Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago

Newspaper clips from Steve Redick of a 5-11 Alarm fire at 2639 W. Grand Avenue

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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 1-17-20

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01-17-2020

Truck Co. 48 reported a fire at 1539 S Hamlin Friday evening (1/17/20) during a bad snow storm. Building was a vacant, 3-sty ordinary, 30’x75′. Engine 109 was the first engine since Engine 38 was tied up on an EMS run. Battalion 14 arrived and boxed it right away. Companies went defensive due to forcible entry problems and fire being on all three floors already. Engines 38 & 99 were the box engines and both were feeding the master streams (TL5 & SS1). 2-2-4 pulled a 2-11 Alarm shortly after for manpower purposes. I don’t believe the 2-11 engines were used. Wind gusts up to 35mph and heavy snow for the duration of fire which made it very difficult to fight this job. 
Chicago Firefighters battle a fire in the winter

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Chicago Firefighters battle a fire in the winter

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Firefighters battle building fire in blizzard

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E-ONE tower ladder battles a fire

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Firefighters battle building fire in blizzard

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Firefighters battle building fire in blizzard

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two elevated master streams battle a fire

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Firefighters battle building fire in blizzard

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Firefighter with deck gun in blowing snow

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Firefighters battle building fire in blizzard

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Firefighters battle building fire in blizzard

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Palatine Fire Department news

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New ambulance for Lisle-Woodridge FPD

From the Foster Coach Sales website:

Ford/Horton Type I ambulance MICU

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3-11 Alarm fire and Haz Mat Level I in Chicago, 1-14-20 (more)

More from Steve Redick on the 3-11 Alarm fire and Haz Mat Level I in Chicago, 1-14-20

3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago

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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago

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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago

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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago

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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago

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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago

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spare fire engine at work in Chicago

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fire engine on a hydrant

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fire engine on a hydrant

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Working fire in Harvey, 1-16-20

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We took in a fire in Harvey, Illinois Thursday morning (1/16/20). Fire was in a 2-sty ordinary apartment building at 168 E 155th and it appeared it was in the attic. Couple lines were lead out and Posen Truck cut some holes in the roof. It was very windy at the time of this fire, crews did a good job keeping it to a minimum. 

fire through the roof of an attic in Harvey IL

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fire through the roof of an attic in Harvey IL

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fire truck at night fire scene

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building fire at night

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fire through the roof of an attic in Harvey IL

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Rosenbauer Commander fire engine

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fire engine on a hydrant

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Former Winnetka FD ambulance for sale

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Freightliner Mette ambulance for sale

Former Winnetka FD ambulance for sale

 

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Mattoon Fire Department news

Excerpts from jg-tc.com:

The city recently paid a total of $79,000 in compensatory damages to 32 current and retired firefighters in a Mattoon Fire Department staffing level case that began on Feb. 22, 2018, when the city and Mattoon Firefighters Association Local 691 were in arbitration on union claims that the city failed to maintain minimum staffing of 30 firefighters as required by contract.

Arbitrator Gill Vernon found on April 9, 2018, that the city had violated this requirement and ordered the city to bring staffing up to 30, from the low 20s. He also ordered the two parties to reach an agreement on a monetary penalty. The city and the union were unable to reach an agreement, and this dispute ultimately led to a hearing before Circuit Judge Matthew Sullivan on Dec. 3, 2019.

Sullivan granted the union’s motion for summary judgment and the arbitration award that Vernon had issued on June 17, 2019. This remedy included $79,000 in damages for distribution among all current and former firefighters who served at the time in question. The city also was ordered to pay $19,059 in attorney fees for the union, $9,225 in reimbursement for lost union dues, and $3,900 in arbitrator fees. The Mattoon City Council voted on Jan. 7 to pay the compensatory damages, which will be covered by the city’s insurance fund. 

Meanwhile, the Mattoon firefighters union awaits the scheduling of an Illinois Labor Relations Board hearing, the outcome of which could affect the upcoming arbitration session for a new collective bargaining agreement with the city. They have been operating under the previous contract, which expired on April 30, 2018.

The arbitration session will not be held until after the Illinois Labor Relations Board hears an appeal from the union about the board’s 2018 dismissal of an unfair labor practice against the city. The charge had alleged that the city engaged in unfair labor practices when it eliminated the Mattoon Fire Department’s ambulance service without providing notice to or bargaining with the union.

Arbitrator George Fitzsimmons ruled on April 18, 2018, in favor of the city’s plans to eliminate the Mattoon Fire Department’s ambulance service on July 25, 2018, as part of efforts to deal with city budget deficits. Mitchell-Jerdan Ambulance Service, a longtime provider in Mattoon, was part of the ambulance call rotation with the fire department’s service and is now the sole provider in town.

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McHenry Township Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

At around 4:45 p.m.on Thursday (1/16/20), a truck was heading westbound on West Elm Street in MeHenry when it slammed into a vehicle in the drive-thru of a Starbucks before hitting the corner of the building. Five people suffered injuries as a result of the crash, one was in critical condition. One of the victims was pinned under the truck after it crashed into the building.

The McHenry Police Department Major Crash Assistance Team continue to investigate the crash. 

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New 137-foot aerial ladder for Chicago (more)

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Today I had the opportunity to take pictures of the new AT8. Its a 2019 E-One Cyclone ll 0/0 137′ RM aerial. Very nice setup and should serve the city well.

2019 E-ONE Cyclone CR137 aerial

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2019 E-ONE Cyclone CR137 aerial

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E-ONE Cyclone cab and bumper

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E-ONE 5-section ladder with waterway

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