Archive for October, 2012

New ambulance in Lemont

This from Scott Pilafas:

Just put in service as 914 replaced 2004 McCoy Miller. Great website appreciate all your hard work !! 
Lemont Fire Protection District ambulance

Lemont’s new Ford F-450/Medtec Type I ambulance is in service as 914. Scott Pilafas photo

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New patch for Western Springs

Lucas Knudsen submitted the new decal being used for the Western Springs Fire Department patch.

Western Springs Fire Department patch

We’d like to get the patch to add to the department pages on the site.


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CFD ambulances added to the site

Matt Schumann has supplied images of six CFD ambulances that were not on the site:

Chicago Fire Department Ambulance90


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Where are they now … Barrington

From Bill Friedrich:

The Barrington Fire Department sold their 1998 Pierce Quantum which went into service for the fire department in Gibson, TN.

Barrington Fire Department Pierce Quantum engine

Barrington Engine 3612, a 1998 Pierce Quantum with a 1,500-GPM pump, 750 gallons of water, 30 gallons of Class A foam plus 30 gallons of Class B foam. Bill Friedrich photo

Gibson Fire Department Pierce Quantum fire engine

The Gibson Fire Department located in Tennessee now operates X-Barrington Engine 3612. Ryan Smith photo

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New engine for Lisle-Woodridge FPD

This from Josh Boyajian:

The Lisle Woodridge FPD has placed an order with Pierce for another engine. Expected this winter. It will be a PUC Pumper on a Arrow XT cab.   1500 gpm pump with a 750 gallon tank. (will be the same as 511) This engine will be for 521 at station 2. the current 521 will be moved to station 5 as 551. And the e-one engine will become o.o.s.

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Sauk Village Fire Chief to Run Police & Fire

This from

Police Chief Robert Fox, who was chosen by Village President Lewis Towers to run both the Police and Fire departments, signed an agreement Friday that says he will decline the dual appointment.

The agreement effectively ends Fox’s tenure with the village as of Thursday, when Fire Chief Alan Stoffregen takes over command of both the Fire and Police departments, according to Village Attorney Michael McGrath.

According to McGrath’s memorandum, Stoffregen will take over both the Police and Fire departments effective Thursday, which is the beginning of the new fiscal year for Sauk Village municipal government.

Trustees have said they wanted to eliminate the police chief’s salary because of the village’s weak financial situation. They said it is impossible to pay a police chief’s salary of about $75,000 in addition to Stoffregen’s salary of about $72,000.

Read the entire article HERE.

thanks Dennis

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Discrimination lawsuit filed against Chicago over fire test

The Chicago Sun-Times has an article discussing a new lawsuit filed on behalf of women that failed the physical abilities test for the CFD:

A physical abilities test the city is using to hire African-American firefighters in settlement of a race discrimination lawsuit is discriminatory against women, a suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court charges.

Godfrey et al vs. City of Chicago was filed by 20 female plaintiffs on behalf of all female applicants who recently took the test and failed.

The women are already members of two other class-action suits.

They were members of Lewis et al vs. City of Chicago — encompassing some 6,000 African-American firefighter applicants who sued over a 1995 firefighter entrance exam the federal courts agreed was racially discriminatory. That suit was finally settled last year.

The Godfrey plaintiffs are also members of the lawsuit Vasich vs. City of Chicago, filed last year on behalf of women who passed the firefighter written exam but failed the physical abilities test.

“It’s a test that doesn’t really test for the abilities you need to become a firefighter, and screens out women needlessly and unjustifiably,” said attorney Marni Willenson, who represents some of the women in the Godfrey suit and is lead attorney on Vasich.

“We’ve been in settlement discussions for a year, yet the city made the decision again to use the test we were suing to throw out.”

As part of the settlement of the Lewis suit, the city agreed to hire 111 of the bypassed African-American applicants, and to pay damages that could reach as high as $78 million to the remaining 5,900.

Both suits charge the physical test, which includes arm and leg lifts, arm endurance tests, hose dragging and stair climbing, discriminates by screening out women at a higer rate than men.

In 2011, women still comprised only 2 percent of the more than 5,000 firefighters/emergency medical technicians staff, charges the Godfrey suit, which seeks back pay and other reliefs “to secure future protection and to redress the past deprivation of rights.”

Friday’s lawsuit now represents the third time the physical abilities test has been the subject of a discrimination lawsuit by women. In 2008, five women who failed the paramedic physical ability test sued, and that first case is still pending in federal court.

Read the entire article HERE.

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Chicago 2-11 Alarm 10-29-12

From the Chicago Tribune:

Extra-alarm fire displaces 20, including 6 children

Extra-alarm fireThe Chicago Fire Department battles an extra-alarm fire that spread to three buildings on the 8800 block of South Escanaba Avenue in Chicago. (Heather Charles, Chicago Tribune / October 29, 2012)
By Peter NickeasTribune reporter7:43 a.m. CDT, October 29, 2012
 An extra-alarm fire broke out in a vacant Southeast Side building and spread to three other building this morning, displacing six children and 14 others, officials said.

A firefighter was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital after injuring his knee fighting the blaze in the fighting the blaze in the 8800 block of South Escanaba Avenue. And a resident of the neighborhood was taken to the same hospital after smoke triggered an asthma attack, officials said.

Firefighters responded to the fire about 4:20 a.m. and found a two-story frame building engulfed in flames, Chicago Fire Department Spokeswoman Meg Ahlheim said.

An extra alarm was called as the fire spread to three neighboring buildings, one vacant and two occupied, bringing about 100 firefighters and paramedics to the scene. The fire was under control by about 6 a.m.
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Copyright © 2012, Chicago Tribune

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New tanker for Rockdale

Dennis McGuire, Jr. found this new tanker for Rockdale on the US Tanker website. The Patriot Series tanker has 2,100 gallons of water and a 1,000-GPM pump.

Rockdale Fire Protection District new tanker

New US Tanker on a Kenworth chassis for the Rockdale FPD. US Tanker photo

Download drawings for this unit HERE.


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Where are they now … Calumet City

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr.

Here is Calumet City X-Engine 1, a 1937 American LaFrance Type 475 pumper sitting in a park in Calumet City.
Calumet City 1937 American LaFrance Type 475

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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