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Chicago Engine 2

From atop a downtown high-rise, Dan McInerney submitted an interesting image showing Engine 2, the new fire boat, docked outside the marine headquarters. Behind Engine 2, Engine 58 is visible as is a small Coast Guard vessle leaving to go on patrol.

Chicago Fire Department Engine 2 fire boat Christopher Wheatley

Chicago Engine 2 moored at their new quarters with the Chicago Marine Unit and the local Coast Guard unit. Dan McInerney photo

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Chicago Engine 2 ‘Christopher Wheatley’ – update

Chicago Fire Department dedication ceremony fire boat Engine 2 Christopher Wheatley

More images are available now of the dedication ceremony yesterday and Engine 2. Karl Klotz sent in several images depicting the boat and the ceremony. Larry Shapiro has a gallery of images HERE of the boat and has not yet posted the dedication. Gordon J. Nord Jr., has a couple of images HERE showing the boat but he has not yet posted the complete set nor the ceremony.

Chicago Fire Department dedication ceremony fire boat Engine 2 Christopher Wheatley

Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff addresses the media and visitors at the dedication ceremony for Engine 2, the Christopher Wheatley. Karl Klotz photo

Chicago Fire Department dedication ceremony fire boat Engine 2 Christopher Wheatley

Christopher Wheatley's mother christens the boat. Karl Klotz photo

Chicago Fire Department fire boat Engine 2 Christopher Wheatley

Engine 2 heads out from the ceremony near the Chicago Firefighter Memorial. Karl Klotz photo

Chicago Fire Department fire boat Engine 2 Christopher Wheatley

The pilot engages the pumps to discharge water from the turrets. Karl Klotz photo

Chicago Fire Department fire boat Engine 2 Christopher Wheatley

Engine 2 flowing water from the four permanent turrets. Karl Klotz photo

Chicago Fire Department fire boat Engine 2 Christopher Wheatley

The rear of Engine 2 displays the boat's name and the CFD logo. Larry Shapiro photo

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Chicago's fast boat 6-8-8 shadowed Engine 2 as it took to the lake full of visitors. Karl Klotz photo

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Chicago Engine 2 ‘Christopher Wheatley’

Chicago’s newest Engine Company was dedicatd today. Engine 2, the Christopher Wheatley which officially went in service this week, was christened this morning. Karl Klotz, Gordon J. Nord, Jr., and Larry Shapiro were in attendance and wil have many images to share. Until the images can be edited, here are two from Larry Shapiro.

Chicago Fire Department fire boat dedication Christopher Wheatley

Christopher Wheatley's mother smashes the champagne bottle to officially christen Chicago's new fire boat which went into service as Engine 2. Larry Shapiro phoyo

Chicago Fire Department Engine 2 Fire Boat Christopher Wheatley

Chicago Engine 2, the new fire boat put on a display this morning after the dedication ceremony near the Chicago Firefighter Memorial at McCormick Place. Larry Shapiro photo

 

More images will be posted tomorrow. Karl Klotz has posted a gallery HERE showing Engine 2, and a gallery with images of the dedication HERE.

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Chicago Fire Boat – Engine 2

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photographed the Christopher Wheatley, Chicago’s new fireboat which has now been lettered as Engine Company 2. The boat appears to be scheduled for christening tomorrow, May 5th at 0830.

Chicago Fire Boat The Christopher Wheatley Engine 2

Chicago Engine 2, the Christopher Wheatley moored near the US Coast Guard and Chicago Police Marine Headquarters on the Chicago River. photo by Gordon J. Nord, Jr.

 

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Chicago fire boat “The Christopher Wheatley” arrives

Chicago’s new fire boat arrived in town today. The Windsor Star has a brief article HERE with some photos.

CHICAGO, Ill. — The Chicago fire department’s new fireboat, the Christopher Wheatley, made its way into Chicago Tuesday.

Built by Hike Metal Products Ltd, in Wheatley, Ont., the $8.5million boat was named for a 31-year-old Chicago firefighter who died in the line of duty. He was carrying equipment up a fire escape during a restaurant fire when he fell to his death.

The 300-ton craft was pumping 14,000 gallons of water a minute as it passed the Chicago Lighthouse near Navy Pier Tuesday.

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Chicago Fire Boat The Christopher Wheatley

The Christopher Wheatley, Chicago's new fire boat, arrived today from the shipyard in Wheatley, Ontario, Canada. Photograph by: John White, Chicago Sun-Times

 

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Chicago Fire Boat – The Christopher Wheatley update

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Applying the name to the new Chicago Fire Boat. Photograph by: Sharon Hill, The Windsor Star

These are two of several photos which can be seen HERE from the Windsor Star.

Chicago Fire Boat The Christopher Wheatley

Applying Chicago's name to the new fire boat. Photograph by: Sharon Hill, The Windsor Star

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Chicago Fire Boat – The Christopher Wheatley update

This note was sent to us along with the attached photos:

Chicago Fire Boat 'The Christopher Wheatley' Marysville FD

photo courtesy of Mike Yarger, Marysville FD

Hello,
Today our department had the honor of watching your new fire boat pass our city.
We are located in Marysville, MI. about an hour north of Detroit on the St. Clair River.
I have attached a picture for your files. What a special tribute to a fallen brother.
Sincerley,
Mike Yarger
Firefighter/Paramedic
Marysville Fire Department Local 1635
Chicago Fire Boat 'The Christopher Wheatley' Marysville FD

photo courtesy of Mike Yarger, Marysville Fire Department

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Chicago Fire Boat – The Christopher Wheatley update

Dan Jasina from Michigan forwarded this link to a short video of The Christopher Wheatley passing Detroit today in choppy waters.

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Chicago fire boat – The Christopher Wheatley

Dan Jasina from Michigan found another article on the new fire boat with photos and a video.  The entire article can be found HERE with excerpts below:

The vessel represents more than a year of work for Hike Metal Products Ltd. and its more than 20 workers. It’s the largest boat the Wheatley ship builder has sent out of the harbour in four or five years and is larger than a fire boat built in 2007 for Baltimore.

On Friday morning the Chicago fire boat will leave the harbour and could be passing down the Detroit River that afternoon. It will head through Lake St. Clair, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan before reaching Chicago Sunday night, if the weather co-operates.

The boat carries the Wheatley name in a touching coincidence that surprised fire officials in Chicago and the ship builders here.

The fire boat is called the Christopher Wheatley for a 31-year-old Chicago firefighter who died Aug. 9 in the line of duty. He was carrying equipment up a fire escape during a restaurant fire when he fell to his death.

His father Daniel Wheatley said after the Chicago Fire Department told him the city’s replacement fire boat would be commissioned in his son’s name, he asked about who was building the boat. When he looked up Hike Metal’s website and saw the location he was stunned. He travelled to Wheatley in March to see the boat and the village.

Not many firefighters in Chicago know what name the fire boat will bear when it arrives. Hike Metal officials found out about the coincidence four months ago when they asked what name to put on the boat.

Company president Andy Stanton said Wheatley’s not a common name and he’s pleased a hero will carry the Wheatley name out of the harbour. “We were very surprised.”

The Christopher Wheatley is a heavy duty fire boat designed to break up to 12 inches of ice so it can operate year-round.

It can be used with scuba divers, for rescues, for firefighting with foam or water and as a pumping station to supplement the city’s firemain supply of water. It can be run with a crew of five or up to 10 when fighting a fire. It has a kitchen, washroom and crew accommodations below decks.

One of the four monitor nozzles sits on a platform that can be elevated 30 feet and the force of the spray will be enough to blast brick off the side of a building, Stanton said.

To be able to pass underneath low bridges, the boat was built so the mast comes down and it sits no more than 16 feet out of the water. It has four engines, two for the water pumps and two 1,500 horsepower propulsion engines to drive the boat. It can travel at 12 knots or at three knots through ice.

 

Dan submitted photos that we posted HERE.

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Chicago's new fire boat sits completed and ready to head out in a week. Dan Jasina photo

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