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Chicago Fire Department history – 3-11 Alarm fire 7-15-72

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This is a real dandy. You can hear my old boss Jack Turner as well as Art Benker.. The Division Marshal I think is Harper. They tell truck 47 to get ready to use the life net. What a fire this must have been.

3-11 alarm 1234 Loyola  7-15-72

Steve

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Still & Box Alarm in Chicago, 2-11-17 (part 4)

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The still and box last saturday morning at 2600 W 35th Street in the 15th battalion

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Chicago Fire Department history – radio traffic from the 90s

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Here’s another interesting audio recording of radio traffic from the 90’s, 2 Still & Box Alarm fires

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Chicago Fire Department history – 3-11 Alarm fire 10-18-81

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Here’s an interesting audio recording of radio traffic from a 3-11 Alarm fire at 59th & LaSalle, 10/18/81

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Historic 5-11 Alarm fire with multiple LODD in Chicago, 2-7-68

This from Steve Redick:

Another famous and tragic incident. A gasoline tanker leaked and caught fire in the alley at 801 W. 49th Place, Mickelberry Food Products, resulting in a tremendous explosion killing four members and several civilians. My dad was on SS3 and responded. He told me of wading through waist deep water, covered in gasoline in the basement, shutting off utilities as ordered. He often said they were lucky no one was hurt during this operation and they never should have been down there in the first place. This was well after the explosion. They didn’t arrive until later in the fire. The audio can be heard HERE.
Steve
Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

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Vintage Chicago fire scene: 5-11 alarm in 1967

This from Steve Redick:

Here are a few news clippings from a spectacular job, 5-11 Alarm Harrison & Throop in 1967. Also, some video and radio traffic found on  ChicagoFD.org.  Jim Evans, my old boss, was the radio operator at Main that day.

 

News clipping from a spectacular 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago at Harrison & Throop in 1967

News clipping from a spectacular 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago at Harrison & Throop in 1967. Warren Redick collection

News clipping from a spectacular 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago at Harrison & Throop in 1967

News clipping from a spectacular 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago at Harrison & Throop in 1967. Warren Redick collection

News clipping from a spectacular 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago at Harrison & Throop in 1967

News clipping from a spectacular 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago at Harrison & Throop in 1967. Warren Redick collection

News clipping from a spectacular 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago at Harrison & Throop in 1967

News clipping from a spectacular 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago at Harrison & Throop in 1967. Warren Redick collection

News clipping from a spectacular 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago at Harrison & Throop in 1967

News clipping from a spectacular 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago at Harrison & Throop in 1967. Warren Redick collection


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Historic Chicago audio from a 2-11 Alarm fire in 1981

This from Steve Redick:

This one is a real classic and there is a good story to go with it.
The fire was in January 1981, it was at the Pavilion Apartments, 5431 N East River Rd. I was on the job less than a year at the time and I lived in the building, 2 floors above the fire. I was still big into fire fanning back then and was riding Schaumburg Truck 1 that day. Around dinner time, one of the members asked me “say don’t you live in that big hi-rise joint on river rd? The city has a 2-11 going on, 5431 I think.” Now I have spent many days and nights in various firehouses over the years and I know how the “fan” is fair game for all kinds of jokes so I smiled and said ‘yeah right’… whereupon the member said “hey I’m not kidding, its a bad fire in your building”, and I said something to the effect of ‘ya think I was born yesterday??!!!!’ He said ok suit yourself and I thought nothing more about it.
We were all sitting around the table eating and watching the news … guess what I saw on TV … fire blowing out 2 floors below my unit and impinging on my balcony!!! Holy Crap!!!! I just about choked on my pork chop. The previously mentioned member said something to the effect of “I told ya so you stubborn german *&%*&$!!!!”  A lesson learned. When I returned home the next morning (you didn’t expect me to give up a night at the firehouse did ya?) my poor cat was shell shocked and my whole apartment was covered in soot. I saw some boot prints on my door from the search team too. The end result was a good cleanup and all was well.

A few comments about the voices you will hear on the tape. The fire alarm guy for most of the fire was Al Andersen. He and I came on the job together, and he has long since retired. You also hear the gravely voice of Dick Hyland, an old boss and senior operator at the time … now long deceased. You can also briefly hear Phil McMahon, assistant chief, also long deceased. The voice of future fire commissioner Louis Galante can be heard giving orders as 2112. Louis recently died as well.

This fire occurred under the regime of William Blair, the much disliked “transplant” from LA. He was involved in an accident enroute to the alarm as you will hear , and I don’t believe he and his driver ever made it to the alarm.

This was a real nice memory to find, but it makes me realize I’m getting toooo old for all this modern FD stuff now.

Steve

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Chicago historic fire ground traffic

This from Steve Redick:

Here’s something for you old CFD fans. This recording was made in the 80s when we were dispatching from engine 25’s former quarters on Taylor Street. The voice you hear at the beginning of the tape is retired senior fire Alarm operator Jim Evans. I believe this is a recording he made. Those with really sharp ears will detect the voice of Dennis Dougherty now deceased former assistant chief fire alarm operator.
Steve

here’s another oldie … the operator at Main is my old partner, the late Ron Heckla … he was a switchboard man and very new on the job at this time … I recognize Dick Sterling as the voice in the old 7th battalion …

Steve

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Chicago Fire Department historic radio traffic

More radio traffic from Steve Redick

2-11 Alarm, 1224 W Melrose, Radio Traffic 8/4/78

 

 

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Chicago Fire Department historic radio traffic

This from Steve Redick:

I dove into my audio archives today and found this gem…6/6/87, at 2431 S Wolcott  4-11 at Hines Lumber. By the time I arrived it was over.

Steve

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