Archive for March, 2017

Chicago Fire Department history, 5-11 Alarm fire 11-14-03

This from Steve Redick:

Found an audio tape of the radio traffic from this job at 19th & Peoria that I made from a fire alarm office recording. I am also enclosing a link to the images from this job  It really is amazing how much more advanced my tools and techniques have become since taking these. As I recall TL39 lost power with the basket in a precarious position and I have images of the members stretching an exposure line to protect the  basket and ladder. I remember seeing this from the elevated portion of the Dan Ryan as I was enroute and seeing heavy flames from a square block area … what a site. Considering the massive amount of fire here there were few really good images to be had. Enjoy the history.

Steve

massive fire burns in warehouse at night

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flames through the roof at night

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massive fire burns in warehouse at night

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massive fire burns in warehouse at night

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massive fire burns in warehouse at night

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massive fire burns in warehouse at night

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heavy smoke from warehouse fire at night

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heavy smoke from warehouse fire at night

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massive fire burns in warehouse at night

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massive fire burns in warehouse at night

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Chicago FD Squad 5A Snorkel at fire scene

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massive fire burns in warehouse at night

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photo gallery from the fire

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Plainfield Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the Herald-news.com:

On Monday, the Plainfield Village Board granted a special use permit for planned development of a mixed-use building at 15025 S. Des Plaines St., the former Plainfield Fire Protection District headquarters.

Developers plan to convert the second level into six residential units while the first floor is transformed for commercial or restaurant use.  The plan includes the potential for a second phase in which the building would be added on to and would feature a similar arrangement, with four additional residential units.

The fire station is steps from downtown’s main strip of Lockport Street.

Interior demolition work is underway, according to board documents. The station opened in 1950 and closed in 2009, when the fire district opened a new station on South Coil Plus Drive. It was used as storage until it was sold in September.

The village’s staff report states that rental occupancy downtown is very high, and contact continues to come in from companies interested in locating downtown.

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Vintage fire engine for sale (more)

This from Dave Weaver:

The eBay auction for Engine 87 ends tonight at 9 PM.

1960 B-Model Mack fire engine, Chicago FD Engine 87 replica for sale

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New aerial for Bensenville FPD (more)

Production at E-ONE has begun on the New aerial for Bensenville FPD  so #141014

fire truck being built

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fire truck being built

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fire truck being built

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fire truck being built

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

A Chicago street was renamed Saturday to honor Chicago Firefighter William F. Grant, 44, was killed in 2007 when his fire-truck collided with a school bus near 59th and Wells.

A street sign at 90th and Hoyne was unveiled in his honor by his three children, Kristen, Caroline, and Danny. The sign is outside the Grant’s home in the city’s Beverly neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

“This is a sign that commemorates your father’s life,” his brother Tom Grant said during a ceremony. “This is a sign of respect. This is a sign of admiration for a life well-lived. This is a sign of honor that was well earned. This is a sign of appreciation from a grateful community.”

Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said that he was honored to have known Grant, who was known as Bill or Billy. Santiago said Grant loved two things: his family and job.

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Man dies after electrocution in Addison, 3-28-17

This from John Tulipano:

Firefighters from Addison and Lombard worked to free a victim who was trapped in a tree after being electrocuted in the area of Villa Avenue and Myrick today (3/28/17).

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A 51-year-old man died and another was critically injured Tuesday afternoon after they were shocked by power lines while trimming trees in an Addison backyard.

Jose Fulgencio-Hueramo, of Melrose Park, was pronounced shortly before noon at Glen Oaks Hospital in Glendale Heights.

At about 11 a.m., Fulgencio-Hueramo and another person were cutting limbs in a backyard near Villa Avenue and Myrick Avenue in Addison where both individuals made contact with the power lines.

One person was thrown from the ladder adjacent to the tree and landed on the ground. The second person was secured in the tree. When ComEd turned off power to the lines, firefighters got them down from the tree. One was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

“They were able to cut the power to the power lines, and at that point firefighters from Lombard and Addison went up there and were able to extricate the gentleman from the tree at that time,” said Joe Leone, the Addison fire chief.

Police said the victims appear to not be with a private tree-cutting service.

It was immediately unclear how the individuals got tangled in the power lines.

firefighters remove stokes basket from fire truck

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firefighters in tower ladder platform

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firefighters remove patient in tower ladder platform

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firefighter cuts vegetation along wooden fence

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firefighters remove patient in tower ladder platform

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firefighters remove patient in tower ladder platform

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Superior Air Med helicopter on scene

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Superior Air Med helicopter on scene

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Superior Air Med helicopter on scene

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Harlem Roscoe Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from wifr.com:

A Roscoe family gets the surprise of a lifetime from their local fire department. While the family thought firefighters were responding to an emergency nearby, firefighters were really there to deliver some cash.

Every year, the Harlem-Roscoe Firefighter’s Association awards an area high school senior with $10,000 for their college education. This year’s winner is Hsing-Hao Louh. He was picked out of 30 applicants. All were required to fill out an application, submit a resume and several letters of recommendation before undergoing an interview process with the association’s board.

“It’s really exciting,” says Louh. “It feels great. It’s a huge privilege and they’ve provided me a great opportunity to continue my education to the best of my abilities and I’ll definitely study for myself, my future and them as well.”

Louh may attend Georgia Institute of Technology but is still waiting to hear from Duke and Berkeley. He wants to study bio-medical engineering.

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Car fire in Buffalo Grove, 3-27-17

This from Larry Shapiro:

Here is a quick video and some photos of Buffalo Grove firefighters hitting a car fire on Harvard Lane 3/27/17.

car engulfed in flames

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Firefighters extinguish a car fire

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Firefighters extinguish a car fire

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Firefighters extinguish a car fire

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Firefighters extinguish a car fire

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Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 3-26-17 (more)

This from Steve Redick:

Sunday evening, a massive industrial complex vacant and in disrepair. A rubbish type fire deep in the building produced smoke conditions that made interior operations very dangerous. This job took a few hours and required the use of search lines as well as TICs. Not much to see from the outside but some varying smoke conditions.

Chicago fire trucks at fire scene

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Chicago FD E-ONE aerial ladder

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Chicago Firefighters at warehouse fire

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heavy smoke from warehouse fire

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heavy smoke from warehouse fire

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Chicago FD Engine 125

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Chicago FD spare ladder truck

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Firefighters with PPE at warehouse fire

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Chicago FD Squad 2A

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Firefighters ascend tower ladder to the roof

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heavy smoke from warehouse fire

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Chicago FD spare tower ladder

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Chicago FD Engine 125

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Chicago FD Command Van 272

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Chicago FD spare tower ladder

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Chicago FD spare engine

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Box Alarm in River Forest, 3-26-17

This from Steve Redick:

Lake and Park, a short block from the firehouse. I understand there was a fatality in this fire. Nothing to see when I arrived but got some nice rig shots. Fire was in the basement and well contained in short order.
River Forest FD Smeal quint at a fire scene

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River Forest FD fire engine

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River Forest fire trucks

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house fire scene

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River Forest FD quint at fire scene

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Forest park HME fire engine

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Cicero FD Truck 2

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North Riverside FD Engine 808

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Maywood Fire Department fire engine

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Oak Park FD HME fire engine

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