Posts Tagged Coal City Fire Department

3-Alarm fire in Coal City, 2-16-16

Excerpts from theHeraldNews.com:

Coal City building burns 2-16-16

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Firefighters responded Tuesday to a commercial structure fire in Coal City. Coal City Fire Protection District firefighters were dispatched about 11:09 a.m. to 35 S. Broadway St., according to Lt. Nick Doerfler who said there were three people treated on scene for minor injuries.

The building where the fire occurred houses a hair salon, and pool supply store with some vacant spaces on the ground floor, and apartments on the second floor. It was occupied when the blaze began on the second floor near the front of the structure.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and likely will remain so for several weeks.

Richard Dean, who lived in the six-apartment building, said the fire started in the front of the building and spread to the back. Dean said his neighbors in told him they heard a boom and suddenly there was a fire.

 

Fighting the fire consumed most of Coal City’s water supply, Doerfler said, so agencies tapped into Braidwood’s supply through a well. The well water did not enter Coal City’s regular water supply.

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New area ambulance deliveries

This from Ron Wolkoff:

new ambulance deliveries from Lifeline ambulance website

new ambulance for Braidwood IL

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new ambulance for Braidwood IL

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new ambulance for Coal City IL

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new ambulance for Coal City IL

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new ambulance for the Frankfort FPD

Type I Superliner 171″ 72″HR – 2015 F550 4WD Liquid Spring. Life Line Ambulance photo

new ambulance for the Frankfort FPD

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Tornado rips through Coal City, IL 6-22-15

Images from Coal City by Tim Olk:

town ravaged by a tornado

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town ravaged by a tornado

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town ravaged by a tornado

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town ravaged by a tornado

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town ravaged by a tornado

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town ravaged by a tornado

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town ravaged by a tornado

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town ravaged by a tornado

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town ravaged by a tornado

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Storms damage or destroy fire stations

Excerpts from WQAD.com:

The Menominee-Dunleith fire station was destroyed during strong storms Monday morning, June 22, 2015.

The roof collapsed on the building, walls and doors were crushed and vehicles inside the fire station were also damaged.   The fire station is in East Dubuque, Illinois.

It was not yet clear whether the damaged vehicles might include a new fire truck the department reported receiving in June 2014.

 

Excerpts from the Morris-Herald News.com:

Officials were unsure early Tuesday morning how many homes are damaged and how many people are displaced. Coal City High School had been opened for emergency evacuations but that was changed to Coal City Methodist Church, 6805 McArdle, after the high school lost power.

 

Coal City’s fire station received some damage. The fire district has created a Facebook page to spread information, Doerfler said, Coal City Area Tornado – Official.

 

Most of the damage was on the west end of Coal City, he said. There also were reports of damage in unincorporated areas between Morris and Coal City, Schroeder said.

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Coal City FPD gets search-and-rescue dog

Excerpts from the Morris-HeraldNews.com:

Last year, Rikki, a 6-month-old German shepherd, was adopted from a rescue in Wisconsin. Now a year older, she’s working as a search-and-rescue dog for the Coal City Fire Protection District with her handler, Lt. Nick Doerfler. She has had more than 200 training hours to become a search-and-rescue dog and is undergoing additional training to become a cadaver dog.

“What brought it on was we had several drownings last year, and dogs had to be brought in to assist,” Doerfler said. “In addition to that, we have several children with autism in our area who have wandering tendencies. Rikki will be able to help find them.”

Doerfler said in her initial water training for human remains detection from a boat, she was able to alert to 1 millimeter of a scent that was 3 feet under water. He said a dog trained in water detection can pinpoint an area within a couple feet for each foot below the surface the body is. If a body is trapped 10 feet under water, the dog will give a 20-foot area to search with sonar or divers, narrowing the search on a large body of water.

As a MABAS 15 asset, she will be available to assist other fire protection districts as needed. Unlike the typical police dog, Rikki will not be used in any criminal cases.

Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District Chief Tracey Steffes said while police agencies in the area have tracking dogs, having another one available is a great idea. With no other agency in Grundy County having a cadaver dog, Rikki will be valuable to the county.

Rikki, like other working dogs, will work only for her handler and is not trained to bite or attack. Doerfler takes care of Rikki, and she goes home with him where she is part of the family. When he brought the idea to the fire district, he had no idea if officials would let the program move forward or if they would let him be the handler. But he felt it was something the area truly needed. The district not only agreed to buy the dog for $375, but also agreed to let Doerfler be her handler and train with her.

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Coal City tower ladder … look-a-like for sale

Kevin Griffin found this link advertising a tower ladder similar to Coal City’s tower ladder for sale

Coal City Fire Department

thanks DH for catching the error

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Where are they now …

This from Martin Nowak: more X-Illinois fire trucks in Indiana

1976 Sutphen Pumper; purchased from Bourbonnais IL in 1990 by the Shirley Vol FD

1983 PemFab/E-one 95ft Aerial Ladder was purchased by Cambridge City Vol FD in 2002 from Gurnee, IL

Pump 101 2000 HME/Smeal; was purchased by Poe FD from Coal City IL. All rigs at Poe carry the orange color that Coal City carries

Truck 23; 1972 American LaFrance Aero Chief 90′ Snorkel served Mattoon, IL, then St. John, IN, and now Shelby Vol FD

Engine 5812; 1975 Mack CF685 pumper served Winfield FPD IL before the Lake Dalecarlia Vol FD

Rescue 862; 1994 Freightliner FL60/Wheeled Coach was a former Evanston Ambulance that was purchased in 2004 by Kingsbury Volunteer FD

East Chicago has two of the six units that were ordered by the City of Chicago in 2001 ( 2001 American LaFrance Eagle/3D Pumpers) They serve as Engine-1 and Engine-4 Only one stayed in Chicago as E-23. The other three were repainted and went to Baltimore County, Maryland where they served as Engine-2, Engine-4, and Engine-6.

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Coal City engine for sale

Dennis McGuire, Jr. found this link to a midi-pumper being sold that was owned by the Coal City Fire Department.

Coal City Fire Department Station 2

Coal City Fire Station 2 at 1455 S. Berta Road opened in December of 2010. Steve Redick photo

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Coal City Station 2

The Coal City Fire Department, in MABAS Division 15, opened Station 2 in December of 2010. Although the department has not yet been added to this website, Steve Redick submitted several images of the new station.  Last July, Karl Klotz submitted a shot of the station under construction which can be seen HERE.

Coal City Fire Department Station 2

Coal City Fire Station 2 at 1455 S. Berta Road opened in December of 2010. Steve Redick photo

Steve created two panoramic images of the station’s interior showing the apparatus bays and vehicles.

Coal City Fire Department station 2

Interior of Coal City Fire Station 2 as seen from the back of the apparatus bays. Steve Redick photo

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This photo shows the apparatus lined up in each bay. An engine, brush rig, two ambulances, a boat and the MABAS Division 15 haz mat unit. Steve Redick photo

The Herald-News (Sun Times) has an article from January 13th which can be seen HERE that describes the new facility and the memorial in front which includes two pieces of steel from the World Trade Center after the buildings were destroyed on 9/11.

Coal City Fire Department Station 2 9/11 steel beams World Trade Center stel

A memorial located in front of Coal City Fire Station 2 features I-beam sections from the World Trade Center on 9/11. Steve Redick photo

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