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Markham Fire Department history (more)

This from Larry Shapiro:

Following up on the post from Mike Summa showing a later version the Markahm FD Dodge/Seagrave squad, here’s an early photo of it as Squad 55 in the original yellow.

vintage photo of Markham Fire Department (IL) Squad 55 in the original color built by Seagrave on a Dodge chassis

Markham FD Squad 55. Larry Shapiro photo

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Markham Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

Here is more of the Markham Fire Department.  This is their 1970’s Dodge/Seagrave mini pumper.  Originally painted yellow, now black over red.  Photo taken at old station 1 on Kedzie Ave.
Enjoy and comments welcome.
Mike Summa
vintage Markham fire department squad

Mike Summa photo

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Markham Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

This is the Markham Fire Department’s Truck 55, a 1955 FWD/Geesink.  When yellow was mellow.
Thanks, Mike Summa
Markham Fire Department's Truck 55, a 1955 FWD/Geesink

Markham Fire Department’s Truck 55, a 1955 FWD/Geesink. Mike Summa photo

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Gary Fire Department history

This from Wayne Stewart:

The Gary Fire Department operated this 1959 Maxim “S” model pumper Serial #2165 assigned to Engine Co. No.12.   It had a 1,000-gpm pump, a 300-gal. booster tank, and a 100-gal. foam tank. It also carried the following ladders; a 35′, a 24′, a 14′ roof ladder, and 10′ roof ladder. Engine 12 was put in service as a new company in 1959 in a new firehouse.

1959 Maxim S-Model fire engine

From The Collection of Wayne Stuart

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Cicero Fire Department history

Excerpts from wthr.com:

A piece of firefighting history has left an Indianapolis museum and is headed for the auction block.

The 1889 American La France steam engine was loaned to the the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum in 1994 by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation. The foundation is auctioning several items this Saturday (March 11) and the engine is among those up for bid.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to have had such a beautiful piece of firefighting history on display in our museum for the last 24 years. We hope that wherever the Steamer lands, it will provide as much enjoyment to them as it did for us,” Indianapolis Firefighters Local 416 President Hank Harris said.

The engine served the community of Cicero, Illinois and has long generated the most interest from visitors at the museum, IFD Battalion Chief Rita Reith wrote in a release. Reith says visitors often stopped to ask how the engine worked and how many horses it took to pull it.

The museum is located at 748 Massachusetts Avenue in the old IFD Fire Station #2, which is the oldest fire station in Marion County. It was built in the late 1870s. The museum opened in 1994.

thanks Scott

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CFD Administrative Order A-01-17

Chicago FD Administrative Order A-01-17

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Burnham Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

This is the Burnham Fire Dept.’s 1975 Dodge/Marion 250/100 mini pumper.  Question, the 1970’s were big for Dodge mini pumpers, every dept. seemed to have them.  But today why has Ford, and only Ford taken over?
Enjoy, Mike Summa
Burnham Fire Dept.'s 1975 Dodge/Marion 250/100 mini pumper

Burnham Fire Dept.’s 1975 Dodge/Marion 250/100 mini pumper. Mike Summa photo

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Prospect Heights Fire District history

This from Drew Smith:

Assuming this photo was taken in 1946: Pumper on the left is thought to be a 1926 purchased used in 1945. The original firehouse was built by volunteers in 1948 and in 1948 took delivery of a Ford/Darley which isn’t in the photo. Prior to having a firehouse, the rigs were stored in or behind a gas station (now gone – burned down in late 1970s) at the northwest corner of Elmhurst Rd (IL route 83) and Camp McDonald Road.

Drew Smith, EFO/CFO, LP

1946 Dodge/Darley 300/500 fire engine

Prospect Heights Fire Department history. Dan Martin photo

Prospect Heights Fire Department history original firefighters

Prospect Heights Fire Department history.

historic fire engine from Prospect Heights IL

Prospect Heights Fire Department history.

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Tinley Park Fire Department news

Excerpts from tinleypark.org:

The Village of Tinley Park has selected Forest F. Reeder Jr. as the new chief of the Tinley Park Fire Department. Reeder will be appointed at the March 21 Village Board meeting and will start April 10.

Reeder, of Palos Heights, has been in fire service for 38 years and is currently division chief for the Des Plaines Fire Department. He also served as the director of training for the Southwest United Fire Districts, a battalion chief for the Pleasantview Fire Protection District, and as a captain/shift commander for the Palos Fire Protection District.

Reeder has an associate’s degree in fire science technology from Moraine Valley community College, a bachelor’s degree in fire science management from Southern Illinois University, and a master’s degree in public safety administration from Lewis University.

Reeder won the George D. Post Instructor of the Year award by the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, as well as another Instructor of the Year award by the Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors. He also is a lecturer and consultant throughout North America on fire service training, safety and educational programs, and co-authored and was supervising editor of a fire service textbook.

Reeder will take on the job formerly held by longtime Fire Chief Kenneth Dunn, who retired last June. Steve Klotz and Dan Riordan have each served as interim fire chief while the village searched for Dunn’s replacement.

thanks Dan & Tim

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Flossmoor Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

This is the Flossmoor Fire Dept.’s 1969 Chevy brush truck.  Sorry, no specs available.  This was photographed some 20 years later and it still looks good.  Enjoy.
Mike Summa
vintage Flossmoor Fire Department truck

Mike Summa photo

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