Archive for May, 2023

Special Alarm in Warrenville, 5-29-23

This from Daniel Hynd:

Photos from Warrenville’s special alarm house fire at 2S430 Cherice Dr on 5-29-23 

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New truck for Elgin FD (more)

From the Pierce Flickrsite

Pierce, Elgin Fire Department 38184-1; #firetruck; #ElginFD; #Pierce; #PUC; #Enforcer; #Ascendant;

Pierce composite

thanks Martin

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Lagrange Park FD engine for sale

Found at

1992 Darley Spartan Gladiator Pumper

Manufacturer Darley
Year Built 1992
Mileage 17,295
Location USA – Midwest
Stock # 17017
Price $20,000
  • Stock#: 17017
  • 1992
  • Darley Fire Body
  • Gladiator Spartan Chassis
  • Custom
  • Length: 32′
  • Truck Height: 10′
  • Wheelbase: 199″
  • GVWR: 42,000
  • Seating for 6; 5 SCBA seats
  • Mileage: 17,295
  • Engine Hours: 3,299
  • Detroit Series 60 365 HP Diesel Engine
  • Allison HT740 Automatic Transmission
  • Additional equipment not included with purchase unless otherwise listed
  • Champion LDM 1500 GPM Top-Mount Pump
  • 750 Gallon Polypropylene Tank
  • 25 Gallon Foam Cell
  • Champion Class B Foam System
  • Driver’s Side Discharges: (2) 2 1/2″
  • Front Discharges: (1) 1 1/2″
  • Crosslays/Speedlays: Crosslays: (2)
  • Officer’s Side Discharge: (2) 2 1/2″
  • Rear Discharges: (2) 5″, (2) 2 1/2″
  • Driver’s Side Suction: (2) 6″, (2) 2 1/2″
  • Officer’s Side Suction: (2) 6″, (2) 2 1/2″
  • Deck Gun Included; #firetruck; #forsale; #Spartan; #Gladiator; #Darley; #LaGrangeParkFD;

Lagrange Park FD photo; #firetruck; #forsale; #Spartan; #Gladiator; #Darley; #LaGrangeParkFD;

Lagrange Park FD photo; #firetruck; #forsale; #Spartan; #Gladiator; #Darley; #LaGrangeParkFD;

Lagrange Park FD photo; #firetruck; #forsale; #Spartan; #Gladiator; #Darley; #LaGrangeParkFD;

Lagrange Park FD photo

thanks Martin 

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Chicago Fire Department news

From ChicagoFD Media on Twitter:

The Chicago Fire Department & Bucio Family gathered for the 5th Year Anniversary Bell Ringing for fallen FF/EMT Juan Bucio, who died in the line of duty during a diving rescue. We will never forget our brother Juan Bucio or his sacrifice.

Juan Bucio’s brother Isaac Bucio Eng 63/ Tower 16 expressed his heartfelt thanks and love for his fellow CFD members.; #ChicagoFD; #JuanBucio;

Chicago FD Media photo; #ChicagoFD; #JuanBucio;

Chicago FD Media photo; #ChicagoFD; #JuanBucio;

Chicago FD Media photo

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New truck for Palatine FD (more)

Updated photos of the New truck for Palatine FD; #Pierce; #FireTruck; #Pierce; #Enforcer; #PalatineFD;

MacQueen Emergency photo; #Pierce; #FireTruck; #Pierce; #Enforcer; #PalatineFD;

MacQueen Emergency photo; #Pierce; #FireTruck; #Pierce; #Enforcer; #PalatineFD;

MacQueen Emergency photo; #Pierce; #FireTruck; #Pierce; #Enforcer; #PalatineFD;

MacQueen Emergency photo; #Pierce; #FireTruck; #Pierce; #Enforcer; #PalatineFD;

MacQueen Emergency photo

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New heavy rescue for Rolling Meadows (more)

This from RB:

Sneek peek – 37555 Enforcer squad for Rolling Meadows; #RollingMeadowsFD; #Pierce; #heavyrescue; #FireTruck;; #RollingMeadowsFD; #Pierce; #heavyrescue; #FireTruck;; #RollingMeadowsFD; #Pierce; #heavyrescue; #FireTruck;

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Fire Service News

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The roles and responsibilities of firefighters have changed significantly over the past few decades. Firefighters must perform structure firefighting, search, rescue, mitigation of hazardous materials, and disaster response. Also, increased calls for firefighters to respond to potentially violent emergencies, such as active shooters these conditions demand better physical protection.

No other item is more classically associated with firefighters than their helmets. It not only provides a sense of security but also a sense of confidence when worn. Although designed to protect firefighters’ heads from thermal and low-velocity direct impact, helmets often contribute to additional exertion and sprain-related head and neck injuries because of their bulk and weight.

Firefighters need effective, affordable equipment they can rely on to support their increasingly demanding jobs.

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and Texas Tech University (TTU) researchers are jointly developing a protective and lightweight NextGen firefighter helmet to protect firefighters that will provide firefighter both fire and ballistic protection and mitigate the risk of blunt head trauma.

It provides adequate functional mobility and postural stability, reducing the risk of injury to the cervical spine and neck muscle fatigue. It also supports accessories that expand the firefighter’s capabilities.

A modern firefighter helmet will be integrated with several safety features such as thermal protection, communication devices, face shields, visors, thermal imaging, breathing apparatus masks, and lighting. At the same time, make it lighter so that the helmet’s center of gravity does not change.

The new device will use alternative materials and advanced ergonomic design solutions to eliminate traditional helmet systems dangers. The NextGen firefighter helmet will have a shell that can absorb energy on impact and dissipate it rapidly without damaging the skull or brain.

Researchers are exploring Kevlar fiber material for NextGen firefighter helmets because of its melting point of 1040°F (560°C), which has proven highly effective in ballistic helmets and body armor. Kevlar fiber can reinforce thermosetting resins, creating a shell that meets ballistic and thermal protection standards.

The helmet combines principles and practices from four key areas- reverse engineering, materials design, injury biomechanics, and human factors engineering.

The prototypes of the firefighter helmet will be tested with state-of-the-art equipment such as the Delsys Trigno wireless electromyography systems, 10-camera Eagle optical digital motion capture systems, and Pupil Core-eye trackers.

This equipment combines Abaqus finite-element modeling software to develop human head and neck models, HyperMesh to process helmet imaging data, and OpenSim musculoskeletal modeling software to develop head and neck biomechanical models to build a digital helmet prototype.

The NextGen firefighter helmet is expected to meet various protection standards and key performance parameters, such as the NFPA 1951:2013 protective standard for technical rescue incidents and the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration 1910.156 fire brigade standard.

Weighing in at 62 oz (1.75 kg) for the large and 57 oz (1.62 kg) for the medium, this firefighter helmet is comfortable, adjustable, has a maximum range of motion, no snag points, and is easy to don and off.

Once the prototype is ready in mid-2023, an operational field evaluation will be conducted in coordination with S&T‘s National Urban Security Technology Laboratory. The main goal of the researchers is to commercialize this helmet.

After the commercialization of the NextGen firefighter helmet, it will not only increase the firefighter’s range of protection by providing injury-reducing helmets; It will promote new safety standards and improve the collective knowledge of material design.

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Elwood Fire Protection District history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT-The Elwood FPD’s Engine 611, a 1997 Freightliner FL80/National Foam 1500/1000/300F.  Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa; #TBT; #MikeSumma; #FireTruck; #Freightliner; #NationalFoam; #ElwoodFPD;

Mike Summa

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North Maine Fire Protection District news

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Six children were taken to the hospital after being found locked in a hot car in a parking lot in Des Plaines Monday afternoon.

The North Maine Fire Protection District (NMFPD) said they were called to a wellbeing check at the Park Colony apartment complex in the 9100-block of Lincoln Drive in Des Plaines around 12:35 p.m.

When they arrived in the residential complex, they found six children in a van in the parking lot.

The property manager of the complex said she was alerted by a tenant about a van in the parking lot with six children in it, including two babies in car seats. The property manager said she could not see any food or water in the van, so she called 911. She said two windows were slightly open, but she said the kids were crying and clearly in distress in the locked car.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office said the children were aged 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 18-months old. Sheriff’s police said when they arrived the children did not appear to be in distress, but were visibly overheated.

NMFPD confirmed that six minors were taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for treatment. 

DCFS is evaluating placement for the children, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office said they searched the apartment complex and found the children’s father, who said he works for a cleaning service and left the van to clean a residence at 11:30 a.m. He was charged with six counts of misdemeanor child endangerment and released on his own recognizance, law enforcement said. He will appear in court on June 22.

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Fatal crash in Saunemin, IL – 5-22-23

This from Bill Schreiber:

23500 block of Rt. 47 Saunemin Illinois. Semi versus van both vehicles on fire. One fatality from the van. Saunemin, Cullom, Pontiac, Odell responded.; #BillSchreiber; #fatalcrash; #SauneminIL;

Bill Schreiber photo; #BillSchreiber; #fatalcrash; #SauneminIL;

Bill Schreiber photo; #BillSchreiber; #fatalcrash; #SauneminIL;

Bill Schreiber photo; #BillSchreiber; #fatalcrash; #SauneminIL;

Bill Schreiber photo; #BillSchreiber; #fatalcrash; #SauneminIL;

Bill Schreiber photo

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