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Libertyville 2nd Alarm Fire 3-27-13 (pt 3)

Third posting about the 2nd Alarm Fire on Memorial Day at the Jamaican Gardens (north) in Libertyville. Here are images from larry Shapiro and a video.

 

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Larry Shapiro photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Larry Shapiro photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Larry Shapiro photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Larry Shapiro photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Larry Shapiro photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Larry Shapiro photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Larry Shapiro photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Larry Shapiro photo

A gallery with more of Larry’s images is HERE.

The second article with images from Tim Olk is HERE.

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Libertyville 2nd Alarm Fire 3-27-13 (pt 2)

The second posting on the 2nd alarm fire in Libertyville on Memorial Day includes images from Tim Olk.

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

A large gallery with more images is HERE.

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Libertyville 2nd Alarm Fire 3-27-13 (pt 1)

The Libertyville Fire Department responded to a reported fire at the Jamaican Gardens North located at 14595 W. Rockland Road (Route 176). First companies found heavy smoke obscuring visibility on Route 176 and had a significant fire burning on the east end of the property near what was the retail store entrance. An attack was initiated and the fire was upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm.

The business had closed to the public several years ago and was reportedly vacant. Libertyville Tower 461 and Engine 463 were deployed on the eastern side of the property. The fast moving fire quickly spread to additional buildings on the west side, where access was limited. Lake Forest Tower Ladder 421 was positioned on the northern driveway and Countryside Engine 412 was at the northwest corner. As the fire grew in intensity, the alarm was upgraded to a 2nd Alarm bringing additional units to the scene.

A special request was made for the Division 1 MVU out of Wheeling, but the unit was not deployed and subsequently released before the box was struck out.

The two tower ladders deployed master streams in addition to multiple hand lines and two multi-versals. Along with Libertyville Engine 463 and the Countryside engine, Lake Bluff Engine 517 and Knollwood Engine 44 were also pumping. The fire was struck out after roughly three hours.

Other fire departments with companies at the scene were Mundelein, North Chicago, and Lake Zurich with ambulances, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods and Gurnee with rescue squads, Highland Park with a truck, plus Waukegan, Deerfield, and Newport Township with engines.  Chief officers came from Countryside, Grayslake, Gurnee, Lake Bluff, and Lake Forest.

Tim Olk, Jeff Rudolph, and Larry Shapiro were at the scene.

This is the first in a three part series covering this fire.

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

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Lake Forest FD apparatus photos

This from Sam Borica;

Here are some pictures of Lake Forest station #1 apparatus.  Thanks, Sam Borcia.

 

Lake Forest Ambulance 425

Lake Forest Ambulance 425. Sam Borica photo

Fire department ATV

Lake Forest ATV. Sam Borica photo

Lake Forest Fire Department

Lake Forest Battalion Chief car. Sam Borica photo

Lake Forest FD Engine 421.

Lake Forest Engine 421. Sam Borica photo

Lake Forest FD squad

Lake Forest FD squad. Sam Borica photo

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Municipalities investigate consolidation for fire & EMS

The Chicago Tribune has an article about a study to investigate a consolidation of fire and EMS services of the Highwood, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Lake Bluff fire departments.

Lake Forest, Highland Park, Lake Bluff and Highwood are expected to form a task force in early 2013 to study ways to save money through collaboration — including the consolidation of fire protection and emergency medical services for their 60,000 residents.

Going with the national trend of consolidation could save the four communities between $1 million and $1.8 million annually, according to a study by the International City/County Management Association.

Lake Forest dispatches its own fire/EMS and police, and on contract dispatches Lake Bluff’s 100-year old volunteer fire department, as well as providing ambulance service to Lake Bluff.

Highwood contracts with Lake Forest for police dispatch and goes through Regional Emergency Dispatch (RED) in Northbrook for fire/EMS. Highland Park, with nearly 2,000 fire/EMS calls annually, dispatches all of its public safety calls.

Another option would be to contract with an existing universal dispatch center, such as Northbrook’s Regional Emergency Dispatch, and a third option would be housing dispatch for fire, EMS and police under one roof, Irvin said.

Leonard Matarese, director of research and project development at the ICMA Center for Public Safety Management, analyzed the four jurisdictions’ fire and EMS needs.

“The longtime premise nationally has been to have same level staffing, 24/7, for fire and EMS, but the realization over the last five years (globally) is that workloads and service demands have peaks and valleys,” he said. “Analyzing services workloads and calls convinced fire prevention officials in England over a decade ago to allocate staff based on time of day and days of the week. Typically, fires and EMS calls occur during the day and slow down by 9 or 10 at night.”

The ICMA study suggests there are three alternatives related to firefighting and emergency medical services:

“Functional consolidation,” which involves cooperation across jurisdictions for a common service, but the four departments remain separate entities.

“Operational consolidation” maintains a legal separation, but the four departments join operations and administration to function as a single agency.

“Full consolidation” merges four fire departments into a single entity, in which jurisdictional boundaries “become invisible” and all service demands become single functions of the department.

The ICMA projects the functional and operational alternatives could save members between $950,000 and $1.5 million annually; with full consolidation savings between $1.4 million and $1.95 million.

“It’s typically political, financial, labor contracts and retirement systems that are major issues,” said Matarese. “But these four cities are already at a certain level of sharing, cooperation and functional consolidation. Also, they do some joint purchasing and standardizing of equipment.”

The entire article can be viewed HERE.

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Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12 (update)

More images from the extra alarm fire on Sunday in Beach Park.

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12

Firefighters from the Countryside FPD force a door on the west side of the building to gain access to the heavy fire burning inside. Tim Olk photo

Five trucks were at the scene including Grayslake, Mundelein, Winthrop Harbor, Lake Forest and Gurnee. The last three mentioned went to work. The other units remained in staging while their crews were put to work.

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12

A firefighter in the bucket of the Lake Forest tower ladder directs a master stream into the building. TIm Olk photo

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12

The Gurnee tower ladder works on fire burning in the attic and through the roof. Tim Olk photo

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12

Just under 3,000 feet of large diameter hose was dropped along Lewis Avenue to a hydrant several blocks away. Larry Shapiro photo

Engines pumping at the fire included two from Beach Park, two from Newport Township, and one from Lake Bluff.Antioch, Countryside, Great lakes, Knollwood, Waukegan, and Zion also sent engines.

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12 Seagrave Maurader II engine

Beach Park Engine 1222 is pumping in-line, midway between the hose tender and the fire scene. Larry Shapiro photo

Several departments responded with multiple units including Lake Villa with two, Grayslake with two, Antioch with two, Fox Lake with two, and Newport Township with three.

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12 Newport township FPD

The Newport Township FPD hose tender is on a hydrant several blocks from the fire scene after dropping almost 3,000 feet of 5" hose. Larry Shapiro photo

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12 Fox Lake Fire Department

Working off a hydrant on another block, firefighters from Fox Lake refill their tanker to shuttle water back to the portable tanks near the scene. Larry Shapiro photo

Fox Lake responded with a squad on the fire box and a tanker on the tanker box. Libertyville also sent a squad on one of the fire box alarms.

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12 tanker tender operations at fire scene

Since the local water main was not sufficient to supply the amount of water being deployed at the fire, a tanker shuttle was initiated where up to three tankers could simultaneously dump into a series of four portable tanks that were tied together. Here, tankers from Antioch, Fox Lake, and Beach Park discharge water into the free-standing tanks that are being used by a Newport Township engine and a Lake Bluff engine who are supplying two of the master streams. Larry Shapiro photo

Eight tankers were shuttling water including Antioch, Beach Park, Bristol (WI), Fox Lake, Grayslake, Lake Villa, Newport Township, and Round Lake.

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12 large diameter hose fails

Water flows freely after a section of the large diameter hose failed. Larry Shapiro photo

Ambulances on the scene included Beach Park, Highwood, Lake Villa, and Pleasant Prairie (WI).

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12 building collapses

Several hours after the fire broke out, the building suffered a major structural collapse. Larry Shapiro photo

A video will be posted tomorrow. Additional fire scene images can be viewed HERE and HERE.

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Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12

Police officers reportedly spotted a fire early this morning at the Happyland Pet Store located at 11432 W. Wadsworth Road in Beach Park. First arriving companies found heavy smoke the the alarm was upgraded very quickly.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that:

The Beach Park Fire Department said firefighters were called to the building that houses the Happyland Pet Center, 11432 W. Wadsworth Road, at 6:06 a.m.

Initial reports said a person was trapped in one of the apartments above the store, but all residents of the building were able to escape the fire.

The Chicago Tribune has an article which states that:

A Beach Park pet store was completely destroyed this morning after a blaze broke out in the basement and killed hamsters, gerbils, fish and reptiles, officials said.

Firefighters were alerted about 6 a.m. to the Happyland Pet Center located at 11432 W. Wadsworth Rd. and found heavy smoke, said Beach Park Fire Department Chief Paul Tierney.

Firefighters went into rescue mode and searched the upstairs of the structure when a flashover occurred. A water supply issue at the scene slowed down firefighting efforts and assisting companies were called in from 15 surrounding communities including Waukegan, Zion and Newport, Tierney said. About 75 firefighters were called to the scene.

“The fire had been burning for quite some time before we were called,” said Tierney. He added the fire originated in a concrete bunker-type basement that had only one entrance.

Jeff Rudolph, Tim Olk, and Larry Shapiro all went to the scene. Jeff arrived shortly after the 2nd Alarm was pulled and submitted several images.

Beach Park Fire Department pet store fire on Wadsworth Road 5-20-12

Smoke pushes out of the front of the pet store building, Jeff Rudolph photo

Beach Park Fire Department pet store fire on Wadsworth Road 5-20-12

Heavy fire is seen on the second floor which was living space. Jeff Rudolph photo

Beach Park Fire Department pet store fire on Wadsworth Road 5-20-12

The fire on the second floor breaks through the roof as firefighters use hand lines in the rear. Jeff Rudolph photo

Beach Park Fire Department pet store fire on Wadsworth Road 5-20-12 Winthrop Harbor Fire Department

The Winthrop Harbor truck working an elevated master stream from the west side of the building (the 'B' sector) as heavy fire vents through the roof. Jeff Rudolph photo

Beach Park Fire Department pet store fire on Wadsworth Road 5-20-12

The Lake Forest tower ladder was one of three trucks working at the scene. Jeff Rudolph photo

Beach Park Fire Department pet store fire on Wadsworth Road 5-20-12

The entire second floor, attic, and roof are well involved as seen from the rear. Jeff Rudolph photo

 

Beach Park Fire Department pet store fire on Wadsworth Road 5-20-12

Smoke pushes out of the first and second floors as tower ladders from Gurnee and Lake Forest work on opposite sides of the building. Larry Shapiro photo

Beach Park Fire Department pet store fire on Wadsworth Road 5-20-12

A Beach Park engine works of a hydrant near the building, but the operation required more water than the main could handle so a tanker shuttle was instituted. Larry Shapiro photo

Beach Park Fire Department pet store fire on Wadsworth Road 5-20-12

After the main fire on the second floor was knocked down, fire continued to burn in the rear and the basement for quite some time. Larry Shapiro photo

Beach Park Fire Department pet store fire on Wadsworth Road 5-20-12

The Winthrop Harbor quint was relocated to the B-C corner and was put to work again. Larry Shapiro photo

A gallery of Jeff’s images is available HERE. Tim Olk has images available for viewing HERE. Larry Shapiro has a gallery which can be viewed HERE.

More images and a video will be added later.

 

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Truck collision on US 41 3-8-12 (update)

Jeff Rudolph also took in the semi crash in Lake Bluff yesterday:

 Came across Lake Bluff semi pin in yesterday.  Noon time accident, northbound rt. 41 north of 176. 2 fast moving semi’s approached a slow moving semi stuck behind a dumptruck turning. 1st semi swung to the inside lane and passed the slow truck, the second did not see the slower one in time and struck the left rear of the semi. One pt. the driver was pinned and required extensive extrication. Lake Bluff and Knollwood, with Lake Forest ambulance all dispathed. m/a to scene from North Chicago with an engine, Great Lakes with a truck. Libertyville to Knollwood station. Driver was transported to Lake Forest hospital, the other driver was not injured.

truck crash with trapped driver 3-8-12 route 41 Lake Bluff

An overview of the trucks on the highway after the driver had been removed. Jeff Rudolph photo

truck crash with trapped driver 3-8-12 route 41 Lake Forest ambulance

The Lake Forest ambulance transported the truck driver to the hospital. Jeff Rudolph photo

truck crash with trapped driver 3-8-12 route 41 Lake Bluff

Damage to the cab of one truck in proximity to the other truck involved in the collision. Jeff Rudolph photo

truck crash with trapped driver 3-8-12 route 41 Lake Bluff

It took firefighters close to an hour to free the driver of this truck that was trapped in the cab. Jeff Rudolph photo

truck crash with trapped driver 3-8-12 route 41 Ernie's Towing

One of several units on the scene from Ernie's Wrecker Service. Jeff Rudolph photo

Lake Bluff Fire Department squad

A brush unit from the Lake Bluff Fire department. Jeff Rudolph photo

truck crash with trapped driver 3-8-12 route 41 Ernie's Wrecker Service

A heavy wrecker from Ernie's backs down toward the wrecked truck. Jeff Rudolph photo

truck crash with trapped driver 3-8-12 route 41 Lake Bluff

A firefighter grabs supplies from Lake Bluff Squad 520. Jeff Rudolph photo

truck crash with trapped driver 3-8-12 route 41 Lake Bluff

Another view of the damage to the truck after the driver was freed. Jeff Rudolph photo

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Truck collision on US 41 3-8-12

truck collision 3-8-12 Route 41 with trapped driver Knollwood Fire Department

Knollwood firefighters have a safety line off as others work to free the driver trapped in his truck. Tim Olk photo

An over the road tractor-trailer rear-ended another tractor-trailer yesterday morning in the northbound lanes of Route 41 just north of Route 176. The crash occurred almost directly in front of the Knollwood Fire Station after the second driver apparently failed to see the first truck slowing down. The driver of the first tuck was unhurt and the other driver was trapped in his truck for almost an hour as firefighters from Knollwood, Lake Bluff, North Chicago, and Great Lakes worked to extricate him.

Tim Olk was at the scene and submitted several images.

truck collision 3-8-12 Route 41 with trapped driver Lake Bluff Fire Department

A firefighter uses a saw to cut open the back wall of the truck's cab. Tim Olk photo

truck collision 3-8-12 Route 41 with trapped driver North Chicago Fire Department

Firefighters work from the front and side of the truck to gain access to the trapped driver. Tim Olk photo

He was later transported to Condell Hospital by Lake Forest paramedics.

truck collision 3-8-12 Route 41 with trapped driver Great Lakes Naval Training Center Fire Department

After the other truck was moved out of the way, firefighters from several departments had additional room to work on extricating the trapped driver. Tim Olk photo

truck collision 3-8-12 Route 41 with trapped driver

A chain is attached to the engine block providing an anchor for pulling the dashboard away from the driver. Tim Olk photo

truck collision 3-8-12 Route 41 with trapped driver Lake Bluff Fire truck

Lake Bluff Squad 520 "the Guardian"supplied many of the tools used to extricate the driver. Tim Olk photo

A large gallery with more images can be found HERE.

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Car into a pond in Deerfield 1-1-12

Deerfield Fire responded to a car into a pond last night in the 500 block of Lake-Cook Road. The first arriving police officer was able to step onto the car’s roof, break out the window and assist the driver in getting out of the car. The office sustained cuts to his hand freeing the driver. Apparently, units on the scene were unclear about whether or not there were any other occupants in the car based on what the driver was able to tell them, so a request for divers was initiated.

Highland Park, Northbrook, Lake Forest and Lincolnshire responded with divers who ascertained that there where no other occupants inside the car. The divers hooked the car for the towing company to make the removal.

Tim Olk responded to the incident and submitted several images of the scene.

car into the pond in Deerfield 1-1-12

A late model Mercedes Benz left the roadway and ended up mostly submerged in a pond off Lake-Cook Road in Deerfield on Sunday night. Tim Olk photo

car into the pond in Deerfield 1-1-12

A Deerfield Police sergeant sustained cuts to his hand after climbing onto the roof of the submerged car and breaking out a window to free the driver. Tim Olk photo

car into the pond in Deerfield 1-1-12

Deerfield Engine 20 lights the scene where a driver lost control and drove into a pond. Tim Olk photo

car into the pond in Deerfield 1-1-12

After checking the car for trapped occupants, a fire department diver attaches a chain so the towing company can winch the car out of the water.. Tim Olk photo

car into the pond in Deerfield 1-1-12

A diver stands by to assist the tow driver with hooking the car for removal. Tim Olk photo

car into the pond in Deerfield 1-1-12

The tow truck begins to winches the car from the water. Tim Olk photo

car into the pond in Deerfield 1-1-12

The car is lifted out of the pond by the tow truck. Tim Olk photo

car into the pond in Deerfield 1-1-12

After being pulled from the water, the car is loaded onto the rollback. Tim Olk photo

Tim has a gallery with more images HERE.

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