CFD Honors 50th Anniversary Of Fatal Mickelberry Plant ExplosionOn Feb. 7, 1968, more than 300 firefighters were called to the Mickelberry Food Products Company at 50th and Halsted.
Chicago Fire Deaths Reached Record Low In 2013Fire 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.
Fire Commissioner Defends OT Costs, Response TimesFire 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.
City Officials Oppose Quinn Measure Requiring High-Rise Sprinklers The Quinn administration is pushing for new statewide fire safety requirements that would cost Chicago's high rise residents hundreds of millions of dollars.