Archive for December 24th, 2013

Bloomingdale Tender 21

This from Mike Maida:

 Attached is a picture of Bloomingdale Tender 21, the 2011 Impel Pumper Tanker.  I saw this rig out and about and thought that this might be of interest as it has to do with the re-numbering of the rigs in DuPage County.

Mike Maida

Bloomingdale FIre Protection District Tender 21

Bloomingdale Fire District Tender 21. Mike Maida photo


Tags: , , , , , ,

Dixmoor shuts down their fire department (more)

More from Dennis McGuire, Jr. who visited the Dixmoor Fire Department on December 1, 2013 when the department was formally shut down. He submitted a few images from that morning along with a video clip. Dennis also provided a historic overview of their most recent and past apparatus which will follow tomorrow.

Dixmoor Fire Department closes

Past and present members one last time. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Dixmoor fire department shuts down

Taking down old glory. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Dixmoor fire department shuts down

Running board with all companies out of service. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Dixmoor fire department shuts down

The fire department after being shut down. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Dixmoor fire department shuts down

Closed for business. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Previous posts about this closing can be found HEREHEREHERE, and HERE.

The final video … 20131201_Dixmoor

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Prospect Heights Fire District delivers gifts for Christmas

The Daily Herald has an article about the Prospect Heights Fire District delivering gifts to low income residents of their district:

Santa Claus took a break Monday from last-minute preparations at the North Pole to make special deliveries of toys and clothing to children in Prospect Heights. … aboard an ambulance as part of an annual event organized by the city’s firefighters and police officers.

With the hope of making the holidays a little merrier for local families struggling to make ends meet, firefighters and police purchased gifts and clothes for 23 children from seven families. All the children were recommended by social workers in Prospect Heights, including Elementary School District 23 and Wheeling School District 21.

Police and firefighters also will be providing money to an elderly resident for holiday meals.

Firefighters partnered with various organizations in Prospect Heights to raise money for the toy drive, including police, city staff, the mayor’s office, park district, Prospect Heights Lions Club and Garden Club. Local businesses also supported the cause, including, Lakeridge Builders, Heights Body and Motor Works, Fries Automotive, Player’s Pub & Grill, Union Ale House and Rocky Vanders, and Wheel-Inn Body & Motor Works in Wheeling.

“We were able to raise more money and get a lot more people involved that way,” Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Jones said. By working together, community agencies raised $7,500 to make holiday wishes come true for needy children.

“Everyone involved in the Secret Santa Committee recognized that this was an opportunity to assist community families with basic needs,” said Kathy Nowicki, Prospect Heights Park District executive director. “Plus, it puts smiles on the faces of all the children when Santa makes the family delivery.”

He’s not bringing lavish gifts, however. The children wanted mostly clothes, shoes, boots and winter coats, though each child also received one toy.

“We’re in the business of helping people,” Jones said. “This is just an extension of that. It just feels good to be able to give and make the holidays bright for families falling on hard times.”

thanks Dan

Tags: , , , , , ,

Area apparatus for sale

Kevin Griffin found these pieces of apparatus for sale that formerly served area fire departments :

Former Addison tower ladder:

Addison Fire Department sells used truck

Former Addison tower ladder

Former Downers Grove:

Downers Grove Fire Department fire engine for sale

Former engine from Downers Grove.

From Bill Friedrich:

It is one of two that we purchased in 1995. There is a new Pierce Saber being delivered in January of 2014.


Tags: , , , , ,