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New Chicago Fire Department replica model

From Fire Replicas:

Chicago’s only 137′ ladder…now small enough to take home



replica model of E-ONE 137' aerial ladder

Fire Replicas Chicago's E-One Aerial Tower 8 model

Fire Replicas Chicago's E-One Aerial Tower 8 model

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New command van for Chicago Fire Department

From Tim Olk:

New Frontline command van for 2-7-9

Freightliner / Frontline mobile command and communications unit

Tim Olk photo

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from

The Chicago fire academy is closed until further notice after an apparent COVID-19 outbreak impacting both students and instructors. Officials said they are working to determine the source of the outbreak at the Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy, located at 558 W. De Koven Street in the South Loop. It’s not clear how long the building will be shut down. Officials have not said exactly how many people tested positive for COVID-19, but there are multiple cases. Those individuals are now in isolation and none require hospitalization. For now, the other trainees will participate in remote instruction. The facility will undergo a deep cleaning. 

Just last week, the department released a public service message urging people to take the virus seriously by wearing masks. Since the beginning of the pandemic, officials said there have been close to 300 cases of COVID-19 within the Chicago Fire Department. The virus took the lives of two department veterans, firefighters Mario Araujo and Edward Singleton. Both died in April.

Full statement from Chicago Fire Department spokesperson Larry Langford:

“The health and safety of Chicago’s firefighters, paramedics and recruits are our utmost priority. That is why following multiple confirmed COVID-19 cases at the Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy, the Department has temporarily suspended training at the facility while we work to thoroughly clean and disinfect the entire facility. Furthermore, the Department will clean all employees’ work areas and any vehicles and equipment used. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in all facilities, the Department continues to work with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CPDH) to ensure social distancing and public health guidelines are strictly enforced and that all individuals abide by them. The current class of recruits will continue their training through remote learning. All individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 will remain in isolation while any close contacts will quarantine. No individuals who have tested positive have required hospitalization, and we will continue to monitor their condition. The Department will provide an update when training resumes in the facility.”

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New Crimson aerial for CFD Truck 31

Steve Redick happened upon the new Spartan Gladiator/Crimson aerial lettered for Truck 31 today at the Quinn Fire Academy and sent this image. Truck 31 is quartered with Engine 64, an ALS engine company. In a previous post HERE, this unit was shown without a company number, but it was labeled as a paramedic equipped truck, and now that designation has been removed.

Chicago Fire Department Truck 31 Spartan Crimson

The new unit for Truck Company 31 is this 2010 Spartan Gladiator/Crimson 103' aerial ladder carrying CFD shop #E338. Steve Redick photo

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CFD 3-11 (part 2)

Steve Redick submitted several images from the 3-11 yesterday on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago which was mentioned HERE. The fire included a response 6-3-1, one of Chicago’s foam units which deployed high-expansion foam into the building in an effort to extinguish the fire. Steve arrived on-scene later than he would have liked, but still captured many images while the suppression effort was active.

Chicago Fire Department engine 30

The deck gun from Engine 35 went to work in the rear of the building as fire vented through the roof. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department tower ladder 10

Tower 10 was in the alley with Engine 35 and was able to safely deploy the tower among the utility wires to provide an elevated master stream. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department Engine 56

Engine 56 was on a hydrant at Lincoln and Southport. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department Engine 112

Engine 112 was supplying several hand lines and with the help of the water department made an effort to keep the water in the street flowing to the sewers. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department 3-11 Lincoln Avenue

Firefighters use a hand line from the roof of an exposure building to fight the fire. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department 3-11 Lincoln avenue

Trucks 28 and 44 are located on Lincoln Avenue near the fire building with Foam unit 6-3-1. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department 3-11 Lincoln Avenue Squad 1 Snorkel

Firefighters from Squad 1 use their 55-Snorkel, 1A, in sector 1 with an elevated master stream. The curb lane and sidewalk as well as most of everything else, is covered with foam. In the background, the chute used to send the foam into the building is visible. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department Engine 55 3-11 alarm fire

Engine 55 is located in sector 1 on a hydrant and is supplying water to Tower 21. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department 3-11 alarm fire on Lincoln Avenue

An overview shot looking down Lincoln Avenue shows a huge column of smoke coming from the carpet store down the block. In the foreground, Engine 106 is pumping to companies further down the street. On the left side of the photo beyond the two buggies is the spare command van. Steve Redick photo

A complete gallery of Steve’s images and a video from this fire can be seen HERE.

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Chicago 2-11 alarm fire in Rogers Park

Fire broke out in a three-story apartment building this afternoon around 1PM in Rogers Park. First arriving units reported flames through the roof. Shortly thereafter the 9th Battalion requested a Box Alarm  and then a 2-11 as fire involved units on the second and third floors of the building at the corner of Newgard Avenue and Northshore Avenue. Tower 21, Truck 47, and Truck 25 had their aerials deployed in addition to multiple ground ladders. Engines 59, 70, 71, and 102 (running with a spare #D546) were all pumping.

Chicago 2-11 fire Rogers Park Newgard

Tower 21 in sector 1 had to fight with some trees to reach the building. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago 2-11 fire Rogers Park Newgard

Truck 47 was setup on the corner of sectors 1 and 2. This is one of the oldest Pierce ladder trucks in the city. It was purchased along with Truck 52, and both were delivered in 2000. There were no orders for additional Pierce units at the time. Chicago also received nine E-ONE ladders and an American LaFrance/LTI tower ladder that year. Trucks 47 and 52 have the only Pierce ladders that were painted white. All of the subsequent purchases including the tower ladders were painted gray. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago 2-11 fire Rogers Park Newgard

Engine 59 was also in sector 1. They run with a 1998 HME SFO/Luverne engine. This series of engines are unique to Chicago in that their water tanks actually hold 535 gallons instead of the customary 500 gallons. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago 2-11 fire Rogers Park Newgard

The north side of the fire building (sector 2) runs along Northshore Avenue. This access made it easier for companies to through multiple ground ladders without having to navigate a courtyard or gangway between two buildings. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago 2-11 fire Rogers Park Newgard

One of the CFD chaplains is Rabbi Moshe Wolf. Rabbi Wolf is known throughout the CFD for having pockets full of candy which he hands out at fire scenes. Here he is performing his signature service. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago 2-11 fire Rogers Park Newgard

A small gallery of images that were taken after the 2-11 was struck out can be seen HERE.

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Chicago apparatus on-scene

Steve Redick submitted several images from a 2-11 alarm fire on the 13th of October. His summary is:

1340 E 72nd St last night…traffic was horrendous so there was nothing for me by the time I arrived. The fire involved a large ornate vacant rectory, with what I think was a gable roof. The fire bldg was attached by a walkway on the first floor to the body of a very large traditional style church. It appeared to me that the fire was all top floor and attic so exposure risk was pretty minimal. In my shots of the rear you can see the debris pile from what I assume was the collapsed gable roof. Lots of spares at this job….

Chicago Fire Department Spartan Luverne pumper

This 2002 Spartan/Luverne engine is currently part of the spare apparatus. It is shop #D598 and was previously assigned to Engine 82 at 817 E. 91st Street. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department engine 126

Engine 126 from 7913 S. Kingston is running with a 2001 Spartan/Luverne, shop #D583. This 2001 model is almost indistinguishable from the engines delivered in 2002. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department engine 122 2009 Spartan Crimson engine

Engine 122 has one of the 2009 raised roof Spartan/Crimson pumpers, shop #D650. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department engine 72 Spartan Crimson

Engine 72 has a 2006 raised roof Spartan Crimson engine bearing shop #D633. This is virtually identical in design to the 2009 unit assigned to Engine 122. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department E-ONE tower ladder

Tower 34 was using this spare 1988 E-ONE Hurricane 95' tower ladder with shop #E265 that was previously assigned to them. Steve Redick photo

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CFD staffing reduction proposal cut down

Firegeezer has a posting HERE about a proposal by the Chicago Inspector General to reduce CFD company staffing.

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Coming updates

Karl Klotz has sumbitted the following departments that will be posted soon:

  • Grant Park
  • Limestone
  • Momence

Jack Connors has submitted several updated CFD apparatus images:

  • Ambulance 50, 85, 38, 29, 91
  • Truck 49, 51, 42, 24, 45
  • Engine 126, 8, 82, 120
  • Battalion 20, 17

Jeff Rudolph has submitted several updated images from Skokie.

These should be posted soon.

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New must-have book on the CFD

Many in the Chicago area know or know of Steve Redick, a Senior Fire Alarm Operator with the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) and a contributor to this website. Steve’s father Warren Redick, retired some years ago after a distinguished career with the CFD. Warren was an avid photographer who loved the fire service. Beginning in the 1950’s, he was way ahead of his time when he began shooting Kodachrome slides at a time when most other photographers were shooting in black and white. He had a keen eye for composition and his exposures were always spot on, which resulted in a collection of dramatic and beautiful images of the CFD apparatus both posed and in action.

Steve describes the book as:

An historical photo retrospective of the Chicago Fire Department. The book features several hundred brilliantly restored Kodachrome images of the men, apparatus and fires from the 1950s and 1960s. Also included is historical data, including dates, locations, equipment information, as well as a wealth of interesting facts and anecdotes. This is a must see book of seldom seen photos of a bygone era in Chicago firefighting.

Warren Redick Steve Redick CFD Historical Book

Here is a link to a preview of the book, and ordering information as well.

Pricing is as follows:
Softcover                       46.95
Hardcover                      59.95
 Image Wrap                   62.95
shipping is additional, but Steve is ordering a case of books which he will sign for buyers in addition to providing a large savings on the cost of direct shipping from the publisher.

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