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Firefighting family works along the North Shore

Excerpts from the DailyNorthShore.com:

When Jerry Kluchka was honored during a Lake Bluff Village Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 14 for 30 years of service to the Lake Bluff Fire Department, his three firefighter sons were there to share the honor with him.

Tim Kluchka, 30, is a member of the North Chicago Fire Department; Matt Kluchka, 25, works for the Lake Forest Fire Department; and Russell Kluchka, 23, fights fires in Highwood.

Lake Bluff’s department consists entirely of volunteers, and all four Kluchkas serve in their hometown. They said when a call goes out to multiple towns, they head to the blaze but not always from the same place.

“It’s definitely interesting,” Russell Kluchka said. “One time there was a fire in Lake Forest, I got there from Highwood and we all saw each other. People give us a hard time. They say ‘it’s you again.”

Jerry Kluchka, who has lived in Lake Bluff since elementary school, joined the department just before Tim was born.

“I had friends whose fathers were firemen,” Kluchka said. “We got to go inside the fire station when I was a little guy. In Lake Bluff they blew the siren to call the volunteers. We lived nearby and ran down to the station to see the fire trucks leave.”

Using his mechanical skills, Jerry started volunteering. He said he worked on the equipment and it was not long before he was a firefighter. As his family started to grow, the next generation of Kluchka men hung around the firehouse like their father did as a youth.

All four are paramedics. Tim, Matt and Russell said they all took EMT courses while in high school and were volunteering in their teens.

“There were times I ditched school to go on an ambulance call,” Tim Kluchka said. “I’d come in for the last periods (of the day) and got some looks.”

“My wife got some calls about that,” Jerry Kluchka added.

Though the younger generation of Kluchkas are full-time firemen, Jerry Kluchka is a volunteer.

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House fire in Lake Forest, 11-5-15

The Lake Forest Fire Department responded to a house fire at 792 Greenbriar Lane around noon today (11/5/15) and found heavy fire from the rear of a large, two-story home. The fire was upgraded to a Box Alarm for additional companies and was brought under control in about 40 minutes.

house fire with heavy smoke

Tim Olk photo

house fire with heavy smoke

Tim Olk photo

house fire with heavy smoke

Tim Olk photo

house fire with heavy smoke

Tim Olk photo

house fire with heavy smoke

Tim Olk photo

house fire with heavy smoke

Tim Olk photo

firefighter on ladder with hose at house fire

Larry Shapiro photo

aftermath of house fire

Larry Shapiro photo

aftermath of house fire

Larry Shapiro photo

fire engine at house fire

Larry Shapiro photo

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Working house fire in Lake Forest, 1-27-15

This from Niko Stefani:

I went to Lake Forest’s working fire Tuesday evening. They had the full working fire response and they also requested an investigators Box Alarm

There are no pictures of the house out of respect to the homeowners. Here is a run down of companies:

  • Lake Forest: Engine Co. 422, Engine Co. 421, Ambulance 421, Battalion 42, 4201, 4200
  • Lake Bluff Rescue Co. 4520
  • Deerfield-Bannockburn Engine Co. 19 & Ambulance 19
  • Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Truck Co. 53
  • Highwood Truck Co. 37 & 3700
Below are pictures of Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Truck Co. 53, Deerfield Bannockburn Ambulance 19, and Highwood Truck Co. 37
Deerfield-Bannockburn FPD Ambulance 19

Niko Stefani photo

Lincolnshire Riverwoods FPD Truck 53

Niko Stefani photo

Highwood Fire Department Truck 37

Niko Stefani photo

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New radio frequencies and changes

From the Highland Park Fire Dept.:

As part of our dispatch consolidation, the Lake Forest Fire Department in conjunction with the Lake Bluff Fire Department, Highland Park Fire Department, and Glenview Public Safety Dispatching Agency will be moving all radio traffic to the East Shore Fire Network effective Tuesday, January 27, 2015.  The system is composed of 3 repeater sites and multiple receiver sites which communicate through T1 lines and microwave signals.

The Lake Bluff water tower site is scheduled to go online in early April but comprehensive testing has shown that the Lake Forest Water Tower site covers the Lake Bluff response area with no problem.

o   Lake Forest Primary (Lake Forest water tower)

  • 154.8825 MHz, PL 7A (192.8 Hz) Receive
  • 155.910 MHz, PL 7A (192.8 Hz)  Transmit

o   Lake Bluff Primary (Lake Bluff water tower)

  • 151.2125 MHz, PL 7A (192.8Hz) Receive- Pending FCC Approval
  • 155.910 MHz, PL 7A (192.8Hz) Transmit

o   Talk Around or Direct in case of  voting system failure

  • 154.8825 MHz PL 7A (192.8Hz) Transmit and Receive.

o   Highland Park Fire south channel

  • 154.160 MHz Receive, PL7A (192.8Hz) Receive
  • 155.910 MHz Transmit, PL7A (192.8Hz) Transmit

 

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Lake Forest FD teams up with the local high school

This from Tim Olk:

Every game day Lake Forest firefighters wear shirts with the Lake Forest High School logo to show support for the school teams.  The coaches also will wear the shirts. The football team will also help promote fire safety in the community.
high school football players with fire truck

Lake Forest FD teams up with high school football team. Tim Olk photo

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Lake Forest to offer Citizen’s Fire Academy

From the Lake Forester:

Maybe it’s the chance to ride in a real fire truck, don the full turnout gear or the popularity of the TV series “Chicago Fire.”

Whatever the reason, Lake Forest’s first Citizens Fire Academy, set to start Thursday, Feb. 6, is filling up fast.

“We’ve still got a few spots left,” Deputy Fire Chief Chris Garrison said, “but don’t wait too long.”

Taking a leaf out of the city’s police department playbook, the fire crew department  will open its doors — and its books — to a dozen or so residents and individuals who work in the city to let them step into a firefighter’s shoes from 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Thursday night for 10 weeks at the Public Safety Building at 255 W. Deerpath in Lake Forest.

The goal of the academy, which will run twice a year, is to educate the public about what fire personnel do on a daily basis.

While the department fields 3,300 calls every year — an average nine a day — few residents are conversant in the skills and duties offered by its employees.

“If residents need us, they call,” Fire Chief Jeff Howell said. “We come, we take care of the situation. But the truth of it is, I don’t think residents truly know what the fire department does and is capable of doing. This is an opportunity for us to tell our story.”

With a tour of the station and a primer on the department’s history — Lake Forest hired its first firefighter in 1898, making it one of the oldest fire departments in the state — as well as pulling a hose and suiting up to crawl through a non-toxic smoke-filled obstacle course, students will get a complete overview of the fire operation, officials said.

“We’ll show them the rigs, the actual trucks, and the difference between a tower ladder and an engine, a tower ladder and a squad,” Garrison said.

Students will also get an up-close look at the department’s four ambulances and learn how emergency medical services, or EMS, functions. More than half the annual calls to the fire department are for EMS.

“A lot of people still think when an ambulance comes it’s from the hospital,” Garrison said. “They don’t realize firefighters are paramedics, too.”

Weekly lessons also will cover auto extrication, ladder usage, spraying a hose, how the incident chain of command system works and an overview of the department’s budget, among other topics.

“We want to paint the picture of what we do,” Garrison said.

While the course will not prepare anyone to be a firefighter, it will serve as a departmental “open book” for residents, Howell said.

“This is everything we do; these are your tax dollars at work,” Howell said.

Those interested in participating in the upcoming session or a future session should contact Garrison at 847-810-3866 or GarrisoC@cityoflakeforest.com.

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3-Alarm fire in Lake Forest, January 28, 2014

Lake Forest firefighters responded to a reported basement fire Tuesday afternoon at 180 W. Laurel Avenue. The first arriving unit reported nothing showing from the outside, but found smoke upon entering the large house. Within roughly 9 minutes, the alarm was upgraded to a working still alarm, a MABAS Box Alarm, and then a 2nd Alarm as smoke began escaping from the eaves.

winter fire scene photos with E-ONE quint

Larry Shapiro photo

winter fire scene photos with E-ONE quint

Larry Shapiro photo

There was a hydrant at the end of the long, curvy driveway. The first-due Lake Forest engine and the Knollwood quint both made the driveway … with some difficulty. Fire was located in the void space beneath the first floor and then in some walls on the second floor.

winter fire scene photos with E-ONE quint

Larry Shapiro photo

winter fire scene photos with Pierce engine

Larry Shapiro photo

The alarm was upgraded to a 3rd Alarm for additional companies to standby in the event that the fire got away from the companies working inside. The fire was contained before long without doing extensive damage to the structure of the house. Temperatures were hovering just above 0 with a negative windchill.

fireman wearing his air mask

Larry Shapiro photo

firefighter on cold day after fighting fire

Larry Shapiro photo

fire chief with radio at fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

Highland Park fireman after fire

Larry Shapiro photo

Larry Shapiro and Tim Olk took it in.

Lake Bluff Fire Departmetn squad unit

Lake Bluff squad. Larry Shapiro photo

many fire trucks at fire scene

Apparatus lined the narrow street. Larry Shapiro photo

Companies at the scene were:

  • Lake Forest with two engines, an ambulance, a tower ladder, and chief officers
  • Knollwood with a quint
  • Highwood with a quint
  • Mundelein with an engine
  • Lake Bluff with an engine
  • Libertyville with an engine
  • Beach Park with an engine
  • Highland Park with an engine
  • Grayslake with an engine
  • Lake Villa with an engine
  • Wauconda with an engine
  • Round Lake with an engine
  • Countryside with a truck and a chief
  • Gurnee with a truck
  • Great Lakes with a truck
  • Fox Lake with a squad
  • Lincolnshire with an ambulance, squad and chief
  • Northbrook with an ambulance
  • Long Grove with an ambulance
  • Barrington Countryside with an ambulance
  • Quad 2 Mobile Command Post
  • Deerfield chief
photo of Seagrave fire engine

Beach Park Engine 1222. Larry Shapiro photo

Spartan fire engine photo

Round Lake Engine 262. Larry Shapiro photo

photo of Pierce tower ladder

Great Lakes Truck 1931. Larry Shapiro photo

The complete set of Larry’s images will be posted soon to his site.

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Lake Forest 2nd Alarm fire, 11-11-13 (more)

More on Lake Forest’s fire yesterday from Larry Shapiro:

Lake Forest mansion destroyed by fire

Larry Shapiro photo

Lake Forest mansion destroyed by fire

Larry Shapiro photo

I got to the fire shortly after it was upgraded to a 2nd Alarm. The roof was already in and the bulk of the fire had been knocked down. Knollwood’s quint was woking in the driveway and they were getting water to Countryside’s tower. Departments represented were:

  • with engines – Waukegan, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Beach Park, Newport Township, Lake Villa, and Grayslake
  • with trucks – Knollwood, Countryside, Lake Forest, Wauconda and Lincolnshire-Riverwoods
  • with squads – Deerfield-Bannockburn and Gurnee
  • with ambulances – Lake Forest, North Chicago, Long Grove, Wheeling, and Highland Park
  • with chiefs – Lake Forest, Highland Park, Countryside, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, North Chicago

 

Lake Forest mansion destroyed by fire

Larry Shapiro photo

Pierce fire engine at night fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

Pierce fire engine at night fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

Lake Forest mansion destroyed by fire

Larry Shapiro photo

Seagrave fire engine at night fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

From the Chicago Tribune:

Lake Forest firefighters battled a massive blaze that destroyed a Lake Forest mansion early today.

Eric Kositzki, a Lake Forest firefighter, said the blaze in the 1100 block of Keswick Drive started just after midnight, and firefighters finally put out the fire around 4:30 a.m.

Firefighters said the house was a complete loss.

Fire Department Battalion Chief Eric Montanello said officials are unsure what caused the fire, but do not suspect foul play.

Right now, officials are estimating the damage, and Montanello said he predicts it’s at least $1 million. Officials might not know for a few days the cause or the cost, he said.

The blaze took firefighters at least an hour to control as the roof and second floor were fully engulfed in flames, he said.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

According to Lake County records, the house is valued at about $1.9 million, and records also show the home sold in 2008 for more than $2 million.

thanks Dan

Lake Forest mansion destroyed by fire

Larry Shapiro photo

More photos can be found HERE.

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Lake Forest 2nd Alarm fire, 11-11-13

Tim Olk submitted some quick phone images of an overnight fire that destroyed a large house in Lake Forest at 1150 Keswick Lane.

Large house destroyed by fire in Lake Forest.

Tim Olk photo

large house destroyed by fire in Lake Forest

Tim Olk photo

Large house destroyed by fire in Lake Forest

Tim Olk photo

 

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Lake Forest car fire 8-24-13

These images are from Tim Olk of a car fire in Lake Forest this afternoon.

Lake Forest Fire Department

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Lake Forest Fire Department

Tim Olk photo

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