Gary Fire Department
This week's topics: The nation's reaction to Ebola; Valparaiso's efforts to save costs on health insurance; and the "homeless" Gary Fire Engine.
A private jet returned to Gary/Chicago International Airport shortly after takeoff Friday and made a safe landing after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit.
GARY | For more than two years, firefighters from the city’s Station 5 in the Glen Park neighborhood have been without a permanent home. In fact, the firefighters haven’t even been in Gary.
The fire engine is on the opposite side of the L-shaped building where firefighters are housed. Accessing it when responding to a call entails walking downstairs and out the front door of the multipurpose center and hustling across the parking lot that, in this case, is filled with water.
Engine 5 heads out on a call from a garage shared by the Calumet Township maintenance facility.
The former Gary Station 5 is located at 41st and Washington Street. According to firefighter James Powell, this station cannot accommodate their Engine 5.
Gary Station 5 firefighters are unhappy with the conditions of their station at the Calumet Township Multipurpose Center. This is their lounge area.
Firefighters say the conditions in Gary Station 5 at the Calumet Township Multipurpose Center are cramped. This is one of their sleeping areas.
Gary firefighters make their way across a parking lot to get to their engine parked at the Calumet Township Multipurpose Center.
Gary Station 5 firefighters are unhappy with the conditions of their station at the Calumet Township Multipurpose Center. Firefighter James Powell prepares breakfast in a kitchen that is right next to the bathroom.
This is the view from the living quarters at Gary Station 5. During a call, firefighters must make their way across a parking lot to get to their engine.
GARY | It wasn't chips onboard a trailer covered in Frito-Lay advertisements that were smoking hot Thursday, but rather a load of rolled foam insulation, police said.
GARY | After announcing a new police chief and new approach to crime last month, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson on Friday addressed police and fire department equipment needs.
HAMMOND | A federal judge on Wednesday refused to allow a Gary Fire Department lieutenant and another woman to withdraw guilty pleas to money laundering counts stemming from a drug case.
Offering perspective on today's issues
MERRILLVILLE | Mississippi Street was closed in both directions in front of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church early Tuesday afternoon as crews worked to remove a BP firetruck from a ditch there.
GARY | After arriving at an inferno at an abandoned house on Delaware Street earlier this month, a Gary fire official immediately called for additional resources, he said.
A Gary Fire Department ambulance responds to a call in Gary.
CROWN POINT | A Gary man was sentenced Wednesday to six years in Lake County Community Corrections after he admitted setting a woman's home on fire, according to court records.
EAST CHICAGO | A stubborn fire that jumped to an adjacent apartment building displaced 18 people in East Chicago early Monday.
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