Archive for category Historic fire apparatus

Calumet City Fire Department history

This from Wayne Stuart for #tbt:

The Calumet City Fire Department operated this 1974 Mack pumper. It had a 1250 GPM pump and a 500 gallon tank. It ran for many years as Engine Co. 306  from Fire Station #1. It is the one and only lime green colored apparatus that the department operated.

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Calumet City FD Mack CF fire engine

Calumet City Fire Department Engine 306 – 1974 Mack pumper 1250/500.
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Long Grove Fire Department history

For #throwbackthursday from Larry Shapiro

Long Grove FD Engine 796

Vintage GMC/Howe fire engine from Long Grove, IL. Larry Shapiro photo

Long Grove FD Engine 796

Vintage GMC/Howe fire engine from Long Grove, IL. Larry Shapiro photo

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Midlothian Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

Here is Midlothian’s 1990 Pierce Dash midship aerial.  A remount of their 1967 Seagrave 70th Anniversary 1250/300.  Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa
Midlothian Fire Department history

Mike Summa photo

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Calumet City Fire Department history

this from Wayne Stuart:

The Calumet City Fire Department operated this 1965 American LaFrance pumper. It had a 1000 GPM pump and a 758 Gallon tank. It ran as Engine Company 303 for a number of years.

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1965 American LaFrance pumper

Calumet City Fire Department Engine 303, a 1965 American LaFrance pumper. Wayne Stuart photo

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Steve Redick:

Here’s a neat little treat for Christmas day. The original Snorkel, after years of hard use fell into disrepair and was almost lost. Figgie International bought it and spent a fortune restoring it. The photos were taken in of July 1988 at Engine 1’s house, the original place (water tower 4 as it was originally known) went in service. I was lucky enough to attend the grand unveiling and got these now classic images. If you look closely the boom says Snorkel 1 but the doors say Snorkel Squad 3. My dad was captain of SS3 and rode this very rig. Enjoy the history and appreciate the effort they put into saving this one of a kind rig.

Steve

Chicago's original Snorkel restored

Steve Redick photo

Chicago's original Snorkel restored

Steve Redick photo

Chicago's original Snorkel restored

Steve Redick photo

Chicago's original Snorkel restored

Steve Redick photo

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Dolton Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

Dolton Truck 1442, a 1981 Pierce Arrow on a 1980 Oshkosh chassis 1250/200 with a 75′ Tele-squrt.  Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa
Dolton fire department Tele-Squrt

Mike Summa photo

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Steve Redick:

These are some great shots taken in the 70s. I would guess 73 or so … gotta love the “monument” in the background of the engine shot. 54’s Seagrave engine was a great rig, and how could ‘ya not like the traditional Seagrave aerials as well. This was a real ghetto fire company during the years of heavy activity. I believe my dad took these images when he was in the “real” 12th battalion.

The other photos are the kind of stuff SS3 ran with most of the time. 1956 IH former pressure wagons with stuff just thrown in the hosebed. Not sure who took these images but they are dated August 1969. The scenery is typical of their district. All the fires they went to and the primitive tools they used. 

Steve

Chicago FD Engine 54

Chicago FD Engine 54. Warren Redick photo

Chicago FD Truck 20

Chicago FD Truck 20. Warren Redick photo

Chicago FD SS3

Chicago FD SS3. photographer unknown

Chicago FD SS3

Chicago FD SS3. photographer unknown

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Steger Estates FPD history

This from Mike Summa:

TBT-This is the Steger Estates Squad 806, a 1949 Diamond Reo/Boyertown.  XPark Forest.  Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa
Steger Estates FPD history

Steger Estates Squad 806, a 1949 Diamond Reo/Boyertown.  XPark Forest. Mike Summa photo

 

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Summit Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

This was the Summit Fire Dept.’s E3, then 953.  A battle scared 1950’s Seagrave open cab (unknown specs).  Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa
vintage Seagrave fire engine

Mike Summa photo

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Vintage Chicago fire scene photos

This from Eric Haak:

The first image is showing Engine 48’s house on the far right side with a massive 5-11 fire burning just on the opposite side of the elevated tracks. The second image is a close-up showing what I believe is the first snorkle basket that Bill Post wrote about a couple weeks ago. The fire was a 3-11 on November 2, 1959 at 1109 W. 63rd Street. Kind of a rare image of the Snorkel basket working at an early fire

vintage Chicago 5-11 Alarm fire scene

Vintage Chicago fire photo showing Engine 48’s house on the far right side with a massive 5-11 fire burning just on the opposite side of the elevated tracks. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

classic Chicago FD Snorkel photo

Chicago firefighters in the basket of the first Snorkel operating during a 3-11 Alarm fire on November 2, 1959 at 1109 W. 63rd Street. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

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