Archive for February 21st, 2011

Plane slides of runway at Chicago Executive

Wheeling and Prospect Heights Fire Departments responded to a plane that slid off the end of the runway and Chicago Executive Airport this evening. The plane had one wheel off into the dirt and was leaking fuel. The pilot was uninjured.

The Chicago Tribune has a brief article HERE.

This occurred just after 8PM when road surfaces froze due to the drop in temperature. Multiple vehicle accidents within the same hour kept these and other area fire departments busy.

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New ambulance for Gurnee

An article in the Trib Local for Gurnee describes the new 2011 IHC 4300/Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance for Gurnee. Funds for the new ambulance were donated by one of the Fire Protection Districts that contracts with the Gurnee Fire Department for service.

Thanks to the Warren-Waukegan Fire Protection District, which works closely with the Gurnee department to cover 32 square miles of incorporated and unincorporated land from Waukegan to Route 45, the Gurnee department will replace an old ambulance with a brand new, high-tech one, said Chief Fred Friedl.

Warren-Waukegan FPD President Phillip DeRuntz will present keys to the new vehicle to the department at 10 a.m. on Friday as part of a ceremony at Gurnee Fire Station No. 2, 6581 Dada Drive.

The entire article along with a photo of the new unit can be seen HERE.

Thanks to Bill Friedrich for finding the article.

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MABAS Division 3 dive drill

Evanston Fire Department ice dive training

As the primary diver is in the water, a backup diver holds a tethered safety line. Additional support personnel assist with the safety lines. Tim Olk photo

This past week was a time for many area fire departments to take advantage of the moderate weather and conduct dive drills in various icy bodies of water. The MABAS Division 3 Dive Team conducted training at the Underwriters Labs cmpus in Northbrook. Tim Olk was there photographing the training exercise and submitted a few images.

Evanston Fire Department ice dive training

One diver stands ready to enter the water as the other is briefed by the training officer. Tim Olk photo

Evanston Fire Department ice dive training

A diver in the water receives instructions from another member of the dive team while training. Tim Olk photo

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