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Box Alarm in Vernon Hills, 5-29-18

Countryside firefighters were called to 285 E. Court of Shorewood in Vernon Hills Tuesday evening for fire in a third floor laundry room. Countryside Chief 4100 was the first to arrive and reported smoke from the top floor. The alarm was upgraded to a working fire and then a MABAS Box Alarm for additional companies. Mundelein Engine 432 had lines off in front of the building. Damage to the six-unit building left it uninhabitable.

apartment fire at 285 E Court of Shorewood in Vernon Hills

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female police officer with dog rescued from fire

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smoke from apartment building balcony

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Mundelein FD Engine 432

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New squad for Schaumburg (more)

This from Larry Shapiro:

I stopped by to get some shots of Schaumburg Squad 55 recently.

Schaumburg FD Squad 55 Pierce Velocity

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Brookfield Fire Department history

This from Wayne Stuart for #TBT:

The Brookfield Fire Department operated this 1970 Seagrave / Snorkel. It had a 1250 GPM pump and was an 85 footer. Big Mo might enjoy this photo.

from the collection of wayne stuart

Brookfield FD 1970 Seagrave / 85' Snorkel 1250-GPM

Brookfield Fire Department operated this 1970 Seagrave / Snorkel. It had a 1250 GPM pump and was an 85 footer. Wayne Stuart collection

And from our archives:

Brookfield FD Seagrave/85' Pitman Snorkel

Brookfield FD Seagrave/85′ Pitman Snorkel. Larry Shapiro photo

Brookfield FD Seagrave/85' Pitman Snorkel

Brookfield FD Seagrave/85′ Pitman Snorkel. Larry Shapiro photo

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2-Alarm fire in Barrington Hills, 5-3-18 (more)

video from Larry Shapiro of the 2-Alarm fire in Barrington Hills, 5-3-18


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2-Alarm fire in Barrington Hills, 5-3-18 (more)

More on the 2-Alarm fire in Barrington Hills, 5-3-18.

Then tanker shuttle included:

Long Grove, Countryside, Round Lake, Crystal Lake, Antioch, Bartlett, East Dundee, Prospect Heights, Palatine Rural, McHenry Township, Nunda, Lake Villa, Fox Lake, Woodstock, and Elk Grove Township.

Bartlett FPD Tender 2

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Trucks at the scene were from Palatine, West Dundee, and Wauconda.

Engines were from Mundelein, Buffalo Grove, Carpentersville, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, and Algonquin. 

Squads from Cary and Lincolnshire-Riverwoods plus ambulances from Barrington, Barrington Countryside, and Des Plaines were also at the scene.

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2-Alarm fire in Barrington Hills, 5-3-18

large house in Barrington Hills engulfed by flames

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The Barrington Countryside FPD responded to a house fire early this morning (5/3/18) at 83 Paganica Drive in Barrington Hills. A header was visible as units were en route and they found heavy fire from the second floor and mansard roof upon arrival. The resident had evacuated the house. The area is without hydrants.  The first engine and tanker pulled into the driveway with 4,000 gallons of water as the second engine dropped a line to the end of the street to initiate a drafting operation from three portable tanks. Fourteen tankers shuttled water for over two hours to supply several hand lines that were operating. The house sustained heavy damage and the fire’s origin is believed to be a lightning strike.

Barrington Countryside FPD E-ONE e-MAX Engine 37 at fire scene

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Lightning may be to blame for a fire that tore through a nearly 9,000-square-foot Barrington Hills home after violent storms pushed through the region early Thursday morning. Firefighters from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District and about 20 other departments spent roughly two hours getting the fire on Paganica Drive under control.

Neighbors reported hearing a loud boom during the night, before firefighters well called to the scene at about 4:40 a.m., when the homeowner spotted flames. While most of the damage occurred to the roof, the house was left uninhabitable by the fire.

Because the neighborhood has no fire hydrants, firefighters set up a rural fire operation which involved bringing water to the scene in tenders. At no time was water supply lost, according to the fire district.

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Leyden FPD history

This from the database for #TBT:

1949 Ford Darley fire engine

Bill Freidrich collection

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American LaFrance Aero Chief units in the Chicago area

From Larry Shapiro for #TBT:

Here are other American LaFrance Aero Chief units from my collection in addition to the Zion unit that was featured preciously. 

1969 American LaFrance 900 Series Aero Chief 90

Reg.# 12-1-1314
1969 ALF 900 Series Aero Chief 90 from Elgin, IL. Larry Shapiro photo

American LaFrance Aero Chief

Reg.# 8-1-429
1967 ALF 900 Series Aero Chief 90 from LaGrange, IL
Originally delivered as a quint, this Aero Chief had it’s pump and tank removed. A large equipment compartment replaced the pump. Larry Shapiro photo

1971 American LaFrance 1000 Series Aero Chief 90

Reg.# 14-1-2331
1971 ALF 1000 Series Aero Chief 90 Quint from Libertyville, IL. Larry Shapiro photo

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1970 American LaFrance 1000 Series Aero Chief 90

Reg.# 14-1-2131
1970 ALF 1000 Series Aero Chief 90 Quint from Rolling Meadows, IL. Larry Shapiro photo

Data and narrative for these photos is from THE AMERICAN LAFRANCE AERO CHIEF PROJECT

This website is the result of a twelve year project to document the production and history of the American LaFrance Aero Chief. The Aero Chief was introduced in 1962 and continued in production until 1974. 171 Aero Chief platforms were built. It came in three sizes: 70′, 80′, and 90′. Most Aero Chiefs were built on the custom American LaFrance chassis, but there were several built on various commercial chassis. Many of them had pumps and even more had tandem rear axles.

The photos on this site come from a variety of sources. I have photgraphed 65 of them, but the remainder come from many other photographers, including Glenn Vincent, Mike Martinelli, Scott Berringer, Kevin McKeon, Garry Kadzielawski, Bill Friedrich, Don Feipel, Bill Hattersley, Paul Barrett, Scott Mattson, John Floyd, Al Whitlock, Don Loeb, Dan Decher, Ralph Decker, Jon Umbdenstock, Ron Bogardus, Wayne Sorensen, Chuck Madderom, Richard Bartlett, Dave Stewardson, Ken Wible, John Langley, Todd Lincoln, Dan Jasina, Tom Shepherd, Mark Rzepnicki, Andrew Henry, Mike Bakunis, and a host of others whose names have faded from my feeble memory. If you have sent me photos and you can’t find your name, please contact me and it will be immediately corrected. Additional photos came from many of the fire departments who owned Aero Chiefs. To all these contributors, I am forever in your debt.

The information on this website will be updated as it becomes available. Any additional information or photos are always welcome. Please contact me through the link at the bottom of this page. Thank you and enjoy!

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One-car crash in Wheeling, 4-17-18

Wheeling police and firefighters were called to 250 W. Dundee Road Tuesday afternoon (4/17/18) for a reported crash with entrapment. Chief 2400 was first on the scene in front of the post office and reported an SUV off the road and into a tree. The single occupant of the car was injured. Witnesses at the post office reported the SUV sideswiping another vehicle before crashing through a chainlink fence and striking a tree head-on.

Northbrook Ambulance 10 transported the patient to the hospital. Wheeling 2400, 2401, Battalion 24, Engine 23R, Engine 42, and Truck 24 were at the scene.

Firefighters attend to car crash victim

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Fatal House fire in Highland Park, 4-18-18 (more)

More on the Fatal House fire in Highland Park, 4-18-18

fatal house fire in Highland Park, IL

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The Lake County coroner has confirmed that two people were killed in a massive fire that destroyed a home in Highland Park. A neighbor reported the fire around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday at a two-story house on Kipling Lane off Ridge Road.

When fire crews arrived to the scene, the home was fully engulfed. Firefighters got word that an elderly couple have been known to live in the home, so they attempted to go in through the garage but were pushed back by flames.

The home is a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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