Archive for March 21st, 2012

Joliet Opens New Station 3

Tom Clifton informed us of the following:

The new Joliet station 3 off Laraway Rd. on the Chicagoland Speedway property is in service. The Captain of Comapny 3 officially put the old station out of service at approx 07:15 this morning as they made their move.

A previous post HERE shows a drawing of the new station.

The Herald News has an article HERE which includes:

Fire Chief Joe Formhals and Mayor Tom Giarrante uncoupled [a hose] Monday afternoon at a ceremony to dedicate Fire Station 3.

On Wednedsay morning the new facility, which is on the Chicagoland Speedway property off Laraway Road, will replace the 40-year-old station at 319 Grover St.

FEMA sponsored approximately $1.2 million and Centerpoint Properties, which will be serviced by Station 3, donated $100,000 for construction on the land donated by the racetrack.

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Schaumburg orders ambulance

The Schaumburg Fire Department has placed an order for a new ambulance for Station 54. This will be a Medtec Type I on a Navistar 4300 chassis to match the ambulances at 51, 52, and 53.

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Tanker rolls and closes I294 3-20-12

Tim Olk spent most of Tuesday camped out in the southbound lanes of the Tri-State Tollway (I294). The Southtown Star had this report:

… an overturned tanker led to the closure of the southbound lanes between 95th and 127th streets.¬†The lanes were closed from before noon until about 8 p.m., turning rush-hour traffic into a nightmare …

The tanker, which was carrying hydrochloric acid, turned over and blocked all three lanes of traffic after a vehicle made an illegal U-turn in its path at about 11:43 a.m. at 127th Street, Illinois State Police Trooper Michelle Kistulinec said.

See the complete article HERE.

tanker rolls over on I294 near Alsip 3-20-12

Firefighters direct a sand truck near the wreck so they can spread sand to absorb the chemical spill. Tm Olk photo

tanker rolls over on I294 near Alsip 3-20-12

Sand is used to prevent any further run-of of the chemical spill. Tim Olk photo

tanker rolls over on I294 near Alsip 3-20-12 hydrochloric acid spill

Hydrochloric acid leaks from the tanker. Tm Olk photo

tanker rolls over on I294 near Alsip 3-20-12 hydrochloric acid spill

Contractors begin preparations to off-load the product from the tanker. Tim Olk photo

tanker rolls over on I294 near Alsip 3-20-12 hydrochloric acid spill

Workers monitor the progress of draining the tanker and transferring the acid to another. Tim Olk photo

tanker rolls over on I294 near Alsip 3-20-12

Three heavy wreckers begin to upright the tractor and the now empty trailer. Tim Olk photo

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