Chicago Fire Department

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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.


An ambulance responds at the scene of a person trapped on ice at 75th and the lake. (CBS/Pamela Jones)

Man Rescued From Icy Lakefront

Chicago first-responders rescued an individual at 75th Street and the lakefront this afternoon following emergency calls of a person stuck on the ice.


Herbert "Herbie" Johnson, covered in soot, talks with reporters at a 2006 fire scene. (CBS)

Report Finds Department Failings In Death Of Chicago Firefighter

A report by federal investigators has concluded that poor on-site communication was a contributing factor in the death of a veteran Chicago firefighter last year


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Fire Commissioner Defends OT Costs, Response Times

Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said lawsuits over hiring practices have been to blame for staffing shortages that led to as much as $43 million in overtime costs this year.


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As OT Soars, City To Hold Firefighter Entrance Exam In 2014

Amid skyrocketing overtime in the Chicago Fire Department, the city will hold its first firefighters entrance exam in eight years in 2014, but not the way a former-firefighter-turned-alderman would like it.


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Woman Injured By Falling Tree

The incident occurred around 11 a.m. at 89th and Wallace.


A woman's body was pulled from the Chicago River Friday evening after reports that a female had jumped into the water. (CBS)

Police Recover Woman’s Body From Chicago River

Emergency crews were called to the 300 block of West Roosevelt Road about 2:45 p.m. after receiving reports of the woman jumping from a bridge into the South Branch of the river.


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Aldermen Back $2M Settlement For Discriminatory Firefighter Exam

Aldermen have given preliminary approval of a $2 million settlement for women who failed a physical exam to become Chicago firefighters, saying the test requirements discriminated against them.


The scene of a roof collapse on North Ashland Avenue. (Chicago Fire Dept.)

Woman Injured When Roof Collapses

Fire officials say the incident occurred in the 1100 block of North Ashland Avenue at a building where construction was underway. The victim was transported to Stroger Hospital.


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Roof Collapses While Firefighters Battle South Shore Blaze

A mayday response — indicating firefighters could be in distress — was called after the roof collapse, but all firefighters were located unharmed.


Chicago Fire Department's Engine 13 races down Randolph Street on its way to a call.  (credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

Family, Friends Remember Heroic Firefighter

One of those standing honor guard beside retired firefighter Eddie Goya’s casket was Fire Lieutenant Ricardo Vega, who owes his life to Groya.


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Three-Alarm Fire On South Side

Chicago firefighters are on the scene of a two-alarm fire in a residential building on the South Side.


A "safe haven" sign near a Chicago fire station. (CBS)

Baby Abandoned At Fire Station

The 3-week-old boy was left at Engine 101 at 2236 W. 69th St., and he was transported in good condition to Holy Cross Hospital.


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Pit Bulls Maul 3-Year-Old Boy

The attack, which left the child with “multiple puncture wounds,” occurred in a building in the 7300 block of South Kingston Avenue, the fire department said.


A high-rise fire drill was held at the AON Center Sunday morning. (Credit: Michele Fiore)

High-Rise Fire Drill Conducted At Aon Center

The Chicago Fire Department conducted a high-rise fire drill at the Aon Center Sunday morning.


Rescue workers respond to the "injured" during a disaster drill on the South Side on Tuesday. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM Newsradio)

Fire Department To Complete Disaster Drill In Englewood

It has been the biggest drill the department has done in years.


One of  the "injured" victims is found in a tree during a disaster drill on the South Side on Tuesday. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM Newsradio)

Rescue Crews Respond To Mock Tornado On South Side

A massive “mock” disaster on the South Side on Tuesday is testing the training of first responders.


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Paramedic Has Been Working 14 Months Without License

It was a discovery made just a couple of weeks ago, and the Fire Department has been scrambling to correct the situation.


An off-duty CTA worker driving a pickup truck crashed into an ambulance in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on March 21, 2013. The CTA worker was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. (Credit: CBS)

Off-Duty CTA Worker Suspected Of DUI In Crash With Ambulance

An off-duty CTA employee was arrested in the Back of the Yards neighborhood overnight, on suspicion of drunk driving, after crashing into an ambulance carrying a patient to the hospital.