Two fire departments have been added to the site, although neither is yet complete. Prospect Heights in Division 3 has 2 stations. Station 39 has been completed and Station 9 currently has 1 of 7 rigs posted. The other rigs will follow this week.
In addition, Buffalo Grove in Division 4, has 3 stations. Posting of the rigs for these stations is not yet complete and some of the data has to be updated for accuracy as well.
Today, our thanks go to Karl Klotz who submitted the bulk of Division 19 for processing and uploading. This will take several days, as Division 19 does not yet even have a MABAS page on the site. Again, there will initially be gaps in the departments. These will be updated when time permits.
Hank Sajovic graciously submitted 115 images of CFD firehouses. This too will take several days of preparation before all are posted. He commented that roughly 10-15 of these need updating from when they were originally photographed, but he anticipates taking care of this before the summer ends. While we’re on the subject of Hank’s firehouse collection from Chicago, he is planning an upcoming book … to be released in the future.
As visitors to this site, please keep in mind that as we are getting up and running (which will take a minimum of 6 months), we will post the images that are available to us, with the intent that some images will be updated/replaced when we have shots that depict the subject more favorably. Rigs for example, might be featured showing the officer’s side (which is not the ‘standard’) or on-scene at an incident. Apparatus or stations might have been photographed in less than ideal weather, or may for some other reason be an image that the photographer would like to improve upon. We have elected to post the images that we have available so that the departments are featured to the best of our ability. When time permits or other photographers submit an image that shows the subject in better light or at a preferable angle, an update will occur and it will be noted here.
The majority of the stations in Division 3 have also been freshly photographed and should be added to the site this week (as time permits) as well.
Readers are encouraged to send comments or emails about apparatus that is on order or that has been recently received so that we can stay on top of the game.