Posts Tagged Cicero Fire Department

New engine for Cicero FD

From legacy fire apparatus Facebook:

Another Cicero pumper! Congratulations to the Town of Cicero Fire Department on the purchase of their 2nd Sutphen pumper. Thank you for your trust in Sutphen and in Legacy. Demo 531, initially.; #CiceroFD; #Sutphen; #FireTruck;

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thanks Martin

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Fatal fire in Cicero, 10-17-22

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A fire broke out after midnight in the 3100-block of South 53rd Street in Cicero on Monday. An 82-year-old woman was rescued from the fire, but a 62-year-old man believed to be her son died in the fire.

The victim was watching TV in the front room and officials said it appears the fire started in the basement right under that room. The man has been identified to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Dale Forst.

The family has five cats, with three of them accounted for and two still missing. The cause of the fire is under investigation but is believed to be accidental, possibly involving a candle.

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Box Alarm fire in Cicero, 10-1-22

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:

Last night, Cicero received numerous calls for a structure fire @ 35th Street & 55th Ct. Cicero Engine 3, which is stationed two blocks from this, arrived to find heavy fire showing from the rear of a 2.5-sty, wood frame, with a garage and a coach house going also. Chief F12 boxed it on arrival. Engine 3 led out 3 lines right away, while Engine 1 led out a 2.5″ to the alley and knocked the main bulk of the fire. Stickney & Lyons engines dropped 2.5” lines into the gangways to protect the exposures. In all, there were 6 lines working and Truck 1’s aerial master stream. Addresses affected were 3501, 3503, & 3505 S 55th Court. Crews made a great stop to what was an already well advanced fire.; #chi-townfirephotos; #CiceroFD; #housefire

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New engine for Cicero; #CiceroFD; #SutphenFireApparatus

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thanks Josh & Martin

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Cicero firefighter injured battling fire, 12-17-21

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A Cicero firefighter was injured Friday morning while battling a fire that broke out in a two-story house in the 5400 block of 30th Place at 5:45 a.m.

Firefighters were entering the house when the first floor collapsed, causing a firefighter to fall into the basement. The firefighter, identified by officials as 30-year-old Patrick Phillips, was transported to Loyola Hospital with second degree burns to his neck and first degree burns to his back and chest. Phillips joined the department about a year ago and is expected to make a full recovery.

No other injuries have been reported at this time.

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Working fire in Cicero, 9-6-21

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:

Here are some shots of a little job in Cicero Monday afternoon at 5030 w 14th Street. Engine 1 & Truck 2 made quick work of what looked to be a fire in the exterior wall of a 1 sty strip mall. 

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New engine for Cicero

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Cicero Fire Department – Pumper

Delivery Date: July 30, 2021
Job Number: 34505

BODY Pumper
ENGINE Cummins L9
FRONT SUSPENSION TAK-4® Independent Front Suspension
PUMP Waterous mid-ship
PUMP GPM 1500-gpm
TANK Water
TANK SIZE 750 gallons
Pierce Impel pumper for the Cicero FD

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Area apparatus orders

Here is a list compiled by Josh Boyajian of current area apparatus on order:

Alsip – Seagrave Engine

Berwyn – E-One Metro 100 Low Profile Ladder

Blue Island – Sutphen 100’ MM Ladder

Bolingbrook – (2) E-One Engines

Buffalo Grove – E-One Engine

Carol Stream – E-One RM Tower Ladder

Cicero – Pierce Impel Engine

Crestwood – (2) Seagrave Engines

Geneva – Pierce Ascendant Ladder

Hampshire – Pierce Enforcer PUC Engine

Joliet – E-One RM Tower Ladder

Lisle Woodridge – Pierce Ascendant MM Tower

Lockport – Seagrave Apollo Tower Ladder

Lombard – Pierce Enforcer Engine

Melrose Park – Pierce Impel Engine

Morton Grove – E-One EMAX Engine

Oak Brook – Pierce Ascendant Ladder

Oak Brook – Pierce Enforcer Engine

Norwood Park – Pierce Ascendant MM Tower

River Grove – Ford E-450 Wheeled Coach Ambo

Skokie – Pierce Enforcer Engine

Stickney – Ford F550 Horton Type 1 Ambo

Sugar Grove – Sutphen Engine

Thornton – Sutphen 75’ MM Ladder

Tri State FPD – Pierce Enforcer Ascendant Ladder

Western Springs – Pierce Saber Engine

Westmont – Pierce Impel Engine

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Cicero Fire Department news

From Cicero Firefighters Union Local 717 @Local717 on Facebook:

Cicero FIrefighter Ted PolashekGet well wishes going out to Cicero Firefighter Ted Polashek who was injured fighting a fire in Cicero Saturday:

He was hospitalized suffering from what is being described as a serious case of smoke inhalation while fighting a fire at a two-story home at 2112 61st Court that was called in at 3:45 PM and caused serious damage to the property. It was quickly extinguished and no members of the family living in the home were injured.

But Cicero officials said that Firefighter Ted Polashek, 44, was seriously injured when he inhaled heated smoke. He was taken to MacNeal Hospital and later transferred to Lutheran General Hospital Saturday night where he was being intubated.

Polashek, a 20-plus year veteran firefighter, was working on ventilating the roof during the home fire when he was overcome by the smoke and super-heated gases.

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19 in Cicero

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Suburban Cicero has seen one of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in Cook County, reporting 844 confirmed cases Monday with 18 deaths. 

“I think it’s due to the demographics of the town, so many people in such a close proximity, so many people living in a three-flat and things like that,” said Cicero Fire Chief Dominick Buscemi, who is part of the town’s emergency committee handling the pandemic response. 

A huge chunk of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cicero have occurred at one nursing home, City View Multicare Center on Cermak Road. The facility has seen over 200 confirmed cases, with eight deaths.  Its handling of the coronavirus has drawn the ire of local officials, and the facility is now under investigation by the Illinois Department of Public Health. 

“We’re trying to get a handle on it, we’re trying to figure out what’s happening [there],” Buscemi said. “At the onset of the pandemic, I don’t think they were taking the precautions they needed to take. I don’t think that the PPE (personal protective equipment) was being work by the staff members. I don’t think residents were being secluded.” 

Buscemi says the town has served the nursing home with several citations so far. 

Cicero has also issued five executive orders targeting COVID-19 on top of statewide measures. In mid-April, it mandated that masks be worn by everyone going into public buildings, like grocery stores. 

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