Archive for July 17th, 2014

Rolling Meadows discusses third fire station

The Daily Herald has an article about the Rolling Meadows city council supporting a third fire station:

After a decade of discussion and contradictory decisions, the Rolling Meadows City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday to direct staff members to work on plans for a third fire station and rebuild the old downtown station where it stands.

In a report to the council, Fire Chief Scott Franzgrote said he could move the three-person fire engine from the station at 3111 Meadow Drive to a new one on Algonquin Road and keep the two-person ambulance downtown. No additional staffing would be needed, he said.

Mayor Tom Rooney said he supports building the third station rather than the council’s controversial decision in April to move both of the current stations. He added that building a third station will cost less in the short run but could be more expensive in the long run.

The downtown station needs considerable work, the council agrees. The second station at 2455 Plum Grove Road is newer.

Rough estimates show a new, small station could be built for as little as $650,000, and a more expansive one for as much as $2.5 million, Franzgrote said. The city owns land on Algonquin between Meadowbrook and Weber drives.

The third station would be built with the goal of speeding response time in the southern part of the city where older multifamily buildings represent the highest risk of serious fire.

Franzgrote had presented the idea of moving both current stations to provide more equal protection throughout the city after the council made it clear it did not support building a third station. The idea of a third station came up in 2004, but in 2010 the council rejected a grant toward building at the Algonquin site, saying the city could not afford the staffing and equipment.

thanks Dan

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Lombard is added to the site

Lombard_anniversary_Logo..DMThe Lombard Fire Department in MABAS Division 12 has been added to the site. Lombard is a career department covering just under 11 square miles from two stations. Their fleet consists of Pierce apparatus and Horton ambulances. They are currently celebrating 100 years of service.

 

 

 

 

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Bedford Park apparatus updates

Bedford Park is awaiting delivery of a new 2014 Ford F-450/Road Rescue Type I for Ambulance 714. They are also in the process of finalizing drawings for a new Pierce tower ladder on a Dash CF chassis with a PUC design. The tower ladder might be aluminum …

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Vintage Chicago fire scene …

This from Eric Haak:

I thought I would share some old school photos. ¬†These were scanned and I don’t have the photographer’s name to credit as they are just part of my collection. ¬†Possibly someone who was living on the block.

Just sharing some shots of Engine 15 and 64 working a house fire some time in the late 80’s or early 90’s.

vintage Chicago fire scene from the 1980s

photographer unknown

vintage Chicago fire scene from the 1980s

Classic Chicago fire scene from the 1980s. photographer unknown

vintage Chicago fire scene from the 1980s

photographer unknown

vintage Chicago fire scene from the 1980s

photographer unknown

vintage Chicago fire scene from the 1980s

photographer unknown

vintage Chicago fire scene from the 1980s

photographer unknown

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