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New ambulances for Chicago Heights

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations to Chicago Heights Fire Department on the delivery of their two, 2016 Wheeled Coach Type I ambulances. We thank you for your business and look forward to working with you again.

Chicago Heights Ambulance 687

Chicago Heights Ambulance 687. Fire Service, Inc. photo

rear of new ambulance

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two new ambulances for the Chicago Heights Fire Department

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two new ambulances for the Chicago Heights Fire Department

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Chicago Heights Ambulance 687

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New ambulances for Chicago Heights FD

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations to Chief Jeffery T. Springer and the Chicago Heights Fire Department on the purchase of two (2) new Wheeled Coach ambulances. These new Type I units will feature a custom COOLBAR HVAC system, all LED lighting and a custom interior configuration. We appreciate your business and want to welcome the Chicago Heights Fire Department to our Fire Service family. Delivery in approx. 90 Days. We will post pics as soon as they are available.

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Chicago Heights Fire Department news

Excerpts from ABC7Chicago.com:

Budget problems are forcing Chicago Heights to reduce its number of firefighters and the community is banding together to fight the cuts.

Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzalez sent out a letter to residents last week detailing a five-point modernization plan for the fire department of 57 full-time firefighters. It includes hiring part-time firefighters to cut down on overtime and pension costs and reducing the manpower at fire stations from 17 to 15 per shift.

“We are not proposing any cuts into our full-time fire department, but what we are looking to do is we would like to add on certified part-time firemen,” Mayor Gonzalez said.

Chicago Heights Local 711 is against the plan. They’ve been trying to get the word out with the “Keep 17” signs that are popping up in yards across town.

“Any number of cuts to that 17 is devastating to operational safety whether it is dealing with multiple ambulance calls or structure fires,” Chicago Heights Local 711 President Steve Koenig said.

The mayor said the city would use some of the savings to upgrade their ambulance fleet. Residents say they just want to make sure their level of service isn’t compromised.

The mayor stressed that the talks are ongoing with the union and a final decision has not been made.

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Chicago Heights Fire Department news

Chicago Heights Local 711 Firefighter Paramedics battle against layoffs and privatization of EMS

More can be found HERE

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Working fire in Chicago Heights, 8-1-16

This from Brad Steinweg:

Pictures from the Heights’ house fire @ 1446 East End AV on 8/1. I saw a small header while on the way but it was pretty much knocked and only a little bit of smoke still showing.

-Brad S.
house fire in Chicago Heights

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house fire in Chicago Heights

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house fire in Chicago Heights

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house fire in Chicago Heights

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house fire in Chicago Heights

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house fire in Chicago Heights

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Chicago Heights FD ambulance

Flossmoor’s former ambulance 1372 that was replaced with the Dodge Ram a few years ago. It now belongs to the Chicago Heights FD. 1998 Ford E-350. Brad Steinweg photo

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Chicago Heights FD honors 10-year-old boy

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Chicago Heights Fire Department has a new honorary lieutenant among its ranks.

Ten year-old Rocco Debergh, a cancer survivor who spearheaded a community-wide collection of coloring books for hospitalized children, celebrated his honorary position June 1 with more than two dozen friends and family at the city’s fire station at 51 E. 19th Place.

Chicago Heights Fire Chief Jeffrey Springer said Rocco’s helpful spirit is exactly what he looks for in a great fireman.

“I just thought this was so special, a boy, 10 years old going through what he’s going through and thinking about others,” Springer said. “That’s what we do in the fire service, we think about others. It’s such an honor to be here for him. . . From what he’s been through, it’s just such a blessing that he is still here and is in good spirits.”

The Chicago Heights boy said he used coloring books to take his mind off of the cancer while he was receiving chemotherapy, and wanted to share that joy with others. Rocco, who marks two years being cancer-free this summer, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2009.

After writing a letter to his principal at Greenbriar Elementary School in Chicago Heights inviting schoolmates to donate coloring books and crayons, the message spread like wildfire. On March 18, he and his family delivered 2,000 coloring books to the University of Chicago Medicine’s Comer Children’s Hospital.

When then-interim Chicago Heights Fire Chief Tim Kennedy heard Rocco’s story, he felt moved to celebrate the youngster’s actions.

“He is just such a great inspiration for all of us,” Kennedy said. “And with his uncle (Ron Lucarini) being one of the chiefs here, it just makes tonight really special.”

Rocco wasn’t the only one appointed honorary lieutenant; his younger brother, Bronx, 7, also was pinned with a ceremonial honor for being a great supporter of his brother.

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Box alarm fire in Chicago Heights, 2-6-16

This from Eric Haak:

The Chicago Heights Fire Department had a MABAS Box on Saturday morning (2/6) for a fire in a Walmart that is under construction at 21000 S. Western Avenue.  As far as I could tell, it was probably construction materials on the interior and did not involve the structure.  There were two aerials up and ready but no water was used on the roof.  I was not allowed to get any closer than the construction fence so the images you see here were taken from a distance.  Was able to at least shoot a few rigs.

Flossmoor Sutpehn tower ladder at fire scene

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mates fire truck at fire scene

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Chicago Heights FD fire truck

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Chicago Heights FD fire truck

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Chicago Heights Box Alarm, 2-11-14

Tim Olk went to south for a commercial fire in Chicago Heights this morning at 1131 Arnold Street.

This from nwi.com:

No one was injured when a fire erupted in a glass factory Tuesday morning at 1131 Arnold St., fire officials said.

Chicago Heights Fire Chief James Angell said firefighters were called around 9 a.m. to the Gerresheimer Glass Co. after a furnace broke and molten glass started spewing out like lava. They immediately poured water on the furnace upon arrival. But on the third floor of the furnace, a steam explosion erupted, blowing the molten glass onto the structure and causing a fire, he said.

Firefighters fought the blaze for about 45 minutes before they were able to put it out. Firefighters remained on scene helping plant personnel restart the furnace so the molten glass would not solidify, he said. The plant, which has been at that location since the 1900s, produces primary glass packaging for pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

Angell said they called for reinforcements from area departments due to the weather and the size of the factory. He said Matteson, Park Forest, Glenwood, Homewood, Flossmoor, Sauk Village, Frankfort, Steger and Hazel Crest firefighters were on the scene. Crete, Richton Park, Crete Township, University Park and Richton Park Township fire departments handled calls for Chicago Heights.

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winter fire at industrial building

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winter fire at industrial building

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Chicago Heights 2-11 Fire and Haz-Mat Box, 12-23-13

This from Drew Gresik:

I got some nice rig shots of rigs from the South Suburbs at the 2-11 Fire and Haz-Mat Box at 900 E 14th Street in Chicago Heights. All these rigs are currently missing from the site so feel free to use them when the next update comes around. Thanks again!
Drew Gresik
Chicago Heights Engine 651, Truck 672, and Ambulance 685. Crete Township Ambulance 173.

 

Chicago Heights Fire Department apparatus

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Chicago Heights Fire Department apparatus

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Chicago Heights Fire Department apparatus

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Crete Township FPD ambulance

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Park Forest Box Alarm 10-10-13

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr.

I was in the area when Park Forest, Illinois transmitted a Box Alarm for their working fire at 354 Winoa St. I arrived after the fire was knocked but was able to get a few pictures. The fire was in a single family 1 sty ordinary with reports of a trapped occupant. The first arriving crews which were Park Forest Engine 50 and Richton Park Truck 35 made an aggressive interior attack to rescue the victim but it turned out the person was already out and safe. Great job by all companies on the scene. As a side is a shot of the new squad company in Chicago Heights using the X-Tinley Park engine.  

 

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354 Winoa in Park Forest. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

 

Chicago Heights FD fire engine

Chicago Heights Squad 652 is X-Tinley Park. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

 

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Crews doing a wash down on side B. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

 

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Crews doing overhaul. You can see they had heavy fire in Side A. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

 

Richton Park Fire Department truck

Richton Park Truck 35 was first truck on the scene. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

 

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University Park Truck 85 was 2nd truck on the scene. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

 

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