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Chicago FD History – Morita 135′ Ladder

This from Bill Friedrich on the one-of-a-kind 135′ Hendrickson/Pierce/Morita ladder in Chicago

Here is a shot of Truck 2’s old house at 540 W.  Washington Blvd.  Truck 2  was scheduled to get the new Hendrickson/Pierce/Morita that did not fit.    I am also attaching photos of (EF-197), the 1974 Hendrickson – Pierce – Morita Aerial Lift  (Pierce # 8276-C). You have a good view of the aerial itself as well as the ground ladder storage.   I am also sending a parade photo showing where the ff’s rode on the back step.
When they realized the height of the ladder would not fit the doors, they exchanged rigs with Truck 1 (EF-192), a  1972 Alfco 1000 Series Ladder Chief.
I am trying to locate a shot of the company showing Hook & Ladder 2.
Bill
Chicago Fire Department Truck 1 Morita Ladder

Chicago Truck 1 (EF-197), a 1974 Hendrickson 1871/Pierce/Morita 135’Ladder. BIll Friedrich photo

Chicago Fire Department Truck 1 Morita Ladder

Chicago Truck 1 (EF-197), a 1974 Hendrickson 1871/Pierce/Morita Ladder. BIll Friedrich photo

Chicago Fire Department fire house for Truck 2

Truck 2’s house at 540 W. Washington Boulevard. Bill Friedrich photo

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Chicago Still & Box Alarm fire 2-17-13

This from Dieterich Herndobler:

Sorry for the delay in getting the pics to you, but I was able to catch the knockdown of the Still & Box at 9160 S Green at about 0900 hrs. I chased the header coming home from shift. The bulk of the fire was in the rear of a large truss roof structure. I arrived as first water was put on the fire. The best view of the flames was from the west side on Vincennes, unfortunately I was without my DSLR and there was a chain link fence and a large setback from Vincennes to the building and it was backlit. Initial in companies reported water trouble. Once they got water on the fire, it was knocked quick.

 

Chicago Still & Box fire at 9160 S Green 2-17-13

Chicago Still & Box fire at 9160 S Green 2-17-13. D. Herndobler photo

Chicago Still & Box fire at 9160 S Green 2-17-13

Chicago Still & Box fire at 9160 S Green 2-17-13. D. Herndobler photo

Chicago Still & Box fire at 9160 S Green 2-17-13

Chicago Still & Box fire at 9160 S Green 2-17-13. D. Herndobler photo

Chicago Still & Box fire at 9160 S Green 2-17-13

Chicago Still & Box fire at 9160 S Green 2-17-13. D. Herndobler photo

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Chicago FD Turret Wagon History (pt7)

More on the history of turret wagons in the Chicago Fire Department.

This from Steve Redick

I was surfing through my collection..kinda bored cause I haven’t shot any fire photos in a while. I found this shot and thought I would share it because it’s relevant to our recent turret wagon photos. I am not sure of the source of this photo..might be a CFD negative..I do know it is not one I took. A few interesting things to see…truck 2 is using an old Mack magirus and you can see how they had to use a ground ladder to ascend to the main ladder…really gotta wonder what the designers were thinking there…and ya gotta wonder even more why the heck did CFD buy these??!!!!??? Prominently in the photo is the original “Big Mo”..turret wagon with lots of lines hooked up and sporting the CD paint job of white over blue. This thing changed paint schemes like a chameleon changes colors.The other detail I could pick out was what I remember as snorkel 4…it had a stripping ladder mounted on the boom, easily accessible from the basket. Snorkels weren’t just elevated master streams..before tower ladders they did lots of regular truck work too. The fire is downtown somewhere and I estimate the time frame as the mid 70s..anyone recognize this location??
This stuff is way cool…any comments will be shared!!
Steve

Chicago Fire Department Turret Wagon Big Mo

Turret Wagon Big Mo at work at a large fire in Chicago. Photographer unknown.

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CFD Defines Still Alarm and Administrative Districts

 

Chicago Fire Department Administrative Order

Chicago Fire Department Administrative Order

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Still & Box at 12300 S. Michigan Ave. 2-21-2013

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr.

This afternoon Engine Co. 62 pulled up to a 1 sty ord occupied auto repair shop with flames thru the roof. After crews gained entry the 22 Battalion requested a Still and Box alarm. A lot of overhaul and salvage after the fire was struck out.

 

Chicago firefighters working

Crews working on overhaul. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Chicago Engine 115 at fire scene

Engine Co. 115 in Sector 4 which was a large vacant lot.. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 34 at fire scene

Tower 34 was staged in Sector 1 in case they needed the tower put to work. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Chicago Seagrave ladder truck at fire scene

Truck Co. 62 (in a spare) with the aerial fully extended over a storage area to gain access to the roof. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Chicago FD Paramedic Field Chief 4-5-6

Field Chief 4-5-6 in a new buggy Shop# B-560. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Chicago FD Paramedic Field Chief 4-5-8

Field Chief 4-5-8 in new buggy Shop# B-561. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

firefighters working at fire scene

The corner of Sector 4 & 1 while crews are doing overhaul. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

More from Dan McInerney:

Here are some pictures from the still and box at 12300 S. Michigan Thursday afternoon.
They had a fire in a 1 story vacant autobody shop. It looks like it may have been an auto fire in the garage that ended up getting into the cockloft and going through the roof. Squad 5 was on a still in the high rise on 41st St. and the 22nd wanted an elevated stream which he didn’t have on the still, so he boxed it to get a tower ladder. E115 and E75 had a 2.5” each led out and made quick work of the fire. Neither TL34 or Squad 5 (who eventually made it there from 41st St.) worked their platforms. There was a lot of overhaul afterwards, and the 22nd Battalion asked to EFAO to notify the Building Department that this was a vacant and open building.
Chicago Battalion 24

Chicago Battalion 24. Dan McInerney photo

auto repair shop fire in Chicago

Exterior on the Michigan side showing some overhaul performed. Dan McInerney photo

Chicago FD Truck 24

Dan McInerney photo

Chicago Battalion 21

Chicago Battalion 21. Dan McInerney photo

auto repair shop fire in Chicago

Sector 2 showing bay doors opened up and more roof overhaul. Dan McInerney photo

Chicago FD Engine 75

Chicago FD Engine 75. Dan McInerney photo

Chicago FD Engine 75

E75 with a line off (and it’s properly tied off). Dan McInerney photo

Chicago Squad 5

Dan McInerney photo

Chicago Engine 115

Dan McInerney photo

Chicago Truck 27

Truck 27 was RIT. Dan McInerney photo

auto repair shop fire in Chicago

Overhaul from above and below. Dan McInerney photo

Chicago Tower Ladder 34

Dan McInerney photo

 

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Chicago Apartment Fire 2-21-13

This from Josh Boyajian:

CFD companies had a working fire this morning at 5511 w Congress. Multiple ambulances were called for smoke victims. Engine 113 had a line lead out, Tower 14 made the roof, and Engine 117 also had a line lead out. Here are some of my pictures

 

building fire in Chicago

Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago Engine 113

Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago Tower Ladder 14

Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago Fire Department Engine 117

Josh Boyajian photo

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CFD ambulance

This from Josh Boyajian:

I stopped by 31st and Sacramento Monday and caught a new CFD ambulance that was delivered yesterday. Its a 2013 Ford Braun Ambulance with a F-350 chassis. It has the new Fed Sig Vision SRL light bar on it. Here is my picture

 

Braun Type I ambulance for Chicago

2013 Ford F-350/Braun Type I ambulance delivered to the CFD. Josh Boyajian photo

Update from Josh:

I’m being told that the ambulance sitting at the radio shops is a re-chassis from a previous unit that was wrecked. The new chassis is a Ford F-350 Power stroke diesel.

 

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Chicago FD Turret Wagon history (pt6)

More history on the Chicago FD turret wagons – image submissions from Steve Redick … including a great shot of Big John inside Engine 42’s house.

 

Chicago Fire Department turret wagon 6-7-3

Chicago Fire Department turret wagon 6-7-3. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department turret wagon 6-7-3

Chicago Fire Department turret wagon 6-7-3. Steve Redick photo

 

Steve also found this image of Big John

 

Chicago Fire Department Big John

Chicago Fire Department Big John 6-7-3. Tim Vermande photo

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Chicago FD Turret Wagon history (pt5)

More images of the Chicago Fire Department turret wagons working. These images from Chief Gordon J. Nord, Jr. of the most recent deployment of the inservice/out of service large turret wagon 6-7-1 working at the ruins of the 5-11 & 2 Specials on South Ashland Avenue in January.

 

Chicago FD turret wagon 671 working at fire scene

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Chicago FD turret wagon 671 working at fire scene

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Chicago FD turret wagon 671 working at fire scene

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Chicago FD turret wagon 671 working at fire scene

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Chicago FD turret wagon 671 working at fire scene

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Chicago FD turret wagon 671 working at fire scene

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Chicago FD turret wagon 671 working at fire scene

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

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Chicago FD Turret Wagon history (pt4)

This from Scott Peterson:

Found this from my “old negative” pictures. Dec 1, 1998 the Pullman Factory fire, 6-7-1 working the rear. I believe the chief at the driver’s side rear of 6-7-1 is Garetti.

 

Pullman factory fire in Chicago December 1998

6-7-1 at work in the rear at the the Pullman Facorty fire in Deember of 1998. Scott Peterson photo

 

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