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Mount Prospect Fire Department news

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Mount Prospect FD Deputy Fire Chief John Dolan

Mount Prospect FD Deputy Fire Chief John Dolan

Mount Prospect has named Deputy Fire Chief John Dolan the acting fire chief effective  April 16. His predecessor, Brian Lambel, resigned to become fire chief in Wilmette.

Dolan is a 24-year veteran. He was introduced to the fire service through the paid-on-call program.





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Mount Prospect Fire Chief Brian Lambel

Mt Prospect Fire Chief Brian Lambel

After 21 years with the Mount Prospect Fire Dept. and the last five years at its helm, Fire Chief Brian Lambel is leaving the department at the end of April and will assume the chief’s position in Wilmette.

Lambel, 52, who grew up in Mount Prospect and plans to continue living in the village, said he was contemplating retiring in the next 1-2 years, but when Wilmette approached him about the position, he decided it would be a good fit to serve that community.

Lambel began his fire career in Lincolnshire-Riverwoods in 1990 and came to Mount Prospect in 2000. He took over as chief five years ago when former chief John Malcolm took the top position in Lake Zurich. 

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Mount Prospect Fire Department news (more)

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A 92-year-old Mount Prospect resident who was rescued by firefighters in July during a house fire was able to thank them personally for their heroic efforts.

Doris Bjork, who is recovering at the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights, met Lt. Ron Redlin and Firefighter Jon Schram on Aug. 15 and thanked them for pulling her out of her home through a second story window on July 18.

Crews received a call of a fire in the home in the 500 block of S. Main Street, south of the railroad tracks, at approximately 3:40 p.m. that day. When they arrived, firefighters were confronted with flames in the basement and Bjork calling for help from the second floor where smoke was rising up.

Firefighters were able to rescue her through a second-story bathroom window and transport her to the hospital. When Redlin and Schram pulled her out, she was unconscious.

Lambel said the department was notified that Bjork was at the Lutheran Home recovering. Deputy Chief John Dolan got in touch with her and arranged the reunion.

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New engine for Mt Prospect

From the Pierce Flickr site

Pierce Quantum fire engine

Pierce Mount Prospect, IL 28099. Pierce composite

thanks Al

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Local business supports Mt Prospect Fire Department

The Daily Herald posted the following:

The Mount Prospect Fire Department has received a grant totaling nearly $22,000 from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Fire officials said the funds will be used to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to faith-based organizations in the Mount Prospect community. The sandwich chain, which was founded by firemen, has a location at 1 W. Rand Road in the Randhurst Crossing shopping center.

The Mount Prospect Fire Department formed the partnership with Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to address the need the department saw for quick access to AEDs for cardiac events that residents may experience at a service or event at a faith-based organization. The grant will allow the department to supply 27 AEDs, AED cabinets and related supplies.

thanks Dan

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Mt Prospect firefighters make wish come true

The Daily Herald has an article about the Mount Prospect Fire Department working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to 

A special present from the Make-A-Wish Foundation — an adaptive bike — arrived Friday afternoon at the Mount Prospect home of 11-year-old Zachary Jakubowski, who has a rare and severe form of epilepsy. But the foundation made the wish even sweeter by having Mount Prospect Fire Chief John Malcolm and Mount Prospect firefighters arrive at his home …  to give Zachary a ride around the neighborhood in a fire truck.

For the Lincoln Junior High School student, who is obsessed with firefighters, it was the ride of a lifetime. “This is his wish. He has always wanted to be a fireman,” his father, Eric Jakubowski, said. “His favorite thing to do is (watching) ‘Chicago Fire.’ He knows them all by heart.”

“I hear you’re going to be a fireman,” Malcolm said to Zachary. “I’ve got a ride for you. Want to go for a ride?” He handed Zachary a Mount Prospect fire chief’s helmet and a T-shirt commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Mount Prospect fire service.

“This is tremendous. I had tears in my eyes when I saw the fire brigade coming down the street, said Zachary’s mother, Joni Beaudry. “He has always loved fire trucks, so we thought that would be great.”

Zachary’s adaptive bike will be decked out like a fire engine.

“It looks like a large tricycle, but it’s large enough that my husband and I will ride, and he will ride in front,” Joni Beaudry said. “Now we can go back on family bike rides. We couldn’t do that for a while, because there is no way to take him on a longer bike ride.”

Malcolm said the department was honored to be a part of fulfilling Zachary’s wish. “When they called us initially to come out and support it, I said, ‘Absolutely.’ They just wanted a T-shirt. I said, ‘We’ll do more than that. We’ll bring the fire department out,'” Malcolm said. The smile on his face — what a great feeling.”

thanks Chris

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Mount Prospect FD updated

Dennis McGuire, Jr. submitted images taken recently to updated almost every unit at the three Mount Prospect fire stations.

The department has four engines, one tower ladder, two squads, four ambulances, a dive trailer, a warming bus, and a battalion chief buggy. The tower ladder and three engines are from Pierce, all four ambulances were built by Medtec, and the other units came from several other builders.


Mount Prospect FD Ambulance 14

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Mount Prospect FD fire engine

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Mount Prospect FD Squad 12

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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New ambulance for Mt. Prospect

The Mount Prospect Fire Department received a new Type I Medtec ambulance for station 13. Again, one of the last Medtec units prior to the shutdown, this is on a Ford F-450 chassis with job #25913-1, and fleet #527. This will replace the current Ambulance 13 (fleet #524) which will go into reserve status at Station 14. The Type III Taylor-Made unit (fleet #521) will be disposed of.

This is the first Type I unit for Mount Prospect.


new ambulance for Mount Prospect FD

This new unit for Ambulance 13 in Mount Prospect is not yet in service. Larry Shapiro photo

new ambulance for Mount Prospect FD

New Mount Prospect Ambulance 13 is a 2013 Medtec Type I on a Ford F-450 chassis. Larry Shapiro photo

new ambulance for Mount Prospect FD

Medtec production information. Larry Shapiro photo

new ambulance for Mount Prospect FD

Medtec job #. Larry Shapiro photo

new ambulance for Mount Prospect FD

Rear of Ambulance 13 with chevron striping and fleet number (527). Larry Shapiro photo

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Glenview Box Alarm 11-3-12

The Glenview Fire Department responded to a report of smoke in the building in unincorporated Cook County at 3521 Central Road just before 10PM. Additional calls reported a fire in a third floor unit of the three-story apartment building and that a resident on the balcony might jump. Glenview Engine 7 was the first fire unit on the scene and found heavy fire pushing out of a third floor unit with a frantic tenant on the balcony. They upgraded the alarm to a box alarm.

As firefighters prepared for a rescue, they urged the occupant not to jump. Subsequently the resident escaped by climbing to the adjacent balcony and then dropping down one floor as firefighters were able to get a ground ladder in place.

The fire was knocked down quickly with some extension to the neighboring unit. Three Glenview engines were pumping at the scene and Truck 14 had their main to the roof. Mutual aid companies included Northfield Squad 29, North Maine Engine 1 and Battalion 1, Niles Engine, Ambulance, and Battalion 2, Morton Grove Engine 5 and Squad 4, Northbrook Truck 12, Wilmette Tower 26, and Mt. Prospect Engine 14.

Tim Olk and Larry Shapiro went to the scene but both arrived after the fire had been knocked down. A few images have been posted from the scene.

Glenview Fire Department fire engine pumping apartment fire 3521 Central Road

Glenview Engine 6 had a hydrant west of the fire building. Larry Shapiro photo

Glenview Fire Department apartment fire 3521 Central Road

Firefighters overhaul the balcony and mansard roof. Larry Shapiro photo

Glenview Fire Department apartment fire 3521 Central Road

Glenview and mutual aid companies overhaul from the roof. Larry Shapiro photo

Glenview Fire Department apartment fire 3521 Central Road

Wetting down in the void spaces above the adjoining unit. Larry Shapiro photo

Glenview Fire Department fire engine pumping apartment fire 3521 Central Road

Glenview Engine 13 was supplying Engine 7 closer to the fire unit. Larry Shapiro photo


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The color of fire trucks (part 2)

Last week’s posting HERE about different colors for fire apparatus mentioned area departments that have apparatus that is not red (or red & white or red & black). Several departments have switched from other colors to red, and several readers pointed out that some still have rigs with the old colors.

This is the first in a series of postings that will highlight the departments that have switched or might have had a unit in the past that was a different color than the rest of the fleet.

Division 1:

Arlington Heights once purchased a Mack CF engine that was a demo and came white over lime green.

Arlington Heights Fire Department 1975 Mack CF engine

Arlington Heights Engine 411 was a 1975 Mack CF engine with a 1,500-GPM pump and 500 gallons of water. Larry Shapiro collection

Elk Grove Village had a lime green Mack CF engine.

Elk Grove Village Fire Department Engine 118 1977 Mack CF

Elk Grove Village once owned this 1977 Mack engine with a CF600 chassis. It carried 700 gallons of water with a 1,250-GPM pump. Larry Shapiro collection

Mt. Prospect used to paint their fleet white over yellow. Over the years, this included at least five engines and two mid-ship mounted aerials.

Mount Prospect Fire Department 1975 Pierce engine Hendrickson

Mount Prospect had two engines with the Hendrickson 1871-S cab. One was built by Boyer, and this engine was built by Pierce with a 1,000-GPM pump and 500-gallon water tank. Larry Shapiro collection

Palatine had a white over lime green Seagrave engine.

Palatine Fire Department 1973 Seagrave PB-Model engine

Palatine had this one 1973 Seagrave Model PB engine with a 1,500-GPM pump and 500 gallons of water. Larry Shapiro collection

Rolling Meadows had two units that were white over lime green. In addition to this Pierce, they had a medium-duty squad with a PTO pump built by E-ONE on a GMC chassis.

Rolling Meadows Fire Department 1979 Pierce Suburban engine

Rolling Meadows ran with this 1979 Pierce Suburban engine that was built on a Ford L9000 chassis. Engine 612 carried 500 gallons of water and had a 1,250-GPM pump. Larry Shapiro collection

Wheeling apparatus used to be white over lime green. From the late 1960s when Ward LaFrance pioneered the push to painting apparatus lime green through the purchase of the 1994 Sutphen tower ladder that is currently being used, all Wheeling units had this color scheme.

Wheeling Fire Department Ward LaFrance P80 Ambassador engine

Wheeling purchased two Model P80 engines from Ward LaFrance on Ambassador chassis. In addition to this 1969 unit, they purchased a second engine in 1971. Engine 1 had a 1,250-GPM pump, 500 gallons of water, and a mid-ship elevating platform with a pre-piped deluge gun. Larry Shapiro collection

And here’s one last image to show the Palm Beach Gardens green that was referred to in the article from the Wall Street Journal.


Palm Beach Gardens Fire Department Rescue Engine 5 Pierce Arrow

Palm Beach Gardens Engine 5 shown here as a 1999 Pierce Arrow with a 1,250-GPM pump and 750 gallons of water. This was formerly built in 1990 on a Pierce Javelin chassis. Larry Shapiro collection


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Mount Prospect Box Alarm 2-20-12

apartment fire in Mount Prospect 715 Central Road 2-20-12

Mout Prospect Tower 13 is at the 'A-B' corner. A ground ladder is visible to the 3rd floor balcony where a resident was stranded due to the smoke. Arlington Heights Tower 1 is at the 'A-C' corner in the background. Larry Shapiro photo

Firefighters were called to a three-story condominium building at 715 W. Central in Mount Prospect before 5:30PM on Monday for a reported fire in a unit on the top floor. The First arriving company reported heavy smoke in the area and the alarm was upgraded to a working fire Code 4. Fire was in a rear corner unit and as fire communicated to the mansard roof and flames were evident from the outside, a Box Alarm was requested bringing mutual aid from several additional area fire departments. The fire was contained to the unit of origin within 20 minutes after the fire department arrived.

The Daily Herald reports that:

A resident was rescued from a third-story balcony of a Mount Prospect apartment building during a fire that left 12 apartment units uninhabitable Monday.

One Mount Prospect firefighter suffered a minor injury during the blaze and was treated at Alexian Brothers Hospital, said Mount Prospect Batallion Chief Henry Dawson.

ABC news has a neighbor’s photo HERE showing the fire from the rear.

apartment fire in Mount Prospect 715 Central Road 2-20-12

image from ABC news

apartment fire in Mount Prospect 715 Central Road 2-20-12

A displaced resident watches as firefighters verify that there is no fire in other units. Larry Shapiro photo

apartment fire in Mount Prospect 715 Central Road 2-20-12

Mount Prospect Engine 13 was the still-alarm engine and had two lines off. Larry Shapiro photo

apartment fire in Mount Prospect 715 Central Road 2-20-12

Firefighters rest after exiting the building. Larry Shapiro photo

apartment fire in Mount Prospect 715 Central Road 2-20-12

Engine 13 was at the front of the building. Larry Shapiro photo

Departments that assisted at the scene included Elk Grove Village, Elk Grove Township, Palatine, North Maine, Arlington Heights, Palatine Rural, and Prospect Heights.

Additional images from the scene can be seen HERE.

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