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Historic 5-11 Alarm fire at the Ford City Shopping Center in Chicago, 4-2-68

This from Steve Redick:

April 2, 1968, just days before the riots erupted. A 5-11 and 3 or 4 specials for a fire in a massive building. The press coverage with the spectacular large format cover photo is sadly a thing of the past now. I have enclosed one of Dave Fornell’s images from that day.

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed the Ford City shopping center

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed the Ford City shopping center 4-2-68

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed the Ford City shopping center 4-2-68

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed the Ford City shopping center 4-2-68

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed the Ford City shopping center 4-2-68

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed mcCormick Place in Chicago on February 13, 1971

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed the Ford City shopping center 4-2-68

Warren Redick collection

historic Chicago fire apparatus battle huge fire

Dave Fornell photo

 

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Blue Island FD history

This from Mike Summa:

Hello there,
A blast from the past!  I found these in a booklet while cleaning out a drawer.  These are from around 1965, and they showcase the Blue Island Fire Department at that time.  I thought that these would be a good addition to the message board.  I hope that people will like them.
Thank you very much,
Mike Summa
Blue Island Fire Department history
Blue Island Fire Department history
Blue Island Fire Department history
Blue Island Fire Department history

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Chicago FD history

From the collection of Wayne Stuart – unknown date, location, and photographer.

historic Chicago FD Hi-Ranger Snorkel

From the collection of Wayne Stuart – unknown date, location, and photographer.

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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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Bedford Park selling antique Snorkel

This from Larry Shapiro:

It appears that the Bedford Park Fire Department was not successful in finding a buyer for the 1959 GMC/Pierce/Snorkel. Recent information was that it would go to a scrap dealer.

I visited last week and took some photos to remember the Snorkel.

final days of historic Snorkel fire truck

Bedford Park’s original Snorkel as it currently rests behind station 1. Larry Shapiro photo

final days of historic Snorkel fire truck

Larry Shapiro photo

final days of historic Snorkel fire truck

Larry Shapiro photo

final days of historic Snorkel fire truck

Larry Shapiro photo

final days of historic Snorkel fire truck

Larry Shapiro photo

final days of historic Snorkel fire truck

Larry Shapiro photo

final days of historic Snorkel fire truck

Larry Shapiro photo

final days of historic Snorkel fire truck

Larry Shapiro photo

1st Snorkel fire truck built for the fire service

Bedford Park FD Truck 712, 1959 GMC/Pierce 55′ Snorkel. Larry Shapiro photo

And the DesPlaines Valley News has an article …

There’s a story that former Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Quinn invented the Snorkel fire truck in 1958 by running a hose up a cherry picker truck and pumping water down onto a fire.

While the first snorkel [was a] converted vehicle, GMC  [Pierce] produced the first original Snorkel fire truck in 1959 for the Chicago Fire Department.

“For some reason, they did not purchase it and it wound up in Bedford Park,” said Bedford Park Fire Chief Sean Maloy. “I’m told Bedford Park got a good deal on it.”
 For the next 20 years, Bedford Park firefighters used the GMC Snorkel to battle fires and drive in parades.

“In 1980, we gave it to public works for use as a work truck,” Maloy said. “About 15 years ago, they stopped using it.” The truck sat for years in a Public Works parking lot.

Eventually, firefighters decided they wanted to restore the vintage piece of firefighting equipment.

“We had it towed to the fire yard. We wanted to restore it,” Maloy said. “We set aside $30,000. We wanted to make it pretty for parades.”

Then the other shoe dropped.

“We had it evaluated,” Maloy said. “We found out it needed a lot of body work and a new engine just to make it able to run.” He said the needed repairs would have doubled the cost of restoring the snorkel. “We decided it wouldn’t be a prudent use of another $30,000 that would have to come from the village,” he said.

Reluctantly, the village sought bids for the truck. There were no takers. “We were asking for $5,000,” he said. “I wish I could have had a collector come in and grab it.  Unless someone comes in to take it, a piece of history will be going to the scrap yard. I’ll hate to see it go.”

Maloy said he’s in no hurry to junk the vintage apparatus and is willing to hold onto the truck for a little while longer.

“I’ll leave it here until about October,” he said. “After that it’s going to the junk heap. I’d probably take a dollar if someone offered to take it off my hands,” he said with a joke.

Anyone interested in acquiring the snorkel should contact Maloy at the Bedford Park Fire Department. His number is 708-563-4510

Thanks Dan

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Dixmoor shuts down their fire department (more)

A historic look at apparatus over the years from the Dixmoor Fire Department.

Dixmoor Fire Department history

Dixmoor Engine 2443, a 1992 Spartan/Luverne 1500/500 formerly from the Chicago Fire Department. It carries CFD shop ID# D-523. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Dixmoor Fire Department history

Dixmoor Engine 2433 is a 2003 E-ONE Typhoon 1250/1000. (SN 127675). Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Dixmoor Fire Department history

Dixmoor Engine 2453, a 1971 Mack CD 1250/750 formerly from Homewood, Illinois. George Reichardt photo

Dixmoor Fire Department history

Dixmoor Squad 2405. photographer unkown

 

Dixmoor Fire Department history

Former Dixmoor Engine 4, a 1973 American LaFrance 10000 Series 1250/750 fire engine. (SN C-12-358) photographer unknown

Dixmoor Fire Department history

Dixmoor Squad 1, a 1969 Chevy Step Van. Gary Kadzielewski photo

Dixmoor Fire Department history

Former Dixmoor Engine 2, a 1953 Chevrolet 500/300. photographer unknown

Dixmoor Fire Department history

Former Dixmoor Engine 1, a 1954 Chevy/Central (st Louis) 500/500. photographer unknown

thanks Dennis

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Dixmoor shuts down their fire department (more)

More from Dennis McGuire, Jr. who visited the Dixmoor Fire Department on December 1, 2013 when the department was formally shut down. He submitted a few images from that morning along with a video clip. Dennis also provided a historic overview of their most recent and past apparatus which will follow tomorrow.

Dixmoor Fire Department closes

Past and present members one last time. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Dixmoor fire department shuts down

Taking down old glory. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Dixmoor fire department shuts down

Running board with all companies out of service. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Dixmoor fire department shuts down

The fire department after being shut down. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Dixmoor fire department shuts down

Closed for business. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Previous posts about this closing can be found HEREHEREHERE, and HERE.

The final video … 20131201_Dixmoor

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Bedford Park FD history – the original Pitman Snorkel

first Pitman Snorkel unit

Larry Shapiro photo

Karl Klotz visited the Bedford Park Fire Department and spoke with Chief Sean Maloy about the restoration project that they have underway of their 1959 Snorkel.

The unit is a 1959 GMC/Pierce/ 65′ Pitman Snorkel. This was the first Pitman Snorkel built. It was designed for the Chicago Fire Dept, but refused due to the overall length and tandem axle.  The Bedford Park Fire Department made an offer and subsequently purchased the vehicle.
vintage magazine ad for the first Pitman Snorkel unit

Bill Freidrich collection

Snorkel 5 (later re-numbered 712) entered service in Bedford Park in 1959 and served until 1979 when it was replaced by the Seagrave Snorkel 705.
first Pitman Snorkel unit ever built

Jack Connors photo

In 1979, it was passed down to the public works department where it was used by the street light division until approximately 1995.  From that point on, it sat in the back parking lot of public works unused.
Currently it is sitting inside Bedford Park Station 1, where it is in the process of a complete overhaul.  Mechanical work is being performed by the fire department mechanical staff in house.  After completion of the mechanical work, it is slated to go to Automotive Mentoring Group (AMG) for body repair and refinishing.
fire department refurbishes 1st Snorkel ever built

Karl Klotz photo

The project is being funded in part by the BPFD Foreign Fire Board and the Village of Bedford Park.

 

From another  reader:

“Hey recently, I visited Bedford Park Station #1 and observed a work of love in progress. The Bedford Park Fire Department finally brought home their very first Snorkel, which has been left outside their public works yard rotting away for over 20 years, to start a desperately needed refurbishing. Some mechanical work will be performed in-house with bodywork to be completed at a local business. For those that do not know, this Snorkel is of historical significance, as it was the very first Snorkel actually produced by the Pitman Company for the fire service. It is rumored that this Snorkel was spec’d out by the late Chicago Commissioner Quinn only to be rejected because of it’s overly long wheelbase, which would’ve proved too difficult to maneuver around the city streets. Bedford Park jumped at the chance and purchased it. Snorkel 5 is a 1960 GMC chassis with a V8 gas engine and manual transmission with a Pierce body.”

 

fire department refurbishes 1st Snorkel ever built

Karl Klotz photo

fire department refurbishes 1st Snorkel ever built

Karl Klotz photo

fire department refurbishes 1st Snorkel ever built

Karl Klotz photo

fire department refurbishes 1st Snorkel ever built

Karl Klotz photo

fire department refurbishes 1st Snorkel ever built

Karl Klotz photo

Dennis McGuire, Jr. submitted images of the Snorkel during it’s stay in the public works yard.

fire department refurbishes 1st Snorkel ever built

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

fire department refurbishes 1st Snorkel ever built

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

fire department refurbishes 1st Snorkel ever built

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

fire department refurbishes 1st Snorkel ever built

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

 

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Down memory lane …. Cicero

This from Bill Friedrich:

I am sharing some old Cicero photos from my collection. I did have the opportunity to photograph the 700 series American LaFrance when it was nearing the end of its career.

Bill

 

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Engine 1, an Ahrens Fox. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Engine 6. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero engine with personnel. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Early group shot of Cicero apparatus. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Truck 2, 700 Series American LaFrance TDA. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Truck 1, an American LaFrance TDA. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Engine 3. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Hawthorne station. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Morton Park station. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Station 1. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Station 2. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Truck 2. Bill Friedrich collection

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CFD History … SS1/Squad 5

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr.:

A friend of mine sent me this photo of what remains of the Hendrickson/Pierce squad of Chicago as of this year.
He said it was up north in Minnesota somewhere
what a shame it couldn’t have been saved.
Chicago FD SS1

The remains of SS1, later assigned to Squad 5. radioman911.com photo

 

A few images from when the Snorkel was assigned to SS1 and Snorkel 4.

 

Chicago FD Snorkel

Hendrickson/Piece/Snorkel after some refurb as assigned to Snorkel 4. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD SS1

SS1, with 1A seen behind it at a fire scene. Larry Shapiro photo

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