Posts Tagged Chicago O’Hare Airport Fire Department

Chicago Fire Department at O’Hare history

This from Drew Smith for #TBT:

It’s years old but I’ve never seen it before.

 

Air Rescue Fire Station No. 2

Client: Care Plus O’Hare
Architect: Ghafari Associates
Location: O’Hare Airport Chicago, IL
Year: 2009
O’Hare’s ARFF Station No. 2 is designed to maximize user performance by means of optimized spatial organization. Composed as a series of zones, the spaces are strategically layered in modes of extracurricular activity, sleeping-quarters, and rescue dispatch. These defined zones respond to one another by shifting to create privacy, sound barriers, and daylight opportunities.
O'Hare Airport Fire Rescue Station #2
 
O'Hare Airport Fire Rescue Station #2
 
O'Hare Airport Fire Rescue Station #2
 
O'Hare Airport Fire Rescue Station #2
 
O'Hare Airport Fire Rescue Station #2
 
O'Hare Airport Fire Rescue Station #2

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Federal Aviation Administration notified the City of Chicago in late July about a probe into allegations of unqualified Chicago Fire Department personnel manning ARFF apparatus at O’Hare and Midway airports. FAA regulations state that the specialized airport crews should have an internal training program which is used to initially qualify an operator, as well as continuation training to maintain and re-qualify.

The FAA requested a list of fire department personnel who were qualified to work the airport vehicles between the dates of May 1 and July 25, as well as a list of personnel assignments with their vehicle numbers for each shift over that same period. The federal agency also asked for details of the additional procedures instituted by the Department of Aviation after it was notified of the allegations, and gave the city 10 days to provide any additional information deemed relevant.

As part of its investigation, the FAA asked whether the Department of Aviation identified personnel assigned to an airport rig who weren’t qualified for aircraft rescue and firefighting, whether the Aviation Department communicated that to the fire department, and what action the two city departments took to correct the discrepancies. The city could face discipline from the FAA for any findings of wrongdoings, including potential fines. In severe cases of an airport failing to meet FAA requirements, its ability to operate could be suspended or areas of an airport could be shut down.

The letter from the FAA does not make clear how the investigation originated, whether from information provided to the agency or uncovered during a standard Part 139 audit of airport operations. Part 139 is the FAA’s certification for airports that sets forth, among other things, standards for firefighting and rescue capabilities. Regular inspections to maintain the certification can include timed-response and live-fire drills; reviews of personnel and training records; and checks of specialized equipment.

FAA regulations leave the implementation of training programs to fire and rescue departments that operate the vehicles, but offer some guidance. The agency calls for designated training officers, recertification at least every year, and for personnel to be trained from each operating seat of the extendable turret.

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Chicago FD history at O’Hare Airport

For #TBT from Steve Redick, some vintage photos of apparatus at O’Hare Airport

Chicago FD O'Hare Airport ARFF 655

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD O'Hare Airport ARFF 6511

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD O'Hare Airport ARFF 6511

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD Squad 7A

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD Squad 12 at O'Hare Airport

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD Truck 3 at O'Hare Airport

Steve Redick photo

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As seen around … O’Hare Airport

double decker airplane ARFF training prop

Dan McInerney photo

double decker airplane ARFF training prop

New double decker training prop. Dan McInerney photo

Chicago FD ARFF units at O'Hare Airport

Dan McInerney photo

ARFF FD annex at O'Hare Airport

Dan McInerney photo

ARFF FD annex at O'Hare Airport

New annex at Rescue 1. Dan McInerney photo

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New ARFF for O’Hare Airport

From the Oshkosh new deliveries:

Chicago Fire Department – O’Hare International AirportChicago,Illinois

Chicago Fire Department – O’Hare International Airport took delivery of this Oshkosh Striker 8×8.
Job Number:771753
Model:Striker 4500
Chicago FD ARFF 6510

Chicago Fire Department – O’Hare International Airport took delivery of this Oshkosh Striker 8×8. Job Number:771753 Model:Striker 4500

thanks Josh

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

O’Hare Airport will soon be home to one of the world’s most sophisticated firefighter training sites, thanks to a $7.4 million simulator that will prepare first-responders firefighters for rescues aboard superjumbo jets.

On Oct. 28, 2016, an engine fire broke out on an American Airlines Boeing 767 hurtling down an O’Hare runway at 154 m.p.h. just seconds before take-off … and forced 170 passengers and crew members to exit on inflatable slides as flames and smoke poured from the aircraft. One person was seriously injured; 20 suffered minor injuries.

Now, the city is taking steps to better prepare firefighters for those types of rescues aboard superjumbo jets, like the Airbus 380 that British Airways plans to debut next spring on its daily service to London.

The newly-signed contract bankrolled by airline revenues calls for Simulation Live Fire Training Solutions, Inc. to build a new triple-deck, large-frame aircraft simulator based on the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380. The simulator and accompanying software will include what City Hall calls the only rotating cabin in the world engineered to simulate a jet broken in pieces.

Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner Tim Sampey, who oversees fire rescue operations at O’Hare and Midway, said the rotating cabin feature was tailor-made to duplicate the July 1989 crash of a United Airlines jet in Sioux City, Iowa that killed 111 passengers and crew members, but miraculously left 185 survivors.

“The plane was broken into several pieces. … People who would normally be seated in the upright position were actually seated on an angle, which made rescue difficult,” Sampey said.

“This simulator give us the ability to put it at a 15-to-20 degree angle, which gives it almost a sidewards approach. … We have smoke generators being built into this as well as sound equipment that can simulate burning material, people screaming. We can put smoke where we’d like to put smoke, fire where we’d like to put fire. Different levels. It gives us … variables from the smallest scenario to the largest.”

Currently, Fire Department simulators at O’Hare are based off a narrow-body aircraft with only one aisle. The new, 70-foot-long simulator will better prepare firefighters for complicated rescues aboard two-aisle aircraft that are nearly as long as a football field.

Sampey noted that FAA regulations require the first fire department rescue unit to get to the mid-point of the farthest runway in three minutes or less.

thanks Dan & Dennis

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Chicago orders new squads (more)

From Rosenbaueramerica.com:

43732 & 73733 – City of Chicago

Chicago FD Squad 7A built by Rosenbauer

Chicago Squad 7A. Rosenbauer America photo

Chicago FD Squad 7A built by Rosenbauer

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Chicago FD Squad 7A built by Rosenbauer

Rosenbauer America photo

Chicago FD Squad 7 built by Rosenbauer

Chicago Squad 7. Rosenbauer America photo

Chicago FD Squad 7 built by Rosenbauer

Rosenbauer America photo

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2-11 Alarm + EMS Plan II at O’Hare Airport, 10-28-16 (more)

More photos from the scene of the Still & Box + EMS Plan I at O’Hare Airport, 10-28-16 taken roughly 30 minutes after the fire

Chicago Fire Department at O'Hare Airport

Dan McInerney photo

Chicago Fire Department at O'Hare Airport

Dan McInerney photo

Chicago Fire Department at O'Hare Airport

Dan McInerney photo

Chicago Fire Department at O'Hare Airport

Dan McInerney photo

Chicago Fire Department at O'Hare Airport

Dan McInerney photo

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As seen around … O’Hare Airport

This from Fred McCahey:

As seen around O’Hare 9-12-16 … changing out a spare rig

Chicago FD Squad 7A

Fred McCahey photo

Chicago FD Squad 7A

Fred McCahey photo

Chicago O'Hare Airport Fire Department

Fred McCahey photo

Chicago FD Squad 7

Fred McCahey photo

Chicago FD O'Hare Airport MVU

Fred McCahey photo

Chicago FD O'Hare Airport Engine 9

Fred McCahey photo

Chicago FD Comm Van 2-7-3

Fred McCahey photo

reserve fire engine at O'Hare Airport

Fred McCahey photo

Chicago FD Battalion 13

Fred McCahey photo

Chicago FD Battalion 13

Fred McCahey photo

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As seen around … O’Hare

More photos from Nick Nezri of CFD apparatus at O’Hare

Chicago FD Squad 7 at O'Hare Airport

Nick Neziri photo

fire trucks at O'Hare Airport

Nick Neziri photo

fire trucks at O'Hare Airport

Nick Neziri photo

ambulance at O'Hare Airport

Nick Neziri photo

Chicago FD Haz Mat Unit 5-1-2

Nick Neziri photo

Chicago FD Ford Expedition

Nick Neziri photo

fire trucks at O'Hare Airport

Nick Neziri photo

mobile communication van at O'Hare Airport

Nick Neziri photo

E-ONE fire engine at O'Hare Airport

Nick Neziri photo

Chicago FD reserve engine at O'Hare

Nick Neziri photo

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