Archive for category Historic fire apparatus

Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 3-25-66

This from Eric Haak:

These images come to you from the early morning hours of March 25, 1966. This was a 5-11 +1 special at 3951 South Canal Street. The building was owned at the time by the Siegmund Warner Company which produced some sort of sporting goods. The interesting thing is that the larger building that you see the fire building attched to still exists and has been vacant for a while. The 5th image shows a collapse in progress. The 6th image is taken looking north towards Pershing and both of the buildings in the background still stand. The last photo is looking west towards Normal Avenue. Still time is recorded as 0451. Hope you enjoy!

massive fire in Chicago in 1966 vintage Chicago police cars

March 25, 1966. This was a 5-11 +1 special at 3951 South Canal Street in Chicago. The building was owned at the time by the Siegmund Warner Company. From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

massive fire in Chicago in 1966

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

massive fire in Chicago in 1966 with Snorkel working

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

massive fire in Chicago in 1966 with Snorkel working

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

massive fire in Chicago in 1966 with Snorkel working

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

vintage Chicago FD Snorkels Snorkel Squad 1

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

vintage Chicago FD Snorkels Snorkel Squad 1

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

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Evergreen Park Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

TBT-Evergreen Fire Dept. Truck 44, a Pirsch custom cab 100′ in chrome yellow.  Enjoy.
Mike Summa
Evergreen Park FD Truck 44

Mike Summa photo

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Gary Fire Department history

This from Wayne Stuart:

The Gary Fire Department operated this 1942 American La France JOX series aerial ladder. It had a 100′ ladder and a 150-gallon booster tank with serial #L-1866. It was assigned originally to Truck Company 2, later on it was assigned to Truck Company 8, and finally to Truck Company 5. It was disposed of in the early 70’s to a sign contractor.

from the collection of wayne stuart

1942 American La France JOX series aerial ladder

1942 American La France JOX series aerial ladder. Wayne Stuart collection

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Park Forest Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

Taken from their Facebook page here is the Park Forest Fire Dept. dated June, 1963.  I see a Chevy engine, 2 ALF 700 series open cab engines and a Chevy ambulance/rescue truck.  Enjoy and comment.

Park Forest Fire Department history

Park Forest Fire Department, 1963. From the Park Forest FD Facebook page

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Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 2-17-74 (more)

This from Eric Haak:

Here are six images of the well documented fire at the International Harvester Works at 26th and Rockwell back in the early 1970s. Included is a nice image of Big John working with the county courthouse in the background. I also thought it was an interesting image showing them cooling off the buildings from the radient heat. In the image that shows Engine 18 in front of the building, it is hard to see but a firefighter is holding a small child in his arms and the kid is wearing a firefighters costume. That kid probably still remembers being there even though he looks like he couldn’t been more than 5 at the time. Enjoy!

5-11 Alarm fire 2-17-74 in Chicago at the International Harvester Works 26th and Rockwell

February 17, 1974 5-11 and 2 Specials 26th & Rockwell. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

Chicago FD Deluge Wagon 6-7-1- Big John

February 17, 1974 5-11 and 2 Specials 26th & Rockwell. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

5-11 Alarm fire 2-17-74 in Chicago at the International Harvester Works 26th and Rockwell

February 17, 1974 5-11 and 2 Specials 26th & Rockwell. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

5-11 Alarm fire 2-17-74 in Chicago at the International Harvester Works 26th and Rockwell

February 17, 1974 5-11 and 2 Specials 26th & Rockwell. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

5-11 Alarm fire 2-17-74 in Chicago at the International Harvester Works 26th and Rockwell

February 17, 1974 5-11 and 2 Specials 26th & Rockwell. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

5-11 Alarm fire 2-17-74 in Chicago at the International Harvester Works 26th and Rockwell

February 17, 1974 5-11 and 2 Specials 26th & Rockwell. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

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Markham Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

This was Markham’s Squad 1540, a 1966/1994 Ford C/Hesse.   Do not know if still in service.  Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa
Markham Fire Department history

Markham’s Squad 1540, a 1966/1994 Ford C/Hesse. Mike Summa photo

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St Charles Fire Department history

As a follow up to the previous post about the newest pumper in St Charles, here are images representing some of their past engines from various contributors.

Seagrave Anniversary Series fire engine in St Charles IL

Larry Shapiro photo

Seagrave Invader fire engine

Larry Shapiro photo

vintage Seagrave P-Series fire engine in St Charles IL

Larry Shapiro photo

St Charles FD Engine 106

Bill Friedrich photo

St Charles FD Engine 103

John Tulipano photo

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Chicago Ridge Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

Here is a photo of Chicago Ridge Engine 3, a 1950’s Mack B.  Picture taken off  the Ridge’s facebook.  Identity of firemen not known.  I was surprised, as I did not know Chicago Ridge was a Fire Protection District.  Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa
Chicago Ridge Chicago Ridge FPD Engine 3, a 1950's Mack B

photo from the Chicago Ridge FPD Facebook page

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Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 1-28-65

This from Eric Haak:

This week I am sharing these images from a 5-11 alarm on January 28, 1965. This was an abandoned grain mill at 2203-09 South Lumber Street. For those who are familiar with this area, it is the present location of Ozinga concrete just south of Cermak along the Chicago River. The second image is of Engine 8 and the last image shows Engine 23. I can count 13 master streams flowing in image 4. Still time was reported as 4:47pm. Hope you enjoy.

historic massive fire in Chicago in 1965

5-11 alarm fire in Chicago on January 28, 1965. This was an abandoned grain mill at 2203-09 South Lumber Street. from the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

historic image of Chicago FD Engine 8

from the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

historic massive fire in Chicago in 1965

from the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

historic massive fire in Chicago in 1965

from the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

historic image of Chicago FD Engine 23

CFD Engine 23. from the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

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Gary Fire Department History

This from Wayne Stuart:

The Gary Fire Department operated two of these 1966 Mack “C” model pumpers. They had 1,000-GPM pumps and 300-gallon booster tanks. This pumper was assigned to Engine Company 4. It carried Mack serial #C95FD-1524.

from the collection of wayne stuart

1966 Mack "C" model pumper

The Gary Fire Department 1966 Mack “C” model pumper, 1,000-GPM pump, 300-gallon booster tanks assigned to Engine Company 4. Mack serial #C95FD-1524.
from the collection of Wayne Stuart

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