Archive for May 23rd, 2017

New Lenox Fire Protection District news

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Deputy Chief Adam Riegel was recently named the new fire chief of the New Lenox Fire Protection District (NLFPD).

He will replace Chief Steve Engledow on June 26. Engledow’s last day with the district will be June 24 after a 45-year career in the fire service with three years as chief in New Lenox.

Riegel will be sworn in as chief at the June 19 district’s board of trustees meeting. He has been in fire service for 18 years, with 14 years in New Lenox.

Riegel was one of two deputy chiefs in the department of 56 people. Deputy Chief Dan Turner will continue in that role, but the department will no longer have two deputy chiefs.

Riegel began working as a volunteer with the Salina Township Fire Protection District in 2000 and became its chief in 2012. In 2003, he started in New Lenox as a firefighter/paramedic and worked his way up to lieutenant and battalion chief before being promoted to deputy chief in 2015 where he oversaw operations

He is on the operations committee for Lincolnway Dispatch Center and is assisting with the transition to the new Laraway Communications Center. He is currently vice president of MABAS 19 and president of the NLFPD Pension Board. 

Riegel has an associates degree in agriculture production and management from Joliet Junior College and a bachelor of science in fire science from Columbia Southern University.

thanks Dan

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Aurora Fire Department news

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Everyone aboard a school bus driving through Aurora Monday morning got out unharmed before the bus erupted in flames.

A First Student bus driver en route to Patterson Elementary School pulled over in after noticing smoke and immediately evacuated the four students who were on the bus. While the group waited outside for another bus to arrive, an apparent engine fire started.

Aurora police responded at about 8:27 a.m. but didn’t take criminal or traffic reports because it was just an engine fire and no one was injured, Lt. Jeffery Wiencek said.

school bus engulfed in fire

Fire engulfs a school bus in Aurora (IL) that was on its way to Patterson Elementary School Monday. No one was injured during the incident. Ian Cramer photo

school bus engulfed in fire

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school bus destroyed by fire

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Elmhurst Fire Department history

This from Brian Murphy:

“This picture shows what a 10 year-old can do with an Instamatic Camera at a parade on a cloudy day.  Ok, not that much, but the subject is Elmhurst’s 1974 Pierce-Hendrickson 1500 GPM Engine 1, with old Truck 1 (1955 Seagrave 85′ mid-mount) right behind.  Taken during the 1975 Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade in downtown Elmhurst on York Street. Dimples in picture courtesy of thumbtacks from bedroom bulletin board. Memorial Day is coming up soon- perhaps there’s some 10 year-olds out there ready to provide some future historic photos for this site.  Enjoy!”
Brian Murphy
Elmhurst FD Engine 1 1974 Pierce

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Working fire in Chicago, 5-22-17

This from Drew Gresik:

5/22/17- The 23rd Battalion of the Chicago Fire Department was sent on a Still Alarm to 88th and Eberhart for the reported house on fire. First-in companies Engine Co. 82 and Truck Co. 42 reported they had a fire in a 2-story frame, 25×50 at 501 E 88th St. Companies encountered heavy fire on the second floor and in the cockloft of the balloon-frame dwelling, They  led out three lines while throwing two main ladders to the roof. Companies operated on scene for about 1.5 hours before picking up. The home was occupied at the time of the fire and unfortunately one family was displaced. Companies on scene: E82 E122 T42 TL34 BN23 Sq5 2-7-5 RIT T30 BN19, A37 A60 4-5-6 & OFI 4-6-6.
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-Drew Gresik
firefighters overhaul after house fire

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Chicago fire trucks at fire scene

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Chicago FD Truck 45

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Chicago FD Engine 82

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Chicago FD Engine 122

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aftermath of house fire in Chicago

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