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Mount Prospect Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the Dailyherald.com:

Barring any unforeseen obstacle, Mount Prospect will be moving its downtown fire station to the north side of the village. With one dissenting vote, trustees agreed to pay about $1.48 million for a building at 111 E. Rand Road. The building will be remodeled and replace the current fire station and headquarters at 112 E. Northwest Highway.

The village now has a 60-day due diligence period to review the property’s environmental suitability and structural condition.

Officials say the new location will mean significant improvements to response times in areas where the fire department has struggled to achieve its four-minute objective. An independent study by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association indicated there would be major improvement in areas that include Prospect High School, Randhurst Village, the Boxwood neighborhood and the Kensington Business Center.

Buying an existing building and remodeling it will save the village as much as $3.7 million compared to building a new fire station from the ground up, officials say.

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New engine for Bolingbrook (more)

This from Daniel Hand:

The new E-One engine for Bolingbrook has been completed so#141498

Bolingbrook FD Engine 3

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interior of e-ONE fire engine

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Bolingbrook FD Engine 3

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Bolingbrook FD Engine 3

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Bolingbrook FD Engine 3

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Bolingbrook FD Engine 3

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Bolingbrook FD Engine 3

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Bolingbrook FD Engine 3

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New engine for the East Joliet Fire Protection District (more)

Excerpts from mysuburbanlife.com:

The East Joliet Fire Protection District showed off its newest piece of equipment Sunday, a Ferrara Cinder MVP Rescue Pumper. This unit functions with the combined capabilities of a squad for specialized rescue jobs and an engine.  The rescue/pumper cost about $685,000, which Fire Chief Robert Scholtes said was a little more than what would have been the cost for the two separate vehicles, but it will ultimately help firefighters have everything they need when they respond to emergency situations.

The East Joliet Fire Protection District began in 1940 as a volunteer department to cover the unincorporated areas of Joliet Township.

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New ambulance for Brookfield (more)

Brookfield Ambulance 414

Brookfield FD Ambulance 414

Brookfield FD Ambulance 414. Chi-Town Fire Photos

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Working fire in Schiller Park, 4-25-18 (more)

This from Steve Redick:

Had a chance to take in an unusual job on Wednesday at a records building/chapel in a large cemetery. There were roofers working on the building at the time and I imagine that related to the fire’s origin. The sole water supply was from the Schiller Park engine which supplied two 2-1/2 hand lines and a LDH, 4-inch. The fire consumed the entire roof and attic area and was ultimately contained by a tower ladder master stream from Norwood Park. The brand new Schiller Park E-one truck was utilized but I think they had some kind of issue with the waterway resulting in an unusual operation with a handline from the tip. Some unusual photos to be had with all the headstones and monuments around the fire building along with the ornate construction of the chapel itself. Here’s a link to all the images 

Steve

Firefighters battle roof fire

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Firefighters battle roof fire

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Firefighters battle roof fire

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Norwood Park FPD Truck 104

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Norwood Park FPD Truck 104

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Schiller Park FD Truck 5

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elevated master streams work at a fire

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Schiller Park FD Squad 5

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Schiller Park FD Truck 5

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Springfield Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from foxillinois.com:

On Tuesday, the Springfield City Council unanimously voted the mayor’s appointment of a new fire chief. Chief Allen Reyne was formally a captain so he jumped several positions. He has been with the department for over 18 years.

Reyne takes the position after former Chief Barry Helmerichs retired earlier in April. His son and wife were a part of his pinning ceremony. He said it was an honor to take the lead of a Class 1 fire station.

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New engine for Bolingbrook (more)

updated photos of the new engine being built for Bolingbrook by E-ONE so#141498

fire engine being built fro Bolingbrook

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fire engine being built fro Bolingbrook

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fire engine being built fro Bolingbrook

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fire engine being built fro Bolingbrook

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fire engine being built fro Bolingbrook

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fire engine being built fro Bolingbrook

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fire engine being built fro Bolingbrook

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fire engine being built fro Bolingbrook

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fire engine being built fro Bolingbrook

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fire engine being built fro Bolingbrook

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Mount Prospect Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the Journal-Topics.com:

Mount Prospect trustees approved borrowing $12.1 million to purchase land for new police and fire headquarters locations. Trustee Paul Hoefert, a member of the board since 1991 who approved the existing shared police and fire headquarters on Northwest Highway 25 years ago, continues to voice concerns about the village’s effort to move the police to the Kensington Business Center and Fire Station 13 to a site on Rand Road, as being too quick and costing too much. It is projected to cost $40 million to renovate the existing building at 799 Biermann Court in the business park to accommodate police and to retrofit Fire Station 13 operations for the site at 111 E. Rand Rd.  The rest of the board did not see it that way.

If it is determined in the future that the two projects should not move forward, the village manager said the village would sell the properties it just acquired. Many of the board members said moving the departments would ensure better and safer policing for officers due to a lack of space in the current station, and better response times for firefighters.

Before the current police and fire headquarters was built 25 years ago, the village went out to referendum twice, developed an ad hoc committee, hosted many forums and obtained a lot of community input prior to any construction.

“To say that citizens have been involved and informed this time, I would disagree. And if there were 10 meetings, no one has been aware,” Hoefert said. “We know we need to do something, but it is a matter of what we do. Since we got the space needs study Nov. 28, which took two years to get, we have been moving at lightning speed, and in my mind, the people of Mount Prospect need to have their voice heard, but have been left out of the process. There has been no real time to bring them in.”

The $12.1 million that is being borrowed will go toward water and sewer improvements worth $4.93 million with the remainder to acquire property at 799 Biermann Ct. in the Kensington Business Center for a new police headquarters, and at 111 E. Rand Rd. for a new Fire Station 13.

The village anticipates this borrowing to cost $6 million in interest, which would be paid back over the next 25 years if not sooner. Finance Director Dave Erb said the borrowing would not impact the village’s tax levy. Water/sewer revenues and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) incremental revenue would be used to pay back the $12.1 million plus interest, Erb said.

It is expected in the fall that trustees will approve more bonds, in the amount of $21.8 million, and additional bonds next spring worth $15.8 million to help with construction and furnishing the two facilities. In total, the projects are expected to cost around $77 million, which includes interest.

A resident with a home market value of $350,000 would pay approximately $205 annually to fund the two stations over the next 25 years. If these two projects were not occurring, the debt service portion of the tax levy for property owners would have been reduced in the years to come. Instead, taxes will not increase, but will remain level over that period of time.

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Rolling Meadows Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The Rolling Meadows woman who sustained critical injuries in a house fire early Friday succumbed to those injuries and died on Monday.

The medical examiner’s office determined Karen Ann Braschko, 80, had died from burns sustained in the house fire. The fire was believed to be caused by a careless use of smoking materials.

Emergency crews Police and firefighters were dispatched to the house at 4:44 a.m. Friday after a 911 operator got a call from a woman coughing, before the phone disconnected. The woman and her 45-year-old son were in the front yard when firefighters arrived. With obvious burns to her body, she was rushed to the hospital. Her son was treated and released.

The fire department doesn’t know how the fire started specifically, but the investigation into the fatal fire is closed.

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American LaFrance Aero Chief units in the Chicago area

From Larry Shapiro for #TBT:

Here are other American LaFrance Aero Chief units from my collection in addition to the Zion unit that was featured preciously. 

1969 American LaFrance 900 Series Aero Chief 90

Reg.# 12-1-1314
1969 ALF 900 Series Aero Chief 90 from Elgin, IL. Larry Shapiro photo

American LaFrance Aero Chief

Reg.# 8-1-429
1967 ALF 900 Series Aero Chief 90 from LaGrange, IL
Originally delivered as a quint, this Aero Chief had it’s pump and tank removed. A large equipment compartment replaced the pump. Larry Shapiro photo

1971 American LaFrance 1000 Series Aero Chief 90

Reg.# 14-1-2331
1971 ALF 1000 Series Aero Chief 90 Quint from Libertyville, IL. Larry Shapiro photo

Larry Shapiro photo

1970 American LaFrance 1000 Series Aero Chief 90

Reg.# 14-1-2131
1970 ALF 1000 Series Aero Chief 90 Quint from Rolling Meadows, IL. Larry Shapiro photo

Data and narrative for these photos is from THE AMERICAN LAFRANCE AERO CHIEF PROJECT

This website is the result of a twelve year project to document the production and history of the American LaFrance Aero Chief. The Aero Chief was introduced in 1962 and continued in production until 1974. 171 Aero Chief platforms were built. It came in three sizes: 70′, 80′, and 90′. Most Aero Chiefs were built on the custom American LaFrance chassis, but there were several built on various commercial chassis. Many of them had pumps and even more had tandem rear axles.

The photos on this site come from a variety of sources. I have photgraphed 65 of them, but the remainder come from many other photographers, including Glenn Vincent, Mike Martinelli, Scott Berringer, Kevin McKeon, Garry Kadzielawski, Bill Friedrich, Don Feipel, Bill Hattersley, Paul Barrett, Scott Mattson, John Floyd, Al Whitlock, Don Loeb, Dan Decher, Ralph Decker, Jon Umbdenstock, Ron Bogardus, Wayne Sorensen, Chuck Madderom, Richard Bartlett, Dave Stewardson, Ken Wible, John Langley, Todd Lincoln, Dan Jasina, Tom Shepherd, Mark Rzepnicki, Andrew Henry, Mike Bakunis, and a host of others whose names have faded from my feeble memory. If you have sent me photos and you can’t find your name, please contact me and it will be immediately corrected. Additional photos came from many of the fire departments who owned Aero Chiefs. To all these contributors, I am forever in your debt.

The information on this website will be updated as it becomes available. Any additional information or photos are always welcome. Please contact me through the link at the bottom of this page. Thank you and enjoy!

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