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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

Tim Olk photo

the Chicago fire boat The Christopher Wheatley Engine 2

Tim Olk photo

aboard the Chicago fire boat The Christopher Wheatley Engine 2

Tim Olk photo

aboard the Chicago fire boat The Christopher Wheatley Engine 2

Tim Olk photo

the Chicago fire boat Engine 58

Tim Olk photo

aboard the Chicago fire boat The Christopher Wheatley Engine 2

Tim Olk photo

aboard the Chicago fire boat The Christopher Wheatley Engine 2

Tim Olk photo

aboard the Chicago fire boat The Christopher Wheatley Engine 2

Tim Olk photo

Chicago FD fast boat 6-8-8

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Chicago technical rescue, 3-27-14

The Chicago Tribune has a brief article about a bridge worker that fell into a void space that houses a bridge’s counter weights at Randolph Avenue this morning:

A bridge worker was injured this morning after he fell 15 feet as he was working on the Randolph Street bridge on the Chicago River, officials said.

The Chicago Department of Transportation worker fell at about 11:30 a.m., said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Joseph Roccasalva.

The man, 59, fell into a hole on the bank of the river where the bridge’s counter-balance weights are located, allowing it to be raised and lowered, Roccasalva said.

The bridge had been lifted as workers did spring maintenance, said Roccasalva.

The worker suffered multiple injures and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital at about noon in serious-to-critical condition as a precaution, said Roccasalva. The man’s injuries were not considered life-threatening and his condition was stabilized, he said.

Larry Shapiro arrived on the opposite side of the river as Engine 2 arrived, but after the worker had been rescued. Here are a few images.

Chicago Fire Boat Engine 2 the Christopher Wheatley

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Boat Engine 2 the Christopher Wheatley

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Boat Engine 2 the Christopher Wheatley

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Boat Engine 2 the Christopher Wheatley

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Boat Engine 2 the Christopher Wheatley

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago bridge where worker was injured

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago bridge where worker was injured

Larry Shapiro photo

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Chicago Fire Boat – Engine 2

This from Jamie Moncrief:

Wanted to share these fire boat photos I took on Sat. Dec 28, 2013 – while walking along the river, we spotted the Chicago Engine 2 fire boat “Christopher Wheatley” heading out  - thirty minutes later, we were able to see her on Lake Michigan from the top of the Hancock Building.

Best wishes to her and her crew!
Jamie Moncrief
Streeterville, Chicago
Chicago Fire Boat "Christopher Wheatley" on the Chicago River

Jamie Moncrief photo

Chicago Fire Boat "Christopher Wheatley" in the winter

Jamie Moncrief 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

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 Fire Department fireboat

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

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 Fire Boat History

While on a visit to the Door County Maritime Museum, Drew Smith found a photo hanging on the wall depicting the Victor Schlaeger and the Joseph Medill side by side in dry dock. Drew took photos of the photo … and submitted them for all to see. While he was there, he met an older gentleman that worked on building both of the boats.

The Chicago Fire Boat Victor Schlaeger in dry dock - Door County Maritime Museum

This photo from the Door County Maritime Museum shows the Chicago Fire Boat Victor Schlaeger in dry dock. In the background is the Joseph Medill. Image from the Door County Maritime Museum.

The Chicago Fire Boats Victor Schlaeger and Joseph Medill in dry dock - Door County Maritime Museum

This photo from the Door County Maritime Museum shows both the Chicago Fire Boats Victor Schlaeger and Joseph Medill in dry dock. Image from the Door County Maritime Museum.

 

The Chicago Fire Boats Victor Schlaeger and Joseph Medill  - Door County Maritime Museum

The placard describes the origin of the photo. From the Door County Maritime Museum

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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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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 Fire Boats – some history

Dan McInerney found several links which offer images and information about the current and past Chicago fire boats.

Here are some websites that have some info on CFD’s former boat fleet.
Pictures of current/former boats:
Info and location of the Joseph Medill:
The Medill can be seen on Google Maps Street View at the corner of 1st Ave and 6th street in Escanba, MI. (682 1st Avenue North, Escanaba, MI)
And the Fred Busse:
The Medill can be seen on Google Maps Street View at the corner of 1st Ave and 6th street in Escanba, MI. (682 1st Avenue North, Escanaba, MI)  ma:45.74684688874211//-87.0567671//14//hybrid:Joseph Medill
Door County Fireboat Cruises

Snapshot of the Door County Fireboat Cruises website featuring the Fred Busse.

Fred L. Schlaeger fireboat - Google Maps

Satellite view from Google Maps of the Fred L. Schlaeger docked at the water filtration plant.

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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.

Chicago Fire Departement new fire boat

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

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