Archive for December 7th, 2021

Fire service news

Excerpts from

A cancer diagnosis is enough to darken anyone’s spirit but, thanks to some special volunteers, a number of Chicago area families may have a brighter outlook this holiday season. 

At Rachel Clark and Eric Anderson’s home in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood, there were no Christmas lights Friday afternoon. The couple has six children and this has been an exceptionally challenging year.  Their 4-year-old daughter Georgianna “Georgie”  was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. 

So between, work, parenting, chemo, and blood draws, holiday decorations were an afterthought this year.

Enter the Lights and Ladders Brigade. More than 60 area firefighters rolled up in trucks and spent the next hour decorating the home for free. They gave help and in many ways also gave hope to this household and made the burden a little lighter. 

This was one of six homes the lights and ladders brigade decorated on the South Side of Chicago and in some of the south suburbs Friday.  

The Lights and Ladders Brigade is a volunteer group and all of the decorations come from donations. It is a partnership between the charities Finley Forever FoundationChristmas Without Cancer and The Tom Hopkins Foundation – all with the common goal to light up the lives of people battling cancer during this holiday season.

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Oak Park Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Village of Oak Park:

Oak Park FD Fire Chief Ronald Kobyleski

Oak Park Fire Chief Ronald Kobyleski

Oak Park Fire Department veteran Ronald Kobyleski has been named the new fire chief.

Kobyleski, who assumed the chief’s role Friday (Nov. 19), had rotated Interim Fire Chief duties since April 2021 with Battalion Chief Kevin Fadden following the retirement of Chief Tom Ebsen, who served with the department for more than 40 years.

Fadden, a veteran of the Oak Park Fire Department since 1998, is expected to continue in the role of Interim Deputy Fire Chief until the position is filled permanently.

A veteran of the Oak Park Fire Department since 1985, Chief Kobyleski has held every rank available in the Oak Park Fire Department, including one year as deputy chief, 10 years as a battalion chief and seven years as the department’s training officer.

He has been a certified Fire Investigator, Hazardous-Materials Technician, Technical Rescue in building collapse, high rise rescue, trench rescue and confined space rescue. He also was the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 11 Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue Team leader for nine years.

Kobyleski is certified by the state Fire Marshal as Advance Fire Officer and Training Program Manager, and has studied architectural design and building construction. His notable professional activities and affiliations include the International Fire Chief’s Association, Illinois Fire Chiefs Association and National Fire Protection Association.

thanks Drew

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New pumper/tanker for Kansasville, WI

From Seagrave Fire Apparatus:

Seagrave would like to thank Kansasville Fire & Rescue of Wisconsin for their recent apparatus purchase:

Some features of this apparatus include:
S/S Marauder Class cab & chassis
Cummins 500HP X12 engine
Top mount pump house
Stainless dteel fuel cell
Waterous 1500-GPM pump
Foam Pro system
2000-gallon water tank,  20-gallon foam cell
Stainless steel water tank cradle
Stainless steel 207” body

drawing of new Seagrave Marauder pumper/tanker for the Kansasville Fire Department in Wisconsin

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New aerial ladder truck for Aurora (more)

From Fire Service, Inc. @FireServiceIncStJohn:

Congratulations to Chief Gary Krienitz and the members of the Aurora Fire Department in Aurora, Illinois on the recent delivery of their new E-ONE HR100 aerial. As always, we appreciate the business and the support from this excellent department. 

2021 E-ONE Typhoon HR100 aerial ladder

2021 E-ONE Typhoon HR100 aerial ladder

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