Archive for September 21st, 2012

NIPSTA scraps old engine

This from Drew Smith:

NIPSTA Engine 2 (former Schiller Park) was scrapped due to a blown engine needing $20,000 in repairs. It was replaced earlier in the year with a former Deerfield-Bannockburn engine.
Former Schiller Park fire engine towed to scrap yard

The former Schiller Park Hendrickson/Darley engine that served NIPSTA for several years was recently towed to a scrap yard. Drew Smith photo

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CFD relocates 5-1-1A to Engine 16

Chicago Fire Department Administrative Order A-13-12

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Chicago Ward LaFrance/Ranger/EONE (part 1)


The following is the first of a 3-part series from Dave Weaver, organizer of the Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show

Chicago Fire Department Engine 17 on the set of the movie Backdraft

Chicago Fire Department Engine 17 on the set of the movie Backdraft. (X-Engine 69).

Engine 17 from the movie ‘Backdraft’ is for sale. A private collector in Minnesota has decided to let his project go for $6,000 with the condition that it receives a Chicago homecoming in the hands of the individual or group that is most capable of completing the restoration, and willing to make the rig available for parades and shows such as the Chicago Fire Academy Muster and the Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show. As of 9/19, there are several potential buyers who have offered to take on the project, but nothing is finalized yet.
 During the course of researching the history of this rig I have put together some notes…
Chicago purchased seven, 1970 Ward LaFrance engines on the P80 Ambassador chassis. These carried WLF VIN#s 80-287 to 80-293. They were shipped from Elmira Heights, NY on 6/30/70, and arrived at the CFD shops on 7/2/70 to begin prepping for assignment.
1970 Ward LaFrance Ambassador pumper assigned to Chicago Fire Department Engine 8

Steve Redick photo

 The engine with VIN# 80-289 was given CFD shop #D-374. It was originally marked as Engine 103 and delivered for service on 12/8/70, but the doorway was too narrow for the massive engine to pass through it without folding back the mirrors. It was reassigned to Engine 8 the next day at 212 W. Cermak Rd. in Chinatown, where it served until 1982.  It went to the CFD Shops for rehabbing from 9/2/80 until Feb 1981. In 1982, D-374 became a Shop’s spare.
 In 1989, the CFD sent the first set of 1970 WLFs to be rehabbed. They were sent to Able Fire Equipment Co., an Emergency-One dealer, in Frankfort. (Able later became Mid-America Truck in Elmhurst) The front of the engines received a Ranger cab manufactured in Rhode Island (now out of business). The back half was a classic E-ONE job.
Chicago Fire Department Engine 69

CFD Engine 69 after the rehab in 1995.

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Building fire in Robbins 9-19-12 (update)

More images from the Full Still @ 137th & Monticello in Robbins (MABAS 22) on 9/19/12 around 11PM from Brad Steinweg

Dixmoor Fire Department engine

Dixmoor engine. Brad Steinweg photo

Garden Homes FPD engine

Garden Homes engine.Brad Steinweg photo

Midlothian Fire Department squad

Midlothian squad. Brad Steinweg photo

Robbins Fire Department tower ladder

Robbins tower ladder. Brad Steinweg photo

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5K Run in Glenview

A reminder about the Firehouse 5K Run in Glenview

5K Run in Glenview

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