Posts Tagged The Christopher Wheatley Fire Boat

As seen around … Chicago

This from Steve Redick:

Had a great opportunity to take a boat cruise through the locks and into the Chicago river and got some decent images of the 2 big fireboats at the dock … old 58 and newer Engine 2. The Wheatley has various shades of red and violet colort due to some kind of issue with the paint so it’s not your eyes.

Steve

Chicago Fire Boat Engine 58

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Chicago FD fire boats

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Chicago Fire Boat Engine 2

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Chicago FD 2-11 Alarm fire and Haz Mat Level I, 7-11-16

This from Larry Shapiro:

Chicago battled a 2-11 Alarm fire with a Level I haz mat Monday (7/11/16) in a salvage yard at 3033 E. 106th Street. One tower ladder, Squad 5’s Snorkel, Engine 2, and several multi-versals were at work for several hours.

Chicago firefighters battle a large fire

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smoke from large fire obscures the sun

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Chicago FD Engine 2 fire boat the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago FD Engine 2 fire boat the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago FD rehab unit 571 at fire scene

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Chicago FD Engine 2 fire boat the Christopher Wheatley fighting a fire

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Chicago FD reserve squad

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Chicago firefighters battle a large fire

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fire in a salvage yard

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Chicago fire engine at fire scene

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large diameter hose in street at fire scene

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Chicago FD Engine 2 fire boat the Christopher Wheatley fighting a fire

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Chicago FD Engine 2 fire boat the Christopher Wheatley fighting a fire

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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As seen around … Chicago

Chicago Fire Boat – Engine 2

This from Steve Redick:

this week I was able to knock a big item off my bucket list … to see the airshow from a boat. I gotta say it was an amazing opportunity, and although photo conditions were tough at best I was able to get some photos from a perspective many never see. We had a close encounter with Engine 2. I gotta say it’s looking very beat up. The paint is fading and all different colors. Got some images of the water display as well as some good views of all sides of the vessel. All of the boat images can be seen here:

Steve

Chicago FD Fire Boat the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago FD Fire Boat the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago FD Fire Boat the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago FD Fire Boat the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago technical rescue, 3-27-14

The Chicago Tribune has a brief article about a bridge worker that fell into a void space that houses a bridge’s counter weights at Randolph Avenue this morning:

A bridge worker was injured this morning after he fell 15 feet as he was working on the Randolph Street bridge on the Chicago River, officials said.

The Chicago Department of Transportation worker fell at about 11:30 a.m., said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Joseph Roccasalva.

The man, 59, fell into a hole on the bank of the river where the bridge’s counter-balance weights are located, allowing it to be raised and lowered, Roccasalva said.

The bridge had been lifted as workers did spring maintenance, said Roccasalva.

The worker suffered multiple injures and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital at about noon in serious-to-critical condition as a precaution, said Roccasalva. The man’s injuries were not considered life-threatening and his condition was stabilized, he said.

Larry Shapiro arrived on the opposite side of the river as Engine 2 arrived, but after the worker had been rescued. Here are a few images.

Chicago Fire Boat Engine 2 the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago Fire Boat Engine 2 the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago Fire Boat Engine 2 the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago Fire Boat Engine 2 the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago Fire Boat Engine 2 the Christopher Wheatley

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Chicago bridge where worker was injured

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Chicago bridge where worker was injured

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A visit to Chicago FD Engine 2

This from Drew Smith:

Got to go on E2, the Christopher Wheatley the other day. In the pilot house/bridge there is this bronze helmet memorial as shown in the two attached photos.

 

Chicago Fire Department memorial

Bronze Truck 2 helmet aboard the fire boat named in memory of FF Chris Wheatley. Drew Smith photo

Chicago Fire Department memorial

CFD bronze memorial aboard the fire boat named in memory of FF Chris Wheatley. Drew Smith photo

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CFD cools bridges so they close 6-10-12

The Chicago Fire Department deployed Engine 2 (The Christopher Wheatley) and land-based engine companies on Sunday to cool down several bridges that would not close properly due to the high heat. Gordon J. Nord, Jr. was in the city and submitted several images.

Chicago Fire Department cools hot bridges in Chicago

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Chicago Fire Department cools hot bridges in Chicago

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Chicago Fire Department cools hot bridges in Chicago Fire Department fireboat

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Chicago Fire Department cools hot bridges in Chicago

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Chicago Fire Department cools hot bridges in Chicago

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Chicago Fire Department cools hot bridges in Chicago

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Chicago Fire Department cools hot bridges in Chicago

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Chicago Fire Department cools hot bridges in Chicago

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Chicago Engine 2 ‘Christopher Wheatley’ – update

Chicago Fire Department dedication ceremony fire boat Engine 2 Christopher Wheatley

More images are available now of the dedication ceremony yesterday and Engine 2. Karl Klotz sent in several images depicting the boat and the ceremony. Larry Shapiro has a gallery of images HERE of the boat and has not yet posted the dedication. Gordon J. Nord Jr., has a couple of images HERE showing the boat but he has not yet posted the complete set nor the ceremony.

Chicago Fire Department dedication ceremony fire boat Engine 2 Christopher Wheatley

Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff addresses the media and visitors at the dedication ceremony for Engine 2, the Christopher Wheatley. Karl Klotz photo

Chicago Fire Department dedication ceremony fire boat Engine 2 Christopher Wheatley

Christopher Wheatley's mother christens the boat. Karl Klotz photo

Chicago Fire Department fire boat Engine 2 Christopher Wheatley

Engine 2 heads out from the ceremony near the Chicago Firefighter Memorial. Karl Klotz photo

Chicago Fire Department fire boat Engine 2 Christopher Wheatley

The pilot engages the pumps to discharge water from the turrets. Karl Klotz photo

Chicago Fire Department fire boat Engine 2 Christopher Wheatley

Engine 2 flowing water from the four permanent turrets. Karl Klotz photo

Chicago Fire Department fire boat Engine 2 Christopher Wheatley

The rear of Engine 2 displays the boat's name and the CFD logo. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Department fire boat 688

Chicago's fast boat 6-8-8 shadowed Engine 2 as it took to the lake full of visitors. Karl Klotz photo

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Chicago Engine 2 ‘Christopher Wheatley’

Chicago’s newest Engine Company was dedicatd today. Engine 2, the Christopher Wheatley which officially went in service this week, was christened this morning. Karl Klotz, Gordon J. Nord, Jr., and Larry Shapiro were in attendance and wil have many images to share. Until the images can be edited, here are two from Larry Shapiro.

Chicago Fire Department fire boat dedication Christopher Wheatley

Christopher Wheatley's mother smashes the champagne bottle to officially christen Chicago's new fire boat which went into service as Engine 2. Larry Shapiro phoyo

Chicago Fire Department Engine 2 Fire Boat Christopher Wheatley

Chicago Engine 2, the new fire boat put on a display this morning after the dedication ceremony near the Chicago Firefighter Memorial at McCormick Place. Larry Shapiro photo

 

More images will be posted tomorrow. Karl Klotz has posted a gallery HERE showing Engine 2, and a gallery with images of the dedication HERE.

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Chicago Fire Boat – Engine 2

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photographed the Christopher Wheatley, Chicago’s new fireboat which has now been lettered as Engine Company 2. The boat appears to be scheduled for christening tomorrow, May 5th at 0830.

Chicago Fire Boat The Christopher Wheatley Engine 2

Chicago Engine 2, the Christopher Wheatley moored near the US Coast Guard and Chicago Police Marine Headquarters on the Chicago River. photo by Gordon J. Nord, Jr.

 

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Chicago fire boat – The Christopher Wheatley

Dan Jasina from Michigan found another article on the new fire boat with photos and a video.  The entire article can be found HERE with excerpts below:

The vessel represents more than a year of work for Hike Metal Products Ltd. and its more than 20 workers. It’s the largest boat the Wheatley ship builder has sent out of the harbour in four or five years and is larger than a fire boat built in 2007 for Baltimore.

On Friday morning the Chicago fire boat will leave the harbour and could be passing down the Detroit River that afternoon. It will head through Lake St. Clair, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan before reaching Chicago Sunday night, if the weather co-operates.

The boat carries the Wheatley name in a touching coincidence that surprised fire officials in Chicago and the ship builders here.

The fire boat is called the Christopher Wheatley for a 31-year-old Chicago firefighter who died Aug. 9 in the line of duty. He was carrying equipment up a fire escape during a restaurant fire when he fell to his death.

His father Daniel Wheatley said after the Chicago Fire Department told him the city’s replacement fire boat would be commissioned in his son’s name, he asked about who was building the boat. When he looked up Hike Metal’s website and saw the location he was stunned. He travelled to Wheatley in March to see the boat and the village.

Not many firefighters in Chicago know what name the fire boat will bear when it arrives. Hike Metal officials found out about the coincidence four months ago when they asked what name to put on the boat.

Company president Andy Stanton said Wheatley’s not a common name and he’s pleased a hero will carry the Wheatley name out of the harbour. “We were very surprised.”

The Christopher Wheatley is a heavy duty fire boat designed to break up to 12 inches of ice so it can operate year-round.

It can be used with scuba divers, for rescues, for firefighting with foam or water and as a pumping station to supplement the city’s firemain supply of water. It can be run with a crew of five or up to 10 when fighting a fire. It has a kitchen, washroom and crew accommodations below decks.

One of the four monitor nozzles sits on a platform that can be elevated 30 feet and the force of the spray will be enough to blast brick off the side of a building, Stanton said.

To be able to pass underneath low bridges, the boat was built so the mast comes down and it sits no more than 16 feet out of the water. It has four engines, two for the water pumps and two 1,500 horsepower propulsion engines to drive the boat. It can travel at 12 knots or at three knots through ice.

 

Dan submitted photos that we posted HERE.

Chicago Fire Departement new fire boat

Chicago's new fire boat sits completed and ready to head out in a week. Dan Jasina photo

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