Archive for May 31st, 2011

Historical programs offered by the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago

Fire Museum Program Reviews 1946 LaSalle Hotel Fire
And Crib Fire that Trapped Workers in Offshore Inferno in 1909
Two Chicago fires that together took over 100 lives in the first half of the 20th Century will be revisited in a program presented by the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago on Saturday, June 11, at the Chicago Quinn Fire Academy, 558 W. DeKoven St.
  • First on the 10 a.m. program will be a presentation by a maritime historian on a fire that killed 50 workmen trapped on the Dunne water intake crib off 68thStreet in Lake Michigan on a freezing winter night in 1909.
  • The other tragedy to be reviewed is Chicago’s most disastrous hotel fire, a fast-spreading early morning blaze that took 61 lives at the LaSalle Hotel @ LaSalle and Madison Streets, on June 5, 1946, and led to strengthened fire safety laws.

Anyone interested in Chicago history and the fire service is welcome to attend.  The Fire Museum of Greater Chicago, at 5218 S. Western, will itself be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays through the rest of 2011: June 25, July 30, Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 29 and Nov. 26.

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Wilmette historic gallery is added

Wilmette Fire Department history

Apparatus photos dating back to 1958 representing the Wilmette Fire Department have been assembled into a gallery which is accessible through the ‘Historic Photos’ button on the pages depicting the Wilmette stations. Images to date are from Bill Friedrich, Karl Klotz, and Larry Shapiro plus several from the collection of Jeff Schielke.

Wilmette Fire Department E-ONE Cyclone engine

In years past the fleet consisted of Seagrave apparatus and then beginning in the 1980s the department started to move the fleet to include units built by E-ONE. Today, as in years past, Wilmette staffs two stations, though the manner in which they run apparatus has changed. The west station, Station 2 runs an engine plus an ambulance and is home to the spare engine. The headquarters station has a battalion chief, an ambulance, and a tower ladder. On any given day if they are at full manning, the squad will be put into service to chase the ambulance. In reserve at this station is another tower ladder which insures that they will always have a tower in service regardless of maintenance or other issues that require taking the frontline piece out of service.

Throughout the 70s and into the mid-80s Wilmette had two trucks on the roster like they do today. They ran a 1962 Seagrave mid-mount ladder truck and a 1975 Seagrave 55′ Snorkel.

Wilmette Fire Department history

Sadly, we don’t as of yet have images of the Cadillac ambulances.

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