2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 1-18-94

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr. for #TBT:

Flash back to January 18th, 1994 when the high reached only 11 below zero, following a morning low of minus 21 and yielding a daily average temperature of minus 16. On Chicago’s south side, fire companies were battling a 2-11 in a 4 story apartment building at 8049-59 S St. Lawrence.

Firefighters battle fire in frigid weather

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

More photos HERE

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2-Alarm fire in Algonquin, 12-3-20

This from Tyler Tobolt:

Here are a few photos of the Algonquin 2nd alarm on 12/3/20 at 81 Riverdale Drive East

house engulfed by fire at night

Tyler Tobolt photo

fire engulfs a house at night

Tyler Tobolt photo

house engulfed in flames

Tyler Tobolt photo

More photos can be found HERE

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Water Rescue in Milwaukee, 12-2-20

This from Asher Heimermann:

Two people were rescued with the Milwaukee Fire Department Dive Team searching for a third after a police pursuit ended in a rollover crash along the bank of the Milwaukee River on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

If the vehicle had rolled once more, it would’ve ended up in the Milwaukee River.
Milwaukee Firefighters rescue victims from car

Asher Heimermann photo

Milwaukee Firefighters at the scene of a overturned car by the Milwaukee River

Asher Heimermann photo


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Double fatal fire in Chicago, 11-26-20

A house fire at 4216 N Kildare in Chicago on 11/26/20 resulted in two deaths.

From CFD Media on Twitter:

4217 N Kildare still and box alarm. Cfd on scene ,2.5 story frame. Full engulfed. 1 provides being evaluated. Reports of people traped. Cfd working

4217 N Kildare all companies working. Will update ASAP.

Fire through the roof. Defensive operations at this time.

Corrected address of S&B is 4216 N Kildare. Unfortunately 2 DOA on scene 1 refusal. No other injuries or transports. Struck out at 1120.

Sadly two fire fatalities occurred last night on the 4200 blk of N. Kildare, The Public Education Div. along with the still companies from that fire will be distributing Smoke Detectors and Fire Safety Literature today at 10:00 A.M. 4-1-8.

smoke obscures a house on fire at night

CFD Media photo

house engulfed by fire at night

CFD Media photo

aftermath of house where two people died in a fire

CFD Media photo

Excerpts from Chicago.cbslocal.com:

Two seniors were found dead Thanksgiving Day night in a fire in the Old Irving Park neighborhood. Officials said the fire was caused by careless use of smoking materials, and an oxygen tank in the home helped fuel the blaze.

The fire department said a still-and-box alarm was called for the fire the two-and-a-half-story frame house at 4217 N. Kildare Ave. The house was fully engulfed by fire.

The bodies of 85-year-old Robert Szalacha and 76-year-old Carol Szalacha were found at the scene around 9:21 p.m. and were pronounced dead by fire department personnel. An autopsy on Friday determined Robert Szalacha died of carbon monoxide poisoning and thermal injuries, and Carol Szalacha died of thermal injuries and smoke inhalation. 

Police said a 61-year-old woman was also in the house at the time of the fire, but refused treatment.

Flames were through the roof forcing firefighters into a defensive attack. The fire was extinguished at about 11:20 p.m.

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New home for Addison tower ladder

Former Addison FD Truck 137 is now Little Creek Fire Co Ladder 54 in Delaware

former Addison Fire District fire truck


2003 Pierce Lance 100' tower ladder

Bill Friedrich photo

thanks Josh

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New engine for Rock Falls FD

This from Randy Buttliere:

This engine was delivered 9-11-20. Rock Falls had graphics applied locally
2020 Enforcer pumper; 1,500-GPM Waterous pump; 750  gallons of water and 30 gallons of foam w/ CAFS system
Clean cab concept and pump enclosed panel

2002 Pierce Enforcer pumper

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Our Lady of the Angels anniversary

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

An oversized, multicolored quilt, deemed the “Quilt of the Angels,” was draped over the altar at the Church of the Holy Family in Little Italy for Sunday’s 5 p.m. Mass. The names and ages of all 95 victims from the Our Lady of Angels School fire in 1958 are stitched on each patch.

Tuesday marks the 62nd anniversary of the Our Lady of Angels School fire that killed 92 elementary-school students and three nuns. On Sunday, about 50 people gathered for Mass at the Church of the Holy Family to remember the lives lost, the families of the victims, the survivors and the first responders.

During the ceremony, Larry Furio and his lifelong friend and fellow survivor, Frank Giglio, read off the names of each victim. The pain of that day still lingers. The event rocked the West Side and resulted in many grief-stricken families moving away.

This year’s memorial service almost didn’t happen because of the coronavirus, but organizers worked to ensure proper safety protocols were in place. Every other row of pews was roped off with brown-and-gold ribbon to ensure proper social distancing, and everyone in attendance wore masks.

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Springfield Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from sj-r.com:

Brandon Blough has been appointed as the new Springfield fire chief. Three candidates from within the department were interviewed for the position

Blough was a member of the senior command staff, serving as deputy division chief of operations. He was promoted to the position in 2018. Prior to that he was a captain, driver engineer, and firefighter. He was also a member of the dive team. He currently sits on the board of directors of the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association, a group that represents the more than 600 police and fire pension funds in Illinois. He served on the Springfield Firefighters’ Pension Board from 2009 to 2018, first as a trustee and later president. Prior to joining the SFD, Blough was a legal sergeant with the Illinois Army National Guard from 1989 to 1995.

The city’s fire pension systems is currently about 42% funded. Nearly $270 million in additional funds will be needed above what the city is expected to collect in property tax revenue in order to meet the state law requiring that local pension systems be 90 percent funded by 2040, according to a city presentation from 2019. The city’s annual contribution to its fire and police pension systems has exceeded the property tax levy for the past several years.

Blough will be tasked with maintaining the department’s Class 1 rating, which it regained in 2018 after being downgraded in 2003. The ratings system looks at a city’s fire suppression capabilities by grading the fire department, the emergency communications system, the city’s water supply and efforts toward community risk reduction.

His annual salary as chief will be $137,000.

Blough’s father, William “Billy” Blough, was on the fire department from 1972 to 1999. He retired as a driver-engineer.

Fire Marshal Ed Canny, a 23-year department veteran who is also the chief of the department’s fire safety division, will continue to be the point person for the COVID-19 response. 

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Chicago Special Ops ATV for sale

Found at publicsurplus.com: – This was used as a special events small ambulance.

Auction #2671853 – 2007 CUB CADET BIG COUNTRY ATV (USED)

Year:  2007  2004
Mileage:  948  
VIN:  5VCDC6JF4AH210069  
Running Condition:  MAY START WITH A JUMP  
Current Price. $1,325.00
Time Left.   1 day 4 hours
High Bidder. frank7337
# of Bids.  12 
First Offer.  $100.00
Auction Started.  Nov 25, 2020 8:34:32 AM MST
Auction Ends.      Dec 2, 2020 2:30:00 PM MST
Chicago FD EMS ATV for sale
Chicago FD EMS ATV for sale
Chicago FD EMS ATV for sale

thanks Dennis

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New engine for the Ashkum Fire Department

From Bill Schreiber:

Ashkum FD Rosenbauer Warrior cab for their new pumper … where is Ashkum? click HERE

fire truck being built

Rosenbauer America photo

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