2-Alarm fire in Evanston junk yard, 8-31-14

Evanston struck a 2nd alarm on Sunday for a fire at North Shore Towing that involved junk cars and tires. Tim Olk was at the scene and submitted several images.

Due to all the grease, oil, and other fluids, everyone needs new gear and the hose was left there

stack of cars in a junk yard

Tim Olk photo

fireman cooling off on a hot day

Tim Olk photo

firefighter drenched from battling a fire on a hot day

Tim Olk photo

firemen working in a junk yard

Tim Olk photo

junk cars burning

Tim Olk photo

Pierce tower ladder working

Tim Olk photo

firemen in tower ladder bucket with master stream

Tim Olk photo

firemen working at a junk yard fire

Tim Olk photo

firemen working at a junk yard fire

Tim Olk photo

firemen working at a junk yard fire

Tim Olk photo

firemen in heat covered with oil and grease

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New ambulances for Chicago

Josh Boyajian submitted images of several CFD ambulances that were recently assigned:

Chicago Wheeled Coach ambulance

New unit for Chicago Ambulance 6. Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago Wheeled Coach ambulance

New unit for Chicago Ambulance 13. Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago Wheeled Coach ambulance

New unit for Chicago Ambulance 86. Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago Wheeled Coach ambulance

New unit for Chicago Ambulance 60. Josh Boyajian photo

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MVA in Tinley Park, 8-31-14

This from Kevin Griffin:

The Tinley park fire department responded to a rollover crash with extrication at the cvs at 167 and Harlem

 

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Working fire in Morton Grove, 8-28-14

This from Larry Shapiro:

While returning from the 3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, I was on the Edens Expressway when Morton Grove was dispatched to a reported house fire at  5845 W. Keeney. The response was upgraded to the Code 4 working fire before units arrived based on a report by police that there was a confirmed fire.

I arrived shortly after the first companies that had already made entry. The fire had burned through the first floor roof of the small split-level house but was extinguished quickly. Here are a few images from the scene.

smoke from the roof of a split level house on fire at night

Larry Shapiro photo

Smeal quint at night fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

smoke from the roof of a split level house on fire at night

Larry Shapiro photo

fireman pulls hose at night fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

firemen overhaul soffit at hight house fire

Larry Shapiro photo

night fire scene with aerial ladder

Larry Shapiro photo

More images are at shapirophotography.net

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Working fire in Gary, 8-30-14

This from Eric Haak:

I took in this restaurant fire in Gary, Indiana on Saturday afternoon (8/30).  The fire was at 47th and Broadway and I was lucky enough to be at 35th and Broadway when the tones went out.  The fire started in the kitchen and was quickly brought under control.  Before anyone asks, the man in the civilian clothing was the owner and that image was taken within the first minute of companies arriving.  He moved away seconds later.  If you would have arrived five minutes later, there would have been nothing to see.  The last image is of Engine 5, which is the newest engine in their fleet.

 

Sutphen fire engine in Gary fire scene

Eric Haak photo

firemen mask up for entry into fire building

Eric Haak photo

firemen mask up for entry into fire building

Eric Haak photo

firefighters on flat roof venting a fire

Eric Haak photo

firefighters on flat roof venting a fire

Eric Haak photo

Sutphen fire engine in Gary Indiana

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New engines for O’Hare

Fire Service Inc Facebook page posted these images of the new engines 9 and 10. 2014 E-One Cyclone II extended cab engines.  2000-GPM pumps with 1000 gallons of water and 250 gallons of foam. They have several more pictures.

thanks Dan & Erik

new fire engine for O'Hare airport

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new fire engines for O'Hare airport

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new fire engine for O'Hare airport

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new fire engine for O'Hare airport

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Chicago 3-11 Alarm fire, August 27, 2014 (part 6)

Images from Larry Shapiro of the 3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago on Wednesday night.

Chicago FD Squad 5 Snorkel working at a fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

huge fire at commercial building at night

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Snorkel battles fire at night

Larry Shapiro photo

huge fire at commercial building at night

Larry Shapiro photo

huge fire at commercial building at night

Larry Shapiro photo

fireman pulling hose at night fire scene with lights

Larry Shapiro photo

firemen working at night fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

fireman with multi-versal at night fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

multiple hose streams at night fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago firefighters man the turret wagon

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Truck 30 E-ONE

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago fire trucks at huge night fire

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 676 at a night fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago fire trucks at night fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Snorkel at fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

heavy smoke from commercial building at night fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Squad 5 Snorkel working at a fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Engine 116 at a fire Spartan

Larry Shapiro photo

A gallery with many more images is at shapirophotography.net

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Chicago 3-11 Alarm fire, August 27, 2014 (part 5)

Video from Steve Redick of the 3-11 Alarm fire on Wednesday night in Chicago.

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Chicago 3-11 Alarm fire, August 27, 2014 (part 4)

Images from Gordon J. Nord, Jr.

smokey Chicago fire scene with fire engine

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smokey Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

smokey Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

smokey Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

smokey Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

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Another municipality to outsource emergency dispatch services

My Suburbanlife.com has an article about a decision to outsource the emergency dispatch for police and fire in Bolingbrook:

Bolingbrook’s police and fire dispatch services will be outsourced this fall.

The Bolingbrook Village Board voted Tuesday to approve an intergovernmental agreement with the Western Will County Communication Center (WESCOM) to take over the services, a move officials say will net the village a savings of $319,000 annually. WESCOM, considered a unit of local government, is a consolidated dispatch service with 19 member agencies across three counties, primarily Will County.

In addition to the savings, WESCOM offers better technology and a larger staff in the event of critical incidents, officials said. The move also follows the State of Illinois’ pro-consolidation stance, according to Bolingbrook Deputy Police Chief Tom Ross.

The agreement calls for the Village of Bolingbrook to pay WESCOM $1.13 million for its first year of membership. That figure is based on a projected number of calls the police and fire departments receive annually. The following years’ fees will be based on call volume as well.

Bolingbrook’s 14 full-time dispatchers and two supervisors will be offered jobs at WESCOM, according to Steve Rauter, executive director of WESCOM.

“We’ve outstretched our hand to take as many of them as Bolingbrook can provide,” Rauter said. “We haven’t heard from all of them yet but several have applied and they seem pretty excited to be coming here.” Any Bolingbrook employees hired on at WESCOM would bring accruals with them, Rauter said, including longevity level for salary purposes, years toward pension and some comp time.

Both entities’ employees are represented by unions. Currently, the 16 Bolingbrook dispatch employees are represented by AFSCME Council 31. WESCOM employees are represented by the Metropolitan Alliance of Police.

thanks Ron

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