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3-Alarm fire in Stone Park, 9-5-20 (more)

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Excerpts from chicago.cbslocal.com:

A dozen families were left homeless Saturday after winds fueled a fire that destroyed four residential buildings in the 1800 block of 36th Avenue in Stone Park. By the time the firefighters arrived, three buildings were already in flames. A dozen families – some with young children – were left homeless. 

Investigators believe the fire started on a wooden back porch of one unit. They say winds fueled it, and that quickly made flames jump from one building to the next.

flames from detached garage on fire

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Crash with entrapment in Boone County, 9-1-20

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Boone County 2 Fire Protection District Car V.S Semi Pin In With Ejection

Boone County Fire District 2 Firefighters and paramedics at crash scene

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Boone County Fire District 2 Firefighters and paramedics at crash scene

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Boone County Fire District 2 Firefighters and paramedics at crash scene

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Working fire in Belvidere, 9-2-20

Excerpts from wifr.com:

The Belvidere Fire Department was called to the 600 block of W. Locust Street for a report of smoke coming from a multi-family apartment building at 10:36 a.m Wednesday morning (9/2/20). First responders Firefighters reported light smoke showing from the rear of the three-story building while evacuation was taking place.

The fire was found and extinguished in a second level apartment of the 16-unit apartment complex. 

The fire was ruled accidental and caused $20,000 damage to the structure which is valued at $950,000. Area departments that responded with Belvidere were Boone County Fire Districts #2 and #3, Cherry Valley Fire, Marengo Fire, Boone County EMA, OSF Lifeline, and the Capron Rescue Squad.

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Firefighters at t he scene of a small fire in an apartment building in Belvidere, IL 9-2-20

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3-Alarm fire in Rockford, 9-2-20 (more)

Excerpts from WIFR.com:

One of Rockford’s oldest churches, the former Metro Christian Center Church, was destroyed Wednesday night. The building had been condemned for several years and many doors and windows had been boarded up. There was no electricity inside the building. The Rockford Fire Department is opening an arson investigation. The church was a downtown staple for many years.

Heavy clouds of smoke covered downtown as the church was engulfed in fire and dozens of trucks surrounded the structure as parts of it fell to the street. Fire crews say the fire spread very quickly because the structure is made of wood and firefighters didn’t go into the building because the rooftop has asbestos. The damages are estimated at $300,000.

The fire department worked with demolition crews overnight to demolish the building and put out hot spots. 

Photos from Tim Olk of the 3-Alarm fire in Rockford, 9-2-20

flames engulf historic church

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flames engulf historic church

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Civil unrest in Kenosha, WI 8-25-20 (more)

Images from Tim Olk from the rioting in Kenosha 

storefront engulfed by flames during Kenosha riots

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3-Alarm fire in Franklin Park, 8-10-20

From theSchiller Park Firefighters Local 5230 Facebook page:

8/10/2020 Franklin Park 3rd alarm industrial building fire. #local5230 members went mutual aid to Franklin Park for the industrial building on fire. Members from Truck 5 went interior with a 2 1/2 handline, set Schiller Park Truck 5 ladder up and went to the roof with members from Franklin Park. While on the roof, both companies made a few trench cuts allowing members to hit the fire with a hand-line to put out all the hot spots. SPFD was on scene for about three hours, all while a significant wind and rain storm came through the area. All remaining Schiller Park members on duty stayed back and responded to multiple storm-related calls of wires, and trees down, along with other EMS calls. Thank you to Tim Olk for the pictures!

Something we take very seriously is when we get back to the station, and we make sure all of our tools are cleaned, inspected, and ready for the next call. Every member will also be required to wash all their gear; this is mandatory to help prevent cancer.

3-Alarm fire in Franklin Park, IL 8-10-20

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warehouse fire

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3-Alarm fire in Franklin Park, IL 8-10-20

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Firefighters at warehouse fire

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3-Alarm fire in Franklin Park, IL 8-10-20

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New truck for Waukegan (more)

95' Seagrave Marauder Aerialscope

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Excerpts from the Chicago.tribune.com:

A person trapped nearly 100 feet off the ground in Waukegan no longer needs to descend on a ladder guided by a firefighter/paramedic. People can now be rescued and lowered to the ground in a basket attached to the Waukegan Fire Department’s newest piece of equipment. The fire department took possession of its $1.4 million 95-foot Seagrave Aerialscope earlier this month enabling four firefighters and their equipment to reach the top of nearly any building in the city simultaneously.

Lt. Todd Zupec said the new truck is the first of its kind in Illinois. Unlike the older models, no ladder climbing is necessary.

Battalion Chief Brett Stickels said the new truck allows multiple firefighters to more easily reach a victim in need of rescue, or to attack a fire whether in a high-rise building or a traditional home. “We can put a victim on a stretcher, and lay the stretcher in the basket,” Stickels said. “A crane lowers them to the ground. A firefighter can be in the basket with them. It’s better to have the firefighter with (a victim) during the rescue. They descend gently. They don’t have to walk down 100 steps of a ladder anymore.”

Rather than one firefighter climbing a ladder carrying equipment, three to four can ascend together with their gear and move into position for a rescue or to extinguish a fire. While the weight limit is 1,000 pounds when the aerial is at a right angle, it can lift as much as 5,000 pounds when it is at a lesser incline. It can move a car out of distress.

The new truck replaces a 25-year-old 75-foot ladder truck which is well beyond its expected life.

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Chicago FD Fast Boat 688

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Chicago fire3 boat

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Chicago fire3 boat

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Chicago fire3 boat

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Chicago fire3 boat

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Recent Chicago Fire Department Air Sea Rescue training

Chicago FD Air Sea Rescue training

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Alley garages burn in Chicago, 7-5-20

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Chicago Fire Department alley garages 5700 S Mozart

flames engulf alley garages

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flames engulf alley garages

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