Archive for June 13th, 2011

Berwyn boat fire 6-13-11

The Berwyn Fire Department was dispatched for a fire in an alley on the 7000 Block of 34th St this evening.

Josh Boyajian, who lives in Berwyn sent us the following summary and imges:

When I walked out of my house, there was a huge header visible. They (Berwyn companies) arrived on-scene to find a boat on fire, fully involved. They used two lines on the fire. The boat was under construction at the time. North Riverside was auto-aid.

Berwyn Fire Department boat on fire 6-13-11

A large header was visible for block from the fully involved boat on fire. Josh Boyajian photo

Berwyn Fire Department boat on fire 6-13-11

Upon arrival, fire companies found a fully involved boat on a mobile trailer in the back of the house. Josh Boyajian photo

Berwyn Fire Department boat on fire 6-13-11

The boat was well involved before firefighters were able to get water on it. Josh Boyakian photo

Berwyn Fire Department boat on fire 6-13-11

Firefighters made quick work of knocking down the fire before the second line was charged. Josh Boyajian photo

Berwyn Fire Department boat on fire 6-13-11

A line was off of Berwyn Engine 903 on the street in front of the house. Josh Boyajian photo

Berwyn Fire Department boat on fire 6-13-11

Berwyn quint 901 was also on the scene with a line off. Josh Boyajian photo

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Article describes the Tinley Park Fire Department

Dennis McGuire, Jr. found an article HERE in the Tinley Park Patch which discusses the staffing for the Tinley Park Fire Department and how that has changed throughout the years to evolve from a complete volunteer department to one that utilizes part-time employees in addition to a few full-time staff members. Excerpts from the article are below:

The Tinley Park department is no exception, Fire Chief Ken Dunn said Tuesday. It started in 1901 solely as a volunteer organization.

But today, crews respond to about 2,000 calls each year. A total of 104 part-time firefighters make up the department’s staff, with about 15 more expected to sign on soon.

“The part-time program was set up so we’d always have people available to respond more quickly than if they were coming from home,” he said, adding that the shift structure was put in place in 2000.

Dunn, Senior Fire Inspector Dan Riordan and two secretaries are the only full-time employees, officials said. The remaining part-timers have a monthly obligation to work at least 36 hours.

That hourly quota will remain the same after pending staffing changes at the village’s four stations. Right now, there is a four-person crew at station 4, a three person crew at station 3 and a four person crew at station 4. Station 2 is not regularly manned, Dunn said.

Some bills are paid for through the department’s nonprofit organization, the Tinley Park Fire Department Association— a group that helps defray the cost of equipment. Annual fundraisers help generate that money, said Riordan, who leads a lot of community outreach efforts.

He’s also responsible for inspecting every commercial and residential unit in Tinley, totaling about 3,000 checks each year and accounting for about 32 million square feet.

“A fire department that doesn’t educate and inspect for fire prevention … that’s a huge mistake for a community,” Dunn said. “We do believe that our active fire prevention bureau does save both lives and extreme costs from a fire.”


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Evergreen Park Pirsch featured in ad occasionally posts an entry entitled “Looking Back” where he displays a magazine ad from Fire Engineering Magazine which appeared in the 1950s. Recently, the ad from April of 1957, represented the Peter Pirsch & Sons of Kenosha, WI. In the ad was a drawing showing a mid-ship quint from Evergreen Park.

An article about the Pirsch in 1981, several years before the company shut down, can be found HERE.

Peter Pirsch & Sons magazine ad April 1957

Evergreen Park Fire Department 1965 Pirsch mid-mount quint

Bill Friedrich supplied us with an image of the unit as deployed in Evergreen Park matching their yellow rigs. This 1965 mid-ship quint had a 750-GPM pump, 250 gallons of water, and a 65' ladder. This 'modern' photo of Truck 32 features a Federal Q siren and two 888 warning lights on the fenders in addition to a roof beacon.

Evergreen Park Fire Department 1956 Pirsch mid-mount quint

Another image from Bill Freidrich after the truck was painted black over red by a local shop. The Q siren has been moved from the fender to the bumper.


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