Archive for March 11th, 2011

Peoria firefighter falls through floor

Dennis McGuire, Jr. came across this article and felt that even though it deals with a fire department out of the general area, it is a worthwhile read. The article tells the story of a Peoria firefighter that fell into the basement at a house fire last week.

He was stuck in a fire- and smoke-filled basement.


The flames were intense, causing third-degree burns to his left hand and arm. He suffered severe burns to his right hand and arm, too.

Even so, he knows he’s lucky.

Check it out HERE.

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Chicago Fire Department patch update

The first of two groups of patches added in the 6th District begins with a district-wide patch representing all of the battalions. There are also a couple of patches for companies in the 21st and 23rd Battalions.

Chicago Fire Department 6th District patch6th District

Chicago Fire Department patch Engine 126Engine Company 126, Truck Company 49, Ambulance 50

Chicago Fire Department Truck 40 patchTruck Company 40

Chicago Fire Department patchEngine Company 72, Tower Ladder 34, Ambulance 22

These patches are from the collection of Alexander Alexandrovski.


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Pierce launches redesigned site

Pierce Manufacturing went live overnight with a new ‘high-tech’ looking website which is worth browsing. Totally new graphics, layouts, navigation, and offerings include plant tours, customer videos of the design process and the integration of their Flickr site as the gallery for new deliveries. This section comes with a standardized set of search criteria for the new deliveries including year, state, type of vehicle, and model type. A downside is that all of the deliveries that were posted before the introduction of the Flickr site are not accessible. Check it out HERE and hopefully all of the pages are in working order, as the initial upload was not complete.

There also appears to be a spanish version of the site as was evident at 2AM when half of the link headings were in english and the others were in spanish. There is a large emphasis on incorporating social media with Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube links. ¬†Pierce has made manuals available under the ‘Service’ link as downloads and there are plenty of videos to watch covering stories and features about their products. It is quite extensive and cutting edge for the industry.

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