Archive for January, 2020

mcHenry Township Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

At around 4:45 p.m.on Thursday (1/16/20), a truck was heading westbound on West Elm Street in MeHenry when it slammed into a vehicle in the drive-thru of a Starbucks before hitting the corner of the building. Five people suffered injuries as a result of the crash, one was in critical condition. One of the victims was pinned under the truck after it crashed into the building.

The McHenry Police Department Major Crash Assistance Team continue to investigate the crash. 

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New 137-foot aerial ladder for Chicago (more)

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:

Today I had the opportunity to take pictures of the new AT8. Its a 2019 E-One Cyclone ll 0/0 137′ RM aerial. Very nice setup and should serve the city well.

2019 E-ONE Cyclone CR137 aerial

Chi-Town FIre photos

2019 E-ONE Cyclone CR137 aerial

Chi-Town FIre photos

E-ONE Cyclone cab and bumper

Chi-Town FIre photos

E-ONE 5-section ladder with waterway

Chi-Town FIre photos

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New truck for Elmhurst (more)

From the Pierce Flickr site:

Pierce, Elmhurst, IL, 33431-1

Pierce Enforcer PUC Ascendant quint demo purchased by the Elmhurst Fire Department

Pierce composite

thanks AL

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As seen around … O’Hare Airport

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Unable to afford the cost of college, Henry “Mitch” Mayfield Jr. left Northern Illinois University after a year and joined the Army hoping to jump-start his future. Mayfield Jr., a 23-year-old Army specialist from Hazel Crest, and two other Americans, both contractors with the U.S. Department of Defense, were killed at Manda Bay Airfield by al-Shabab extremists, who claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mayfield Jr. attended Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills before enrolling at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He spent one year at NIU studying business before running short on funding for his education and enlisting in the Army. His decision to join the Army in August 2017 at age 20 was informed both by a desire to build a better future for himself and a sense of duty to serve others.

He had been in Kenya since October, where he worked installing, maintaining, and repairing heating and cooling systems. Before that, he was stationed at Fort Rucker in Alabama, where he served as an air traffic services mechanic with the 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group of the Army’s 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment.

Al-Shabab, based in neighboring Somalia, claimed responsibility for the assault, in which they overran a key military base used by U.S. counterterror forces, killing three and destroying several U.S. aircraft and vehicles. It was the al-Qaida-linked group’s first attack against U.S. forces in the East African country, and the military called the security situation fluid several hours after the assault, which also left five of the attackers dead.

The latest attack comes just over a week after an al-Shabab truck bomb in Somalia’s capital killed at least 79 people and U.S. airstrikes killed seven al-Shabab fighters in response. Last year, al-Shabab attacked a U.S. military base inside Somalia, Baledogle, that is used to launch drone strikes but reportedly failed to make their way inside. The extremist group also has carried out multiple attacks against Kenyan troops in the past in retaliation for Kenya sending troops to Somalia to fight it.

fallen soldier arrives at O'Hare Airport

Tim Olk photo

fallen soldier arrives at O'Hare Airport

Tim Olk photo

fallen soldier arrives at O'Hare Airport

Tim Olk photo

military honor guard

Tim Olk photo

military honor guard

Tim Olk photo

Tim Olk photo

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Chicago Fire TV show

From Michael J. Bonome:
WAS OVER AT THE GAS STATION/FOOD MART ON WESTERN AVE AT OGDEN AND JUST DONE HAPPEN TO COME ACROSS THESE VEHICLES !!!!!
Chicago Fire tv show fire truck

Michael J. Bonome photo

Chicago Fire tv show fire truck

Michael J. Bonome photo

Chicago Fire tv show fire truck

Michael J. Bonome photo

thanks Danny
 

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New engine for Oak Forest (more)

This from Jim Johnson:

January 7th Dept went to Pierce to inspect the new engine.

2020 Pierce Enforcer PUC

Oak Forest FD photo

2020 Pierce Enforcer PUC

Oak Forest FD photo

2020 Pierce Enforcer PUC

Oak Forest FD photo

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New tower ladder for Flossmoor (more)

Updated production photos of the Rosenbauer mid-mount Cobra tower ladder being built for Flossmoor

new fire truck for the Flossmoor FD

Flossmoor FD photo

new fire truck for the Flossmoor FD

Flossmoor FD photo

Rosenbauer Cobra mid-mount being built

Flossmoor FD photo

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Bradley Fire Department news

Excerpts from the daily-journal.com:

Bradley has a new part-time assistant fire chief and that is just the first step the village hopes to be taking when it comes to transforming the fire department.

On Monday, the administration introduced Don Kaderabek, a 35-year fire veteran, who most recently had been deputy chief of the Bloomingdale Fire Protection District in DuPage County. Kaderabek, 58, began his firefighting career with the Niles Fire Department in 1985 where he served for 28 years. He had short stints with the Riverside Fire Department and the Roselle Fire Department where he served in leadership roles. With Bradley, Kaderabek will earn $40 per hour and is expected to work no more than 30 hours per week. He started with the department on Jan. 6.

Among Kaderabek’s duties will be officer development, strategic planning and cost containment, as well as improving firefighter training, recruitment, and retention.

The Illinois Fire Chief’s Association conducted a review of the department and its needs. The report will be presented to the village board on Feb. 10. This is the first review of the department since 2005, and will likely focus on the department’s need for expansion — most notably adding a second fire station.

The department has two full-time firefighters and two part timers. A department for a town like Bradley should have 10-12 members. At least a portion of the funding for fire expansion could come from an increase in the village’s sales tax rate. A referendum seeking a 1 percentage point hike in the sales tax rate to 7.25 percent is on the March 17 ballot. If approved, the increased tax rate would take effect July 1.

About six months ago, Bradley Mayor Pro Tem Mike Watson said a review from 2005 identified 26 recommendations. Of those 26, he said, 24 were designated as high priority. During the next 14 years, the bulk of the recommendations were not acted upon. The consultant will look at issues such as staffing, station location, equipment, and cooperation with neighboring departments, and dispatch.

The fire chief noted that it’s hard to recruit firefighters in Bradley and surrounding communities, and even harder to keep them because the pay is higher in suburban departments.

thanks Dennis

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Palatine Fire Department news

Palatine FD press release

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3-11 Alarm fire and Haz Mat Level I in Chicago, 1-14-20 (more)

More video of the 3-11 Alarm fire and Haz Mat Level I in Chicago, 1-14-20

 

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