Archive for May 29th, 2011

Long Grove lightning strike 5-29-11

During the height of the early afternoon storm system that passed through the Chicago area, fire departments in the northwest suburbs were quite active responding to lightning strikes. Within the span of less than an hour, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, Countryside, Palatine, Long Grove, and Barrington Fire Departments all had lightning strikes within their districts. The Lincolnshire-Riverwoods call turned out to be a lighting strike with no fire, and the Palatine response was also a lighting strike with minimal damage. Countryside had smoke showing from a four-story residential building and upgraded the alarm to a working fire response before requesting a MABAS Box Alarm for change of quarters companies only.

Long Grove had a fire on Muirwood Court which they upgraded to a Code 4 alarm and during that incident Barrington went to a MABAS Box Alarm for a fire in Inverness. When the Long Grove fire came out, the Palatine incident was still going on as was the Countryside Box Alarm. As such, RED Center had to scramble a bit to get other companies to the scene which would normally include both Palatine and Countryside.

When Barrington upgraded their fire to a Box Alarm, they too had to find replacement companies for Long Grove and Wheeling, both of which were committed at the Long Grove fire. Two tankers and an engine due to Barrington were in Long Grove and were released to respond to Barrington as the Long Grove fire had been contained.

Larry Shapiro was at the Long Grove fire and submitted several images and a video.

Long Grove Fire Department house fire lightning strike Muirwood Ct 5-29-11

Fire was showing from the gable vent on the east side of the house when firefighters arrived. The fire was reported by a neighbor as the residents were away. Larry Shapiro photo

 

Long Grove Fire Department house fire lightning strike Muirwood Ct 5-29-11

The area has only dry hydrants, the closest of which was over 2,000 feet away. Lake Zurich Engine 4 laid out their entire bed of 5" hose to reach this hydrant. Larry Shapiro photo

Long Grove Fire Department house fire lightning strike Muirwood Ct 5-29-11

Long Grove relied on their squad with 1,000 gallons on board and the 3,000-gallon tanker before the supply line from Lake Zurich Engine 4 was charged. Larry Shapiro photo

Long Grove Fire Department house fire lightning strike Muirwood Ct 5-29-11

Two cats were rescued from the home by Long Grove firefighters. Larry Shapiro photo

A gallery with more images can be found HERE.

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Central Stickney FPD has been added to the site

Central Stickney Fire Protection District station

The Central Stickney FPD station at 4951 S. Lotus. Larry Shapiro photo

Central Stickney FPD patchIn MABAS Division 21, the Central Stickney Fire Protection District has now been added to the site. Central Stickney has one station which is staffed by part-time personnel. They have two ambulances, a pair of twin Pierce Enforcer engines, the first Simon-Duplex/LTI 75′ rear-mount tower ladder, and a pickup that is used by their battalion chief. ¬†Located near Midway Airport, Central Stickney has a five square mile district which includes a portion of I-55 (the Stevenson Expressway) and a large industrial park.

Central Stickney Fire Protection District Pierce Enforcer

Engine 905 is one of two 2004 Pierce Enforcer engines. Larry Shapiro photo

Central Stickney was featured in posts HERE and HERE in the last year working at extra alarm fires.

Prior to adopting a red and white paint scheme, the Central Stickney apparatus was all white. They used to run with FMC and Howe apparatus which is featured in the historic gallery that has also been posted depicting Central Stickney apparatus dating back to the 1970s.

Central Stickney Fire Protection District Duplex Howe Grove ladder

Central Stickeny used to run with this 1971 Duplex/Howe 1250/0 85' Grove ladder. Bill Friedrich photo

Central Stickney Fire Protection District Simon-Duplex LTI 75' tower ladder

Currently, Central Stickney operates the first 75' tower ladder made by LTI.

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