Archive for November, 2019

Fatal fire in Bensenville


A man in his mid-80s was killed in a Tuesday morning house fire near Bensenville.

The man’s wife reported the blaze in the basement of the tri-level house on the 4N500 block of Church Road near White Pines Golf Club. Dispatchers received a 911 call at 8:23 a.m. Firefighters arrived at 8:30 a.m., met the wife outside the house and began battling the blaze which was quickly extinguished.

The man likely died from his injuries before firefighters were called, Bensenville Fire Protection District Chief Michael Spain said. The man had been confined to his bed for about 20 years, and fire officials had been to his house numerous times for medical emergencies. The fire was contained to that room, but there was smoke damage throughout the house. The structure was left uninhabitable.

The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the blaze.

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New engine for New Lenox

From the Pierce Flickr page:

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Pierce Enforcer fire engine

Pierce composite

thanks Ron

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Waukegan Fire Department news

The Waukegan Fire Department currently has three new units on order. They are expecting a Seagrave Marauder engine any day now. Seagrave is also building an Aerialscope for them and Rosenbauer is building an ARFF for the Waukegan Airport.

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Dive Box Alarm in Forest View, 11-9-19

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:

Here are a few shots of the Dive Box in Forest View on Friday. Not sure what the outcome of this was, but there was a ton of M/A companies from Divisions 10, 11, & 12. The incident was at 5700 w 41st street.

fire department divers at recovery site

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fire department divers and boat on scene

Chi-Town Fire photos

FD inflatable boat in sling

Chi-Town Fire photos

FD utility trucks and boat trailers

Chi-Town Fire photos

fire department water rescue squad

Chi-Town Fire photos

Pierce Saber fire engine

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Type III ambulance

Chi-Town Fire photos

fire department dive rescue truck

Chi-Town Fire photos

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Joliet Fire Department news

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The Joliet Fire Department is receiving $200,000 from the state loan program for new equipment.

The Ambulance Revolving Loan is designed to assist departments or cities in purchasing emergency equipment they may not be able to otherwise afford. It is administered by the Illinois State Fire Marshal and Illinois Finance Authority. Under the ARLP program, units of local government like municipalities, townships, fire departments, fire protection districts and certain categories of not-for-profit organizations can apply for no-interest or low-interest loans of up to $200,000 to spend on equipment. These loans must be repaid in 10 years.

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Lockport FPD news

From the Lockport FPD website:

OFI 1 ex- ambulance 3 & Minooka ambulance

new use for former ambulance

Lockport FPD photo

thanks Hunter

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Chicago Fire Department news

Recent accident involving Truck 16

Chicago fire truck damaged in accident

unknown photographer

Chicago fire truck damaged in accident

photographer unknown

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Of interest … former Carol Stream fire chief retires from Colorado FD

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Chief Mark Bodane retires from the Brighton Fire Rescue District

thanks Drew


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Elgin Fire Department news

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Elgin Fire Chief Dave Schmidt will leave Jan. 3 after 30 years with the department and start Jan. 6 as chief of the Carrboro Fire Department in North Carolina .

Schmidt became a lieutenant in 2000, captain in 2005, and assistant chief of operations in 2011.

He is particularly proud of the changes in technology he helped implement. When he started, he was teaching firefighters what a personal computer was and how to use it. Now all Elgin fire vehicles are equipped with mobile computers and Wi-Fi hot spots. Cardiac monitors, for example, can send reports wirelessly to paramedics’ tablets for importation into reports rather than having to print out long strips of paper that would be taped to a piece of copy paper.

He is also proud of his 15 years of work with the department’s academy, which trained firefighters for Elgin and other cities.

Asked for an example of how he learned from a bad call, Schmidt recalled the April 2001 mass shooting at JB’s Pub, in which a man shot 18 people, killing two of them. His ambulance was the second on the scene and ended up taking the shooter to a hospital for treatment.

thanks Ron

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New ambulance for West Chicago FPD

From the Foster Coach Sales website:

Horton Type I ambulance

Foster Coach Sales photos

thanks Rob B

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