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The public is invited to inspect Evanston’s newest fire engine, a low-emission vehicle that will operate out of Fire Station 5 at 2830 Central St.

An open house for Engine 25, as it is officially known, is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at its new Central Street home.

The 2012 Pierce Engine/Pumper is a new generation, greener fire apparatus that leaves a very small carbon footprint, the city says in a news release.

It cleans its own exhaust, emitting only water and nitrogen into the atmosphere.

When it goes to work fighting fires, the new engine can pump 1,500 gallons of water per minute from a 500-gallon water tank. That’s right, it only takes 20 seconds to discharge all the water it can hold.

And while you’re there, take a look at Fire Station 5. Opened in 2008, it was the first fire station in Illinois to earn LEED certification, which means it’s pretty green itself.
 

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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