February 4, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) – Chicago firefighters rescued three of their own who were surrounded by flames during a fire at a Little Village home.
The fire crews arriving at the home in the 3000-block of South Drake found two small children and adult already outside. They were suffering from smoke inhalation, and are expected to be OK.
Firefighters went in the building only to be quickly surrounded by flames. A mayday call went out and the Chicago Fire Department’s Rapid Intervention Team responded to the distress signal and helped three firefighters out through a basement window. They were transported to Stroger Hospital for smoke inhalation. All are expected to recover.
A Rapid Intervention Team is called to every fire to assist if any firefighter is injured or trapped during the initial fire.
Curt Isakson is a 35 year veteran of the fire service. Curt is currently a Battalion Chief for Escambia County Fire Rescue. Previously worked 9 years with the Pensacola Fire Department where he was assigned as the Company Officer on Rescue 31. Curt’s fire service experiences started at a young age as a Junior firefighter with the Midway Fire Protection District and rose through the ranks to Captain. He has worked in volunteer, career, and combination departments.
Curt has held all ranks up to Battalion Chief and been assigned to operations, training, inspections, and was Chief of Special Operations for 7 years. Curt owns and operates County Fire Tactics that covers a very diverse range of fire service topics, as well as Firefighter Rescues, a site that documents rescues made by firefighters around the country.
He has annual contracts with numerous departments to provide standardized monthly training for these departments that respond daily together under an automatic aid agreement. Curt teaches nationally to include; FDIC, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, Orlando Fire Conference, Atlanta Fire Conference, Bowling Green State University, and owns/operates the annual HROC, COBC, WOTF, CFT ODP on Pensacola Beach. He is a Florida Certified Fire Officer, Instructor, Inspector, Arson, and FLUSAR.
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Atta way guys. Everyone goes home in the morning.
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