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Prospect Heights Fire Protection District news

This from Prospect Heights Fire Protection District Fire Chief Drew Smith:

The Board of Fire Commissioners has approved a new testing process to establish an eligibility list to fill full-time firefighter-paramedic vacancies. The one-page application and legal notice can be accessed on our website.

Please note that while you must be 21 years of age to accept an offer of full-time employment, there is no age restriction to apply and test. With the current collective bargaining agreement expiring at the end of this year, I anticipate that negotiations will result in higher wages.

If you are already a full-time firefighter-paramedic elsewhere and would consider retiring from that job to take a job with us, those that are TIER 1 in the pension will start here as TIER 1 required by law.; #firefighter; #vacancies; #hiring; #ProspectHeightsFPD;

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New home for former Prospect Heights FPD rescue pumper; #FireTruck; #AmericanLaFrance; #Alexis; #ProspectHeightsFPD; #Byron-IbarraFD;

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Prospect Heights tower ladder for sale

Found at; #Pierce; #FireTruck; #forsale; #Arrow; #platformaerial; #ProspectHeightsFPD;

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1993 Pierce Arrow 100′ rear-mount platform aerial – $50,000
  • Stock#: 18058
  • Length: 47′
  • Truck Height: 11′ 5″
  • Wheelbase: 21′
  • GVWR: 72,240
  • Seating for 6; 3 SCBA seats
  • Mileage: 42,500
  • Engine Hours: 5,239
  • Detroit 8V92TA 450 HP diesel engine
  • Engine Brake
  • Allison HD4060PR automatic transmission
  • Additional equipment not included with purchase unless otherwise listed.

Pump – Tank

  • Waterous CMUYBX 1500-GPM side-mount pump
  • Pump heat pan
  • 275-gallon polypropylene tank
  • Driver’s side discharges: (2) 2 1/2″
  • Crosslays/Speedlays: Crosslays: (2) 1 1/2″
  • Officer’s side discharge: (2) 2 1/2″
  • Driver’s side suction: (1) 6″
  • Officer’s side suction: (1) 6″
  • Rear suction: (1) 4″
  • Deck gun included

Electrical – Lighting

  • Electric reels
  • Onan 75KW diesel generator
  • Generator hours: 530
  • Telescoping lights


  • Aerial hours: 1,543
  • Ground ladders: 
  • Federal Q siren
  • Maintenance records available
  • All manuals from Pierce available
  • Both main hydraulic lift cylinders rebuilt
  • Turntable swivel ring replaced
  • Torque box and frame corrosion descaled and coating applied
  • 12/7 wiring from turntable to platform replaced
  • Breathing air cylinders at turntable removed; #Pierce; #FireTruck; #forsale; #Arrow; #platformaerial; #ProspectHeightsFPD;

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When it was new …; #Pierce; #FireTruck; #forsale; #Arrow; #platformaerial; #larryshapiro;;; #ProspectHeightsFPD;

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Commercial building fire in Prospect Heights, 6-20-23


June 20, 2023

PROSPECT HEIGHTS —Today, Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at 12:37 p.m. the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District was dispatched to a reported fire at 1209 N. Elmhurst Road in Prospect Heights.  

Upon arrival, a significant amount of smoke was seen coming from the rear of the building. A closer look showed fire and heavy, dark smoke coming from the roof and interior. The building involved was a strip mall shopping center with 12 businesses. Several businesses adjacent to the area of the fire were filling with smoke.

All the businesses were evacuated and hoses were taken into the building to extinguish the fire. The fire rapidly spread in the ceiling and roof. Several water streams from aerial ladder trucks were used to control that spread until hoses could take over.

Due to the magnitude of the fire and potential for loss of property, the incident commander made a request for assistance using the mutual aid box alarm system – MABAS. This brought firefighters from more than a dozen other fire departments who assisted with the firefighting efforts.

No civilians were injured. One firefighter suffered non-life-threatening injuries that required medical care. The apartment complex to the rear of the building was never threatened by the fire.

The fire was brought under control and extinguished within one hour of arrival using several hose lines, four aerial apparatus water streams, and 26 fire apparatus. Firefighters spent more than three hours checking for hot spots and fire spread to ensure the fire was completely out.

All 12 businesses are displaced until hazards are resolved and repairs are made.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation

The Prospect Heights Fire Protections District reminds everyone to always have two ways to escape from their home or work place, to ensure smoke alarms are present and working, and to develop an emergency plan should their home or business be destroyed by a fire or other disaster.

Fire sprinklers save lives and property. Had this structure been equipped with fire sprinklers, the original fire may have been extinguished prior to the arrival of the fire department or at the worst, contained to the area where it had started.


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5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 (more)

This from Drew Smith:

In July of 2018 the PHFD faced its largest ever fire, and one of the largest fires in the northern suburbs, at the River Trails condos. Reaching 5 alarms, two special alarms, and an interdivisional task force, more than 200 firefithers and 50 companies fought the fire.

Fire photographer Steve Redick, a retired Chicago FD dispatcher, created this compilation of radio traffic and his photos and videos that chronicles the start to finish. The 45 minutes is worth a look.


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House fire in Wheeling, 12-4-22

This from Larry Shapiro:

Firefighters from Wheeling and Prospect Heights responded to an outside fire at 25 Versailles Court Sunday morning at 9:30. Wheeling Engine 23 arrived and reported a fire on the ‘D’ side of the house and upgraded the alarm to a working fire. Flames engulfed the west side of the house along with an outdoor structure, and impinged on the second floor. There was an exposure concern to the house on the ‘D’ side but the fire was contained with what was apparently only damage to the vinyl siding on the neighbor’s house.

Several lines were deployed and Tower 24 went to the roof. The fire appeared to be contained within 15 minutes.

Mutual aid on the working fire came from Mount Prospect, Buffalo Grove, Northbrook, Glenview, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, and the North Maine FPD.; #larryshapiro;; #WheelingFD; #housefire;

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Prospect Heights FPD news

This from Prospect Heights FPD Chief Drew Smith:

Here is a different kind of lift assist. Earlier today our deputy chief was leaving the firehouse when he noticed that the cell tower workers were stuck in their manlift. The lift was disabled so they could not get down. We used Tower 9 to assist them. No one was injured and they appeared to take this inconvenience as routine.; #Pierce; #ProspectHeightsFPD;

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Fatal crash in Prospect Heights, 8-27-22

From the Prospect Heights Fire District:

At 0549 Prospect Heights Squad 9 was dispatched to a car fire at the Motel 6, 540 Milwaukee Avenue. Before they left quarters it was upgraded to an accident with entrapment adding Battalion 9, Ambulance 9, Chief 900, plus Wheeling Ambulance 23, Ambulance 24, Engine 23, Tower 24, and Mount Prospect Truck 14. Multiple calls indicated the car had hit the levee wall and went into the Des Plaines River. Then it was reported there were victims in the river, possibly children. A swift water compliment was added: Wheeling Battalion 24 and Dive Squad 24, Dive 63 and Squad 63 from Des Plaines, and a Lincolnshire-Riverwoods boat.

The crash was located just south of the Motel 6 at the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and River Road. On arrival, companies found an SUV that had crashed through the guard rail and went over the concrete levee wall into the Des Plaines River. One occupant was ejected with other possible occupants in the car. First arriving companies laddered the levee wall and went down the embankment to the car, where they extinguished the fire before starting a shore-based search. The ejected victim was DOA. The search of the river did not reveal any additional victims.

The Des Plaines River levee is a concrete wall that runs along the east side of Milwaukee Avenue south from Palatine Road to just north of Euclid/Lake Avenue. It is about 12 inches thick and extends several feet below grade so as to resist erosion. It extends above grade anywhere from a few feet tall to a height of over ten feet. At the location impacted by this car, it was 5-6 feet high. It appeared the impact may have moved the top of the levee wall as much as two inches closer to the river.; #ProspectHeightsFPD; #fatalcrash; #FireTruck; #Spartan;

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Prospect Heights Fire Protection District news

From the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District:

Battalion Chief Recruitment

Currently the PHFD has one shift without a battalion chief. Under the recently adopted collective bargaining agreement the fire chief is entrusted to appoint the battalion chief. The PHFD has fewer candidates for battalion chief than desired as a result of several 

personnel actions in the past few years that included the PHFD’s transition from some part time officers to all full time officers and an increase in the number of full time firefighter/paramedics. Therefore, the PHFD is conducting a search for external candidates for battalion chief. Any identified external candidates will be evaluated with the internal candidates in an effort to identify the best candidate for battalion chief. It is anticipated that the review, selection, and appointment will occur in the next 90 days.

Link to Complete Recruitment Document and How to Apply

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