Archive for October 17th, 2017

Crash with extrication in North Aurora, 10-16-17

This from Dave Weaver:

10/16/17 NORTH AURORA, IL – North Aurora FD Box Alarm heavy extrication crash, two vehicles under a semi trailer w/ entrapment and double medevac Orchard Rd. and I-88 – Video by Dave Weaver


Excerpts from the

Two men died and three others were taken to hospitals after two cars collided with a semitractor trailer Monday at the Orchard Road Interstate 88 overpass in Kane County.

Investigators are looking into whether the collisions are related to two Aurora shootings reported between 11 a.m. and the time of the crash

Working together, detectives from the county sheriff’s department and Aurora Police Department haven’t ruled out that the shootings and crash are the result of gang violence. The colors of the cars that crashed matched the colors of the cars involved in the Aurora shooting

A Jaguar and a GMC Envoy were northbound on Orchard Road, apparently traveling at high speeds, when both cars struck the semi-trailer that was turning south onto Orchard Road after getting off eastbound I-88.

The GMC driver, identified as Christopher Shaw, 23, of North Aurora, was pronounced dead at the scene. The GMC’s two passengers, one who had been in the front and the other in the back seat, were flown to a hospital. The front seat passenger, Devonte Bouchee, 24, of Aurora, died later in the afternoon, and the back seat passenger, a 23-year-old Aurora man, had injuries that were potentially life-threatening.

The Jaguar driver, a 38-year-old Aurora man; and the truck driver, a 27-year-old from Burbank, were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries. 

The sheriff’s office and Aurora police are investigating two separate reports involving vehicles chasing each other and exchanging shots in the Aurora area before the crash Monday.

Nothing was apparently hit in the first shooting, which was reported at 11:04 a.m., and the second shooting, at 11:45 a.m. along Nantucket Road and Durham Drive near West Indian Trail Road in Aurora, resulted in gunfire damage to two homes.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on the shootings to call Kane County investigators at 630-444-1103 or Aurora’s at 630-256-5500, or Aurora area crime stoppers at 630-892-1000.

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Former Orland FPD Snorkel for sale

Found at

1987 Spartan Darley Snorkel 55′ 1500/0 (Q0926)

Really nice 1987 Spartan Snorkel for sale!
6 cylinder Cummins
Allison automatic
Front tires 315/80R22.5 in good condition, rear tires 12R22.5 in good condition
10-man Spartan cab
(2) SCBA seats
No booster tank
Q2 siren
Electronic siren
55-ft Snorkel (will have new certification) Excellent condition,

679 Engine Hours

55' Snorkel for sale

1987 Spartan Darley 55′ Snorkel. Fenton Fire photo

55' Snorkel for sale

1987 Spartan Darley 55′ Snorkel. Fenton Fire photo

55' Snorkel for sale

1987 Spartan Darley 55′ Snorkel. Fenton Fire photo

55' Snorkel for sale

1987 Spartan Darley 55′ Snorkel. Fenton Fire photo

55' Snorkel for sale

1987 Spartan Darley 55′ Snorkel. Fenton Fire photo

thanks Al

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Chicago Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from

22 Chicago firefighters have returned from nine days of emergency duty in hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico.

Their work day began before dawn and sometimes lasted into the night, and their job was to get supplies and perform well-being checks in places no one else could reach.

Incident Commander Juan Hernandez says the devastation is several times worse than what you’re seeing on TV and the internet.

“Broken bridges, roads disconnected, there’s an area where there’s about 200 individuals that are totally disconnected from civilization.” Hernandez said the other way to get food and medical supplies to them was to use a zip line.

Santiago said 20 of the 22 firefighters are bilingual. The commissioner said another 400 members of the department also volunteered to go, even offering to pay their own way.

The men and women making the trip had to use their vacation time to go to Puerto Rico.

To donate, a list of organizations and charities can be found on the city’s website.

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Fire Service news … Former Phoenix Fire Chief Alan Brunacini

Excerpts from azcentralcom:

Former Phoenix Fire Chief, Alan Brunacini died Sunday.

Brunacini joined the Phoenix Fire Department in 1959 and served as fire chief for 28 years. Prior to becoming fire chief in 1978, he held every sworn position in the organization including a firefighter, engineer, captain, battalion chief, and assistant chief. 

Brunacini was the pioneer of the current National Standard on Firefighter Safety, NFPA 1500 and had also co-authored nine books pertaining to fire service. 

Brunacini served as the Fire Chief from 1978-2006.