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Skokie Fire Department news

From the Village of Skokie – a new fire chief has been appointed

New Skokie Fire Chief Jason W Brandt

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Working fire in Skokie, 12-10-17

Photos from Steve Redick of a house fire at 9430 Terminal Drive in Skokie late Sunday night. Workers were reportedly in the house at the time of the fire.

house fire scene in Skokie

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house fire scene in Skokie

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house fire scene in Skokie

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Skokie fire truck

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house fire scene in Skokie

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house fire scene in Skokie

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house fire scene in Skokie

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Skokie FD reserve squad

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Skokie FD Rescue 17

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Skokie FD Tower 16

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Skokie Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Five new firefighters were recently sworn in as members of the Skokie Fire Department at a crowded Skokie Village Board meeting.

Among those sworn in Nov. 6 were Thomas Vasis Jr., Steven Grothendieck, Rayburn Roybskie, Jacob Gasior and Patrick Herling. 

The Skokie Fire Department is without a permanent fire chief since the summer when Jim Walters stepped down to take a job as chief in Schaumburg. Since then, Ken Borre has served as acting fire chief, but no announcement about a permanent chief has yet been made.

In September, the department was re-accredited from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and the Center for Public Safety. According to village officials, Skokie is one of about 240 agencies worldwide to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status.

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Skokie Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Skokie Fire Department has received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAl’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program. The Skokie Fire Department is one of more than 200 agencies to achieve internationally accredited agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety.

Skokie was first CFAI accredited in 2001 and, in 1995 achieved a Class 1 rating for the Insurance Services Office.

CFAI is dedicated to assisting fire and emergency service agencies throughout the world in achieving excellence through self-assessment and accreditation to provide continuous quality improvement and the enhancement of service delivery to their communities. The CFAI process is voluntary, and provides an agency with an improvement model to assess their service delivery and performance internally, after which they work with a team of peers from other agencies to evaluate their completed self-assessment.

The process in achieving accreditation through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International is an ongoing process with a comprehensive review by a peer assessment team every four years. This year marked the department’s fourth time receiving this prestigious designation. Staff and several members of the department work together throughout the year to achieve and maintain this status, although all of the Skokie Fire Department’s personnel work hard each and every day to carry out this mission as they serve the community.

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Skokie Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Friends and family of police officers and firefighters packed Skokie Village Hall July 17, to see swearing-in ceremonies for new hirings and promotions.

Five officers — three with the Skokie Fire Department and two with the police department — were officially promoted to new positions after being sworn in.

William Endre was promoted from lieutenant to captain and firefighters Charles Demes and Anthony Scianna were promoted to lieutenant.

New hires sworn in included firefighters Wilfredo Ocasio, Michael Adams, and Christian Platt.

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As seen around … Skokie

Josh Boyajian photographed some of the Skokie apparatus at Station 18 sporting their new colors

Skokie FD Ambulance 18

Skokie FD Ambulance 18 – 2015 IHC Terra Star/Horton Type I. Josh Boyajian photo

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Skokie Engine 18 – 2004 Pierce Dash 1500/500. Josh Boyajian photo

Skokie FD Squad 18

Skokie Squad 18 – 2007 Pierce Dash 1500/500/30. Josh Boyajian photo

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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.

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Skokie FD Truck 18

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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.

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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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