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Fatal fire in Waukegan, 1-18-21

Excerpts from Chicago.cbslocal.com:

The Waukegan Fire Department was called at 5:15 p.m. on Monday for a fire at 542 Washington St. in Waukegan, near the downtown area.

Firefighters found an apartment on fire on the 10th floor of a 12-story building. At the scene, they found the body of an elderly man, who was pronounced dead on the scene. The fire was contained to one unit and no one else was displaced.

The fire department is investigating with the help of the Waukegan Police Department, the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office, and the Lake County Coroner’s office.

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2-Alarm fire in Waukegan, 12-25-20 (more)

Photos by Jeff Rudolph of the 2-Alarm fire in Waukegan, 12-25-20

Seagrave Marauder Aerialscope at work covered with ice

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2-Alarm fire in Waukegan, 12-25-20 (more)

Photos by Eric Haak of the 2-Alarm fire in Waukegan, 12-25-20

Seagrave Marauder Aerialscope at work covered with ice

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Deerfield Firefighter encrusted with ice at winter fire

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2-Alarm fire in Waukegan, 12-25-20

From the Waukegan Fire Department Facebook page:

Waukegan fire crews along with help from many other neighboring departments are working to extinguish a stubborn fire this cold Christmas morning. Please avoid the area of S Genesee and Washington Streets if you are out this morning.

Our crews have safely finished extinguishing the fire at 18 S Genesee. The structure was currently being demolished as part of a city effort to eliminate problematic vacant structures. With the help of over ten other fire departments and approximately 50 firefighters as well as assistance from Webb excavating, the fire was extinguished by 10am this morning. Working in extremely cold and icy conditions there were no injuries reported. Also a big thank you to Mayor Cunningham for coming out and thanking all for their efforts on this bitter Christmas morning.

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Waukegan Fire Department news

From the Waukegan Fire Department Facebook page:

This morning (11/19/20) members of the Waukegan Fire Dept spent some time at an unlikely place in late fall, the Waukegan lakefront. While activities on the lake are winding down for the season, we are planning for next summer with some wonderful new safety additions due to some fantastic partnerships to make Waukegan lakefront a safer place to enjoy. We thank our friends at Waukegan Harbor and Lake County IL Sheriff’s Office for their teamwork in helping us with these new life saving pieces of equipment. We were joined at the lake for this unveiling by Sam Cunningham Waukegan Mayor and our City Clerk Janet Kilkelly. #WaukStrong #WaukProud #waukeganfiredept

Waukegan Fire Department fire boat

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Waukegan Fire Department fire boat

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Waukegan Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Waukegan Fire Department received a donation of 100 new smoke detectors containing a 10-year sealed battery with installation kits which comply with a new state law that requires all dwellings built before 1988, or which do not have hardwired smoke detectors, must have the new detector with a 10-year sealed battery installed by Jan. 1, 2023. Smoke detectors have been required since 1988. There were 91 residential deaths in Illinois last year. Most occurred in homes without functioning smoke detectors.

Supplied by the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance during a press conference Wednesday, the arrival of the smoke detectors initiated an effort in which the city plans to make sure all Waukegan residences are compliant as soon as possible. The city will work with landlords, real estate agents, and the general public to communicate in English and Spanish, the necessity of the smoke detectors and their availability. The fire department will install the new alarms for any resident who needs assistance. A phone call is all that is required. Rental property owners, not their tenants, are responsible for installing smoke detectors. Anyone who needs one will get it, regardless of their ability to pay.

While the new smoke detectors may be more expensive, saving the expense of replacing batteries twice a year for 10 years yields an overall savings which can be between $150 and $250 a year. After 10 years, the new equipment must be replaced.

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New truck for Waukegan (more)

95' Seagrave Marauder Aerialscope

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Excerpts from the Chicago.tribune.com:

A person trapped nearly 100 feet off the ground in Waukegan no longer needs to descend on a ladder guided by a firefighter/paramedic. People can now be rescued and lowered to the ground in a basket attached to the Waukegan Fire Department’s newest piece of equipment. The fire department took possession of its $1.4 million 95-foot Seagrave Aerialscope earlier this month enabling four firefighters and their equipment to reach the top of nearly any building in the city simultaneously.

Lt. Todd Zupec said the new truck is the first of its kind in Illinois. Unlike the older models, no ladder climbing is necessary.

Battalion Chief Brett Stickels said the new truck allows multiple firefighters to more easily reach a victim in need of rescue, or to attack a fire whether in a high-rise building or a traditional home. “We can put a victim on a stretcher, and lay the stretcher in the basket,” Stickels said. “A crane lowers them to the ground. A firefighter can be in the basket with them. It’s better to have the firefighter with (a victim) during the rescue. They descend gently. They don’t have to walk down 100 steps of a ladder anymore.”

Rather than one firefighter climbing a ladder carrying equipment, three to four can ascend together with their gear and move into position for a rescue or to extinguish a fire. While the weight limit is 1,000 pounds when the aerial is at a right angle, it can lift as much as 5,000 pounds when it is at a lesser incline. It can move a car out of distress.

The new truck replaces a 25-year-old 75-foot ladder truck which is well beyond its expected life.

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New truck for Waukegan (more)

From the Waukegan Fire Department Facebook page:

The Waukegan Fire Department began training on our new Tower Ladder. It’s working height is up to 95 feet.

Seagrave 95' Aerialscope

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Seagrave 95' Aerialscope

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Seagrave 95' Aerialscope

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Waukegan FD press conference

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New truck for Waukegan (more)

Delivery photos from the Seagrave website of the New truck for Waukegan

Marauder 141″ 95′ Aerialscope Non-Quint Platform for Waukegan Fire Department – Waukegan, IL

Apparatus:
95′ Aerialscope Non-Quint Platform
Chassis:
Marauder 141″
Model:
TV0HCT
Engine:
Cummins X12 500 HP
Pump Type:
N/A
Body Style:
Stainless Steel Aerialscope Body
SO#:
56237
Representative:
Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC
Marauder 141" 95' Aerialscope Non-Quint Platform for Waukegan Fire Department - Waukegan, IL

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1st Seagrave Aerialscope ever delivered in Illinois

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Waukegan Fire Department news

The Waukegan Fire Department is hiring

Waukegan Fire Department recruitment flyer

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