Archive for February, 2015
Two Pierce Saber engines for Rockford, so# 28169-01, 28169-02.
This from Steve Redick:
This am … temp at zero … basement fire that went defensive for a few minutes. The only significance of these images is the Niles tower ladder that just went in service a day or so ago and this is the first worker it has been to.
More from Steve Redick:
Here is the next installment. Details about FD dispatch and operations as well as a great two-page spread of the overall scene showing all the Ahrens Fox pumpers drafting. A one-of-a-kind historical event. … there’s still more to come
Excerpts from the Daily Herald:
Barrington Hills trustees voted not to outsource 911 emergency services to Carpentersville-based QuadCom, a public safety consolidation center serving roughly 50,000 people in northern Illinois.
Although Village President Martin McLaughlin said he supported outsourcing the village’s services to QuadCom, several trustees said more research [was needed.]
Richard Semelsberger, who was sworn in as the Barrington Hills police chief on Monday night, said he is familiar with QuadCom, which has operated in the northwest suburbs for more than 25 years, and that he would support a vote to consolidate.
[A resident said] Wilmette and Winnetka conducted similar studies but decided to maintain independent operations because, like Barrington Hills, those communities have a lower volume of emergency calls.
Jeff Swanson, fire chief for the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District, [said] he would support outsourcing to QuadCom.
McLaughlin also said because officials in Springfield might, in the coming years, begin to consolidate emergency services in communities across Illinois, outsourcing to QuadCom would allow the village to choose which service center to partner with.
Steve Redick compiled this cellphone video footage by Jim McCall of the Woman’s Club of Wilmette fire (2/17/15).
This from Steve Redick:
Recently I shared a brochure from Ahrens Fox. In it was a photo from the big grain elevator conflagration in 1939. I have shared two more press photos and part 1 of the Underwriters report on the fire. This is very cool stuff if you take the time to read through it. This was an amazing fire, and a classic big city response. It’s worth a good look … more to follow …
This from Drew Smith:
Our 1996 rescue pumper, the former Squad 9 (also known as “Squadzilla”) has been sold to the Jay VFD in Vermont who took possession Monday (2/24/15). JVFD Assistant Chief Jeff Morse and Captain Brent Grenier are driving the vehicle to its new home. Jay, VT is located at the Canadian border to the U.S. about 1,000 miles from Prospect Heights.
JVFD is no stranger to long drives with used apparatus. A/C Morse stated that a few years ago they purchased a used 175-foot triple-axle Bronto from South Padre Island, TX and drove it back to Jay.