Archive for May 18th, 2012

NATO Summit Radio Coverage

This from

FYI for my news friends,
From now through Monday night I will be live streaming radio traffic from the NATO events, marches and protests. Should be some pretty incredible listening based on what we’ve heard so far. is the address. Feel free to pass this along.

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NATO Summit will test new CFD digital radios

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that high level communications during the NATO Summit in Chicago will be conducted with the long awaited CFD digital radios.

A $23 million digital radio system — purchased in 2006 under a no-bid contract awarded under questionable circumstances — will help speed emergency response during the NATO Summit.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford disclosed Thursday that “some of the channels” provided by the long-stalled Motorola system would be used by top brass for “command and control” within the “NATO summit footprint” surrounding McCormick Place.

“This will allow us to operate and dispatch resources separately from the regular citywide system and the main radio system for better flexibility and control,” Langford said.

The Motorola radios were purchased in 2006 to prevent communications breakdowns like the one that contributed heavily to six deaths at an October 2003 high-rise fire at 69 W. Washington.

The complete article can be found HERE.

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East Joliet FPD has fatal fire 5-17-12

The Chicago Tribune has an article about a fire in unincorporated Will County, in the East Joliet Fire Protection District.

A young child died in a fire Thursday afternoon in unincorporated Joliet …

The child was found in a second-floor bedroom of a home on the 1300 block of Sherman Street …

“Deputies attempted to get into that back bedroom, were beaten back by smoke and flames, and firemen subsequently knocked down fire and did find remains of what appears to be a young infant in that room,” {Will County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Ken} Kaupas said.

ABC 7 reported:

When firefighters arrived Thursday, the second floor of the house was engulfed in flames. One woman was able to escape.

She and neighbors reportedly tried to get inside to find the child. Firefighters searched through heavy smoke, but the victim had already been killed.

East Joliet Deputy Fire Chief Kirk Kelly said the blaze was reported at 1:15 p.m. at 1354 Sterling Ave. in unincorporated Joliet Township, the Joliet Herald-News is reporting.

“The bedroom door had burned halfway through as we got there and went all the way through the door as we were there,” Lockport Township Fire Capt. Joe Casagrande said.

The articles with videos can be found HERE and HERE.

thanks Chris

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New truck for Darien-Woodridge

Jim Skrabel from Darien-Woodridge forwarded this image from the Pierce plant of the new 105′ truck scheduled for delivery in early June.

Darien-Woodridge FPD Pierce Velocity Truck 619

The new "all red" 105' Velocity aerial for Darien-Woodridge. Photo by Darien-Woodridge FPD Lt. Rich Sanborn

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