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Of interest … Wyndmoor Hose Company No. 1 of Montgomery County

This from the Horrocks Fire and Rescue Apparatus Facebook page:

Horrocks Fire and Rescue Apparatus would like to say Thank You and Congratulations to the Wyndmoor Hose Company No. 1 of Montgomery County, for choosing us and Rosenbauer, to build your new 55’ ACP (Articulating Cobra Platform). The ACP will be built on a Rosenbauer Commander Chassis with an EXT 3/16? Extruded Aluminum Body. It will feature a transferrable lifetime body structural warranty, front bumper booster reel, 1,750gpm Hale pump, 500gal water tank and a Harrison 6kw hydraulic generator. The ACP comes with a 750lb dry/500lb wet tip load, a 13’ – 8” a-frame outrigger spread and uses the same SMART controls as the rest of our aerial product line. #BigRedR#HorrocksFire#RosenbauerRosenbauer GroupWyndmoor Hose

drawing of new fire truck from Rosenbauer America

thanks Josh

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Chicago police and fire baseball game for charity

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Of interest … model building

This from Steve Redick:

I’m going through a lot of my collection and I came upon these models.  These were custom built by my dad, one of his last real model projects. I want to share his talent with you. This was a Jim Beam liquor decanter that he customized into a CFD Bulldog engine. The details are great … gate valve, load of hose, nozzles, ground ladders, and a scratchbuilt “jockey box” with a street jack and lifeline. 

Steve Redick

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Another build from my dad based on the Beam liquor decanter again. This one is kind of a fantasy build as several things really aren’t period accurate. All the ladders were handbuilt and varnished. I think dad was trying for a combination type company like the CFD used to run. I wanted to share this to remember what a special guy my dad was.

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9/11 Memorial Ceremony

This from Bob Arens:

Everyone is welcome to attend. Also we are looking for people to bring out antique rigs to participate. Any questions please contact me at 773-206-0199
Bob arens
Chicago fire department 
Truck 9


North Palos Fire District history (more)

This from Drew Smith:

In the recent post of the North Palos engine Crabby asked about the high expansion foam nozzle. Here are two pictures of Prospect Heights’ being used in a drill back in the early 1980s.

vintage photo of firefighters training with high expansion foam

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vintage photo of firefighters training with high expansion foam

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Of interest … JJC 11th Annual 9/11 Tribute


It is that time of the year again when we honor those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Attached is the information for the JJC 11th Annual 9/11 Tribute. We would like to invite you and your department to participate in this event. Please share this information with anyone who might be interested in attending.

Thank you,

Edward F. Vasil

Environmental,  Health & Safety Manager

Joliet Junior College

click on either document for a downloadable file


Of interest … Kyle Schwarber visited Chicago Fire Department Engine 112

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Kyle Schwarber visited Chicago Fire Department Engine 112 (3801 N. Damen Ave.) on Aug. 16, 2017. During the visit, Schwarber met with staff on duty and enjoyed a home-cooked lunch in the garage. He also delivered a new 65″ television and PlayStation to be used at the station.

the link contains a series of photos

thanks Dan


Chicago Fire Department news

An update to CFD retirees from a reader:

Dear Retirees,

Wednesday’s hearing was a pretty frustrating experience. We presented five issues, on which we felt fairly confident.

1. Our renewed motion for Class Certification.
2. The judge’s choice of orders to enter for the March hearing at which he ordered audit and reconciliation of the 2013 to 2016 years.
3. The City’s assertion that he lacks jurisdiction over the post-2013 reconciliations.
4. The Funds’ report on the actions to fulfill their obligations to provide health care coverage for the annuitants for 2018.
5. The City’s report on the progress in the audit and reconciliation process.

After about two hours of hearing, attended by perhaps 40 of you, Judge Cohen finally ruled that he instead has no jurisdiction over the post-2013 reconciliations, yet he has set September 14 as the next status for the city to report on the 2014-2016 reconciliation process timetable.

Denied class certification again, preferring to await rulings on the merits if the Supreme Court takes our appeal. The transcript should be out by the end of the week, we hope, and we’ll post it.

But I do not believe that we can expect judge Cohen to follow through on actually ordering the city or the Funds to comply with any of their obligations, unless he is ordered to do so by the appellate court.

Accordingly, we will put our efforts into our Petition to the Illinois Supreme Court, which is due September 7, and we may try to get the class certification and jurisdiction issues up there as well.

It will be a challenging but important month ahead. Your contributions are invited and welcome.
Finally, after I presented to the Firefighters union last week seeking their assistance, they instead have sent their counsel to intervene in our case. As I advised their lawyer, if they are here to help, we welcome them. But their actual purpose remains to be seen.

Clint KrislovKrislov & Associates, Ltd.

thanks Bill


As seen around … Chicago

This from Steve Redick:

Chicago FD fast boat 688

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Of interest … Chicago Firefighter Jesse Rangel

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The violence on the streets of Chicago is not new. … a story of a young man who was shot, stabbed, and beaten decades ago, who later struggled, survived, and thrived. Now he picks up victims and tries with every breath to help them live.

He believes the key to stopping violence is to face it head on.

Chicago Firefighter Jesse Rangel, a veteran, was helping out at the academy.

“I always wanted to be a firefighter,” he says. “Best job in the world. It really is. It’s the best job in the world.”

Jesse lives on a quiet block on the Northwest Side of the city. It’s the same area where he and his wife raised three children. But his story begins in another part of town.

“I grew up in Little Village,” he says. “What a wonderful neighborhood! Restaurants, people, the Mexican Day Parade … but it was also filled with a lot of violence, drugs … gangs everywhere. So it was a tough neighborhood but it was home to us. We didn’t know anything different.”

Faith and his devoted parents kept Jesse and all nine of his siblings from joining the gangs that claimed the neighborhood, despite constant pressure.

“There was one time I was severely beaten by a gang that was just a few blocks, the opposing gang from the area from where I lived,” he says. “Three of them guys came up to me and just started beating me up. (I had) cuts all over my head, blood all over. I ended up getting stabbed in my arm. … They wanted me to join. It didn’t work.”

It wasn’t the first or last time he was the victim of gang violence. Years later, when Jesse was in his early 20s, something happened that changed the course of his life.

“I was just an innocent bystander. I was walking from my brother’s house to my mother’s house. And suddenly I hear some shots. Three weeks later woke up in hospital trying to figure out what happened.”

“It felt like I was drowning and sometimes I still feel that way,” he says. “Why is it me? Why was I saved? So I struggle with that even today. Why am I here? … I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in life and that kind of convinced me, I wanted to make a difference.”

In 22 years Jesse has responded to so many fires, he’s lost count. But there’s one he’ll never be able to let go.

“I think about this one fire in particular,” he begins. “We arrive on the scene and this woman is yelling and despite the fact that she’s three stories up she’s ready to throw her baby. She had already thrown one baby down and there was a baby lying on the sidewalk … and she says ‘I’m gonna throw the baby! I’m gonna throw the baby!’ And I’m yelling at her at the top of my lungs, ‘Do not throw the baby! I’ll be right there!’ So I grab the ladder.

“I got up to the baby, she passed me the baby down and I ran down the ladder, passed the baby off and I ran back up. I grabbed the mother and I was able to bring the mother down. … The company that I was on that day, and myself, we ended up saving these kids … Did I survive that gunshot wound so I could save these people? It’s always on my mind, why am I still here?”

The question has haunted Jesse for 30 years. But at the same time, it’s what drives him.

“The majority of all our calls are EMS runs and its sad because you see a shooting victim, you see a stabbing victim and you think about what’s happening to their families. Just like my dad when he experienced that knock on the door.”

“There’s so much good out there,” he continues. “But there’s just a handful of bad people out there that do all of these bad things and evil. And that’s the part I don’t understand why people do this to other people. We seen them bad guys over at 25th and Trumbull. They’re up to no good and I felt strong enough to come in here and say a prayer for them that maybe they could change their lives, maybe they could turn around and think about not coming to violence on somebody else, and that’s what I prayed.”

thanks Dan