Archive for January 19th, 2015

NFFF video about firefighter cancer

This from Dave Statter:

Check out this message about firefighter cancer from Byran Frieders. Frieders, a battalion chief in San Gabriel, California and president of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, makes the case that fire officers must provide the leadership that will help prevent cancer among firefighters. Frieders spoke at the National Fallen Firefighters Occupational Cancer in the Fire Service Strategy Meeting in Washington, DC January 13-15, 2015. Let us know if you have any questions.

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Berwyn Box Alarm, 1-18-15

Box Alarm for the house fire at 3828 Grove Avenue in Berwyn Sunday, 1/18/15.

fire engine with hose on the back step

Tim Olk photo

fireman cuts roof with saw

Tim Olk photo

fireman on roof in smoke

Tim Olk photo

house fire with brown smoke

Tim Olk photo

firemen at house with rear wooden staircase

Tim Olk photo

firemen on roof doing overhaul

Tim Olk photo

house fire with smoke and firefighters

Tim Olk photo

fireman on roof doing overhaul

Tim Olk photo

fireman after fighting fire

Tim Olk photo

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Two rescued from car on the ice in Chicago, 1-19-15

Excerpts from a Chicago Tribune article about an unusual ice rescue overnight in Chicago:

Two people were seriously injured when their Lexus veered off Lake Shore Drive and flipped over on a frozen lagoon in Lincoln Park early Monday morning.

Police were called to the 2200 block of North Lake Shore Drive around 1:45 a.m., after getting reports of a car crashing into the Diversey Harbor lagoon in Lincoln Park. Rescue crews found the sedan flipped over on the ice-covered lagoon. The police department’s marine unit ran two lines of rope across the lagoon as a small team worked to free a man and a woman trapped inside the car.

The team used sleds to move the two to waiting ambulances.  As they worked, police and paramedics watched from the banks of the lagoon.

Both people were taken to hospitals in serious-to-critical condition.

The article includes photos and a video.

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New Oak Park tower ladder toy in the works

This from Dan McInerney:

Fire Replicas came out today and took 300 or so photos of the rig for an upcoming model. It will be a 1:50 scale, presentation quality model that will have a display case. We are told the amount of detail will be impressive. The prototype will debut at FDIC at the Fire Replicas booth. More to come as the project progresses……

blue prints of fire truck

Oak Park FD T631

From Fire Replicas:


  • Scale: 1:50

  • Production Quantity: 250

  • Multi-materials including High Def Resin, photo etch metal, wire, stainless steel, rubber and other composites.

  • Each model is serialized for authenticity.

  • Mounted inside high quality, custom display case featuring etched stainless steel I.D. nameplate.

  • Functionality includes rolling rubber tires

Village of Oak Park Fire Department T631 is a E-One Cyclone II X 95′ Aerial Platform, serving the Village of Oak Park in the Chicago, IL area.

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