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New squad for Des Plaines (more)

From the Pierce Flickr site:

Pierce Enforcer PUC rescue engine

Pierce composite

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New squad for Des Plaines (more)

From The Pierce Manufacturing YouTube channel:

Walk around this Enforcer pumper with Des Plaines Fire Department Lieutenant Minas Klikas. The apparatus is equipped with #TAK4 Independent Front Suspension to help with tight corners and was designed to have a longer wheelbase which measures 234 inches. The grab rails are recessed for driver’s safety when grabbing. The truck implemented a squad-based type cab which utilizes space for dive, hazmat, fire suppression, and ALS equipment. The #PUCPump was chosen because it increases compartment space. The coffin compartments on top of the apparatus will be used for larger items that are not used often.


Chassis: 84” Enforcer cab w/ 24” raised roof

Seating capacity: 4

Overall height: 11’ 2”

Overall length: 36’ 4.5”

GVW Rating: 53,800 lb

Front axle: #TAK4 Independent Front Suspension, 22,800 lb

Rear axle: Meritor RS30-185, 31,000 lb

Engine: Cummins L9, 450 hp, 1250 lb-ft

Safety: Side Roll and Frontal Impact Protection

Electrical: Command Zone Advanced Electronics System

BODY Material: Aluminum

Shelving: Adjustable up to 500 lb

Doors: Rollup

Pump: Pierce PUC, 1500 gpm

Tank: 750-gallons

Job Number: 35763 

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New squad for Des Plaines

Some photos of the new Des Plaines Fire Dept. Squad Co. 63’s Pierce. They  took delivery the first week of September and it will be in service mid October.
New Pierce Enforcer PUC rescue pumper for Des Plaines FD Squad 63

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New Pierce Enforcer PUC rescue pumper for Des Plaines FD Squad 63

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Fatal fire in Des Plaines, 1-27-21 (more)

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A fire in Des Plaines that killed four children and their mother in January likely started at least seven minutes before anyone called 911. Firefighters were challenged by a rapidly evolving scene that included more victims than initially expected and fire blocking the only stairwell to the family’s apartment, according to a 43-page report released Tuesday by the Des Plaines Fire Department that provides a timeline and video of the city’s response to the blaze at 714 W. Oakton St.

The cause of the Jan. 27 fire remains undetermined, but the report said the blaze began at the top of the only stairwell leading to the second-floor apartment where the family was found. A space heater and extension cord were found in the area. The apartment had a second exit — a small balcony — but it didn’t have stairs to the ground level, the report states.

According to a timeline of events, surveillance video shows a bright flash of light in the second-floor window at 10:03 a.m., indicting a possible fire. It wasn’t until 10:10 a.m. that a 911 call was received, and it took another two minutes until the caller could provide an address.

A Des Plaines police officer was the first to arrive, at 10:16 a.m., and survey the building and help remove two people safely from the building. An ambulance arrived at 10:17 a.m., and the first fire engine arrived at 10:19 a.m.

Firefighters, hearing that two children may be trapped on the second floor, encountered significant smoke and fire, and knocked down flames with a hose, the report states. Within seconds, crews found the first victim in a bedroom and four others in another room.

The fatalities were Cythaly Zamodio, 25, and her daughters: Grace Espinosa, 1; Allizon V. Espinosa, 3; Genesis A. Espinosa, 5; and Renata P. Espinosa, 6. At the time, a neighbor said their father was work during the fire.

The report states that the department’s response to the fire satisfied standards set by the National Fire Protection Association and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

“Firefighters made a valiant effort to give those trapped a chance to survive by locating them and removing them from the hazardous conditions,” the report states. “The efforts of all those involved are to be commended.”

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Fatal fire in Des Plaines, 1-27-21 (more)

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5 die in Des Plaines house fire

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Box Alarm in Des Plaines, 2-14-21

Generator fire at the Rivers Casino

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No injuries were reported from a fire that began shortly after 10 p.m. in the cooking ventilation system and rooftop exhaust fans of Hugo’s Frog Bar in the Rivers Casino. The fire appears to have been sparked when grease that had accumulated in the hood and duct system ignited. The Des Plaines Fire Department reported the fire under control and extinguished just after 11 p.m. Fire damage was isolated to the kitchen hood and duct and a portion of the roof, and there was slight water damage elsewhere.

One of the evacuated patrons requested medical assistance and was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital with a nonlife-threatening issue.

While the casino reopened early Monday, Hugo’s remained closed.

Under the state’s COVID-19 rules, casinos can maintain normal operating hours, which for Rivers Casino means they are open 24 hours a day, but are only allowed 50% of total capacity.

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Fatal fire in Des Plaines, 1-27-21 (more)

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A space heater likely caused a fire that killed a mother and her four young children Wednesday in Des Plaines is the assessment of city fire officials, whose preliminary investigation shows the blaze started at the top of the stairs to a second-floor unit — the only exit from the unit where the family was found. The investigation is now focused on how the heater might have ignited the fire.

There were no working smoke detectors on the second floort. Initial findings don’t point to foul play.

Autopsies by the medical examiner’s office ruled the deaths an accident, saying they died of thermal and inhalation injuries from the fire.

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Fatal fire in Des Plaines, 1-27-21 (more)

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Four children under the age of 6 and one adult died in Des Plaines Wednesday morning during a residential blaze. The dead include four girls, Renata Espinosa, 6; Genesis Espinosa; Allizon Espinosa, 3; Grace Espinosa, 1; and Citahaly Zamiodo, 25, the medical examiner’s office said. 

Firefighters had heavy smoke coming from the second floor and they learned there were people still inside the 2-story, duplex-type apartment building. Although the more than 100-year-old frame building appears to be a single-family home from the outside, Cook County records say that it has four apartments. Crews immediately went into search and rescue, and fire suppression mode.

The children were pronounced dead at local hospitals, while the adult was pronounced on scene. One firefighter suffered a minor injury and was taken to a hospital.

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Fatal fire in Des Plaines, 1-27-21

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Multiple fire departments were called to a deadly Des Plaines house fire Wednesday morning that reportedly broke out about 10:45 a.m. at 740 West Oakton Street. A spokesperson for the city of Des Plaines said five people died as a result of the fire.


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Des Plaines FD news (more)

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At 11 a.m. Friday (Oct. 2), the family of a Des Plaines Firefighter/Paramedic Paul Miller, Jr., who perished in a tragic accident, will meet one of several individuals he saved. Paul served both the McHenry Township Fire Protection District and the Des Plaines Fire Department before he died from injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident last April.

After Miller’s family learned he would not be able to recover from his injuries, they fulfilled his wish to become an organ donor. According to his mother, donations have gone to at least nine recipients through the Gift of Hope organization.  As patients began to receive the donations, she made sure to send them letters. However, because Gift of Hope has to work with other organizations to match organs and recipients, there were some communication challenges. 

Leo Forster, a man in his 70s who did not expect to get a new set of lungs due to his age, was so surprised and thankful that he also made an effort to contact Miller’s family. Eventually, Forster and the Millers were able to speak.  Forster and his wife travelled from their home in Cheboygan, MI, to McHenry so they could meet the Miller family in front of Paul Miller’s memorial globe on the McHenry Riverwalk. 

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