Archive for category Historic fire apparatus

Bridgeview Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

For TBT- The Bridgeview Fire Dept. once ran this 1960’s Ford C/Darley as Engine 410.  Here it sits after being placed out of service, destination unknown.
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1960s Ford C/Darley fire engine

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Mokena FPD history

This from Mike Summa:

For TBT-Mokena’s Trk 12, a  1998 Seagrave 1750/500/75′.  Do not know if still on departments roster.
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Mokena FPD Trk 12 - 1998 Seagrave 1750/500/75'

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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 4-14-87

Images and gallery from Steve Redick for #TBT

3-11 Alarm fire 4/14/87 at 1406 S. Halsted

3-11 Alarm fire 4/14/87 at 1406 S. Halsted

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Chicago FD Truck 1 Hendrickson Morita ladder at a 3-11 Alarm fire 4/14/87

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Chicago FD Engine 18 at a 3-11 Alarm fire 4/14/87

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Justice Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

Fort TBT- The Justice Fire Dept.’s 1971 Mack CF 1250/500.
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Justice FD Engine 553 - 1971 Mack CF

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Justice FD Engine 553 - 1971 Mack CF

The Justice Fire Dept.’s 1971 Mack CF 1250/500.
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Gary Fire Department history

This from Wayne Stuart:

The Gary Fire Department operated this 1952 Ford / American LaFrance pumper. It had a 500-GPM pump and a 500-gallon tank. It carried ALF serial # F-2576. This pumper was purchased in 1982 from the Lakes of The Four Seasons Fire Force in Crown Point Indiana. It ran as Engine Company 11, and then as a spare.

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1952 Ford / American LaFrance pumper

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Lisle-Woodridge FPD history

From Larry Shapiro for #TBT:

Here area a few of the classic Pirsch pumpers that were part of the Lisle-Woodridge FPD.

vintage Pirsch fire engine

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vintage Pirsch fire engine

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vintage Pirsch fire engine

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vintage Pirsch fire engine

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Niles and Des Plaines Fire Department history

This from Jim Fisher:

Here are some more rare photos from my dad, Ralph Fisher, of Des Plaines and Niles Fire Departments in 1940-1. 
 
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Des Plaines Fire Department history

Ralph Fisher – Des Plaines Fire Department fire truck entering field at Morton Grove Fire Show July 29

Niles Fire Department history

Ralph Fisher photo of Niles FD in Alarm Response at Morton Grove Fire Show – July 19

Des Plaines Fire Department history

Ralph Fisher – Des Plaines Fire Department fire truck in Alarm Response at Morton Grove Fire Show July 19

 

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Oak Forest Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT-Oak Forest Truck 95, a 1972 Seagrave/Pierce 1250/500/75′ snorkel.
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1972 Seagrave/Pierce 1250/500/75' Snorkel

Oak Forest Truck 95, a 1972 Seagrave/Pierce 1250/500/75′ snorkel.
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Geneva Fire Department history

This from Larry Shapiro for #TBT:

Snorkels from Geneva

FWD Seagrave 75' Snorkel

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75' Snorkel on a Pierce Arrow chassis

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Blue Island Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

For #TBT.  Fire at the Lyric Theater in Blue Island, February 14th, 1960.  Sunday afternoon matinee filled with children watching a movie.  The building was evacuated and the only loss was the building.  Today, this would have been a box alarm with multiple companies attending and change of quarters.  Back then it was handled solely by Blue Island.  How times have changed.  Photos courtesy Blue Island Historical Society.Mike Summa 

Fire at the Lyric Theater in Blue Island, February 14th, 1960

Fire at the Lyric Theater in Blue Island, February 14th, 1960. From the Blue Island Historical Society

Fire at the Lyric Theater in Blue Island, February 14th, 1960

Fire at the Lyric Theater in Blue Island, February 14th, 1960. From the Blue Island Historical Society

Fire at the Lyric Theater in Blue Island, February 14th, 1960

Fire at the Lyric Theater in Blue Island, February 14th, 1960. From the Blue Island Historical Society

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