Homewood Fire Department

Homewood Fire Department will show off new truck, provide fun safety lessons at annual open house

Residents will have a chance to get a close-up look at Homewood's brand new fire truck on Saturday during the annual Fire Department open house.

The event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 17950 Dixie Highway will also include a crowd favorite, the live burn that demonstrates the importance and effectiveness of sprinkler systems. 

Parade of Lights remembers firefighter Brian Carey, others

A parade of fire trucks down Ridge Road Tuesday evening, their lights flashing, will mark the annual Parade of Lights, a silent memorial for those killed in the line of duty.
 
The Oct. 9 parade is expected in Homewood between 8:15 and 8:30 p.m. For Homewood, it is a reminder of the death of firefighter Brian Carey, 28, who lost his life fighting a house fire in March 2010.
 

Federal grant helps Homewood Fire Department update equipment, training

The Homewood Fire Department will be able to replace an aging ventilation system and beef up its training programs thanks to a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

Homewood Fire Department to keep 1997 pumper, sell 2007 truck

The Homewood village board approved the sale of the fire department's 11-year-old fire engine that has become too costly to repair. Instead, the department will keep a 21-year-old fire truck in reserve.
 

The department purchased a new fire Pierce Enforcer fire engine this year. It was originally meant to replace a 1997 Smeal pumper. The department aims for 20-year replacement cycles, Fire Chief Bob Grabowski told The Chronicle.
 

Brawls, bucket brigades showed need for police, fire services

The village of Homewood is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its incorporation this year. This is the third in a series of articles that shed a little light on life and times in the village’s early years. In this article, local historician Jim Wright looks at the founding of the village's police and fire departments.

Homewood trustees approve business incentive for Bookies, tour new fire truck

The Homewood Board of Trustees approved business incentives for Bookies New and Used Books, an independent book store being developed at 2015 Ridge Road. The brief meeting was preceded and followed by tours of the village's new fire truck, which went into service Tuesday night.

New fire truck goes into service in Homewood

The Homewood Fire Department put a new pumper truck into service on August 28. The Pierce Enforcer arrived on Aug. 21, and firefighters spent about a week training on it before it went into duty Tuesday evening.

Homewood bids farewell to pillar of the community

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The commentary below represents the ideas, observations and opinions of the author.

Marvin Austin’s funeral on Saturday, April 14, was the first I’ve ever attended that ended with the mourners singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
 
It was a perfect ending to the celebration of Marvin’s 89 years of life. 

Crews encountered ‘high heat and a large volume of fire’ at fatal scene

The Flossmoor fire on Feb. 28 in which the homeowner was found dead took almost an hour and multiple crews to extinguish after firefighters found the house fully ablaze.
 
According to Flossmoor Fire Captain Matt Berk, a report of the fire that came in at 12:47 p.m. initially identified Homewood as the location of the house, which actually is in the 2000 block of Collett Lane in Flossmoor. 
 

New hires and promotions recognized at Homewood trustees meeting Tuesday

Two local families continued their tradition of service to the Homewood Fire Department as they marked promotions for firefighters at the Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday. In all, four firefighters and two public works employees took oaths of office at the meeting.

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