Working fire in the Bartlett FPD, 12/11/17

From the Bartlett FPD Facebook page:

12/11/17 Bartlett Box Alarm at 1760 Hilltop in unincorporated Elgin

Last night, Bartlett firefighters responded to Hilltop Road in unincorporated Elgin for a reported garage fire. Upon arrival, crews were met with a well-involved attached garage fire extending into the home. Due to the amount of fire, wind conditions, and lack of fire hydrants, a MABAS Box was activated to bring in additional manpower and equipment necessary to extinguish the fire

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firefighters with hose line at night fire scene

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firefighters with hose line at night fire scene

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firefighters with hose line at night fire scene

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firefighters with hose line at night fire scene

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Bartlett FPD fire engine drafting

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Bartlett FPD fire engine drafting

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Working fire in Skokie, 12-10-17

Photos from Steve Redick of a house fire at 9430 Terminal Drive in Skokie late Sunday night. Workers were reportedly in the house at the time of the fire.

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house fire scene in Skokie

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Skokie FD reserve squad

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Chicago Fire Department historian Ken Little (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

Before computers and GPS, there was Kenneth F. Little.

Mr. Little, 84, who died Friday in Glenview, was a senior fire-alarm operator with the Chicago Fire Department. It was said that he knew every street, alley, and shortcut in the city, helping him get engines to fires faster.  

In a 36-year career, he saved lives, former Chicago Fire Commissioner James Joyce said. “He had a second sense for what fire companies were closest. He was amazing, just one of a kind.”

Little co-authored six books on Chicago Fire Department history and helped found the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago, which has a library named in his honor.

After a 1957 fire raged through the Chicago City Council chambers, he received a commendation for staying at his post, as he and dispatchers worked above in the old Fire Alarm Office.

His ingenuity once helped save a famed Chicago German tap and restaurant, Schulien’s at 2100 W. Irving Park Rd., according to his son Philip Little, president of the fire museum. He’d heard a radio message about a Snorkel squad heading back to quarters after a fire. Minutes later, a call came in about flames at Schulien’s.

“He thinks for a second, if they’re going back to quarters, they have to be going down Western Avenue,” Philip Little said.

He contacted that squad instead of the fire companies that normally would have been called, and found it was at Irving and Western. Those firefighters got to the restaurant in just 30 seconds and quickly put out the fire.

Growing up in Old Town, young Ken Little used to hang around a firehouse at North and Hudson, listening to radio calls.   When he got a little older, he took buses, streetcars and the L to visit every city firehouse. He also rode the bus from one end of the city to the other on Western, the city’s longest street. He got out and walked to learn shortcuts and one-way streets. Eventually, he studied the layout of factories so he could warn firefighters about toxic chemicals in basements.

If the fire radio was quiet, he and other dispatchers would quiz each other on the names of every bar and grocery store on Western Avenue from Howard to 119th Street, a skill that made him a popular guest on overnight radio shows hosted by Eddie Schwartz.

When Ken joined the Chicago Fire Alarm Office in 1957, fire companies were dispatched from city hall and another office at 63rd and Wentworth. Some calls came in from thousands of the red, free-standing fire-alarm boxes scattered around the city dating to the days when people didn’t have phones.

He knew old-timers who were on duty the day of the 1903 Iroquois Theater fire that killed more than 600, as well as the 1910 Chicago Stockyards fire that killed 22 firefighters, the single biggest such loss until the 9/11 attacks. He knew a fire-alarm operator who, in 1929, drove police officers to investigate a shooting on Clark Street that became known as the St. Valentine’s Day massacre. And, he knew slide-down fire poles were invented in Chicago, according to Philip Little.  

During the Blizzard of ’67, he stayed in the office for 36 hours. “They couldn’t get out, and no one could get in,” his son said.

He taught history at Wright College. He enjoyed the jazz of Errol Garner. And he collected coins and Tootsietoys. A Tootsietoy firetruck will be tucked in his casket.

He and his wife Alice, who died in 1986, had 10 children, including triplets. In addition to his son Philip, he is survived by daughters Anna, Rita, and Mary Ellen, sons Kenneth, Robert, Stephen, Richard, and Raymond and four grandchildren. His son Thomas died before him.

A funeral Mass is planned for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church he attended growing up, St. Michael’s, 1633 N. Cleveland Ave.

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4-Alarm fire in Calumet Park, 12-8-17 (more)

This from Brad Steinweg:

Pictures from Cal Park’s 4-11. Due to horrible traffic on I-94 I did not get there until most of the fire was knocked. Got a few apparatus photos though.

-Brad S.

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New ambulance for Pleasantview FPD

From the Foster Coach Sales Facebook page:

Brand new custom Horton conversion on a Ford E450 chassis

Pleasantview FPD Medic 153

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Pleasantview FPD Medic 153

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Pleasantview FPD Medic 153

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Pleasantview FPD Medic 153

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New squad for Schaumburg (more)

updated production photos of the new squad for Schaumburg 

Schaumburg FD Squad 55 being built

Schaumburg FD Squad 55 being built

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Schaumburg FD Squad 55 being built

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Schaumburg FD Squad 55 being built

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Schaumburg FD Squad 55 being built

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Schaumburg FD Squad 55 being built

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Schaumburg FD Squad 55 being built

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Schaumburg FD Squad 55 being built

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Schaumburg FD Squad 55 being built

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Schaumburg FD Squad 55 being built

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Elgin Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Elgin City Council agreed this week to double its hotel tax and keep measures in place to reduce the number of firefighters per shift from 34 to 32.

The initial budget proposal would have raised the hotel tax from 4 percent to 6 percent, adding about $1.39 to the average room rental. It also would have eliminated the city funding for the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Elgin city manager said that statements by council members indicated they wanted to find a way to continue to fund the bureau. So he suggested raising the tax a total of 8 percent, which would add close to $3 per night per room and bring in an additional $240,000.

Elgin has been funding the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau since the 1980s, with money from a hotel/motel tax and a matching grant from the state. The bureau will receive about $212,500 from Elgin’s tax in 2017.

The proposed budget also posits $700,000 savings in fire department overtime by reducing two positions per shift, from 34 to 32 firefighters required to fill positions. The savings would be realized without the need to lay off firefighters by restructuring how 32 shift firefighters are deployed for service calls, according to the budget document.

This would reduce the number of shift positions from six to five at Station 1 on the east side and Station 2 to operate a jump company. The new staffing model will increase the incidence of ambulances available for EMS calls which is the overwhelming majority of fire department activity the document states.

Council member and former Elgin Firefighter Rich Dunne said the move could negatively affect the city’s Insurance Service Office rating and could increase the time needed to form teams to fight fires or handle other emergencies. Dunne said the reduction could affect the safety of the public as well as firefighters. The department already is down 12 positions in the last 10 years and is doing more with less.

To make up the $700,000, Dunne suggested that the city could bill businesses for fire alarm service, lease equipment instead of purchasing it, and consider allowing a proposal made by Elgin Association of Firefighters IAFF Local 439 for firefighters to get their health insurance through the Illinois Firefighters Association. He claimed the moves would cover the $700,000 gap.

The council voted down adopting Dunne’s proposals as part of the 2018 budget by a 7-2 margin. 

The mayor said he has concerns about the continued use of overtime to fill fire department shifts, a policy in place for 15 years in the hopes it would save money by not having the legacy costs related to hiring more full-time employees.

The budget discussions continue at 9 a.m. Saturday at City Hall. The public is invited to comment on the proposed $259 million 2018 budget and the 2018-2020 financial plan. Final approval is set to happen Dec. 20. The document can be viewed online at www.cityofelgin.org/budget.

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New home for Stone Park engine (more)

Dennis McGuire, Jr. found this on Facebook

Excerpts from CommandFireApparatus.com:

The Latrobe Freewill Hose Company 3 & 4 of Latrobe, Pennsylvania was in search of a new unit last year. When the unit they had initially looked at was sold, they turned to Command Fire Apparatus.

“We completely stand behind purchasing our 2001 Seagrave Pumper from Command Fire. Working with Glenn couldn’t have gone better,” said Captain Mike Skapura. “The company was extremely attentive to our needs when we found bits and pieces that we were displeased with,” continued Skapura.

Though the unit came with a handful of problems, the department took advantage of the 90 day warranty.

“The few problems we encountered with our Seagrave were handled with a high sense of efficiency,” expressed Captain Skapura. “We know that if and when we need a new unit, Command Fire Apparatus is where we’ll be purchasing from.”

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New ambulance for Naperville

From the Foster Coach Sales Facebook page:

Brand new custom Horton conversion on an International chassis 

 

Naperville FD Medic 10

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Naperville FD Medic 10

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Naperville FD Medic 10

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Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 12/9/17

This from Eric Haak:

Here are a few images from the still and box alarm at 4555 S. Champlain. Literally around the corner and down the block from Engine 45’s house. 45 had heavy smoke from the third floor on arrival. The first image here is from about 20 minutes in.

E-ONE tower ladder battles fire at night

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E-ONE tower ladder battles fire at night

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Chicago FD Squad 5A at work

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Chicago FD Engine 45

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Chicago FD Engine 60

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