Archive for March, 2013

Box Alarm house fire in St. Charles on 3-31-13

An image from the scene of today’s house fire in St. Charles. No further information at this time.


house fire scene in St Charles IL

Matt Tessler photo

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North Palos FPD

This from Martin Nowak:

A few months back, I’ve shown Ambulance 812 with a black grill. Another North Palos Ambulance (802) drops the chrome grill for a black one. I believe these black grills fit their color scheme a lot better. I’ve never seen any other Ford E-series ambulance from the current generation with a black grill. Ambulance 802 is a 2010 Ford E-450/Osage. I also attached a recent picture of A812 along with Roberts Park Engine 32 and Ambulance 32.


North Palos FPD Ambulance 812

North Palos FPD Ambulance 812. Martin Nowak photo

North Palos FPD Ambulance 802

North Palos FPD Ambulance 802. Martin Nowak photo

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Funeral services for ISP Trooper James Sauter

This from the Chicago Tribune:

Funeral arrangements have been settled for Illinois State Trooper James Sauter, 28, who was killed when a semitrailer truck hit his squad car and both vehicles burst into flames late Thursday on I-294 in Glenview.

Visitation is set for Monday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Moraine Valley Church, 6300 W. 127th St. in Palos Heights, said ISP spokeswoman Monique Bond. The funeral is Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the same church.

The Tribune article with some video footage is HERE.

thanks Chris

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Area apparatus updates

This from Drew Gresik:

Hello again,
I have attached photos of the Downers Grove 2012 Freightliner/Medtec ambulance and Western Springs 2002 Spartan/Luverne Engine 1711. On the department pages, the old DG Ambulance 2 is pictured and on the WS page, the old 1721 is shown with outdated lights and graphics. Please feel free to use my attached photos for an update on those two station pages! Thanks again.
Drew Gresik
Downers Grove Fire Department Ambulance 2 Medtec

Downers Grove Ambulance 2 is a 2012 Freightliner M2106/Medtec Type I. Drew Gresik photo

Western Springs Fire Department Engine 1711

Western Springs Engine 1711 is a 2002 Spartan Gladiator/Luverne. Drew Gresik photo

New ambulances in Elgin from another contributor:

four new ambulances being delivered

New ambulances delivered to Elgin.


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Chicago working fire 3-30-13

This from Josh Boyajian:

Chicago Companies had a working fire today @ 1356 s Fairfield. Engine 107 had a 2 sty vacant “Red X” building with fire in the rear and attic. 107 had two lines lead out as well as the use of their deck gun. Squad 1 was flowing water from the snorkel for a while. Companies never entered the building. Here are some of my pictures.

Chicago Squad 1 at fire scene

Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago Squad 1 at fire scene

Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago Squad 1 at fire scene

Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago Engine 107 working at fire scene on Fairfield

Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago Squad 1 at fire scene

Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago Squad 1 at fire scene

Josh Boyajian photo


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Schaumburg’s new Truck 52

Pierce 100' aluminum aerial ladder

2013 Pierce Velocity 100′ RM aluminum ladder for Schaumburg Truck 52. Tyler Tobolt photo

thanks Tyler


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Chicago FD Turret Wagon History (pt 16)

Another series of images from Jack Connors showing the CFD Turret Wagons that the shops built on the Chevy Scottsdale (C20) chassis. At one point there was one of these assigned to each of the six districts.


Chicago FD Turret Wagon 671 6-7-1

Turret Wagon 6-7-1 was fabricated in 1978 by the CFD Shops on a 1975 Chevy chassis. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 673 6-7-3

Turret Wagon 6-7-3. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 674 6-7-4

Turret Wagon 6-7-4 during a FIre Prevention Week parade. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 674 6-7-4

Turret Wagon 6-7-4 on a 1975 Chevy chassis. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 674 6-7-4

A view looking down at Turret Wagon 6-7-4. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 674 6-7-4

Another view looking down at Turret Wagon 6-7-4. Jack Connors photo

More information on the history of CFD 6-7-4 in in an article HERE.

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 676 6-7-6

CFD Turret Wagon 6-7-6, built on a 1975 CHevy chassis, with boat 6-8-9 at the fire department shops in July of 1998. Jack Connors photo

More on 6-7-6 is HERE.

The previous article in this series can be viewed HERE.

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New squad for Batavia

Here are full specs on the new squad that the Batavia FD received in December.


new fire engine for Batavia FD

Alexis photo

new fire engine for Batavia FD

Alexis photo

Technical Specs
• Ford F-550 XL 4-Door DRW 4×4 Chassis
• Power Stroke 6.7L V-8, 300-HP Diesel Engine
• TorqShift 6-speed Automatic Transmission
• Heavy Duty 3/16” Aluminum Body with Amdor brand Roll Up Doors
• Luverne stainless steel running boards
• Two (2) rear SCBA back bucket seats
• EMS compartment with shelf between rear seats
• Ramsey Grill Guard with 12,000-lb Winch
• One (1) Reese type trailer hitch with electrical connections, rear
• One (1) Single bottle Air bottle compartment, right side wheel well area
• One (1) Dual bottle Air bottle compartment, right side wheel well area
• Attic ladder/Pike Pole storage with rear access, upper raised area
• Turtle tile on floors and /or shelves and trays of compartments
• Stokes basket/backboard storage, front transverse compartment
• One (1) Air bag rack, left side
• Fire Extinguisher Rack, right side
• One (1) Hinged Pegboard tool board, right side
• Two (2) Vertical Pull out tool boards, right side
• Floor mounted console for emergency switches with map/binder storage, cab
• Class 1 Total system manager for electrical load management
• Progressive Dynamics on-board battery charger
• Kussmaul Super Auto Eject 120-volt shoreline
• Code 3 Electronic Siren with 100-watt Federal speaker
• Two (2) Air horns, front bumper
• One (1) Optronics hand held spotlight, cab
• Four (4) Extenda-Lite 12-volt LED telescopic lights
• Smart Power Hydraulically driven 5500-watt Generator with 120-volt system
• Two (2) Akron Electric cord reels with 100-ft of 12/3 cord and junction box
• Whelen LED Warning Light Package
• Chevron pattern striping, rear
• 7’ 11” Overall height
• 26’ 2” Overall length
• 200.2 ” Wheelbase
• 84” Cab to Axle
• 7,000 FAWR
• 14,700 RAWR
• 19,500 GVWR

Download Spec Sheet »

thanks Martin

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X-Frankfort engine up for sale

Kevin Griffin found this posting of an X-Frankfort FPD engine

Frankfort FPD sells old engine

Fenton FIre Equipment photo

Frankfort FPD Engine 741

Matt Schumann photo



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Northbrook FD looking for Inspector


Northbrook Fire Department

The Village of Northbrook has an immediate opening for a full time Fire Inspector to serve in the Village’s Fire Prevention Bureau. This position will promote public safety and prevent property loss through the inspection of new and existing buildings for fire code violations. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to – building inspections for adequate fire protection, correction of fire hazards and code violations, communicating with property owners to resolve compliance problems, review of building plans, presenting public educational information, and assisting in fire scene investigations.

Candidates must possess five years of related inspection or fire experience and must be knowledgeable in systems related to fire prevention, building, electrical, mechanical, and fire codes.Candidates must be knowledgeable of inspection techniques on these systems.  Possession of Fire Prevention Officer and FEMA – National Incident Management System (NIMS) ICS Certifications 100, 200, 700, 800 required within six months from date of hire.  OSFM Certified Fire Investigator preferred.  The Village of Northbrook offers competitive compensation and an excellent benefit package.

The position will be open until filled, however submittal by April 15, 2013 is encouraged. The application form can be found at  Qualified individuals interested in being considered for the position should send a cover letter, resume and application form to: Village of Northbrook, Human Resources Manager, 1225 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, Il 60062 or email at with Fire Inspector in the subject field.

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