Archive for October, 2020

Working fire in Buffalo Grove, 10-31-20

This from Larry Shapiro:

Buffalo Grove police and firefighters were sent to 667 Bernard Drive Saturday afternoon (10/31/20) for a reported dryer fire. Arriving units had heavy smoke and the alarm was upgraded to a Code 4 Working Fire. The fire apparently originated in the dryer and extended outside of the appliance charging the entire split-level house with smoke. Buffalo Grove units on the scene were Engine 26, Engine 27, Quint 25, Squad 25, Ambulance 25, Ambulance 26, and Battalion 4. They were assisted by Long Grove Tanker 55 and Battalion 55; Arlington Heights Engine 4, Ambulance 4, and Battalion 1; Prospect Heights Engine 39; Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Squad 51; Palatine Engine 82; and the Buffalo Grove EMA Mobile Com Unit.

Decon procedures and COVID safety measures were abundant at the scene for firefighters and family members.

Firefighter on ground ladder vents window with smoke #EONE Strength

Larry Shapiro photo

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Chicago Fire Boat – Engine 2 (more)

The Chicago Fire Boat – Engine 2 has returned to service after being repaired and repainted

Chicago FD Engine 2, the fire boat Christopher Wheatley

Tim Olk photo

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Box alarm fire in Zion, 10-30-20

This from Jeff Rudolph:

Zion responded to a report of a basement fire, with the caller still inside the house looking for her dog. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke showing, and the caller outside the home, with no dog. Command ungraded to the working still, and then to box 18-1 to the first alarm. Then dog was reunited with its owners. Fire extended into the attic, and eventually through the roof. Jeff Rudolph
heavy flames and smoke from roof of a house

Jeff Rudolph photo

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Elgin Fire Department news

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Elgin firefighters went above and beyond to lift the spirits of a patient at a suburban rehabilitation hospital.

The only way for patients to visit with family members at that the Avondale Estates facility is to do so through a window, which makes Mary Moore’s third-floor room a big hurdle. She has been suffering from serious respiratory illness and transferred there  this week. She’s the matriarch of a large, tightly-knit family. Concerned relatives flew in from around the country to see her, except they weren’t really going to be able to see much looking up from the parking lot. When Elgin’s fire chief heard about it, he offered the solution; a ladder truck to bring them to the window.

The family kept the visit a secret, waiting to just appear in front of her window Thursday afternoon – and the reaction was worth it.

While her family was only here to visit Mary Moore, administrators said everybody in the facility got a boost at a time when many may need it the most.

“It’s not something we can do every day, take another ladder truck out of service,” Elgin Fire Chief Robb Cagann said. “But the circumstances around this particular situation gave us the opportunity to do it and we thought it warranted our ability to do that.”

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19 (more)

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A somber ceremony honored Mario Araujo, the first Chicago firefighter EMT to die from the coronavirus. His colleagues saluted, his family was honored as they and mourn a loss due to COVID-19 that thousands of others have endured in our state.

Inside the fire academy, Araujo’s mother and family watched his badge, number 5186, be enshrined in the building itself, his sacrifice honored. And it’s not just at the training academy. Araujo is now also honored along the lakefront at the firefighter EMT memorial for all to see. His name is now etched in brick alongside his fallen brother and sister firefighters, now forever part of the city he loved.

From CFD media on Twitter:

Firefighter/EMT Mario Araujo was honored today at the Quinn Fire Academy. FF Araujo was the first member of CFD to succumb to the deadly coronavirus in April. Mario’s service and dedication will always be remembered.

brick to honor the memory of fallen Chicago Firefighter/EMT Mario Araujo

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Working fire in Chicago, 10-28-20

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:

Working fire on 10-28-2020 @10626 s Calhoun. Engines 81, 74 Trucks 17, 61, 62, Battalions 24, 23, 22

Note new battalion buggy, new Truck 17, and Engines 81 & 74 in newer engines

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Chicago Fire Department news (more)

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The opening of the Chicago Fire Department’s new $30 million firehouse in the West Pullman is being delayed because of two COVID outbreaks at the construction site. It will be the second largest fire station in the city, sometime after the new year.

Two Chicago firefighters in the CFD have died and 425 have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began. About 30 firefighters are now quarantined.

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Working fire in Hammond, IN – 10/28/20

From Tim Olk:

Hammond, Indiana – vacant building fire 1529 Hohman Ave

E-ONE quint at Hammond fire scene

Tim Olk photo

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Crestwood Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

For TBT- Crestwood Squad 2305, a 1982 Mack(MS) Mid-liner /1985 Phoenix 500/500 pumper/squad.  This one was to be built by Pierreville before they went under.
Mike Summa
Crestwood Fire Department history

Mike Summa photo

and a few more photos from our archives

Mack Midliner MS fire engine

Karl Klotz photo

Mack MS fire engine

Larry Shapiro photo

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Mokena FPD ambulance refurb (more)

From the Alexis Fire Apparatus website photos of the Mokena FPD ambulance refurb

ambulance being refurbished

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