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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Fire tears through Naperville apartment complex    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Investigators are working to determine what sparked a fire at an apartment complex in southwest suburban Naperville. The blaze broke out around 8 p.m. Monday on the second floor of a duplex in the 800-block of Beaumont Drive at Brittany Springs Apartments. Home video shows flames shooting from the roof of one building. A neighbor, David Lung, described the scene to ABC7 Eyewitness News. "I was just watching the smoke billow up and it just, literally, you saw all of a sudden flames shoot up over the roof, almost instantaneously. It was smoke for about ten minutes, then we saw the fire," Lung said. The fire was extinguished by around 10 p.m., but firefighters stayed on the scene to douse hot spots overnight. There were no reports of injuries.
WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

French Village Fire Department one of several to get federal funding    view comments tweat me share on facebook
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently awarded more than $1.6 million in grants to fire departments and municipalities throughout Illinois, including the French Village Fire Department in Fairview Heights. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Monday that FEMA awarded $1,635,535 total. The French Village Fire Department received $97,143 in funding. “This federal funding will ensure that when fires or other emergencies occur in our communities, our nation’s firefighters and first-responders have access to the best resources and the equipment necessary to help protect them as they protect us,” Durbin said in a news release. The funding was provided through the the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which seeks to strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and fire related hazards.
Belleville News-Democrat - metered site

Hinsdale Firefighters Awarded for Paramedic Excellence    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Five members of the Hinsdale Fire Department were recipients of the prestigious Joseph Hartman Award, second runner-up, for their efforts in saving a man’s life last year during a serious construction accident involving an asphalt grinder near the intersection of County Line Road and Walnut Street. Captain Kevin Votava, Lieutenant Mike Neville and firefighter/paramedics Steve Tullis, Patrick Schaberg and Dan Majewski were honored with the recognition. The award is named in honor of Doctor Joseph Hartman, the first medical director of emergency medical services at the Good Samaritan Hospital. It is given annually to three medic crews or fire departments who exhibit excellence in the delivery of emergency care in a pre-hospital setting. Each year, there are an estimated 50,000 calls in DuPage County. This is the sixth time paramedics from the Hinsdale Fire Department have received this award. A special ceremony was held May 19 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. The accident for which the award was given occurred last summer during the reconstruction of the Oak Street Bridge Corridor. A construction supervisor was struck and run over by an asphalt grinder, leaving him crushed and with life-threatening injuries. The Hinsdale Fire Department responded and provided advanced life support that included full spinal immobilization, bilateral IV access, intravenous fluids, continuous cardiac monitoring, wound care and rapid transport to a level one trauma facility. After several surgeries and extensive rehab, the patient survived this accident.

Mold found at Quincy’s fire station six    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Before it can reopen, Quincy fire officials uncovered a problem at station six that needs to be dealt with. At Quincy City Council Monday night, aldermen approved paying $4,700 to clean up mold at the fire station. Fire officials say with no air conditioning running in the building last summer, mold developed on tables and the carpet. Officials want to get it cleaned before anyone starts to operate it. "Unfortunately, we tried to keep costs down with the building sitting empty and didn't run the air conditioning last summer,' Deputy Fire Chief Steve Salrin said. "No air movement and that kind of thing took it's toll. Trying to keep costs down kind of backfired on us." Salrin says two firefighters should be hired by mid July, with station six opening around August 1. Also at Monday's meeting, council approved using $13,000 to buy eight sets of gear for the fire department, paying $174,000 for enhancements at Quincy landfill #4 and selling a fix-or-flatten home at 223 Locust for $1,500.
WGEM-TV Quincy

Firefighters practice hazmat response in Hinsdale    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Hinsdale firefighter/paramedics, along with about 25 firefighters from eight other area fire departments, practiced their hazardous materials response techniques Saturday near Ogden Avenue and Adams Street. The staged scenario involved illegal dumping of chemicals into a creek behind the Institute in Basic Life Principles, at 707 W. Ogden Ave. Team members responded to a pretend report from a resident who claimed to see a man pouring liquid from barrels on the back of his truck into the creek, said firefighter and hazmat technician Mike Wilson, one of three members of the Hinsdale Fire Department on the hazmat team. The barrels actually were filled with water and an EPA-approved dye, which turned the water a fluorescent color, Wilson said. A mannequin was used for the truck driver, who was found unconscious on the ground by the truck.
Chicago Tribune

Chicago firefighters honored for rescue of chihuahua stuck in bathtub    view comments tweat me share on facebook
The Chicago Fire Department will get an award from animal rights group PETA for the rescue of a 5-year-old chihuahua whose foot was stuck in his family's bathtub drain earlier this month. On May 6, the family contacted PETA for help, and less than 20 minutes after they alerted the fire department, firefighters were on the scene. It took two hours for a crew of 16 people to cut through the ceiling in the apartment below and free the dog. "Chicago's bravest are also Chicago's kindest, as these firefighters didn't stop working until this little dog was free from a stressful and painful situation," said PETA Vice President Colleen O'Brien in a statement. "PETA hopes their compassion and know-how will inspire others to come to the aid of animals in need." Moky spent almost seven hours with his foot stuck in the drain-but thanks to Chief Mark Altman, Battalion 8, Engine 76, Truck 35, and Squad 2, he was finally freed. The firefighters will get the Compassionate Fire Department Award, along with a box of vegan cookies and a cookbook with plant-based food recipes.
WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

Monday, May 23, 2016
Wirco officials eager to assess fire damage at Alloy foundry in Champaign   view comments tweat me share on facebook
"As soon as they let us, we'll get in here and make an assessment and see what it's going to take to get back on our feet," said Timothy "T.J." Wright, a co-owner of the Indiana-based business that has owned Alloy since 2005. Champaign firefighters were called at 8:48 p.m. Friday to the business at 1700 W. Washington St., which makes castings designed to withstand heat for a variety of industries. There was a large fire inside the west end of the plant, nearest Mattis Avenue, where materials used in the production of castings were stored. None of the 92 employees were working at that hour, according to plant manager Ron Baldus. "The initial crews were able to get inside the building to make an interior attack but couldn't get to the seat of the fire," said Champaign Deputy Fire Chief Dave Ferber. "It was a very large area on fire and they just couldn't get it out. It just kept getting bigger all the time," he said. As the fire grew, breaking through the roof, crews were pulled out to fight the blaze defensively. Champaign firefighters sounded second and third alarms, getting help from Urbana and Savoy. Ferber estimated there were more than 50 firefighters helping subdue the inferno, which could be seen for miles. They said the fire was out about 2:15 a.m. Saturday.
Champaign News-Gazette

Chicago Fire Department rolls out Ebola ambulance   view comments tweat me share on facebook
The Chicago Fire Department on Friday rolled out its first ambulance outfitted to transport patients suffering from an infectious disease. The new equipment is a direct result of the city’s reaction to the worldwide Ebola scare of 2014. The ambulance features a pressurized plastic tent and an air filtration system powered by a battery with a three-hour charge, according to Assistant Deputy Chief Paul Roszkowski. The price tag of the pressurized tent — which can be installed in any standard ambulance — is $3,000. The city has one, and has ordered two more. The department eventually wants to have 13 tents, according to fire department spokesman Larry Langford. Each air filtration unit, battery included, also costs about $3,000. Once the other two tents are delivered and two more ambulances are equipped, the fire department plans to place them in strategic locations around the city that will allow for the fastest possible response to any neighborhood. Grant money is being used to buy the tents, Langford said. In response to the Ebola outbreak, the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection in October 2014 launched extra screening at five airports, including O’Hare. But a year later, after screening more than 30,000 travelers for Ebola as they arrived at those airports from West African countries, federal health authorities said they never detected a single case of the often-fatal disease.
Chicago Sun-Times

Cary Fire Protection District not interested in dispatch subsidy from village, board says   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Weeks after the Cary Village Board discussed subsidizing the Cary Fire Protection District to prevent the district from changing dispatch providers, the fire district’s Board of Trustees said it is not interested in taking money from the village. Trustees made their position clear at a meeting last week in which they directed Fire Chief Jeffrey Macko to tell representatives from the village and SEECOM it will not accept a subsidy from the village. Village Administrator Chris Clark had raised the idea of a $25,000 to $30,000 “financial bridge” at the Committee of the Whole’s May 6 meeting after the fire district received a less expensive contract offer from NERCOMM, the McHenry dispatch center. Currently, both village police and fire services are dispatched through Crystal Lake-based SEECOM. If the fire district moves to the McHenry center, all calls would be routed there, and police calls would require a transfer to SEECOM, which would lead to a short delay. At Thursday’s meeting, fire trustees said much of the county already has fractionalized service, including parts of Cary’s district in unincorporated McHenry and Lake counties.

Quincy: People react to second vacant house fire in a week   view comments tweat me share on facebook
It's the second straight weekend where a vacant home in Quincy caught fire early in the morning. Witnesses around the scene on Saturday woke up to the flames. One witness told WGEM News their pet saved their lives. It was around 5:30 Saturday morning when fire crews were called to a multi-story brick home fully engulfed in flames. "The house across the street was engulfed in flames when I walked out the door," neighbor Tracie Henry said. Henry walked outside and immediately took a video. She said her husband woke her up and she couldn't believe it. Nancy Huston lives in the apartment next door to the fire and says she able to get out safe, thanks to her cat. "My cat woke up my Uncle Jim," Huston said. "He came in there and said, 'Nancy wake up. I said what for?' He says the house next door is on fire." Quincy Fire Officials say they're unsure how the fire started. But, when they arrived on scene Assistant Fire Chief Bernard Vahlkamp says they decided to battle the fire from the outside, instead of going in. "The roof collapsed approximately 10 minutes into the fire fight," Vahlkamp said. "Like I said, they made the decision to protect the exposures right away, until they could get some water inside. But, the roof came down almost immediately after they arrived on scene."
WGEM-TV Quincy

Kitchen Fire Burns Peoria Apartment Complex   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A cooking mistake may be to blame for an apartment fire in Peoria Saturday night. It happened in the 2400 block of north Gale just before 9 p.m. Firefighters arrived to heavy smoke coming from the building, mostly from the kitchen area. No one was home at the time. Firefighters say something burning on the stove was likely the cause. The Red Cross is providing shelter for the person who lives there.
WMBD-TV Peoria

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