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Flossmoor Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT-This is the Flossmoor Fire Dept.’s Engine 1340, a 1982 Ford L/Pirsch 1250/400.
Mike Summa
vintage Pirsch fire engine

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Thornton Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT- The Thornton Fire Dept. once utilized this Ford C/Pierce as Truck 74, then Truck 747.  I have no specs on the truck so anyone out there please feel free to inform us.
Thank you, Mike Summa
Vintage photo of a Ford C/Pierce Tele-Squrt

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Randy Gladstone:

I have found a c1882 photo of Engine 3 with Chicago Firemen all identified.

Chicago FD Engine Co 3 - 1882

Chicago FD Engine Co 3 – 1882

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Sauk Village Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT- Here is Sauk Village’s Snorkel #507, a 1980 Hendrikson/3-D 1250/0/65′.
Mike Summa
65' Snorkel

Sauk Village’s Snorkel #507, a 1980 Hendrikson/3-D 1250/0/65′.
Mike Summa photo

and from our archives:

Sauk Village fire department history

Larry Shapiro photo

Sauk Village fire department history

Bill Friedrich photo

Sauk Village fire department history

Larry Shapiro photo

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Homewood Fire Department history (more)

This from Wayne Stuart in addition to Homewood Fire Department history

1961 FWD/Pierce 1000-0-65' Pittman Snorkel

Wayne Stuart collection

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Homewood Fire Department history

This fro Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT-This is the Homewood Fire Dept.’s 1961 FWD/Pierce 1000-0-65′ Snorkel.
Mike Summa
1961 FWD/Pierce 1000-0-65' Pittman Snorkel

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La Grange Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

La Grange welcomed a new fire chief Monday as Terrence Vavra was sworn in to the position. Vavra, who replaces the retiring Donald Gay, was selected after the village employed the services of GovHR, who narrowed the search down to six individuals, who were then assessed and evaluated by village staff and at least one village board member.

His starting salary will $118,500 per year, and he will receive the same medical/health insurance and retirement benefits as other village employees. He has no contract, and is an “at will” employee who serves at the pleasure of the village, meaning his employment might be terminated at any time, providing the reasons aren’t discriminatory.

Vavra holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Western Illinois and a Masters Degree in Management and Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University. 

His most recent position was the fire chief of Norwood Park. He has also served in leadership positions with the Buffalo Grove and Lisle-Woodridge fire departments.

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Mundelein Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Dailyherald.com:

The Mundelein Fire Department acquired a MegaCode Kelly machine that lets emergency personnel practice administering intravenous drugs and defibrillating hearts on a life-size subject, among other tasks. It even can be programmed to emit artificial breathing and bowel sounds, cough or wheeze. The mannequin cost about $13,000. Funding came from charitable donations and other sources.

The department got the mannequin last year, but training didn’t begin until about eight weeks ago because supplies needed for simulations, such as expired medication bottles and empty intravenous medication bags, had to be gathered. 

Firefighters demonstrated how they use the mannequin before Monday’s village board meeting. 

Every member of the department will be trained on MegaCode Kelly. They want to expand its use to include other challenging medical emergencies, such as diabetic and allergic crises. They hope to purchase a pediatric version of the mannequin. The mannequin is an element of a greater departmental plan to better address cardiac emergencies.

 The American Heart Association says more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital setting annually in the U.S.

As part of the effort, the department is implementing a team-treatment method called the pit crew model where each member of a response team has a specific role, such as administering drugs or performing chest compressions.

Deputy Fire Chief Darren Brents created the response method years ago while he was with the Palatine Fire Department, after the cardiac-related death of a family member. Northwest Community Hospital  now teaches the method to the paramedics in its system, and departments across the country also use it.

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New home for Countryside FPD urban interface engine

This from Hunter Klinger:

Countryside Engine 415 for sale and sold to South Heart Fire Department in North Dakota
IHC Rosenbauer urban interface fire engine

Former Countryside FPD Engine 415 sold to the South Heart fire department in North Dakota

2011 Rosenbauer International 4×4 Pumper – 1250 GPM Pump, 750 Gallon Tank, 4×4, Foam System

Sold to: South Heart FD – ND

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New fire station at O’Hare Airport (more)

From CFD Media on Twitter:

Fire Commissioner Ford & Aviation Commissioner Rhee cut the ribbon on the new Rescue Station #2 at O’Hare International Airport.

O'Hare Airport Fire Station Rescue 2

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O'Hare Airport Fire Station Rescue 2

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O'Hare Airport Fire Station Rescue 2

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CFD ARFF units at O'Hare

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Bunk room in new airport fire station at O'Hare

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Locker room in new airport fire station at O'Hare

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Gear storage in new airport fire station at O'Hare Airport

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thanks Dennis

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