Posts Tagged Karl Klotz

As seen around … MABAS Division 19

This from Karl Klotz:

Here are a few MABAS Division 19 rigs I was able to shoot this past week.

Frankfort FPD, Squad Co. 71
Lockport FPD, Engine Co 1 & 5
Orland FPD, Engine Co. 5
Frankfort FPD Squad 71

Frankfort FPD Squad 71. Karl Klotz photo

Lockport FPD Engine 1

Lockport FPD Engine 1. Karl Klotz photo

Lockport FPD Engine 5

Lockport FPD Engine 5. Karl Klotz photo

Orland FPD Engine 5

Orland FPD Engine 5. Karl Klotz photo

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As seen around … Fire Service, Inc.

This from Karl Klotz:

Here are some (cell phone) photos from the Fire Service Inc. open house on a cloudy September 9th in St. John Indiana.

Homer Twp will be taking delivery soon of the new Engine 32. University Park will be taking delivery of the new E-ONE engine with a 2nd E-ONE engine still in production. There were a few other demo rigs on display as well as the old Lincolnwood Truck 15
Demo E-ONE fire truck

Karl Klotz photo

old Chicago Pierce ladder truck

Karl Klotz photo

Former Lincolnwood FD fire truck

Karl Klotz photo

New fire engine for the University Park FD

Karl Klotz photo

New fire engine for the University Park FD

Karl Klotz photo

used fire trucks

Karl Klotz photo

new fire engine for the Hoemr Twp FPD

Karl Klotz photo

new fire engine for the Hoemr Twp FPD

Karl Klotz photo

new fire engine for the Hoemr Twp FPD

Karl Klotz photo

Demo E-ONE fire truck

Karl Klotz photo

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New engine for Peotone

This from Karl Klotz:

Peotone put the new Engine 14 in service on 8-22-16.

It is a 2015 Smeal/UST 1,500-GPM and carries 2,500 gallons of water.  This engine replaces the 1995 Pierce Saber and the 1988 Mack/SPI tanker.
Peotone FPD Engine 14

Peotone FPD Engine 14, 2015 Spartan/Smeal/UST 1500/2500. Karl Klotz photo

Peotone FPD Engine 14

Former Peotone FPD Engine 14, a 1995 Pierce Saber. Karl Klotz photo

Peotone FD Tanker 14 1988 R-Model Mack/SPI

Peotone Tanker 14, a 1988 Mack R-Model/SPI has been replaced. Karl Klotz photo

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Northfield Fire Department update

This from Larry Shapiro:

I stopped by the Northfield fire station and saw that they’ve changed Engine 29 to match the new Squad 29, with a black roof and new graphics. I’ve included photos of the previous graphics and the original delivery graphics.

Northfield Fire Rescue Engine 29

Larry Shapiro

Northfield Fire Rescue Engine 29

Larry Shapiro

Northfield Fire Rescue Engine 29

Karl Klotz photo

Northfield Fire Rescue Engine 29

Larry Shapiro

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Oak Lawn Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

Hello,
Here is a photo of an early Oak Lawn truck.  Again, I’m sorry that I have no specs on it.  I know that it’s on a Pierce Arrow chassis.  If anybody knows anything more about it, please feel free to advise.  Thank you, hope you enjoy.
Mike S.
Oak Lawn FD history

Oak Lawn Engine 24. Mike Summa photo

Here are a few more hosts from the chicagoareafire.com database … with differing specs

Oak Lawn FD history

Oak Lawn Engine 24 – 1988 Spartan Monarch/Pierce 1250/300 55′ quint. Larry Shapiro photo

Oak Lawn FD history

Oak Lawn Engine 24 – 1988 Spartan/Pierce 1250/400 75′ quint. Karl Klotz photo

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As seen around … Frankfort

This from Karl Klotz:

Here is Frankfort’s Engine Co. 74

Frankfort FPD Engine 74

FRANKFORT E74-2014 PIERCE ARROW XT 1500/1000/25F Karl Klotz photo

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Working fire in Tinley Park, 9-4-14

This from Karl Klotz:

9/4/14

Tinley Park Working fire on 174th Street.

Engine Co. 203 was the first arriving engine reporting a working fire in a single-family home.  The main fire was in the first floor and extended to the second floor.

Companies on scene:

TPFD: E201, E201, E203, T204, BC201, Orland T7, Mokena E93

 

heavy smoke engulfs house

Heavy smoke conditions on arrival. Karl Klotz photo

firemen entering house with hose line and heavy smoke

Crews making entry with the 2nd line. Karl Klotz photo

thick smoke engulfs firemen and fire truck

Tinley Park Truck Co 204 was the first arriving truck. Karl Klotz photo

firemen cut roof to ventilate fire

Orland truck company opening the roof. Karl Klotz photo

firemen enter house through thick smoke

Front of the house. Karl Klotz photo

fireman on roof with flames

Fire venting from the 2nd floor. Karl Klotz photo

fireman on roof with flames

Fire venting from the 2nd floor area. Karl Klotz photo

fireman cuts garage door with saw

Mokena Engine Co 93 opening up the garage door. Karl Klotz photo

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Highwood Fire Department apparatus updates

Updated images from Karl Klotz of the current Highwood Fire Department apparatus including new striping.

Smeal fire truck

Highwood Truck 37 with new striping after having some body work done. Karl Klotz photo

fire department decal

New decal for Truck 37.

Highwood Fire Department

Highwood Battalion 37 is a 1999 Chevy Tahoe (X-Northbrook FD). Karl Klotz photo

Highwood Fire Department Engine 37

Highwood Engine 37 is a 1987 Pierce Lance 1250/500 (X-Northfield Squad 29). Karl Klotz photo

Highwood FD ambulance

Highwood Ambulance 37 with new striping. Karl Klotz photo

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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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Kankakee Township is added to the site

Kankakee Township FPD patchThe Kankakee Township FPD has been added to the site. Located in MABAS Division 7 in Kankakee County, they cover 18 square miles out of two stations. 18 paid-on-call firefighters have three engines, a tender, a brush truck, and a utility used as an EMS chase car.

 

 

 

Kankakee Township FPD Station 1.

Kankakee Township FPD Station 1. Karl Klotz photo

Kankakee Township FPD fire engine Kankakee Township FPD fire engine

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