Earlier Wednesday, Sept. 21, our intrepid and excellent Operations Manager Evan Girard was on the way to the Evanston Public Library when she stopped and quickly sent this text to RoundTable editors:

“Not sure what’s going on in front of the Hilton Orrington, but there is smoke coming out of the three story building to the north (next to Burger King), and approximately 15-20 firefighters seem to be listening to instructions from someone dressed in a different type of uniform. (perhaps a test?)

“3 fire trucks and 2 incident command vehicles are here.”

Credit: Evan Girard / Evanston RoundTable

Girard will tell you she is not a reporter, and this is true. She wears approximately 25 different hats at the RoundTable but a fedora with “press’ on it is not one of them. Still, we are extremely grateful that if she wanted to be, she would clearly be excellent at that job, too.

Credit: Evan Girard / Evanston RoundTable

Girard stayed to find that it was a training session, and to catch the firefighters in the act of doing their lifesaving training with her pictures.

Credit: Evan Girard / Evanston RoundTable

The house between the Orrington and the soon-to-be-demolished Burger King restaurant is also scheduled to be razed along with the former fast food shop.

Credit: Evan Girard / Evanston RoundTable

But until the bulldozers arrive, the Evanston Fire Department has permission to conduct drills.

Credit: Evan Girard / Evanston RoundTable

Mayor Daniel Biss (right) even stopped by to watch and get an explanation, no doubt, about how important these types of trainings can be for firefighters.

Credit: Evan Girard / Evanston RoundTable

(And to get a few pictures with the firefighters as well.)

Credit: Evan Girard / Evanston RoundTable

Later in the day, the EFD tweeted about their workday, saying:
“Evanston Fire Department firefighters conducted search and rescue training and ground ladder evolutions this morning on the 1700 block of Orrington Avenue in Evanston. Great work by all involved!! @CityofEvanston @EvanstonFD @EvanstonPD

Credit: Evan Girard / Evanston RoundTable

Susy Schultz

Susy Schultz is the editor of the Evanston Roundtable. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years, and is the former president of Public Narrative, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching journalists and...

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