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Vintage Chicago 3-11 Alarm fire, 11-21-63

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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago 11-21-63

undated vintage news clipping of a 3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago

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Historic Chicago fire scene

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vintage Chicago downtown fire scene along the Chicago River

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Chicago Fire Department history

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Here are some documents that I believe detail the suburban response during the stockyards fire of May 19, 1934

vintage Chicago Fire Department historical record

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vintage Chicago Fire Department historical record

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Chicago Fire Department history

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an undated clipping from the Chicago Tribune showing a Chicago FD demonstration of apparatus, equipment , and the fire boats

Chicago Fire Department history

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Chicago Fire Department history

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I imagine that the rescue was from the early 60’s and it is interesting to see the old wooden aerial working next to what was a modern Snorkel

Chicago FD Snorkel 3

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A classic column by Paul Ditzel in the December 1968 issue of Fire Engineering Magazine
column by Paul Ditzel in the December 1968 issue of Fire Engineering Magazin

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Chicago Fire Department history

Here is a link to the website of Old Custom Cruisers, a car club in Bristol, Tennessee which owns two Ahrens-Fox pumpers; one from Chicago and one from Maywood, Illinois. 

This 750-GPM Ahrens Fox pumper (piston), Model: IM-2 was built for Chicago Fire Department 7 and was  stationed in the Stockyard area of Chicago.  It was manufactured in 1921 and delivered in  1922.

Hours on Pumper: 750 gal @ 120 lbs for 6 hrs,  375 gal @ 200 lbs for 4 hrs, 250 gal @ 250 lbs for 2 hrs

Engine Details: 6 cylinder engine, 2 plugs per cylinder, duel  ignition system, magneto & distributor, 3 speed  manual transmission, gas, up draft carburetor, mechanical brakes, spring suspension.

The “Ball”, or the pulsation chamber, reduces  the throbbing of the stream as it ejects from the nozzle. The tall chamber on the front retained  the vacuum on the intake side of the pump.  With minor variation, the style of this pump did not change from 1915 to 1952.

former Chicago FD Ahrens Fox piston pumper

Old Custom Cruisers photo

former Chicago FD Ahrens Fox piston pumper

Old Custom Cruisers photo

former Chicago FD Ahrens Fox piston pumper

Old Custom Cruisers photo

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Chicago Magazine October 1989 – Crisis Cowboys … a classic
Chicago Magazine cover October 1989

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Chicago Magazine October 1989

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Chicago Magazine October 1989

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Chicago Magazine October 1989

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Chicago Magazine October 1989

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Chicago Magazine October 1989

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Chicago Magazine October 1989

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Chicago Magazine October 1989

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Chicago Magazine October 1989

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Chicago Magazine October 1989

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Chicago Magazine October 1989

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Chicago Fire Department history

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My dad is mentioned as the driver of SS1 in this article

vintage news clipping about Chicago FD SS1

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Vintage Chicago 3-11 Alarm fire, 4-27-51

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vintage 3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago 4-27-51

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vintage 3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago 4-27-51

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vintage 3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago 4-27-51

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