Archive for May 20th, 2013

CFD History … SS1/Squad 5

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr.:

A friend of mine sent me this photo of what remains of the Hendrickson/Pierce squad of Chicago as of this year.
He said it was up north in Minnesota somewhere
what a shame it couldn’t have been saved.
Chicago FD SS1

The remains of SS1, later assigned to Squad 5. photo


A few images from when the Snorkel was assigned to SS1 and Snorkel 4.


Chicago FD Snorkel

Hendrickson/Piece/Snorkel after some refurb as assigned to Snorkel 4. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD SS1

SS1, with 1A seen behind it at a fire scene. Larry Shapiro photo

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A historical look … Hal Bruno

This from Drew Smith:

Back in March while attending the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD I paid a visit to the National Fire Heritage Center . The NFHC is collecting written documentation of the history of the American fire service. One item that quickly caught my eye was a map of the City of Chicago that Hal Bruno had assembled. In the upper right are three cards with signatures of CFD companies. I was only able to photograph the first two cards before my camera battery died. The lower left had a list of companies and the push pins were color-coded to identify engines, trucks, squads, fog pressure, ambulances, and special units. Also affixed to this board were official CFD credentials issued to Hal by Commissioner Quinn.  Besides this board there were a number of other CFD-related items that were part of Hal’s collection and now reside at the NFHC.

If you are unfamiliar with Hal’s work, he grew up in Chicago and began work as a newspaper reporter in Chicago, eventually working for ABC news as a political director. He was a volunteer fireman, wrote a column for FIREHOUSE magazine for many years, and prior to his death served as chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

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