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Douglas Crowley plays the bagpipes (Picture provided to CBS2)

Firefighter’s Bagpipes Stolen From Minivan

For six years, Lt. Douglas Crowley has played bagpipes on special occasions for the Chicago Fire Department’s Pipes and Drums band. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


Anne Larson dug out the fire hydrant near her house, so firefighters could see where it is after the blizzard buried it. (Credit: Anne Larson)

Fire Department Asking Chicagoans To “Adopt” Hydrants And Clear Snow

With snow piled high on many parkways in the city, the Chicago Fire Department has asked residents to give firefighters a helping hand, by digging out hydrants on their blocks.


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CFD Honors Two Fallen Firefighters

A wall inside the Chicago Fire Department Academy now bears the names of two firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice.


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Thousands Take First Chicago Fire Department Exam Since 2006

Nearly 17,000 men and women who want to be Chicago firefighters took the department’s first exam since 2006 on Saturday and another 8500 are expected to do so on Sunday.


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Thousands Expected To Take First Chicago Fire Department Exam Since 2006

25,000 people who want to be Chicago firefighters or paramedics will file through McCormick Place Saturday and Sunday to take the exam to get into the training academy, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.


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City Council Panel Backs $13M In Settlements

Aldermen have recommended settling three lawsuits against the city’s police and fire departments, for a combined $13 million.


Chicago firefighters pick through the wreckage of a collapsed building Sunday in Washington Park. (Chicago Fire Department)

Two Women Rescued From Building Collapse

Firefighters swarmed the property at 58th Street and Calumet Avenue around 7 p.m. after reports of an explosion, and they pulled two women from the flattened property.


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Memorial Walls Honors City’s Fallen Black Firefighters

The Chicago Fire Department has dedicated a new memorial wall, honoring the city’s first all-black firehouse.


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Ebola Scare Draws Firefighters To O’Hare

Firefighters who responded to O’Hare transported a 70-year-old woman to Chicago’s Resurrection Hospital, the Chicago Fire Department says.


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Distracted Drivers Becoming More Problematic For Emergency Vehicles As Number Of Calls Increases

Distracted drivers have always been a problem for firetrucks and ambulances that need cars to get out of the way – but because the Chicago Fire Department’s calls have being going up, the department says those distracted drivers are a bigger problem these days.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a naturalization ceremony for 67 immigrants who became U.S. Citizens on July 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Defends Fire Department Hiring Preference For CPS Grads

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is defending the Chicago Fire Department’s hiring preference for Chicago Public School graduate, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Don’t Be Fooled By Warm Weather — Lake Temps Remain Dangerously Cold

After two deadly accidents on the water last weekend, the Chicago Fire Department is reminding people of the hazards of cold water. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.



Coast Guard, City Officials Urge Boaters To Use Caution On Lake

The temperatures might have been cold, and there was snow in the air, but city officials and the U.S. Coast Guard said those were perfect conditions to remind boaters the Lakefront can be an unpredictable place.


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Four Rescued From Sinking Boat On Lake Michigan

The boat was in the lake off of 31st Street, and had sunk as of 5 p.m., fire officials said.


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City Watchdog: 17 Firefighters And Paramedics Falsified Mileage Records

A group of Chicago firefighters and paramedics have been suspended for falsifying thousands of dollars’ worth of mileage records.


Emergency crews respond to a fire Wednesday afternoon in the 1700 block of West Juneway Terrace. / image from Network Video Productions

Dead Girl’s Mom Fears Daughter Started Fatal Fire

There were no working smoke detectors in the apartment in the 1700 block of West Juneway Terrace, where LeAndrea White was found dead on the bedroom floor Wednesday afternoon.


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Chicago Fire Dept. Issues Warning To Stay Off The Ice

The Chicago Fire Department is warning for anybody near any body of water these days to stay off the ice, especially with the warm-up and rain coming Thursday. But not everybody’s listening.


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Fire Officials: Man, 60, Killed In Austin Fire

The fire started just before 5:25 p.m. in a two-story, multi-unit apartment building in the 500 block of South Lavergne Avenue.


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Chicago Fire Deaths Reached Record Low In 2013

Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said 16 people died in fires in 2013, the lowest annual total ever recorded in the city. Even so, he said that was 16 deaths too many.


An EMS Plan 1 was called for a fire in the 1100 block of North Lake Shore Drive. (Credit: Brad Edwards/CBS)

Fire In Lake Shore Drive High-Rise

Firefighters responded to a report of a fire in a high rise in the 1100 block of North Lake Shore Drive.