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Decatur Fire Department news

This from Mitch Hartman:

I know this isn’t Chicago Fire Dept news but Decatur FD took delivery of Boston’s Rescue 1 former Pierce Quantum heavy rescue for use as their special ops rig to replace the old IH/ Hackney hazmat truck and special ops trailer. Hopefully they keep the twin Mars 888’s. Here is the link to their FB post.

Our new (used) Special Operations vehicle arrived last night from Boston, Massachusetts. This will replace our old squad and our haz mat trailer. The vehicle was previously Rescue 1 for the Boston Fire Department. Our special operations members will spend a couple of weeks mounting equipment before it is ready for service in Decatur.

#BostonFD; #DecaturFD; #usedfiretruck

Decatur FD photo

#BostonFD; #DecaturFD; #usedfiretruck

Decatur FD photo

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Decatur Fire Department news

Excerpts from wandtv.com:

Members of Decatur Firefighters Local 505 shopped with local kids for the annual Shop with a Fireman effort. The firefighter’s union shopped with 19 Decatur kids at Walmart North on Wednesday night.

Last year, members weren’t able to shop with kids because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers said they were happy to be able to shop with the kids once again.

The money used to shop for the kids comes from Local 505 members.

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Decatur Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Herald-Review.com:

On Monday, the doors of Fire Station 3, the oldest working station in Decatur, were closed as firefighters and their equipment were moved around the corner to the new Fire Station 6 in Fairview Plaza.

The building is nearly 100 years old, with additions being made throughout the years. The station was built in 1927, originally labeled Station 6. It was a mirror-image of another station on the corner of Clay and 22nd streets, which closed years ago. The day room, kitchen and training room were in one small room on the main level with a dorm room for sleeping located in the upstairs area.

The new station has modern facilities, with individual rooms for firefighters and more space for equipment and living areas.

For Deputy Chief Jim Ohl, the move is bittersweet. He spent more than 18 years of his career at the old station working with the same group of firefighters for nearly 10 years. 

Plans for another new building, Station 7, are in the works at Chestnut and 36th streets. The fate of the old Station 3 is unknown at this time.

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Decatur tower ladder for sale

Found at Govdeals.com:

1994 Pierce Lance platform aerial 

Auction Ends 6/10/21 8:00 PM ET
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Admin Fee: 7.50%
Starting Bid $100.00
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Current Bid $3,600.00
Bid Increment $50.00
Minimum Bid $3,650.00

Ladder was inspected and passed in August of 2020. 8933 hours on engine and 1715 hours on the aerial. Vehicle is in Fair condition. All books and manuals are in the truck.

**Hose, ground ladders and equipment are not included**

Inspected and serviced every 400 hours.

1994 Pierce Lance tower ladder for sale

Decatur FD photo

Pierce Lance tower ladder for sale

Decatur FD photo

thanks Martin

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Decatur Fire Department news (more)

From the Decatur Fire Department Facebook page:

A big Thank You to the Bloomington Fire Department, and the City of Bloomington, for loaning us a ladder truck to use while ours is out-of-service following the traffic accident last Sunday. Don’t be alarmed when you see the Bloomington ladder truck responding to calls in Decatur the next couple of months.

Pierce Arrow Pierce Aerial Platform
thanks Dennis

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Decatur Fire Department news

Excerpts from wandtv.com:

The Decatur Fire Department is down a ladder truck after someone crashed into the rig over the weekend. Truck 1 was headed west on Grand Avenue early Sunday morning when a car traveling on Monroe Street crashed into the rear of the passenger side.

The department has four ladder trucks, but only one is in service, and it is also damaged after a woman turned in front of it back in January. The loss of a ladder truck comes at a busy time for the department. Last year by this date, the department had responded to 100 fires. As of Monday, they’ve responded to 155.

The crash caused the department to rearrange rigs. Truck 3, which was housed at Station 2, has moved to Station 1 and now Truck 2 is working out of a reserve engine. This loss of a ladder truck is detrimental to the city.

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Decatur Fire Department news

Excerpts from wandtv.com:

Decatur firefighters were sent Tuesday to a boarded-up, three story commercial structure at 1891 N. Water St. where flames had started at an area along the back of the structure at the roof line. Firefighters responders had the fire under control in about 20 minutes.  While on scene, a car hit the fire truck which was mostly unscathed, but firefighters responders said the car sustained heavy damage. The driver, a 50-year-old man, received at least one citation.

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Decatur Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Herald-Review.com:

Karla L. Dillon died at 8:44 a.m. in a fire in the 1700 block of North 33rd St. in Decatur. The Decatur Fire Department said it was called just before 7 a.m. Saturday and a neighbor told firefighters that someone was inside the house. Smoke and fire were evident from the outside when firefighters arrived on the scene. They extinguished the fire in the living room and searched the house, finding the occupant in a hallway.

One dog also died, and another was revived with a PET mask. Three cats had hidden in a crawl space and also survived. 

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Decatur Fire Department news

Excerpts from wandtv.com:

Funeral arrangements have been announced for Firefighter Tom Brauer, a 27-year veteran of the Decatur Fire Department, who passed away while off-duty in his home.

A visitation will be held Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at #1 Bachrach Ct. in Decatur. Firefighter lineup will begin at 11:30 for a walk-through at noon.

A memorial service will immediately follow the visitation.

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Decatur Fire Department news

Excerpts from wandtv.com:

Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001? Most Americans can still recall exactly what they were doing when they heard the news.

Now, we are two weeks away from the 16th anniversary of the tragedy. New York Firefighter Tim Duffy, remembers every second of what he was doing when he found out the World Trade Center had been attacked.

Duffy says, “That morning I was actually doing a tune up on the bike, and I had a spark plug out when I heard the first explosion. It sounded far away and I wasn’t working so I continued working on the bike, but then I heard sirens and the sirens didn’t stop after 10, 15, 20 seconds they just got  more and more. So I knew something happened so I ran into the house to call the fire house to see what was going on. As I reached for the phone it started ringing, my wife was dropping off my kids at the Y for pre-k, and she said a plane just hit the World Trade Center. I lived right on the beach near the horizontal bridge, and I could see it from my kitchen window so I turned and saw the North tower burning. So I was trying to get off the phone to go and of course she was telling me ‘You’re off today, you don’t have to go.’ And she’s trying to keep me there and then the second plane hit, and so I told her I gotta go, I’ll see you later.”

Duffy might be known for being one of the many firefighters on scene that day, but he is also known for a picture that was snapped of him riding his motorcycle through an empty, debris-filled street on his way to the destruction.

The picture brings back his memories, “It’s right when I got off the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s right behind the Millennium hotel, which across the street from the North Tower. I made that turn and when you look at the picture you can see a ray of light coming from the East. I made the right hand turn to head to the Trade Center which was a block. Actually when I got to the corner of Church, there was an engine from one of the planes that was all banged up and it was standing upright on it’s cone. It was very surreal and real.”

Tim says it was his sole job to keep people safe. He says, “People were dying and I had a job to do. It’s just that simple. I lost 50 friends in the first hour, 343 boys I worked with and were losing on average about 2-3 boys a month to cancer. Just last week we lost 4 guys in one week.”

Duffy reluctantly retired from the fire department in 2004 after he says he hid from medical as long as he could. Now, Tim is in Central Illinois visiting a friend who introduced him to Riki Dial, a Carpenters Local volunteer for the Decatur 9/11 Memorial.

Riki says, “It was a freak chance, a freak opportunity. I was at home yesterday, Sunday afternoon. My next door neighbor Mark Teak came over and told me ‘Hey I’ve got someone over here I’d really like to introduce you to.’ So I went over and had a beer with Mark and Tim and listened to Tim’s story and just how amazing it was. I kept thinking how it would tie in very good with the memorial that we’re building here in Decatur.”

So Tim headed to Nelson Park and was amazed and thankful that Decatur will continue to remember the lives lost on that tragic day of September 11, 2001.

Today, Tim says he wants to continue helping people, so now he is a part of 1 Soldier, 1 Dog, 1 Team, a 501 C (3) that pairs veterans with PTSD with dogs. He says they do not buy dogs, but they get them from shelters, so at the end of the day, they save a soldier and a dog.

Tim Duffy says he hopes to come back to Decatur once the Memorial is completed to see it lit up.

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