Posts Tagged chicagoareafire.com

Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-9-18 (more)

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

A 69-year-old grandfather who threw his 7-year-old grandson out a second-story window to Chicago police officers below as their home burned has died, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed on Monday.

Apolonio Castellano was critically injured in the Sept. 9 fire in the 10000 block of South Avenue L in Chicago’s East Side neighborhood. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center with burns and smoke inhalation. The boy survived thanks to Castellano efforts. 

Tags: , , ,

Pierce Manufacturing hit with class action lawsuit (more)

Excerpts from jg-tc.com:

Last year, Charleston joined several other cities in the area in a class action lawsuit against Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. and Global Fire Equipment, Inc. claiming that they violated the terms of the warranty on the fire trucks they had made for the cities.

Charleston purchased two fire trucks in the early 2000s over a five-year period from the company. 

Tim Meister, Charleston Fire Department assistant fire chief, said at the time that there is a lifetime warranty on the frame of the fire trucks for rust and corrosion damage, and currently, all three have varying degrees of rust on the frame. The city claimed that the company has not repaired or replaced the frames even though it is spelled out in the warranty to do so.

After some back and forth between attorneys involved in the case, a tentative agreement has been made.

Charleston Fire Chief Steve Bennett said one truck would get an entirely new rail and another would get repairs to the existing rail on the truck in the settlement.  Both would be sent in for repair and replacement one at a time with a loaner truck provided. 

Other terms of the agreement include:

  • Charleston paying $13,333 for the frame rail replacement, receiving credit of equal value to be used toward other repairs and trucks from Pierce.
  • Pierce will pickup and deliver the trucks from the city.
  • Pierce will pay attorney costs.
  • Pierce will provide recommended written maintenance practices and service bulletins regarding maintenance.
  • Pierce will continue to honor existing warranties on the trucks

Today, council members will vote on whether they accept the new terms of the agreement at their meeting set for 6:30 p.m. at Charleston City Hall, 520 Jackson Ave. 

The settlement included in the meeting documents did not include that of the other cities involved in the lawsuit. 

Tags: , , ,

New ladder truck for Central Stickney FPD (more)

This from Jim Skrabel:

Central Stickney Fire Protection District has placed their new Truck 906 in service on 9/11.

Jim Skrabel 

Central Stickney FPD Truck 906

Jim Skrabel photo

Tags: , , , ,

New engine for Downers Grove (more)

This from Daniel Hynd:

Delivery images of the new engine for Downers Grove

Downers Grove FD Engine 103

Ferrara Fire Apparatus photo

Tags: , , , , , ,

Lisbon Seward Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from kendallcountynow.com:

Firefighters with the volunteer Lisbon-Seward Fire Protection District are pleading their case before their board of trustees to accept some donated equipment and vehicles as well as some additional training that they say will help retain volunteers and possibly grow their ranks.

The district covers approximately 65 square miles, including most of Lisbon Township and portions of Big Grove, Na-Au-Say, and Seward townships from two stations – one in Plattville and another in Lisbon – and two fire chiefs – Tim Wallace and Patrick Pope. The district is overseen by a three-member board of trustees – Jim Horton, Tom Fletcher and Scott Steffes.

Wallace and Pope, along with the fire department membership, presented a proposal to the board at the August meeting.

“In order for the department to move forward in a positive direction, the officers and firefighters of Company 1 and Company 2 are proposing the following to the board of trustees,” the proposal read. “1. declare Engines 225, 226, and 227 as surplus; 2. Upon making necessary repairs, Engine 220 will be placed in reserve status as the back-up engine for the district; 3. Accept a $20,000 donation from Company 1 and Company 2 towards an updated frontline rescue engine for Station 1 (Lisbon); 4. Accept the donation of a refurbished 55-foot snorkel with current pump test and aerial certification.”

The proposal continued, “The members feel that with the acceptance of the above, the district will be able to ensure the successful completion of the following objectives: 1. Replace aging equipment dating back to the 1960s; 2. Provide a higher level of service to those we volunteer to serve; Retain members; 4. Recruit new members; 5. Increase our level of training; 6. Restore morale.”

The board is expected to discuss the proposal at its next meeting, scheduled for next Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lisbon station at 104 S. Canal St.

Wallace said the proposal is trying to address the issue of aging vehicles and retaining volunteers on a department that, like so many across the country, are having a challenging time hanging on to members.”The volunteer fire department is changing, not just here but nationwide,” he said. “What we’re trying to do is overcome that and keep people’s interest. So we presented this proposal to the trustees so we can keep this district going, like it has been but in a better fashion, which is in the end going to be better for the residents and the firefighters.”

Wallace was a part-time firefighter for Bolingbrook for 20 years and then when that program ended, he joined Lisbon-Seward and has now been chief for the past eight years. Pope, works full-time at John Deere, and said his chief duties are done on lunch breaks and during the evenings and weekends. He has been with the department for 17 years and empathizes with the trustees trying to stay within budget, but says that the firefighters want the equipment to get the job done right.

The chiefs have been putting in the time to save taxpayers’ money, getting equipment donated and recently obtaining grant funds for their radio desk and day room at the Plattville station.  Wallace showed a four-wheel-drive rescue vehicle that he bought and donated which was outfitted using donated labor and equipment. He said the vehicle can be used for rescues in farm fields and other hard-to-reach areas, a plus when the district is composed of mostly rural properties. The vehicle is the third Wallace has donated to the department.

Horton rejected any suggestion that there were issues between the firefighters and chiefs, and the trustees. “We get a proposal every year,” he said. “We talk about things they’re gonna be needing. That is not an issue.” However, the part of the proposal involving the Snorkel that would allow firefighters to reach high places such as grain bins for rescue operations, was not something Horton was willing to discuss.

Wallace explained that he had bought the 1987 truck last year after the Orland Fire Protection District decided they were going to sell it. He said local departments were willing to equip the truck and Orland was going to donate training for the vehicle. Wallace said the vehicle would not have cost the taxpayers of the district one cent. But when the offer to donate the vehicle was brought to the board last August, they voted it down. Wallace hopes the board will again consider the donation of the vehicle.

Horton said the district’s firefighters have sufficient equipment and that maintenance and other costs, such as the payments on a 2016 engine that was recently purchased, add up in an annual budget that usually totals around $125,000. “I think they have sufficient stuff, yes,” he said. “We try and keep up. Just the maintenance anymore is a big deal. We spend quite a bit of money; everybody thinks we’re hoarding it.” He said the trustees have to think of the taxpayers as well as the firefighters.

The Lisbon-Seward tax rate is 24.22 cents per $100 of EAV, compared to Bristol-Kendall at 74.25 cents and Oswego at 73.77 cents. The Lisbon-Seward portion of the property tax bill on an average $200,000 home is around $161.46 without including any exemptions.

Tags: ,

Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the dailyherald.com:

Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District officials attended a special meeting at Barrington Middle School-Prairie Campus to address concerns with the proposal for a fire station at 36 E. Dundee Road.

Barrington Area Unit District 220 officials say their concerns about the planned third station include noise disrupting learning and traffic. Elected officials will decide whether to file an objection to the plan with the Cook County zoning board of appeals. District 220 can file a formal objection regarding the fire station proposal with the Cook County zoning board of appeals starting Sept. 26. The advisory panel, which will forward a recommendation to the Cook County Board for final consideration, has scheduled a hearing on the matter for Oct. 3.

Plans call for the fire district to use the foundation of a house it bought for $500,000 in 2016 for a station handling only ambulance calls to improve response times to parts of Inverness and the overall southern coverage area. The site is between the middle school and the Barrington Early Learning Center.

$900,000 to $1.1 million would be spent to build the new station. The fire district will seek a recommendation for approval of a special-use permit and variances to build on the residential land from the county’s zoning board of appeals. Construction on the proposed new station would start in spring 2019.

The fire district wants to reduce response times from about 10 minutes to 6 minutes for Inverness and nearby areas in unincorporated Cook County. 

thanks Ron

Tags: , ,

Chicago Fire Department history, 6-14-92 (part 2)

More from Steve Redick:

Chicago FD Radio Bulls Riots 1992 part 2 – General chaos and riot like conditions on Chicago’s west side the night the Bulls won the NBA championship.Not sure the source of the tape but shared from my collection.

 

 

Tags: , ,

New engine for Hoffman Estates (more)

Updated production photos of the new Ferrara Igniter engine being built for Hoffman Estates

Ferrara fire engine being built

Ferrara Fire Apparatus photo

Ferrara fire engine being built

Ferrara Fire Apparatus photo

Ferrara fire engine being built

Ferrara Fire Apparatus photo

Ferrara fire engine being built

Ferrara Fire Apparatus photo

Ferrara fire engine being built

Ferrara Fire Apparatus photo

Tags: , , , , , ,

Lisle-Woodridge FPD history

From Larry Shapiro for #TBT:

Here area a few of the classic Pirsch pumpers that were part of the Lisle-Woodridge FPD.

vintage Pirsch fire engine

Larry Shapiro photo

vintage Pirsch fire engine

Larry Shapiro photo

vintage Pirsch fire engine

Larry Shapiro photo

vintage Pirsch fire engine

Larry Shapiro photo

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

New engines for Calumet City (more)

Production photos of two engines being built by E-ONE for Calumet City so 141912 and 141913

E-ONE fire engine being built

E-ONE photo

E-ONE fire engine being built

E-ONE photo

E-ONE fire engine being built

E-ONE photo

E-ONE fire engine being built

E-ONE photo

Tags: , , , ,