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Homewood has been added to the site

Homewood Fire Department decal

In Division 24, the Homewood Fire Department has been added to the site. They cover 5 square miles with a combination of career and part-time personnel. Their apparatus is from Pierce, Smeal, Crimson, and 3D. An interesting aspect of their fleet is the number of different chassis manufacturers that are represented in their station. The Pierce utilizes a Lance chassis, and they also have one cab and chassis from HME, Spartan, and Pemfab. They have two ambulances in their station plus a reserve ambulance which they share with Flossmoor and Hazel Crest. This unit is housed in the Hazel Crest station. All images were submitted by Karl Klotz.

Homewood Fire Department Pierce Lance aerial

Homewood Flossmoor Pierce Lance aerial

Homewood Truck 550 was delivered in 1987 with an open rear jump seat and lettering for both Homewood and Flossmoor. Larry Shapiro collection

This week, they sold their 1982 Mack MR engine to Ford Heights, and in March of next year, they are expecting delivery of a new aerial from Pierce.

Homewood Fire Department Mack MR engine

Homewood Engine 536, built in 1982 on a Mack MR chassis was recently sold to Ford Heights. Karl Klotz photo

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NIOSH Report on Homewood, IL LODD

The Neighborhood has an article about the fire which resulted in the tragic death of Homewood firefighter/paramedic Brian Carey and the serious injuries incurred by firefighter/paramedic Karra Kopas in March of this year.  The article can be seen HERE and the NIOSH report summarizing the events surrounding the fire can be obtained HERE.

NIOSH report cites numerous errors in fatal Homewood fire

September 20, 2010


A report obtained Monday by the SouthtownStar on the Homewood house fire in March that took the life of a Homewood firefighter and a resident cites several errors that occurred as firefighters were battling the blaze.

The report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health said contributing factors included an incomplete 360-degree situational size-up (of the fire scene); an inadequate risk-vs.-gain analysis; ineffective fire control tactics; insufficient staffing, uncoordinated ventilation and its effect on fire behavior; inadequate command, control and accountability; and failure to recognize, understand and react to deteriorating conditions.

The report also said the breathing apparatus facepiece somehow got removed from Brian Carey, 28, the Homewood firefighter/paramedic who died fighting the fire. Resident Wendell Elias, 87, also died in the fire.

Homewood firefighter/paramedic Karra Kopas suffered second- and third-degree burns battling the fire. She has been recovering but still is not back on the job at the fire department.


• NIOSH Report (.pdf)

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