Illinois News

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Teen Boy, 3 Police Officers Hospitalized in Grayslake Fire

A teen boy is in critical condition and three police officers were hospitalized Tuesday morning following a fire in far north suburban Grayslake, but an investigation into the fire has led to questions on its cause. The fire broke out just after midnight in the 300 block of Normandy Lane, fire officials said. The flames sparked at the rear of the home with heavy smoke filling the inside as a young boy became trapped, according to authorities. Others inside the home made it out safely, but told officers at the scene a third person was still inside. A neighbor and three police officers rushed into the burning building to rescue the 17-year-old, witnesses and fire officials said.
NBC Chicago

Off-Duty Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Shoots, Kills Carjacker

An off-duty Chicago Fire Department lieutenant shot and killed a 17-year-old boy who tried to run him over after stealing his car Monday morning in the North Austin neighborhood, police and fire officials said. Police said, around 9:30 a.m., a 45-year-old man left his vehicle running in the 1400 block of North Lock, and a 17-year-old boy got into the car. When the man tried to stop him, the teen tried to run the man over, and the man shot him in the chest. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford confirmed the man is an off-duty fire lieutenant.
WSCR-AM 670 The Score

Fisher mobile home fire claims one life

One person died and four others were injured in a fire at a mobile home in Fisher early today. Sangamon Valley Fire Chief Eric Stalter said firefighters were called to Angela Drive about 4:14 a.m., where they found four people outside, who indicated there was still one person in the home. "There were heavy flames showing. The flames broke through the roof," Stalter said. Once firefighters were able to get those under control, they entered and found a deceased adult. That person's name has not been released.
Champaign News-Gazette

Quincy mobile home destroyed by fire

A Quincy mobile home was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called to 1227 Merle Street in Trailer Town just before 2:45 a.m. Fire officials said the cause of the fire was still under investigation, but the owner was remodeling and not home when the fire started. Electricity was also still running to the trailer. Firefighters said some of the vinyl on a neighboring trailer was melted in the heat.
WGEM-TV Quincy

Monday, August 21, 2017

Bloomington Fire Department chief has plan to improve fire, EMS coverage

While the Bloomington Fire Department has made strides in improving response times for fire and medical emergency calls, BFD still has work to do to meet national standards, Fire Chief Brian Mohr said. That likely will include easing demand on the headquarters fire station at 310 N. Lee St., and looking at building a new station to serve the city's northeast side. Mohr will present a strategic plan for improving response times and report on progress his department has made since last year at a City Council work session at 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall. The council is not expected to take any action.
Bloomington-Normal Pantagraph

Ken Caudle resigns as Huntley fire chief before being placed on administrative leave

Ken Caudle resigned as Huntley Fire Protection District chief before being placed on administrative leave in his new position. The Huntley Fire Protection District board accepted Caudle’s resignation as chief at Tuesday night’s special meeting after discussing the situation in closed session, according to a district news release, but officials did not explain what led to Caudle stepping down. In accordance with state law, Caudle was returned to the rank of battalion chief and placed on administrative leave. The reason for him being placed on leave and the length of his leave were not immediately clear. Deputy Chief Scott Ravagnie was appointed as the acting fire chief.
Northwest Herald

Firefighter hurt battling Naperville house fire early Monday

A firefighter was taken to Edward Hospital early Monday morning after experiencing a medical issue while battling a house fire in Naperville, authorities said. Firefighters were called to the 2400 block of Madera Lane at 1:05 a.m. for a house fire, authorities said. The home was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, authorities said. The fire was upgraded to a box alarm, bringing additional firefighters from Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Lisle and Woodridge. Two residents inside the house escaped before firefighters arrived, officials said.
Illinois Daily Herald

Chicago: Man, 50, critical after Englewood house fire

A 50-year-old man suffered third-degree burns when flames tore through a South Side Englewood neighborhood home early Saturday. Firefighters responded at 4:17 a.m. to the house fire in the 1300 block of West 61st Street, according to the Chicago Fire Department. The occupants tried to fight the fire with a garden hose and kitchen fire extinguisher, but lost control of the flames, the fire department said. It was unknown how long they were trying to extinguish the fire before calling 911.
WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

New Rockford fire station could improve response times

A $1.6 million flip-flop has restored a Rockford firehouse turned vehicle repair shop back to Fire Station No. 7, and could improve response times to fire and medical emergencies. The Rockford Fire Department facility, located at 2323 Sawyer Road on the city’s southeast side, operated as a fire station from 1978 until 1991, when the department converted it into a fire vehicle repair shop. Firefighting operations shifted to 4979 Falcon Road under an agreement with the Chicago-Rockford International Airport. It is hoped that restoring the Sawyer Road facility as a fire station and moving the repair shop to Falcon Road will help the department reduce how long it takes firefighters to get to emergency calls.
Rockford Register Star

Peoria EMS providers are using in-home visits to prevent 911 calls

EMS providers have forged an industry from responding to emergencies, but a paradigm shift has ambulance providers and fire departments increasingly thinking about preventing calls to 911. “This is where we believe EMS need to go,” said Greg Chance, vice president of strategy at Advanced Medical Transport. AMT and the East Peoria Fire Department are among the first responders testing a new way of meeting the community’s health needs. Paramedics from both agencies have partnered with OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center to launch a program funded by the hospital called Mobile Integrated Health based on the concept of using in-home visits to prevent trips to the emergency room.

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