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New home for Prospect Heights pumper/squad (more)

Former Prospect Heights FPD Squad 9 is now Jay VFD Squad 9 in the Town of Jay, Vermont

Former Prospect Heights FPD Squad 9

Richard Deuso photo

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New home for Cicero FD tower ladder

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr:

Found on Facebook 

X-Cicero, Illinois 
former Cicero IL FD tower ladder

Patrick Shoop photo

2006 E-ONE Cyclone 95' tower ladder

Larry Shapiro photo

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Former Bridgeview fire engine for sale

Found at Facebook:

1946 Chevrolet Fire engine – $9,000
Listed 3 weeks ago in Bridgeview, IL
Exterior color: Red
Seller’s description
No pump. This is a parade vehicle. No rust, excellent condition. Garage kept for the last 50 years. Original owner Bridgeview Fire Department. Call Martin Vilimek
former Bridgeview FD 1946 Chevrolet Fire engine for sale

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Danny Nelms for #TBT:

Found a small Stack of the Old Chicago Fire Fighter magazine. Here is an apparatus profile in the autumn 1967 issue profiling all the new “usual”  vehicles joining the department.
vintage Chicago Fire Fighter Magazine Autumn 1967

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vintage Chicago Fire Fighter Magazine Autumn 1967

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vintage Chicago Fire Fighter Magazine Autumn 1967

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new Chicago fire trucks circa 1967

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new Chicago fire trucks circa 1967

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new Chicago fire trucks circa 1967

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Coal City Fire Protection District news

From the Coal City Fire Protection District Facebook page August 21:

Congratulations to the Coal City Fire Protection District’s new Chief Jim Seerup and Deputy Chief Karl Wexelberg on their appointments and official swearing in on Aug. 20.

Learn more about them and Seerup’s plans for moving the department forward in the Aug. 26 edition of The Courant.

swearing in ceremony for new Coal City fire chiefs

Coal City FPD photo

new Coal City FPD fire chief

Coal City FPD photo

new Coal City FPD deputy fire chief

Coal City FPD photo

swearing in ceremony for new Coal City fire chiefs

Coal City FPD photo

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Wood Dale Fire Protection District history

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr:

Found this on Facebook. X-WoodDale, Illinois 

New Market VFD Tele-Squrt

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1991 Pierce Lance 50' Tele-Squrt

Larry Shapiro photo

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New home for New Lenox Snorkel

Excerpts from Haixusa.com:

No matter where it is, this old snorkel fire truck is always a big attraction. The U.S. truck drove numerous missions for the New Lenox Fire Protection District, southwest of Chicago, for 45 years.

US Snorkel is part of collection in Germany

Haix USA photo

In 2016, former HAIX® CEO Ewald Haimerl purchased the New Lenox Snorkel and it had quite the journey from the U.S. to Germany. First, the it traveled 1200 miles from Illinois to the Port of Charleston, South Carolina. Due to its size and low gas mileage, the 31-gallon engine had to make multiple stops for fuel during the trip through the Appalachian Mountains. There were also several police checks along the way and not just because it was traveling slower than normal traffic, but also because of the sheer magnitude of the truck. Once it reached Charleston, the truck was transported by ship across the Atlantic to Bremerhaven, Germany where it was stuck in customs for a week before it made the 7-hour trek to its final home at the HAIX® headquarters in Mainburg. Extensive restoration work was done on the vehicle to make it fully functional today.

The most eye-catching model in his collection is a GMC pumper, built in 1942, and originally commissioned on a U.S. airbase in Sweden. The vehicle is the oldest in the HAIX® Oldtimer Fleet. The pumper was in use on a U.S. Air Base in the north of Sweden for over 30 years. After a long break at a used car dealer, HAIX® breathed new life into this convertible truck. With the top open, it is the star of photo shoots at trade shows and other HAIX® events.

The Ford TK, which was built in 1949, has been part of the HAIX Oldtimer Fleet since the end of 2018. Before that, it was used as a promotional vehicle for an insurance company in Georgia. However, most of the passengers are carried by the Opel Blitz, built in 1965. There is space for eleven people in the small light fire engine LLF, including the driver.

In addition to the four fire engines, the HAIX old-timer fleet also includes two police vehicles which are considered “Young Timers” due to when they were manufactured. These include a Chevrolet Impala 300 SS police car from 1995 and a 1993 Harley Davidson police motorcycle, which also had an impressive journey to Germany.

Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) originally took possession of the Chevrolet and initially used it as a backup patrol car before it was taken out of service. It was then chauffeured to the Swiss honorary consul in Zurich. Later, it came to the U.S. consulate in Munich under private ownership, until it finally found its way to HAIX® in Mainburg. The comfort of the old vehicle and the sirens are always a big hit at area events.

HAIX® continues to preserve the history of vintage and classic fire trucks and police vehicles and hopes to add to this fleet in the future!

Former New Lenox FPD Snorkel

from Chicagoareafire.com

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Vintage Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 4 Specials, 5-25-66

This from Steve Redick:

This was a 5-11 and 4 specials at 1400 W 32nd Place on May 25, 1966 in a large, vacant, wood-frame grain elevator. I have not seen very many color photos of this. My favorite shot is what looks like SS3’s Snorkel working. I would assume the fireboat would was Engine 41.
These amazing images were taken by Gerald Bean.
huge 1966 fire in Chicago

Gerald Bean photo

huge 1966 fire in Chicago

Gerald Bean photo

huge 1966 fire in Chicago

Gerald Bean photo

huge 1966 fire in Chicago

Gerald Bean photo

huge 1966 fire in Chicago

Gerald Bean photo

huge 1966 fire in Chicago

Gerald Bean photo

huge 1966 fire in Chicago

Gerald Bean photo

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New Chicago Fire Department replica models (more)

From Fire Replicas on the 1990’s Chicago Seagrave Ladders

Fire Replicas 1990's Chicago Seagrave Ladders Fire Replicas 1990's Chicago Seagrave Ladders

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Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District news

This from Daniel Hynd:

The former Darien-Woodridge Fire Station 88 is up for sale

Price: $975,000
Building Size: 10,771 SF
Property Type: Special Purpose
Total Lot Size: 1.6 Acres
Year Built: 1969

Highlights

  • Prime Lisle Township, DuPage County
  • Corner location at fully signalized intersection, with 17,700 cars per day traffic count
  • Quality construction building with approximate 20′ clear ceiling
  • Easy access to highway and Interstate system

Description

SVN Chicago Commercial is pleased to present this unique opportunity to develop or re-purpose the former Darien -Woodridge Fire Station. This property is located in Lisle Township in unincorporated area of DuPage County, on the fully signalized southeast corner of Belmont and 59th Street, within minutes of I-355. This 10,771 SF building sits on 1.59 acres (69,217 SF) of land. Wonderful potential to develop medical offices, school, senior living, or daycare centers, multifamily with proper zoning changes.

Location

The subject area is considered to be within the greater Chicago Metropolitan Statistical Area. The subject property is located in Lisle Township in unincorporated area of DuPage County, Illinois approximately 20 miles west of downtown Chicago. Access is provided via frontage on Belmont Road and 59th Street.

Former Darien-Woodridge FPD Fire Station 88 and property for sale aerial view of fire station for sale

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