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This from Steve Redick:

Had a great opportunity for a good tour of the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago yesterday. It is the former quarters of Eng 123. They have an operating exhibit that showcases the old fire alarm office dispatching system as it was for many years … telegraph signals and all. I recorded the entire demo and have included a link to the youtube video. It is well worth a look. Afterwards they fired up old Engine 10’s Ahrens Fox and took it for a spin. I shot some images of that as well.  The driving force in developing the joker stand demo was Ken Falk and Wally Mitchell, as well as many other dedicated members of the museum crew. We owe them a great deal for preserving these memories for generations to come. This place is a must see for anyone in the Chicago area.

Steve

Chicago FD Engine 10 1926 Ahrens Fox fire engine.

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD Engine 10 1926 Ahrens Fox fire engine.

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD Engine 10 1926 Ahrens Fox fire engine.

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD Engine 10 1926 Ahrens Fox fire engine.

Steve Redick photo

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Chicago FD history – the Joker Stand

The following is a video from the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago

This video is of the Chicago Fire Dept’s. former “Joker Stand” that was used in Chicago firehouses for over 90 years until it was replaced by the O.E.M.C. and computer aided dispatching in the mid 1990’s.

thanks Dan

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Fire Museum of Greater Chicago

This from Bill Kugelman:

The Fire Museum of Greater Chicago … will host an Open House next Saturday from 1000 till 1400 hrs.

Bring a camera and a friend. Kids welcome. No entry charge.

It’s at 5218 S. Western Ave. Chicago

Fire Museum of Greater Chicago

Fire Museum of Greater Chicago

 

Check out the recent video if you missed it

 

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Fire Museum of Greater Chicago

The Chicago Tribune has a short video created recently at the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago.

 

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Historical CFD program today!

Today,

at the Quinn Fire Academy, The Fire Museum of Greater Chicago is sponsoring a double program:

  • The History of the fire academy
  • The 1961 fire which resulted in the deaths of Tom Hoff and Bob O’Brien

The program begins at 10AM and will last approximately 1 1/2 hours.

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Fire Museum of Greater Chicago

Tomorrow is the fundraiser for the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago

 

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Fire Museum of Greater Chicago

The Fire Museum of Greater Chicago is hosting a fundraiser next week.

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CFD Swap Meet and Muster (update)

More images from the Fire Buffs of Illinois and 5-11 Club muster at the Quinn Fire Academy on June 16th.

 

Fire muster in Chicago 2012

Apparatus lined up for display outside the Quinn Fire Academy. Bill Friedrich photo

Fire muster in Chicago 2012 CFD Comm-Van 2-7-1

Command Van 2-7-1,a 2007 Ford F-650/Road Rescue (G-559) was on display at the muster. Bill Friedrich photo

Fire muster in Chicago 2012 Loudonville Century Series American LaFrance

This 1977 Century Series American LaFrance engine (1,500/500) which is owned by John Carter is X-Loudonville. Bill Friedrich photo

Fire muster in Chicago 2012 Sauk Fire District FWD engine

Owned by Gary Jensen, this 1961 FWD (750/750) engine from the Sauk Fire District in Wisconsin was on display. Bill Friedrich photo

Fire muster in Chicago 2012 Hillside Fire Department American LaFrance Eagle engine

Hillside brought Engine 402, a 2001 American LaFrance Eagle/3D (1,500/750). Bill Friedrich photo

Fire muster in Chicago 2012 Hillside Fire Department American LaFrance Century engine

X-Hillside Engine 405, a 1975 American LaFrance Century Series (1,500/750) which is privately owned was also at the muster. Bill Friedrich photo

Fire muster in Chicago 2012 Hillside Fire Department American LaFrance

Both Hillside engines sat side by side showing the different generations of American LaFrance engines. Bill Friedrich photo

Fire muster in Chicago 2012 Fire Museum of Greater Chicago Ahrens Fox engine

This Ahrens Fox from the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago was center stage. Bill Friedrich photo

Not shown in photos but also on display were the replica of LA County Squad 51 and a Chicago Ridge engine.

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Three generations of CFD FFs with the same name

 

The following note was sent to Firegeezer.com by Thomas Parquette of Branson, Mo., and is printed here with permission from both.

Hi ‘Geezer’,
I thought you may find this interesting. The picture was taken sometime around 1885 and is of Eng. Co. 11 of the Chicago Fire Department. The paper it ran in 40 years later in 1925  is an unknown fire publication.

The second firefighter from left is George Geis, my great grandfather. He was killed in the line of duty about 1902 in a wall collapse. His father before him, also George Geis, was one of the first CFD firefighters and was killed in the Chicago Fire in the 1870’s.

The man in the photo’s son, also George Geis, my grandfather, was also a firefighter in Chicago and saw the transition from horse to motive power. He was part of the final call of Buck, Beauty & Dan, the last horse drawn fire team in Chicago. ( I also have a photo of that)  He was critically injured in the line of duty when a drunk driver t-boned the hook and ladder upon which he was the tiller driver. He died of those injuries in the early 1930’s and never received a dime in compensation from Chicago, as the union was just forming and the protections were barely starting at that time.

All three of these gentlemen were career firefighters. All of the same name excepting their middle initial. All killed in the line of duty or because of it. All CFD. My uncle, Stephen Geis, went on to become Chief of Downers Grove Illinois in the 1950s and his son, my cousin, is a full timer as well.

I thought you may find it of interest. I must thank the Fire Museum of Chicago for their help with the exhaustive research of the history mentioned. This photo is sourced from their archives. Keep up the great work. Your coverage is terrific and your writing is not only inviting but amusing.

Thomas Parquette
Branson, Missouri

 

Chicago Fire Department photo from 1885

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