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CFD History … SS1/Squad 5

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr.:

A friend of mine sent me this photo of what remains of the Hendrickson/Pierce squad of Chicago as of this year.
He said it was up north in Minnesota somewhere
what a shame it couldn’t have been saved.
Chicago FD SS1

The remains of SS1, later assigned to Squad 5. radioman911.com photo

 

A few images from when the Snorkel was assigned to SS1 and Snorkel 4.

 

Chicago FD Snorkel

Hendrickson/Piece/Snorkel after some refurb as assigned to Snorkel 4. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD SS1

SS1, with 1A seen behind it at a fire scene. Larry Shapiro photo

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What’s new … CFD (more)

This from Eric Haak:  Just an update on what I spotted at the fabrication shops this weekend.

The plot thickens at the fabrication shops.  I drove past during my regular Saturday rounds and now there are 2 new Ford F-350’s outside.  One was parked in the front and one in the rear.  To address some of the comments that were on the last update, someone had posted a comment about this location only doing lights.  I don’t know if that is true or not but, I included a picture of the sign out front which states that they do complete custom fabrication at this location.  I also got a better shot of the unit which shows that it is 6-7-6.  It does not have anything wrapped around the turret any longer.  I wanted to get a better picture of the turret but couldn’t get close enough without actually going on the company’s property, which I did not want to do.
The previous post is HERE.
Chicago Fire Department turret wagon

CFD Turret Wagon 6-7-6. Eric Haak photo

Chicago Fire Department turret wagon

CFD Turret Wagon 6-7-6 parked at the fab shop. Eric Haak photo

Chicago Fire Department turret wagon

One of two CFD chassis at the fab shop. Eric Haak photo

 

Chicago Fire Department turret wagon

The second of two new chassis. Eric Haak photo

Tri-Angle Fabrication & Body Co

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New role for Chicago firefighters …

NBC5 Chicago has an article about Chicago fire companies being assigned to assist with safe passage for school students this fall when the city closes many facilities.

As the debate continues over guaranteeing the safety of Chicago school children whose elementary schools are being eliminated, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has quietly assigned Chicago firefighters to assume security functions which many contend they are ill equipped to handle.

Almost immediately when the city announced the closing of scores of schools, parents raised red flags about the prospect of children crossing gang boundaries to get to their new school buildings. The mayor and police Supt. Garry McCarthy pointed to so-called “safe passage” routes, designed to give students added security and a protected path and heavily staffed by police and Board of Education security teams.

Now, NBC5 Investigates has learned that Chicago firefighters have been quietly ordered to join in staffing those routes beginning on the first day of school August 26 and continuing for the first three weeks of the school year.

“During specific hours of the day, all companies will be on the routes and establish a visible presence to the children traveling to and from schools,” Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago wrote in a memo sent to firehouses citywide May 5. “Companies will be in service and on the air at this time.”

“It is critical that the CFD assist in providing the children with reassurance during their travels,” Santiago told his troops. “This will be accomplished through our public presence, being good ambassadors to the children of Chicago, and providing support when and if they require it.”

Privately, some firefighters question an assignment which smacks of security duties they were never trained to assume. After all, firefighters are not armed and have not attended police academy classes on law enforcement.

Union chief Tom Ryan said his men and women would accept any role they were asked to perform, but quickly added that they are not the police.

“Should an armed or violent altercation break out or erupt, we are not trained or equipped to deal with that,” Ryan said.

Santiago said his department was not being asked to assume any such crime-fighting duties.

“We’re not out there to stop crime or anything like that,’ he said. “We’re just out there to be a positive presence.”

Asked what his men and women would be told to do if trouble should erupt on the school routes, Santiago said he would advise them to do what they do at a fire if things get out of hand.

“If we see something, we pick up the radio and say something,” he said. “We call the police department.”

But if the fire department and even its union are treading cautiously, the police union had no such qualms Monday about criticizing the administration’s school plan.

“This is a clear admission by the Chicago Police Department that we don’t have enough police officers on the street,” said Fraternal Order of Police president Michael Shields. “Never in the history of the Chicago Fire Department can I remember firemen being on the street for security purposes.”

Police spokesman Adam Collins rejected the union’s contention that the fire directive was further evidence of depleted manpower.

“The mayor has enlisted every agency to be part of the expansion of Safe Passage,” he said. “We will all continue to work closely together to ensure that these paths are ready to go by the school year.”

Collins noted that in actuality, Chicago police had never been the primary staffers of safe passage routes.

“The 39 existing routes are staffed by trained CPS Safe Passage workers, and the Chicago Police Department assigns personnel as needed in the same manner we provide coverage for all schools during arrivals and dismissals. The same structure will be used as Safe Passage expands to all welcoming schools in the next school year,” he said.

For his part, Ryan put a positive spin on what is almost certainly a very sore point for his members.

“We are there to do whatever we are commanded to do and we do it very well,” he said. “It’s often been said that when people cannot think of anyone else to call, they call the fire department.”

The entire article is HERE.

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CFD paramedic Field Chief 4-5-5

This from Drew Gresik:

Got a nice shot of new Paramedic Field Chief 4-5-5 at a Still at 6313 S. Hamilton on Saturday. I will attach the photos so you can use them to update the photo on Engine 88’s station page. Hope one of these will work! Thanks again.
Drew Gresik
Chicago FD Paramedic Field Chief 4-5-5-

Chicago FD Paramedic Field Chief 4-5-5. Drew Gresik photo

We also have images from Martin Nowak:

Chicago FD Paramedic Field Chief 4-5-5-

4-5-5- from the other side. Martin Nowak photo

Chicago FD Paramedic Field Chief 4-5-5-

Rear view of 4-5-5. Martin Nowak photo

And from Josh Boyajian:

Here is new picture i just took this weekend for the site of the city’s new Paramedic Field Chief 4-5-5

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Chicago FD Paramedic Field Chief 4-5-5. Josh Boyajian photo

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Chicago FD house fire 5-7-13

This from Dan Shevlin:

Stiil & Box Alarm 5814 Roscoe
Still Time : Approx 1410 hrs
Engine 94 reported the fire facing westbound & dropped 2 lines.  Truck 53 had sector 1 .  Engine 7 (2nd engine) took the hydrant at the northwest corner of Newport & Menard & lead out to the rear through the alley.  Engine 68 backed down from the east on Roscoe and dropped a line as well .  The FAO recieved several calls for the gazebo on fire in the rear.  The fire quickly spread to the rear of the Chicago bungalow, through the attic and to the exposure to the west.  I arrived well after the fire was out.  Thanks Dan Shevlin
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Chicago FD Engine 7

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Chicago FD Truck 13

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Chicago FD Engine 94

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Chicago FD Engine 94

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Chicago FD Engine 68

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Chicago FD Engine 68

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CFD & suburbs train for tornado

The Chicago Fire Department and several suburban MABAS Divisions are working a 24-hour mock-tornado drill in the Englewood section of Chicago today.

From NBC Chicago:

Chicago and suburban firefighters swarmed Englewood Tuesday morning for a massive, 24-hour disaster drill.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said the group will practice what to do in the event a tornado hits the neighborhood. The arriving companies won’t know what they are headed into, Langford said.

The drill began at 9 a.m. near West 58th Street and South Normal Boulevard.

Among the drills, firefighters will rescue dozens of mannequins as well as about 120 mock victims from two already collapsed buildings, one an apartment building and the other a parking garage.

Langford said each of the mock victims will be made up to look like they are dead or injured and some will be trapped. Each victim will have vitals on a card for the fire and EMS companies to triage.

Tim Olk is photographing the drill and submitted these images:

Chicago disaster drill

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Chicago disaster drill

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CFD and women settle lawsuit

This is from an article in the Chicago Tribune about a lawsuit settlement between the Chicago Fire Department and more than 100 women:

About 138 women who were denied jobs with the Chicago Fire Department following a test seven years ago will have a chance to reapply to be a firefighter on Monday after reaching an agreement with the city in a federal class-action lawsuit.

The women were part of a group of 187 who had passed the written test in 2006 but were later denied jobs because they failed the department’s physical abilities test. Close to 50 of the original applicants no longer meet the eligibility requirements.

In 2011, Samantha Vasich, one of the rejected female candidates, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Chicago, alleging the test was unfair to women because it placed too much emphasis on strength rather than firefighting skills.

Last month, the city agreed to use the Candidate Physical Ability Test, a more accurate test developed by the International Association of Firefighters, to assess the rejected women candidates for the next two firefighter classes, said Marni Willenson, one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs.

“It’s a vast improvement over what was there,” Willenson said.

Under the new agreement, women who were denied jobs and who pass the new test will be given first priority.

Those who are not granted jobs, no longer want to apply or are ineligible will share about $2 million in damages, said Willenson.

The entire article is HERE.

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What’s new … CFD

This from Erik Haak:

This is an update to Dennis McGuire’s post from April 20th.  The vehicle that Dennis had photographed is no longer parked outside the building and now this was parked behind the fabrication shops when I drove past Sunday afternoon.  I don’t know which turret wagon this is, but its location behind the shops would seem to further the idea that the new rig will be some sort of deluge unit.

 

Chicago Fire Department turret wagon 6-7-6

CFD Turret Wagon 6-7-6 parked at the City of Chicago Fabrication Shops. Erik Haak photo

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Chicago 3-11 Alarm fire 4-29-13 (pt 2)

This from Dennis Walus:

On Monday April 29th 2013, The Chicago Fire Department Englewood Fire Alarm Office dispatched a still alarm for a reported car wash on fire. Engine 47 arrived on the scene and reported a 125X250 1-story bow-string truss roof commercial building with fire throughout. A Still & Box alarm was requested by the orders of Engine 47. Upon arrival of the 18th Battalion, the fire was ordered defensive due to the truss roof and heavy fire conditions; a 2-11 alarm was ordered by the 18th battalion. Tower Ladder 34, Tower Ladder 37 & Squad 5A were setup for tower operations. After still encountering heavy fire in the building a 3-11 alarm was requested by the orders of 2-1-11 (Asst Deputy Fire Commissioner). Companies operated in defensive mode for aprox. 2 hours before the alarm was struck out by 2-1-5. (Deputy Fire Commissioner) Full Still Alarm companies; Engines 47/60, Tower Ladder 37, Truck 15, Squad 5, Command Van 2-7-4, and both the 17th &18th battalions. Box Alarm companies; Engines 63/45, Truck 51, plus the 21st & 23rd battalions. 2-11 Alarm companies; Engines 54/72/84, Truck 16, Tower Ladder 34, Engine 28 with Light Wagon 5, the 15th & 20th battalions, and 6-4-4. 3-11 Alarm companies; Engines 39/123/116/50/49 & 5-7-1.
Photos By Dennis Walus © 2013
big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

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big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

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big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

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big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

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big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

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big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

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big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

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big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

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big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

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big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

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big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

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big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

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big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

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big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

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big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

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big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

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big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

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big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

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big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

Dennis Walus photo

big fire in vacant Chicago warehouse

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The rest of the photos can be seen at: http://www.detroitfiregroundimages.com/Fire-Scenes/Chicago-3-11-Alarm-68th/29196148_Sm6qv2#!i=2487621822&k=SH3S63H

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Chicago house fire 4-29-13

This from Dan Shevlin:

Location : 64th & Bishop
Still Time : Approx 1015
1 1/2 story frame with fire in the attic .  I believe the report was that this was a vacant house . Fire was out when i arrived .
house fire in Chicago

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house fire in Chicago

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house fire in Chicago

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house fire in Chicago

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