Archive for March 2nd, 2016

SAFER grant application period open

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The application for SAFER grant applications is now open.

Fire and EMS agencies have until 5 p.m. March 25 to submit grant applications.

Information on the program can be obtained here:

The SAFER grant was established to:

  • Assist local fire departments improve and restore staffing and deployment capabilities so they may more effectively and safely respond to emergencies.
  • Improve ability of the fire departments to assemble a sufficient number of firefighters at a structure fire in compliance with NFPA 1710 and 1720
  • Assist fire departments ensure that all first-arriving apparatus are staffed with a minimum of four qualified personnel who are capable of initiating the suppression
  • Improve firefighter safety by meeting minimum staffing guidelines.


New tower ladders for Chicago (more)

This from Josh Boyajian:

Tower Ladder 14 & 37 are switching into their new rigs today. Here is a shot of them at the academy.

New E-ONE tower ladders for the Chicago Fire Department.

Josh Boyajian photo

From the Rooftop Angles Facebook page:

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14 old and new

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14 old and new. Rooftop Angels photo

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New tower ladder for Elmhurst (more)

Updated production photos from E-ONE of the tower ladder being built for the Elmhurst FD

fire truck being built

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fire truck being built

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fire truck being built

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Mayday while East St Louis firefighters rescue fire victim

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East St. Louis firefighters on Sunday saved an 82-year-old man from a blaze in his home. According to fire department reports, a call for help came at about 5 p.m. with reports that a home was in flames at 453 N. 14th St.

Firefighters rushed into the home to save the resident. While they were inside, a floor collapsed and temporarily trapped rescuers and the victim. A mayday call went out over firefighters’ radios during the tense scene. Firefighters were able to eventually work their way out of the burning structure with the man.

After rescuers got the victim into an ambulance, his heart stopped on the way to the hospital. He was revived and and taken to Touchette Hospital, where details about his condition were not available early Monday morning.

Don Moore identified the injured man as his uncle, retired Rev. Henry Nicholson, a former pastor at Truelight Baptist Church in East St. Louis.

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Vintage article on the history of CFD SS-1

This from Steve Redick:

Here is an article on John “Red” Windle, a real fireman’s fireman. My dad worked with him on SS1. This article talks about the new Snorkel Squad

historic news article about Chicago FD's Snorkel Squad

Warren Redick collection

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