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Chicago FD special operations apparatus (part 4 of 4)

Final installment of our four part series on the apparatus and equipment at the CFD Special Operations warehouse.

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Chicago Fire Department Special Operations Battalion Chief 5-1-5. It is a 2009 Ford Expedition #B-545 and is quartered with Engine 5. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Department Special Operations

One of four Chicago Fire Department Special Operations POD storage units. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Department Special Operations

Special Operations Komatsu fork lift with shop ID #S-053. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Department Special Operations

Special Operations maintains this 2008 Bobcat unit with Shop ID# S-119. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Department Special Operations

Special Operations maintains these two 2004 Cub Cadet units. One is a mini pumper (S-097), and the other is a utility unit (S-087). Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Department Special Operations

Special Operations also maintains these two 2004 Cub Cadet units. Both are utility units. (S-100 and S-096). Larry Shapiro photo

Items that were not photographed include 2 wave Runner jet skis, a John Boat, and a large portable pump unit.

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Chicago FD special operations apparatus (part 3 of 4)

Karl Klotz submitted images from the CFD Special Operations warehouse which also houses vehicles assigned to the Equipment and Supply division.

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Chicago FD Special Operations compressor unit 5-2-3. Karl Klotz photo

Chicago Fire Department Special Operations

Chicago FD Equipment and Supply unit 6-4-14. Karl Klotz photo

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Chicago FD Equipment and Supply unit 6-4-13. Karl Klotz photo

More images from the Special Operations warehouse are HERE and HERE.

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Chicago FD special operations apparatus (part 2 of 4)

More on the CFD Special Operations equipment and apparatus.

These images from Steve Redick.

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Chicago FD Special Operations support unit 5-6-5. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department Special Operations

Chicago FD Special Operations Collapse Rescue unit 5-2-5. Steve Redick photo

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Chicago FD Special Operations mobile command post unit 2-7-9. Steve Redick photo

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Chicago FD Special Operations sewer vac unit 5-2-4. Steve Redick photo

See the previous Special Operations apparatus photos posted.

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Chicago FD special operations apparatus (part 1 of 4)

Several contributors had an opportunity to visit the CFD Special Operations warehouse at 39th & Honore recently and photographed the apparatus and equipment housed there.

These images from Dennis McGuire, Jr.

Chicago Fire Department Special Operations

Haz Mat 5-1-3 is a 2002 Ford F-350/American LaFrance Medic Master. This is “Ex” Training Ambulance @ the Fire Academy.
Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Chicago Fire Department Special Operations

CFD Special Operations support unit 5-6-4 is a 2010 Ford F-550/Auto truck Inc. Shop ID G-578. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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CFD 5-6-7 is a support unit which delivers any of the four POD units. This is a 2008 Freightliner M2/H.C.I. Fabrications Roll Off truck with a 3000 Pound capacity. Shop ID# G-570. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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New Deluge Wagon 6-7-3 awaiting deployment to Engine 108′s house. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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CFD site updates

There are many CFD photos waiting to be updated on the site, and as time permits they will all find their place. Several images have been updated now:

  • Dan McInerney submitted a new image of Engine 29‘s house
  • Bill Freidrich updated the photo of High-Rise unit 6-4-16 at Engine 18′s house which was discussed in several earlier comments
Chicago Fire Department High-Rise Unit 6-4-16

This 2007 Ford E-350/Supreme Body unit is the current piece for 6-4-16, the High-Rise Unit. Bill Friedrich photo

  • Bill Friedrich and Hank Sajovic both provided images of 5-2-4, the converted sewer vac that was obtained from Streets & Sanitation last year
Chicago Fire Department RescueVac 5-2-4

On display last week at the Chicago muster was 5-2-4. This was built in 1994 by Vac-Con for the Department of Streets and Sanitation on a Ford L-8000 chassis. Last year it was obtained by the CFD and updated by RescueVac Inc. for emergency trench rescues. Hank Sajovic photo

Chicago Fire Department RescueVac 5-2-4

A rear view showing the tank assembly of 5-2-4 which carries CFD shop #G-575. Hank Sajovic photo

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CFD Rescue Vac goes in service

On December 6th of last year, The Chicago Fire Department issued an administrative order adding a new tool to the arsenal of the Special Operations Division. Rescue Vac Unit 5-2-4 was established as a new CFD asset. Assigned to the Special Operations facility at 39th and Honore, 5-2-4 is an X-Streets and Sanitation sewer vac truck that many may have seen displayed last summer for the International Fire Chief’s Association trade show at McCormick Place. It is on an LN Series Ford chassis and has been modified by Rescue Vac Systems, a local company that upgrades the equipment for emergency rescue operations.  5-2-4 will respond to city-wide trench rescue incidents and will be available for suburban trench rescues through the MABAS Box Alarm System.

Chicago Fire Department Rescue Vac 524 5-2-4 sewer vac

Chicago Rescue Vac Unit 5-2-4 shown here on display last August at the Fire Rescue International Trade Show at McCormick Place. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Department Rescue Vac Unit 5-2-4

The Chicago Fire Department made modifications to this sewer vac truck that previously saw service with the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation. Larry Shapiro photo

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CFD Special Operations

Chicago Fire Department Special Operations

The Chicago Fire Department Special Operations Division apparatus and the Support Services vehicles have been added to the site. These two divisions maintain a number of vehicles in a warehouse located within several blocks of city facilities. The Special Operations Division has units to supplement companies throughout the city for various types of technical rescues and large scale incidents. The Squad companies, hazmat units, Air Sea Rescue and many of the specialized pieces that are in firehouses throughout the city are all under the Special Operations Division umbrella.

Chicago Fire Department POD truck

Chicago Fire Department Command Post

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