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"Old School Firefighting"

The purpose of this section is to promote insight to the tools and equipment that area firefighters had to work with in years past.

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Old School Firefighting  in the Chicago Metro
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Description Approx Year Photo By
Multiple People Trapped on 3rd & 4th Floors CFD 1962 Gene Flash Koepke
4-11 Building Fire CFD 1984 Gene Flash Koepke
Tower 5 Operates at Large Building Fire CFD 1984 Gene Flash Koepke
Haz-Mat Incident at Factory CFD 1991 Gene Flash Koepke
Child is Rescued CFD 1960's Gene Flash Koepke
Factory Mill Fire at 26th & California CFD 1960's Gene Flash Koepke
Flames Showing at House Fire CFD 1969 Gene Flash Koepke
Multiple People Trapped on 3rd & 4th Floors CFD 1962 Gene Flash Koepke
4th Floor Flames Showing CFD 1975 Gene Flash Koepke
Opening the Roof CFD 1984 Gene Flash Koepke
Pulling Line CFD 1993 Gene Flash Koepke
Bowling Alley Fire CFD 1974 Gene Flash Koepke
Fire Showing Between Exposures CFD 1978 Gene Flash Koepke
2-11 Building Fire on Division Street CFD 1968 Gene Flash Koepke
Downtown Office Fire CFD 1981 Gene Flash Koepke
Tower 5 Prepares to Flow at Large Building Fire CFD 1984 Gene Flash Koepke
3-Flat Building Rescue on Wooden Ladder CFD 1960's Gene Flash Koepke
3-11 Factory near Western & Milwaukee Ave CFD 1984 Gene Flash Koepke
5-11 Plus Alarm in the Stockyards CFD 1970 Gene Flash Koepke
Below Zero Temperature Fire Scene CFD 1965 Gene Flash Koepke
On Scene at Explosion CFD 1983 Gene Flash Koepke
House Fire in Park Ridge 1994 Gene Flash Koepke
Girl Rescued from 3rd Floor Apartment CFD 1977 Gene Flash Koepke
Commercial Jet Airplane on Fire at O'Hare Airport CFD 1981 Gene Flash Koepke
"Big John" Working at Factory Mill Fire CFD 1960's Gene Flash Koepke
4-11 Factory Fire CFD 1984 Gene Flash Koepke
Fireman Operate Deluge Gun at Large Building Fire CFD 1984 Gene Flash Koepke
Firefighters Work to Extricate Accident Victim CFD 1989 Gene Flash Koepke
CFD Helicopter 19?? Ted Koston
Truck Hauling Cans Accident CFD 1950's James Voves
Southport Lumber Fire on North Side CFD 1990 James Voves
Cold Night Fireground CFD 1985 James Voves
Aerial In The Night CFD 19?? James Voves
North Halsted Fire CFD 1988 James Voves
Basement Fire in a Bar CFD 1970 James Voves
Old Engine 60 CFD 19?? Steve Hagy
Cold Aerial Ops CFD 19?? James Voves
Old Fire Barn CFD 19?? James Voves
Large Building Fire with Collapse CFD 19?? James Voves
Fire at 67th & Western CFD 1986 James Voves
Engine 13 and Squad 1 CFD 1957 Tribune Archives
Sleep quarters, Company 53 CFD 1905 Tribune Archives
Fire Boats at Grain Elevator Fire CFD 1939 Unknown
Engine 98 CFD 1925 Tribune Archives
Engine 97 CFD 1929 Tribune Archives
Calument River, Grain Elevator Fire CFD 1939 Tribune Archives
Engine 31 CFD ???? Tribune Archives
Brookfield House Fire 1950's Elmer C. Johnson
Rare Photo of the Deadly Oak Lawn Tornado 1967 Elmer C. Johnson
Brookfield Building Fire 1950's Elmer C. Johnson
Summit Restaurant Fire 1960's Elmer C. Johnson
Summit Building Fire 1960's Elmer C. Johnson
Icy Building After Fire 1934 Elmer C. Johnson
Court Yard Fire CFD 1979 Gene Flash Koepke
Tight Space Fire CFD 1988 Gene Flash Koepke
CFD Engine 57 at Large Inferno 1988 Gene Flash Koepke
Tower 5 Operating at Building Fire 1982 Gene Flash Koepke
Large Building Fire 1982 Gene Flash Koepke
IC Train Wreck Rescue 1 1972 Gene Flash Koepke
IC Train Wreck Rescue 2 1972 Gene Flash Koepke
CTA Train Crash Rescue 1974 Gene Flash Koepke
Train Vs Car 1976 Gene Flash Koepke
Court Yard Fire 2 CFD 1974 Gene Flash Koepke
CFD Apartment Building Fire 1973 Gene Flash Koepke
CFD Apartment Building Fire 2 1973 Gene Flash Koepke
Office Building Fire 1980 Gene Flash Koepke
CFD Factory Inferno 1981 Gene Flash Koepke
CFD Engine 14 at Factory Inferno 1981 Gene Flash Koepke
Store Explosion 1982 Gene Flash Koepke
Factory Fire 1983 Gene Flash Koepke
Building Fire 1984 Gene Flash Koepke
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