Archive for May 25th, 2014

CPD shoots man that threatened CFD paramedics

The Chicago Tribune has an article about

Chicago police shot and killed a knife-wielding man who chased paramedics responding to a 911 call for a person stabbed, according to authorities.

The shooting happened about 11:30 p.m. near the intersection of 71st Street and Racine Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood. The man shot by police died at 12:08 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A spokesman for that office said the man had been identified as 62-year-old Michael Myers of the 11300 block of South Indiana Avenue.

Patrick Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police lodge that represents rank-and-file officers, said a beat car responding to the scene encountered the man after he had chased paramedics and jumped on and off a moving fire truck.

The officers had at least one window open in their vehicle at the time, Camden said. The man approached the officers on the passenger’s side, Camden said. While this was happening, officers yelled at the man to drop the knife. When the officer opened fire, he shot through his open window while leaning over toward his partner’s seat as far as he could, Camden said.

The Chicago Police Department confirmed the shooting but provided no other details.

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Prospect Heights puts new Squad 9 into service

This from Prospect Heights Deputy Chief Drew Smith:

Prospect Heights Squad 9

The Prospect Heights FPD has a new squad pumper to replace its 18-year old unit. The old squad has been decommissioned. The new squad will go in service June 2. The new Squad 9 carries:

  • 4 seated members
  • 1,000-GPM pump
  • 500-gallon water tank
  • 90 gallons of foam
  • Front and rear winch
  • 500 feet of 5-inch hose
  • 600 feet of 2&1/2-inch hose
  • 800 feet of 1&3/4 inch hose
  • Attack hose: 1&3/4 preconnects, 2&1/2 X 600 ft, hi-rise packs, (master stream)
  • Full ALS EMS gear
  • Truck company tools (hand tools/saws/fans/tarps/salvage tools)
  • Auto extrication gear (spreader/cutter/rams/air bags/struts/cribbing/air tools)
  • Water/ice rescue gear (PFDs/exposure suits/throw bags & buoy/ropes/RDC)
  • Haz Mat and TRT gear (pads & booms/decon setup/level B suits/ropes and hardware/Stokes basket/hand tools)


Old Squad 9:Decommissionedfire truck photo


New Squad 9:In service 6-2-14fire truck photo

While on a commercial chassis, the new Squad 9 has the same attack hose lines and equipment as the old Squad 9, but no longer has a cascade system or inflatable boat.  Our inflatable boat can be special called and will be delivered via another vehicle.


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Orland fire station damaged by storm

The TribLocal has an article about storm damage to an Orland FPD station:

Orland Fire Protection District firefighters tackling emergencies during the powerful thunderstorms that struck the Chicago area Tuesday night returned from a call to find part of the fire house roof ripped away, district officials said Wednesday.

Damage to Fire Station #5’s roof was not visible from outside the station at 8851 W. 143rd St. except for a strip of siding dangling from the front of the building, but fire district officials said at least half of the station’s garage was exposed after strong winds pulled away part of the roof.

In addition to cleaning up the damage and getting rid of water that accumulated in the garage, firefighters responded to structure fires, burning electric wires, downed power lines and chimneys damaged by lightning strikes, along with several car accidents and a cardiac arrest on Tuesday, said fire district spokesman Ray Hanania.

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Nipsta Class 1402 car fires

Tim Olk was on hand at NIPSTA during a recent class on fighting vehicle fires and submitted several images.

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car fire training for firefighters

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car fire training for firefighters

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car fire training for firefighters

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car fire training for firefighters

Tim Olk photo

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