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As seen around … Country Club Hills

This from Dylan Konchan:

Country Club Hills Fire Department responded to a house fire with entrapment at 4136 177th St. Companies found the victim inside, and transported to South Suburban Hospital.

Pierce aerial ladder

Hazel Crest truck. Dylan Konchan photo

Pierce fire truck black over red

Oak Forest truck. Dylan Konchan photo

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Country Club Hills FD

DH submitted the following:

Saw CC Hills Tower 1145 at Southwest Spring and Alignment on 85th and Columbus (Southwest Highway) in Chicago this morning. A question for the readers, is the ALF 1140 still in service? Or does CC Hills just run 2 engines when 1145 is OOS?

DH
Country Club Hills Fire Department

Country Club Hills Truck 1145.

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Country Club Hills house fire 4-14-13

This from Dylan Konchan:

Country Club Hills | Still and Box Alarm | 3830 Highland Pl | Companies got on scene and with smoke showing from a 2 story house, 1 line was lead out.

 

Markham Fire Department fire engine

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Flossmoor Fire Department engine

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Homewood Fire Department

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Oak FOrest Fire Department engine

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Country Club Hills house fire

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Country Club Hills house fire

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Country Club Hills Controversy

Firegeezer.com has an article HERE that outlines an issue with the recently hired fire chief in Country Club Hills.

THE … TOWN OF COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, has a moral problem on their hands this week.  Just three months ago they hired a new fire chief Roger Agpawa, previously the deputy chief of the Markham Fire Department.  Following the open application season, Agpawa was selected from the field of candidates bringing with him an impressive resume of fire service credentials.

Unfortunately, he also brought with him a criminal conviction that wasn’t part of his resume.

According to the Sun-Times:

Agpawa was hired as the Country Club Hills fire chief in July for $98,000 a year plus a city Ford Expedition, even though he pleaded guilty to mail fraud as part of a 1997 medical insurance fraud case in federal court in Chicago.

Agpawa, 54, was charged in December 1997 with cashing bogus medical insurance claim checks and splitting the money with his partner in crime who worked as a claims approver.

Agpawa pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and could have served more than a year in prison.

Instead, he was ordered in 1999 to pay more than $60,000 back to the insurance company, serve three years of probation and perform 200 hours of community service.

Under Illinois law, a town cannot hire a firefighter with a serious felony conviction, but in an interesting twist, there is a difference between fire chiefs and rank-and-file firefighters.

Unlike firefighters, fire chiefs are appointed, not sworn, and not subject to the same state law.

But when it comes to fire chiefs, “all fire chiefs step out of the sworn area,” he said. “They are appointed.”

Usually, a mayor or a village manager — and not a fire commission — is the fire chief’s supervisor, Markowski said.

Mayors may use the same criteria as set out in the statute for sworn firefighters or “they can overlook it.”

One Country Club Hills alderman, Vincent Lockett, though, sang the praises of Agpawa.

“The guy has done a spectacular job for the city of Country Club Hills. He has saved the residents $400,000 in the short term,” Lockett said. “We haven’t had this type of management in many, many years in Country Club Hills. The fire chiefs used to allow the department to rape the city.”

“I don’t think one alderman would have anything negative to say about him,” Lockett said. “I guess I would have to say, let his past be his past . . .”I am proud to have him.”

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Department patches added

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Tinley Park barn fire 4-3-12

Karl Klotz submitted the following:

On 4/3/2012 around midnight, Tinley Park was dispatched to a reported silo fire in the 7300 block of 191st Street in unincorporated Will County.  Truck Co. 204 arrived to find an abandoned barn fully involved communicating to an attached silo.  Engine Co. 202 hit the fire with their deck gun while crews advanced three handlines to extinguish the remains of the barn and a smaller shed nearby.  Mutual-aid was received from Frankfort, Mokena, Country Club Hills, and Hazel Crest.

barn fire in Tinley Park on 191st Street 4-3-12

Tinley Park Engine Co. 202 leading out up the driveway. Karl Klotz photo

barn fire in Tinley Park on 191st Street 4-3-12

Remains of the barn and silo. Karl Klotz photo

barn fire in Tinley Park on 191st Street 4-3-12

Engine Co. 202 knocking down the fire w/ the deck gun. Karl Klotz photo

barn fire in Tinley Park on 191st Street 4-3-12

Tinley Park firefighter leading out a handline to the rear of the property. Karl Klotz photo

The rest of the photos are on my site.

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Country Club Hills has been added to the site

Country Club Hills has been added to the MABAS Division 24 departments that are on the website. Country Club Hills has two stations with a total of three ambulances, four engines, and a tower ladder. One of their engines, Engine 1140, is a 1980 American LaFrance Century, 75′ Water Chief Quint with a 1,500-GPM pump and 300 gallons of water. It is lettered as Truck 1140, but the aerial device is out of service, so it is running as an engine. Country Club Hills also owns the only HME/Ahrens-Fox/RK Aerials tower ladder in Illinois.

Country Club Hills Fire Department Spartan Crimson engine

This engine was featured at a fire recently which was posted HERE with images from Karl Klotz.

Country Club Hills Fire Department Station 2

Country Club Hills Fire Department Station 2 is their headquarters at 4520 W. 175th Street. Jack Connors photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department HME Ahrens Fox RK tower ladder

Country Club Hills Fire Department American LaFrance Century Water Chief Quint

When American LaFrance made aerials, each rear-mount was part of the ‘Chief’ series. There was the Ladder Chief, the Ladder Chief Quint, the Water Chief, the Water Chief Quint, and the Aero Chief.  The Aero Chief was a two-piece articulating boom with a platform at the end, similar to the Snorkel.

American LaFrance Water Chief quint brochure

American LaFrance literature on the 75' Water Chief Quint. Larry Shapiro collection

A Water Chief was an aerial ladder with a pre-piped waterway while the Ladder Chief was a straight ladder.

American LaFrance Ladder Chief brochure

American LaFrance Ladder Chief brochure. Larry Shapiro collection

American LaFrance Water Chief brochure

American LaFrance Water Chief brochure. Larry Shapiro collection

Either aerial could be mounted on a unit with a pump and tank for the quint designation.

American LaFrance brochure 75' Water Chief Quint

American LaFrance 75' Water Chief Quint brochure. Larry Shapiro collection

Few of the ‘Chief’ aerials are still in service today.

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Fire in Country Club Hills 1-21-11 – update

Karl Klotz also took in the house fire yesterday in Country Club Hills at 4440 W. 183rd Street. The temperature at the time of this fire was -20 degrees including the wind chill. He arrived before Dennis McGuire, Jr who submitted photos that were posted HERE.

Karl submitted the following images and has a full gallery which can be seen HERE.

Country Club Hills Fire Department house fire

Smoke escapes from the roof at 4440 W. 183rd Street as firefighters get water on the fire inside the house. Karl Klotz photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department house fire Spartan Crimson Engine 1120

Country Club Hills Engine 1120 was the first suppression unit on the scene. Karl Klotz photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department house fire

Firefighters overhaul the exterior of the house looking for hot spots of hidden fire after the main fire has been controlled by companies inside. Karl Klotz photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department house fire

As firefighters perform overhaul, they remove exterior soffits, siding, and insulation . Karl Klotz photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department house fire

Hazel Crest Truck 1220, a Pierce Lance 105' quint, was staged in front of the house. Karl Klotz photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department house fire

Country Club Hills Engine 1130, a Pierce Lance, brought additional manpower to the scene. Karl Klotz photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department house fire

Oak Forest Ambulance 162, a 2004 Ford/Road Rescue was on the scene but there were no injuries. Karl Klotz photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department house fire

A Country Club Hills firefighter awaits a new assignment after working on overhaul. Karl Klotz photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department house fire

Homewood's squad, a Country Club Hills engine, an Oak Forest engine, the Country Club Hills tower, and the Hazel Crest truck can be seen parked along 183rd Street at the fire. Karl Klotz photo

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Fire in Country Club Hills 1-21-11

The Country Club Hills Fire Department responded to a fire todat at 4440 W. 183rd Street, just two buildings west of their Station #1. Fire broke through on the west side of a single-family residence. No one was home at the time of the fire. Country Club Hills received mutual aid from Homewood, Oak Forest, Midlothian, Markham, and Hazel Crest.

Dennis McGuire, Jr. arrived after the fire was out and submitted several images from the scene.
Country Club Hills Fire Department house fire 1-21-11

Country Club Hills Engine 1120, a Spartan Crimson, in front of the house. Dennis McGuire, Jr photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department house fire 1-21-11

Country Club Hills Truck 1145 was staged across the street but not put to use. Denis McGuire, Jr photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department house fire 1-21-11 Oak Forest engine

Oak Forest Engine 963 was due mutual aid to Country Club Hills this morning to assist with a house fire. Dennis McGuire, Jr photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department house fire 1-21-11

Firefighters repack the pre-connects onto Engine 1120 after extinguishing a fire this morning in Counrty Club Hills, Dennis McGuire, Jr photo

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