Archive for July 30th, 2017

As seen around … Chicago

From Josh Boyajian:

Chicago FD Squad 2A

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Box Alarm in Chicago, 7-29-17

This from Larry Shapiro:

I was in the neighborhood when the 7th Battalion pulled up on a working fire in a three-story, brick apartment building at 3111 W. Diversey.   They had rear porches going with extension to a two-story house behind the building on Troy. He asked for a Box Alarm and companies made quick work of knocking down the fire. 

I arrived before the Box Alarm companies to find crews washing down hotspots. 

Chicago FD Truck 13

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Firefighters washing down rear porches after a fire

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Firefighters venting a roof during a fire

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Chicago FD Engine 91

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Chcoag FD Battalion 7

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Chicago FD mobile command board

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Joliet Fire Department news (more)

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Joliet Fire Department Lt. Shawn Carroll, who was incredibly well-liked by his professional colleagues and a source of inspiration to countless people, died Saturday after a second bout of cancer. He was 38. Carroll had been a member of the Joliet Fire Department since 2000.

Shawn’s wife, Krissi, posted the sad news of her husband’s death on Facebook on Saturday afternoon.

“At 1:25 p.m. Shawn Carroll, peacefully left his earthly body to gain his angel wings. It was the most peaceful thing I’ve ever seen. I feel comfort knowing he is no longer in pain, suffering, waiting on those next set of results. He will be deeply missed but asked that all of us smile and think of your favorite memory of him.”

Krissi Carroll also made it a point to extend a sincere thank you to every single person for their love and support, saying, “I know that Shawn would be deeply appreciative of the way you all have surrounded me with your love to hold me up,” she wrote.

A Joliet native, Shawn Carroll graduated from Joliet Catholic Academy, studied fire science at Joliet Junior College, and engineering at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. 

In late November, an article noted that Carroll had previously beat cancer a few years ago, only to recently learn that the cancer had returned and was now in his lung. You can go here to visit the GoFundMe page established for him.

Besides his wife, Krissi, the couple had two young daughters.

thanks Dan

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Rockford Fire Department news

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Rockford’s Fire Department is one of the first in the country to use drone technology to help with controlling fires and investigating them afterwards.

“It can stitch together a live map while you’re flying it, so basically you can have a damage assessment almost immediately available after flying it over a large area,” says Rockford Fire Leutenant, Trevor Hogan.

After recording footage, firefighters can make 3-D models of fire scenes.

The fire department mainly uses this technology for large building fires like the recent Hanley Building and two fires in vacant buildings on 7th St. in downtown Rockford. All three of those fires are still under investigation.

“You’re just collecting information/data that can be used at many different stages of the fire. Information can be used to keep people safer, firefighters safer,” says Hogan.

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