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New tower ladder for the Lockport Township FPD (more)

From SST emergency products LLC FB

89R11 for Lockport Township Fire in Lockport IL nearing completion
Seagrave Apollo tower ladder being built for the Lockport FPD 89R11

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Seagrave Apollo tower ladder being built for the Lockport FPD 89R11

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Seagrave Apollo tower ladder being built for the Lockport FPD 89R11

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thanks Danny

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Alley garage fire in Calumet Park, 1-19-22

This from Wayne VanBeveren:

I took in an alley garage in Calumet Park today (1/19/22) at 12617 S. Throop St. Not much to see from a fire perspective but I thought I’d share some of what I took. The older white explorer is the Blue Island chief”s buggy, the newer explorer is used by Merrionette Park’s on-call chief.

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Working fire in Arlington Heights, 1-16-22

From Larry Shapiro:

A few scene photos from a fire at 2619 N. Ridge Road in Arlington Heights Sunday night (1/16/22). It came in as fire in a bathroom and the first engine reported fire visible from the roof. Units on scene were from Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, and Palatine.

#EONEStrength; #E-ONE; #HP100; #BuffaloGroveFD; #larryshapiro; #chicagoareafire.com; #shapirophotography.net; #FireTruck

Larry Shapiro

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Freeport Fire Department news (more)

From Tim Olk:

Funeral for Freeport Fire Department Chief Brad Liggett

Funeral for Freeport Fire Department Chief Brad Liggett

Tim Olk photo

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New aerial for Tri-State FPD (more)

From the Pierce Flickr site:

Pierce, Tri State Fire Protection District, IL, 36120-1

Pierce Enforcer Ascendant PUC quint

Pierce composite

thanks Keith

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Elgin Fire Department history

For #TBT from Larry Shapiro;

Elgin Engine 2 2009 KME LMFD Predator Severe Service 2000/500 GSO 7405 plus Engines 1 and 5

#larryshapiro; #FireTruck; #ElgoinFD; #KMEFire; #KMEWorksForYou

Larry Shapiro photo

#larryshapiro; #FireTruck; #ElgoinFD; #KMEFire; #KMEWorksForYou

Larry Shapiro photo

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Evanston Fire Department history Part 55

From Phil Stenholm:

Another installment about History of Evanston Fire Department

 

ALMOST DONE

All three of Evanston’s new fire stations were completed and placed into service during 1955; Station # 5 at 2830 Cental Street on January 25th, Station # 2 at 702 Madison Street on March 12th, and Station # 3 at 1105 Central Street on September 3rd.

While waiting for its new quarters to be completed, Engine Co. 23 and the reserve truck were temporarily relocated from Fire Station # 3 on Green Bay Road to the new Station # 5 in northwest Evanston, as Station # 3 was closed on January 25th. It its final days as a working firehouse, the aging apparatus floor was supported from below by wooden beams that were set-up temporarily in the basement. Because Engine Co. 23 needed to move out of Station # 3 ASAP, Engine Co. 25 remained at Station # 1 for most of 1955, and did not relocate from Station # 1 to Station # 5 until the new Station # 3 was completed in September. 

Chief Dorband, the Fire Prevention Bureau, and Truck Co. 22 were relocated from Station # 1 to the new Station # 2 on Madison Street on March 12th, and the two assistant chiefs assigned as platoon commanders at Station # 1 were relieved of company officer responsibilities and were provided with a Chevrolet station-wagon (known as “F-2”) and a driver at this time. As such, the platoon commanders were now akin to a Chicago F. D. battalion chief. Chief Dorband only responded to working fires. If he was off-duty, his driver based at Station # 2 would pick him up at his residence at 1424 Wesley Avenue and drive him to the fire.

The Evanston Fire Department was increased from 88 men to 100 on April 1, 1955, as Peter Erpelding, David Henderson, Roger Lecey, Roger Schumacher, Joseph Burton, Patrick Morrison, Robert Pritza, Richard Ruske, Donald Searles, Frank Sherry Jr, and Richard Zrazik were hired, and Edward Pettinger returned from a leave of absence. Firemen James Wheeler and William Windelborn were promoted to captain, replacing the two platoon commanders as company officers.   

Squad 21 continued to respond to all inhalator calls and special rescues, but beginning on April 1st, it also responded to ALL fire calls – not just working structure fires — city-wide with a four-man crew, or at least three-men if a man was absent. Squad 21 did not have a company officer, so the platoon fire equipment mechanic was normally in charge of the crew. In 1956, Squad 21 responded to more than 400 calls, which was 25% more than the busiest engine company (Engine Co. 24)!   

While the rig had a 1000-GPM pump, a 100-gallon water tank, and a booster hose reel mounted atop its body, Squad 21 did not have a hose bed or standard hose load, so it could not run as an engine company. However, it could respond to a minor fire in a pinch, or initiate a limited fire-attack with its booster after arriving at a structure fire if no engine company was on the scene.

Engine Co. 21, Truck Co. 21, Engine Co. 25, Squad 21, Engine Co. 22, and Truck Co. 22, were twelve-man companies, with six men assigned to each platoon, and Engine Co. 23, and Engine Co. 24 were ten-man companies, with five men assigned to each platoon. However, the driver for the platoon commander (F-2) was assigned administratively to Squad 21, and the driver for the Chief Fire Marshal (F-1) was assigned administratively to Engine Co. 22, so Squad 21 and Engine Co. 22 actually had one less man available each shift than the other twelve-man companies.  

One man each shift was on a Kelly Day, so the actual company staffing each shift was five men on Engine Co. 21, Truck Co. 21, Engine Co. 25, Squad 21 (including F-2 driver), Engine Co. 22 (including F-1 driver), and Truck Co. 22, or four men if the company was running a man short, and the actual company staffing each shift on Engine Co. 23 and Engine Co. 24 was four men, or three men if the company was running a man short. The truck company always took the extra man from the engine company if the truck company was down a man but the engine company at that station was at full-strength. 

There was a platoon commander assigned to each shift, and in addition, one man each shift was assigned as the driver and radio operator for the platoon commander (F-2), and one man each shift was assigned as the driver and administrative assistant for the chief (F-1). The buggy-drivers were also the EFD’s photographers. Also, one man was assigned as a fire prevention inspector and administrative assistant to the FPB chief (F-3). 
 
As of April 1, 1955, the maximum aggregate shift staffing in the Evanston Fire Department was 39 if all companies were at full strength, and the absolute minimum staffing was 31 if all companies were running a man short at the same time. Companies typically ran at full-strength November – March when vacations were not permitted, and then would sometimes run a man short in the spring, summer, and early autumn, when vacations were permitted, and when overtime comp days accrued during the winter months could be spent.  

The 39-man maximum / 31-man minimum restored EFD shift staffing to the years 1933-42, back before the first Kelly Days were implemented. Along with acquiring new apparatus and constructing new fire stations, restoring shift staffing to pre-World War II levels had been one of the three main goals of Chief Dorband’s modernization plan.

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Oakbrook Terrace FPD news (more)

This from Tim Right:

I drove past the Oakbrook Terrace fire station today and the new truck they bought was outside so I snapped a couple pictures. 

Tim
new home for Warminster FD 127' Smeal ladder truck

Tim Right photo

new home for Warminster FD 127' Smeal ladder truck

Tim Right photo

new home for Warminster FD 127' Smeal ladder truck

Tim Right photo

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Apartment fire in Arlington Heights, 1-7-22 (more)

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The 80-year-old Paul C. Strusiner who authorities say started a Jan. 7 fire that damaged several units in an Arlington Heights apartment complex was charged with aggravated arson and ordered held on $75,000 bail Tuesday. Police say he is being treated at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights for medical reasons unrelated to the fire.

The fire broke out at 12:22 a.m. Friday. Police officers and firefighters arrived to find flames coming from a first-floor unit which had a car parked in front of it. Later, officers noticed the car circling the parking lot and they approached the car, which was being driven by the defendant, and noted the front seat appeared to be melted.

The defendant told authorities he started the fire by lighting a piece of paper and leaving it on a table, prosecutors said, adding that the statements he gave police amounted to nonsensical ramblings.

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Still and Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 1-10-22

From Chi-Town Fire Photos:

I attended a Still & Box overnight at 2020 W Webster in the Bucktown neighborhood. Companies originally reported fire in the rear of this 1.5 story residence, and were interior making a good push. However, the cold wind soon took hold of the attic space and heavy fire conditions evolved. All companies were pulled out, Tower 21 was moved to Side A, and knocked the fire with their aerial master stream. Companies went back in to mop up. There is a full gallery viewable here:
night fire scene in Chicago

Chi-Town Fire Photos

night fire scene in Chicago

Chi-Town Fire Photos

night fire scene in Chicago

Chi-Town Fire Photos

night fire scene in Chicago

Chi-Town Fire Photos

Firefighters putting on SCBA at scene

Chi-Town Fire Photos

From CFDMike:

Engine 35 was first due to a fire at W Webster ave and N Seeley Ave.  43 was 2nd in. it went to a still and box.  Engine 43 was supplying tower 21 and a ground monitor 

Chicago house fire scene

CFDMike photo

Chicago house fire scene

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fire engine pump panel at fire

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