Overseas request

Hello. My name is Daniel and I am a firefighter and paramedic and my hobby is collecting patches from all over the world and that’s why I wanted to ask if you would have one for my collection for me. I would also send one from my guard. Here is my address Daniel Stibitz Schulweg 2, 16321 Bernau in Berlin Germany

Chicago FD Engine 30 company patch Chicago FD Engine 30 company patch Chicago FD Engine 30 company decal

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New Chicago Fire Department replica models

These were on display and photographs posted to the fire replicas Facebook page. Coming sometime in November or early December will be Spartan Engine Companies 12, 38, and 95

Included below are the preproduction models that were photographed at firehouse expo in Nashville this weekend of engines 12 and 95 and pictures someone set me of an advertisement for 38
 
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Chicago FD die-cast model by Fire Replicas

Fire Replicas

Chicago FD die-cast model by Fire Replicas

Fire Replicas

Chicago FD die-cast model by Fire Replicas

Fire Replicas

Chicago FD die-cast model by Fire Replicas

Fire Replicas

Chicago FD die-cast model by Fire Replicas

Fire Replicas

Chicago FD die-cast model by Fire Replicas

Fire Replicas

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5-11 Alarm fire with 2 Specials in Chicago, 6-24-64

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5-11 & 2 Specials 2732 Madison 6-24-64

5-11 Alarm fire with 2 Specials in Chicago 6-24-64

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Dekalb Fire Department news

Excepts from the daily-chronicle.com:

Since 1985, the Dekalb Fire Department staffing numbers have increased by three firefighters, while call load has more than doubled, which concerns DeKalb Fire Chief Eric Hicks as potential staff cuts loom for the city’s fiscal 2019 budget.

The fire department is under pressure from the city to cut organization costs to alleviate a $1.6 million budget deficit. The department stands to lose one firefighter and the deputy chief of operations position, which could be eliminated through attrition.

In 1985, the city had two fire stations, a minimum of 10 firefighters on duty, and three administrative chiefs. By 1990, unchanged staffing levels responded to 2,620 requests for service. By 2005, the number of calls jumped to 4,109, adding a minimum daily staff of 13 firefighters.

Staffing levels peaked in 2008, with 4,977 calls for service and a minimum of 14 firefighters between three stations. The city faced big budget cuts in 2008 and 2009 because of the recession.

The 2017 fire department service level review shows 5,573 calls for service, with a minimum of 13 firefighters on duty. Fire Station No. 1 staffs each shift with five firefighters, while stations No. 2 and No. 3 staff four firefighters a shift.

Services include a technical rescue team, a hazardous materials team in partnership with the Sycamore Fire Department, and an airport rescue firefighting team. Current socioeconomic conditions in relation to access to health care have caused a spike in emergency medical service calls. Substantial changes also have been made to the active shooter program since the 2008 shooting on Northern Illinois University’s campus, which claimed five lives.

The 2018 call volume already is up from 2017 levels, and could end the year with more than 6,000 calls for service, the highest the department has seen. The department continues to operate at a minimum of 13 firefighters a shift, although a recent staff resignation has called for overtime.

The only salaried members of the staff are the fire chief, deputy chief of operations, and deputy chief of training . All three positions operate in a primarily administrative capacity and do not receive overtime pay. They are expected, however, to be on call 24/7, unlike firefighters who receive overtime pay only if they return to duty for a shift recall, which happens on a need-to-fill basis dependent on response calls and emergency needs.

The fire chief previously has said that if the department was staffed efficiently, overtime costs would be reduced.

Nearly all – 96 percent – of the fire department’s budget goes to personnel costs: wages, insurance, overtime, pension, and other contractual obligations. The fiscal 2018 personnel budget was more than $10 million. The 2017 nonpersonnel budget – for vehicle maintenance, building and grounds, public education, administrative costs such as gasoline for the fleet, electricity and office supplies – was $353,812. Right now, the department needs to repair a broken ladder truck, which will cost $20,000.

The fire chief said he knows the city has talked about “boots on the ground” versus administration, but said “you have to remember you have an $11.5 million operation, you need some administration to run that, and even a minor reduction in staff is an issue.”

Recent informal budget talks suggest the deputy chief of operations position will be cut, but the suggested firefighter cut and authorized overtime will be denied.

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Franklin Park Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Franklin Park village board approved the purchase of two police SUVs at its meeting Oct. 15 and earlier in the month cleared the fire chief to apply for a state loan to buy a new ambulance.

The $157,000 loan would cover the cost of an ambulance and account for a trade-in of the ambulance currently costing the village the most in maintenance. The state fire marshal’s office isn’t scheduled to potentially approve the loan until June 2019. If granted, it would be a five-year loan with 1.84-percent interest. The village board approved the loan application during the consent agenda vote at its Oct. 1 meeting.

Franklin Park has three ambulances. They include a former demonstrator and a vehicle that was once used as a movie prop, both purchased around 2011, as well as a newer vehicle bought several years later. If the village receives the loan, it will trade in the demonstrator.

The fire department’s goal is to replace an ambulance every five years, giving each vehicle a 15-year lifespan as the department is on pace to increase call volume by about 6 percent in 2018.

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Chicago Fire Department history

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Liquor store October 1970

vintage Chicago fire scene photo from a Liquor store fire October 1970

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vintage Chicago fire scene photo from a Liquor store fire October 1970

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vintage Chicago fire scene photo from a Liquor store fire October 1970

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vintage Chicago fire scene photo from a Liquor store fire October 1970

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vintage Chicago fire scene photo from a Liquor store fire October 1970

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vintage Chicago fire scene photo from a Liquor store fire October 1970

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Sandwich FPD ambulance for sale

Found at bpapparatus.com:

ITEM # A-158, 2007 FORD F450 MEDTEC

ambulance for sale

2007 Ford F/Medtec ambulance for sale

Sandwich FD ambulance for sale

2007 Ford F/Medtec ambulance for sale

Sandwich FD ambulance for sale

thanks Martin

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Evanston Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the evanstonroundtable.com:

In his proposed 2019 City budget, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz would close Fire Station 4, 1817 Washington St. Not only is this station Evanston’s smallest station, it is the only one serving the southwest side of the city. Closing the station would entail laying off one firefighter/paramedic and re-assigning the other firefighters/paramedics to other stations.

He said in a press briefing on Oct. 4 he felt closing the station was justified because it is the smallest one and other fire stations could cover the calls and since there is no ambulance at that station, the overall impact of the service cuts would be less than if another station were closed.

The fire chief and the firefighters union, Local 742, apparently could not disagree more. Closing a fire station would increase response times, thereby increasing both the risk of injury and death to victims and firefighters and the likelihood of property damage.

Fire Chief Brian Scott said he holds the safety of the community as his highest priority and although he understands the need for a rigorous review of all city departments in a budgetary squeeze, he is opposed to cutting any safety services to Evanston residents.

Closing Station 4 would increase the response times not only to the homes and businesses in southwest Evanston by more than 50% but would also generally increase times to structures in other parts of the city, if a call came to a station where the units were deployed elsewhere.

There are five fire stations in Evanston’s eight square miles: two on Central Street, one on Emerson Street, one on Madison Street and one on Washington Street.  All five stations are equipped with an engine company; two also have truck companies, and two have ambulances. All units are equipped with advanced life-safety equipment and the firefighters are also trained paramedics.

As the busiest fire department on the North Shore, the Evanston handles more than 10,000 calls each year – about 45% of which are concurrent with other calls. Judging by the past few years, Chief Scott expects that number will increase by about 2% each year.

Effective Oct. 1, the Evanston Fire Department has a Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) for fire protection services. The ranking puts Evanston in the top 1% of the more than 47,000 fire departments across the nation ISO has evaluated.

Evanston’s mix of single-family homes, commercial structures and high-rises pose a mix of hazards, according to NFPA 1710 – low for single-family homes, medium for commercial structures and high for high-rises. The minimum daily staffing for low-hazard structures is 15, 28 for medium-hazards, and 43 for high-hazard.

The average response time for the Evanston Fire Department is three minutes, 15 seconds – 45 critical seconds below the four-minute response time of the NFPA 1710.

Response time is critical in both fire and life-safety emergencies. Many home and commercial furnishings are petro-chemically based, so they are more combustible and burn hotter than flammable materials in the past. At a certain point – generally in eight to 10 minutes – a fire will flashover. It is vital that firefighters apply water before flashover to save lives and minimize property damage.

Because all Evanston fire trucks are equipped with advanced life-safety equipment and cross-trained paramedics, the fact that there is no ambulance at Fire Station 4 does not necessarily mean that residents and businesses in the area are short-changed in medical emergencies. Dispatched to a 911 EMS call, firefighters can begin life-saving procedures while an ambulance is on its way. 

Although Southwest Evanston is near both the Chicago and Skokie borders, it is not reasonable to rely on firefighters in either of those communities to respond immediately to an emergency in Evanston. Fire companies in neighboring communities can help in a multi-alarm fire, but each department is responsible first to the residents of its own community.

Firefighters and the chief are holding firm against the closing of Fire Station 4. Many residents here are similarly opposed to closing the station and cutting services.

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La Grange Park FD aerial for sale

Found at WisconsinSurplusOnLineAuction:

#18911-127. – La Grange Park Fire Department – La Grange Park, Illinois – CLOSED

1990 Spartan Simon 110′ LTI Ladder Fire Truck w/ 200 Gallon Tank and Pump

La Grange Park FD 1990 Spartan Simon 110' LTI Ladder Fire Truck w/ 200 Gallon Tank and Pump for sale

La Grange Park FD 1990 Spartan Simon 110′ LTI Ladder Fire Truck w/ 200 Gallon Tank and Pump for sale

La Grange Park FD 1990 Spartan Simon 110' LTI Ladder Fire Truck w/ 200 Gallon Tank and Pump for sale

La Grange Park FD 1990 Spartan Simon 110′ LTI Ladder Fire Truck w/ 200 Gallon Tank and Pump for sale

thanks Martin

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Downers Grove FD Station 105

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:

DGFD Station 105

Downers Grove FD Ambulance 105

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Downers Grove FD Engine 105

Chi-Town Fire Photos

Downers Grove FD Station 105

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