Left, Jack Gordon, Jack Vermeullen and Quinn Hanley enjoy exploring the City’s newest fire engine. RoundTable photo

The Evanston Fire Department showed off its new “green” fire engine at an open house on Feb. 23 at 2830 Central Street. While called “green” because it uses low-sulfur fuel and emits a clean exhaust, the fire engine is actually a traditional red. It carries 500 gallons of water and can pump 1,500 gallons a minute. It has all the same life-saving equipment as an ambulance, except a stretcher.

The new engine replaces a 19-year-old engine, whose life was stretched past the normal life of 15 years due to good fleet service maintenance. The new engine is expected to have a normal 15 year life span.

An estimated 150 persons attended the open house. Many young 3-foot firemen could be observed leaving the station with brand new fireman hats on Saturday.