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New home for Wilmette tower ladder

Former Wilmette Tower Ladder 27 is now Tower Ladder 23 with the Stuart Fire Department in Stuart, IA. 

Wilmette FD Tower Ladder 27

Wilmette FD Tower Ladder 27

Stuart (IA) firefighters buy used fire truck

Members of the Stuart Fire Department (IA) with members of the Wilmette Fire Department

Stuart FD Tower Ladder 23

Former Wilmette FD Tower Ladder 27 is now Stuart FD Tower Ladder 23 in Iowa.

Wilmette FD Tower Ladder 27

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Chicago FD apparatus history

More photos from Steve Redick of past CFD apparatus

Chicago FD Engine 43

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Ford C - Pierce fire engine

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old Chicago fire house with pumper and ambulance

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E-ONE Hurricane fire engine

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vintage Chicago fire trucks at fire station

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vintage Seagrave ladder truck in Chicago

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Hendrickson - E-ONE ladder truck in Chicago

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Chicago FD Engine 43

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vintage Seagrave ladder truck in Chicago

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E-ONE Hurricane fire engine

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E-ONE Hurricane fire engine

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Vintage Chicago FD

This from Eric Haak:

For #TBT. I wanted to share these great color images taken in the Summer of 1963 of Truck 49 and Engine 126 outside of their quarters. No idea who the lucky young man is.

Vintage photo of Chicago FD H&L 49 circa 1950

photographer unknown

Vintage photo of Chicago FD Engine 126 circa 1950

photographer unknown

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Historic 3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 2-22-89

This from Steve Redick:

2-22-89, a 3-11 alarm at the Rose of Sharon Church. LODD of FF  Kelvin Anderson from Engine 107. It was a busy night, cold temperatures and snow. 
I was working on some of my old audio and thought I would share this.
Steve

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Buffalo Grove FD promotions

Following the retirement of Buffalo Grove BC Brian Barna, the Buffalo Grove FD promoted Lieutenant Ronald Two Bulls to the rank of battalion chief and Firefighter Alfredo Caballero to the rank of lieutenant at the village board meeting Monday, May 6, 2019.

Buffalo Grove FD Battalion Chief Ronald Two Bulls

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Buffalo Grove FD Battalion Chief Ronald Two Bulls

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Buffalo Grove FD Battalion Chief Ronald Two Bulls

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Buffalo Grove FD Lieutenant Alfredo Caballero

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Buffalo Grove FD Lieutenant Alfredo Caballero

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Buffalo Grove FD Lieutenant Alfredo Caballero

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New fire station for Elk Grove FD (more)

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Elk Grove Village firefighters are days away from moving into new firehouses after a year of construction. The stations are two of the most visible aspects of the village’s $140 million, multiyear infrastructure program.

Next Tuesday, the new $8.5 million, 15,000-square-foot Fire Station 10 at 676 Meacham Road will become operational. It replaces the former four-decades-old firehouse on site that  needed a number of upgrades to remain functional. The new building increases the number of bays from three to four.

On Wednesday, a $15 million, 20,000-square-foot fire station and training tower at 700 Fargo Ave. in the village’s east side business park will open. It consolidates and replaces Fire Station 9 at 1655 Greenleaf Ave., a one-engine smaller firehouse that was 48 years old, and Fire Station 8 at 1000 Oakton St., which was 27 years old and had operational deficiencies.

In total, Elk Grove is going from four fire stations to three, including Fire Station 7 on the municipal campus at 101 Biesterfield Road.

While the final construction costs are still being tabulated, both fire stations are coming in slightly under budget. This can be attributed to economies of scale realized by doing both projects at the same time.

Earlier this week, the village board inked a sales contract with Bensenville-based CH Global Holding for the old firehouse on Greenleaf for $407,000. The trucking company plans to use the building as a maintenance garage. Last year, the village sold the Oakton station site which is being developed into a $1 billion Elk Grove Technology Park on an 85-acre parcel that includes the former sprawling Busse farm — and now the nearby firehouse property. That property sale alone was more than able to pay for the new consolidated Station 8 just blocks away. The village also is using funds from a $60 million bond issue, paid back through electric utility tax revenue.

The village will hold ribbon cuttings and public tours at both stations Saturday, May 18. First, at 9 a.m. at Station 10 on Meacham, then at 10:30 p.m. at Station 8 on Fargo. Tours of both facilities will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day.

thanks Scott

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Vintage 4-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 1-17-92 (more)

This from Steve Redick:

Here’s an interesting artifact. A list compiled of all the working fires during the West Town gas explosions, compiled by the FAO using a radio log as a template. I’m not sure who made it up or if it’s completely accurate but it’s a pretty cool document.
partial Chicago FD response log for January 18, 1992

click on the image to download a larger file

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Chicago FD history at O’Hare Airport

For #TBT from Steve Redick, some vintage photos of apparatus at O’Hare Airport

Chicago FD O'Hare Airport ARFF 655

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Chicago FD O'Hare Airport ARFF 6511

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Chicago FD O'Hare Airport ARFF 6511

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Chicago FD Squad 7A

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Chicago FD Squad 12 at O'Hare Airport

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Chicago FD Truck 3 at O'Hare Airport

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As seen around … Highland Park, MI (more)

Former Westmont Ladder 183 in Highland Park, MI as Ladder 1.

Highland Park MI FD Ladder 1åç

Chi-Town Fire Photos

Previous shots of this are HERE and HERE

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Orland FPD history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT – With the 50th Anniversary of the Orland Fire Protection District this year, here is a glimpse of their pre-district days.  It is a tanker built on a 1940’s International chassis.  If anyone knows more information, please feel free to inform.

Mike Summa
1940's era fire engine from the Orland Park Volunteer Fire Department

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