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Of interest … Toronto Fire Department (more)

This from Bill Post:

The 230-foot Bronto Sky-Lift on a Mack triple-axle chassis which was delivered to the Toronto Fire Department in December 2021 was first put to use (for lighting purposed) about 5 months ago.
It is a special-call rig cross manned by the crew of  Tower 333 a 116-foot Bronto Sky-Lift.
I don’t know if  any attempts have been made to sell Bronto Sky-Lifts to Chicago. I am aware of some of their shortcomings, however I have long thought that this would be a great special-call apparatus for Chicago. A Bronto Sky-Lift is still better for rescue work than a straight 137-foot aerial ladder such as Aerial Tower 8.
This is especially relevant at the moment given the 4-11 alarm at 4850 S Lake Park Avenue.
This is now the tallest aerial platform in North America and seeing how it performs in Toronto would make sense in Chicago.


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Of interest … transporting a fire truck by air

thanks Martin

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Request for assistance


I am wondering if you have access to a map displaying the fire districts for departments dispatched by NWCD? This would be helpful while listening to my scanner.
Thank you for your time


As seen around … Florida

This from Asher Heimermann:

When I first saw this picture, I asked myself, “What the heck, CFD?!”

Fire Dept Meals out of Florida 

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As seen around … Chicago

From Max Weingardt:

Chicago Fire Department 221, new 2022 Ford Police Interceptor; #CFD; #FordExplorer;

Max Weingardt photo

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2022 Westmont Police Car Parade

This from Asher Heimermann:

The annual Westmont Police Car Parade was held during the Cruisin’ Nights street festival on Thursday, June 9th. Several suburban Chicago law enforcement agencies participated in the parade.


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A request for assistance …

From a reader:

Good Day,

I have been looking at some of the photos on google. I am firefighter from east of Houston. A few years ago I purchased a 1978 American La France cab and chassis. I am looking for some parts for it.

I am working in Le Roy, IL and was told there were scrap yards around the area that may have some.

Can you give me any pointers?

Ben Banta

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Of interest … Ignite the Spirit Fund

Ignite the Spirit letter


Of interest … Tunnel to Towers Lake Zurich 5K Run/Walk

We’d like to invite you to the Tunnel to Towers Lake Zurich 5K Run/Walk on June 12th. 
For the past five years our family has  been volunteering with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.  We are police officers in the Lake Zurich area.
The foundation was started after 9/11 by the Siller family to honor and remember their brother Stephen who was assigned to FDNY Squad 1 in Brooklyn.  He had just finished his shift and was on his way to play golf with his brothers when he got word of a plane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Upon hearing the news, he returned to Squad 1 to get his gear.  Stephen drove his truck to the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it had already been closed for security purposes. Determined to carry out his duty, he strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, and raced on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers, where he gave up his life while saving others.  
His family started the foundation to remember Stephen’s sacrifice by helping veterans, police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel.   
The foundation builds smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans, pays off the mortgages for Gold Star families and those of fallen emergency personnel.   The foundation has assisted several families in Lake, Cook, and McHenry counties and is ranked four stars (the highest) by Charity Navigator.  Ninety-five percent of funds raised by the foundation go directly to the programs, an increase over ninety-three percent from last year.
We hope you will join us on June 12th at Paulus Park for our event!  There is a discounted rate for police, fire, and EMS personnel. The travel cup will be up for grabs to the fastest team of five. 
Tunnel to Towers Lake Zurich 5K Run/Walk

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Danny Richardson:

Hello does anyone know these Chicago Firefighters from 1982? I was at Engine 50 truck 18 visiting from London (ex London Fire Brigade) and spent some time at what they called the Snake Pit! going on calls . If you can help or put me in touch with anyone that can I would appreciate it.  

Kind Regards Danny Richardson

The young buck in the pic is me. Good memories.

vintage Chicago Fire Department photo

vintage Chicago Fire Department photo

vintage Chicago Fire Department photo

vintage Chicago Fire Department photo

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