More than 100 Evanstonians, most of them under the age of 6, turned up at Fire Station 5 in northwest Evanston Saturday afternoon to inspect the new environmentally sensitive fire truck recently put into service by the city.

Fire Truck 25, which cost the taxpayers about $550,000, according to Chief Greg Klaiber, is a 2012 Pierce Engine/Pumper that leaves a very small carbon footprint.

Firefighter-in-training Ari Couston, 2, gets an up-close view of the action.

The new “green” fire truck does everything the old emissions-belching trucks of yesteryear did, Klaiber said, except that it actually cleans its own exhaust, emitting only water and plant-loving nitrogen into the atmosphere.

Mom and the kids take a break on the rear bumper.

Built to new National Fire Protection Association standards, the new engine features energy-conserving LED lighting, a computer terminal for receiving incident information, and state-of-the-art technology.

Just lookin’: Residents get a first-hand look at the new fire truck.

It should be a productive member of the city’s firefighting force for at least 10 to 15 years, Klaiber said.

Chief Klaiber reviews the features of the truck with Sixth Ward Alderman Tendam.

It will be operated out of Fire Station 5, at 2830 Central St., in the middle of the Sixth Ward, and one of the spectators who came to Saturday’s open house was the ward’s alderman, Mark Tendam.

Top: Firefighter Megan Kamachevakul and some of the local residents who turned out Saturday.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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