The City of Evanston and the Evanston Fire Department announced that Northwestern University has donated $800,000 to the city to fund the purchase of a new fire engine.
According to a city news release, the university’s donation will cover the entire cost of a new 2022 Pierce Enforcer Pumper Truck, including the base cost of the fire engine and the emergency equipment used to outfit the vehicle, such as hoses, tools, a cardiac monitor, self-contained breathing apparatuses and radios.
This is the second time Northwestern University has donated the funds to purchase a new City of Evanston fire engine under the leadership of President Morton Schapiro, the release said. In 2009, the university donated $550,000 to buy a new pumper engine, which is still in service.
“Thank you to President Morton Schapiro and Northwestern University for making this substantial investment in the health and safety of the Evanston community,” Mayor Daniel Biss said in the release. “This generous donation reflects the city and Northwestern’s shared interest in making sure Evanston is a safe place to live and learn. I’m especially grateful for President Schapiro’s recognition throughout his tenure that Evanston and Northwestern need one another to thrive. I look forward to continuing to work with Northwestern to identify opportunities to support and invest in our community for the betterment of both institutions.”
“Northwestern is grateful for opportunities to work alongside the City of Evanston to serve the welfare of all its people,” Schapiro said in the release. “Beyond being a symbol of our strong partnership, the new fire truck represents a tangible investment in public safety and well-being.”
Fire engines are critical to the Evanston Fire Department’s emergency response, transporting firefighters and paramedics, emergency equipment and water to active fires and other emergency calls, the release noted. The Pierce Enforcer Pumper Truck carries 500 gallons of water, allowing firefighters to immediately begin fire suppression efforts even before connecting to the nearest hydrant, helping save lives and property, the release said.
“The Evanston Fire Department is incredibly grateful to Northwestern University for their support as we work to provide exceptional, round-the-clock fire and life safety services for all who live, work and study in Evanston,” Fire Chief Paul Polep said in the news release. “This donation couldn’t have come at a better time and helps address a critical need for our department. Not only will this new engine greatly enhance our ability to quickly and effectively respond to emergencies on campus and throughout the city, it will also support future investments in our emergency vehicle fleet.”
The Evanston City Council approved the purchase of the new vehicle on Dec. 13. The engine is expected to be delivered in late 2022, the news release said, adding that fire engines typically have a lifespan of approximately 15 years.
“Thank you to President Morton Schapiro, Neighborhood and Community Relations Director Dave Davis, Fire Chief Paul Polep, and the many City and University staff who made this substantial investment possible,” Interim City Manager Kelley A. Gandurski said in the release. “The City and Northwestern share an important relationship, and I look forward to working together on future projects that benefit the entire Evanston community.”
For more information, call/text 847-448-4311 or dial 311 in Evanston.
Source: City of Evanston
This is outstanding news. Great work by Mayor Biss, President Schapiro, Chief Polep and City staff. This will be a direct benefit to the City and NU for at least the next 15 years. Thank you Northwestern University.
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