Archive for March 21st, 2020

Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 3-21-20

Video by Jim McCall of a Still & Box Alarm fire at 4142 W. Jackson Boulevard Saturday morning 3/21/20


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Working fire in Winnetka, 3-20-20

This from Max Weingardt:

Winnetka working Fire last night at 811 Elm

Winnetka fire engine at fire scene

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Spartan Gladiator fire engine

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E-ONE Cyclone fire engine

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FD ambulance at night

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E-ONE Cyclone E-MAX fire engine

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Pierce Arrow XT ladder truck

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Winnetka fire truck at fire scene

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Brookfield Fire Department news

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After a 30-year career in Westchester, James Adams will become the Brookfield fire chief on April 6, chosen from a field of seven final candidates, two of them internal.  He replaces Fire Chief Mark Duffek, who retired in December after a 38-year career. Adams will be the first chief in Brookfield who was not promoted from within. 

He got his start in the fire service as a paid-on-call firefighter in 1988 and was hired full-time in Westchester in 1990. He spent 18 years as a firefighter paramedic before being promoted to lieutenant in 2008, then to chief in 2011. He was involved in Westchester’s transition to a consolidated dispatch center, initiating electronic patient care reporting before it was required by the state, and strengthening health and safety policies at the village’s two fire stations. He also served as the fire department’s grant writer with about $800,000 in funding being awarded for everything from a heavy rescue to radios.

Adams has a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University. He also is a former varsity and sophomore level football coach at St. Joseph High School at Westchester, and for the past five years has kept official stats at home games for the Chicago Bears, a job he took over from his late father-in-law, George Strnad who did that job for 35 years.

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Huntley Fire Protection District news (more)

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The Huntley Fire Protection District’s fifth fire station on the southeast corner of Jim Dhamer Drive and Hennig Road is expected to be operational by April 13. The district had planned a grand opening event the same day but, because of the growing threat of the coronavirus, public entry will be postponed to a later date. There are no plans to hire new staff but the district has enough staff to effectively operate all stations.

The district is also awaiting the completion of about a 12,000 square foot expansion and renovation to its existing facility at 11118 Main St. The additions to the East Main Street location will make it a two-story building with a training room, office space, and upstairs living quarters. It also was designed to reduce firefighters’ exposure to carcinogenic materials after responding to a hazardous incident.

This renovation will be finished in July and it is estimated that crews would be fully moved into the building by Sept. 1.

The district’s current headquarters and Station 1 at 11808 Coral St. will be sold once the renovations are finished. Neither project required the passage of a referendum to fund. About $14 million was saved in the past decade for various expansion projects to compensate for projected growth in Huntley’s population.

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