Archive for April 21st, 2020

Naperville Fire Department news

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An early morning fire in the basement of a single-family house in Naperville left the home uninhabitable. Firefighters were called to the house at 3:09 a.m. on the 1600 block of Gartner Road when residents reported smoke coming from the basement.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke upon entering the home. It took 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze and another 45 minutes to extinguish smoldering materials and ventilate the house.

About 25 firefighters responded to the scene to battle the fire. The cause is still under investigation.

thanks Peter

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19 (more)

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 The Chicago Fire Department announced Monday that the families of two Chicago firefighters who died of COVID-19 will receive line-of-duty benefits. The benefits will provide the families of Mario Araujo and Edward Singleton with one-year’s salary and funds for funeral expenses. The department will also assist the families in obtaining other federal, state, and local benefits afforded to members who have died in the line of duty.

“Our current situation is unprecedented in the history of our department and will be addressed accordingly,” Fire Commissioner Richard Ford II said in the statement. “These two members made the ultimate sacrifice to protect those whom they swore an oath to serve. We will not forget our obligation to their families in this time of crisis.”

Any death of a CFD member will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for determination of line-of-duty status, he said.

Singleton, a 33-year veteran of the department, died April 14 from complications of COVID-19. The 55-year-old worked at the firehouse at Midway Airport, and leaves behind a wife and two adult children. One week earlier, Araujo became the first firefighter of the department to die from the coronavirus. Araujo, 47, joined the fire department in October 2003. He was single.

As of Friday evening, 109 members of CFD have tested positive for COVID-19, while 37 of them have already returned to duty. There were 12 members quarantined after being exposed to someone who later tested positive for the disease.

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New engine for Evergreen Park (more)

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations Evergreen Park Fire Dept on the recent delivery of their new 2020 E-ONE Fire Trucks (Official Site) pumper!

Thank you for your continued trust and loyalty with Fire Service, Inc. It is always a pleasure serving you!

Specs: Cummins L9 engine rated @ 355HP, side mount 1500-GPM Hale QMAX pump, front intake, pump module storage compartment, traditional pumper style aluminum body w/ 530-gal. water tank.

2019 E-ONE Cyclone pumper

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2019 E-ONE Cyclone fire engine

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Historic Chicago audio from 2-11 Alarm fires in 1976 (more)

This from Steve Redick:

Once again Steve Little has opened his archive with this recording of traffic from a 3 day period between October 20-22, 1976. Some great stuff.


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