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Ambulances And Fire Trucks At ORD Last Night  
User currently offlineDTWLAX From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 847 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3476 times:

I was on my way from PHL to SNA and was connecting through ORD yesterday.
Around 6 PM Central time, I saw an ambulance with lights flashing whizz between Concourses B and C.

Then around 8PM Central time, on my way out on the SNA flight, I saw multiple fire trucks and ambulances (again with lights flashing) and a mobile flight of stairs all waiting together near the B and C concourses.
At the same time, I saw lights flashing closer to Concourse M as well.

Does anybody have any idea of what was happening? Were there any emergencies?

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User currently offlineLrdc9 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 610 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3376 times:

Probably just a medical emergency. Not all too uncommon. (Unless it was fire trucks at the runway Big grin)

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User currently offlineJetdoctor From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3122 times:


This usually occurs when an aircraft declares an emergency. It happens all the time at ORD, and the outcome turns into nothing. (smoke in cabin, hydraulic problems etc...)
What you probably saw was the CFR staging at both ends of the runway (I will assume 10-28).
Like I said, you will see this a couple of times a week at ORD.



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User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 16095 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3011 times:

Quoting Jetdoctor (Reply 2):
Like I said, you will see this a couple of times a week at ORD.

I've heard that the fire departments at major airports average about one call per day. I don't know if this includes just aircraft related stuff or things like people fainting in the terminal too.

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User currently offlineB6JFKSEA From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days ago) and read 2899 times:

I was on AS 29 and saw the emergency equipment. We had to go around the whole airport to get to the runway. The pilot said that an AA MD80 declared an emergency but didn't specify what type of emergency.

User currently offlineRipcordd From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1231 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2887 times:

ORD FD probably gets around 10-15 medical calls a day

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