Posts Tagged Norwood Park FIre Department

Norwood Park shift commander

Drew Gresik submitted an image of Car 111 from Norwood Park.

Norwood Park FPD Car 111

Norwood Park FPD Car 111 is a 2010 Chevy Tahoe. Drew Gresik photo

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New engine in Norwood Park

Steve Redick recently photographed the new Pierce Impel PUC that went into service as Engine 101 for the Norwood Park FPD. He submitted several images.

Norwood Park Fire Protection District Engine 101 Pierce Impel PUC

Norwood Park Engine 101 is a 2012 Pierce Impel PUC with 1,500-GPM pump and 750 gallons of water. Steve Redick photo

Norwood Park Fire Protection District Engine 101 Pierce Impel PUC

Side view showing the pump panel and driver’s compartment. Steve Redick photo

Norwood Park Fire Protection District Engine 101 Pierce Impel PUC

Pump panel closeup. Steve Redick photo

Norwood Park Fire Protection District Engine 101 Pierce Impel PUC

Rear view with chevron and covered hosedbed. Steve Redick photo

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New area Pierce engines

Several readers have brought to our attention that two area fire departments are newly represented on the Pierce Flickr site.

Pierce Impel PUC for Norwood Park Fire Department

Pierce Arrow XT PUC for Beecher Fire Protection District

The new engine for Beecher was featured at the end of April HERE with a photo by Karl Klotz at the department.

thanks Al, Bill, Josh, and Keith

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Norwood Park added to the site

Norwood Park Fire Protection District station

The Norwood Park Fire Station is at 7447 W. Lawrence Avenue in Harwood Heights. Larry Shapiro photo

In Division 20, the Norwood Park Fire Protection District has been added to the site. Norwood Park operates out of one station on Lawrence Avenue in Harwood Heights. Their fire district covers Harwood Heights, Norridge, and Norwood Park Township which is unincorporated Cook County. They have a large station with three Medtec ambulances, two Pierce engines, a Pierce tower ladder, a command car, utility pickup, and the MABAS Division 20 Haz Mat Unit #749.

MABAS Division 20 Haz Mat Unit 749 Sterling Marion

Marion Body Works has built several specialty units for area MABAS divisions. Bill Friedrich photo

Norwood park Fire Protection District Medtec Ambulance 105

This is one of three Medtec ambulances in the Norwood Park FPD fleet. Bill Friedrich photo


The department is expecting delivery of a new Pierce Impel engine in April and will be selling what is currently Engine 101, a 1996 Pierce Saber engine.

Norwood Park Fire Protection District Pierce Sager Engine 101

One of two Pierce Saber engines in the fleet, this unit is being replaced in April. Larry Shapiro photo

A few images of Norwood Park apparatus are missing from the site and will be added when we can get photos.


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New area orders from Pierce

Bill Friedrich informs us of the following units that are currently on order from Pierce for area departments.

  • Geneva FD – engine on an Impel chassis
  • Beecher FPD  – engine on an Arrow XT chassis
  • Arlington Heights FD – engine on a Quantum chassis
  • Channahon FPD – engine on a Quantum chassis
  • Norwood Park FPD – engine on an Impel chassis
  • Pleasantview FPD – 100′ aerial on a Velocity chassis
  • Schaumburg FD – engine on an Impel chassis
  • Schaumburg FD – 100′ aerial ladder on a Velocity chassis

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Franklin Park 3-11 alarm fire and EMS Box Alarm 8-11-11

Shortly before 2AM on Thursday a motorist made a cellular 9-1-1 call and reported a fire at 3010 Mannheim Road in Franklin Park. First arriving units were met by heavy fire in the front lobby and on the third floor of a large, three-story, vacant motel property that is setup in the shape of an ‘H’ with a banquet hall in the rear. The building has been vacant for several years, and Franklin Park firefighters knew that the structural integrity of the building was suspect and they preplanned to take a defensive stance upon arrival if the building caught fire.

Franklin Park 3-11 alarm fire on Mannheim Road 8-11-11

The banquet hall on the right is surrounded by guest rooms. Heavy fire burns in the back of the main building which faces Mannheim Road and has spread to the adjoining wing on the left. Steve Redick photo

When the first companies found heavy fire, they immediately requested a MABAS Box Alarm from MABAS Division 20. A 2nd alarm was requested roughly 20 minutes later. Six elevated master streams were eventually put to work around the building with the Melrose Park Bronto (working it’s second 3-11 alarm fire in a 12 hour span) setup on the south (‘B’), Leyden Township to the west (‘C’) with an E-ONE HP75, Rosemont to the north (‘D’) with their Pierce tower ladder, and the other three were working on Mannheim Road in front of the building (‘A’). This included another Bronto from Elmwood Park, a Seagrave rear mount from Franklin Park, and another Pierce tower from Schiller Park.

Franklin Park 3-11 alarm fire on Mannheim Road 8-11-11

Schiller Park Tower 454 is working in front of the fire building on Mannheim road. Steve Redick photo

Engines that were due up to the 2nd alarm were two from Franklin Park, and one each from Stone Park, Elmhurst, River Grove, Norwood Park, Northlake, and Bensenville. Chicago Squad 7 from O’Hare was also due on the 2nd alarm.

Franklin Park 3-11 alarm fire on Mannheim 8-11-11

The Melrose Park Bronto Skylift was positioned on the south side of the complex using the master stream to combat the fire. Larry Shapiro photo

Franklin Park, 3-11, night, vacant, fire, elevated master stream, E-ONE, Bronto, Elmwood Park, Melrose Park, Schiller Park, Leyden, Rosemont, smoke, Chicago Squad 7

Firefighters from Elmwood Park are above the roof on the southeast corner of the structure on Mannheim Road. Larry Shapiro photo

An EMS Box Alarm was also struck which brought ambulances from Schiller Park, Leyden Township, River Grove, and Bensenville in addition to an ambulance from Northlake. This allowed for multiple ambulances to be on standby for the multiple Rapid Intervention Teams that were part of the preplanning to accommodate the size of the property and the potential for unsafe conditions.

Franklin park 3-11 alarm fire on Mannheim 8-11-11

Schiller Park Tower 454 was on Mannheim at Center Avenue, the northeast corner of the building. Franklin Park Truck 2 and the Elmwood Park Bronto are further down the street. Larry Shapiro photo

A 3rd alarm fire box was initiated roughly an hour into the fire to provide relief companies for the crews that were working. This brought Maywood Truck 502 along with engines from River Forest, Berkely, and Hillside.

Franklin Park 3-11 alarm fire on Mannheim Road 8-11-11

Franklin Park's engine tagged a hydrant at the corner of Mannheim and Schiller Boulevard to supply water to Truck 2. Larry Shapiro photo

The fire proved to have a hold throughout the main building and required several instances where all lines were shut down to allow the fire to burn through the roof so that firefighters could have access to extinguish the flames. Several hand lines and multi-versals were put to use supplementing the elevated master streams.

Franklin Park 3-11 alarm fire on Mannheim Road 8-11-11

Several hours into the fire all of the lines were shut down so the fire could burn freely to allow firefighters better access to it. Larry Shapiro photo

Franklin Park 3-11 alarm fire on Mannheim Road 8-11-11

The fire grows in intensity without water being applied. This in turn gave firefighters more access to fight the fire that was burning beneath the intact roof. Larry Shapiro photo

The alarms were finally struck out near 8AM as it appeared that companies finally had gotten the upper hand and were able to reach all of the deep seated fire which proved to be quite stubborn.

Several area photographers, Steve Redick, Tim Olk, Larry Shapiro, and Gordon J. Nord Jr., were at the scene overnight and will have images to post at different times during the day. As the images become available, the posting will be updated. Larry has a gallery HERE, and Steve has a gallery HERE.

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New ambulance for Norwood Park

The Norwood Park Fire Department in MABAS Division 20 recently received a new 2011 Type III ambulance from Medtec on a Ford E450 chassis.

Norwood Park Fire Department Medtec ambulance

Thanks to Martin Nowak for spotting this on the Foster Coach website.

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3-11 in Schiller Park 1-27-11

The Schiller Park Fire Department responded to a fire at the Horse Shoe Inn at 9639 Irving Park road before 4:00 this morning. The tavern is located a half block west of the fire station and arriving companies were met by thick smoke blowing across the street. Little fire was visible initially, but within minutes of the fire department’s arrival, flames were coming out of the front door. The fire was upgraded to a 2-11 bringing mutual aid from several neighboring departments in MABAS Division 20 including Franklin Park, Norwood Park, Leyden Township, Northlake, River Grove, Elmwood Park, Rosemont, and Stone Park.. Firefighters reportedly pulled a victim from the building with a gunshot wound to the head who was transported to the hospital by medics. The stubborn fire travelled through the older building requiring extensive overhaul and the alarm was elevated to a 3-11 shortly after 5AM bringing companies from Des Plaines, Melrose Park, Bensenville, and Park Ridge.

While this fire was active, the Maywood Fire Department, also in MABAS Division 20, requested a box alarm for a house fire in their town that occupied additional Division 20 companies.

A brief article can be found HERE and HERE. has a thorough article on the fire HERE.

Steve Redick and Larry Shapiro both took in the fire and will have images to add later today.

Schiller Park Fire Department 3-11 at 9639 Irving Park Road Jan 27, 2011

Firefighters prepare to hit fire that is burning off the second floor of the Horse Shoe Inn at 9639 Irving Park Road in Schiller Park. Larry Shapiro photo

A gallery of images by Larry Shapiro can be seen HERE.

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Elmwood Park Box Alarm 1-17-11

The Elmwood Park Fire Department had two Box Alarm fires on January 17th. The first was after midnight, and the second was roughly 8AM when they received a call for a fire in a two-story, single family, frame building of balloon construction in the 2100 block of 73rd Court. Residents reported a fire in the second floor bathroom. First arriving companies encountered heavy smoke and high heat on the second floor and initially had trouble finding the seat of the fire. Heavy fire was visible after companies vented the front of the building and there was a partial roof collapse in the rear. Interior crews were ordered out of the building and the attack became defensive. Elmwood Park was assisted by River Forest, River Grove, and Norwood Park on the still alarm. The box alarm brought Franklin Park, Leyden Township, Melrose Park, and Northlake (RIT) to the scene while Schiller Park changed quarters into Elmwood Park.

Jim Lee (CFD FAO) was there as fire vented through the roof and submitted several images.

Elmwood Park Fire Department (IL) house fire January 17, 2011

Heavy fire can be seen venting through the front and rear of the second floor and through the roof. Jim Lee photo

Elmwood Park Fire Department (IL) house fire January 17, 2011

A from West Palmer Street view showing fire venting through the rear of the house in the 2100 block of 73rd Court in Elmwood Park on January 17th. Jim Lee photo

Elmwood Park Fire Department (IL) house fire January 17, 2011

With heavy fire visible in the background, Elmwood Park Ambulance 944 is shown staged around the corner on Palmer near the alley leaving them a path to leave the scene should an injury occur. Jim Lee photo

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