Archive for June 26th, 2012

Fire training at Sherman Hospital

The Daily Herald has an article about several fire departments being able to take advantage of high-rise training at the old Sherman Hospital facility in Elgin.

 A portion of the old Sherman Hospital on Elgin’s east side is enjoying a final hurrah as a firefighters’ training ground before it meets the wrecking ball in July.

All this week, more than 300 personnel from 14 fire departments and protection districts are using a rare opportunity to practice their high-rise firefighting skills in the four-story building.

Fires in high-rises are tricky because they take place while equipment could be several stories below. Because of that, it can take a longer time getting to the fire and the time elapsed could increase the size of the blaze, Elgin Assistant Fire Chief Dave Schmidt said.

One of the exercises Monday involved planning for enough equipment in the staging area, which was two stories below. Firefighters also used the second floor as a command post and searched the fourth floor for potential victims.

After securing permission from Sherman officials for the exercise, the Elgin Fire Department invited firefighters from surrounding communities to practice with them, Schmidt said.

They include fire personnel from South Elgin, the Dundees, Rutland-Dundee, Carpentersville, Hampshire, Pingree Grove, Streamwood, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Bartlett, Hoffman Estates and Huntley.


The entire article can be found HERE.

thanks Chris

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Chicago 3-11 alarm fire and EMS Plan 1 with rescues

Chicago firefighters were busy overnight and early this morning with two extra-alarm fires. The Englewood Fire Alarm Office received calls around 5AM reporting fire in a four-story courtyard building at 714 E. 82nd St.

Radioman Dave Weaver has “must hear” audio and comments that:

Fire dispatched at the 2 minute mark as a Still & Box Alarm by the Englewood dispatcher. Jumpers from a courtyard apartment reported to fire companies while enroute. Engine 82 has a must-hear size-up at the 4:55 mark.

Watch live video from on

There should be video posted later today by NBC5 HERE.
More details/photo by the Chicago Tribune HERE.
Steve Redick went by the scene later in the morning and submitted these photos.
Chicago Fire Department apartment fire 82nd Street

Squad 5 witha spare Snorkel working at the Sector 1/Sector 2 corner of the building. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department 3-11 Alarm fire 714 E 82nd Street

One of the trucks is in front of the building and multiple ground ladders can be seen at several windows. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department 3-11 Alarm Fire at 714 E. 82nd Street

Engine 82, the still alarm engine, on a hydrant down the street. Steve Redick photo

From the Chicago Tribune:

At least four people were injured and others were rescued down ladders when an extra-alarm blaze broke out at a courtyard apartment building in the Chatham neighborhood this morning, authorities say.

The fire started shortly after 5 a.m. in the building in the 700 block of East 82nd Street, possibly in a stairwell of the four-story building, and burned through the top floor, officials said.

The fire was quickly raised to a 3-11 alarm, the second of the early morning, and extra ambulances were called. The fire was struck out shortly before 7 a.m.

When firefighters pulled up, flames were shooting from third- and fourth-floor windows. Firefighters quickly raised ladders to rescue residents, he said.

“They had people hanging out the windows,” Fire Chief Michael Fox told reporters. “And they had one person who already jumped into the alley.”

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Area apparatus photos

Martin Nowak has submitted several images of local apparatus at the recent Hickory Hills Street Fair.


Roberts Park Fire Protection District

Battalion Chief 3. Martin Nowak photo

Roberts Park Fire Protection District

Ambulance 32 with a female getting medical attention. Martin Nowak photo

Roberts Park Fire Protection District

Roberts Park had Engine 32, Ambulance 32, and Ladder 31 staged one the far end of the fair in case of a call. Martin Nowak photo

Roberts Park Fire Protection District

Ambulance 3R was used to haul tables and chairs. Martin Nowak photo

Roberts Park Fire Protection District

Engine 32 is the newest engine and the only Crimson in the fleet. Martin Nowak photo

Roberts Park Fire Protection District

A Roberts Park firefighter cooling off children. Martin Nowak photo

More of Martin’s images can be seen on his site located HERE.

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