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Chicago Fire Department: Engine Companies over the years. Part 2

This from Martin Nowak:

More on the CFD engine companies over the years. Thanks to Squad546 for allowing me to show these images.

Chicago FD Engine  10

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  • Former Engine 10 (O’Hare) 1973 FWD/Seagrave 1250/500
Chicago FD Engine  11

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  • Former Engine 11 – 1973 Seagrave
Chicago FD Engine  34

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  • Former Engine 34 – “One of the 1970 Ward LaFrances refurbed in 1988 by E-ONE for the movie ‘Backdraft’. This was origianlly Eng-49 & I don’t think it was actually used in the movie. Most were removed from service shortly after their refurb. Photo taken at Engine 127’s house (Midway Airport).”
Chicago FD Engine  50

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  • Former Engine 50 – 1998 HME/Luverne 1500/500
Chicago FD Engine  50

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  • Former Engine 50 – 1985 E-ONE/Federal
Chicago FD Engine  107

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  • Former Engine 107-1988 Federal/E-ONE
Chicago FD Engine  108

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  • Former Engine 108’s 1985 E-ONE
Chicago FD Engine  109

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  • Former Engine 109-1974 Mack MB/Howe (1988 E-ONE rehab)
Chicago FD Engine 117

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  • Former Engine 117-1992 Spartan/Luverne

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Three generations of CFD FFs with the same name


The following note was sent to by Thomas Parquette of Branson, Mo., and is printed here with permission from both.

Hi ‘Geezer’,
I thought you may find this interesting. The picture was taken sometime around 1885 and is of Eng. Co. 11 of the Chicago Fire Department. The paper it ran in 40 years later in 1925  is an unknown fire publication.

The second firefighter from left is George Geis, my great grandfather. He was killed in the line of duty about 1902 in a wall collapse. His father before him, also George Geis, was one of the first CFD firefighters and was killed in the Chicago Fire in the 1870’s.

The man in the photo’s son, also George Geis, my grandfather, was also a firefighter in Chicago and saw the transition from horse to motive power. He was part of the final call of Buck, Beauty & Dan, the last horse drawn fire team in Chicago. ( I also have a photo of that)  He was critically injured in the line of duty when a drunk driver t-boned the hook and ladder upon which he was the tiller driver. He died of those injuries in the early 1930’s and never received a dime in compensation from Chicago, as the union was just forming and the protections were barely starting at that time.

All three of these gentlemen were career firefighters. All of the same name excepting their middle initial. All killed in the line of duty or because of it. All CFD. My uncle, Stephen Geis, went on to become Chief of Downers Grove Illinois in the 1950s and his son, my cousin, is a full timer as well.

I thought you may find it of interest. I must thank the Fire Museum of Chicago for their help with the exhaustive research of the history mentioned. This photo is sourced from their archives. Keep up the great work. Your coverage is terrific and your writing is not only inviting but amusing.

Thomas Parquette
Branson, Missouri


Chicago Fire Department photo from 1885

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Chicago Still Alarm

Steve Redick took in a small fire today on the city’s Northwest Side in the 6500 block of Onarga and sent a few shots including Trucks 9 & 55 at the scene. Truck 9 has a 2010 Spartan/Crimson aerial and Truck 55 has a 2002 Pierce Dash.  He reports that the fire originated in the basement and started to extend up


Chicago Fire Department Truck 9 2010 Spartan Crimson

Chicago Truck 9 staged with their new Spartan/Crimson aerial. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department Pierce Truck 55

Truck 55 was first truck to the scene and went to the roof. Steve Redick photo


Chicago Still alarm 6500 block of Onarga

Truck 55 spotted the aerial to make the roof. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Still alarm 6500 block of Onarga

Engine 11 was staged down the block. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Still alarm 6500 block of Onarga

Firefighters survey the roof as others enter the house to check for extension. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Still alarm 6500 block of Onarga

Engine 119 was the Still engine on Onarga Steve Redick photo

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