engine 81 during the annual 4th of July Parade sponsored by the Villa Park VFW.

The custom-made Pierce Impel engine sports energy efficient LED lights, a 1,500-gallon-per-minute pump and 750 gallon tank. Most importantly, the new engine is completely National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) certified and will offer enhanced safety for firefighters. Forward facing seats and air bags will benefit firefighter-paramedics responding to emergencies.

The new engine measures 36 feet long (five feet longer than the engine it will replace) and will hold an extrication tool, which its predecessor could not. Although the engine is much larger, providing more room for equipment, it boasts a better turning radius than the older engine.

A $432,000 FEMA grant, which Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth as well as other legislators helped Villa Park secure, allowed the Village to purchase the much-needed new engine.

The shiny new fire-engine-red and battleship-gray vehicle will replace the current Engine 81 – the frontline engine at Station 81. The 20-year-old frontline engine will move to the reserve engine position, replacing Engine 80, which is 26 years old and will be donated to the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute. Following a few weeks of driver and pump training for Villa Park firefighters, the new engine will officially be in service.

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