Spring has Sprung and there are a lot of exciting things happening at the Marengo Fire/ Rescue Districts. Chief Bradbury and I were fortunate to be invited to speak with the Women’s club about home and fire safety. After speaking with them, they were kind enough to present us with a check to use towards purchasing an automatic CPR machine. These machines are very expensive and we greatly appreciate the donation. Donations of these types assist us in making purchases that would not be possible through our current budget.

We are also happy to announce that the two ambulances we purchased have been delivered and are now in service. The 911 ambulance was the third purchased over the past several years and completes the transition of updating our fleet. This transition ensures that the paramedics and the citizens are getting the quality equipment and service they deserve. These ambulances are outfitted with the most up to date equipment and supplies. The second ambulance was purchased to be utilized in our non-emergency transport program. This program provides citizens with a means of transport to doctors’ visits, surgery, dialysis appointments, and other medical visits. If you or someone you know is in need of this kind of service, please contact us to receive information on how to qualify for this service.

We are also expecting the delivery of our new engine purchase by the fire district this month. The new engine will be replacing our current reserve engine that was purchased used from the Long Grove fire department in the early 2000’s. The current front line engine will be moved into Marengo Fire & Rescue By John Kimmel reserve status after 17 years of service. The new engine should be in service by the middle of May.

Our current fire academy is going well. All the new apprentices are very enthusiastic and learning a lot. We are always looking for new and potential members. If you are interested in what it takes to become a member we recommend stopping by the station to speak with one of our members. We also offer a program from ages 14-21 as ride-along. This program was designed to allow potential members to ride with us as observers in order gain experience and decide if this is the appropriate career choice prior to beginning classes. If you have student that is looking at emergency services or know someone who is please contact us and we will be happy provide you with the information needed about the ride along program.

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