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Garden Homes FPD history

This from Mike Summa:

Hello,
Here are some old pictures of Garden Homes Fire Department units.  They are from the 1970s.  One is a Dodge ambulance and the other is a 1970s Ford (X-Alsip squad truck) of unknown specifications.  Question– in the 1970s, Dodge ambulances were everywhere.  Now they are a rarity.  What happened?
Enjoy,
Mike S.
vintage Dodge ambulance

Mike Summa photo

Garden Homes VFD history

Mike Summa photo

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Garden Homes VFD history

This from Mike Summa:

Hello,
This is Garden Homes 1954 FWD.  It’s a 750/750 X Merrionette Park.  Hope that you enjoy,
Mike S.
conventional FWD fire engine

Garden Homes 1954 FWD engine. It’s a 750/750 X Merrionette Park. Make Summa photo

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Garden Homes VFD history

This from Mike Summa:

Hello,
I have a picture of Garden Homes’ former rescue truck.  It was a 1955 IHC Metro.  It was a unique model.  Just wanted to share.
Thank you,
Mike s.
Garden Homes Volunteer FD history

Garden Homes VFD squad. Mike Summa photo

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Fire departments train in vacant house

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr.

The Alsip Fire Department along with the Garden Homes Fire Protection District and the Homewood Acres Fire Protection District had a burn down in Alsip, Illinois at 120th St. and Hamlin Ave.
All of the departments performed numerous small training evolutions in the house before having the final burn down. I arrived towards the end and was able to capture the final wrap up of a month long process.
suburban Chicago fire departments train with vacant house

A Garden Homes FPD captain oversees the garage burn. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

suburban Chicago fire departments train with vacant house

A Homewood Acres engine being used as the primary unit. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

suburban Chicago fire departments train with vacant house

Another shot of the Alsip truck covering the house. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

suburban Chicago fire departments train with vacant house

Alsip Truck 2014 was used for aerial water coverage.Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

suburban Chicago fire departments train with vacant house

House fully involved. Rocky Golomb photo

suburban Chicago fire departments train with vacant house

Homewood Acres firefighters along with an Alsip firefighter work to pull down the remaining walls. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

suburban Chicago fire departments train with vacant house

Homewood Acres firefighters are making an attack on the garage. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

suburban Chicago fire departments train with vacant house

Nothing is left of the house. The Homewood Acres engine can be seen in the background. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

suburban Chicago fire departments train with vacant house

Overall view of the site. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

suburban Chicago fire departments train with vacant house

The aftermath. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

suburban Chicago fire departments train with vacant house

The Homewood Acres FPD chief looks over the remains of the house and garage. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

suburban Chicago fire departments train with vacant house

The house collapsed into the basement. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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Area fire departments receive federal funds

Fox32 Chicago reports that the Garden Homes Fire Protection District and the Blue Island Fire Department have been awarded federal funds:

CHICAGO (AP) – One Chicago-area fire department is receiving nearly $570,000 in federal money to beef up its first-responder capabilities.

The money for the Garden Homes Fire Protection District is the largest single chunk of money from $770,000 announced by U.S. officials on Wednesday.

The funding comes via a Department of Homeland Security program. Since 2001, it’s provided more than $5 billion in federal money for departments nationwide to pay for training, vehicles and other equipment.

Among others receiving some of the funds announced Wednesday is the Blue Island Fire Department. It will receive around $88,000. The Middletown Fire Protection District will get around $62,000.

Garden Homes also received FEMA money.

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Illinois fire departments receive federal grant money

Several area fire departments will receive FEMA funding in the form of grants.

From the pjstar.com:

Federal officials are delivering $1.33 million in grants to Illinois fire departments and municipalities to help them better prepare for fires and other emergencies.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin — a Democrat from Springfield — says the Assistance to Firefighters Grant funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. That’s a division of the Department of Homeland Security.

Wednesday’s announcement includes grants for:

  • Amboy Fire Department, $6,000
  • Bridgeview, $125,000
  • Crossville Volunteer Fire Department, $111,000
  • Carpentersville Fire Department, $10,000
  • Champaign Fire Department, $249,000
  • Dixmoor Fire Department, $88,000
  • Garden Homes Fire Protection Districts, $34,000
  • Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, $90,000
  • Metropolis Fire Department, $66,000
  • Pleasantview, $72,000
  • Riverdale Fire Department, $55,000
  • Spring Bay Fire Protection District, $115,000
  • Union Fire Protection District, $60,000
  • Wauconda Fire District, $248,000

 

thanks Chris

 

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Fire Department patches added

We have recently received an influx of fire department patches to add to listings on the site. The following department patches have now been added:

Elk Grove Village Fire Department patch
Lemont Fire Protection District patch
Orland Fire Protection District patch
Oak Forest Fire Department patch

Matteson Fire Department patch

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Garden Homes has been added to the site

Covering an area of 5 square blocks in the south suburbs, the Garden Homes Fire Protection District has two engines, an ambulance, and a small squad truck. The all volunteer department with 30 members is in MABAS Division 22. Garden Homes has been added to the site with images submitted by Dennis McGuire, Jr.

Garden Homes Fire Protection District

The Garden Homes Fire Department is located at 3800 W. 119th Street. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

One of the engines at Garden Homes formerly saw service in Bedford Park.

Garden Homes Fire Department Engine 2543

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Bedford Park Fire Department Seagrave/Pierce Engine 715

Prior to be taken out of service in Bedford Park, this was Engine 715 which is now Garden Homes Engine 2543. Larry Shapiro photo

 

Bedford Park Fire Department 1982 Seagrave WB Engine 704

Bedford Park originally took delivery of Engine 704 from Seagrave in 1982 with open jump seats. Larry Shapiro photo

 

Garden Homes Fire Department Engine 2543 formerly from Bedford Park

Garden Homes Engine 2543 shown on-scene. Dieterich Herndobler photo

Garden Homes Fire Department Engine 2533

Garden Homes Engine 2533 at a fire call. Dieterich Herndobler photo

Garden Homes was previously featured in an article HERE.

 

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Garden Homes Volunteer FD Swap Meet/Flea Market

The Garden Homes Volunteer Fire Department in MABAS Division 22 is hosting a fundraiser on March 5th from 8AM – 2PM. A firematic flea market where folks can buy or sell fire service related items.

Garden Homes VFD fundraiser

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