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Gary Fire Department history

This from Wayne Stuart:

The Gary Fire Department operated this 1948 American La France model PJC 710 with a 1000 GPM pump and a 300 Gallon booster tank. It was assigned to Engine Co. 4  at 2346 Broadway until it’s demise in the middle 60’s after a collision with Truck Co. 2 at an intersection responding to a working fire.

From The Wayne Stuart Collection

historic fire engine from Gary Indiana

From The Wayne Stuart Collection

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Harvey Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

This is the Harvey Fire Dept. Engine 5, a 1960 FWD 1000/500.  At one time Harvey had 8 FWD chassis rigs from 1950-1972.  Enjoy and comment.
Harvey Fire Dept. Engine 5 a 1960 FWD fire engine

Harvey Fire Dept. Engine 5, a 1960 FWD 1000/500. Mike Summa photo

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Chicago Fire Department history – radio traffic from the 90s

This from Steve Redick:

Here’s another interesting audio recording of radio traffic from the 90’s, 2 Still & Box Alarm fires

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Blue Island Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

Hello,
This is Blue Island’s engine 2133, a 1960 ALF 1500/500.  In 1984, it was involved in a traffic accident.  It was sent to ALF to have a Century cab installed.  It remained in service until 2007, when it was replaced by a 2007 HME.  An amazing 47 years in service.  Enjoy!
–Mike Summa
Blue Island FD Engine 2123

Blue Island Engine 2133 – 1960 ALF 1500/500 after refurb with a Century cab. Mike Summa photo

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Historic fire service video The Noble Breed

This from Steve Redick:

I dipped into my vault for a friend and I came up with a great piece of firefighting history. I imagine many of you may have never heard of the documentary The Noble Breed. It was produced by the Kemper Insurance Company in the late 1960’s. They spent quite a bit of time riding with SS3 with some footage of my dad, Warren Redick and a young Bill O’Boyle. They also spent time in Skokie and have some footage of the well known George Trier. My grandfather, not shown in the film was chief in Skokie at that time. They also spent time with other FD’s including LA and San Francisco as well as some volunteers. For it’s time this was probably one of the best FD documentaries ever produced. It was narrated by Rod Serling, a classic voice of the time. Due to size limitations it is in 2 parts.. take a look. Be sure to expand the viewing window to a larger size.

The videos can be viewed HERE:

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Dixmoor Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

Hello,
This is Dixmoor’s Squad 2405.  It is a 1990 IHC/Frontline Squad.  Since they went out of business, I don’t know what became of it.  Just wanted to share,
Enjoy,
–Mike Summa
Dixmoor FD old fire truck

Dixmoor’s Squad 2405. It is a 1990 IHC/Frontline Squad. Mike Summa photo

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Former Maywood firehouse for sale

photo from Zillow

photo from Zillow

Found on Zillow.com:

511 Saint Charles Rd, Maywood, IL 60153 – 2 beds 4 baths 2,400 sqft

 FOR SALE
$249,900 
Zestimate®:  $234,467 
1904 Historic Firehouse on National Register of Historic Places. 2400 Sq Ft. Loft Living space on 2nd + 3rd Floor with 2.5 Baths. Oak Floors + Wood work, Wood Burning Fireplace. Granite counter tops, Stainless Appliances, Roof top Patio. 2000 Sq. ft. Garage/Shop with 14′ ft. Ceilings, separate heat, and Half Bath. Two fire poles. Walk to Commuter Line. Master Suite. Sold as is.

FACTS

  • Baths: 2 full, 2 half
  • Lot: 1,742 sqft
  • Single Family
  • Built in 1904
  • 13 days on Zillow
  • Views since listing: 1,110
  • All time views: 1,240
  • 14 shoppers saved this home
  • Heating: Forced air
  • Last sold: Jun 2003 for $142,000
  • Price/sqft: $104
  • MLS #: 09485979
  • Good solar potential
    Sun Number™: 68

FEATURES

  • Cable Ready
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Deck
  • Fireplace
  • Flooring: Hardwood
  • Skylight
Former Maywood firehouse for sale

photo from Zillow

Former Maywood firehouse for sale

photo from Zillow

Former Maywood firehouse for sale

photo from Zillow

thanks Dan

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Former Chicago firehouse for sale

Excerpts from dnainfo.com:

 The 102-year-old firehouse at 1723 W. Greenleaf Ave. is back up for grabs after the city opened the property to bids for the third time since it closed in 2009.

On Monday, the city’s Department of Planning and Development issued a request for proposals for the two-story  firehouse and the target selling price is $315,000.

The station, formerly the home of Engine Co. No. 102, has been on the market twice since it closed in 2009 following the construction of a newer firehouse.

Between 2013 and 2014, several interested parties vied for the space and Ald. Joe Moore (49th) eventually whittled down the proposals to three — a Hindu temple, a home-office space and headquarters for two economic support and social organizations — though none of the prospects came to fruition.

Shortly after it closed, the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society also made a move for the property, though that plan also eventually fell through.

The 6,323-square-foot building was finished in 1915 and sits atop a 8,934-square-foot lot, and is currently zoned for residential developments, though the planning department is willing to consider requests that require zoning changes.

It’s potential use is flexible, according to the city, but “respondents must respect the existing land uses and architecture of the surrounding area when submitting proposals,” and proposals should “preserve the historically significant exterior elements and basic structure of the building.”

Among its features is a vintage air raid siren installed in 1942 and operated by a Chrysler motor known as the “1 Chrysler Victory Bell.”

thanks Dennis

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Glen Ellyn Fire Department news

 Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company former Fire Chief Stuart Stone

Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company former Fire Chief Stuart Stone. Glen Ellyn Fire Department photo

Excerpts from MySuburbanLife.com:

The Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company on Feb. 4 announced the death of former Chief Stu Stone after a prolonged illness.

He joined the fire company at the age of 21 on July 12, 1963, and served for more than 53 years until his death Feb. 4, according to a news release from the company.

Stone was elected chief of the fire company in April 1978, and he remained in that position until April 2001. Since then, he remained involved in all aspects of the fire company, offering the guidance and wisdom gained from his more than 50 years in the fire service.

Stone also was the former publisher of the Glen Ellyn News, now the Glen Ellyn Suburban Life.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9 and 3 to 9 p.m. Feb. 10 at Leonard Memorial Home, 565 Duane St., Glen Ellyn. Funeral service will be Feb. 11, time and place pending.

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Calumet City Fire Department History

This from Wayne Stuart:

The Calumet City Fire Department operated this 1937 American La France quad from 3/31/1937 until 1972. It was a Type 475 RDB, 750 GPM  rotary gear pump with an 88-gallon tank. It carried serial # L-860.

From The Collection of Wayne Stuart

The Calumet City Fire Department operated this 1937 American La France quad from 3/31/1937 until 1972. It was a Type 475 RDB, 750 GPM rotary gear pump with an 88-gallon tank. It carried serial # L-860. From The Collection of Wayne Stuart

The Calumet City Fire Department operated this 1937 American La France quad from 3/31/1937 until 1972. It was a Type 475 RDB, 750 GPM rotary gear pump with an 88-gallon tank. It carried serial # L-860.
From The Collection of Wayne Stuart

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