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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the abc7chicago.com:

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Jose Santiago recognized 125 new graduates of the Fire Academy during a ceremony last Wednesday evening at Navy Pier.

The graduating class included 29 former or current members of the U.S. Military, 10 former police officers, 11 former CFD medics and two family members of those who lost their life during service as police officers or firefighters.

The graduates completed a six-month training course that included courses for certification as an EMT and Illinois firefighter.

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Still & Box Alarm in Chicago, 2-11-17 (part 4)

This from Steve Redick:

The still and box last saturday morning at 2600 W 35th Street in the 15th battalion

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from dnainfo.com:

Contractors who do inferior work would face harsh penalties under a measure set to be considered by the Chicago City Council. The crackdown, ordered by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, was prompted by the death of Chicago Firefighter Daniel Capuano in December 2015.

The change is designed to streamline Building Commissioner Judy Frydland’s authority to penalize contractors who do not follow city building codes or get the proper permits. The new rules would increase punishment as multiple violations are found by inspectors, starting with a hold on permits and including the revocation of licenses of companies who fail to comply.

Capuano died while working to extinguish a warehouse fire at 92nd Street and Baltimore Avenue in South Chicago. He fell two stories down an unmarked elevator shaft while battling the smoky blaze.

The department of buildings determined that at the time of the fire that unauthorized work was being performed at the site, including complete removal of the elevator and other structural alterations.

The city demolished the warehouse a year after Capuano’s death.

The full City Council will consider the measure Feb. 22.

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Chicago orders new squads (more)

This from Jacob Metzler:

Went up to O’Hare last night, caught the new 7/7A with the fading sunlight. As far as I know, the order at Engine 9 is unchanged: Squad 7/7A, Command Van 273, MVU 9-2-4, Engine 9 and Medic 59.
Chicago FD Squad 7

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Chicago FD Squad 7A

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Chicago orders new squads (more)

This from Niko Stefani:

?2/14/17 Chicago (IL) Fire Department O’Hare International Airport Rescue Station 3. Squad Co. 7 transitions into new rigs. Special Ops Battalion Chief (5-1-5) was also at the house. Pictures of the new and old squad Co. 7 and 7A, Comm Van 273, and MVU 9-2-4. Enjoy!

Chicago FD Special Operations Battalion 5-1-5

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Chicago FD Squad 7 at O'Hare Airport

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Chicago FD Squad 7 at O'Hare Airport

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Chicago FD Squad 7 at O'Hare Airport

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Chicago FD Squad 7 at O'Hare Airport

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Chicago FD Squad 7 at O'Hare Airport

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Chicago FD Squad 7 at O'Hare Airport

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Chicago FD Squad 7 at O'Hare Airport

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Chicago FD MVU 9-2-4 at O'Hare Airport

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Chicago FD Comm Van 2-7-3 at O'Hare Airport

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Chicago-Suntimes.com:

Veteran paramedics are accusing their union and Mayor Rahm Emanuel of dropping the ball on a promise to pursue the addition of at least five more advanced life support ambulances by July 1, 2016.

The five-year firefighters contract that expires on June 30 included a dramatic upgrade in emergency medical care by ending Chicago’s two-tiered system of ambulance service.

Instead, all 15 of Chicago’s basic-life-support ambulances were converted to advanced-life-support, giving Chicago 75  (ALS) ambulances.

The move freed up the equivalent of 30 firefighters, since each one of the city’s BLS ambulances were staffed by a pair of firefighter-EMTs. At the same time, the city agreed to hire more paramedics — anywhere from 50 to 200.

Within 60 days of contract ratification, the city and the union were to each appoint three representatives to a committee to oversee ambulance expansion.

“It was completely dropped. It died. Nobody on the street has heard anything about that since then. It’s crazy,” said Paramedic Field Chief Rich Raney.

“If you listen to the fire scanner, you will hear every day dispatchers saying, `Do we have anybody available on the North Side? Do we have anybody available out of Northwestern [Hospital]? Do we have anybody available at a variety of hospitals?’

“They are not available. . . . They have to send ambulances from way far away to the downtown area to cover because there’s not enough ambulances.”

The long wait for an ambulance may not show up on dispatch records, only because officials have “found a way around it,” Raney said.

“Say they call for an ambulance and nobody is available. They call for Ambulance 39 at Northwest Highway and Harlem and send them downtown. Fifteen minutes later, while that second ambulance is still in route, they’ll hear an ambulance come up from Northwestern [Hospital] and they’ll say, `Can you take this call?’ They give them that call and they cancel Ambulance 39. And it takes that ambulance that came from Northwestern two, maybe three minutes to get there,” Raney said.

“On the official log, all it’ll say is that it took that ambulance three minutes to get there. It doesn’t say that, prior to that, it took 10, 12 minutes for an ambulance to get even close.”

The wave of paramedic hiring promised during negotiations hasn’t happened either, veteran paramedics said.

According to Raney and veteran paramedic Pat Fitzmaurice, the last paramedic class was hired in December 2014. There have been three classes of firefighters since then.

Paramedics are assigned to work 24 hours on and 72 hours off. But, the shortage of paramedics has forced many paramedics to work 24 hours on and only 24 hours off for as long as three straight weeks, they said.

Fitzmaurice said the city “hasn’t hired paramedics in three years despite taking 30 as cross-trained firefighters.”

“We’re probably 150 short,” he wrote in a text message to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Tom Ryan, retiring president of Local 2, was tight-lipped when asked why the ambulance expansion promise made in the contract side-letter was broken.

“On this particular issue, the ball is in the city’s court. We still await a response from them,” Ryan wrote in a text message, without explaining what he meant.

Mayoral spokeswoman Julienn Kaviar said: “In the April 2014 contract, we agreed with Union Local 2 to upgrade 15 Basic Life Support ambulances to Advanced Life Support ambulances, making all 75 Chicago Fire Department ambulances ALS vehicles. We did. The fire department’s Emergency Medical Services Division continues to enhance resources and training to ensure EMTs and paramedics have the tools they need when faced with extraordinary circumstances.”

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Chicago orders new squads (more)

This from Larry Shapiro:

Here’s some updated information on the new squads for Chicago.

After receiving the finished units from Rosenbauer America, it was determined that the ‘A’ units with the aerials needed some minor alterations to maximize the maneuverability of boom. As designed, these units had two storage compartments accessible from the top on either side of the body. The rear compartments on each side constrained some of the boom movement. Subsequently, the units have been at Chicago Fleet Services undergoing modifications. The work has been completed on Squad 2A and Squad 7A. Both companies are scheduled to take possession of their new apparatus Tuesday, February 14th. The work is still in process for Squad 1A and Squad 5A.

The personnel at Chicago Fleet Services did a terrific job removing the existing material and fabricating a diamond plate cutout for the boom to swing.

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Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 2-12-17

This from Eric Haak:

At approximately 0605 hrs on Sunday morning (2/12), the Englewood Fire Alarm Office received several calls for a fire at the intersection of 44th and Shields Ave. Engine 50 landed on the scene and confirmed a fire in a 2.5-story vacant frame with exposure to a 1.5-story occupied frame. Two minutes later, the 2nd Battalion reported he had heavy fire in the 2.5-story and requested a Box. The first image below was taken just before Engine 50 opened up with their deck gun which knocked down a lot of the visible fire in the front. There was a lot of fire extension into the occupied exposure and companies made an interior attack on that structure. Eventually Squad 5’s Snorkel and Tower Ladder 39 were brought down to mop up the remaining fire in the original building which was under rehab. In an October, 2015 Google Streets image, the building was a Red-X and appeared to have had a basement fire in it previously.

house engulfed in flames at night

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Chicago FD Engine 50 at fire scene

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Firefighters battle house fire at night

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house engulfed in flames at night

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Firefighters battle house fire at night

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Chicago Firefighters on roof with flames

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Firefighters battle house fire

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excepts from WGNtv.com:

Close to 20 people lost their Garfield Park home to fire Saturday morning, but the loss could have been immeasurably worse had firefighters not been able to rescue a man in wheelchair and a child who was sleeping in the basement.

Martinia Martin left her first floor apartment Saturday morning for the store, and when she came back she saw smoke, fire, and firefighters. Even worse, out of the 13 children who were first evacuated from the building’s apartments, her 7-year-old daughter wasn’t with them.

Firefighters carried a quadrapalegic man out in his wheelchair before finally finding the 7-year-old sleeping in a downstairs bedroom. She was scared, but otherwise healthy.

CFD Batallion Chief Keith Bozenda was on the scene, and said no one was seriously injured in the fire.

The home is severely damaged and will likely have to come down. People who lived there have been busy not only trying to find a place to stay, but also saving some of their few surviving possessions.

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the link features video footage from the scene

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Still & Box Alarm in Chicago, 2-11-17 (part 1)

This from Eric Haak:

Here are some pictures from a Still & Box Alarm in Chicago on Saturday morning (2/11). The 15th Battalion was first on scene and reported light smoke showing from a 600 x 200, 4-story, fire-resistive warehouse. Seven minutes later, the 15th reported they had heavy smoke in the interior and asked for the box. It turned out to be an auto. The MVU was brought in to clear the smoke.

Chicago FD Engine 39

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heavy smoke pours out of warehouse

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probationary Chicago Firefighter at work

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Chicago Firefighters at fire scene

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Chicago FD Engine 39

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Chicago FD Engine 65

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Chicago FD lieutenant

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Chicago FD MVU 923

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