Archive for February 22nd, 2018

Highland Park Fire Department news

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The City of Highland Park is pleased to announce Larry Amidei will serve as Highland Park’s fire chief beginning on March 2, following the retirement of Chief Dan Pease on March 1.

Amidei began working in Highland Park as a Firefighter/Paramedic in 1988. He has served as the department’s CPR/First Aid Director, Medical Director, Safety Officer, Accreditation Manager, National Fire Department Peer Reviewer, and chief of the MABAS Division Three Joint Fire Investigation Team. He is one of an elite group to receive the international designation of Chief Fire Officer from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Amidei was promoted to lieutenant in 1999, battalion chief in 2008, and has been serving as deputy chief since 2015. He also worked for 13 years for the Park District of Highland Park as a Risk Manager and Safety Coordinator starting in 1997. Before starting at the Highland Park Fire Department, Amidei spent seven years with the Highwood Fire Department. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Health & Safety, a Master’s in Business and Public Administration, and attended the National Fire Academy in Maryland for Staff and Command school. Amidei is a graduate of Highland Park High School.

Retiring Chief Dan Pease will be recognized at the February 26 city council meeting for more than 30 years of service with the Highland Park Fire Department.

thanks Dan

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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 2-20-18 (more)

A brief video from Larry Shapiro of Tower Ladder 14 working at the 2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago


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Palatine LODD Anniversary

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Chicago Firefighter injured at fire scene, 2-21-18 (more)

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A captain with the Chicago Fire Department was taken to a hospital Wednesday afternoon when he was injured at a fire in the South Side Bronzeville neighborhood.

Firefighters responded about 1:15 p.m. to a blaze at a 3 1/2-story apartment building at 4327 S. King Drive. About 15 minutes after arriving, a mayday alert was called when the captain suffered injuries from smoke inhalation inside the building. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.

The captain has been with the fire department for more than 20 years.

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Gary Fire Department history

This from Wayne Stuart for #throwbackthursday:

The Gary Fire Department operated this 1977 Ward LaFrance pumper. It carried WLF serial # 80-1400. It had a 1500-GPM pump and a 500-gallon tank. It was originally assigned to Engine Company #1. However as with most Gary apparatus it served in many different companies during it’s career. It was also one of only two lime green apparatus operated by the GFD.

Wayne Stuart photo

1977 Ward LaFrance pumper

Gary Fire Department – 1977 Ward LaFrance pumper. It carried WLF serial # 80-1400. It had a 1500-GPM pump and a 500-gallon tank. Wayne Stuart photo

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