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Wilmette Fire Department history

E-ONE Cyclone 100' MM tower ladder

from Frank Weglowski

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House fire in Wilmette, 12-17-19

Photos from Tim Olk of Wilmette firefighters at the scene of a recent fire

fire chief helps roll hose

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E-ONE tower ladder with lines off at fire

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aftermath of house fire

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aftermath of house fire

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Firefighters in PPE

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E-ONE tower ladder with lines off at fire

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Wilmette Fire Department open house

The Wilmette FD had an open house Saturday morning (5/18/19). This included several antique apparatus and an opportunity to showcase new Engine 27 for residents followed by ceremoniously pushing it into the station.

Engine 27 is a 2019 Pierce Dash CF PUC so 32569. It has a 1500-GPM pump, 750 gallons of water, and a foam cell which has either a 20 or 30-gallon capacity. This engine was outfitted with a 35-foot ground ladder and will run as Engine 26 if the tower ladder is out of service. It will go into service at Station 27, and the 2017 2013 E-ONE engine will become a reserve piece.

Wilmette FD Fire Chief Ben Wozney

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Wilmette FD Engine 27 2019 Pierce Dash CF PUC

; Wilmette FD Engine 27; Pierce Dash CF PUC

active and retired firefighters push new fire engine into the station

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active and retired firefighters pose with new fire engine

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Wilmette sold the reserve tower ladder and has an engine currently for sale.

 

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Wilmette Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

A 67-year-old Arlington Heights man died Saturday after an accidental boat explosion in Wilmette Harbor. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the man as Mitchell Z. Sroka.

The private boat exploded at about 8 a.m. at the Sheridan Shores Yacht Club. A second man, a 74-year-old Arlington Heights resident, was hospitalized with injuries that are not life-threatening. The injured man was standing on the dock when the boat exploded. The body of the man who was killed was recovered by divers. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The boat was tethered to a fueling dock when it exploded but was not being fueled at the time of the fire and the fueling station was not damaged. It is unclear what started the fire. The boat was half-submerged and expected to be removed by a salvage company. Police said the explosion appears to be accidental.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), which handles watercraft incidents, is investigating.

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New buggy for Wilmette

Found online …

Wilmette FD Battalion 26

New unit for Wilmette FD Battalion 26

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Wilmette Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Ben Wozney

Ben Wozney named as chief of the Wilmette Fire Department.

Wilmette officials announced Ben Wozney, a fire department veteran named deputy chief just last year, will take over for retiring Chief Mike McGreal when the latter retires Aug. 2.

Wozney, who joined the department as a firefighter and paramedic in 1995. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2010 and duty chief in 2015 before being named deputy chief in 2016. He has served as director of the MABAS Division III water rescue team, overseeing a team of 86 divers from area fire departments.

As deputy chief, he has been responsible for managing the daily operations of the department’s staff and has worked with McGreal on the department’s strategic plan and employee development.

Wozney is a graduate of New Trier High School, holds a bachelor of arts in psychology, and is also the recipient of the executive scholar award from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School for Nonprofit Management. 

McGreal was hired in 1988 as a firefighter and paramedic and was promoted to lieutenant in 2000, before serving as fire marshal in 2001 then being promoted to deputy chief in 2007. During his tenure, he was a site peer assessor for the Center for Fire Accreditation International, and as an instructor and committee member for the Northern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy.

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House fire in Winnetka, 7-2-17

Winnetka firefighters were called to 935 Forest Glen early Sunday morning (7/2/17). It appears that there were floors being refinished and a fire was smoldering for several hours prior to being discovered. The fire burned through the floor and compromised the staircase tot he second floor. A Code 4 for the working fire was upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm.

Units at the scene were Winnetka E28, T28, BN 28, 2801; Wilmette A 27, T27, BN26; Glencoe E30, 3002; Northfield S29, 2900; Highland Park E32; Glenview T14, BN6; Morton Grove S4; Evanston E23; Skokie T18; Lincolnwood E15; Northbrook 1100; and Deerfield E20.

935 Forest Glen Lane

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Winnetka FD Engine 28

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Winnetka FD Engine 28

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Firefighters on ladder at second floor window

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Firefighters after battling a house fire

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Winnetka FD Truck 28

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Winnetka FD Truck 28

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Northfield FD Squad 29

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Wilmette FD Truck 27

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Glenview FD T14

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Glencoe FD Engine 30

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Lincolnwood FD Engine 15

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aerial ladder and ground ladders at house fire

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Smeal Sirius fire engine on a hydrant

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Winnetka FD Truck 28

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Wilmette Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Wilmette Fire Chief Mike McGreal is crediting sprinklers for keeping a storage room fire at the 15,400-square-foot Wilmette public works garage from potentially engulfing the entire building.

The garage at 711 Laramie Ave. sustained an estimated $15,000 damage in the incident, which came in as an alarm shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, but the cost could have gone much higher.

He praised village administrators and fire prevention bureau officials who decided a little over eight years ago, at the time the village added an addition to the public works building, to retrofit the garage with a sprinkler system.

McGreal said firefighters found the sprinklers in use and smoke coming out the garage’s main bay … most of the fire was contained to a storage room used by the village’s sewer department.

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House fire in Wilmette, 8-22-16 (more)

Photos from Tim Olk of the House fire in Wilmette, 8-22-16 

Wilmette Tower Ladder 26

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firefighters vent roof at house fire

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firefighters vent roof at house fire

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firefighters vent roof at house fire

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Wilmette Fire Chief MacGreal

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female firefighter in PPE

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firefighter after a fire

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Glenview FD lieutenant after a fire

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Wilmette FD Engine 27

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House fire in Wilmette, 8-22-16 (more)

video by Jim McCall of the House fire in Wilmette, 8-22-16

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