Chicago by Jim Regan

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face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Photos by Jim Regan

The Chicago Update column reports exclusively on the apparatus and equipment of the Chicago Fire Department. The CFD operates a fleet of approximately 500 vehicles. There are 99 engine companies, 60 ladder companies, 4 squads, and over 30 special units that include hose wagons, light wagons, airport crash apparatus, smoke ejectors, communications vehicles, and several unusual, one-of-a-kind special units. Also in service are 24 battalions, 7 district chiefs, and 59 ALS ambulances. There are constant changes in an apparatus fleet in a department the size of Chicago. Information on new purchases, new assignments, changes in assignments, apparatus being refurbished, and preparation of specifications are covered. This column keeps readers current on all activities concerning Chicago's fire apparatus.

Jim Regan

F.A.J. Contributing Editor

Jim Regan is a Registered Fire Protection Engineer and has been photographing apparatus for over thirty-five years. His interests include apparatus and fireground photography, tactics, hydraulics, and water supply. He has an extensive library of fire related topics including a collection of WNYF that dates back to 1956. His slide collection encompasses over 20,000 slides of fires, apparatus, and other fire related topics. Jim is an Honorary New York City Battalion Chief, and Department Photographer of the Western Springs, IL, Fire Department. He can be contacted at:

1 North Beacon Place

Unit 603

La Grange IL 60525