Archive for December 3rd, 2015

2-Alarm fire in Arlington Heights, 12-3-15

building fire in Arlington Heights

Tim Olk photo

building fire in Arlington Heights

Tim Olk photo

building fire in Arlington Heights

Tim Olk photo

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A massive extra-alarm fire ripped through a vacant building in Arlington Heights that once housed a plastics manufacturing company Thursday afternoon and left it a total loss.

Deputy Chief Pete Ahlman said the fire department responded to a 911 call at 6 a.m. and discovered that the sprawling, one-story brick building at Arthur Avenue and Davis Street, just south of the Metra Union Pacific railroad tracks, was engulfed in flames. “When we arrived, we had fire showing through the roof, and one minute later, the roof collapsed,” Ahlman said.

About 100 firefighters from Arlington Heights and several neighboring northwest suburban towns fought the blaze, which Ahlman said was one of the biggest commercial building fires in the village’s recent history, with 40-foot flames shooting through the roof. Firefighters had the blaze under control by noon, using a backhoe to demolish some portions of the building that were partially collapsed in hopes of providing better access to the structure’s interior.

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Video clips from Scott Peterson

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Elgin to add more preemption devices

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Five traffic lights along Kimball Street are expected to be converted so fire and police vehicles can control them during an emergency, making it safer and more efficient for public safety vehicles and drivers who use the busy downtown road, one of six routes in Elgin with bridges that cross the Fox River.

The City Council is set to approve a $85,557 contract Wednesday night for installing the devices which can be controlled by police cars and fire trucks, helping clear passage through potentially dangerous intersections. The intersections in question Wednesday are Kimball with Dundee Avenue, with Center Street, with Spring Street, with Douglas Avenue and with Grove Avenue.

“Kimball is important because it is a main pathway for fire apparatus from one side of the city to the other,” Fire Chief John Fahy said. “And almost every east side call for ambulance service has to head to the west side, where Presence Saint Joseph and Advocate Sherman hospitals are.”

Department policy and national standards require fire department vehicles come to a full stop at a red traffic signal. So, with five intersections along Kimball downtown, the possibility exists that vehicles might have to stop at every intersection along Kimball, slowing emergency-related travel. Fahy noted that a federal highway study from 2006 found that the three main benefits reported by places using the devices included improved response times, better safety, and a cost savings.

Preemption devices have been around for decades, but the technology didn’t improve to make them reliable or affordable enough for most fire departments until about 10 years ago. “So in 2005, (then) Chief Jack Henrici initiated a program to prioritize lighted intersections and incrementally have the devices at all of them,” Fahy said.


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Skokie Engine 18 refurb

From the Kards, Inc. Facebook page:

RE-BUILDING A FIRETRUCK!!! Skokie Engine 18 in for a complete makeover. See the finished Engine on December 22nd. She is coming along great!! Box ready for primer.?#?Skokie? Fire Department

fire engine in the body shop

Kards, Inc. photo

fire engine in the body shop

Kards, Inc. photo

fire engine in the body shop

Kards, Inc. photo

Rumors are circulating about a new color scheme …

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Where are they now … Elk Grove Village & Oswego

This from Christopher T. Holmes:

Here are photos of Waubonsee Community College‘s ambulance and engine. The engine ix X-Elk Grove Village and the ambulance is X-Oswego FPD.
Christopher T. Holmes
former Oswego FPD ambulance

This Waubonsee Community College ambulance is X-Oswego FPD. Christopher T. Holmes photo

Oswego FPD ambulance

Oswego FPD ambulance. Bill Friedrich photo

former Elk Grove Village FD engine 10

This Waubonsee Community College engine is X-Elk Grove Village. Christopher T. Holmes photo

Former Elk Grove Village FD fire engine

Elk Grove Village Engine 9. Larry Shapiro photo

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