Archive for June 9th, 2012

Niles 100yr Anniversary

Tim Olk tells us that today, from 11AM-3PM, the Niles Fire Department is commemorating 100 years of service at Fire Station 2.

Celebrate the Niles Fire Department’s 100 Year Anniversary – Open House at Fire Station 2 on June 9 from 11 am to 3 pm

Fire Department “Centennial Open House”

8360 W. Dempster Street

Saturday, June 9, 2012

11:00 am to 3:00 pm


The Niles Fire Department is hosting a Centennial Open House celebration to commemorate 100 years of providing fire protection to the citizens of Niles. There will be a variety of family-friendly activities and demonstrations.


On February 19, 1912, the State of Illinois chartered the Niles Volunteer Company.  The department functioned on a volunteer basis until 1953. Records indicate that the department averaged 450 calls in the late 1950s into the early 1960s. Today, calls average over 6,000 annually.


The unique abilities of the Niles Fire Department firefighters will be showcased during the Open House. The public is invited to view auto extrication, a rappelling demonstration and a live burn showing the benefits of a home sprinkler system. Children can participate in an “Injury Prevention Booth” sponsored by Lutheran GeneralHospital, a children’s “firefighter challenge,” as well as other activities. A hot dog lunch will be provided while supplies last, along with Baskin & Robbins ice cream being sold for 31 cents a scoop to benefit the Niles Fire Department Explorer Post 28.


Parking for this event can be found at the following locations: the east lot of the Iceland Ice Rink, Northridge Preparatory located at 8320 W. Ballard, and CitiBank located at 8400 W. Dempster after 1:00 p.m.


Please join us on Saturday, June 9th, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, as we pay tribute to the past, recognize the present, and embrace the future.

Bellwood looking for a non-FD home for their old tower

This from Tom Podraza

This was posted to a Police car group I belong to also..
Doug, who works at an auto salvage yard in Aurora was contacted by Bellwood FD about disposing of the truck.
“We got a call at the yard today – Bellwood FD is looking to sell / scrap one of their trucks. Too big for us to process but I got the info in hopes someone would want to save it. This is a fully operational unit; they just received a grant for a new one. It needs to be gone in 3-4 weeks, but they may be able to work short term storage with a buyer.1986 Grumman ladder truck with a 102 foot ladder and 1500 gpm pump.
They’ve been quoted $6K-$8k scrap value, but can’t find anyone who can take it.

I was told it can go to anyone, but not back into fire service. Not sure why. May be a condition of the grant?”


Capt. Larry Kaufman – CFM
Bellwood Fire Department
3200 Washington Blvd
Bellwood, IL 60104
fax: 708-547-9552
Cell – 708-287-0012
mailto:lkaufman (at)

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