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North Maine Fire Protection District history

For #throwbackthursday some photos of the old North Maine FPD Ward LaFrance fleet

Ward LaFrance Ambassador fire engine

North Maine FPD Engine 1. Larry Shapiro photo

Ward LaFrance Ambassador fire engine

North Maine FPD Engine 2. Larry Shapiro photo

Ward LaFrance Ambassador mind-mount Grove aerial ladder

North Maine FPD Truck 1. Larry Shapiro photo

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Steve Redick:

  • 5-11-39, 3-11 and 6 specials at 3532 E 103rd st
    Rosenbaum & Norris Grain Elevators E-37 trip 1hr 28min / pumped 53 hrs 35min / on the west bank of the Calumet River. In this image if you look closely there are 7 foxes drafting visible and a steamer in ther background. I aquired this image from the collection of Howard Hensel. I think he may have been the photographer, it appears to be an original picture, very small in size. 
  • Looks like he sent the first picture to the Ahrens Fox Fire Engine Company and he received a cool reply on original company letterhead from John Ahrens
  • Another Howard Hensel shot of Truck 2
  • Truck 11 1930
  •  I believe Howard was a friend of my mentor Jack Turner. I’m pretty sure Jack gave me these images.

Steve

vintage Ahrens Fox fire engines at work

5-11-39, 3-11 and 6 specials at 3532 E 103rd st – Rosenbaum & Norris Grain Elevators

Howard Hensel shot of Chicago FD Truck 2

Howard Hensel shot of Chicago FD Truck 2

Howard Hensel shot of Chicago FD Truck 11 1930

Howard Hensel shot of Chicago FD Truck 11 1930

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Vintage Chicago fire scene photos with Snorkels at work

This from Eric Haak:

For this week I thought I would offer a bunch of Snorkel images and one Autocar. Image 1 is from a 2-11 at 4440 W. Madison on September 23, 1959. The building to the right is still there but the rest of it is all gone. Image 2 shows an Autocar working at a 2-11 at 4615 S. Wells on October 5, 1959. This was during the pre-Dan Ryan days and Wentworth Avenue can be seen in the background. Image 3 is interesting because this fire was just outside of Engine 48’s quarters at 3950 S Dearborn. It was a 5-11 on October 11, 1959. For those who are familiar with Engine 16’s old house on Dearborn (same house), you can see the bottom of the railroad bridge at the top of the image, so this was literally right outside of 48’s apron. Image 4 is from a 3-11 at 4314 S Cottage Grove on February 8, 1961 showing Snorkels 1 and 2 working together. Image 5 again shows Snorkels 2 and 3 working together at a 4-11 bowling alley fire on March 27, 1961. The address was 3818 W 26th St. Finally there is an image of a 4-11 from August 17, 1967. This building was on the northeast corner of Wentworth and Cullerton and was the International Heater Company supply warehouse. Happy Thanksgiving to all!”

vintage photo of Chicago FD Snorkel 3

2-11 Alarm fire at 4440 W. Madison in Chicago on September 23, 1959. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

vintage Chicago fire scene from 1959

An Autocar engine working at a 2-11 Alarm fire at 4615 S. Wells on October 5, 1959 in Chicago. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

vintage fire photo with Chicago FD Snorkel #2 in 1959

A 5-11 Alarm fire on October 11, 1959 at 3950 S Dearborn Street in Chicago. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

vintage fire showing Chicago FD Snorkel 2 and Snorkel 3

A 3-11 Alarm fire at 4314 S Cottage Grove on February 8, 1961 in Chicago. Eric Haak photo, photographer unknown

vintage photos of Chicago FD Snorkel2 and Snorkel 3

Vintage photo of Chicago FD Snorkels 2 and 3 working together at a 4-11 Alarm fire at a bowling alley on March 27, 1961. The address was 3818 W 26th St. Eric Haak collection , photographer unknown

vintage 1967 Chicago fire scene with multiple Snorkels working

A 4-11 Alarm fire on August 17, 1967 at the northeast corner of Wentworth and Cullerton at the International Heater Company supply warehouse. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

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Prospect Heights Fire District history

This from Drew Smith:

Assuming this photo was taken in 1946: Pumper on the left is thought to be a 1926 purchased used in 1945. The original firehouse was built by volunteers in 1948 and in 1948 took delivery of a Ford/Darley which isn’t in the photo. Prior to having a firehouse, the rigs were stored in or behind a gas station (now gone – burned down in late 1970s) at the northwest corner of Elmhurst Rd (IL route 83) and Camp McDonald Road.

Drew Smith, EFO/CFO, LP

1946 Dodge/Darley 300/500 fire engine

Prospect Heights Fire Department history. Dan Martin photo

Prospect Heights Fire Department history original firefighters

Prospect Heights Fire Department history.

historic fire engine from Prospect Heights IL

Prospect Heights Fire Department history.

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Clark Oil Refinery historic apparatus photos

This from Mike Summa:

Hello,
I thought that I’d share these with you.  These are from the Clark Oil Refinery in Blue Island.  Clark Oil was in unincorporated Blue Island, but was in the Alsip Fire District.  I thought that I’d share these with you,
Thank you,
Mike Summa
fire truck from the Clark Oil Refinery in Blue Island IL

From the the Clark Oil Refinery in Blue Island, IL. Mike Summa photo

fire truck from the Clark Oil Refinery in Blue Island IL

From the the Clark Oil Refinery in Blue Island, IL. Mike Summa photo

fire truck from the Clark Oil Refinery in Blue Island IL

From the the Clark Oil Refinery in Blue Island, IL. Mike Summa photo

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Whiting FD history

This from Wayne Stuart:

Looks like a late 40’s very early 50’s Maxim from the Whiting Indiana F.D.
from the collection of wayne stuart
vintage Maxim fire engine from Whiting Indiana

Wayne Stuart collection

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Chicago Fire Department History

This from Steve Redick:

Some great old stuff from dad’s collection.
A Mack bulldog pressure wagon at a 5-11 500 S Peoria  1/21/49
Chicago FD Mack Bulldog pressure wagon at massive fire in 1049

Warren Redick collection

5-11 62 & Halsted 12-30-52

classic 1952 fire in Chicago

Warren Redick collection

Engine 46 – 1919 Ahrens Fox

Chicago Engine 46 - 1919 Ahrens Fox.

Chicago Engine 46 – 1919 Ahrens Fox. Warren Redick collection

2 – 1938 Pirsch Sedan pumpers

2 Chicago 1938 Pirsch Sedan pumpers

Warren Redick collection

1954 Mack delivery photo

1954 Mack delivery photo in Chicago

Warren Redick collection

Eng 45 1916 Ahrens Fox

Chicago Eng 45 1916 Ahrens Fox

Warren Redick collection

These are just really some great shots. Enjoy

Steve

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Chicago Fire Department History

This from Steve Redick:

A classic image from my dad. I believe he took this when assigned to snorkel 4 at 25’s house, then at the academy. Notice the bell cutout in the grill. Don’t know the identity of these companies.

Another great shot Tower & Pressure 3 taken at a fire at 62 & Stony Island

classic Chicago fire engines

Warren Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire trucks and water tower

Warren Redick photo

Another coupla shots …

Eng 48’s Pirsch taken at what was Engine 16 at 40th & Dearborn

High Pressure 1 across from Eng 1

These are great shots

antique Chicago Pirsch fire engine

Warren Redick photo

vintage photo of Chicago FD Pressure Wagon 1 fire engine

Warren Redick photo

Some additional notes from Mike K:

Great picture of Engine 48.  When I started my career at Engine 19, we had an identical pumper.  The rough ride of the back step on these old Pirsches force me to switch from Boxer shorts to Jockey shorts.  Actally, when this picture was taken, the firehouse shown at 4005 S. Dearborn was not Engine 16’s quarters.  It was Engine 48’s house.  Engine 16 was located at 31st and Dearborn and the property was purchased by Illinois Institute of Technology and engine 16 was doubled up with Engine 48 at 4005 S. Dearborn.
One of my Captain’s at Engine 19 was Captain of Engine 48 at that time and after repeated complaints to Commissioner Quinn that the single door firehouse was too small for two pumpers, he finally agreed.  Thus, he ordered Engine 48 removed from service and gave the house to Engine 16.  Captain Fletcher Thompson won his position, but found himself without a company to command.
After losing his assignment at Engine 48, he became Captain of Engine 45 until transferring to Engine 19 about a year after I was assigned there.
I’m not sure if Steve Redick is aware of the fact that 4005 Dearborn was originally Engine 48’s quarters, but his comment gives me the impression that Engine 48 was the “guest” at Engine 16.
Mike K

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A historical look at EMA/ESDA vehicle

This from Brian Murphy:

The following pictures were taken in the early and mid-1990s, and show various EMA and ESDA support vehicles. Most were either ‘home built’ by volunteers using part or whole former fire apparatus, or were donated former fire apparatus.  Many of these rigs had long second lives supporting FD and PD operations (and some are most likely still in service).  All pictures were taken with various small 35mm cameras (no digital, just old-fashioned photographs).

Comments and details on missing info are welcomed- enjoy!

Brian Murphy

  • P1- Bellwood ESDA 1960s (?) Mack light/power squad (exact details NA, most likely x-Bellwood FD)
  • P2-  Naperville EMA Truck 357 (x-NFD late 70’s Chevy ambo chassis built into lighting/power unit) and Truck 352 (x-NFD/Civil Defense late 60’s GMC Step Van rescue unit)
  • P3- Naperville EMA Truck 351 (late 80’s or early 90’s Dodge Ram Van, x-Naperville Public Works truck)
  • P4- Naperville EMA Truck 357, Lighting and Power Unit
  • P5- Wood Dale ESDA Squad 3 (x-WFD Rescue Squad, details NA)
  • P6- Buffalo Grove ESDA IC&C Unit (probably x-BGFD Ambo, details NA)
  • P7- DuPage County EMA IC&C Unit (details NA)
  • P8- DuPage County EMA Power and Lighting Unit (details NA)
  • P9- DuPage County EMA Power and Lighting Unit, side/rear view
  • P10- Rolling Meadows ESDA Rescue Squad (details NA, probably x-RMFD Rescue Squad)
  • P11- McHenry County ESDA ESDA-52, IC&C Unit (details NA)
  • P12- Kane County OEM Light/Power Unit (details NA)
ild Mack C fire engine

Bellwood ESDA 1960s (?) Mack light/power squad (exact details NA, most likely x-Bellwood FD). Brian Murphy photo

Naperville EMA truck

Naperville EMA Truck 357 (x-NFD late 70’s Chevy ambo chassis built into lighting/power unit) and Truck 352 (x-NFD/Civil Defense late 60’s GMC Step Van rescue unit) Brian Murphy photo

Naperville EMA truck

Naperville EMA Truck 351 (late 80’s or early 90’s Dodge Ram Van, x-Naperville Public Works truck). Brian Murphy photo

Naperville EMA truck

Naperville EMA Truck 357, Lighting and Power Unit. Brian Murphy photo

Wood Dale ESDA squad

Wood Dale ESDA Squad 3 (x-WFD Rescue Squad, details NA). Brian Murphy photo

Buffalo Grove ESDA unit

Buffalo Grove ESDA IC&C Unit (probably x-BGFD Ambo, details NA). Brian Murphy photo

DuPage County EMA truck

DuPage County EMA IC&C Unit (details NA). Brian Murphy photo

DuPage County EMA truck

DuPage County EMA Power and Lighting Unit (details NA). Brian Murphy photo

DuPage County EMA truck

DuPage County EMA Power and Lighting Unit, side/rear view. Brian Murphy photo

Rolling Meadows ESDA unit

Rolling Meadows ESDA Rescue Squad (details NA, probably x-RMFD Rescue Squad). Brian Murphy photo

McHenry County ESDA unit

McHenry County ESDA ESDA-52, IC&C Unit (details NA). Brian Murphy photo

Kane County OEM unit

Kane County OEM Light/Power Unit (details NA). Brian Murphy photo

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A historical review …

From Steve Redick:

I cranked up the wayback machine for a long overdue session….Here’s a shot I believe I may have gotten from Chuck Madderom. A very rare image of the famous Snorkel Squad 3 operating with a Snorkel. I have no info on this location or date, but I LOVE this shot. This is the same rig, the original Snorkel, that was restored by ALF back in the 90’s. As many of you already know my dad was the captain of this company, and I did ride on one of the foam pressures a coupla times when I lived on Erie Street. That house is now gone too.

Classic Chicago fire scene photo with old Snorke

photographer unknown

Here’s a good old fire fan photo. A still alarm 59th & Lafayette or Lasalle maybe even Perry … not sure now … mid 70’s … fire venting out the side and a truckman holding the door shut after forcing it while the engine leads out. My dad is visible in the white helmet on the right side of the photo. I rode in the 12th battalion buggy to this job. Typical fire in the old 12th battalion in those days.

Vintage Chicago fire scene photo

Steve Redick photo

Don’t remember the date for this next one, but I was coming home from some tavern and took this in. Probably about 0300 or so, I’m thinking the late 80s. This was a pretty well known restaurant if I remember right..can anyone add more info?

1980s night fire scene near Chicago

Steve Redick photo

Let’s look at one more. Detroit lost 3 members in a major warehouse fire back in March 1987. This cartoon appeared in the paper the next day. I thought so much of it I bought a lithograph of it from the paper. This has always been a touching image for me.

lithograph of dalmation crying

Steve

 

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