Archive for September, 2017

Chicago sells old firehouse (more)

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This fall, Chicago Filmmakers will make its grand debut at the redeveloped building at 5720 N. Ridge Ave., a historical landmark built in 1928 that was sold to the group for $36,000 in 2014

The Edgewater Historical Society held tours throughout the building earlier this month to give curious neighbors a glimpse into the building recognizable to the many commuters who pass it daily.  Though built in the late 1920s, the building was actually designed to depict an even older firehouse, according to the historical society. 

Outside, work has been done to restore the extensive cream terra cotta, which includes details relating to the building’s firehouse days, as well as its deep red bricks, which once housed Truck Company No. 47 and later Engine Company 59. 

Because of its landmark status, most of its brick and terra cotta exterior was required to be maintained. But inside, the firehouse has nearly completed its transformation into the organization’s new headquarters.

Fresh coats of paint, original glazed brick, a sunlit conference room and classrooms, projection room, box office in the firehouse’s former kitchen and a theater have taken the place of rescue equipment. 

The building will accommodate screenings, events, classes and more.

An adjacent lot where a single-story home once stood will be redeveloped into a garden and green area.

Get a before and after look at the project below.

thanks Dennis

Click the link above to see the photos of the before and after

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Palatine Fire Department Open House

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New squad for Oak Brook

As seen on Pierce MFG’s Instagram page 

new fire truck for Oak Brook IL

thanks Daniel

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New ambulances for Oak Lawn (more)

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations and Thank You to Chief George Sheets and the Oak Lawn Fire Department on their recent delivery of two (2) 2017 Wheeled Coach Type I, F450 Ambulances. These brand new units feature custom interior and exterior cabinetry, patented COOLBAR HVAC System, Liquid Spring Suspension System, plus many other custom features that make these units perfect additions to the OLFD Fleet. Oak Lawn has been a loyal RevGroup customer for many years and we appreciate their continued trust in both our E-One and Wheeled Coach products.

new ambulance for the Oak Lawn Fire Department

Fire Service, Inc. photo

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Aurora Fire Department news

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An 11-year-old boy died Saturday afternoon after his friends lost sight of him in the Fox River in Aurora.

Shortly before 2:30 p.m., Connor Lasley was playing in the river with two friends near the 400 block of North River Street when he journeyed out into deeper water according to a statement from the Aurora Fire Department.

“The other two noticed that he was struggling and were unable to get to him because they did not know how to swim.” They called 911 when they lost sight of him.

Twenty firefighters and divers searched for Connor for 49 minutes and found him about 50 feet from shore. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. The boy lived in Aurora.

“While the water levels have receded, the Fox River still presents risks,” the statement said. “These risks include drop-offs, current and debris, which can present a challenge to any swimmer regardless of skill level and experience.”

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Rockford Fire Department news

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A Rockford firefighter was injured, but not seriously, when he fell through a floor while battling a structure fire last week.

The firefighter, whose name was not released, was taken to the hospital where he was treated for injuries to his ribs and shoulder and released.

“No broken bones, just banged and bruised up,” Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten said. “He’s at home with his family.”

The Rockford Fire Department was called to 1223 15th Avenue just after 4:30 a.m. for a fire at a vacant two-family building. Firefighters found flames coming from the back of the building when they arrived and knocked down the main body of the fire within minutes.

The firefighter fell while trying to advance into the interior to get to the hot spots. He was heading up to the second floor when he fell through to the first, Bergsten said. Bergsten said it’s been about five years since the last firefighter injury of this nature.


Vintage 4-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-9-82

This from Steve Redick:

I opened the archives again. This fire was in a 4-11 in a huge, u-shaped apartment building at 3348 N. Central 9/9/82.
Some voices: call taker FAO George Mazurek; Kenny Little dispatching the units, and those with sharp ears will recognize Roger Thompson later in the incident.
I took this in and have a few images, some are a little iffy in terms of quality but worth a look. They brought the turret wagon into the courtyard but as I recall they didn’t use it. This was a tough and nasty job.


vintage Chicago fire photo

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vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire photo

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD turret wagon at a fire

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 3

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire photo

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire photo

Steve Redick photo

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As seen around … Glenview

More from Josh Boyajian:

Glenview FD Ambulance 7

Josh Boyajian photo

Glenview FD Reserve Battalion 6

Glenview FD Reserve Battalion 6. Josh Boyajian photo

Glenview FD Truck 14

Glenview FD Truck 14. Josh Boyajian photo

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Berwyn Fire Department news

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Eighteen ambulances responded to a pep rally at Morton West High School in Berwyn Friday afternoon after nurses became inundated with students reporting heat-related illnesses.

Berwyn Fire Chief Dennis O’Halloran said the calls of heat exhaustion started coming in around 3 p.m. The students were in the school’s stadium. Six patients were transported to hospitals and one signed a release form to go home with their parents.

Anyone else in the stadium that did not go to the hospital was sent home. A walking parade between Morton West and Morton East high schools began at 1 p.m. but it was unclear if those students were sick.

Eight other agencies responded to the school, O’Halloran said.

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Milwaukee Fire Department news

List of fire station closures and apparatus removal in Milwaukee.
both pages are downloadable by clicking on them

thanks Asher

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