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Stone Park TRT Box, 5-26-15

Here are some photos from the Stone Park TRT Box for the unstable building on 5/26/15
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Antioch Rescue Squad donations create controversy at home

Excerpts from a Daily Herald article:

Stone Park Fire Chief Michael Paige received a gift last year when the Antioch Rescue Squad (ARS) offered to give his department a used ambulance stocked with medical supplies.

In all, the squad gave three ambulances to agencies outside its home base in Antioch and Antioch Township, yet denied a request for a similar donation to the nearby Antioch Fire Department. Rescue squad leaders initially approved the request in March 2014 but rescinded it a month later, Antioch fire officials said, and forced them to spend $69,000 in taxpayer money to buy and equip a used ambulance.

Those squad ambulances and lifesaving equipment were originally purchased, in part, with donations from Antioch-area residents and groups, Antioch Fire Department Chief John Nixon said, and they should have been made available to benefit rescue services close to home.”Because we didn’t see one dime from (the ARS), we had to spend taxpayer money to bring in ambulances and equipment to operate and protect the residents of Antioch and Antioch Township.”

Antioch Rescue Squad Chief Brian DeKind and President Todd Thommes did not respond to numerous requests for interviews on the matter.

However, officials with the First Fire Protection District of Antioch think the reason behind the choice of ambulance recipients may stem from the 75-year-old volunteer organization not being offered a contract to provide rescue services — a job now being handled by the Antioch Fire Department.

The Antioch Fire Department handles fire and rescue services in Antioch and Antioch Township. It is funded by and receives oversight from the village of Antioch, Antioch Township, and the First Fire Protection District of Antioch.

DeKind never provided a specific reason for rejecting the donation request, fire district Administrator Ted Jozefiak said, but he believes it’s because the squad was “upset for not having them as a service provider. I asked him if we could have an ambulance, and he said ‘yes … he called later and said the membership of the rescue squad voted against it. They didn’t give us anything.”

Antioch-area fire and rescue relationships began to sour in 2012 after three female Antioch Rescue Squad members named several squad members and high-ranking officials in a sexual harassment lawsuit. A subsequent Illinois Department of Public Health investigation found squad members mistreated patients, abused medications and allowed employees to begin shifts within hours of excessively drinking alcohol.

A short time later, a former squad treasurer was charged with theft of more than $10,000 and pleaded guilty. Former Antioch Rescue Squad Chief Wayne Sobczak retired, and squad President Steve Smouse stepped down soon after.

DeKind and Thommes took over, but the squad parted ways with the village of Antioch in May 2013 when the two sides couldn’t come to terms on a long-term contract. The fire department initially hired an ambulance contractor to handle emergency calls, Nixon said, but it started purchasing ambulances and supplies to bring ambulance service in house.

The squad continued to serve township residents for a year until the fire protection district board did not renew its contract in May 2014. The board decided to contract rescue services with the fire department in order to consolidate all village and township fire and rescue services under one agency.

No longer needed, the squad ambulances and equipment were donated to the Lake County High Schools Technology Campus in Grayslake and the Newport Township Fire Protection District in Wadsworth, in addition to Stone Park’s fire department in Cook County.

Derrick Burress, principal of the tech campus, said squad leaders offered a used ambulance worth $15,000 for teaching purposes April 17. It was approved by the tech campus board May 2, Burress said. “It’s truly a great educational tool for students here,” Burress said. “It’s used every day to train EMS students in Lake County, including students from Antioch.”

Stone Park’s Paige said his department received the former squad ambulance in late spring or early summer through a Stone Park commander and a lieutenant, who also were Antioch Rescue Squad volunteers. Paige said the $10,000 ambulance had more than 100,000 miles on it, but was stocked with emergency supplies, including health service packs and a cot.

Mark Kirschhoffer, chief of Newport fire district, said he was contacted by a squad member and asked if he “could use another ambulance.” Kirschhoffer said the 2007 Road Rescue ambulance — worth about $15,000 — is a back up to the district fleet of ambulances. “I told Chief Nixon in Antioch they can certainly use it should anything happen and they need one,” Kirschhoffer said.

Nixon said it takes about four ambulances to serve residents in Antioch and Antioch Township. Three serve as primary rescue vehicles and one is used as a reserve.

The fire department purchased and stocked two ambulances for use in the village of Antioch in 2013. A used ambulance was donated by the Antioch Firefighters Association in February 2014, and another used ambulance was purchased in May.

Nixon said the Antioch village board and fire district paid about $157,000 to buy and stock all four ambulances to get the rescue service up and running. The overall cost was $232,000, minus the $20,000 firefighters association donation and $55,000 from a state-controlled insurance fund.

“You have to stock it with supplies like life packs and defibrillators and things like that. Had the ARS donated their ambulances to us, we wouldn’t have needed to spend the money to get the vintage ones up and running. As a result of the ARS’ decision, we had to use taxpayer money to purchase and stock a fourth ambulance,” Nixon said. “They had the opportunity to donate items to us, but they chose not to.”

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August 2013: website updates 2

The second in a series of updates to the website:

The following departments have had apparatus images updated:

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Stone Park 4-11 Alarm fire 5-28-13 (pt 2)

This from Dan Shevlin:

Hi everybody, Just wanted to share some of my pics from the Stone Park extra alarm.  Thanks Dan Shevlin. (Chicagofirerover.smugmug.com)

 

5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

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5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

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5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

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5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

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5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

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5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

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5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

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5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

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Stone Park 4-11 Alarm fire 5-28-13

This from Drew Gresik:

Hello everyone,
I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of submissions about this fire, so I’ll keep it short. Here are just a couple of more than 500 photos I took at this job in Stone Park. Fire was in a grocery store with occupied attached apartments, multiple master streams and handlines used. There were a lot of issues with bad hydrants as well, forcing command to request addition engines from many area departments. Thanks again guys.
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Drew Gresik
5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

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5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

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5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

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5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

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5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

Drew Gresik photo

5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

Drew Gresik photo

5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

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5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

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5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

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Images from Tim Olk
5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

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5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

Tim Olk photo

5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

Tim Olk photo

5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

Tim Olk photo

5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

Tim Olk photo

5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

Tim Olk photo

5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

Tim Olk photo

5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

Tim Olk photo

5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

Tim Olk photo

5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

Tim Olk photo

5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

Tim Olk photo

Tim has a gallery with many more images.

Images from John Tulipano
5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

John Tulipano photo

5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

John Tulipano photo

5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

John Tulipano photo

5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

John Tulipano photo

5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

John Tulipano photo

5 alarm massive grocery store fire in Stone Park

John Tulipano photo

No injuries were reported following an extra-alarm fire that broke out in the potato chip aisle of a grocery store in west suburban Stone Park late this morning, authorities said.

The five-alarm blaze started about noon in the 1600 block of North Mannheim Road, according to a spokeswoman for Stone Park police.

As of about 1 p.m., the blaze was mostly out, but smoke and some flames were still visible from the 2-story brick building, which houses the Durango Supermercado on the first level and about four apartments on the upper level.

No injuries have been reported and the blaze burned through its roof, causing a partial collapse of the building.

Thick, black smoke roiled from the building at one point and about 15-20 fire departments remained on the scene.

Firefighters were pouring water on its roof and through one apartment window using two tower ladders.  Several onlookers were standing outside gawking and it appeared that all occupants of the building had escaped.

Manager Jose Rivera was in his office doing paperwork when he heard the smoke alarm go off but he said it’s “very sensitive” so he thought it could just have been cooking smoke that activated it.
When he went to check it out, he found the potato chip aisle was on fire, and the chips were burning.

Rivera sprang into action, grabbed the fire extinguisher and tried to put it out.

“I ran for the extinguisher and managed to control it,’’ Rivera said.

He then raced through the rest of the store, telling the eight customers to “drop their possessions and leave,’’ Rivera said.

Rivera went back inside but the fire had worsened and there was nothing left in the extinguisher. Rivera said he knew he had to leave at that point.Fire officials on the scene said they were letting the fire burn, in a “free burn’’ and would not be able to go inside until it was safe.Rivera’s mother, Imelda Rivera, who is the owner of the store, was outside and appeared very shaken up.

Occupants of the second-story apartments on the building’s south side escaped without being hurt.

Rivera does not know what started the blaze.

Fire department officials said they were performing a “free burn’’ and will not go inside until it’s safe.

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Bellwood Box Alarm 1-14-13

This from Josh Boyajian:

Bellwood had a box alarm this afternoon @ 218 Hyde Park Ave. I arrived well after the fire was knocked, here are some of my pictures.
I attached a picture of Stone Park’s new ambulance and Northlake’s engine.
Bellwood Fire Department engine

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Stone Park Fire Department ambulance

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Northlake Fire Department engine

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New ambulance for Stone Park

This from Josh Boyajian:

Found this picture of Stone Park‘s new 2012 ambulance by Medix Specialty Vehicles. I don’t know all the specs. It’s from the Stone Park website

Stone Park Fire Department Medix ambulance

New Ambulance 902 for Stone Park. Built by Medix Specialty Vehicles in 2012. Medix photo

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Stone Park Fire Department photo history

Stone Park Fire Department photo history

Another photo history gallery has been added to the site. Stone Park, in MABAS Division 20 has a gallery HERE showing apparatus dating back to 1954. Their history is rich with Darley and E-ONE rigs, and a classic custom Pirsch.

Stone Park Fire Department photo history

One of their current engines was an emergency purchase to replace a 2002 HME/Darley engine that was damaged beyond repair in a traffic collision on April 27, 2004.  The accident involved the Stone Park engine and a Northlake engine, both of which were responding to an alarm. The collision resulted in the death of Jeffrey Bergstrom, a part-time firefighter for the Stone Park Fire Department. The Illinois Fire Service Institute Firefighter Record has a summary of the accident with scene photos. The article includes the following:

In addition to serving as a part-time firefighter and paramedic for the Stone Park Fire Department, Bergstrom was also a paramedic for Ambulance Company 44 of the Chicago Fire Department. Firefighters and paramedics from both departments joined firefighters from around the country in paying tribute to Bergstrom during a funeral procession through several Chicago suburbs and at a memorial service in Hillside, Illinois.

Stone Park Fire Department photo history

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Stone Park is added to the site

The Stone Park Fire Department in MABAS Division 20 has been added to the site. Stone Park is a small town surrounded by Melrose Park and Northlake along North Avenue at Mannheim Road with a population just over 5,100 and an area of .3 square miles. They have three pieces of apparatus including an Osage Type III ambulance, one of the few Seagrave Flame engines, and an E-ONE Quest.

Stone Park Fire Department E-ONE Quest engine

Stone Park Fire Department Seagrave Flame engine

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3-11 in Schiller Park 1-27-11

The Schiller Park Fire Department responded to a fire at the Horse Shoe Inn at 9639 Irving Park road before 4:00 this morning. The tavern is located a half block west of the fire station and arriving companies were met by thick smoke blowing across the street. Little fire was visible initially, but within minutes of the fire department’s arrival, flames were coming out of the front door. The fire was upgraded to a 2-11 bringing mutual aid from several neighboring departments in MABAS Division 20 including Franklin Park, Norwood Park, Leyden Township, Northlake, River Grove, Elmwood Park, Rosemont, and Stone Park.. Firefighters reportedly pulled a victim from the building with a gunshot wound to the head who was transported to the hospital by medics. The stubborn fire travelled through the older building requiring extensive overhaul and the alarm was elevated to a 3-11 shortly after 5AM bringing companies from Des Plaines, Melrose Park, Bensenville, and Park Ridge.

While this fire was active, the Maywood Fire Department, also in MABAS Division 20, requested a box alarm for a house fire in their town that occupied additional Division 20 companies.

A brief article can be found HERE and HERE.

Firegeezer.com has a thorough article on the fire HERE.

Steve Redick and Larry Shapiro both took in the fire and will have images to add later today.

Schiller Park Fire Department 3-11 at 9639 Irving Park Road Jan 27, 2011

Firefighters prepare to hit fire that is burning off the second floor of the Horse Shoe Inn at 9639 Irving Park Road in Schiller Park. Larry Shapiro photo

A gallery of images by Larry Shapiro can be seen HERE.

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