Archive for January 22nd, 2013

Fatal high-rise fire in Chicago 1-22-13

A 2-11 Alarm fire today at 6730 South Shore Drive also required an EMS Plan II. The Chicago Tribune reports:

Two men died and a woman was seriously injured when an extra-alarm fire broke out in a high-rise on South Shore Drive this morning.

All three victims suffered full cardiac arrest, apparently from breathing in smoke, according to Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

One of the men was in his 30s and the other was in his 40s, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The first man was pronounced dead at 9:54 a.m. at the University of Chicago Medical Center and the other was pronounced later at Jackson Park Hospital,  officials said.

The men were found on the seventh floor and the woman was found in the lobby of the building in the 6700 block of South Shore Drive, also in full cardiac arrest, Langford said. Paramedics were able to revive her with CPR and took her to the University of Chicago Medical Center, Langford said.

A firefighter suffered minor injuries, officials said.

The fire broke out around 8:40 a.m. and was quickly raised to a 3-11 alarm with a call for at least 10 ambulances, officials said. Firefighters on a ladder battled the blaze on the seventh floor while firefighters on another ladder tried to reach residents on balconies on the other side of the building.

Langford said the fire may have started in the bedroom of an apartment on the 7th floor. The blaze spread to an apartment on the 8th floor, he said. The fire was under control by 9:25 a.m

The fire department did not order an evacuation of the building, telling residents it was safer to stay in their apartments, Langford said. Firefighters then went door to door, checking on them.

Water from hoses and hydrants had turned to sheets of ice around the building. Dozens of fire trucks, ambulances and police cars lined South Shore Drive.

The entire article with video is HERE.

Several photos can be found HERE.

Another article is HERE.

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Schaumburg Engine 53

This from Tyler Tobolt:

Schaumburg new 2012 Pierce Engine
Schaumburg Fire Department Engine 53

Schaumburg Fire Department Engine 53. Tyler Tobolt photo

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Schiller Park has been added to the site

Schiller Park Fire Department patchThe Schiller Park Fire Department in MABAS Division 20 has been added to the site. Schiller Park has two stations, though only the headquarters station is staffed. The second station currently houses a reserve engine and ambulance. The suppression fleet consists of Pierce apparatus with a broad range of chassis: Saber, Enforcer, Dash, & Impel. Ambulances are from Wheeled Coach, Road Rescue, and very soon from Medtec as well.

Daily staffing includes an engine, an ambulance, a shift commander, and a jump company for the tower ladder or a second ambulance. Although apparatus is currently black over red, Schiller Park was at one time lime green and also had separate fire and EMS divisions.

Schiller Park Fire Department Cadillac ambulance

Cadillac Ambulance 452 used by the Schiller Park EMS prior to merging with the fire department. Larry Shapiro photo

Schiller Park Hendrickson fire engine

This version of Engine 455 was delivered in 1976 by W.S. Darley on a Hendrickson chassis with an 1871-C cab. It carried 500 gallons of water with a 1,250-GPM pump. Larry Shapiro photo

Schiller Park Fire Department

Schiller Park Engine 455 was refurbished by RPI in 1992 which included a full cab enclosure and a new color scheme. Larry Shapiro photo

Schiller Park Fire Department

Schiller Park Engine 455 was delivered in 1995 by Pierce on a Saber chassis with a 1,250-GPM pump and 500 gallons of water. Today this is the reserve engine out of Station 2 and has been renumbered as Engine 456. Larry Shapiro photo

Schiller Park Fire Station

Schiller Park Fire Station 1 is part of the municipal complex with the police department and city government offices. Larry Shapiro photo

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