Archive for November, 2009

updated station photos

Karl Klotz has again stepped up to fill in the blanks – this time he supplied a station photo for Merrionette Park to add to Dennis McGuire, Jr’s rig photos and  CFD firehouse photos for Engine 65 and Engine 120.

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Merrionette Park begins Division 22

Merrionette Park is the first department to be posted from Division 22. Apparatus images were provided by Dennis McGuire, Jr. and one in particular has a very interesting history. Truck 2614 was previously in service with the Pennsville Fire & Rescue. No. 1, (New Jersey) after leaving service as 1 of 2 Mack Bulldog aerials purchased by the FDNY in 1982.  At the time, LTI was building aerial ladders and fabricating bodies for other fire service manufacturers.  Mack was supplying engines to New York, Baker was building the Aerialscope towers on Mack chassis and FNDY was purchasing rear mount ladders from Seagrave.  In an attempt to capture more of the FDNY business and to expand their overall product line, Mack teamed up with LTI and marketed a private label aerial called the Bulldog I and II Series. LTI built the ladder and body which were mounted on a Mack chassis. “The Bulldog I Series offered midship ladders, rear-mounted ladders and TDAs…The Bulldog program did not prove overly successful with 25 aerials being sold before Mack ceased production of fire trucks in 1983.” (excerpt from Aerial Fire Trucks by Larry Shapiro, MBI Publishing Company.)


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Mount Prospect updates

It took a bit of maneuvering and a lot of help from the department, but with any luck all three of Mt. Propsect’s stations have been sorted out as the initial postings were not accurate. Engine 14 has been added to the site as well as Ambulance 13.



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Des Plaines updates

Des Plaines ambulance 71, 73 and 74 have been updated on the site as well as engine 63 and battalion 9R.



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Lockport updates

Lockport Lt John Matthews submitted the final images to complete the postings at Lockport station 3. The TRT and Decon units are now uploaded … the TRT image is by George C. Reichardt. Another detail that has been added to Lockport are the individual station logos that they have. Each is quite different.

Lockport Company 3 logo

Lockport Company 3 logo

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final CFD stations are online

Today, the final 16 CFD firehouses were uploaded to the site! This is a milestone that we have been waiting for and required the assistance of several people to accomplish. As with many postings, this does not mean that every piece of apparatus is represented … just that each house has an active link. There is 1 (and only 1) house with no images posted at all … rigs or house, but that is an exception.  otherwise, every link has at east one … perhaps all images posted.

Four links on the CFD index listing remain inactive as of today … these are the Quinn Fire Academy, The Special Operations warehouse plus the two Air Mask locations.  These links will be activated soon.

It is possible that a list this comprehensive representing the Chicago Fire Department does not exist on any website … and when the remaining placeholders are filled this will truly be a first!

With that said, here is a listing of the current additions to the site with images submitted by Jack Connors, Karl Klotz, Steve Redick and Hank Sajovic

1st District: Engine 58, Engine 112

2nd District: Engine 68, Engine 71 and Engine 94.

4th District: Engine 57, Engine 113.

5th District: Engine 116

6th District: Engine 73, Engine 74, Engine 82, Engine 92, Engine 104, Engine 120, Engine 126 and Truck 24

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1st Division 13 departments online

The Elburn & Countryside FPD has been uploaded though it is a partial posting. Several rigs and a photo of Station 2 are missing.


Elburn headquarters station

Elburn headquarters station

The Sugar Grove Fire Department has also been uploaded … with several rig shots missing.


Sugar Grove Fire Station

Sugar Grove Fire Station

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2 more CFD houses added

In the 2nd District, Engine 79‘s house is now online with images from Jack Connors and Hank Sajovic.


In the 1st District, Engine 55‘s house is online though it’s not complete. Images were provided by Hank Sajovic and Larry Shapiro.

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More CFD updates

Jack Connors submitted several image files to update missing CFD apparatus. Here are the images that have been added to the site as of now:

1st District: Engine 30

2nd District: Engine 110 & Truck 12 – all rigs in Engine 124‘s house


4th District: all rigs for Engine 35’s house


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Engine 109 is online

CFD Engine 109 and Truck 32 have been added to the 4th District listings thanks to images supplied by Hank Sajovic.

Engine 109's house on S. Whipple

Engine 109's house on S. Whipple

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