Archive for May 15th, 2017

House fire in Lake Zurich, 5-15-17

Lake Zurich firefighters responded for a house fire at 22580 Somerset Court Monday (5/15/17) and found the garage and several vehicles burning. The alarm was upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm that included multiple tenders (tankers) to shuttle water to this area that lacks hydrants.

fire engine nursing another engine at a fire

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Lake Zurich fire engines at a fire

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Firefighter with hose with smoldering ruins

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smoldering house that burned

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aftermath of house fire in Lake Zurich IL

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MESS Canteen service

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fire trucks staged in a line

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Long Grove FPD Tanker 55 dumping into a portable tank

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Fox Lake FPD tanker dumping into a portable tank

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Elgin FD memorial service

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Elgin Fire Chief David Schmidt was part of the original Elgin Area Firefighters Memorial ceremony 25 years ago, as was colleague and friend Steve Berry, and Elgin Fire Department Chaplain Roger Pollock.

This year’s memorial was especially bittersweet for Schmidt because Berry was among those being remembered Berry, who died in July 2016, was among 11 firefighters from seven area departments honored during Saturday’s 25th annual memorial service, held at George Van De Voorde Firefighter Memorial Park on the grounds of the Elgin Fire Barn No. 5 Museum on Bent Street.

Bells tolled for Berry and Robert F. Smith from the Elgin Fire Department; Thomas Mack and Ken Penkala from Bartlett Fire Department; Dennis Dwyer from Carpentersville Fire Department; Don Benchly, Ron Nussbaum and Don Oranger from Hampshire Fire Department; Robert Scholl from Hoffman Estates Fire Department; and Michael Mattoon from Rutland Dundee Fire Protection District. Freeport Firefighter Eric Kohlbauer, who died in the line of service, was also recognized.

A moment of silence was held for Elgin Police Officer Steve Jones, who died suddenly May 7. Schmidt said Jones was a friend to firefighters and will be missed.

The annual ceremony is a way for families to mourn their loved ones as well as heal, Schmidt said.

Elgin Mayor David Kaptain read a proclamation marking the day, which also included such traditions as the Last Alarm, reading of the “Fireman’s Prayer” and a performance of “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes.

Kathleen Mattoon attended the event with her 1-year-old daughter, Madison. She lost her husband Michael, a former Rutland Dundee firefighter, in January. Kathleen took photos of the ceremony to share with her daughter and to keep Michael’s memory alive.

“The fire service has been what has gotten Madison and me through every day,” said Mattoon, who attended the ceremony many times when growing up as the daughter of former West Dundee Fire Chief Frank Buhrmann. “The support they have given us is incredible.”

thanks Dan

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New engine for Fox Lake (more)

From the Alexis Fire Equipment Facebook page:

Delivery Day for the Fox Lake Fire Proection District! The new Custom Pumper and Custom Tanker are onsite in Fox Lake, IL Following are photos of training on the pumper, with the tanker to follow. We are positive the units will serve you faithfully for years to come. Thank you for the order!

New fire engine for the Fox Lake Fire Protection District

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New fire engine for the Fox Lake Fire Protection District

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New fire engine for the Fox Lake Fire Protection District

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New fire engine for the Fox Lake Fire Protection District

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New tender/tanker for the Fox Lake Fire Protection District

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New fire engine for the Fox Lake Fire Protection District

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As seen around … Racine

This from Steve Redick:

I attended the IFBA regional meeting Saturday.  Afterwards they hosted an apparatus shoot for the entire Racine FD. What a great opportunity to see and photograph their apparatus fleet. Got a good look at the Racine fire museum which is worth the trip all by itself. Also got to meet and renew aquaintance with many members of the fire buff club, all in all a great day. A huge thanks to the Fire Bell Club and the Racine FD officers and members for showing us a great time!!

Steve

Racine FD Engine 1

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Racine FD Truck 1

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Racine FD Special teams 1

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Racine FD Rescue Squad 1

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Racine FD Engine 6

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Racine FD Quint 3

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Racine FD Engine 5

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Racine FD Engine 2

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Racine FD Quint 4

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Racine FD Tactical Command Post

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Racine FD Rescue Squad 31

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