Archive for February 9th, 2022

Chicago Fire Department news

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The Black Fire Brigade is all about channeling young Black men and women in the right direction and launching their careers in the fire service that pays dividends financially and personally.

Formed back in 2018, the Black Fire Brigade has helped close to 450 students to get jobs in the fire service field. They also have a social club on 84th Street and Kedzie Avenue. Coming up soon, they will break ground on a new state-of-the art location.

It once was known as Engine 61. Today, situated at 53rd Street and Wabash Avenue, it houses the Chicago African American Firefighters Museum. And while it is steeped in honoring the first African Americans that came on the Chicago Fire Department 150 years ago, it’s present-day mission is training the firefighters and paramedics of tomorrow. Enrollees range in age from 18 to 30.

Javar Murphy, who experienced homelessness not that long ago, is part of the current class. As a child, around 7 or 8, he and his cousins survived a fire. He now works in the medical field.

He and the others at the museum get EMT and firefighter training under the direction of Lt. Quention Curtis, president and founder of the Black Fire Brigade. In November, Curtis will retire and dedicate himself full time to this cause, and this place and increasing the number of African Americans within the CFD.

Presently, the objective is two-fold: get at-risk young Black men and women positive direction and along the way increase the numbers within the active duty ranks of minorities including women on the Chicago Fire Department.

The next generation is ready to make a career of public service to us like Ryan Blackmon whose father Eugene Blackmon Jr. died in the line of duty in a rescue attempt in the Little Calumet River in May 1998.

Dec. 22, 1872 was when the first Black firefighters started in the CFD.

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Washburn FPD buys used tanker

This from Martin Nowak:

Sold to: Washburn FPD – IL

Washburn FPD buys used tanker



New tower ladder for the Lockport Township FPD (more)

This from Danny Nelms:

From SST emergency Products LLC FB

Congratulations and a huge thank you to The Lockport Township Fire District . Final Inspection on 89R11. 2022 Seagrave Apollo 105′ Tower. 300 / 2000 GPM

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