Archive for June 20th, 2011

Chicago Fire Department historians

Bill Freidrich submitted the following information for those interested in the history of the Chicago Fire Department.

On June 20th and the third Monday of every month, listen in on Am 1530 for the Chicago Historians including Ken Little, Bill Kugelman and a few others talking about Chicago History. It is well worth listening too this panel of experts.  It is on from 12 noon to 2:30 pm. 5-11 Club past President John Divita moderates the program.  See below for a link to the radio station’s website to hear the live broadcast from  John Divita’s basement studio.

The link is HERE.


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Palatine dedicates new station


Last week, the Palatine Fire Department formally dedicated their newest station. Station 81 at 1215 N. Quentin Road was actually occupied went into service in the beginning of May. Images of the new and old stations were posted HERE. The Daily Herald covered the event and published an article with photos of the ceremony.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours and a fire engine and ambulance on display were all a part of the festivities that marked the grand opening of Fire Station 81 by the Palatine Fire Department on Saturday. (June 11th)

The original fire station, at 455 W. Dundee Road, will be taken over by the Palatine Masonic Lodge, which had to vacate its location at 150 W. Wilson St. due to the Palatine and Plum Grove improvement project.

The complete Daily Herald article can be found HERE.

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Local chief to head IAFC

From an article in the Daily Herald.

(Palatine Rural FPD) Chief Hank Clemmensen has been elected president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs for a 1-year term effective August 2012.

Since the role requires a ton of travel — he expects to be on the road 300 days of the year — he’ll likely take a 10-month leave of absence from work at the Inverness fire station on Ela Road.

The district’s fire board would name an interim fire chief to take his place, an arrangement worked into the three-year contract Clemmensen recently signed to continue as Palatine Rural’s chief.

The complete article can be found HERE.

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