Posts Tagged O’Hare Airport Fire Department

Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

O’Hare Airport will soon be home to one of the world’s most sophisticated firefighter training sites, thanks to a $7.4 million simulator that will prepare first-responders firefighters for rescues aboard superjumbo jets.

On Oct. 28, 2016, an engine fire broke out on an American Airlines Boeing 767 hurtling down an O’Hare runway at 154 m.p.h. just seconds before take-off … and forced 170 passengers and crew members to exit on inflatable slides as flames and smoke poured from the aircraft. One person was seriously injured; 20 suffered minor injuries.

Now, the city is taking steps to better prepare firefighters for those types of rescues aboard superjumbo jets, like the Airbus 380 that British Airways plans to debut next spring on its daily service to London.

The newly-signed contract bankrolled by airline revenues calls for Simulation Live Fire Training Solutions, Inc. to build a new triple-deck, large-frame aircraft simulator based on the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380. The simulator and accompanying software will include what City Hall calls the only rotating cabin in the world engineered to simulate a jet broken in pieces.

Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner Tim Sampey, who oversees fire rescue operations at O’Hare and Midway, said the rotating cabin feature was tailor-made to duplicate the July 1989 crash of a United Airlines jet in Sioux City, Iowa that killed 111 passengers and crew members, but miraculously left 185 survivors.

“The plane was broken into several pieces. … People who would normally be seated in the upright position were actually seated on an angle, which made rescue difficult,” Sampey said.

“This simulator give us the ability to put it at a 15-to-20 degree angle, which gives it almost a sidewards approach. … We have smoke generators being built into this as well as sound equipment that can simulate burning material, people screaming. We can put smoke where we’d like to put smoke, fire where we’d like to put fire. Different levels. It gives us … variables from the smallest scenario to the largest.”

Currently, Fire Department simulators at O’Hare are based off a narrow-body aircraft with only one aisle. The new, 70-foot-long simulator will better prepare firefighters for complicated rescues aboard two-aisle aircraft that are nearly as long as a football field.

Sampey noted that FAA regulations require the first fire department rescue unit to get to the mid-point of the farthest runway in three minutes or less.

thanks Dan & Dennis

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As seen around … O’Hare Airport

From Dennis McGuire, Jr.

Chicago FD Squad 7A

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Chicago FD Squad 7A

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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As seen around … O’Hare Airport

This from Dan McInerney:

?Monday afternoon, members of the 13th Battalion conducted a drill at the FedEx facility using TL63 and Squad 7A’s elevated master streams. Both apparatus were supplied by E12 (hidden in front of Squad 7A)

O'Hare Airport fire trucks

Dan McInerney photo

O'Hare Airport fire trucks

Dan McInerney photo

O'Hare Airport fire trucks

Dan McInerney photo

O'Hare Airport fire trucks

Dan McInerney photo

O'Hare Airport fire trucks

Dan McInerney photo

O'Hare Airport fire trucks

Dan McInerney photo

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Larry Shapiro:

I came across this photo of a former Walters ARFF at O’Hare.

1970s vintage Walters ARFF from O'Hare Airport

Walters ARFF from O’Hare. Larry Shapiro photo

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Chicago orders new squads (more)

Photos of the new Rosenbauer ACP-55 for O’Hare Airport from the Horrock’s Fire and Rescue Apparatus Facebook page:

Rosenbauer America has introduced their new Articulating Tower. This aerial is provided with the same “Smart Aerial Controls”, Safety Features, and excellence in performance as is provided on all Rosenbauer Aerial products. #Articulating Tower, #@Rosenbauer,#HorrocksFire,#Aerials

Rosenbauer America ACP-55 articulating aerial for O'Hare Airport

Horrocks Fire & Rescue photo

Rosenbauer America ACP-55 articulating aerial for O'Hare Airport

Horrocks Fire & Rescue photo

Rosenbauer America ACP-55 articulating aerial for O'Hare Airport

Horrocks Fire & Rescue photo

Rosenbauer America ACP-55 articulating aerial for O'Hare Airport

Horrocks Fire & Rescue photo

Rosenbauer America ACP-55 articulating aerial for O'Hare Airport

Horrocks Fire & Rescue photo

Rosenbauer America ACP-55 articulating aerial for O'Hare Airport

Horrocks Fire & Rescue photo

Rosenbauer America ACP-55 articulating aerial for O'Hare Airport

Horrocks Fire & Rescue photo

Rosenbauer America ACP-55 articulating aerial for O'Hare Airport

Horrocks Fire & Rescue photo

Rosenbauer America ACP-55 articulating aerial for O'Hare Airport

Horrocks Fire & Rescue photo

Rosenbauer America ACP-55 articulating aerial for O'Hare Airport

Horrocks Fire & Rescue photo

Rosenbauer America ACP-55 articulating aerial for O'Hare Airport

Horrocks Fire & Rescue photo

Rosenbauer America ACP-55 articulating aerial for O'Hare Airport

Horrocks Fire & Rescue photo

Rosenbauer America ACP-55 articulating aerial for O'Hare Airport

Horrocks Fire & Rescue photo

Rosenbauer America ACP-55 articulating aerial for O'Hare Airport

Horrocks Fire & Rescue photo

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2-11 Alarm + EMS Plan II at O’Hare Airport, 10-28-16 (more)

More photos from the scene of the Still & Box + EMS Plan I at O’Hare Airport, 10-28-16 taken roughly 30 minutes after the fire

Chicago Fire Department at O'Hare Airport

Dan McInerney photo

Chicago Fire Department at O'Hare Airport

Dan McInerney photo

Chicago Fire Department at O'Hare Airport

Dan McInerney photo

Chicago Fire Department at O'Hare Airport

Dan McInerney photo

Chicago Fire Department at O'Hare Airport

Dan McInerney photo

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As seen around … O’Hare Airport

This from Fred McCahey:

As seen around O’Hare 9-12-16 … changing out a spare rig

Chicago FD Squad 7A

Fred McCahey photo

Chicago FD Squad 7A

Fred McCahey photo

Chicago O'Hare Airport Fire Department

Fred McCahey photo

Chicago FD Squad 7

Fred McCahey photo

Chicago FD O'Hare Airport MVU

Fred McCahey photo

Chicago FD O'Hare Airport Engine 9

Fred McCahey photo

Chicago FD Comm Van 2-7-3

Fred McCahey photo

reserve fire engine at O'Hare Airport

Fred McCahey photo

Chicago FD Battalion 13

Fred McCahey photo

Chicago FD Battalion 13

Fred McCahey photo

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As seen around … O’Hare Airport

This from Larry Shapiro:

I saw CFD Engine 12 during a medical run on the ramp outside Terminal 2 at O’Hare last night.

Chicago FD Engine 12

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Engine 12

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Engine 12

Larry Shapiro photo

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As seen around … O’Hare

This from Larry Shapiro:

Passing through O’Hare the other morning, the sun was perfect for photos on the apron of Rescue 3 and I was able to get shots of most of the apparatus there.

Chicago FD Comm Van 2-7-3

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Ambulance 16

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Ambulance 59

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Ambulance 59

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Battalion 13

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Engine 9

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Squad 7

Larry Shapiro photo

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As seen around … O’Hare

This from Danny Nelms:

First are two pics from tom wagner

Not the best lighting, quite cloudy, but here is 6-5-4’s new rig, yet to be in placed in service. 6-5-8 is also at the ORD AMC building with an identical rig for MDW at their shops.

The rest are  photos by Matt Zwiesler

Danny Nelms

Oshkosh ARFF for O'Hare airport

New ARFF for 6-5-4. Tom Wagner photo

Oshkosh ARFF for O'Hare airport

Tom Wagner photo

Oshkosh ARFF for O'Hare airport

Matt Zwiesler photo

Oshkosh ARFF for O'Hare airport

Matt Zwiesler photo

Oshkosh ARFF for O'Hare airport

Matt Zwiesler photo

Oshkosh ARFF for O'Hare airport

Matt Zwiesler photo

Oshkosh ARFF for O'Hare airport

Matt Zwiesler photo

Oshkosh ARFF for O'Hare airport

Matt Zwiesler photo

Oshkosh ARFF for O'Hare airport

Matt Zwiesler photo

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