The Evanston Fire Department unveiled a brand-new Pierce Enforcer Pumper Truck, made possible by an $800,000 donation from Northwestern University in 2021.
In a unique expression of gratitude, the fire department has incorporated Northwestern’s distinctive purple color and some graphic branding elements into the new engine design.
The eye-catching fire engine, capable of holding 500 gallons of water and pumping 1,500 gallons per minute, is equipped with an array of fire gear and Advanced Life Support equipment. The significant upgrade replaces a 2003 truck, enhancing the department's capabilities in responding to various emergencies, including EMS calls, working fires and specialized rescue incidents.
Northwestern’s long-standing support of the Evanston Fire Department dates back to 1970 with the University’s first donation of a new fire engine. Over the years, this partnership has continued, with subsequent ambulance and fire engine donations, collaborative training sessions held in University facilities and assistance from Northwestern's research and development department.
“The University is immensely proud of our enduring partnership with the City of Evanston,” said Dave Davis, Northwestern’s senior executive director for neighborhood and community relations. “This new fire truck, adorned with Northwestern colors, is a testament to our collaborative spirit and shared commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our entire community. As we celebrate this milestone, I am filled with optimism about the future of our partnership and the positive impact it will continue to have on the lives of those who live, work, learn and play in Evanston.”
“Thank you to Northwestern University for this generous and needed gift to the City’s fire department,” said Evanston City Councilmember Clare Kelly. “I look forward to further engagement and collaboration between Northwestern and the City of Evanston. Building and strengthening mutual support benefits both Northwestern and the City. Uplifting the spirit of partnership invigorates a true and healthy community.”
“This is our way of showing gratitude to Northwestern for the continuous collaboration between our fire department and the University over the years,” said Evanston Fire Chief Paul Polep. “Painting the truck in Northwestern colors is a symbolic gesture of our shared values and partnership in ensuring the safety and security of our community. We’re proud of how it turned out.”