Schaumburg Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The rebuilt Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) brought new lanes, modernized interchanges, and an unwelcome surprise for Schaumburg firefighters — a longer response time for crashes.

Previously, firefighters responding to an incident would enter westbound I-90 at Route 53, but a concrete barrier now divides the westbound I-90 local and express lanes for a mile or so between Route 53 and just west of Meacham Road.

“This makes it increasingly difficult for emergency vehicles to access many parts of I-90,” said Fire Chief Chief David A. Schumann. “It’s a public safety issue.”

The tollway was a good partner during the I-90 construction, keeping the village in the loop about the project, Schumann said.

Schaumburg typically covers 911 calls on westbound I-90 between Route 53 and Barrington Road.

As a temporary solution, Schaumburg firefighters now enter I-90 at Arlington Heights Road, which gives them access to all lanes, but the reroute is longer and costs precious time. There’s going to be delayed responses of up to 15 minutes, Schumann estimated. The Schaumburg is talking with Arlington Heights and Hoffman Estates on a Plan B.

The toll agency “works with local communities to ensure that the impacts of improvements made to our roadway system will continue to allow full access to emergency service providers,” spokesman Dan Rozek said. “While designing and building the Meacham Road Interchange, the tollway worked closely with the village of Schaumburg to ensure the new interchange was appropriately designed to meet the needs of emergency responders.”

For Hoffman Estates, new ramps to and from the west at I-90 and Roselle Road will “mean a world of difference getting someone to the hospital quickly,” Fire Chief Jeffrey Jorian said.

thanks Dan

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Chicagoareafire.com website update (more)

With the help of Palatine FD Battalion Chief Doug Hoyt, the Palatine Fire Department station listings have been updated and are current.

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Buffalo Grove Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Buffalo Grove officials recently repaired a broken landline emergency phone at one of their fire stations after a person they believed was bleeding used the phone to call for assistance but never received an answer.

Firefighters added signs near the front-door vestibule of Station 25, 505 W. Dundee Road, Buffalo Grove, to try and better notify residents of a doorbell to the station since the person never attempted to ring the doorbell, although it was working fine at the time of the incident, authorities said. The emergency phone also is located near the vestibule.

Buffalo Grove police and firefighters never located the person who tried to contact them in late December through the phone, which was programmed to dial 911 automatically but also has been rarely used in recent years, said Deputy Village Manager Jenny Maltas.

Sometime between 11 p.m. Dec. 29 and 7 a.m. Dec. 30, a person who tried to use the emergency phone at Station 25 left behind drops of blood at a parking lot near the front vestibule and also near overhead garage doors at the station, Buffalo Grove police said in a report filed after the incident. Officers also found blood on the handset to the phone but did not find any blood on the doorbell located nearby.

When the person tried to use the phone, the Northwest Central Dispatch center never received a signal because of a coding issue with the set up of the system.

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Warehouse fire in Schiller Park, 1-23-17

Photos by Steve Redick of the scene at 381 Rose Street in Schiller Park Monday morning (1/23/17) for fire in a warehouse.

firefighters standby at warehouse fire

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Schiller Park FD Tower Ladder 5

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fire chiefs at command post

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Schiller Park FD Engine 5

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fire departmetn connection at a warehouse with hose attached

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firefighters standby at warehouse fire

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firefighters standby at warehouse fire

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Franklin Park FD Engine 2

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Chicago FD MVU 924 clearing a warehouse of smoke

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Chicago FD MVU 924 clearing a warehouse of smoke

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and a brief video  of CFD 9-2-4 the MVU from O’Hare clearing the warehouse of smoke

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New ambulance for Downers Grove

New ambulance for Downers Grove.

Downers Grove FD Medic 103

Downers Grove FD Medic 103. Foster Coach Sales photo

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New tanker for Fox Lake

In addition to the engine being built for Fox Lake at Alexis, there is also a tanker in production.

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fire truck being built

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fire truck being built

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Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 1-22-17

This from Tim Olk:

Chicago companies responded to a Still Alarm at 1240 E 83rd Street.  Theyreported smoke on arrival and the Englewood Fire Alarm Office filled out a Full Still for the working fire. Batt 23 arrived and gave asize up of a 2-story ordinary with  fire on the second floor and 2 lines on the fire. One line was onthe first floor and the other was on the second with the truck opening the roof. Batt 23 came back and said all companies were defensive due to heavy fire throughthe roof and throughout the second floor. There were no injuries and the second floor was occupied. They were rehabbing the first floor.

Chicago FD Engine 82

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Chicago FD Engine 72

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 34

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Chicago firefighters battle smokey fire

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fire chief at smokey building fire

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Chicago firefighters battle smokey fire

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Chicago firefighters battle smokey fire

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Chicago firefighters battle smokey fire

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Chicago firefighters battle smokey fire

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heavy flames blow out of building on fire

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fire in window of building

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Chicago firefighter after battling a blaze

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Hoffman Estates Fire Department news

From the KardsInc. Facebook page:

We make old trucks look new again! What a way to start the weekend by getting this full refurb engine out of here!

fire engine in the body shop

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fire engine in the body shop

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fire engine in the body shop

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fire engine in a paint boot

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fire engine in the body shop

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fire engine in the body shop

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Hoffman Estates FD Engine 21

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Hoffman Estates FD Engine 21

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Hoffman Estates FD Engine 21

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Hoffman Estates FD Engine 21

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RED Center history

Another vintage/historic submission from Drew Smith

Early graphic for RED Center dispatch.

Early graphic for RED Center dispatch.

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New engine for Fox Lake (more)

Updated production photos from the Alexis Fire website of a new engine for the Fox lake FPD

fire truck being built

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fire truck being built

Alexis Fire photo

fire truck being built

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fire truck being built

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