Archive for October 13th, 2012

Wheeling fire at 165 Hintz Rd 10-12-12

The Wheeling Fire Department received a call reporting a shed fire Friday evening along Hintz Road near the railroad tracks. Companies pushing out of nearby Station 23 reported a header and directed units to an asphalt contractor yard along the railroad tracks, just east of the MABAS Readiness Center.

storage yard fire in Wheeling IL at 165 Hintz Road 10-12-12 (fire department)

Wheeling Engine 23 supplies tank water to firefighters as they wait for a supply line to be charged. Larry Shapiro photo

storage yard fire in Wheeling IL at 165 Hintz Road 10-12-12 (fire department)

An additional attack line is stretched. Larry Shapiro photo

Engine 23 found a fire in the yard next to a shed which extended to a stack of wood pallets and was impinging on a nearby truck with a tank filled with tar. They requested Squad 24 with pump-and-roll to make it’s way back into the yard to assist with a quick attack while Engine 24 dropped several hundred feet of LDH from the yard to a hydrant on the adjacent property.¬†Larry Shapiro was at the scene and submitted several images.

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Wheeling Squad 24 uses the remote-controlled bumper turret to keep the fire away from the tar tank. Larry Shapiro photo

storage yard fire in Wheeling IL at 165 Hintz Road 10-12-12 (fire department)

The fire was located in a congested area surrounded by hazards. Larry Shapiro photo

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Wheeling Engine 23 had several lines off. Larry Shapiro photo

Companies held the fire in check and the tank cool until the continuous water supply was established and the fire could be extinguished.

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Wheeling Engine 24 dropped several hundred feet of LDH to establish a water supply to Engine 23 and companies fighting the fire. Larry Shapiro photo

storage yard fire in Wheeling IL at 165 Hintz Road 10-12-12 (fire department)

The hydrant was located outside the MABAS Readiness Center next door, which was formerly the home of the Wheeling Public Works Department. Larry Shapiro photo

A gallery with more images can be found HERE.

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Historical CFD program today!

Today,

at the Quinn Fire Academy, The Fire Museum of Greater Chicago is sponsoring a double program:

  • The History of the fire academy
  • The 1961 fire which resulted in the deaths of Tom Hoff and Bob O’Brien

The program begins at 10AM and will last approximately 1 1/2 hours.

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Prospect Heights FPD Open House Today

Prospect Heights FPD Open House 2012

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CFD to test digital radio system

Subject: (CARMA) CHICAGO FIRE DIGITAL TEST

 

Chicago Fire Department
CFD CONDUCTS FULL SCALE TEST OF IMPROVED RADIO SYSTEM
On October 14th at 8 a.m., the Chicago Fire Department will switch its Fire and Rescue dispatch from the current analog VHF radio platform to the new UHF Digital radio system for a multi-day full scale test.
The infrastructure for the new system is already in operation for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) division and is working well. During the test period, VHF channels traditionally used for North and South dispatch, (i.e. Main and Englewood) will be silent.
At the end of the test period, dispatch operations will revert to the analog system until the permanent switchover, before the end of the year.
Persons with interest in monitoring CFD communications should plan to replace analog radios with units designed for APCO P25 Digital UHF radio protocol as soon as possible. No VHF simulcast overlap operation will take place after the permanent switchover or during the interim test. When in Digital mode, “Main” will operate on 477.7875 MHz and “Englewood” will operate on 478.2125 MHz.
During the test period low power fireground operations will remain on VHF.

 

 

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