Archive for April 6th, 2024

Springfield Fire Department news; #history; #SpringfieldFD;

Crew of Engine House 5, individuals unidentified, probably in the 1920s (Springfield’s African-American Community and the Central East Neighborhood, Fever River Research)

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The history of the Black Firehouse No. 5 to be discussed

The historic Black Firehouse will be the topic of the Sangamon County Historical Society program at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 at the Black Firehouse No. Five located at 1310 E. Adams St. in Springfield.

Officials say the event is free and open to the public.

Ken Page will share the history of the site and discuss the work that has been done to restore the building and acquire old log books and photos.

He will also lead a tour of the site. The Central 3 Community First Project Inc., led by Page, is heading up the restoration which received a 2023 Historical Society Grant.

The Firehouse was built in 1902-1903 to provide needed fire service to the area east of 10th Street. It was the only firehouse where black men were allowed to serve and where the heroic firefighters were called into action during the 1908 race riot.

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New engine for Burbank FD (more)

From Bill Schreiber:

Burbank FD Squad 207 chassis update; #rosenbaueramerica; #Commander; #beingbuilt; #firetruck; #BurbankFD;

Rosenbauer photo; #rosenbaueramerica; #Commander; #beingbuilt; #firetruck; #BurbankFD;

Rosenbauer photo

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Clarendon Hills Fire Department news

This from Scott:

Fire Chiefs job posting . Clarendon Hills lending Hinsdale their ladder truck for a month.; #ClarendonHillsFD; #firechief;

Sharing of Services:

  • Ongoing automatic aid daily.
  • Joint training was attended this week by day duty crews. The crews stated it was a great drill that was put on by Hinsdale FD.
  • We finalized a temporary sharing of our Ladder with Hinsdale FD as their Tower will be out of service for approximately one month for maintenance. Joint training will be completed prior to the go-live date of April 16, 2024. Clarendon Hills will be using a Hinsdale Engine for our second engine for POC response. Our Ladder will respond to Clarendon Hills Auto-Aid with the Hinsdale firefighters. Once the Hinsdale Tower is repaired the vehicles will switch back.


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