Archive for January 14th, 2014

As seen around …

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr.:

The truck dealer at 138th and Pulaski in Robbins once again has some “new” rigs in his yard.
The truck is an X-Milwaukee, Wis. and I’m not sure about the ambo, but maybe it’s Milwaukee also.
used ambulance for sale

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

used Milwaukee fire truck for sale

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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Chicago Fire TV Show … reel not real

This from a reader:

 i was in a group for fire apparatus photos on facebook and i do not know who the photographer is on this one, but this is a photo of the photo hanging on the wall inside the firehouse on chicago fire. it’s truck 7’s rig photoshopped to portray truck 81. thought it was worth a submission

fictitious Chicago Fire Department ladder truck

From the Chicago Fire tv show. photographer unknown

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Off the beaten track …

This from Dan McInerney:

Not directly related to a Chicago metro dept., but Tri-Lite is located in Chicago and given the history of the 888 Mars light with CFD and Chicago area depts. this should be of interest to readers

Mars “888” Traffic Breaker Warning Beacons

Tri Lite’s iconic Mars “888” Traffic Breaker is now available with energy-efficient, long-life LEDs. This rugged LED light is offered in addition to the classic halogen version which is widely used today. Both warning beacons utilize a distinctive gimbal mounted lamp to generate a “triple eight” light pattern that alerts traffic to approaching emergency equipment. The bright, oscillating light aids in clearing the road, day or night, even in adverse conditions while the polished stainless steel housing looks great on any vehicle!





End-users looking for parts for older versions (pre-1990) of the MARS “888” Light should contact Joe Dorgan at (520) 790-0196 or visit for more information.

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