Archive for February, 2012

Changes in DuPage County – DuComm North

Reader Chris Guare provided additional information on the changes for departments operating on DuComm North

Glen Ellyn is joining the new numbering system as well: Change over scheduled by end of week

ST 1 = ST. 60 (and 61-Reserve apparatus) Northside

Eng 60

Eng 61

Snorkel 60

Sqd 60

Medic 60

Chief 60

DC 60


St 2 = St. 62 (and 63- Reserve apparatus) Southside

Eng 62

Eng 63

Tower 62

Medic 62

Assit. Chief 62

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Vintage issue of Fire Engineering Magazine has sent an interesting image of a copy of Fire Engineering Magazine from November 1953

Fire Engineering Magazine Cover from November 1953

An image of the cover of Fire Engineering Magazine from November of 1953.

The caption reads:

Firemen of Chicago Heights, Ill., use [a] heavy plank as [a] battering ram to force [a] door to [the] basement of City Hall. Two prisoners were trapped in the cells located therein, one perishing before help could reach him.

We’re wondering if any of our readers has more information on this incident?

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Evanston receives FEMA grant – update

The TribLocal Evanston has an article which outlines the equipment that the Evanston Fire Department will purchase with funding they recently received from a FEMA grant.

Four state-of-the-art, high tech cardiac monitor/defibrillators, compliments of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.

Evanston Fire Chief Greg Klaiber recently learned that his department was one of five Illinois fire departments to have received an “assist to firefighters grant” from FEMA. He said the $132,000 will be used to buy the new high tech cardiac monitor/defibrillators, which will replace older models now in use.

Last year Evanston got $990,000 through the program to buy a new ladder truck, and applied unsuccessfully this year for a grant to buy another ladder truck, in addition to the cardiac monitor/defibrillators.

The complete article can be found HERE.

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Changes in DuPage County – DuComm North

Departments in DuPage County that operate on the DuComm north channel (154.1750) are instigating a new numbering system for stations and apparatus. Some of those changes are outlined below;

West Chicago FPD
Sta 2 = 5    Eng 5 Amb 5
Sta 1 = 6    Tower 6, Tnk 6, Sqd 6 Battalion 6
Sta 3 = 7    Eng 6 Amb 6  
Sta 4 = 8    Eng 8? (it’s the crash rig)
Carol Stream FPD
Sta 3 = 27    Sqd 27, 27a Amb 27
Sta 1 = 28    Tower 28, Amb 28 Bn 28
Sta 2 = 29    Eng 29 Amb 29
Winfield FPD
Sta 1 = 31    Eng 31 Tnk 31Amb 31
Sta 2 = 32    Eng 32
Sta 37
Sta 38
Sta 39
John Tulipano tells us that
these changes are part of a larger program that is instituting combined training, SOP’s and SOG’s in several towns and FPDs. There has been on-going combined training and standardized operating procedures since at least last summer. As an example, the TL in West Chicago and the TL in Carol Stream have the same seating assignments and operating procedures on the fireground.

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Carol Stream hires Hoff as deputy

The Daily Herald has an article today which states that former CFD Commissioner Robert Hoff has been hired by the Carol Stream Fire District as the Deputy Chief

Hoff was hired Monday as the deputy chief of the Carol Stream Fire Protection District, which has a 15-square-mile coverage area that includes all of Carol Stream and parts of Bloomingdale, Winfield and Glendale Heights.

After the Carol Stream fire board approved his hiring, Hoff said in an interview that he’s looking forward to his new role, which is less administrative than his previous job. There are more opportunities to work with younger firefighters and “pass on experiences” through training, he said.Hoff and his new boss, Carol Stream Fire Chief Rick Kolomay, taught classes at the Illinois Fire Service Institute and Chicago Fire Academy, and they co-authored a firefighting training manual in 2003.

Read the complete article HERE.

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Chicago 2-11 Alarm fire 2-27-12

The Chicago Tribune reports in a small article HERE:

Heavy flames and exploding propane tanks prompted a the 2-11 alarm and hazardous materials response at the large factory building in the 2800 block of West 48th Place.

Steve Redick took in the fire and submitted several images.

Chicago 2-11 Alarm industrial fire 2880 w 48th Place 2-26-12

A chief keeps track of companies on the scene as Squad 5 is seen in the background. Steve Redick photo

Chicago 2-11 Alarm industrial fire 2880 w 48th Place 2-26-12

Squad 5 provided one of 6 master streams working at the 2-11. Steve Redick photo

Chicago 2-11 Alarm industrial fire 2880 w 48th Place 2-26-12

Tower Ladder 39 had a master stream working at the fire. Steve Redick photo

Chicago 2-11 Alarm industrial fire 2880 w 48th Place 2-26-12

Engine 123 supplied multiple lines. Steve Redick photo

Chicago 2-11 Alarm industrial fire 2880 w 48th Place 2-26-12

Engine 50 put their deck gun to work. Steve Redick photo

Chicago 2-11 Alarm industrial fire 2880 w 48th Place 2-26-12

Firefighters use a multi-versal alongside Tower 39's master stream on 48th Place. Steve Redick photo

Chicago 2-11 Alarm industrial fire 2880 w 48th Place 2-26-12

Tower Ladder 5 was the 2nd tower to the scene and was setup on 47th Place. Steve Redick photo

More images can be found HERE.

Chicago 2-11 Alarm industrial fire 2880 w 48th Place 2-26-12

An 180-degree view of the scene taken from west of the fire shows the placement of both tower ladders plus Engines 50 and 123. Steve Redick photo

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New engine for Geneva

Several readers found this photo on the Pierce Flickr site showing a new engine for Geneva

Geneva Fire Department new Pierce engine

Pierce photo montage

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Vintage CFD fire photos

More images from the collection of Bill Freidrich depicting CFD fires from the early 1960s:

July 9, 1962 is the date on the photo of the Zenith Restaurant. I believe this was at Belmont and Central. The other was a 5-11 at the bowling alley at 1542 W. Devon Avenue on August 5, 1961.

Chicago Fire Department extra alarm 5-11 fire 1961

Chicago Fire Department extra alarm fire 5-11 1962

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New apparatus for area departments

  • The Crystal Lake FD has placed an order with Fire Service, Inc. for an HP100, 100′ E-One platform on a Cyclone II chassis: 2,000-GPM pump, 300-gallon water tank and a 10KW hydraulic generator. The unit is expected to be completed in the end of March.
  • The Alsip Fire Department is expecting delivery in September of a new Marauder II engine from Seagrave: 2,000-GPM pump, 750-gallon water tank, 40-gallon foam tank and a Foam Pro system

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Glenside FPD Golf Outing

Deputy James Larsen of the Glenside Fire Protection District has sent the following note:

Below is a save the date announcement and tournament flyer for our  4th Annual Chicagoland Tournament to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The money raised at this tournament goes to assist the families of firefighters killed in the line of duty. I hope that you will consider golfing with us our sponsoring the worthy charitable cause.

Glenside Fire Protection District 2012 Chicagoland Golf Tournament

Glenside Fire Protection District 2012 Chicagoland Golf Tournament

The registration link is HERE.



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