Posts Tagged Chicago Fire Department history

Chicago Fire Department history – 3-11 Alarm fire 7-15-72

This from Steve Redick:

This is a real dandy. You can hear my old boss Jack Turner as well as Art Benker.. The Division Marshal I think is Harper. They tell truck 47 to get ready to use the life net. What a fire this must have been.

3-11 alarm 1234 Loyola  7-15-72

Steve

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Chicago Fire Department history – radio traffic from the 90s

This from Steve Redick:

Here’s another interesting audio recording of radio traffic from the 90’s, 2 Still & Box Alarm fires

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Chicago Fire Department history – 3-11 Alarm fire 10-18-81

This from Steve Redick:

Here’s an interesting audio recording of radio traffic from a 3-11 Alarm fire at 59th & LaSalle, 10/18/81

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Larry Shapiro:

I came across this photo of a former Walters ARFF at O’Hare.

1970s vintage Walters ARFF from O'Hare Airport

Walters ARFF from O’Hare. Larry Shapiro photo

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New CFD Autocar replica model (more)

From Fire Replicas:

FINAL DETAILS ANNOUNCED FOR PRODUCTION OF CHICAGO AUTOCAR SQUADS 3 & 4

Details are finalized for the upcoming production run of the Chicago Fire Department 1954 Autocar Squads. We will produce Squads 3 & 4. What will be the differences? Squad 3 will be consistent with Squad 8 in its configuration, but will have new license plates and door graphics.

Squad 4 will feature a new MARS Aurora Borealis light bar on the cab roof, replacing the MARS “football” light. In addition, Squad 4 will feature an accessory pack including the stokes basket and two rear water canons.

Click here to reserve Squad 3.

Click here to reserve Squad 4.

Fire Replicas will contact you when the models are close to shipment in 2017 with instructions to finalize your order. But only those with reservations will receive priority notification.

CFD 1954 Autocar Squad replica model from Fire Replicas

CFD 1954 Autocar Squad replica model from Fire Replicas

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Steve Redick:

I found another treasure from the archive my dad preserved. A full page COLOR photo spread from July 1939!  This was billed as the 2nd ever thrill show with an attendance of 70,000. You can make out some classic apparatus. I was able to use photoshop to restore this to almost perfect condition. My dad must have been 10 years old at the time so I am assuming my grandpa might have been the one to put this aside originally. I think this is too good not to share.

Steve Redick

Chicago Police and Fire Thrill Show July 17 1939

Chicago Daily Tribune clipping from July 17, 1939. Steve Redick collection

Chicago Police and Fire Thrill Show July 17 1939

Chicago Daily Tribune clipping from July 17, 1939. Steve Redick collection

Chicago Police and Fire Thrill Show July 17 1939

Chicago Daily Tribune clipping from July 17, 1939. Steve Redick collection

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Larry Shapiro:

After seeing the photos from Fleet Guy of the two 1985 E-ONE tower ladders that remain in the CFD spare pool, I thought I’d share an image of one when it was brand new. Assigned to Tower Ladder 39, this was on display in the Daley Center Plaza for Fire Prevention Week in 1985 before it was placed in service.  E-238, E-4335 for this rig.

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 39 E-ONE Hurricane square cab

Chicago Tower Ladder 39 – 1985 E-ONE Hurricane 95′ RM 0/0. Larry Shapiro photo

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Of interest … The Great Chicago Fire

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

… workers on the Lake Shore Drive ramp project turned up what officials say is charred debris from the Chicago Fire.

After drilling holes for new pillars on the east side of Lake Shore Drive this year and last year, they turned up bricks, wooden timbers, and ash from the conflagration that destroyed most of the city in October 1871, said Anthony Quigley, IDOT project implementation engineer. They also found a concrete stairway, of unknown age and origin.

Work was slowed down to change methods and equipment to deal with the debris. No historical preservationists needed to be called in, as fire debris was commonly used as landfill along the lake. It’s how Grant Park was made.

The I-55/Lake Shore Drive ramps were originally built in the mid-1960s and have seen multiple bridge deck failures, particularly during the harsh winters of 2013 and 2014, which caused potholes that shut down lanes.

thanks Dan

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Steve Redick:

August 1986. This was a big deal at the time. I remember when we had all 3 boats in service, 37, 41, 58. 41 was the only one that had a land based firehouse at the time … now gone. We snuck in there one night after it closed and the place was trashed. A great spot for a boat to be quartered, right near all the big industrial stuff at Throop st

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Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 3-28-74

This from Steve Redick:

March 28, 1974, 5-11 & 1 Special at 132 N State. There were some amazing fires in the downtown iron ring years ago.  Some injured members mentioned. Willard Meeker and Dave Lozeau, now retired.

historic 5-11 alarm fire in Chicago

5-11 fire in Chicago at 132 N. State Street, March 28, 1974

historic 5-11 alarm fire in Chicago

5-11 fire in Chicago at 132 N. State Street, March 28, 1974

historic 5-11 alarm fire in Chicago

5-11 fire in Chicago at 132 N. State Street, March 28, 1974

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