Posts Tagged Northfield Fire Rescue

Of interest … three generations at firefighter graduation

This from Drew Smith:

Friday, September 12th NIPSTA Firefighter Academy class 1403 graduated 29 candidates. As is customary near the end of the ceremony, candidates are afforded the opportunity to have their badge pinned on by a family member in the fire service, currently or retired. In this class there were five such candidates. One of these candidates, Josh Hutchison of Northfield Fire Rescue had both his father, Winnetka Captain Tom Hutchison and his grandfather, retired Chicago Fire Department Captain Jerome Hutchison pin his badge. This was a first for a NIPSTA class. Jerome, now 83, attended in his Class A uniform. His son Tom provided the follow history of his father’s assignments. Of particular note is his original service with the Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol shortly before it was disbanded. The retired captain also shared some stories with members of the Skokie FD who were in attendance regarding the old fire patrol wagon which he served on and was purchased by Skokie and used as their squad in the 1960s.

From Tom: Here is a quick snap shot of Dad’s career;

56-58    Fire Insurance Patrol 1 & 2

59-67    Engine 24 Firefighter

67-69    FPB Lieutenant (Hotel inspector)

69-71    Salvage Squad 2 Lieutenant

71-75    FPB Lieutenant (New Construction of Sears tower)

75-77    1st Division relief Lieutenant

77-80    Engine 30 Lieutenant

80-82    Engine 7 Lieutenant

82-92    Administration Captain

Drew Smith, Director

NIPSTA Firefighter Academy

3 generations fo firefighters

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2-Alarm fire in Evanston junk yard, 8-31-14

Evanston struck a 2nd alarm on Sunday for a fire at North Shore Towing that involved junk cars and tires. Tim Olk was at the scene and submitted several images.

Due to all the grease, oil, and other fluids, everyone needs new gear and the hose was left there

stack of cars in a junk yard

Tim Olk photo

fireman cooling off on a hot day

Tim Olk photo

firefighter drenched from battling a fire on a hot day

Tim Olk photo

firemen working in a junk yard

Tim Olk photo

junk cars burning

Tim Olk photo

Pierce tower ladder working

Tim Olk photo

firemen in tower ladder bucket with master stream

Tim Olk photo

firemen working at a junk yard fire

Tim Olk photo

firemen working at a junk yard fire

Tim Olk photo

firemen working at a junk yard fire

Tim Olk photo

firemen in heat covered with oil and grease

Tim Olk photo

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Worker trapped in trench in Niles 7-19-14 (pt 6)

Final post on the TRT Box Alarm on Saturday for the trench rescue in Niles. Images and video from Larry Shapiro.

MABAS Division 3 Rescue squad

Larry Shapiro photo

Lin Mar Towing century rotator heavy wrecker on a Kenworth chassis

Lin Mar Towing. Larry Shapiro photo

Skokie FD Utility 17

Skokie Utility 17. Larry Shapiro photo

Evanston Fire Department Squad 21

Evanston Squad 21. Larry Shapiro photo

a hole where a man was trapped by a cave-in

The trench where the worker was trapped. Larry Shapiro photo

a hole where a man was trapped by a cave-in

Shoring of the trench by the technical rescue team. Larry Shapiro photo

sewer vac used to help rescue man trapped in a hole

Northfield Public Works sewer vac. Larry Shapiro photo

firemen rescue worker trapped in a trench

Larry Shapiro photo

firemen rescue worker trapped in a trench

Patient is loaded onto a gurney. Larry Shapiro photo

firemen rescue worker trapped in a trench

Larry Shapiro photo

firemen rescue worker trapped in a trench

Larry Shapiro photo

firemen use a rescue vac to rescue worker trapped in a trench

Rescue Vac attachment used to control the sewer vac. Larry Shapiro photo

firemen rescue worker trapped in a trench

Larry Shapiro photo

firemen rescue worker trapped in a trench

Larry Shapiro photo

firemen rescue worker trapped in a trench

Larry Shapiro photo

firemen use a sewer vac to rescue worker trapped in a trench

Larry Shapiro photo

More images can be viewed at shapirophotography.net

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Teen rescued from Northfield cell tower, 6-27-14

high-angle rescue from cell tower

Tim Olk photo

high-angle rescue from cell tower

Tim Olk photo

high-angle rescue from cell tower

Tim Olk photo

high-angle rescue from cell tower

Tim Olk photo

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A tale of two cities …

This from Larry Shapiro:

or … we’ll have it our way …

Two neighboring departments, Northfield and Wilmette, recently took delivery of new E-ONE e-Max engines. Although they were both built on the same chassis with the same cab shell, they a have many differences in their specifications and overall  designs.

Some differences include the emergency and scene lighting, the bumper, the side cab window/storage, and the water capacity.

E-ONE e-Max rescue pumper

Northfield Squad 29. 2013 E-ONE Cyclone II MFDR e-Max 1500/750/10/20 so 138036. Larry Shapiro photo

E-ONE e-Max rescue pumper

Wilmette Engine 27 – 2013 E-ONE Cyclone II MFDR e-Max 1500/500 so 137987. Larry Shapiro photo

Views from the rear show more differences including the compartment and hose bed configurations, the striping, lighting, and the access ladder.

chevron striping on fire engine

A rear angle from Wilmette Engine 27. Larry Shapiro photo

chevron striping on fire engine

Rear of Northfield Squad 29. Larry Shapiro

more images can be seen at shapirophotography.net and at previous posts HERE, HERE, and HERE.

 

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web site updates

The long overdue job of updating department profiles on the site has finally begun:

MABAS Division 1:

MABAS Division 3:

MABAS Division 4:

  • Antioch: added Ambulance 211R and the rehab bus
  • Grayslake: added Station 3
  • Lake Villa: added Station 4 and hopefully unscrambled the ambulances
  • Waukegan: added Truck 1634 and the department patch

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New pumper/squad for Northfield (more)

More images of Northfield Squad 29 which was placed into service recently

E-ONE e-Max fire engine

Northfield Squad 29. 2013 E-ONE Cyclone II E-Max 1500/750/10/20. Larry Shapiro photo

E-ONE e-Max fire engine

Larry Shapiro photo

E-ONE e-Max fire engine

Larry Shapiro photo

E-ONE e-Max fire engine

Larry Shapiro photo

E-ONE e-Max fire engine

Larry Shapiro photo

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New pumper squad for Northfield

This from Bill Smaha

2013 E-One E-Max w/Typhoon chassis.

1500/750/10/20

Should be in service this week.

Bill Smaha

Northfield FD fire engine

Northfield’s new Squad 29. Bill Smaha photo

fire engine graphics

Bill Smaha photo

fire engine

Bill Smaha photo

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Fire departments share resources

The TribLocal has an article about the Winnetka Fire Department and the Northfield Fire Department entering into an agreement to share fire inspectors.

Winnetka’s two-person fire prevention bureau will begin providing fire inspections for the village of Northfield under an agreement between the two municipalities. Northfield officials approached Winnetka about providing services on a contractual basis after the village’s longtime, part-time employee recently retired.

At a quick glance it seemed to be a good fit,” said Winnetka Fire Chief Alan Berkowsky. “They had the same codes as us. They had pretty much the same ordinances. And of course their proximity is really close.”

Berkowsky said the agreement builds on an effort to save money by sharing services with nearby communities. Winnetka and Northfield already share fire and emergency medical dispatch with a number of other communities.

Berkowsky said Northfield is getting a “trusted, competent fire prevention bureau at a reasonable cost,” while Winnetka is getting a new revenue source.

The total annual fee to Winnetka will be $21,238, officials said.

Winnetka currently has two-part time inspectors, but one recently retired from the Glenview Fire Department, which will give him more time to devote to fire prevention, Berkowsky said. The work in Northfield is expected take up about 30 percent of the inspectors’ time, according to village documents.

The services include annual inspections of 143 structures in Northfield, responding to fire prevention related inquiries, witnessing system tests, attending special events and coordinating plan reviews.

 

 

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Box Alarm fire in Winnetka, 2-26-14 (more)

More on last night’s house fire in Winnetka. A video from Larry Shapiro and some images from Tim Olk at the scene this morning.

ice covered fire scene aftermath

Tim Olk photo

ice on fire engine

Tim Olk photo

ice on fire engine

Tim Olk photo

fireman at fire hydrant in snow

Tim Olk photo

fire truck frozen after fire

Tim Olk photo

more images were posted to fire scenes.net

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