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Blue Island Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

 TBT-Not an apparatus photo, but a question for fire buffs?  Two Blue Island firemen posed in front of their station.  What is that pump behind them?  Air or Gas?
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Blue island Fire Department history

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Blue Island Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT-Two views of the BIFD.  The first taken in October 1907.  Looking west on Vermont St. in front of the fire station.  The second taken in 1976 looking east.  Photos courtesy of Blue Island Historical Society. 
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Blue Island Fire Department circa 1976

From the Blue Island Historical Society

Blue Island Fire Department circa 1907

From the Blue Island Historical Society

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Blue Island Fire Department Museum news

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Blue Island Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

For #TBT.  Fire at the Lyric Theater in Blue Island, February 14th, 1960.  Sunday afternoon matinee filled with children watching a movie.  The building was evacuated and the only loss was the building.  Today, this would have been a box alarm with multiple companies attending and change of quarters.  Back then it was handled solely by Blue Island.  How times have changed.  Photos courtesy Blue Island Historical Society.Mike Summa 

Fire at the Lyric Theater in Blue Island, February 14th, 1960

Fire at the Lyric Theater in Blue Island, February 14th, 1960. From the Blue Island Historical Society

Fire at the Lyric Theater in Blue Island, February 14th, 1960

Fire at the Lyric Theater in Blue Island, February 14th, 1960. From the Blue Island Historical Society

Fire at the Lyric Theater in Blue Island, February 14th, 1960

Fire at the Lyric Theater in Blue Island, February 14th, 1960. From the Blue Island Historical Society

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Blue Island Fire Department History

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT-Blue Island Engine 3, a 1952 American LaFrance 1000/300. I took this picture at Station 2 on Division St. where it was assigned from when the station was built till 1973.
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Blue Island Fire Department history

Blue Island Engine 3 – 1952 American LaFrance 1000/300. Mike Summa photo

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Blue Island Fire Department Museum

From the Blue Island Historical Society Facebook page I found this article.  The museum will be built across the street from the fire station on Vermont St.  Enjoy and comment. Mike Summa

The Blue Island Fire Department Museum was conceived by Blue Islander Joe Dinovo and is being supported by the City of Blue Island, the family of Matthew O’Callaghan, BIHS, and a number of other volunteers and donors. Its purpose will be to educate the public on the history of our fire department and on fire safety and prevention, and it will house one of the coolest artifacts we’ve seen anywhere – Old Bess, a 1925 Seagrave fire engine that was purchased brand-new by the city of Blue Island. The rendering you see below was created by Blue Island’s Ken Jellema, who’s also lent his services to our other project. It’s likely that this design will change slightly before this building’s construction, but, we’re so excited about the progress so far!

These projects are going to take years to complete, but with the support we’re used to in this community, we believe that it’s only a matter of time until you see them come to fruition.

To support these initiatives and more, become a member of the Blue Island Historical Society:

Preliminary rendering of the Blue Island Fire Museum

Rendering by Ken Jellema

1925 Seagrave fire engine Blue Island IL

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Blue Island Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

Here is a photo of Blue Island E2153, a 1971 American LaFrance 1500/500 purchased from Oak Park in 1990.  Shown here out of service at the 2006 Posen Fire Muster.  Enjoy and comment.
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1971 American LaFrance 1500/500

Blue Island FD Engine 2153 – 1971 American LaFrance 1500/500. Mike Summa photo

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Blue Island Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

It’s Thursday, here is an old picture of Blue Island’s first motorized firetruck.  Competition was just as important back then as today.  With the city council divided on which company was better, Seagrave or American LaFrance.  Please enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa 

Blue Island's first motorized firetruck

Blue Island’s first motorized firetruck

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Blue Island Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

For throwback Thursday, here is a picture of one of the Blue Island Fire Dept.’s three auxiliary stations built in the 1880’s.  This one was in my neighborhood, on High St. on the east side of town.  These stations lasted until about 1916 when the department went motorized and all three auxiliary stations were closed.  This station was still around until the 1960’s when it was torn down to make way for a new house.
Mike Summa
Blue Island Fire Department history

One of the Blue Island Fire Dept.’s three auxiliary stations built in the 1880’s, on High St. on the east side of town. These stations lasted until about 1916 when the department went motorized and all three auxiliary stations were closed. This station was still around until the 1960’s when it was torn down to make way for a new house.

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Blue Island Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

Hello,
This is Blue Island’s engine 2133, a 1960 ALF 1500/500.  In 1984, it was involved in a traffic accident.  It was sent to ALF to have a Century cab installed.  It remained in service until 2007, when it was replaced by a 2007 HME.  An amazing 47 years in service.  Enjoy!
–Mike Summa
Blue Island FD Engine 2123

Blue Island Engine 2133 – 1960 ALF 1500/500 after refurb with a Century cab. Mike Summa photo

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