AHFD Engine 2 was assigned Monday, December 6, 2004 to stand by at a Chicago Fire Station to provide city coverage during a major fire at La Salle Bank at 135 South LaSalle in Chicago. Over 20 suburbs, including Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Naperville, Northbrook, Plainview, Roselle, Round Lake and Skokie have been called to assist.
The fire is on the 29th and 30th floors of the 45-story LaSalle Bank Building at 135 S. Lasalle in the South Loop. Arlington Heights Fire Engine 2 was called to provide station coverage at the fire house of Engine Company 108, Ladder Company 23, Ambulance 47 and Deputy Chief 223. Ladder Company 23 was called to the 5-11 alarm fire at the LaSalle Bank headquarters for search and rescue and firefighting tasks. The remaining companies from that firehouse stood by for other emergencies with Arlington Heights Fire Engine 2 and a Roselle Ladder Tower there to assist. About one-third of Chicago Fire Department’s personnel are battling the fire at LaSalle Bank. The suburban response is part of a planned Mutal Aid Task Force response for major emergencies. Ten fire engines and twelve ladder trucks responded from suburban fire departments to provide station coverage.
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