Illinois News

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chicago Firefighter Injured While Battling Austin Blaze

A firefighter was injured while battling a blaze early Wednesday at a home in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. Firefighters responded about 12:05 a.m. to the two-and-a-half story house in the 4900 block of West Ferdinand, according to Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford. The firefighter fell while battling the blaze and was taken to Stroger Hospital, Langford said. His injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. “He’s alert and talking,” he said. The blaze was extinguished within 30 minutes and no other injuries were reported, Langford said. Additional information on the house fire was not immediately available.
CBS Chicago

Chicago Fire Chaplain Tom Mulcrone plans to retire after 30 years

“He’s alert and talking,” he said. The blaze was extinguished within 30 minutes and no other injuries were reported, Langford said. Additional information on the house fire was not immediately available. He ministers to firefighters and their families during happy and sad times, from line-of-duty deaths to special occasions. He has presided over weddings and baptisms and attended countless wakes. “In any given year I do 80 or 90 funerals,” he said. “I probably do 30 to 40 weddings a year and 30 to 40 baptisms.” He has seen many improvements in firefighting equipment and technology, as well as modern challenges.
Chicago Sun-Times

Suspicious fire destroys vacant West Frankfort home

Investigators are calling an early-morning house fire in West Frankfort suspicious. A West Frankfort police officer said he spotted the fire around 3:15 a.m. in the 200 block of North Anna Street. Officials said the house was vacant with "For Sale" signs outside. The home is considered a total loss. One firefighter suffered a pulled hamstring while battling the blaze. Crews from West Frankfort, West City, Benton, Johnston City and Carterville all responded to the scene and fought the blaze for a few hours. Several roads around the scene were blocked off during that time.

One Dead In Fiery Crash In Algonquin

One person was found dead after a fiery crash early Wednesday in northwest suburban Algonquin, fire officials said. Firefighters responded about 1:40 a.m. to the single-vehicle crash in the 900 block of West Algonquin Road, according to the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District. A car crashed into a pole and when crews arrived at the scene, the vehicle was engulfed in flames. Once the blaze was extinguished, one person was found dead inside the vehicle, fire officials said. Algonquin Road was closed to traffic until 6:45 a.m. while Algonquin police and the McHenry County coroner’s office investigated the crash.
CBS Chicago

200 smoke detectors donated to Rockford Fire Department

Rockford’s Home Depot store gave the Rockford Fire Department 200 smoke alarms. The detectors are top of the line, powered by lithium batteries that will last up to ten years. The smoke alarms will be installed in homes throughout the city of Rockford. Every fire truck and apparatus is equipped with about a dozen smoke alarms. If firefighters are out on a call and notice someone doesn’t have a working detector, they will either give them new batteries or replace the gadget. “We can directly put these smoke alarms in someone’s house today if need be or in the future months here and we know we’re giving them the affordability to be safe,” says Timothy Morris Jr. with the Rockford Fire Department.
WIFR-TV CBS 23 Rockford

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Crisis intervention training launched for Chicago emergency responders

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.
CLTV Chicagoland Televsion

Update: Elderly man accused of assaulting Chicago paramedic held on $250K bail

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.
Chicago Tribune - Metered Site

Body Found After Rubbish Fire Reported In Chicago’s River North Parking Garage

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.
CBS Chicago

Arlington Heights Man Admits to Hiding Video Camera in Shower of Northfield Fire Station

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.

Jacksonville Fire Department calls on rise again

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.
Jacksonville Journal-Courier

Editorial: Northeast fire station a crucial need in Bloomington

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.
Bloomington-Normal Pantagraph

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