'It'll Be Hot': CFD Asks Residents To Not Open Fire Hydrants Tuesday As Heat Soars To The 90s

Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Richard C. Ford II
Photo credit City of Chicago
By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Richard C. Ford II joined Mayor Lightfoot, CPD, and CDPH on Tuesday morning to provide an update to the city after numerous days of protest, following the death of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. 

According to Ford, since the beginning of this event, the city has gone from 86 structure fires, including 3,000 medical events.

"Up until last night, they had 53 structure fires in addition to the 2,300 other events they handled for the City of Chicago, working with our brothers and sisters from fellow divisions, we're keeping a good handle on this and we're working it to make it the best for you," he said.

"We ask you, because today is going to be 90 degrees. It'll be hot. Please look out for seniors. Please do not open up fire hydrants, as pressure will be needed to handle any other emergencies. 

"I couldn't be prouder of the men and women, fire and EMS, as they stepped us and done what is needed in order to maintain safety for you and the City of Chicago. Remember always, the Fire Department will be there when we need you." 

Rich Guidice Executive Director of Chicago's Office Emergency Management and Communications said that with Tuesday's expected forecast of warm weather, the city of Chicago is advising residents that cooling centers and cooling buses will be made available across the city.

Cooling centers will be open at King Center, located at 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave., and Garfield Center, located at 10 S. Kedzie. They'll be open noon-8:30 p.m.

Additionally, cooling buses will be set up outside police district locations.