Posts Tagged Chicago Fire Department

Car fire in Chicago, 9-15-16

This from Josh Boyajian:

Caught this auto fire @ 53rd and Princeton last week. E50 arrived and extinguished it fairly quick

cary fully engulfed in flames

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firefighters battle car fire

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firefighters arrive on scene

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firefighters battle car fire

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cary fully engulfed in flames

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firefighters extinguish car fire

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

In another in a long line of hiring discrimination rulings against the Chicago Fire Department, a federal appeals court on Monday ruled in favor of female paramedics in striking down a physical performance test used by the city to hire paramedics for over a decade.

The decision in the sex discrimination lawsuit, Ernst v. City of Chicago, overturns federal district court verdicts in 2014 and 2015 finding the city’s use of the test did not discriminate against female applicants. The fire department has been mired in litigation over racially and sexually discriminatory hiring practices for decades.

The appeals court ruling strikes down a test used by the department from 2000 to 2014. Between 2000 and 2009, nearly 1100 applicants, including 800 men and 300 women, took the test. Of those, 98 percent of the male applicants passed. The passing rate for female applicants was 60 percent, and plaintiffs in Ernst v. City of Chicago alleged this amounted to disparate impact under federal discrimination law.Judge Daniel Manion, authoring a unanimous opinion for the three-judge panel, questioned how some of the test elements, which included an arm crank machine, a timed step test, and a leg strength test, could measure any skill required of a Chicago paramedic.

While the city maintained the test was necessary, the court found a “lack of connection between real job skills” and the test, calling that “fatal to Chicago’s case.”Discrimination lawsuits against the department include the long-running Lewis v. City of Chicago, a more than 10-year-old race discrimination lawsuit which ended in a 2012 U.S. District Court injunction ordering Chicago to hire 111 African-American firefighters.In 2013 and 2014, the city settled two class-action lawsuits with women rejected for employment based on physical performance tests designed by the same developer who created the new test now struck down by the appeals court. Those settlements, Vasich v. City of Chicago and Godfrey v. City of Chicago, led to the hiring of more than 40 women as firefighters.

The plaintiffs in the case were Stacy Ernst, Irene Res, Kathy Kean, Dawn Hoard and Michelle Lahalih — all experienced paramedics.

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Chicago 3-11 Alarm fire, 9-12-16 (more)

This from Steve Redick:

The parade of dollar store fires continues. This occurred on September 12, at Jackson & Kedzie. The construction was described as light weight, and I believe this same mall was burned several years ago as well. Access was somewhat difficult as this was right by a major CTA bus barn and the Eisenhower Expressway causing a real traffic snarl. At the height of the fire TL 5, TL14, Squad 2, Eng 44’s deck gun, 661, the turret wagon and the hose wagon were all in use.
Squad 2’s Snorkel was enveloped in a fireball when a portion of the roof collapsed and the members were injured although I believe in minor fashion. The rig became dead in the water. They used the winch from the pie-wagon piece of Squad 2 to try to pull the Snorkel away from the building … an interesting operation to watch. The photo of the reserve Snorkel and the new TL 14 depicts the oldest and newest rigs in the fleet working together … kinda neat. All of the images and the video can be viewed here.
Steve
Dollar Store fire in Chicago

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American LaFrance LTI tower ladder at work in Chicago

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Dollar Store fire in Chicago

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Dollar Store fire in Chicago

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Chicago FD Squad 2

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Chicago FD Squad 2

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E-ONE tower ladder at work in Chicago

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Seagrave Snorkel at work in Chicago

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Snorkel and tower ladder at work together

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Chicago FD Turret Wagon at fire scene

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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago kills four, 8-23-16 (more)

Excerpts from dnainfochicago.com:

The man who set a southside Chicago fire that killed three children and a man did so because he paid a woman $10 for sex that he didn’t receive, according to prosecutors.

Reginald Hester, 51, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated arson, accused of setting fire to a large apartment complex on Aug. 23. He was ordered held without bail Wednesday.

A 7-year-old girl, a 4-year-old girl, a 3-month-old girl and a 56-year-old man died in the fire.

Around midnight on Aug. 23, Hester was walking down the street near the apartment building in the 8100 block of South Essex Avenue when he offered a woman $10 for sex, said Cook County prosecutor Becky Walters. The woman agreed, and the two walked to her apartment in the building that was later set ablaze. She went inside her place to get condoms but never returned to Hester, Walters said.

Hester was left near a rear porch that held cardboard boxes, a couch, a grill and lighter fluid. He is accused of setting a fire near the rear porch and in an interior stairway of the apartment complex, Walters said.

A witness in the building smelled smoke, looked out her window and saw Hester walking away from the building in a red sweater. He was wearing the same clothes witnesses saw him in and smelled of smoke, she said.

With help from two witnesses, police picked up Hester in the 7600 block of South Shore Drive at 7:15 a.m. the day of the fire, but he was released pending further investigation.

Hester, who has has five prior felonies, was picked up by officers Monday in the first block of North Waller Avenue. During his second time in police custody, Hester admitted to detectives that he started the fire. He told officers he started the fire because “he was pissed and wanted to scare that b—-.”

 

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Fatal 2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-16-16

scene of a fatal extra alarm fire in Chicago

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Excerpts from the Chicagoist.com:

The Chicago Fire Department believes that seven fires in the Heart of Chicago—which killed one and left 39 people without homes—were deliberately set. One hundred firefighters responded said CFD District Chief Paul Foertsch.

The blazes started around 3 a.m. and at least seven separate fires were apparently set in alley trash cans that spread to garages and at least one home.

Firefighters, who had been on the 2100 block of West 21st Street, found a man’s body in a garage and his death is being treated as a homicide. Other fires were on the 2200 block of South Blue Island, 1700 and 1800 blocks of West 21st Street and 2100 block of South Wood.

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New command van for Chicago FD

This from Josh Boyajian:

I saw the new command van today for the city by North & Throop. I went online and found these pictures onLDV’s website of the new Command Van for 2-7-2.

New command van for Chicago FD

New command van for Chicago. LDV photo

New command van for Chicago FD

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New command van for Chicago FD

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Chicago 3-11 Alarm fire, 9-12-16

Chicago firefighters battled a 3-11 Alarm fire in a commercial building at 423 S. Kedzie Monday night that came in around 7:30pm.

Dollar Store fire in Chicago

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As seen around … Chicago

This from Josh Boyajian:

  • Chicago Tower Ladder 14 – 2016 E-ONE Cyclone II 0/0 100′ RM tower ladder so 139729 Shop ID E-352
  • Chicago Ambulance 15 – 2013 Ford E450/2014 Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance so 333104 Shop ID C-158
Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14. Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago FD Ambulance 15

Chicago Ambulance 15. Josh Boyajian photo

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New ARFF for Midway Airport

More photos of the new 6-5-2 at Midway Airport from Gordon J. Nord, Jr.

Chicago FD ARFF 652

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Chicago FD Midway Airport ARFF units

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Chicago FD ARFF 652

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Chicago FD ARFF 652

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Chicago FD ARFF 652

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Chicago FD ARFF 652

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Chicago FD ARFF 652

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Chicago FD ARFF 652

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New ARFF for Midway Airport

From Gordon J. Nord, Jr.

Chicago FD ARFF 652

New Oshkosh Striker 3000 for 6-5-2 at Midway Airport. Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Chicago FD ARFF 652

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