Posts Tagged Chicago Fire Department

A visit to Engine 68’s old house (more)

This from Eric Haak in response to the recent post about Engine 68’s old house:

I could not find the pictures I took a few years ago of Engine 68’s old house.  Here is a shot of Engine 128’s old quarters at 2100 W. Eastwood.  Part of the 1936 series of houses, it also was home to FMS 6 and the North Side Fire Prevention Bureau.  This information is courtesy of the Ken Little/ Father John McNalis masterpiece series of Chicago Fire House books of coarse.  It is nice to see another house sporting the original doors.  Don’t know if they were original to 1936 but they are shown in 1956 when Mr. Little photographed the house.  This picture was taken in October of 2009.


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Former house of Engine 128. Eric Haak photo


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New unit for Chicago Ambulance 10

This from Josh Boyajian:

Brand New 2013 Ford F-350 Powerstroke Braun ambulance awaiting to be placed into service. Caught it sitting at the shops this afternoon.


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New unit for Chicago Ambulance 10. Josh Boyajian photo

and from Scott Pilafas

It’s about time

new Chicago Fire Department ambulance

Scott Pilafas photo

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What’s new … CFD

This from Eric Haak:

I continue to drive past the fabrication shops hoping to catch a glimpse of the newly mounted deluge units.  When I drove past on Saturday, 6-7-3 was now parked next to the building.  It does appear to have had its canons partially removed.  It also appears that this will be used to complete the second deluge unit that was reported on earlier.


Chicago FD turret wagon

CFD Turret Wagon 6-7-3 at the city fabrication shops June 16, 2013. Eric Haak photo

Previous posts can be accessed HERE.

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Fire apparatus photos

This from Drew Gresik:

Hey guys,
I was cruising around today and passed by Engine 80’s quarters at 127th and S Doty. Truck 62 has a spare, which happens to be the Seagrave used on “Chicago Fire.” It’s still marked “Truck 81″. Thought I would share it with everyone since its not an everyday sight. I also passed by Crestwood’s quarters and saw that they have a new (or relatively new) Ford Expedition B/C SUV. Just took a quick shot of it in its bay. Thanks!
Drew Gresik
Crestwood Fire Department

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Chicago Fire Department Engine 80

Drew Gresik photo

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News media investigates CFD ambulance maintanence

CBS TV does an expose on Chicago Fire Department ambulance fleet

thanks Chris

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CFD Quinn Fire Academy updates

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr.

Here are two new vehicles that were at the Quinn recently.


Chicago Fire Department Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy

New training buggy with shop id B562. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Chicago Fire Department Ford Explorer

Another shot of B562. Dennis McGuire, Jr.


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New CFD pickup with shop id G582. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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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. 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

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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

Eric Haak photo

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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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