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Chicago Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Chicago Fire Department chief responsible for the city’s airports was relieved of command, and about 300 firefighters will be retrained amid a federal investigation into how firefighters are certified and assigned to specialty airport fire rigs.

Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner Charles Roy, who was in charge of the firefighting operations at O’Hare and Midway airports since November, has not been reassigned yet.

Tim Sampey, who was promoted to deputy fire commissioner after overseeing the airport operations, will split responsibility for the airports with Roy’s deputy until the vacancy can be filled. Sampey ran the airport units for almost a decade. 

The Federal Aviation Administration opened an investigation in July after someone reported that unqualified firefighters were staffing the federally mandated, specialized aircraft rescue vehicles at O’Hare and Midway airports. Separately, the city inspector general’s office is investigating whether any city rules were broken.

The city retained a Denver-based law firm to help with the investigation. That firm has done $3.3 million worth of work for the city on regulatory matters related to the airports, transportation, and other litigation since 2006.

Firefighters assigned to O’Hare and Midway airports on regular engines and trucks will have to get recertified to drive on the airfield, and firefighters assigned to the crash rigs will need recertification to remain on those rigs.

The Chicago Department of Aviation is responsible for ensuring that firefighters are properly trained to drive on the airfields, but department training officers administer the airfield driving tests. Firefighters at the airports have to pass a written test after a 40-hour course and then have about a year to pass the driving test.

Firefighters that are certified to drive on the airfield have lucrative and relatively less demanding overtime opportunities, especially at O’Hare, where engines and a truck assigned to the airfield don’t typically respond off the field.

When the FAA opened its investigation in July, it asked the Fire Department for lists of personnel qualified to operate those rigs dating back to May.

The agency also asked for details of changes made by the Chicago Department of Aviation after the FAA notified them of the allegation, and asked whether the department found instances of unqualified members staffing the ARFF rigs.

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Federal Aviation Administration notified the City of Chicago in late July about a probe into allegations of unqualified Chicago Fire Department personnel manning ARFF apparatus at O’Hare and Midway airports. FAA regulations state that the specialized airport crews should have an internal training program which is used to initially qualify an operator, as well as continuation training to maintain and re-qualify.

The FAA requested a list of fire department personnel who were qualified to work the airport vehicles between the dates of May 1 and July 25, as well as a list of personnel assignments with their vehicle numbers for each shift over that same period. The federal agency also asked for details of the additional procedures instituted by the Department of Aviation after it was notified of the allegations, and gave the city 10 days to provide any additional information deemed relevant.

As part of its investigation, the FAA asked whether the Department of Aviation identified personnel assigned to an airport rig who weren’t qualified for aircraft rescue and firefighting, whether the Aviation Department communicated that to the fire department, and what action the two city departments took to correct the discrepancies. The city could face discipline from the FAA for any findings of wrongdoings, including potential fines. In severe cases of an airport failing to meet FAA requirements, its ability to operate could be suspended or areas of an airport could be shut down.

The letter from the FAA does not make clear how the investigation originated, whether from information provided to the agency or uncovered during a standard Part 139 audit of airport operations. Part 139 is the FAA’s certification for airports that sets forth, among other things, standards for firefighting and rescue capabilities. Regular inspections to maintain the certification can include timed-response and live-fire drills; reviews of personnel and training records; and checks of specialized equipment.

FAA regulations leave the implementation of training programs to fire and rescue departments that operate the vehicles, but offer some guidance. The agency calls for designated training officers, recertification at least every year, and for personnel to be trained from each operating seat of the extendable turret.

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New fire station at O’Hare Airport (more)

From CFD Media on Twitter:

Fire Commissioner Ford & Aviation Commissioner Rhee cut the ribbon on the new Rescue Station #2 at O’Hare International Airport.

O'Hare Airport Fire Station Rescue 2

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O'Hare Airport Fire Station Rescue 2

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O'Hare Airport Fire Station Rescue 2

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CFD ARFF units at O'Hare

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Bunk room in new airport fire station at O'Hare

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Locker room in new airport fire station at O'Hare

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Gear storage in new airport fire station at O'Hare Airport

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New fire station at O’Hare Airport (more)

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New fire station at O’Hare Airport

Aerial shots of a new fire station at O’Hare Airport

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As seen around … O’Hare Airport

From a reader:

A couple of shots of the new rescue 2 at o'hare 

fire station under construction at O'Hare Airport

fire station under construction at O’Hare Airport

fire station under construction at O'Hare Airport

fire station under construction at O’Hare Airport

fire station under construction at O'Hare Airport

fire station under construction at O’Hare Airport

fire station under construction at O'Hare Airport

fire station under construction at O’Hare Airport

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As seen around … O’Hare Airport

double decker airplane ARFF training prop

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double decker airplane ARFF training prop

New double decker training prop. Dan McInerney photo

Chicago FD ARFF units at O'Hare Airport

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ARFF FD annex at O'Hare Airport

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ARFF FD annex at O'Hare Airport

New annex at Rescue 1. Dan McInerney photo

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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.

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As seen around … O’Hare Airport

From Dennis McGuire, Jr.

Chicago FD Squad 7A

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Chicago FD Squad 7A

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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

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O'Hare Airport fire trucks

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O'Hare Airport fire trucks

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O'Hare Airport fire trucks

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O'Hare Airport fire trucks

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O'Hare Airport fire trucks

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