Posts Tagged Chicago Fire Department

Where are they now …

This from Martin Nowak: more X-Illinois fire trucks in Indiana

1976 Sutphen Pumper; purchased from Bourbonnais IL in 1990 by the Shirley Vol FD

1983 PemFab/E-one 95ft Aerial Ladder was purchased by Cambridge City Vol FD in 2002 from Gurnee, IL

Pump 101 2000 HME/Smeal; was purchased by Poe FD from Coal City IL. All rigs at Poe carry the orange color that Coal City carries

Truck 23; 1972 American LaFrance Aero Chief 90′ Snorkel served Mattoon, IL, then St. John, IN, and now Shelby Vol FD

Engine 5812; 1975 Mack CF685 pumper served Winfield FPD IL before the Lake Dalecarlia Vol FD

Rescue 862; 1994 Freightliner FL60/Wheeled Coach was a former Evanston Ambulance that was purchased in 2004 by Kingsbury Volunteer FD

East Chicago has two of the six units that were ordered by the City of Chicago in 2001 ( 2001 American LaFrance Eagle/3D Pumpers) They serve as Engine-1 and Engine-4 Only one stayed in Chicago as E-23. The other three were repainted and went to Baltimore County, Maryland where they served as Engine-2, Engine-4, and Engine-6.


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Chicago Still & Box Alarm fire 11-26-12

This from Steve Redick:

Monday about 1500 hrs, 5000 Bl of West Winona. Fire in 2 occupied frame dwellings…1 victim with significant burns. Companies had knocked down the main body of outside fire when I arrived, but I was able to observe what appeared to be significant fire in both attics. Eventually TL23 was used to knock down fire in the main fire building. This was a dead end street so the first due truck, 23 pulled into the block first and 79 then backed down and led out. Eng 69 had 2 lines from the street to the south, through a vacant lot and had a great shot to the rear of the buildings. I believe 94 ran into some sort of hydrant issue, and I’m not sure if they ever really got water. It appeared another engine went several hundred feet to the next block in an attempt to supply them.This was an interesting fire due to limited acess and proximity and involvement of exposures. Unusual to see this much fire at such a busy time of day.
All the photos will be on my site
Chicago house fire 11-26-12 500 block of Winona

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Chicago house 11-26-12 500 block of Winona

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Chicago house fire 11-26-12 500 block of Winona

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Chicago house fire 11-26-12 500 block of Winona

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Chicago house fire 11-26-12 500 block of Winona

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Chicago house fire 11-26-12 500 block of Winona

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Chicago house fire 11-26-12 500 block of Winona

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Chicago house fire 11-26-12 500 block of Winona

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Chicago house fire 11-26-12 500 block of Winona

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Chicago firehouse with updated doors

This from Josh Boyajian:

Here is a Picture i took of Truck 11’s house with newly repainted doors!
Thanks, Josh
Chicago Fire Station Engine 19 and Truck 11

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CFD images updated on the site

Matt Schumann has submitted several images of CFD apparatus that was in need of updating on the web site:

Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief 18

Chicago Fire Department Engine 123 Spartan Crimson

Chicago Fire Department Spartan Crimson Truck 61

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CFD ambulances added to the site

Matt Schumann has supplied images of six CFD ambulances that were not on the site:

Chicago Fire Department Ambulance90


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Discrimination lawsuit filed against Chicago over fire test

The Chicago Sun-Times has an article discussing a new lawsuit filed on behalf of women that failed the physical abilities test for the CFD:

A physical abilities test the city is using to hire African-American firefighters in settlement of a race discrimination lawsuit is discriminatory against women, a suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court charges.

Godfrey et al vs. City of Chicago was filed by 20 female plaintiffs on behalf of all female applicants who recently took the test and failed.

The women are already members of two other class-action suits.

They were members of Lewis et al vs. City of Chicago — encompassing some 6,000 African-American firefighter applicants who sued over a 1995 firefighter entrance exam the federal courts agreed was racially discriminatory. That suit was finally settled last year.

The Godfrey plaintiffs are also members of the lawsuit Vasich vs. City of Chicago, filed last year on behalf of women who passed the firefighter written exam but failed the physical abilities test.

“It’s a test that doesn’t really test for the abilities you need to become a firefighter, and screens out women needlessly and unjustifiably,” said attorney Marni Willenson, who represents some of the women in the Godfrey suit and is lead attorney on Vasich.

“We’ve been in settlement discussions for a year, yet the city made the decision again to use the test we were suing to throw out.”

As part of the settlement of the Lewis suit, the city agreed to hire 111 of the bypassed African-American applicants, and to pay damages that could reach as high as $78 million to the remaining 5,900.

Both suits charge the physical test, which includes arm and leg lifts, arm endurance tests, hose dragging and stair climbing, discriminates by screening out women at a higer rate than men.

In 2011, women still comprised only 2 percent of the more than 5,000 firefighters/emergency medical technicians staff, charges the Godfrey suit, which seeks back pay and other reliefs “to secure future protection and to redress the past deprivation of rights.”

Friday’s lawsuit now represents the third time the physical abilities test has been the subject of a discrimination lawsuit by women. In 2008, five women who failed the paramedic physical ability test sued, and that first case is still pending in federal court.

Read the entire article HERE.

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CFD to test digital radio system



Chicago Fire Department
On October 14th at 8 a.m., the Chicago Fire Department will switch its Fire and Rescue dispatch from the current analog VHF radio platform to the new UHF Digital radio system for a multi-day full scale test.
The infrastructure for the new system is already in operation for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) division and is working well. During the test period, VHF channels traditionally used for North and South dispatch, (i.e. Main and Englewood) will be silent.
At the end of the test period, dispatch operations will revert to the analog system until the permanent switchover, before the end of the year.
Persons with interest in monitoring CFD communications should plan to replace analog radios with units designed for APCO P25 Digital UHF radio protocol as soon as possible. No VHF simulcast overlap operation will take place after the permanent switchover or during the interim test. When in Digital mode, “Main” will operate on 477.7875 MHz and “Englewood” will operate on 478.2125 MHz.
During the test period low power fireground operations will remain on VHF.



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Chicago preparing for digital changeover

Chris Ranck found an article which looks at one aspect of the upcoming digital radio changes coming to Chicago.

Chicago Has Few Techs, Wants Narrowband Waiver

The third-largest city in the United States has just 16 radio technicians to install and maintain all of its radio systems, and now the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking for public comment on Chicago’s request for 24 more months to narrowband its VHF and UHF radio systems. The FCC received the city’s waiver request (pdf) last May, and now wants input from others, “whose operations could be impacted by the grant of the waiver.” In its 31-page waiver request, Chicago officials noted the city’s size and population, number of visitors and its key commerce and industry role. The city employs 13,000 police officers, 4,500 firefighters and 650 paramedics to provide emergency services. The waiver request notes the various systems and narrowband upgrades the city has already performed: citywide police use a seven-site UHF system (14 new transmitters); “zone” police use a 13-site UHF system (26 new transmitters); and the fire department uses a 16-site system (32 new transmitters). The city has already purchased 15,000 new narrowband radios, the waiver states, and a T-band UHF narrowband network for the fire department is almost complete. “Yet, despite its considerable effort and significant investment to date, Chicago recognizes that it lacks the necessary manpower and resources to finalize the completion of the narrowbanding of all of its VHF/UHF facilities by January 1, 2013,” the waiver says. The city cites “numerous demands on its limited number of radio technicians and the additional burdens on the city’s budget and financial restraints” for not narrowbanding within the Jan. 1, 2013 deadline. Download (pdf) the FCC’s comment request here.

The article can be found HERE, and the full story HERE.

thanks Chris

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CFD honors fallen firefighters

Although the 5-11 occupied many in the CFD on Sunday and commanded the majority of news coverage, Sunday was also when the CFD honored their fallen.


Chicago firefighters remembered their own Sunday.

Firefighters and their families attended the 13th annual memorial service held at the Monument of the Chicago Firefighters Union Local #2 at Rosehill Cemetery.

The service was in memory of active and retired fire fighters and paramedics who died in the line of duty or passed away in the last 12 months.

 thanks Chris

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Chicago 5-11 Alarm 9-30-12

Chicago fought a 5-11 Alarm fire with a Haz Mat Level I on the north side overnight and into Sunday afternoon. Tim Olk, Steve Redick, and Larry Shapiro took in the warehouse fire and will have many images plus video footage to share tonight and tomorrow. Until the images and videos are ready, below is an excerpt from the Chicago Tribune along with two images when Steve Redick arrived at the scene.

An extra-alarm fire on the Northwest Side early Sunday morning destroyed much of a four-story brick building and brought more than 200 firefighters and paramedics to the scene, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

Crews battled the 5-11 alarm blaze in the 2600 block of West Nelson Street in the Avondale neighborhood for hours until it was finally struck out about 9:30 a.m. Some crews are expected to stay on the scene for much fo the rest of the day.

It’s not clear what caused the fire, which started before 2 a.m. and had spread through the top three floors of the multi-use building and caused the north wall and some of the floors to collapse.The blaze also prompted a hazardous material response.

The Tribune article is HERE.

massive 5-11 alarm fire in the 2600 block of Nelson in Chicago 9-30-12

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massive 5-11 alarm fire in the 2600 block of Nelson in Chicago 9-30-12

Steve Redick photo

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