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New aerial for Tri-State FPD (more)

From the Pierce Flickr site:

Pierce, Tri State Fire Protection District, IL, 36120-1

Pierce Enforcer Ascendant PUC quint

Pierce composite

thanks Keith

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Elgin Fire Department history

For #TBT from Larry Shapiro;

Elgin Engine 2 2009 KME LMFD Predator Severe Service 2000/500 GSO 7405 plus Engines 1 and 5

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Evanston Fire Department history Part 55

From Phil Stenholm:

Another installment about History of Evanston Fire Department

 

ALMOST DONE 

All three of Evanston’s new fire stations were completed and placed into service during 1955; Station # 5 at 2830 Central Street on January 25th, Station # 2 at 702 Madison Street on March 12th, and Station # 3 at 1105 Central Street on September 3rd.

While waiting for its new quarters to be completed, Engine Co. 23 and the reserve truck were temporarily relocated from Fire Station # 3 on Green Bay Road to the new Station # 5 in northwest Evanston, as Station # 3 was closed on January 25th after 54 years of service. It its final days as a working firehouse, the aging apparatus floor was supported from below by wooden beams that were set-up temporarily in the basement to keep the floor from collapsing. Because Engine Co. 23 needed to move out of Station # 3 ASAP, Engine Co. 25 remained at Station # 1 for most of 1955, and did not relocate from Station # 1 to Station # 5 until the new Station # 3 was completed in September. 

Chief Dorband, the Fire Prevention Bureau, and Truck Co. 22 were relocated from Station # 1 to the new Station # 2 on Madison Street on March 12th, as the old Station # 2 on Chicago Avenue was closed after 52 years of service. The two assistant chiefs assigned as platoon commanders at Station # 1 were relieved of company officer responsibilities and were provided with a Chevrolet station-wagon (known as “F-2”) and a driver at this time. The vehicle was equipped with a couple of fire extinguishers, an ax, a flashlight, camera equipment, and an inhalator. As such, the platoon commanders were now akin to a Chicago FD battalion chief. Chief Dorband only responded to working fires. If he was off-duty, his driver based at Station # 2 would pick him up at his residence at 1424 Wesley Avenue and drive him to the fire.

The Evanston Fire Department was increased from 88 men to 100 on April 1, 1955, as Peter Erpelding, David Henderson, Roger Lecey, Roger Schumacher, Joseph Burton, Patrick Morrison, Robert Pritza, Richard Ruske, Donald Searles, Frank Sherry Jr, and Richard Zrazik were hired, and Edward Pettinger returned from a leave of absence. Firemen James Wheeler and William Windelborn were promoted to captain.

Truck Co. 23 was organized and placed into service at Station # 5 as the EFD’s third truck company on April 1st. The new truck company operated with the 1937 Seagrave 65-foot aerial-ladder truck that had been Truck No. 2 1937-52, before being placed into ready-reserve at Station # 3 in 1952. The rig just barely fit into the west bay of Station # 5, but a bigger problem was eight men occupying a fire station designed to house a four-man crew! Because it had an 80-gallon booster tank and a hose reel, Truck 23 could respond to a trash fire, a vehicle fire, or a gasoline wash in a pinch, and it could initiate a limited fire-attack with its booster after arriving at a structure fire if no engine companies were on the scene.

Squad 21 continued to respond to inhalator calls and special rescues, but beginning on April 1st, it also responded to ALL fire calls – not just working structure fires — citywide with a four-man crew, or at least three-men if a man was absent. Squad 21 did not have a company officer, so the platoon fire equipment mechanic was normally in charge of the crew. In 1956, Squad 21 responded to more than 400 calls, which was 25% more than the busiest engine company (Engine Co. 24), and nearly three-times more than the least-busy engine company (Engine Co. 23)!

While the rig had a 1000-GPM pump, a 100-gallon water tank, and a booster hose reel mounted atop its body, Squad 21 did not have a hose bed or standard hose load, so it did not run as an engine company. However, like Truck 23, it could respond to a minor fire in a pinch, or initiate a limited fire-attack with its booster after arriving at a structure fire if no engine company was on the scene.

The five engine companies, three truck companies, and Squad 21 were ten-man companies, with five men assigned to each platoon. One man each shift was on a Kelly Day, so the actual company staffing each shift was four men, or three men if the company was running a man short. The truck company always took the extra man from the engine company if the truck company was down a man but the engine company at that station was at full-strength.

There was a platoon commander assigned to each shift, and in addition, one man each shift was assigned as the driver and radio operator for the platoon commander (F-2), and one man each shift was assigned as the driver and administrative assistant for the chief (F-1),The buggy-drivers were also the EFD’s photographers. Also, one man was assigned as a fire prevention inspector and administrative assistant to the FPB chief (F-3).

As of April 1, 1955, the maximum aggregate shift staffing in the Evanston Fire Department was 39 if all companies were at full strength, and the absolute minimum staffing was 30 if all companies were running a man short at the same time. Companies typically ran at full-strength most every day November – March when vacations were not permitted, and then would sometimes run a man short in the spring, summer, and early autumn, when vacations were permitted, and when overtime comp days accrued during the winter months could be spent.

The 39-man maximum / 30-man minimum essentially restored EFD shift staffing to the years 1933-42, back before the first Kelly Days were implemented. Along with acquiring new apparatus and constructing new fire stations, restoring shift staffing to pre-World War II levels had been one of the three main goals of Chief Dorband’s ambitious modernization plan. 

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Oakbrook Terrace FPD news (more)

This from Tim Right:

I drove past the Oakbrook Terrace fire station today and the new truck they bought was outside so I snapped a couple pictures. 

Tim
new home for Warminster FD 127' Smeal ladder truck

Tim Right photo

new home for Warminster FD 127' Smeal ladder truck

Tim Right photo

new home for Warminster FD 127' Smeal ladder truck

Tim Right photo

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Apartment fire in Arlington Heights, 1-7-22 (more)

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The 80-year-old Paul C. Strusiner who authorities say started a Jan. 7 fire that damaged several units in an Arlington Heights apartment complex was charged with aggravated arson and ordered held on $75,000 bail Tuesday. Police say he is being treated at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights for medical reasons unrelated to the fire.

The fire broke out at 12:22 a.m. Friday. Police officers and firefighters arrived to find flames coming from a first-floor unit which had a car parked in front of it. Later, officers noticed the car circling the parking lot and they approached the car, which was being driven by the defendant, and noted the front seat appeared to be melted.

The defendant told authorities he started the fire by lighting a piece of paper and leaving it on a table, prosecutors said, adding that the statements he gave police amounted to nonsensical ramblings.

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Still and Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 1-10-22

From Chi-Town Fire Photos:

I attended a Still & Box overnight at 2020 W Webster in the Bucktown neighborhood. Companies originally reported fire in the rear of this 1.5 story residence, and were interior making a good push. However, the cold wind soon took hold of the attic space and heavy fire conditions evolved. All companies were pulled out, Tower 21 was moved to Side A, and knocked the fire with their aerial master stream. Companies went back in to mop up. There is a full gallery viewable here:
night fire scene in Chicago

Chi-Town Fire Photos

night fire scene in Chicago

Chi-Town Fire Photos

night fire scene in Chicago

Chi-Town Fire Photos

night fire scene in Chicago

Chi-Town Fire Photos

Firefighters putting on SCBA at scene

Chi-Town Fire Photos

From CFDMike:

Engine 35 was first due to a fire at W Webster ave and N Seeley Ave.  43 was 2nd in. it went to a still and box.  Engine 43 was supplying tower 21 and a ground monitor 

Chicago house fire scene

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Chicago house fire scene

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fire engine pump panel at fire

CFDMike photo

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Clarendon Hills Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from patch.com:

The Clarendon Hills village manager expressed frustration Monday with members of the fire department in the continuing controversy over whether the village should buy a new ladder truck. For months, he has looked at the possibility of sharing a ladder truck with another town, mostly likely Hinsdale. As a result, he said, department employees, family members, and other interested residents have conducted a public relations campaign to convince the village board to end the debate and buy a new ladder truck. Meanwhile, the fire chief said he is not allowed to talk to media about the issue.

The expected price of a new truck has soared to $1.4 million, from $1 million and the current one is nearing the end of its useful life.

In a memo, the village manager listed seven communities with populations similar to the combined population of Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills. Each of them have one ladder truck, unlike the two in Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills. The other towns are Batavia, Glen Ellyn, Melrose Park, Oak Forest, Westmont, Wilmette, and Elmwood Park, plus there are 16 towns about the size of Clarendon Hills that a ladder truck including Calumet Park, Hillside, Princeton, River Forest, Riverside, and West Dundee.

La Grange, which is nearly double the size of Clarendon Hills, has been without a ladder truck for more than a decade. Last month, La Grange fought a fire in a three-story house with Hinsdale and Westmont providing ladder trucks. Usually, La Grange relies on the Pleasantview Fire Protection District for a ladder truck, but they weren’t available.

Last fall, Clarendon Hills officials met with La Grange’s fire chief to discuss operations, and learned that La Grange has seen no notable negative results being without a ladder truck and that they have an informal relationship with neighboring departments to provide support if needed. 

For this year’s budget, the village has earmarked $30,000 for a consultant to look at the issue of fire department vehicles.

Proponents of a new ladder truck say the village’s insurance rating would likely drop without one in town, increasing residents’ insurance premiums. At a Public Safety Committee meeting in November, the chief was concerned about the impact on the department’s staffing model if it were provided with inferior equipment.

A former village trustee in favor of a new ladder truck suggested the village eliminate the assistant village manager’s position and the $50,000-a-year contract with the local chamber of commerce.

Last fall, the Hinsdale village president their village board that the two towns have an intergovernmental agreement that calls for sharing fire personnel, equipment, and vehicles. He wondered whether Clarendon Hills needed to spend so much money on a ladder truck when Hinsdale had one.

thanks Scott

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New tower ladder for the Geneseo FPD (more)

From Bill Schreiber:

Geneseo FPD King Cobra chassis update

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Rosenbauer photo

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House fire in Northbrook, 1-5-22

From Tim Olk:

Firefighters at the scene of a house fire in Northbrook, IL

Tim Olk photo

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New tower ladder for the Lockport Township FPD (more)

From SST Emergency Products LLC Facebook :

Some in process photos of Lockport Township’s 105′ Apollo Quint. S/O # 89R11
thanks Danny

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