Posts Tagged McCook Fire Department

Commercial fire in McCook, 1-26-19

This from Eric Haak:

The McCook Fire Department had a fire come in about 4:00 am Saturday (1/26) morning at 5300 Lawndale Avenue. The building was a 100×100 semi repair shop. The area has very limited access as well as available hydrants. Temperatures were about -2 degrees making conditions even more difficult.

Bedford Park FD Snorkel 705

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truck repair shop engulfed in flames

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Firefighters battle fire in a truck repair shop

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elevated master stream battles nighttime fire

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Robbins Fire Department history

Something different today for #throwbackthursday, a look at several rigs acquired in the past by the Robbins Fire Department that previously served other area departments

Robbins FD Engine 2943 formerly used in York Center FPD

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Robbins FD Snorkel 2904 formerly used in Frankfort and Geneva IL

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Robbins FD Squad 2905 formerly used in Barrington

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Robbins FD Engine 2913

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Robbins FD Squad 2915 formerly used in McCook

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Where are they now … McCook (more)

This from Jeff Rudolph:

The second McCook, IL Seagrave has been found. This 1982 Seagrave 1250/500, former Engine 1411, is for sale at a used car lot in Lake Villa. You may remember the 79′ is now owned by the Lake Forest Fire Department as a parade unit.
Jeff R.

former McCook Fire Department Seagrave fire engine

Former McCook, IL Engine 1411 – 1982 Seagrave 1250/500, is for sale at a used car lot in Lake Villa, Jeff Rudolph photo

former McCook Fire Department Seagrave fire engine

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McCook FD Engine 378

McCook Engine 378 (1411) 1982 Seagrave 1250/500. Bill Friedrich photo

McCook FD Engine 1411

McCook Engine 1411 1982 Seagrave 1250/500. Bill Friedrich photo

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Where are they now … McCook

This from Jeff Rudolph:

Former McCook, IL 1977 Seagrave 1250/500 was purchased by a Lake Forest resident who repainted it and donated to the department as a clone to their old Seagrave engine.
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restored 1977 Seagrave fire engine

Restored 1977 Seagrave fire engine donated to fire department. Jeff Rudolph photo

yellow 1977 Seagrave fire engine

McCook – 1977 Seagrave 1250/500. Jeff Rudolph photo

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Working fire in McCook, 3/27/15

This from Josh Boyajian:

McCook had a fire Friday (3/27/15) in a restaurant at 9507 Joliet Rd. It seemed as they had some fire in the walls that started in the kitchen. I attached some photos I took of some roof work in the back of the building. Companies working were, McCook’s squad, Forest View’s engine, Brookfield’s truck, a Pleasantview quint, and Riverside’s truck.
fireman on roof at commercial fire

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firemen on roof at commercial fire

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Brookfield FD E-ONE ladder truck at fire scene

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firemen on roof at commercial fire

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Forest View fire engine at fire scene

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Box Alarm in Brookfield, 3-17-15

This from Steve Redick:

Took a ride to this job Tuesday (9129 Washington Avenue in Brookfield) … nothing left for me to see when I finally got there … mainly rig shots.

Steve

North Riverside FD fire engine

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E-ONE aerial ladder truck at fire scene

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E-ONE aerial ladder truck at fire scene

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Lagrange Park FD fire engine

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Western Springs FD fire engine

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Riverside FD fire truck

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Lyons FD fire engine

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McCook FD fire engine

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fire trucks at fire scene

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E-ONE aerial ladder truck at fire scene

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McCook residents vote to keep fire department

An article in the Des Plaines Valley News

Unless the vote changes at the official canvass, which McCook Mayor Jeff Tobolski said was unlikely, residents of the village rejected a plan to disband the fire department and join a fire protection district

The proposal ended in a 56-56 tie after the March 18 referendum. Ties between candidates are decided by a coin toss, but ballot questions must be approved by at least a single vote. 

“If the numbers don’t change, and I don’t see any reason that they should, the referendum is defeated,” Tobolski said after last week’s election. “My job now is to mend fences and go back to the bargaining table with the firefighters,” he said. “We put forth a public question and the town said it wanted to keep a fire department.”

Tobolski said talks would resume with the firefighters union over a new contract. Tobolski said the issues he cited before the referendum are still in play. McCook firefighters are not trained paramedics and cannot offer advanced life-saving treatment and the department is a huge cost to maintain.

“We still have a million dollars worth of payroll,” he said. 

Tobolski said there were other ways to outsource fire services, such as an intergovernmental agreement with a fire protection district, but he was not yet ready to go that route. “The voters said they did not want to join a fire protection district,” he said. “We’ll try to reach a fair contract with the firefighters.”

Turnout at last week’s referendum far outpaced the rest of the county at 64.2 percent, according to the Cook County Clerk’s office, with 113 of the town’s 176 registered voters heading to the polls. Countywide, turnout was about 15 percent.

Thanks Dan

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Box Alarm in Lyons, 3-30-14 (more)

This from Drew Gresik:

Guys,
Here a few shots from the Lyons Box Alarm Fire @ 4142 Maple. A complete gallery will be uploaded to our site (chi-townfirephotos.smugmug.com) within the next couple days! All photos courtesy of Chi-Town Fire Photos’ newest contributor, Dylan Gresik. Thanks again.
Drew Gresik
fire trucks at fire scene with smoke

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fire through the roof of a house

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fire through the roof of a house

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Seagrave quint at fire scene

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Pierce fire engine

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ire engine drafts water from a pond

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Pierce fire engine

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Box Alarm in Lyons, 3-30-14

This from Eric Haak:

Here is a synopsis of rigs that were working at Lyons Box alarm on Maple Avenue Sunday.  I was too late to get anything else.  There were four rigs working on Maple in front of the fire building.  Lyons Engine 1312 was directly in front with McCook Engine 1411 directly north of them.  Riverside Truck 1629 was working directly to the south of 1312 and Bedford Park Truck 709 was set up directly to the south of them.  Lyons Engine 1316 had a hydrant on the corner of Maple and 41st Place.  From there, there was a long lead to the Cermak Quarry where Berwyn Engine 903 was drafting from the pond.  Forest View Engine 813 was originally set up in that position but was not pumping.  Finally, Lyons Engine 1311 had a hydrant at the corner of Joliet Road and Elm Avenue, a good 2-plus blocks south of the fire building.

 

Pierce aerial ladder at fire scene

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fire chief Gordon . Nord Jr

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fire trucks at fire scene

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long LDH hose lay to fire

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ire engines draft water from a pond

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fireman supervises drafting water from a pond

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ire engine draft water from a pond

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Pierce fire engine at fire scene

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Pierce fire engine at fire scene

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Spartan fire engine at fire scene

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Seagrave aerial ladder at fire scene

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McCook to shutdown fire department

This from the DesPlaines Valley News

McCook will ask voters this month to disband the village’s fire department and join the Pleasantview Fire Protection District.
“Because we have so little retail and we are stuck with an industrial tax base, we are no longer able to support a fire department,” said Jeff Tobolski, mayor of the village which has a population of only 228 as of the 2010 census.  Tobolski said the village has been managing a deficit of about $1.5 million for a number of years, but efforts to increase the retail base failed when Walmart pulled out of a plan a few years ago to build a Sam’s Club in town, which would have generated more than $1 million a year in taxes.Tobolski said the nine-person fire department costs the village $1.2 million per year.  He said everyone except the chief is a part-time firefighter and none of them is a trained paramedic.  “We offered to send two a year for paramedic training, but they did not embrace the idea,” he said.

Tobolski said the village notified the Teamsters union, which represents the firefighters, that it was going to ask to terminate the fire department and turn protection services over to the Pleasantview Fire District. The district is expected to maintain and staff the village’s firehouse.

“We will see significant savings by the move,” said Tobolski. “Our costs will go from $1.2 million to $200,000 in the first year.”

He said the fire district would provide better services including firefighter/paramedics instead of firefighter/EMTs as well as a better classification for insurance.  “Homeowners and businesses would see a savings on their insurance costs,” he said. The savings would depend on the fire district’s final rating after it absorbed the village’s service.

thanks Jeff, John, & Dan

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