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North of the border

This from Asher Heimermann:

A fire truck became stuck in the snow on a hill in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on Wednesday, December 30th around 1 AM. Sheboygan Fire Department Rescue 2 became stuck after clearing from a medical call.

The Pierce Impel PUC pumper was stuck for an hour as firefighters worked to free the apparatus from the snow. A plow from the City of Sheboygan DPW arrived with salt and plowed a path for the truck after several failed attempts to pull the engine with a Ford pick-up truck.
 
Sheboygan is 60 miles north of Milwaukee. The storm system dumped nearly 8 inches of snow in parts of Milwaukee and between 4 – 6 inches in Sheboygan.
 

Pierce Impel PUC pumper stuck in the snow

Asher Heimermann
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Pierce Impel PUC pumper stuck in the snow

Asher Heimermann
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A request for assistance …

Hello,
 
I am putting together a Christmas Gift for my friend who used to ride with Truck 30 in Chicago back in the 90s.  The gift includes a patch of each company he spent time with.  I cannot find Truck 30 anywhere.  Unfortunately, I don’t have Facebook so I can’t message whomever runs the page.  Do you have access to a Truck 30 patch or know anyone who does?  I will pay for the effort and product.
 
Thank you for the consideration,
 
Ken Feckete
Local 416 Indianapolis

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A request for assistance …

From a reader:

Hi there, I’m currently working on an assignment about investigating arson in Chicago and was wondering if you have any resources for Chicago FD call statistics for the year 2017. Anything is incredibly appreciated!

Thank you, 
Sincerely,
Alexander Harlan 

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A request for information …

From a reader:

Hi my name is Angelina , I wanted to know if any of the firehouses in the Chicago area sell t-shirts. Please  let me know
Thank you for all you do
 
Angelina

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Zion Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA)

This from Asher Heimermann:

The Zion Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA) was originally founded as the Zion Civil Defense Agency. The name has changed but the goals have remained the same, to prepare the City of Zion and its residents to cope with any disaster or emergency that may arise. ESDA falls under the City of Zion Fire/Rescue Department with Fire Chief John Lewis functioning as the ESDA Coordinator.
Zion Civil Defense Agency

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A request for assistance …

Hello Chicago Fire,
 
My name is Mara and I am currently interning at Plant Chicago- which is located in an old fire house at 4459 N Marshfield! I am emailing y’all today to see if you could share any history on the building and the department that used to be located within. We are looking to put together an educational history of the building and it uses through out time.
 
Any history or photos you could share would be greatly appreciated!
 
Thank you, Mara

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As seen around … Harvey

This from Kevin Griffin:

Found this arrow xt pumper in Harvey in a truck parking lot off Dixie highway and 154th street. The top on the side it said Stafford County.  I also found an image on google which appears to be this rig 

Pierce fire engine for sale

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Pierce fire engine for sale

Kevin Griffin photo

Stafford County fire engine after a crash

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A request for assistance …

Hi my name is Christina and I’m coming to Chicago for vacation in September my nephew is autistic and luvs the show Chicago fire we wanna bring him to see the fire house and trucks up close and personal…. Thanks for listening 
 

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An open letter received – Chicago Safety; Re: George Floyd

Dear CFD Engine 94 Team,
 
I first would like to thank you for your important work in being on the frontlines during this COVID-19 Pandemic. 
 
I secondly, want to share with you a thought pertaining to the heartbreak the United States is experiencing in reaction to the murder of George Floyd. 
 
I am a Clinical Psychologist in Chicago and have experience working with both grief and trauma. What is occurring currently in Minnesota and other cities/states with the riots are responses to both, in addition to a traumatic history of racial oppression here in the United States. 
 
Those of us who are heartbroken over George Floyd’s murder, need to have this emotion acknowledged. By nature of how the trauma response works and how overwhelming grief can be, these protests need to be approached in a trauma-sensitive manner. I can go on at length about the nuances of this but I know you have busy lives. Here is a thought on how authorities like yourselves, the fire department, may approach any protests here in our city, in a trauma-sensitive manner:
 
What if yourselves, and any other figures of authority who come in to try and tame riots, wear the mottos of the protestors that are declaring the heartbreak for George and all of the other innocent lives taken wrongfully? 
 
What if you were to put a, “I can’t breathe.” sign on your uniform, your trucks? What if you were to put a “Black Lives Matter” and an “Again?” flag on your equipment? All ways to visually show: “We are with you in this hurt, heartbreak, anger and confusion, but we are here to help you calm down.”
 
This may help protesters feel less threatened. It may help protestors feel less like being tamed and quieted down by the authority, and bring about a more – We are with you, we are just here to redirect to help keep you all safe but know that, WE HEAR AND SEE YOU!” stance. 
 
I again thank you for your service and for considering my thoughts in advance. 
 
Warmly,
Kristen Friedman 
 
Kristen Friedman, PsyD
 
Fancher Psychology & Assessment, LLC
Chicago NorthShore Psychologists, Inc. 

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Steve Redick:

A classic column by Paul Ditzel in the December 1968 issue of Fire Engineering Magazine
column by Paul Ditzel in the December 1968 issue of Fire Engineering Magazin

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