Posts Tagged Chicago Fire Boat The Christopher Wheatley

Chicago FD 2-11 Alarm fire and Haz Mat Level I, 7-11-16

This from Larry Shapiro:

Chicago battled a 2-11 Alarm fire with a Level I haz mat Monday (7/11/16) in a salvage yard at 3033 E. 106th Street. One tower ladder, Squad 5’s Snorkel, Engine 2, and several multi-versals were at work for several hours.

Chicago firefighters battle a large fire

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smoke from large fire obscures the sun

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Chicago FD Engine 2 fire boat the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago FD Engine 2 fire boat the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago FD rehab unit 571 at fire scene

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Chicago FD Engine 2 fire boat the Christopher Wheatley fighting a fire

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Chicago FD reserve squad

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Chicago firefighters battle a large fire

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fire in a salvage yard

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Chicago fire engine at fire scene

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large diameter hose in street at fire scene

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Chicago FD Engine 2 fire boat the Christopher Wheatley fighting a fire

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Chicago FD Engine 2 fire boat the Christopher Wheatley fighting a fire

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Still & Box Alarm in a Chicago scrap yard, 12-6-15 (more)

This from Steve Redick:

Took in the still & box alarm Sunday at Cortland and Kingsbury, an industrial area with a fire in a large scrap metal operation. A big stack of junk cars was going. This location is right on the river, so as a result Engine 2, the large fireboat was sent to the scene. They eventually supplied a 4-inch line to Engine 55 which then supplied a multiversal. There was some thought about using the big guns, and the “crows nest” turret was raised on the rear of the boat, but there was not really a clear shot to the burning pile from the river location. Access in and around the scene was poor, and I was shooting directly into a bright, low sun … difficult conditions at best. I was able to get some interesting shots of the boat operation, as well as what I think was some kind of air monitor deployed by the haz mat company. All of the photos and video from this incident can be seen on my site

Steve Redick

large scrap pile burning

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large scrap pile burning

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large scrap pile burning

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Chicago fire boat the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago fire boat the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago fire boat the Christopher Wheatley

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firefighters dragging hose

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Chicago fire boat the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago fire boat the Christopher Wheatley

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large scrap pile burning

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large scrap pile burning

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Still & Box Alarm in a Chicago scrap yard, 12-6-15 (more)

This from Eric Haak:

Here are some of my images from the Still & Box on Sunday morning (12/6).  Was hoping to catch Engine 2 working but they wound up just feeding Engine 55.

large scrap pile burning

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Chicago FD Engine 22

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Chicago FD Engine 55

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large scrap pile burning

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silhouette of firefighters in platform

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firefighter dragging hose

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Chicago FD Engine 2 Fireboat Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago FD Engine 22

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Chicago FD Engine 4

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Still & Box Alarm in a Chicago scrap yard, 12-6-15

This from CFD Media:

  • STILL AND BOX ALARM AT THE SCRAP YARD MARCEY/CORTLAND
  • S & B Marcey & Cortland. Large pile of scrap burning. Multiple large diameter lines surrounding fire.
  • Level 1 Hazmat at the S&B at Marcey/Cortland on the orders of BC3
large scrap pile burning

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black smoke on the horizon in the city

black smoke on the horizon in the city

large scrap pile burning

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Chicago fire boat the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago fire boat the Christopher Wheatley

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large scrap pile burning

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As seen around … Chicago

Chicago Fire Boat – Engine 2

This from Steve Redick:

this week I was able to knock a big item off my bucket list … to see the airshow from a boat. I gotta say it was an amazing opportunity, and although photo conditions were tough at best I was able to get some photos from a perspective many never see. We had a close encounter with Engine 2. I gotta say it’s looking very beat up. The paint is fading and all different colors. Got some images of the water display as well as some good views of all sides of the vessel. All of the boat images can be seen here:

Steve

Chicago FD Fire Boat the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago FD Fire Boat the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago FD Fire Boat the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago FD Fire Boat the Christopher Wheatley

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As seen around … Chicago

Images from Tim Olk aboard Chicago Engine 2 the Christopher Wheatley during the air and water show.

aboard the Chicago fire boat The Christopher Wheatley Engine 2

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the Chicago fire boat The Christopher Wheatley Engine 2

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aboard the Chicago fire boat The Christopher Wheatley Engine 2

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aboard the Chicago fire boat The Christopher Wheatley Engine 2

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the Chicago fire boat Engine 58

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aboard the Chicago fire boat The Christopher Wheatley Engine 2

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aboard the Chicago fire boat The Christopher Wheatley Engine 2

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aboard the Chicago fire boat The Christopher Wheatley Engine 2

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Chicago FD fast boat 6-8-8

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A visit to Chicago FD Engine 2

This from Drew Smith:

Got to go on E2, the Christopher Wheatley the other day. In the pilot house/bridge there is this bronze helmet memorial as shown in the two attached photos.

 

Chicago Fire Department memorial

Bronze Truck 2 helmet aboard the fire boat named in memory of FF Chris Wheatley. Drew Smith photo

Chicago Fire Department memorial

CFD bronze memorial aboard the fire boat named in memory of FF Chris Wheatley. Drew Smith photo

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CFD cools bridges so they close 6-10-12

The Chicago Fire Department deployed Engine 2 (The Christopher Wheatley) and land-based engine companies on Sunday to cool down several bridges that would not close properly due to the high heat. Gordon J. Nord, Jr. was in the city and submitted several images.

Chicago Fire Department cools hot bridges in Chicago

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Chicago Fire Department cools hot bridges in Chicago

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Chicago Fire Department cools hot bridges in Chicago Fire Department fireboat

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Chicago Fire Department cools hot bridges in Chicago

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Chicago Fire Department cools hot bridges in Chicago

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Chicago Fire Department cools hot bridges in Chicago

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Chicago Fire Department cools hot bridges in Chicago

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Chicago Fire Department cools hot bridges in Chicago

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

 

 

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Chicago Engine 2 (fire boat)

Karl Klotz pointed us to a site HERE that outlines the specifications and some other interesting information about building the vessel and the requirements that the builder had to meet. Some of the highlights include:

As is immediately obvious from the photographs and accompanying General Arrangement drawing, this is a vessel for which the design was extremely customized to suit the operating environment. The fireboat was designed and built to operate year-round in Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, and surrounding harbours, which includes up to 30 cm (1′) of first year ice. The combination of a very shallow operating draft and an equally limiting air draft presented a significant design challenge, especially regarding weight estimation: if too heavy the vessel would near the bottom of the shallow river; if too light it would run afoul of the numerous low height bridges that grace the Chicago River through downtown Chicago. The new fireboat will be used to respond to any firefighting, rescue, hazmat decontamination, dive support operations, and other waterway related responses.

The fire-fighting capability is provided by two completely independent pump engines, also CAT model C32 diesels, each rated 745 kW at 1,800 rpm and driving an FFS model SFP250 x 350 fire pump, rated 1,590 m³ (7,000 US gallons) per hour at 10 bar (150 psi). There are four fire-fighting monitors:

Centre Forward – 22,710 Lpm (6,000 gpm)
P&S Forward – 11,355 Lpm (3,000 gpm)
Aft – 11,355 Lpm (3,000 gpm)

The aft monitor is located atop a hydraulically elevating mast, provided by Hunger Hydraulics C.C. Ltd. This raises the monitor to a height of 9.14 metres (30′) above the water. In addition to the main monitors, there is an array of hose manifold connections on each side and at the forward end of the fireboat. There are nine connections on each side and four connections at the forward end of the vessel.

As a side note, the photographs featured were taken by Karl Klotz.

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CFD Engine 2 added to the site

Even though Chicago Engine 2, the fireboat Christopher Wheatley was dedicated and entered into service last month, the addition has just been made to the website listing it with 6-8-8 and Engine 58 (OOS) at the Chicago Marine Safety Station at 250 N. Breakwater Access.

Chicago Fire Department fire boat Christopher Wheatley

Chicago Fire Department fire boat 6-8-8 Eugene Blackmon

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