Posts Tagged Ferrara

Inverness house fire 3-27-13

The Palatine Rural FPD received a report from a citizen that had observed smoke coming from a house at 124 Poteet in Inverness, two blocks from the fire station. Engine 36 requested a fire response and then upgraded it to a working fire (Code 4) minutes later upon arrival at the scene. Companies from Hoffman Estates, Rolling Meadows, Barrington, East Dundee, West Dundee, Palatine, Long Grove, Buffalo Grove, and Prospect Heights were called to assist.

Companies had smoke from a first floor kitchen window, and the occupants were not at home. Firefighters encountered conditions inside the house consistent with a collier’s mansion, and were able to contain and extinguish the fire within 20 minutes.

Larry Shapiro went to the scene and arrived after the fire was knocked down. Here are several images from the scene.

Inverness house fire on Poteet 3-27-13

Hoffman Estates firefighters await an assignment outside the house. Larry Shapiro photo

Palatine Rural FPD Engine 36 at a fire scene

Palatine Rural FPD Engine 36 had two lines off. Larry Shapiro photo

Palatine Rural FPD tanker 36

Palatine Rural Tanker 36 dropped their portable tank in case the fire required additional water from the East Dundee and Prospect Heights tankers that were in staging. Larry Shapiro photo

Inverness house fire on Poteet 3-27-13

Palatine Rural FPD Tanker 36 nurses Engine 36 in this subdivision without hydrants. Larry Shapiro photo

Hoffman Estates Fire Department Reserve Truck 24

Hoffman Estates Truck 22 is running with the reserve aerial. The tower ladder will be out of service undergoing paint and bodywork by RPI for the next several months. Larry Shapiro photo

Rolling Meadows FD Engine 16

Rolling Meadows Engine 16. Larry Shapiro photo

West Dundee FPD aerial ladder truck

The West Dundee FD is running with their reserve ladder truck while their tower ladder is down for bodywork. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove FD Tower Ladder 25

Buffalo Grove Tower 25 was the RIT company. Larry Shapiro photo

fire scene commander with accountability board

Rolling Meadows Battalion 15 was in command of the scene. Larry Shapiro photo

Additional images from the scene can be found HERE.

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FDIC 2011 highlights

FDIC 2011

An overview of the stadium exhibits. Many of the apparatus exhibitors moved into the new convention center this year. Larry Shapiro photo

The 2011 Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) just ended. The convention center was filled with exhibitors who displayed everything from fire apparatus and gear to shirts and trinkets. There were two local area rigs on display this year. A  Medtec Type III ambulance for Algonquin-Lake in the Hills was in the Pierce booth and a Cyclone II 95-foot rear mount tower ladder for University Park was in the E-ONE booth.

FDIC 2011 Algonquin Fire Department Medtec ambulance

Algonquin-Lake in the Hills had a Medtec ambulance in the Pierce booth at the FDIC in Indianapolis. Larry Shapiro photo

FDIC 2011 University Park Fire Department E-ONE tower ladder

This new tower ladder for University Park was in the E-ONE booth. Larry Shapiro photo

Other interesting apparatus displayed included four pieces for the FDNY including a Wheeled Coach ambulance on a four-door Ford chassis, an engine in the Seagrave booth, plus Rescue 4 and Ladder 137 in the Ferrara booth.

FDIC 2011 Seagrave FDNY

Seagrave displayed FDNY Engine 222. Larry Shapiro

FDIC 2011 Ferrara FDNY R4

Ferrara had FDNY Rescue 4 from Queens in their booth. Larry Shapiro photo

FDIC 2011 Ferrara FDNY L137

Ferrara also had FDNY Ladder 137 on dispkay. Larry Shapiro photo

Crimson had a tandem axle rescue for Elizabeth, NJ, KME had a tiller for Norwalk, CT, American LaFrance had a tiller for Ventura County, CA and HME had a Type III wildland pumper for CALFIRE.

FDIC 2011 Crimson Elizabeth Fire Department Rescue 1

This tandem axle heavy rescue for Elizabeth, NJ Rescue 1 was in the Crimson booth. Larry Shapiro photo

FDIC 2011 KME TDA Norwalk, CT

A tiller for Norwalk, CT was shown by KME. Larry Shapiro photo

FDIC 2011 American LaFrance LTI TDA Ventura County, CA

This LTI tiller for Ventura County, CA by American LaFrance was in the Lucas Oil Stadium. Larry Shapiro photo

FDIC 2011 HME CALFIRE Type III

HME brought a Type III engine from CALFIRE. Larry Shapiro photo

As regards new introductions:

Pierce showed the new Dash CF chassis under a PUC rescue pumper;

FDIC 2011 Pierce Dash CF PUC

One of two Pierce Dash CF units that were unveiled at the show. Larry Shapiro photo

FDIC 2011 Pierce tracked mini pumper

Pierce also showed this mini pumper on rubber tracks BP. Larry Shapiro photo

Rosenbauer introduced their Smart Cab enclosure for adding a crew area to units built on a commercial chassis;

FDIC 2011 Rosenbauer Smart Cab

Rosenbauer introduced the 'Smart Cab' enclosure for three firefighters on a commercial chassis. Larry Shapiro photo

FDIC 2011 Rosenbauer Smart Cab

The Smart Cab has a two-step unit which swings out with the door for easy egress and entrance to the crew enclosure along with an option for a full-lenght glass covered door. Larry Shapiro photo

KME brought out the Predator Pro Series (Pumper Rescue Operations) integrated pumper and a new 79-foot ladder;

FDIC 2011 KME Predator PRO

The KME Predator PRO is a rescue pumper on the new Predator chassis and features a short wheelbase and compact operator's panel. Larry Shapiro photo

FDIC 2011 KME 75' Aerial Cat

The new 76-foor Aerial Cat quint on a new Predator chassis was in the KME booth. Larry Shapiro photo

Crimson highlighted their new acquisition of Classic Fire and showed their ‘Transformer’ on a commercial chassis;

FDIC 2011 Crimson Fire Classic Series

Crimson had a min pumper in their new Classic Series which originates from their recent purchase of Classic Fire in Ocala, FL. Larry Shapiro photo

American LaFrance announced that they are now offering their Eagle custom chassis to other manufacturers and that the LTI aerials can also be purchased by others;

FDIC 2011 American LaFrance Eagle chassis

A 2010 emissions compliant Eagle cab and chassis was on display by American LaFrance. Larry Shapiro photo

E-ONE showed the eMAX pumper series with a narrow operator’s panel.

FDIC 2011 E-ONE EMAX

The E-ONE eMAX was shown on a Typhoon chassis. Larry Shapiro photo

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Wauconda Box Alarm 1-22-11

The Wauconda Fire Department in MABAS Division 4 was called to the scene of a single-family house fire shortly after 1PM today at 1116 Madison Avenue. Companies found heavy fire in the garage of the structure that was communicating to the house and attic area. They upgraded the response to a MABAS Box Alarm bringing mutual aid from several departments. There was no one home at the time of the fire and though the garage sustained heavy damage to the roof and the vehicle parked inside was destroyed, damage to the main house was limited to the area directly behind the two-story garage.

Companies assisting at the fire were from Lake Zurich, Lake Villa, Nunda, Barrington, Round Lake, Mundelein, Countryside, and Long Grove.

Larry Shapiro took in the fire, but arrived after it was knocked down. Here are several images from the scene.

Wauconda Fire Department house fire Madison Ave Jan 22, 2011

Wauconda Engine 341 was the still engine to the fire at 1116 Madison Avenue and had three lines off. It is a 2009 HME/Ferrara Intruder. Larry Shapiro photo

Wauconda Fire Department house fire Madison Ave Jan 22, 2011

From the street it would appear that the window above the garage might have been a bedroom, when in fact there was no floor or buildout in that area. Larry Shapiro photo

Also, there was no second floor above the garage floor even though there was a fair sized window installed in the wall as is visible in this street image from Google Maps.

Wauconda Fire Department house fire Madison Ave Jan 22, 2011

The house at 1116 Madison Avenue in Wauconda prior to the fire as seen on Google Maps.

Several of the gusset plates securing the light-weight constructed roof trusses failed in the garage area.

Wauconda Fire Department house fire Madison Ave Jan 22, 2011

The roof trusses above the garage as seen from the driveway. Larry Shapiro photo

Wauconda Fire Department house fire Madison Ave Jan 22, 2011

A closeup view showing the gusset failures on the roof trusses. Larry Shapiro photo

Mutual aid companies were staged on Bonner Road.

Wauconda Fire Department house fire Madison Ave Jan 22, 2011

Round Lake, Mundelein, Countryside, and Long Grove apparatus is stage on Bonner Road. Larry Shapiro photo

Wauconda Fire Department house fire Madison Ave Jan 22, 2011

Wauconda firefighters hit hot spots in the garage during the overhaul phase. Larry Shapiro photo

Wauconda Fire Department house fire Madison Ave Jan 22, 2011 Nunda ambulance

Nunda FPD Ambulance 1351 is staged on Bonner Road. Larry Shapiro photo

Larry Shapiro has a gallery of images which can be seen HERE.

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Buffalo Grove house fire 12-21

Buffalo Grove received a call about a house fire this morning as firefighters were preparing to change shifts. When they arrived at 971 Belmar Lane, they had heavy smoke pushing out of the attached garage. Long Grove, Palatine, Arlington Heights and Lincolnshire-Riverwoods responded to assist Buffalo Grove. The fire was held to the garage.

Buffalo Grove house fire 971 Belmar Lane 12-21-10

Upon arrival, firefighters had heavy smoke in an attached garage at 971 Belmar Lane. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove house fire 971 Belmar Lane 12-21-10 Ferrara

Buffalo Grove Engine 26, a 2010 Ferrara, was the first-due engine and took a hydrant across the street from the fire building. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove house fire 971 Belmar Lane 12-21-10 KME quint

Buffalo Grove Quint 27 was in the 'A' Sector and was ready to deploy an aerial master stream in the event that the fire spread. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove house fire 971 Belmar Lane 12-21-10

Fire originated and was contained within the two-car attached garage at 971 Belmar Lane in Buffalo Grove, Larry Shapiro photo

More photos can be seen HERE.

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back-to-back fires caught early

Within two hours of each other, neighboring Buffalo Grove and Long Grove fire departments responded to fires within their districts. Both fires could have destroyed the homes had they occurred just a few hours later when the residents were asleep. Buffalo Grove was the first to respond after 11PM to what was a fire in a dryer vent in the crawl space of a small house on St. Marys Parkway. Then, shortly after the still company returned to quarters, they were due to assist the Long Grove Fire Department.

Buffalo Grove Fire Department Ferrara Tower 25

A supply line is secured to the tower ladder as firefighters investigate smoke at 410 St Marys Parkway in Buffalo Grove. Larry shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department Tower 25

A hydrant sits directly in front of the house where firefighters found a dryer vent fire in the crawl space. Tower 25 was delivered in 2010 by Ferrara. Larry Shapiro photo

The Long Grove fire was contained to one bedroom after a resident ran across the street to the fire station after midnight and notified staff that there was a fire in his house. When the battalion chief pulled out of quarters, he saw fire in one room. The first company was able to extinguish the fire quickly. There were no hydrants at the scene and a tanker was used to supplement the engine’s tank water.

Long Grove Fire Protection District KME Squad 55

Long Grove Squad 55 had to cross the street from the fire station to arrive on-scene at a small house fire last night at 1160 Old McHenry Road. Larry SHapiro photo

Long Grove Fire Protection District KME Tanker 55

Long Grove FPD Tanker 55 supplements the squad's water supply in the event that the fire would have spread beyond the room of origin. Larry Shapiro photo

Long Grove FPD house fire 1160 Old McHenry Road

A quick hit resulted in the fire being held to the room of origin. Larry Shapiro photo

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Buffalo Grove house fire 12/7

Buffalo Grove initially received a call for a smoking outdoor light fixture before an additional call came in reporting a possible house fire last night on Buckthorn Terrace. When the first engine arrived, they reported smoke and then the incident was upgraded to a working fire response (Code 4). The homeowner had arrived home shortly before the fire department arrived. The house was charged with smoke and there was a small amount of visible fire in the rear. Upon making entry, firefighters encountered heavy smoke and then fire in the ‘C-D’ corner of the house. The fire eventually vented itself through a second story  window as interior crews advanced their lines. There was one minor injury to a firefighter who was transported to the hospital and then released shortly thereafter. Arlington Heights, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, and Long Grove, assisted Buffalo Grove. Barrington provided an ambulance for rehab and a Wauconda ambulance transported the injured firefighter.

Larry Shapiro submitted the following images, and has a complete gallery HERE.

Buffalo Grove Fire 605 Buckthorn Terrace December 7, 2010

Buffalo Grove firefighters make entry through the front door with heavy smoke conditions inside. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire 605 Buckthorn Terrace December 7, 2010

A firefighter works off the bucket of Buffalo Grove's new Ferrara tower ladder to take out the second floor windows for ventilation. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire 605 Buckthorn Terrace December 7, 2010

Fire self vents through a second floor rear window as interior companies down the hall advance. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire 605 Buckthorn Terrace December 7, 2010 Ferrara engine

Buffalo Grove Engine 26 (217) was the first unit on the scene and tool a hydrant just past the house. Three hand lines were used off this rig to fight the fire. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire 605 Buckthorn Terrace December 7, 2010 Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD squad 51

Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD Squad 51, a Pierce Dash HDR, setup just past the tower ladder and deployed a Wil-Burt light tower to illuminate the scene in addition to running several small lights around the house for supplemental lighting. Larry Shapiro photo

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First fire for Buffalo Grove tower

Buffalo Grove firefighter Andy Russell breast cancer awareness

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, Buffalo Grove firefighters join other fire departments around the country by wearing pink. Larry Shapiro

At the height of the morning storm yesterday and within a ½ hour of shift change, four calls for service came into Northwest Central Dispatch for the Buffalo Grove Fire Department within minutes of each other. There were two ambulance calls, a reported transformer fire with extension to a shed, and a working fire in a townhouse. As companies scrambled to each call, the transformer fire was just that and had not extended to the shed, but smoke met firefighters on arrival at a center unit in a four-unit townhouse. The fire was upgraded immediately and companies that were already en-route to the shed fire were rerouted providing quick back-up to first-due units.

Buffalo Grove’s 2010 Ferrara Inferno tower ladder was the first fire suppression unit on the scene and was deployed for the first time at a Buffalo Grove fire.

Buffalo Grove Fire Department 2010 Ferrara Inferno tower ladder townhouse fire

Tower Ladder 25 (235) is deployed at a townhouse fire at 161 Old Oak Court E during the storm on Tuesday morning. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove townhouse fire at 161 Old Oak Court E

The storm did not let up during fire fighting operations Tuesday morning as high winds knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses. Larry Shapiro photo

More images from this fire can be seen HERE.

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MABAS Division 7 is added to the site

Just when we thought we had a large enough project to undertake … listing each department, each station and every piece of rolling stock in 19 MABAS Divisions … Karl Klotz begins submitting department profiles from a 20th Division, MABAS Division 7 in Kankakee County!

So, we welcome the departments of Division 7 and have posted three of them to get things started.

  • The Grant Park Fire Protection District covers 62 square miles from two stations with 32 paid-on-call firefighters and officers. They have three E-ONE rigs, an engine from American LaFrance, plus ambulances from Horton and Road Rescue. They recently opened a new headquarters station which we mentioned HERE.
Grant Park Fire Department American LaFrance Eagle engine

The Limestone Township Fire Protection District covers a mere 36 square miles from one station with 40 part-time firefighters and officers. They are running with Pierce, Quality, and Ferrara apparatus and Road Rescue ambulances. Their newest piece is a Ferrara Inferno pumper squad that was mentioned HERE.The Limestone Township Fire Protection District station houses two ambulances, two engines, a pumper squad, a tanker, a brush unit and a pickup. Karl Klotz photo

  • In Momence, the fire department covers a whopping 92 square miles with a roster of 35 paid-on-call personnel from one station. They have three engines, a brush rig, two tankers, and a rescue squad. The apparatus was built by E-ONE, Pierce, and 4-Guys, plus one tanker that was built in 1964 by W.S.Darley and re-chassisied in 1989 on a Ford C8000 by Quality Manufacturing. Quality was purchased in 2003 by Spartan and now (with what was Luverne Fire Apparatus) have become what is known as Crimson.
Momence Fire Department Ford Quality Darley tanker

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New deliveries

Here are a few recent area updates:

  • Bellwood (Division 20) has a new 2010 GMC/Osage Type III ambulance
  • Nunda Rural (Division 5) has their new 2010 Ferrara engine
  • Limestone FPD (Division 7, Kankakee County) has a new 2010 Ferrara Inferno rescue pumper
Limestone FPD Ferrara Inferno rescue pumper

Limestone Squad 3 is a 2010, Ferrara, inferno pumper/squad with a 2,000-GPM pump, and 500 gallons of water. Photo by Karl Klotz

Bellwood Fire Department Osage ambulance

Bellwood's new GMC/Osage ambulance before lettering. Osage photo

Bellwood Fire Department ambulance

Interior view of Bellwood's new Osage ambulance. Osage photo

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Buffalo Grove updates

Buffalo Grove put their new Ferrara engine in service early this summer and the tower ladder went into service several weeks ago. This required some shuffling of apparatus among the stations and the site now reflects the moves.

Station 25 houses both the new Ferrara tower ladder 25 (235) and the reserve E-ONE tower ladder (236) along with an ambulance and Utility 26. The utility goes into service if daily manning is sufficient to staff the unit with two firefighters. The utility responds on ambulance calls to save wear and tear on the tower ladder and also responds on MVAs and fire calls as well.

Buffalo Grove Fire Department Ferrara Inferno tower ladder

Buffalo Grove Fire Department Ferrara Inferno tower ladder

Officer's side view of Buffalo Grove Tower Ladder 25 (235) as photographed by Bob Altwasser

Station 26 is where the new Ferrara engine (217) is located plus the reserve E-ONE engine (213). There is an in-service ambulance and a reserve ambulance, the squad, the battalion, the dive trailer, the new Polaris ATV, and several staff vehicles.

Buffalo Grove Fire Department Ferrara Igniter pumper

At Station 27 is the KME quint, the KME reserve engine (218), an ambulance, and a boat.

There is speculation that in the months to come, the tower ladder may move to Station 26 in the center of town. If this happens, then the KME quint would move to Station 25 and the new Ferrara engine would go to Station 27.

Thanks to Bob Altwasser for submitting a shot of the Ferrara tower ladder.

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