Archive for April 7th, 2013

Freight train derails near 95th Street

No injuries were reported from a freight train derailment this afternoon near the 2100 block of East 95th Street. Several tank cars left the track and a Level I Haz Mat was requested. The cleanup process is underway.

TIm Olk is on the scene and submitted these images.

freight train derails on Chicago's southsude

A tank car with an unknown cargo is off the tracks. Tim Olk photo

freight train derails on Chicago's southsude

Heavy equipment is brought in to remove the tank cars. Tim Olk photo

freight train derails on Chicago's southsude

Several cars need to be removed. Tim Olk photo

freight train derails on Chicago's southsude

Multiple tank cars derailed and there is considerable damage to the track. Tim Olk photo


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Illinois fire departments receive federal grant money

Several area fire departments will receive FEMA funding in the form of grants.

From the

Federal officials are delivering $1.33 million in grants to Illinois fire departments and municipalities to help them better prepare for fires and other emergencies.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin — a Democrat from Springfield — says the Assistance to Firefighters Grant funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. That’s a division of the Department of Homeland Security.

Wednesday’s announcement includes grants for:

  • Amboy Fire Department, $6,000
  • Bridgeview, $125,000
  • Crossville Volunteer Fire Department, $111,000
  • Carpentersville Fire Department, $10,000
  • Champaign Fire Department, $249,000
  • Dixmoor Fire Department, $88,000
  • Garden Homes Fire Protection Districts, $34,000
  • Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, $90,000
  • Metropolis Fire Department, $66,000
  • Pleasantview, $72,000
  • Riverdale Fire Department, $55,000
  • Spring Bay Fire Protection District, $115,000
  • Union Fire Protection District, $60,000
  • Wauconda Fire District, $248,000


thanks Chris


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Chicago FD involved in 2 crashes

There have been two recent crashes involving CFD apparatus.

The first was on Friday involving a spare ambulance and a school bus: From the Chicago Tribune:

A Chicago Fire Department ambulance on its way to a call was involved in a crash with a school bus, injuring two paramedics in the Hanson Park neighborhood, officials said.

The crash happened at about 9:20 a.m. at the intersection of Grand and Central Avenues on the Northwest Side, said Chicago Fire Department Chief Joseph Roccasalva.

The ambulance was responding to a call on the 5900 block of West Grand Avenue and it is believed that the ambulance had its emergency lights and siren activated, Roccasalva said.

The driver was the only person on board the school bus at the time of the crash, said Roccasalva. He refused treatment at the scene.

The two paramedics on board the ambulance were each taken in good condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the other to Resurrection Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, said Roccasalva.

The second was this morning involving Truck 19 and a car atnWashington and Des Plaines. The truck was en route to a still alarm in a high-rise when the driver of a car may have failed to yield to them and struck the officer’s side of the body. The car’s driver was transported to the hospital. None of the firefighters were injured. Truck 19 was able to drive from the scene, but two compartments (hydraulic spreaders and RIT gear) were damaged and unable to be opened.

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This brand new Ford Taurus struck the officer’s side of Chicago FD Truck 19. The driver was tanken to the hospital. Tim Olk photo

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The two compartments that were damaged when the car struck the truck. Tim Olk photo

car crashes into Chicago fire truck

This car hit Chicago FD Truck 19 at the intersection of Washington and Des Plaines. TIm Olk photo

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Cary FD plans Centennial Celebration


Cary FD plans Centennial Celebration

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Multiple auto crashes in Bridgeview 4-5-13

This from Martin Nowak:

Friday night around 7:20-7:30 I saw Ambulance 3R from Roberts Park with Bridgeview Engine Company 405 using 425 at the scene of a 2-car accident that had moved into a CVS parking lot at 87th and Harlem (Later you can see 3R transporting.) Engine 405’s crew got a call to respond as seen in the video. As they were responding they called in the 2nd accident or both. The 2nd one was in front of the Shell gas station (4-5 car accident) and the third was a 3-car accident. In the video you see a red car at the gas station entrance, a witness told me the third accident where most of my recording took place was caused by the driver of that car. Not sure who caused what, but it was a busy night for MABAS 21. About 5 people were transported. Anyone that has any other information or has questions please do so in the comments. Here are a few pictures plus a video showing crews arriving. Thank you.
multiple crashes in Bridgeview

Martin Nowak photo

multiple crashes in Bridgeview

Martin Nowak photo

multiple crashes in Bridgeview

Martin Nowak photo

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