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2-Alarm fire in Sycamore, 7-27-19 (more)

This from Eric Haak:

The Sycamore, Illinois Fire Department was toned out at 1740 hrs Saturday afternoon (7/27) for a balcony fire at the St. Albans Greens Apartment Complex. Early images taken by residents showed a very small fire in the corner of a second floor balcony in the “C” side of the u-shaped apartment complex. Upon the arrival of the incident commander, heavy smoke was reported from the rear and the fire was reported to already be in the attic. The incident was boxed on arrival. An aggressive interior attack was initiated but shortly after 1800 hrs, companies went defensive. The front section of this structure measured 250′ x 60′ with 150′ x 60′ wings on each end with the nearest hydrant being 400′ away. My arrival was over 1.5 hours after the initial dispatch. All of the above commentary is observations made by myself and should not be taken as an official account by any means.

heavy smoke as Firefighters battle apartment building fire

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fire trucks at fire scene

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Firefighters in tower ladder bucket

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vintage Snorkel working at a fire

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heavy smoke as Firefighters battle apartment building fire

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heavy smoke as Firefighters battle apartment building fire

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heavy smoke as Firefighters battle apartment building fire

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heavy smoke as Firefighters battle apartment building fire

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Firefighters battle apartment building fire

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Firefighters battle apartment building fire at night

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2-Alarm fire in Sycamore, 7-27-19

Firefighters battled a 2-Alarm fire in a U-shaped apartment complex at 711 S. Main Street in Sycamore, 7/27/29.

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heavy fire destroys apartment building

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heavy fire destroys apartment building

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heavy fire destroys apartment building

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heavy fire destroys apartment building

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heavy fire destroys apartment building

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heavy fire destroys apartment building

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heavy fire destroys apartment building

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heavy fire destroys apartment building

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heavy fire destroys apartment building

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heavy fire destroys apartment building

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heavy fire destroys apartment building

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Sycamore Fire Department news (more

Excerpts from the daily-chronicle.com:

The Sycamore City Council unanimously approved a consideration to buy a replacement fire engine through a purchasing cooperative agreement during its meeting Monday. The department will work with one of two cooperatives to purchase an engine with a water capacity of 3,000 gallons for an estimated $550,000. It will replace the 30-year-old Engine 4.

Engine 4 was purchased in 1989 and was meant for rural communities because of the truck’s high water capacity. Now faced with a growing rural population, the department needs a newer truck that can hold even more. The department will sell Engine 4 to offset the cost of the half-million-dollar truck it plans to purchase. The city and the fire protection district will also provide $365,000.

The agreement will allow the department to work with Texas-based HGACBuy or Minnesota-based Sourcewell to secure a cheaper price on a Rosenbauer pumper-tanker. A previous purchasing cooperative agreement saved the fire department $5,000 on an ambulance.

Sycamore firefighters responded at 3 a.m. Saturday to a fire at a Sycamore home. No injuries were reported, but the fire was estimated to have caused $150,000 in damage. Assistant Fire Chief Todd Turner told council members that it didn’t matter whether firefighters who responded to Saturday morning’s fire had a new truck, they would have run out of water. However, an engine with a higher capacity than Engine 4’s 2,000 gallons would have helped.

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Sycamore Fire Department news

Excerpts from the daily-chronicle.com:

The Sycamore Fire Department has secured most of the money it needs to purchase a half-million-dollar fire engine but wants permission from the city council to find a better deal.

The fire department will seek approval from the council to enter into a cooperative purchasing agreement to get the best possible deal on a replacement fire engine. The department wants to replace its 30-year-old Engine 4 with a newer truck that can hold 3,000 gallons as opposed to the current truck’s 2,000-gallon capacity. The agreement would allow the department to work with government agencies in other states that specialize in government contract proposals to secure more competitive pricing.

The department estimates a new truck to cost $550,000, but the final number could be lower should the department seek outside help. A recently purchased ambulance was $5,000 less because it was bought through a purchasing agreement with a Chicago metro-wide cooperative.

Because of the amount of water on board, Engine 4, is primarily used for fires in rural areas that lack access to fire hydrants. Each of the department’s other two engines carry 1,000 gallons. The rural areas in DeKalb County have grown since 1989, and the department needs a reliable truck that can hold more water.

At the top of the fire department’s list is a Rosenbauer pumper-tender, and it’s seeking approval from the city council to enter an agreement with one of two cooperatives who contract with Rosenbauer America; the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s HGACBuy, a Texas-based cooperative, and Sourcewell, a Minnesota-based cooperative.

The city of Sycamore and the Sycamore Fire Protection District will provide $365,000 of the projected $500,000 needed for the engine. The rest will come from the sale of Engine 4 and current and future Sycamore Fire Department capital allowances.

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Sycamore Fire Department news

Excerpts from the daily-chronicle.com:

The Sycamore Fire Department will use a $10,000 grant from the Bayer Fund to purchase hand and power tools, such as cutting torches, to safely disengage workers from the farm and industrial equipment.

An additional $3,000 grant from Country Financial will go toward the purchase of a flame generator the department can use for safety demonstrations. The propane-fueled generator will provide a clean and contained fire that can be used to teach fire extinguisher safety to employees of local government agencies and companies.

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House fire in Sycamore, 4-4-19

This from Art Zern:

Dispatched at 2156 hours for a structure, police arrive and report it fully involved. First arriving E-2 found heavy fire on three sides and “B” exposure getting started. They called defensive and went to work with their deck gun and 2 1/2″ hand line to the B-side exposure. E-1 arrived and pulled skid line to the D-side. Quick initial knockdown with DeKalb T-1 put to work due to structural issues. Gas fed fire on B-side going until Nicor arrived to dig and D/C the gas.  General alarm fire with Cortland and GK engines, Hampshire Truck, and COQ companies. A couple folks evaluated for smoke inhalation no injuries to FFs.

Art

From the Sycamore FD Facebook page:

Late last night into early this morning, the fire department was called to the 1300 block of Janet Street for a reported structure fire.

First arriving fire crews found heavy fire engulfing the majority of the structure and initiated a quick defensive attack using a master stream device with tank water carried on the engine. The bulk of the fire was brought under control in approximately 60 minutes. A natural gas fuel fed fire involving the gas meter was kept in check by fire crews until a NICOR work crew were able to locate and shut off fuel to the meter. Fire crews remained on scene for approximately two more hours doing overhaul operations.

A great job by the initial arriving fire companies to knock down an overwhelming fire along with valuable assistance provided by our mutual aid partners.

There were no injuries to firefighters or residents. Two individuals were evaluated by an ambulance crew on scene and refused treatment or transport to the hospital. The initial estimate of damages from the fire at 1319 Janet Street are approximated to be $300,000 to structure and contents. Heat from the fire damaged a neighboring house at 1311 Janet Street. The initial estimate of damages at that property are approximately $50,000 to the structure.

The fire went to the general alarm level and assistance was received from several neighboring fire departments including DeKalb, Elburn, Genoa, Hampshire, Burlington, Cortland, Pingree Grove, and Hampshire. The Sycamore police and public works department also assisted along with Nicor and ComEd.

The cause of the fire is undetermined pending further investigation.

house fully engulfed by fire at night

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Sycamore Firefighters at the scene of a house fire at 1319 Janet Street

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aftermath of house fire at 1319 Janet Street in Sycamore IL

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gas utility workers at fire scene

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Sycamore Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Dailychronicle.com:

The Sycamore Fire Department has been awarded a nearly $84,000 grant to install a fire sprinkler system at Fire Station 1 through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

The grant of $83,905 covers 95 percent of the total estimated cost of the installation of a fire sprinkler system and the city is responsible for the remaining 5 percent of the cost, about $4,195.

Fiscal 2017 Assistance to Firefighter grant funding had an appropriation of $344 million with a projection of 2,500 awards. The program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

 

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Sycamore Fire Department news (more)

This from Arty Zern:

Gents,

The SFD 1923 Stutz (Engine 2) is finally on the road.  This link is to a video of the Stutz on the raod on the Sycamore Fire Preservation Company Facebook page.

Art

From Sycamore Fire Preservation Co. Ltd.:

Sycamore truck # 2 responding to smoke showing at Plank & Lukens. Oh wait, that’s the Sycamore Steam Power Show. Sycamore Fire Department’s 1923 Stutz will be on display there this weekend. Stop by.

 

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Sycamore Fire Department news

Excerpts from the daily-chronicle.com:

According to the annual report presented during a Sycamore City Council meeting, the fire department took 2,281 calls during fiscal 2018, 93 more than in 2017.

Sycamore Fire Chief Pete Polarek said there has been an upward trend in calls overall since fiscal 2010, but he said there isn’t a clear cause for the increase. He said an increase in city residents, an increase in vehicle traffic, or an increase in visitors could have contributed.

The fire department has been addressing concerns of firefighters having a higher risk of cancer because of chemical exposure on calls. He said the department is making sure firefighters limit their exposure to those hazards, including having them wash their equipment, launder their clothes and shower after calls.

There has been a notable increase in the number of patient lift-assist calls in the past couple of years, including calls coming from alarm systems such as LifeAlert. There were 178 of those during fiscal 2018, compared with 164 the year before, and 132 in fiscal 2016. This is the fourth year the department has been collecting patient lift-assist data with the older population living at home longer and living unassisted. He said this wasn’t much of a factor in the past because most people have called family or friends for that kind of help.

Now, there are a lot of older people who don’t have that kind of extended support system and the fire department is starting to see those kinds of calls more often.

Polarek said his department is still able to address the increase in those calls with the staffing that they have, but staff will have to keep an eye on that statistic going forward

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Sycamore 1923 Stutz runs again!

This from Art Zern:

The Sycamore 1923 Stutz is running again after years of sitting idle.  As was posted last year, the refurb was completed and now it’s running.  Here is a link to a video on the Preservation Committee Facebook page.

Art

 

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