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Chicago FD Engine 126 in quarters

Chicago FD Engine 126 in quarters

Chicago Fire Department history, 1-10-82

This from Steve Redick:

here’s another recording of January 10-11 1982, as recorded by Jim Regan. This is the Englewood radio and I believe it is after midnight to shift change on the 11th. They were not transmitting extra alarms and were very short companies. Some off the wall responses and some classic radio comments to be heard. Some of the voices heard: Tim Byrnes, John Kilkenny and even a little Bob Fleckenstein. What a day this was, well worth a listen.

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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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Smoke alarm recall

About 452,000 Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms sold in the U.S. and another 40,000 sold in Canada are being recalled due to a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire, the  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.

Models PI2010 and PI9010 are being recalled. The issue is a yellow cap possibly left on the smoke alarm during the manufacturing process that may cover one of two sensors, compromising its ability to detect smoke. 

Consumers are advised to remove the alarm from the wall or ceiling, inspect it for the presence of a yellow cap and immediately contact Kidde if one is located. The potentially defective smoke alarm should only be discarded once a replacement is received and installed.

For more information, consumers can call Kidde toll-free at 833-551-7739 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Those who prefer not to call can go online can visit and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.

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Victorville Fire Department hires former Illinois chief

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The City of Victorville, CA has tapped Greg Benson, a former fire chief with more than 35 years of public safety experience, to serve as the head of the Victorville Fire Department.

Benson will oversee the city’s underway transition from San Bernardino County Fire to its own agency. He is expected to begin April 23. The choice comes after conclusion of a nationwide search for a top official. A native of Illinois, Benson most recently oversaw the formation of the Fox River and Countryside Fire Protection District in Illinois, serving as the fire chief there for five years.

City officials said his experience leading the establishment of a new department and his focus on community engagement were major factors in their decision.

“In addition to leading the formation of a new fire department, Greg has helped fire departments nationwide achieve highly coveted accreditation status,” Interim City Manager Keith Metzler said in a statement. “These experiences along with his sincere commitment to community involvement make Greg the ideal person to lead our city’s fire department, oversee its formation, and ensure it achieves service excellence.”

Since retiring in 2015, Benson has acted as a professional services consultant assisting fire departments nationwide to achieve accreditation status. Benson will immediately be charged with staffing the new department. But in the long-run, officials hope he can garner accreditation status for the new department — a status reportedly achieved by less than 1 percent of the nation’s municipal fire agencies.

City officials have said a reactivation of its decade-long dormant city fire department will reduce spending by 5 percent annually and equate to a $3.8 million savings in the first five years — a shift supported by the majority council. After the first five years, officials expect cost savings of roughly 14 percent annually and also 70 percent less in pension costs than if the city were to continue with the San Bernardino County Fire.

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Of interest … Maps of fire districts in Lake County, IL

Found on the Lake County, Illinois website:

Fire Protection District maps

thanks Drew

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Of interest … Brooklyn Park Fire Department, MN seeking applicants for fire chief

I am a follower of from the Twin Cities area up in Minnesota and also a career firefighter with the Brooklyn Park Fire Department. Just wanted to pass along the job listing for our fire chief position as I know  there are a large variety of career and combination departments in the Chicago area.

The City of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota (est. pop. 81,460) is seeking a Fire Chief with a strategic focus and a deep passion and vision for fire services to lead the Brooklyn Park Fire Department. The sixth largest city in Minnesota with a population that is 51% diverse, Brooklyn Park is located in the northwest quadrant of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. In 2015 the department transitioned from a paid-on call to a combination staffing department; the department has 25 full-time and 31 paid-on-call firefighter/EMTs and a $5.1 million budget. The Fire Chief provides department leadership and is responsible for the overall management and operations of the department; it also acts as the City’s Fire Marshal and Emergency Manager.  Salary range is $107,224 to $145,080; starting salary DOQ/E. Comprehensive benefits package available, including participation in the PERA Police and Fire pension plan.

The position requires a minimum of 10 years of continuous fire service employment and 5 years of increasingly responsible command and management experience at the Executive Officer level (as a Fire Chief, Assistant Chief, Division Chief, or Battalion Chief). A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in fire science, fire administration, emergency management, public administration or a related field is strongly desired. Must be licensed or eligible to be licensed as a Minnesota Firefighter and hold Minnesota EMT and Emergency Manager certifications or equivalent. The ideal candidate will have a broad knowledge of fire services and demonstrate strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills in building a cohesive organizational culture. Experience in department administration, budgeting and human resources is required; experience working in a labor environment is strongly desired.

Qualified candidates please submit your cover letter and resume online by visiting our website at This position is open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to resumes received by March 12. For more information, please contact Sharon Klumpp at or by calling 651.223.3053 (office) or 651.270.6856 (mobile).

Posting information can be found here:

thanks David

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Of interest … CPD officers injured at fire scene

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Two Chicago police officers were among three people injured around 9:15 p.m Monday at a fire in the 3800 block of North Fremont Street in the city’s Lake View neighborhood. Firefighters were able to fairly quickly extinguish the fire on the third floor of a five-story building.

Two male Chicago police officers were injured in the blaze. One suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, while the other was transferred Stroger Hospital’s burn unit.  A police escort accompanied an ambulance that transferred the second officer overnight, and a large police presence remained at Stroger as officers awaited word on one of their own.

The conditions of both officers were stabilized. A third victim, a 34-year-old female occupant of the apartment, was also taken to Illinois Masonic for smoke inhalation and was listed in good condition. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 2-12-18

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Chicago firefighters rescued a disabled woman from a fire in a building in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood Monday night.Firefighters responded to the blaze in the two story at the intersection of 71st Street and South Chicago Avenue at about 8:30 p.m.

The first floor of the building is home to a house of worship, and there are apartments on the second floor.Firefighters said they had to pull a woman with disabilities from inside her apartment because she was unable to make it out on her own. Several other families were also displaced.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. An investigation is ongoing.

From Chicago Fire Media on Twitter:

S&B at 7130 S. South Chicago Ave. Going defensive. Will update as soon as possible

2-11 alarm at 7130 S. South Chicago Ave. 4 lines on fire. Defensive operations.

Chicago FD Media photo

Rescue st 2 11 by Truck 30. Handicapped individual on floor 2. Fire in a house of worship.

Chicago FD Media photo

Fire is in the Hebrew Ysraelite Cultural Center. No injuries are reported. 

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Of interest … training to deal with patients with dementia

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Waukegan Fire Chief George Bridges Jr. was invited to a training session in North Chicago for public-safety personnel to become more capable of handling patients with dementia and, once he went through it, he decided he wanted his personnel to get the training as well. The number of these patients is just going to increase as baby boomers get older.

The training consists of two parts. One has participants wear goggles and gloves and then sort Skittles candies or playing cards. The second part is an explanation of the biological process behind dementia and how to handle patients.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia is a decline in memory or other thinking skills to the point where it has reduced a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Dementia has been estimated to affect about 6 percent to 10 percent of people ages 65 and older — and can reach 40 percent for people over 90, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Sixty to 80 percent of dementia cases are linked to Alzheimer’s disease, according to the association. The second largest cause is vascular dementia, which can occur after a stroke, followed by Lewy bodies dementia, which is associated with Parkinson’s disease.

The World Health Organization reports the total number of new cases of dementia each year worldwide is nearly 9.9 million, meaning there is one new case every three seconds. The number of people with dementia is expected to increase to 75 million in 2030 and 132 million in 2050. 

Those interested in more information on training or to become part of the effort can call 847-984-0103 or 847-962-9549.

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