Archive for January 1st, 2011

Chicago 2-11 & EMS Plan I 1/01/11

A fire on New Year’s Day which apparently began on the rear porches escalated into a 2-11 Alarm with an EMS Plan I at 4315 W. 25th Place. The Chicago Tribune reports (HERE) that six people were injured including three Chicago firefighters. After receiving multiple calls, the Englewood Fire Alarm Office  boxed the fire before the first companies arrived. Engine 99 was first on the scene and reported that they had rear porches burning. Firefighters rescued two residents from the second floor via ground ladders from the 2-1/2 story frame building. The three firefighters were transported with non-life-threatening injuries.

Tim Olk arrived on the scene in the early stages of the fire and was able to capture several striking images. Tim has a complete gallery which can be viewed HERE.

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm Fire 4315 W. 25th Place

A firefighter from Squad 1 climbs down a ladder after ventilating windows on the second floor as heavy flames escape. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm fire at 4315 W. 25th Place

Heavy fire pushes from the second floor of the building. The fire is believed to have originated on a rear porch and subsequently trapped the second floor residents who were rescued by firefighters. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm fire at 4315 W. 25th Place

Fire takes over the balance of the second floor as firefighters inside the building work to extinguish the flames. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm fire at 4315 W. 25th Place

A battalion chief checks the progress of exterior companies after the fire on the second floor has been knocked down. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm fire at 4315 W. 25th Place

Three Chicago firefighters were transported from the fire scene with various non-life-threatening injuries sustained while fighting the fire on 25th Place. Here, several firefighters work together to remove one of the injured firefighters from the building. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm fire at 4315 W. 25th Place ice on firefighter

Temperatures were below freezing this morning as evidenced by the ice covering this Chicago battalion chief at the 2-11 alarm fire. Tim Olk photo

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Goodbye to an icon of photography – Kodachrome 1935-2010 has an article describing the final days of the legendary slide film Kodachrome. The last roll will be processed next week. Check out the article HERE about Dwayne’s Photo, in Parsons, Kansas, which was the last lab to offer processing for Kodachrome having purchased enough chemicals from Kodak to allow them to continue processing the film through the end of 2010.

During the past week Dwayne’s employees kept the last Kodachrome processing machine operating 24 hours a day filling orders as the announced deadline for accepting orders of December 30 approached.  On Thursday Dwayne’s received 18 bags of U. S. mail and 500 packages via FedEx, enough work to keep them processing around the clock until sometime next week.

… a railroad worker who had driven from Arkansas to pick up 1,580 rolls of film that he had just paid $15,798 to develop

… an artist who had driven directly here after flying from London to Wichita, Kan., on her first trip to the United States to turn in three rolls of film and shoot five more before the processing deadline

The story is well worth the read!

Been there, done that, get the t-shirt to prove it!

Kodachrome t-shirtKodachrome t-shirt

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Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District – update

The Kane County Chronicle posted an article HERE about several options that are being considered for the direction of the new Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District. The St. Charles Fire Department, Metro Paramedic Services, and American Emergency Services have all submitted proposals which will be considered by the board in February.

District officials announced last month they wanted to change its operations to open other fire and ambulance stations, which would lower response time for emergency services for residents of Wayne, Campton and St. Charles townships.

… the fire protection district held its last meeting, as its name change to Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District goes into effect Saturday.

Its new website is which also links from the old district’s name,

Thanks for Dennis McGuire, Jr. for submitting this information.

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