The Arlington Heights Fire Department has received a new Pierce Quantum that will be assigned to Engine 3 (shop #112) and is expected to go into service in early May.
Archive for March, 2012
The magic of Hollywood continues around Chicago as the production company works to create footage for several episodes of the new show called Chicago Fire. Filming has been spotted at Engine 18′s house which provides a view out the rear of the apparatus bays that shows the Chicago skyline. Some information about the cast can be found HERE. A recent article HERE details some of the filing, and last week there was a nighttime fire scene that was created near the corners of Franklin Street and Institute Place.
Today they are reportedly shooting a scene with a large wreck and extrication on Lower Wacker Drive near Columbus Avenue.
Here is a list of some of the apparatus being used.
Squad 3 is the old 5-1-1, the 1988 spartan/saulsburyTruck 81 is a 1996 Seagrave 100' RMEngine 51 is a Spartan/LuverneAmb. 61 is a Ford/Medic MasterBattalion 25 is a Ford Expedition
Part 3 in the series covering Ward LaFrance and the Chicago Fire Department:
In 1973, Chicago received an additional five Ward LaFrance P80 Ambassador engines. Four of these had 1,500-GPM pumps and were assigned to Engine 23 (D-389), Engine 29 (D-390), Engine 57 (D-391), and Engine 67 (D-392). The remaining engine had a 1,750-GPM pump and went to Engine 74 (D-393). All had 500-gallon water tanks.
Engine 74 with the 1,750-GPM pump had several differences in trim design which gave it a different look than the other 1973 models. The pump panel was painted red and did not have the polished panel like the other units. In addition, the wide steel band which wrapped the front doors and cab face of the other units was omitted from Engine 74.
Unlike the units which came in 1970, these engines had the large company numbers relegated to the rear compartment and another number was on the cab face. Also, “Chicago Fire Dept.” was now lettered on both sides of the cab under the jump-seat window as well as on the cab roof over the windshield. The handrail at the back of the cab no longer ran the full width as these engines had a multi-versal that was stored on the roof.
Shop #D-393, the one unit with a 1,750-GPM pump that was originally assigned to Engine Company 74, was later reassigned to Engine 104.
There were a total of (5) WLF P80/Grove 100-foot rear-mount aerials ordered. Companies that received these were Truck 12 (E-183), Truck 34 (E-184), Truck 21 (E-185), Truck 18 (E-186), and Truck 7 (E-187). These were delivered with booster reels that were removed from Trucks 12 & 18.
Truck 21′s unit was later reassigned to Truck 39, and Truck 7′s unit was reassigned to Truck 61.
Bill Friedrich has initiated the first in a series of posts chronicling different types of apparatus that saw service in Chicago. The first post covers the Ward LaFrance engines from 1970.
There were a total of (7) P80′s delivered in 1970, one for each district. Companies that received these were Engine 126 (D-372), Engine 73 (D-373), Engine 8 (D-374), Engine 106 (D-375), Engine 22 (D-376), Engine 113 (D-377) and Engine 49 (D-378). These units had 2,000-GPM pumps.
In 1990 (6) of the original 1970 P80′s were rebuilt by Able Fire Equipment Co. at their Frankfort, IL facility. The rebuild included a Ranger 4-door cab, a new aluminum Emergency One body, a 140-gallon foam tank, and other components of the original apparatus. The following companies received these vehicles; Engine 122 (x-Engine 126), Engine 69 (x-Engine 8), Engine 113 (x-Engine 106), Engine 46 (x-Engine 22), Engine 14 (x-Engine 113) and Engine 34 (x-Engine 49) All these vehicles were equipped with 5″ hose. One was assigned in each district of the city. Two of these, D-374 and D-375, were used in the movie Backdraft.
From Ryan Wyckoff:
Bellwood recieved a FEMA Grant and will use it for a new truck. They are purchasing a stock 95' E-One Tower Ladder. Expected delivery is May after some very minor compartment and graphics modifications.