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Kankakee vacant building fire video

Dave Statter has posted a video at from a resident with a rambling commentary on the response of the Kankakee Fire Department

thanks Dan

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Chicago 3-11 alarm fire and EMS Plan 1 with rescues (update)

Dave Statter from posted this video clip of a rescue being made at the 3-11 Alarm fire yesterday at 714 E. 82nd Street.



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CFD Commissioner again at odds with city IG has an article about the City of Chicago Inspector General (IG) trying to dictate disciplinary measures within the Chicago Fire Department … again. At issue this time is a CFD battalion chief (BC) that allowed his adult son to ride-along and bunk-in. The IG wanted a 20-day suspension for the BC, while Commissioner Hoff dispensed a verbal reprimand.

The article quotes CFD Spokesman Larry Langford and a column on Huff Post Chicago by Alden Loury the publisher of The Chicago Reporter.

Introduced by the IG is an opinion that the commissioner’s stance has to do with his childhood. (from Huff Post Chicago):

In the opening scenes of the 1991 Ron Howard filmBackdraft, two young brothers are horsing around in the Chicago firehouse where their father works when an emergency call comes in. As firefighters ready their engine to answer the call, the younger brother beams when his dad asks if he wants to ride along.

The movie is loosely based on the lives of Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff and his older brother Raymond Hoff, third-generation Chicago firefighters whose father was killed fighting a fire in a South Side apartment building in 1962, according to media reports.

The film came to mind recently because Commissioner Hoff — presumably depicted as the younger brother in Backdraft who rode along with his firefighter-father — is now at the center of a controversy involving fire department “ride alongs.”

The Statter911 article can be found HERE, and the Huff Post Chicago article can be found HERE.

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CPD officer accuses CFD captain of pushing him to the ground

An incident which occurred at a water rescue on November 1st has initiated an investigation into allegations by a Chicago police officer that he was pushed to the ground by a Chicago Fire Department Captain. has an article and description of the event HERE.

The Tribune has an article HERE. Excerpts include:

The Chicago Fire Department has launched an internal investigation after a captain was accused of pushing a Chicago police officer to the ground as both departments answered a rescue call for two men who had fallen into the river near Goose Island earlier this month.

The scuffle apparently did not hinder the rescue, and the two men were pulled from the water at about 1 a.m. Nov. 1 near the 1200 block of West North Avenue. The police officer, assigned to the marine unit, later filed a report.

No charges were filed, but Fire Department internal affairs investigators are looking into the conduct of the fire captain and other fire officials who were on the scene, officials said.

“There is an active investigation in progress,” said Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. “The investigation will determine what happened at that scene and see if any violations happened with our members.”


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Share their frustration?

A little off topic here, but has a 3 minute, cellphone video, of an FDNY Engine company trying to get through traffic behind a city transit bus that won’t move from their path.

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