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Still and Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-22-18

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

A fire caused considerable damage to a concession stand Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The fire was reported at 2:16 p.m. in a concession stand underneath the press box at the ballpark, 1060 W. Addison St., according to Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford.

Crews from the fire station across the street from the park on Waveland used water lines and chemical extinguishers to tackle the blaze. The fire has since been put out and no injuries were reported.

“Damage is considerable to the concession stand but not the structure,” Langford said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Thursday afternoon.

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

With a leadership vacuum in the Chicago Fire Department nearing crisis stage, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has chosen the second in command to replace retired Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago until the mayoral election.

Richard C. Ford II, who is African-American, will fill the $202,728-a-year void created when Santiago reached the mandatory retirement age of 63 and Emanuel was either unable or unwilling to find a legal path to keep Santiago as a civilian fire commissioner. A 35-year veteran Chicago firefighter, Ford has served as the No. 2 man since February, 2016. Prior to that, he spent five years overseeing a Fire Prevention Bureau wracked by a timekeeping and mileage padding scandal that prompted the inspector general to recommend all 54 firefighters be fired only to be thwarted by an independent arbitrator.

Ford takes over the department during a challenging time.

A wave of retirements tied, in part, to a pay differential, may soon leave the Chicago Fire Department without a single deputy commissioner. Already, the fire department is 25 short in the exempt ranks with three more retirements pending. Last year, 32 members of the fire department’s exempt ranks returned to their career service ranks after Emanuel discontinued the longstanding practice of boosting the pay of exempt-rank members in response to union contracts that increased pay for the rank-and-file.

The fire officials are seeking pension changes, expanded health insurance benefits and pay raises. They recently got a four percent pay raise, far short of the 11 percent they were seeking.

Another source, who asked to remain anonymous, said the leadership vacuum in the Chicago Fire Department is nearing a crisis stage.

“Come Nov. 1, if we have two major events at the same time, we won’t have enough officers to cover it. That means we may have to go to the…Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, where we have a suburban chief run a Chicago fire,” the source said.

In a press release announcing Ford’s appointment, the mayor’s office also disclosed that the fire department would begin exploring a new paramedicine program for high users overly-reliant on ambulance services for routine care. The new program was described as providing pro-active medical treatment…to improve healthcare and wellness, reducing the burden on Chicago taxpayers for emergency medical services that are not necessary.

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Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-9-18 (more)

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

A 69-year-old grandfather who threw his 7-year-old grandson out a second-story window to Chicago police officers below as their home burned has died, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed on Monday.

Apolonio Castellano was critically injured in the Sept. 9 fire in the 10000 block of South Avenue L in Chicago’s East Side neighborhood. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center with burns and smoke inhalation. The boy survived thanks to Castellano efforts. 

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Still and Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-16-18

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Took in a quick job the other night basically right across the street from Engine 11’s house. I arrived pretty promptly but there wasn’t much to see by the time I found what side of the building complex the fire was on. A handline was taken up Truck 9’s aerial but I believe an interior line had already pretty much contained the fire. I saw 1 victim being treated.
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Chicago Firefighters work off aerial ladder

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Chicago Firefighters work off aerial ladder

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Chicago FD 9/11 Memorial Ceremony 9/11/18

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Chicago FD 9/11 memorial ceremony

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Chicago FD 9/11 memorial ceremony

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Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-9-18

This from Eric Haak:

The following images were taken this 9/9 at a still and box alarm fire at 10026 South Avenue L on Chicago’s Southeast side. The first image shown was taken 2 minutes before the box was requested and gives you an idea of conditions at that time. The building was balloon frame construction and the fire had made it into the attic. A man who witnessed the fire told me a grandfather pushed a 7-year old out the second floor window but then couldn’t escape himself. Companies went defensive for a brief time.

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from ab7chicago.com:

Six people, including two children and a firefighter, were transported to hospitals after an extra-alarm fire in the South Shore neighborhood Friday morning.

Calls for help first began around 6:30 a.m. when some residents of a three-story building in the 7900-block of South Phillips Avenue were awakened by the warnings of working smoke detectors, thick black smoke and the smell of fire.

The fire was struck by about 8 a.m.

Fire officials said the fire appears to have started in the second floor and is suspicious in nature and that it may have been deliberately set and the result of some sort of argument.

Twenty four residents were rescued by ladder. Several residents including two children, were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, in addition to a firefighter.

“One of our members became disoriented, so it was elevated to a 3-11 alarm. He was immediately found and taken for observation,” said deputy fire commissioner Richard Ford III.

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As seen around … Chicago

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Chicago FD Air Mask Support Unit 644

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New tower ladders for Chicago (more)

Updated production photos of one of the tower ladders for Chicago in production at E-ONE so#142016

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