Archive for January 8th, 2020

Mattoon Fire Department news

Excerpts from

The city council voted Tuesday night to hire Litchfield’s former fire chief, Kevin Schott, as the Mattoon Fire Department’s interim chief. Schott has extensive experience as a city chief and as a firefighter with the Illinois Air National Guard. After retiring from the Guard, Schott served as chief operating officer for the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office.

Schott’s interim chief contract will be effective Jan. 13-July 12. The city will begin searching for a permanent chief with the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association’s help.

The previous interim chief, Kris Phipps, resigned in October about eight months into his 12 month contract due to disagreements with other officials regarding the department’s operations. The previous chief, Tony Nichols, retired early in February.

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Steve Redick:

If this ain’t a cool picture then I dunno what is. Photo by George Brown
vintage Chicago fire engine

George Brown photo

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New ambulance for Lockport Township FPD

From the Foster Coach Sales website:

new ambulance for the Lockport Township FPD

Foster Coach Sales photo

new ambulance for the Lockport Township FPD

Foster Coach Sales photos

thanks Hunter

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New home for Orland FPD ladder (more)

This from Danny Nelms:


former Orland FPD ladder truck

Ted Heinbuch III photo


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