Posts Tagged MABAS Division 20

Broadview Fire Department added to the site

Broadview Fire DepartmentThe Broadview Fire Department in MABAS Division 20 covers just under two square miles from one station which was once stacked full of American LaFrance units. Today there are still two American LaFrance units in Broadview, one is a 1982 Century Series engine and the other is a one-of-a-kind Grumman AerialCat tower ladder on a low profile American LaFrance chassis.

Dennis McGuire, Jr. submitted images for this update which includes two ambulances, two engines, the tower ladder, a pickup, and an X-military AM General Humvee.

Broadview Fire Department

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Broadview Fire Department

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Broadview Fire Department fire station

Broadview fire station at 2400 S. 25th Avenue. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo


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Schiller Park has been added to the site

Schiller Park Fire Department patchThe Schiller Park Fire Department in MABAS Division 20 has been added to the site. Schiller Park has two stations, though only the headquarters station is staffed. The second station currently houses a reserve engine and ambulance. The suppression fleet consists of Pierce apparatus with a broad range of chassis: Saber, Enforcer, Dash, & Impel. Ambulances are from Wheeled Coach, Road Rescue, and very soon from Medtec as well.

Daily staffing includes an engine, an ambulance, a shift commander, and a jump company for the tower ladder or a second ambulance. Although apparatus is currently black over red, Schiller Park was at one time lime green and also had separate fire and EMS divisions.

Schiller Park Fire Department Cadillac ambulance

Cadillac Ambulance 452 used by the Schiller Park EMS prior to merging with the fire department. Larry Shapiro photo

Schiller Park Hendrickson fire engine

This version of Engine 455 was delivered in 1976 by W.S. Darley on a Hendrickson chassis with an 1871-C cab. It carried 500 gallons of water with a 1,250-GPM pump. Larry Shapiro photo

Schiller Park Fire Department

Schiller Park Engine 455 was refurbished by RPI in 1992 which included a full cab enclosure and a new color scheme. Larry Shapiro photo

Schiller Park Fire Department

Schiller Park Engine 455 was delivered in 1995 by Pierce on a Saber chassis with a 1,250-GPM pump and 500 gallons of water. Today this is the reserve engine out of Station 2 and has been renumbered as Engine 456. Larry Shapiro photo

Schiller Park Fire Station

Schiller Park Fire Station 1 is part of the municipal complex with the police department and city government offices. Larry Shapiro photo

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The Leyden Fire District has been added

In MABAS Division 20, the Leyden Fire Protection District has been added to the site. Leyden has one station covering unincorporated Leyden Township. They have 13 full-time, 10 paid-on-call, and 6 contract personnel. Leyden currently houses the MABAS Division 20 Decon unit. They have two ambulances, a quint, an engine, and a utility unit.


Leyden Fire Protection District station

The Leyden Fire District station is at 2600 Mannheim Road with a Franklin Park mailing address. Larry Shapiro photo

Leyden Fire Protection District Engine 131

For many years the Leyden apparatus has been black over yellow. They have two ambulances which are this yellow with black accents and striping.

Leyden Fire Protection District

Leyden’s newest unit is this 2006 quint which features a new set of colors.

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Apparatus photos

Steve Redick submitted images from a recent stop at the Leyden Fire Protection District in MABAS Division 20.

Leyden Township FPD quint

Leyden Quint 133 is a 75′ E-ONE on a Cyclone II chassis. Steve Redick photo

MABAS Division 20 Decon Unit

The MABAS Division 20 Decon Unit is housed at the Leyden station. Steve Redick photo

MABAS Division 20 decal

The MABAS Division 20 decal. Steve Redick photo

Leyden Fire Protection District Engine 133 E-ONE quint

Another view of Quint 133. Steve Redick photo

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Norwood Park added to the site

Norwood Park Fire Protection District station

The Norwood Park Fire Station is at 7447 W. Lawrence Avenue in Harwood Heights. Larry Shapiro photo

In Division 20, the Norwood Park Fire Protection District has been added to the site. Norwood Park operates out of one station on Lawrence Avenue in Harwood Heights. Their fire district covers Harwood Heights, Norridge, and Norwood Park Township which is unincorporated Cook County. They have a large station with three Medtec ambulances, two Pierce engines, a Pierce tower ladder, a command car, utility pickup, and the MABAS Division 20 Haz Mat Unit #749.

MABAS Division 20 Haz Mat Unit 749 Sterling Marion

Marion Body Works has built several specialty units for area MABAS divisions. Bill Friedrich photo

Norwood park Fire Protection District Medtec Ambulance 105

This is one of three Medtec ambulances in the Norwood Park FPD fleet. Bill Friedrich photo


The department is expecting delivery of a new Pierce Impel engine in April and will be selling what is currently Engine 101, a 1996 Pierce Saber engine.

Norwood Park Fire Protection District Pierce Sager Engine 101

One of two Pierce Saber engines in the fleet, this unit is being replaced in April. Larry Shapiro photo

A few images of Norwood Park apparatus are missing from the site and will be added when we can get photos.


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Franklin Park 3-11 alarm fire and EMS Box Alarm 8-11-11

Shortly before 2AM on Thursday a motorist made a cellular 9-1-1 call and reported a fire at 3010 Mannheim Road in Franklin Park. First arriving units were met by heavy fire in the front lobby and on the third floor of a large, three-story, vacant motel property that is setup in the shape of an ‘H’ with a banquet hall in the rear. The building has been vacant for several years, and Franklin Park firefighters knew that the structural integrity of the building was suspect and they preplanned to take a defensive stance upon arrival if the building caught fire.

Franklin Park 3-11 alarm fire on Mannheim Road 8-11-11

The banquet hall on the right is surrounded by guest rooms. Heavy fire burns in the back of the main building which faces Mannheim Road and has spread to the adjoining wing on the left. Steve Redick photo

When the first companies found heavy fire, they immediately requested a MABAS Box Alarm from MABAS Division 20. A 2nd alarm was requested roughly 20 minutes later. Six elevated master streams were eventually put to work around the building with the Melrose Park Bronto (working it’s second 3-11 alarm fire in a 12 hour span) setup on the south (‘B’), Leyden Township to the west (‘C’) with an E-ONE HP75, Rosemont to the north (‘D’) with their Pierce tower ladder, and the other three were working on Mannheim Road in front of the building (‘A’). This included another Bronto from Elmwood Park, a Seagrave rear mount from Franklin Park, and another Pierce tower from Schiller Park.

Franklin Park 3-11 alarm fire on Mannheim Road 8-11-11

Schiller Park Tower 454 is working in front of the fire building on Mannheim road. Steve Redick photo

Engines that were due up to the 2nd alarm were two from Franklin Park, and one each from Stone Park, Elmhurst, River Grove, Norwood Park, Northlake, and Bensenville. Chicago Squad 7 from O’Hare was also due on the 2nd alarm.

Franklin Park 3-11 alarm fire on Mannheim 8-11-11

The Melrose Park Bronto Skylift was positioned on the south side of the complex using the master stream to combat the fire. Larry Shapiro photo

Franklin Park, 3-11, night, vacant, fire, elevated master stream, E-ONE, Bronto, Elmwood Park, Melrose Park, Schiller Park, Leyden, Rosemont, smoke, Chicago Squad 7

Firefighters from Elmwood Park are above the roof on the southeast corner of the structure on Mannheim Road. Larry Shapiro photo

An EMS Box Alarm was also struck which brought ambulances from Schiller Park, Leyden Township, River Grove, and Bensenville in addition to an ambulance from Northlake. This allowed for multiple ambulances to be on standby for the multiple Rapid Intervention Teams that were part of the preplanning to accommodate the size of the property and the potential for unsafe conditions.

Franklin park 3-11 alarm fire on Mannheim 8-11-11

Schiller Park Tower 454 was on Mannheim at Center Avenue, the northeast corner of the building. Franklin Park Truck 2 and the Elmwood Park Bronto are further down the street. Larry Shapiro photo

A 3rd alarm fire box was initiated roughly an hour into the fire to provide relief companies for the crews that were working. This brought Maywood Truck 502 along with engines from River Forest, Berkely, and Hillside.

Franklin Park 3-11 alarm fire on Mannheim Road 8-11-11

Franklin Park's engine tagged a hydrant at the corner of Mannheim and Schiller Boulevard to supply water to Truck 2. Larry Shapiro photo

The fire proved to have a hold throughout the main building and required several instances where all lines were shut down to allow the fire to burn through the roof so that firefighters could have access to extinguish the flames. Several hand lines and multi-versals were put to use supplementing the elevated master streams.

Franklin Park 3-11 alarm fire on Mannheim Road 8-11-11

Several hours into the fire all of the lines were shut down so the fire could burn freely to allow firefighters better access to it. Larry Shapiro photo

Franklin Park 3-11 alarm fire on Mannheim Road 8-11-11

The fire grows in intensity without water being applied. This in turn gave firefighters more access to fight the fire that was burning beneath the intact roof. Larry Shapiro photo

The alarms were finally struck out near 8AM as it appeared that companies finally had gotten the upper hand and were able to reach all of the deep seated fire which proved to be quite stubborn.

Several area photographers, Steve Redick, Tim Olk, Larry Shapiro, and Gordon J. Nord Jr., were at the scene overnight and will have images to post at different times during the day. As the images become available, the posting will be updated. Larry has a gallery HERE, and Steve has a gallery HERE.

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Rosemont Public Safety updates

The Rosemont Fire/Public Safety Department, in MABAS Division 20, has two updated photos.

Rosemont Fire Department Battalion 13

Some time ago, Rosemont switched their fire commander who used to be designated as 1-5-1 to Battalion 13. They also removed the red, 2001, Ford Expedition and replaced it with a 2010, Ford Expedition in the traditional police black and white colors.

Rosemont Fire Department Car 151

One other addition to the page is a photo of ‘The Duke’. That’s the 1994 armored bank-car that was converted for use by the Rosemont SWAT.

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Hillside Fire Department update

The Hillside Fire Department in MABAS Division 20 was added to the site recently with images supplied by Bill Friedrich. The photo of the fire station which was posted did not accurately reflect the current building which had a second floor added some years ago. Ryan Wyckoff has updated the photo which has now been added to the site.

Hillside Fire Station

A current shot of the station shows the second floor largely hidden behind a very mature tree. The building has two bays in the front and another two on the side. Both ambulances use the side doors and the squad, the truck, and both engines use the front doors. Hillside's brand new Pierce Velocity quint can be seen in the station next to the 2008 Pierce Puc engine. Ryan Wyckoff photo

Hillside Fire Station

This shot was taken circa 1985, before the second floor addition, shows a small sapling of a tree that was recently planted in the parkway which has since become enormous. The station does not have the side bays and the apparatus visible includes a 1985 Grumman AerialCat and a 1975 American LaFrance pumper. Bill Friedrich collection

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Hillside has been added to the site

Hillside Fire Department

The Hillside Fire Station has been modified since this photo was taken and now has a second floor. Bill Friedrich photo

In MABAS Division 20, the Hillside Fire Department has been added to the site. Hillside operates out of one station at 523 N. Wolf Road, and they house two ambulances, two engines, a truck company, and a light-duty rescue. Apparatus is a mixture of Road Rescue, Medtec, Pierce, American LaFrance, KME, and Grumman. Any day now the Grumman will be retired and replaced with a new Pierce quint as seen HERE.

Hillside Fire Department Grumman AerialCat

This tower ladder is being replaced by a new Pierce 105' ladder.

Hillside Fire Department Pierce Arrow XT PUC

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Northlake orders new engine

Bill Friedrich informs us that the Northlake Fire Protection District in MABAS Division 20 has placed an order with TC Fire Apparatus for a rescue pumper from Marion on a Spartan chassis with a 10-inch raised roof Metro Star ELF cab. The new unit which is expected in the Spring of 2012, will have a 1,500-GPM Waterous pump, a 750-gallon water tank and a 50-gallon Class A foam cell. (originally we had posted delivery in 2013 by mistake)


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