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CFD video from 2011 blizzard

Chris Ranck thought the following video would be of interest to our readers.

Video by WGNTV.com

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Chicago 2-11 Alarm High Rise fire 2-1-13

Chicago companies arrived at 230 E. Ontario Street Friday morning and found a 30-story high-rise with fire blowing out of a 7th floor window in Sector 1. The alarm was immediately upgraded to a Box Alarm followed by a 2-11 Alarm and EMS Plan I.

The Chicago Tribune has an article:

An extra-alarm fire at a Near North Side high-rise building was largely confined to the unit where it started because the apartment’s resident remembered to close the door after fleeing the fire, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

Crews were called about 11:15 a.m. to a building in the 200 block of East Ontario Street, according to Larry Langford, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department. The fire was raised from a still and box alarm to a 2-11 alarm just before 11:30 a.m. Traffic around North Michigan Avenue north of the Chicago River was affected.

The woman who lives in the apartment, age 25, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospitalin good-to-fair condition to be evaluated, Langford said.

The entire article can be found HERE along with photos and a video.

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Chicago orders new squads

Rosenbauer posted the following on their Facebook page today:

Rosenbauer Receives Order for Two-Piece Squad Company Apparatus for Chicago Fire Department

WYOMING, MN (January 28, 2013) Rosenbauer has received a five year contract from the Chicago Fire Department for the replacement of the department’s two-piece Squad Companies. The initial order consists of two Rosenbauer 55′ Articulating Cobra Platforms (ACP-55) and two Rosenbauer Walk-In Rescues. Both apparatus will be built on the revolutionary Rosenbauer Commander chassis which was introduced in 2012.

“Rosenbauer is honored to serve the Chicago Fire Department. We are pleased that the CFD has chosen the Commander chassis for the squad companies and feel it will be a great fit for them,” said Harold Boer, President of Rosenbauer America. “We value the trust placed in Rosenbauer by the second largest fire department in the United States, and we are looking forward to growing our relationship with the CFD.”

The ACP-55’s will be built on the Rosenbauer Commander chassis featuring a long two door cab with flat roof. The chassis will include seating for two and a large transverse compartment in the rear of the cab. Rosenbauer’s heavy-duty 3/16″ EXT extruded aluminum body carrying a lifetime transferable warranty will provide the framework for more than 400 cubic feet of compartment space. The ACP-55 includes a 750 pound tip load and has rated flows up to 1250 GPM. Features of the ACP-55 include Rosenbauer’s unmatched Smart Aerial technology that enhance the safety and performance of the aerial, Soft-Touch controls which ensure smooth aerial operations, and a hot dipped galvanized torque box and outriggers which carry a 25 year corrosion warranty.

The walk-in rescues which make up the second piece of the squad companies will be built on the Rosenbauer Commander chassis with a 60″ cab and a 24″ raised roof and include seating for six. The 18′ rescue body will also be constructed utilizing the heavy-duty EXT body and will include in excess of 600 cubic feet of compartment space.

The Chicago Fire Department is the second largest fire department in the United States and the oldest major organized fire department in the nation. The department has nearly 5,000 firefighters and paramedics and operates out of 98 fire stations.

Rosenbauer dealer, Trans-Chicago Truck Group located in Elmhurst, Illinois provides service and support to the Chicago Fire Department.

Rosenbauer is the world’s leading manufacturer of firefighting vehicles and equipment. In North America, Rosenbauer incorporates the international strength and innovation of a global company with top American manufacturing firms. For more information, please visit the company’s website -www.rosenbaueramerica.com.

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Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 2 Specials 1-22-13 (pt17)

Well … not quite done yet. Martin Nowak submitted the following:

Friday I decided to go the the demolition of the warehouse on 3757 S. Ashland Ave. I had the honor of meeting Larry and Tim. As you can see, the fire was still burning under the debris. Here are some pictures I took and a video of the demo. More of my pictures from this day will be posted to my website

 

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massive warehouse fire in Chicago

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Chicago Engine 39

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Chicago Engine 39

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Chicago Engine 49

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Martin Nowak photo

demolition of building destroyed by fire

Martin Nowak photo

 

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New CFD buggies

This from Erik Haak:

It appears three more CFD Field Chief buggies are marked and ready for service.  Josh Boyajian already reported on 4-5-2 and  4-5-5 back in December.  4-5-1, 6, and 8 were out front of the Tri-Angle Fabrication and Body Company, Inc which is on 43rd Street, just west of Packers.
Photo to Eric Haak
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Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 2 Specials 1-22-13 (pt15)

Possibly the last in a series of posts about the 5-11 Alarm fire with 2 special alarms on Tuesday, January 22nd at 3757 S. Ashland Avenue, Larry Shapiro has uploaded a somewhat lengthy video chronicling early stages of demolition. The video was created on Friday, January 25th, three days after the fire. Much of the building was encased in ice which brought onlookers and photographers from throughout the Chicago area to the scene. Many images have been posted earlier,HEREHEREHERE and HERE.

The building reportedly has two basement levels that are inaccessible due to the interior collapse of the upper floors. Fire was still burning under the debris in many parts of the collapsed building. Fire companies were at the scene each day and most nights.

 

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Chicago Still & Box Alarm fire 1-25-13

This from Josh Boyajian:

CFD – A still and box alarm @ Kostner and Wilcox. It was a 2 story multi-family two flat with most of the fire in the rear of the building and in the basement. E95 had two lines lead out while T26 made the roof. Here are my pictures.

 

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Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 2 Specials 1-22-13 (pt11)

Tim Olk spent much of Friday at the site of the 5-11 ruins on south Ashland Avenue while the wrecking company began to tear down the front of the building. As the demolition removed sections of the wall, periodic flareups were seen as oxygen was introduced into the various void spaces where fire is still burning underneath the debris. Here are two images from last night just after 11PM.

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Heavy fire is visible from Ashland Avenue and a large wrecking crane works from the bridge. Tim Olk photo

rekindle after massive warehouse fire in Chicago

A look into the ruins from the roof next door, three days after the initial fire. Tim Olk photo

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Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 2 Specials 1-22-13 (pt6)

This from Tim Olk who is back at the scene of Tuesday’s 5-11 + 2 Specials … now a Still & Box Alarm.

The CFD has resurrected 6-7-1, the large turret wagon which has been off of the roster … and assigned it to the fire

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CFD Turret Wagon 6-7-1 working at the scene of Tuesday’s fire. Tim Olk photo

From CFD Media:

This is deluge unit 6 7 1. Rarely used vintage unit. Decades old but still in service. pic.twitter.com/wWvrw6rF

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CFD Turret Wagon 6-7-1. CFD Media photo

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6-7-1 from the rear. CFD Media photo

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This is deluge unit 6 7 1. Rarely used vintage unit. Decades old but still in service. pic.twitter.com/wWvrw6rF

 

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Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 2 specials 1-22-13 (pt 5)

Tim Olk submitted several images from the fire on Tuesday. Tim’s images show the earliest on-scene images as compared to the other contributors.

 

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Chicago Engine 8 from Chinatown covered with ice. Tim Olk photo

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A firefighter coated with ice from the spray of the master streams. Tim Olk photo

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Chicago Engine 47 pumping at the scene of the 5-11 Alarm warehouse fire. Tim Olk photo

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A battalion chief surveys the fire from the turntable of Truck 18. Tim Olk photo

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Silhouette of a firefighter on Truck 18’s ladder. Tim Olk photo

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A line is taken to the roof of an adjacent building. Tim Olk photo

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Truck 18 on the Ashland Avenue overpass is setup to an exposure building. Tim Olk photo

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Tower Ladder 39 surrounded by flying embers hits the fire with a master stream. Tim Olk photo

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Phenomenal fire fully involving the entire structure. TIm Olk photo

Tim has a gallery with substantially more images.

Additionally, there are several images taken today (Wednesday) as companies remain on the scene.

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Chicago reserve Snorkel on Ashland Avenue in front of the ice covered ruins of the 5-11 Alarm fire. Tim Olk photo

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A tower ladder works at the ruins of the 5-11 alarm fire. Tim Olk photo

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Another tower ladder working the day after the fire was detected. Tim Olk photo

There is a separate gallery with follow-up images.

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