Chicago police, fire and emergency management personnel will be receiving new state-of-the-art crisis response training through a partnership with area hospitals.
The Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Simulator Lab is located at the Chicago Fire Academy, 1338 South Clinton, where all EMS training takes place.
Weeks from now police, firefighters and paramedics will start coming there to receive training on how to better respond to mental health emergencies.
Emergency responders will take an 8-hour course, including simulations of different types of scenarios.
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A 72-year-old man from the Chatham neighborhood was ordered held on $250,000 bail Saturday for allegedly attacking and attempted to sexually assault a female paramedic as she and her partner took the man to an area hospital following a traffic crash earlier this week.
Dressed in a long grey wool overcoat, a frail-looking Roy U. Hill leaned forward against the judge's bench to balance himself as he stood before a Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. on charges of aggravated battery to a peace officer and attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault. The victim, a 36-year-old female Chicago Fire Department paramedic and her partner were transporting Hall to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after his vehicle struck a pole in the 3300 block of South King Drive about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, officials said just after the incident.
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A body was found in a River North parking garage Tuesday morning, after emergency crews responded to a call for a fire.
Shortly before 6 a.m., firefighters responded to reports of a rubbish fire on the 11th floor of a parking garage in the 300 block of North LaSalle Street, according to police and fire officials.
Police said an unidentified body was found at the scene of the fire.
Area Central detectives and arson detectives were conducting a death investigation.
An Arlington Heights man and former part-time firefighter pleaded guilty to charges stemming from accusations that he hid a video camera in a Northfield fire station's shower, the Daily Herald reports.
Edward T. Panicko, 59, entered a guilty plea to unlawful video recording Wednesday as part of a deal with prosecutors, the report stated. He was sentenced to one year conditional discharge, 100 hours of community service and fined $484, the report added.
Panicko, a retired Glenview firefighter, turned himself in to police in July of 2016 after he resigned from the Northfield Fire Department following misconduct accusations from a fellow firefighter, the Chicago Tribune reported at the time.
The number of responses for the Jacksonville Fire Department increased again last year, continuing a yearly rise that has gone on since 2011.
There were about 2,100 calls for the fire department last year. In 2011, there were a little more than 1,300.
Fire Chief Doug Sills said the increased responses have put extra wear and tear on equipment and spread the available staff, especially because of the number of simultaneous calls.
If you're someone who has called for help, the difference between six minutes and 12 minutes can be a lifetime.
Or a life.
Which is why the Bloomington City Council needs to move forward with a request to build, and staff, a fire station in the northeast part of the city.
Fire Chief Brian Mohr, who made his plea Monday night, knows it's an uphill battle: the city has precious little money to spend, and it faces continued and justified criticism for a built, but never used, station that sits empty on the west end of the city.
But the city is growing toward the northeast, and the nearest current stations are far enough away that it can take up to 12 minutes for a fire engine to show up at a call.