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Morton Grove Fire Department news

Excerpts from the journal-topics.com:

Firefighters fought a blaze Monday night (Dec. 3) aboard the locomotive of a Milwaukee District North Metra commuter train. Railroad officials said the crew of the train heard a loud noise coming from the engine compartment, they shut down the engine, and found smoke and fire.

Firefighters were dispatched shortly after 8 p.m. and on arrival found one of the locomotive’s diesel engines on fire with passengers being safely evacuated from the train by Morton Grove police. The fire did not extend into the passenger cars and no one was injured. The cause of the fire remains undetermined.

Metra officials said there were about 100 passengers aboard the train and all but 20 made alternative arrangements to reach their destinations. About 20 passengers waited until 10 p.m. for the next train. Train traffic was moving by about 9:15 p.m., but the affected train, stopped at the station and sitting across Lincoln Avenue with gates down, kept Lincoln blocked until about 11 p.m.

Firefighters from Niles, Morton Grove, and Skokie were able to bring the fire under control within about 15 minutes, but it took an additional 15 to 20 minutes to contain lingering hot spots and to ensure the fire was fully extinguished, because of unique void spaces built into the steel of the engine compartment of the locomotive. Firefighters used saws to cut into the engine compartment to extinguish pockets of fire.

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As seen around … Morton Grove

photos from Josh Boyajian

Morton Grove FD Ambulance 5

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Morton Grove FD Engine 5

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Vintage radio traffic from Morton Grove, 1-25-89

This from Steve Redick:

Here is a radio traffic recording I made of a 2nd alarm fire at 5945 Dempster in Morton Grove. I believe this was on January 25, 1989. The battalion chief who had the fire was Norman Ruth. This was a real dandy and I was there just after the initial attack lines were laid. If you listen closely you can here all kinds of classic dispatching and RED Center radio traffic from the good old days. The fireground traffic is very telling if you listen closely as well.  Old suburban traffic is hard to come by and is a very minute portion of my archive but this is a real classic.

The images can be seen here:

Steve

 

vintage Pierce fire trucks at fire scene

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Morton Grove FD Squad 1

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Niles FD Truck 2 Pirsch tractor-drawn aerial

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vintage fire scene photo

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Working fire in Niles, 3-10-17

This from Steve Redick:

This was an auto inside a detail shop  at 8821 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Niles … not much to see firewise but a few decent rig shots. Both of Niles’ new pumpers as well as their newer tower and Morton Grove’s newest engine
Des Plaines FD Tower Ladder 61

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Niles FD Tower 2

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Niles FD Engine 3

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North Maine FPD Engine 1

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Morton Grove D Engine 5

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fire trucks at night fire scene

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Niles FD Engine 2

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aftermath of car repair shop fire

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Morton Grove Fire Department news

Excerpts from ABC7Chicago.com:

An 87-year-old woman died of injuries she suffered when her clothing caught fire as she cooked Friday morning in her  Morton Grove home.

Morton Grove firefighters responded about 11:20 a.m. to Alice Gutenkauf’s home in the 8400 block of Mason Avenue. Her clothing caught fire as she heated water in her kitchen and she suffered first and third-degree-burns to 70 percent of her body, the fire department said.

She was taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, but was later transferred to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where she died at 8:38 p.m.

Her death was ruled accidental after an autopsy on Saturday.

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New ambulance for Morton Grove

From the Foster Coach Sales Facebook page:

Brand new custom Horton conversion on a Freightliner chassis

Morton Grove FD Ambulance 5

new Ambulance 5 for Morton Grove. Foster Coach Sales photo

Morton Grove FD Ambulance 5

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ambulance interior

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chevron striping on ambulance

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Morton Grove Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Morton Grove Village President Dan DiMaria tapped Frank Rodgers, a former district chief and 26-year veteran of the fire department, to be the next fire chief and trustees approved the appointment at the Oct. 24 village board meeting.

Rodgers, 56, started working in the position on Oct. 25 and will be formally sworn in on Nov. 14. His annual base salary is $130,500. He replaces former Chief Tom Friel, who retired in August.

Rodgers first joined the Morton Grove Fire Department in 1990 as a firefighter-paramedic. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2004 and district chief in 2007. Before being named chief, Rodgers worked with the Northwest Municipal Conference writing specifications for apparatus and equipment on a number of committees. Before becoming chief, Rodgers also served as training officer.

The new chief said he has no immediate plans to make any significant changes within the department.

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House fire in Glenview, 5-30-16

Glenview firefighters were called to 526 Woodland Drive on Monday afternoon (5/30/16) for a house with heavy black smoke filling the structure. The header was visible as companies responded to the scene and the alarm was upgraded to a Code 4 for the working fire. Northfield, Wilmette, Morton Grove, and Skokie units were due on the alarm. The fire was contained quickly to a bedroom and portion of the attic though the home’s interior sustained heavy smoke damage throughout.

E-ONE e-MAX fire engine

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Glenview FD Pierce Arrow XT fire engines

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firemen repack hose after a fire

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house in Glenview IL

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Working fire in Morton Grove, 5-18-16

Photos by Steve Redick from the scene of a Code 4 at 922 Menard Avenue in Morton Grove on Wednesday morning (5/18/16).

Morton Grove FD Engine 5

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house fire aftermath

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Niles FD Truck 5

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Skokie FD Truck 18

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Morton Grove FD Battalion 4

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Niles FD Truck 5

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house fire aftermath

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house fire aftermath

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Morton Grove FD Ambulance 4

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North Maine FPD Engine 1

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New engine for Morton Grove

It has a 1,500-GPM midship pump will replace Eng 4R a 1978 E-One/Pierce

new fire engine for the Morton Grove Fire Department

Morton Grove Engine 5 – on a Spartan chassis with the Smeal Sirius chassis. Smeal photo

thanks Hunter and Ron

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