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Chicago Fire Department news

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O’Hare Airport will soon be home to one of the world’s most sophisticated firefighter training sites, thanks to a $7.4 million simulator that will prepare first-responders firefighters for rescues aboard superjumbo jets.

On Oct. 28, 2016, an engine fire broke out on an American Airlines Boeing 767 hurtling down an O’Hare runway at 154 m.p.h. just seconds before take-off … and forced 170 passengers and crew members to exit on inflatable slides as flames and smoke poured from the aircraft. One person was seriously injured; 20 suffered minor injuries.

Now, the city is taking steps to better prepare firefighters for those types of rescues aboard superjumbo jets, like the Airbus 380 that British Airways plans to debut next spring on its daily service to London.

The newly-signed contract bankrolled by airline revenues calls for Simulation Live Fire Training Solutions, Inc. to build a new triple-deck, large-frame aircraft simulator based on the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380. The simulator and accompanying software will include what City Hall calls the only rotating cabin in the world engineered to simulate a jet broken in pieces.

Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner Tim Sampey, who oversees fire rescue operations at O’Hare and Midway, said the rotating cabin feature was tailor-made to duplicate the July 1989 crash of a United Airlines jet in Sioux City, Iowa that killed 111 passengers and crew members, but miraculously left 185 survivors.

“The plane was broken into several pieces. … People who would normally be seated in the upright position were actually seated on an angle, which made rescue difficult,” Sampey said.

“This simulator give us the ability to put it at a 15-to-20 degree angle, which gives it almost a sidewards approach. … We have smoke generators being built into this as well as sound equipment that can simulate burning material, people screaming. We can put smoke where we’d like to put smoke, fire where we’d like to put fire. Different levels. It gives us … variables from the smallest scenario to the largest.”

Currently, Fire Department simulators at O’Hare are based off a narrow-body aircraft with only one aisle. The new, 70-foot-long simulator will better prepare firefighters for complicated rescues aboard two-aisle aircraft that are nearly as long as a football field.

Sampey noted that FAA regulations require the first fire department rescue unit to get to the mid-point of the farthest runway in three minutes or less.

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New ambulance for LaGrange Park

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Brand new custom Horton conversion on a Ford F550 chassis for LaGrange Park.

Horton Type I ambulance F550 chassis on a Ford

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Horton Type I ambulance F550 chassis on a Ford

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Horton Type I ambulance F550 chassis on a Ford

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new ambulance interior with Stryker cot mechanism

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Hoffman Estates fire trucks for sale


Hoffman EstatesFD Squad 22

Hoffman Estates Squad for sale

2006 Spartan Gladiator Evolution Seats 4 – Detroit Series 60, 445 H.P. Allison 4000 EVS Marion, inside Command Area, Winco 35kW $99,000.00

Hoffman Estates FD fire truck for sale

Hoffman Estates FD fire truck for sale

1994 Pierce Lance seats 4, Detroit 6V92TA new motor 2011 at 16092 hrs, Allison HT741, Pierce Walk-In, Winco 25Kw PTO, $44,000.00

Hoffman Estates FD fire truck for sale

Hoffman Estates FD fire truck for sale

1992 Pierce Arrow Seats 6, Detroit 8V92TA 450 H.P. Overhauled 3/19/2009 at 7334 Hrs, Allison HT741, Smeal 100′, Waterous 1500 G.P.M., 300 Gallon, $36,000.00

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As seen around … Chicago

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Chicago FD boat 6-8-5

Chicago FD boat 6-8-5, formerly 6-8-8.

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