Posts Tagged Skokie Fire Department

Working fire in Skokie, 5-17-17

Skokie companies responded Wednesday (5/17/17) for fire behind the building in the 7600 block of South Austin Avenue near Lehigh.

firefighters with ladder on building

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Skokie FD Truck 18

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long hose lay at fire scene

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Skokie FD Squad 18

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Skokie FD Truck 18

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Skokie FD Squad 18

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Skokie FD Engine 18

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Skokie FD Engine 18

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Car fire on I94, 12-13-16

This from Tim Olk:

Eden north of Touhy on Tuesday afternoon.

car fire on the expressway

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car fire on the expressway

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car fire on the expressway

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Firefighters at a car fire on the expressway

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Firefighters at a car fire on the expressway

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Skokie FD Engine 16

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Firefighters at a car fire on the expressway

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Firefighters at a car fire on the expressway

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Firefighters at a car fire on the expressway

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Skokie Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Skokie Firefighter David Nellessen is leaving this week just short of three decades on the job. He is a fourth-generation firefighter to work for Skokie, once called Niles Centre, when his great grandfather began there.

It was only while on the job that the Skokie Fire Department’s historian, Lt. Ron Smith, discovered Nellessen’s great-grandfather worked for the volunteer fire department for what is now Skokie. Smith learned the information after he and the Skokie Historical Society researched the history of the department.

A fire company formed in Skokie on May 6, 1881 became Niles Centre Volunteer Fire Company 3. The first fire equipment in that company consisted of a used 1865 Rumsey hand-pumper, a hook and ladder truck, a water wagon and a hose reel with 250 feet of two-inch hose. The hand pumper was capable of pumping 60 gallons per minute with 12 men at the levers providing power.

Skokie Fire Department officials say the Nellessens have marked history from the beginning of the Skokie Fire Department through its evolution.

David Nellessen’s grandfather, Edward Nellessen, was a fireman in Skokie in the 1920 and 1930s. His father Donald Nellessen, now 84, served in Skokie from 1960 to 1984. The younger Nellessen said he began his career in Skokie three years after his dad retired.

While growing up, Nellessen said, his father used to bring him to calls in Skokie, and he was always surrounded by the culture of the fire department. His brothers have also served as firefighters in other towns.

Nellessen said his only regret was that he did not get to work with his father, although he initially worked with the same equipment his dad used.

About a week before retirement, Nellessen remembered some memorable moments from his career — among them, a dangerous trench rescue in Niles two years ago and a 1990 Christmas Eve townhouse fire that claimed the lives of an elderly couple.

But what he will remember and miss most, are the firefighters he stood beside. And the ones he served – in one way, literally – almost every day: Nellessen cooked at his Skokie firehouse.

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New tower ladder for Skokie (more)

This from Jeff Rudolph:

Skokie Tower 16 – 2016 Pierce Dash CF PUC 1500/300 100′ RM tower ladder

Skokie FD Tower Ladder 16

Skokie Tower 16 – 2016 Pierce Dash CF PUC 1500/300 100′ RM tower ladder. Jeff Rudolph photo

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Skokie Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Skokie Fire Department once again achieved a Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office Inc. (ISO). The ISO rating is made up of three main components — fire department service at 50 percent, water delivery at 40 percent, and emergency communications at 10 percent.

According to Skokie Fire Chief Jim Walters, the first section includes looking at the department’s engine companies, pumping capabilities, aerial truck coverage, the amount of personnel during response missions, and much more. Skokie scored 49.19 out of 50 in that category.

For the water delivery system evaluation, ISO looks at the engineering of the system, the capabilities it can deliver, the needed water flow throughout the village, the hydrants, and more. Skokie scored 36 out of 40 in that category.

Under emergency communications, ISO evaluates how the fire department receives calls and how they are dispatched. Skokie’s department achieved nine of 10 in this area.

57 fire departments in the country hold the ISO Class 1 rating and Skokie is one of only 26 departments in the country to also hold accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.

The ISO evaluation is conducted on a five-year cycle and includes site visits, records examination, and observation. Most insurers use ISO and their public classification for underwriting and calculating premiums for residential, commercia,l and industrial property insurance rates.

ISO ratings range from 1, which is the best, through 10, which is the lowest. A fire department must meet 90 percent of the ISO standards to achieve the Class 1 rating, which the Skokie Fire Department did in each of the three main categories.

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New tower ladder for Skokie

From the Pierce Flickr site:

Pierce Dash CF PUC 100′ RM tower ladder so 29213

Skokie FD Tower Ladder 16

Skokie Tower Ladder 16, 2016 Pierce Dash CF PUC 100′ RM. Pierce composite

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Skokie Fire Department news

From the cards, Inc. Facebook page:

Another Skokie unit in for body work and the new paint scheme

fire truck in body shop

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fire truck in body shop

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Skokie Engine 18 refurb (more)

New photos of Skokie Engine 18 with finished decals after the rehab

Skokie FD Engine 18

Skokie Engine 18 with full decals after being rehabbed. Mitch Dehm photo

Skokie FD Station 18 log0

Skokie Station 18 logo. Mitch Dehm photo

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As seen around … Skokie

This from Jeff Rudolph:

Skokie’s A17 with the department’s new paint and graphics. Jeff R.

Skokie FD Ambulance 17

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Skokie Fire Department news

This from Bob Altwasser:

Here is a photo of Skokie Engine 18. The rig was completely rehabbed and is now back in service.

Bob Altwasser

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Skokie FD Engine 18

Skokie Engine 18 in service after being rehabbed. Bob Altwasser photo

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