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Elgin Fire Department news

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A house fire in the 200 block of Hamilton Ave. just before 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Elgin left one firefighter hospitalized and a home heavily damaged. 

On arrival, smoke was seen coming from the attic, and crews attacked the fire from the inside and found flames coming from the attic, first floor, and the basement. 

The fire was contained in about 20 minutes. 

One firefighter was taken to the hospital with a minor injury, but no other injuries were reported. No one was inside at the time of the fire. 

Damages from the fire are estimated at over $175,000. 

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Christmas eve fires from previous years

2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 12-24-22

House fire in Milwaukee, 12-24-21

Fatal fire in Elgin, 12-24-20

Working fire in Chicago 12-24-19

Working fire in Chicago, 12-24-17

Chicago Heights Box Alarm 12-24-10

4-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 12-24-94


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Elgin Fire Department news

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Retired Elgin Fire Chief John “Jack” Henrici is being remembered as a leader who helped fellow firefighters develop the skills needed to grow in their careers.

Henrici died May 31 at age 84 in Florida, where he had been living since 2017. He joined the Elgin Fire Department in 1986 and retired as chief for the first time in 2003.

During his break from Elgin, Henrici served as interim fire department director for cities throughout the state. He returned to Elgin in 2007 to work as interim chief for 90 days and ended up being lured back to the job by a search committee. He retired for good in late 2010, and continued to work for a time as a consultant.

Henrici spent 50 years working as a firefighter. He started his career in 1960 with the fire department in Skokie, the town where he was born and raised. He was hired by the Elk Grove Village Fire Department in 1966, where he became chief in 1976.

He was the incident commander for the May 1979 crash of American Airlines Flight 191 near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. He took a job with the National Fire Administration/FEMA in 1981 before being hired by Elgin five years later. He also was involved with the Great Lakes Fire Chiefs Association.

Henrici is survived by his wife, Maryileen, seven children, 13 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 26, at Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State St., Elgin. Members of the fire department will provide a silent guard during the wake, and fire service members from various departments will do a walk-through procession at 7 p.m., Cagann said.

The final viewing will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Laird, followed by a procession from the funeral home to St. Thomas More Church, 215 Thomas More Drive, Elgin, where a funeral mass will start at 11 a.m. Burial will be at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery in Palatine.


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New truck for Elgin FD (more)

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New truck for Elgin FD


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New engine for Elgin

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Thank you Elgin Fire Department and Chief Rob Cagann for your recent order. The newest member of the fleet will feature:
• E-ONE Cyclone 100” wide cab
• Cummins L9 450 HP engine
• Allison EVS3000 transmission
• Extruded aluminum body with low hose bed
• 530-gallon booster tank
• Waterous CSU 1500-GPM pump
• Whelen Emergency warning lights
• Federal Signal Corporation EQ2B siren and PA300 electronic siren; #FireServiceInc; #EONE; ElginFD

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House fire in Elgin, 3-12-22

Images from a house fire at 277 Gifford Place in Elgin, 3-12-22; #ZacharyCox; #ElginFD; #FireTruck

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Former Elgin ladder truck for sale

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2007 Seagrave 100? Aerial Ladder

YEAR 2007
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Former Elgin FD Truck 1 for sale

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Elgin Fire Department news (more)

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Elgin Fire Chief Robb Cagann addressed some misperceptions by the public Wednesday by definitively saying Station 6 will not close, no matter what service cuts — if any — are put in place. The proposed changes at the station would involve reducing expenses by about $430,000 by replacing an engine at Station 6 with an ambulance once staffing reaches overtime levels, which would be about 77% of the time. The cost savings comes from sending out a two-person crew with an ambulance, as opposed to three on an engine.

With pandemic-related budget shortfalls projected, the proposal comes after city officials had asked the firefighters union to defer their contractual 2.5% salary increase for one year and extend their contract through 2022. City administrators said nonunion Elgin employees and managers have foregone raises, helping to keep the budget out of the red. Collective bargaining units like the firefighters were exempt from other furloughs, pay cuts, and layoffs city workers have endured. So far the union has refused to defer the increase. Negotiations continued Wednesday between the two parties, but no agreement was reached.

A public relations battle has been taking place on social media between the city and the Elgin Association of Firefighters, IAFF Local 439 since Tuesday, with each side accusing the other of spreading misinformation.

Cagann said the vast majority of District 6 can still be covered within the recommended four-minute response time by engines from other stations on the 280 or so days this year that they expect Engine 6 to be out of service. The difference in service would come from when the last vehicle were to arrive on a fire scene, which could be delayed by about 2½ minutes under the proposal.

Some council members expressed concerns despite his explanation as the neighborhoods surrounding Station 6 are a lot of low-income households or properties that may not be as expensive as others.


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Elgin Fire Department news

From the Elgin Association of Firefighters, IAFF Local 439 @IAFF.Local.439 Facebook page:

Due to a budget cut imposed onto the Elgin Fire Department, Elgin, Illinois, Engine 6, located at 707 W. Chicago St. will be out of service for at least 280 days a year. Last year, Engine 6 responded to over 3,000 Emergency calls!

The Union and Fire Chief agree that this is a reduction in overall service to the residents of Elgin. If you live, work, or own a business in Elgin, it is imperative that you contact the Council Members listed below to state your opposition to this reduction in service!
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