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North Palos FPD history

This from Mike Summa:

Fort TBT-Here is a newspaper article about the new North Palos Squad 6605.  Built on a Spartan Gladiator chassis for $130,000.000. The second photo is from an Alsip parade.  I am sorry I do not know the manufacturer.  If anyone knows, please submit. Mike Summa
Note from – the body was built by Frontline.
North Palos FPD Squad 805 - Spartan Gladiator/Frontline

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North Palos FPD Squad 6605

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Austin Lawler:

I came across this great photo on vintage tribune’s Instagram page. Looks like one heck of a fire. Enjoy

historic Chicago fire photo Gotham Industries

from Vintage Tribune on Instagram

Flames and smoke rise from the windows at the Gotham Industries, Inc. plant at 540 N Orleans Street on Feb. 9, 1965. More than 80 employees fled without injury. The company manufactured plastics for the kitchen and other housewares. Dense smoke blocked the Ontario Street entrance and Ohio Street exit to the Kennedy expressway. Ramps were opened in time for evening rush-hour traffic. Photo by Philip Leavitt

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Gary Fire Department history

This from Wayne Stuart for #TBT:

The Gary Fire Department operated this 1977 Mack CF685 model, Serial #CFA1852. It had a Thibault 100′ ladder and a 300 Gallon booster tank. It was originally built for Washington Township FD in Marion County Indiana, however the deal fell thru and the GFD purchased it. It was assigned to Truck Co.1, and later on to Truck Co.4. It served many years until the top fly of the ladder failed at an extra alarm fire.The FD shops removed the damaged top fly section and it ran for a few more years as a 75′ ladder.

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Gary Fire Department historic fire truck

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New squad for Elwood FPD

This from Hunter Klinger:

Found on CAMZ Communications, Inc Facebook page new home for x-Knollwood squad as Elwood Squad 616

former Knollwood FD squad is now Elwood FPD Squad 616

CAMZ Communications, Inc Facebook page

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As seen around …

Former Glenwood FD fire engine

Former Glenwood FD fire engine.

thanks Dennis

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Prospect Heights Fire Protection District news

Retirement, Promotion, and Appointment Ceremony

On Thursday, January 3 the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District conducted ceremonies for BC Alan Grzeslo, BC Kelly Cossman, LT Kevin Hedman, and FF Will Thomson. These members spent a great deal of their personal time off-duty attending educational programs that prepared them to succeed in a very competitive testing process. Retiring BC Grzeslo performed an inspection of the members, was presented with a ceremonial axe commemorating his service and an American Flag that was flown over Station 9 that day in his honor. Al then offered some personal remarks reflecting on his 26 years of service with the PHFD.  BC Cossman and LT Hedman took the oath of office and were presented with their badges and helmets. Each had their wife pin their new badge on. Will Thomson took the oath of office and was presented with his badge that was pinned on by his father. The event was well attended by PHFD members, trustees, and commissioners as well as several members of other FDs and RED Center, many of our police officers, and the family and friends of those retiring, being promoted, and appointed.

Prospect Heights FPD Battalion Chief retires

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Prospect Heights FPD Battalion Chief Alan Grzeslo retires

Prospect Heights FPD photo

swearing in of new Prospect Heights FPD officers

Prospect Heights FPD photo

Prospect Heights FPD FF Will Thomson is sworn in

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Aurora Fire Department LODD Anniversary

Excerpts from the

The Aurora Fire Department will honor the lives of three firefighters who died fighting a fire at a Woolworth store 85 years ago. Thirty-seven-year-old Capt. Herbert Reiss, 48-year-old Capt. John Petersohn and 35-year-old firefighter Charles Hoffman died when an exterior wall collapsed on them as they fought the large fire at the Woolworth 5 & 10 store.

An honor guard will mark the anniversary by placing a wreath at the site of the Jan. 11, 1934 fire that was the most destructive blaze in Aurora history.

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Phoenix Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT-The Phoenix Fire Dept.’s E1706, a 1985 Kenworth/FMC 1000/750.
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FMC Omega pumper

Phoenix Engine 1706 – 1985 Kenworth/FMC Omega 1000/750.
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Plainfield Fire Protection District news

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Jon Stratton, the new Plainfield Fire Protection District chief, was officially sworn in Tuesday at the district headquarters. Stratton served as deputy chief since 2005 and has been with the district since 1994. At the ceremony he talked about the number of his family members, including his father, who worked in the fire service industry. Stratton is the ninth chief of the district going back to 1935.

The Plainfield Fire Protection District operates four stations in the village of more than 40,000 residents.

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Chicago Fire Department history, 6-14-92 (part 2)

More from Steve Redick:

Part 4 of the epic I posted a while ago ‚Ķ very interesting listening to say the least  


Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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