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Friday, August 29, 2014
Chicago: At least 13 injured including an off-duty firefighter, after shuttle bus crash at O’Hare    view comments tweat me share on facebook
At least 13 people, including an off-duty firefighter, were injured after a shuttle bus was involved in a crash near O'Hare International Airport, clogging traffic heading to one of the terminals at the start of the busy Labor Day travel period. The crash occurred about 6:35 a.m. in the westbound lanes on I-190 about a half-mile from the entrance to Terminal 1, O'Hare spokeswoman Karen Pride and police said, citing preliminary information. A Fire Media Affairs spokesman said the bus crashed into a concrete median that separated lanes headed toward arrival and departure terminals. Pride said the bus was not one of the shuttles operated by the airport. Fire Media Affairs spokesman Larry Langford says 13 people were taken to local hospitals after 10 ambulances were summoned. Four people in serious to critical condition were taken to Luther General Hospital in Park Ridge and Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. The rest were taken to Resurrection Medical Center and Swedish Covenant Hospital, Fire Media Affairs said.

Off-duty Evanston paramedic delivers own baby on Edens Expressway    view comments tweat me share on facebook
An off-duty paramedic delivered his own baby on the Edens Expressway Friday morning. The father — who also works as a paramedic — was in a vehicle heading northbound on I-94 near the Touhy Avenue exit when he stopped the car about 4:30 a.m. to deliver his own baby, according to Lincolnwood police and Illinois State Troopers. Officials could not immediately say if the baby was a boy or girl, but added that the family was OK.

Waukegan trains first set of citizen emergency responders    view comments tweat me share on facebook
In the first example of what is expected to become a regular occurrence, Waukegan Fire Department officials hosted a graduation ceremony this week for residents who completed training to form a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Fire Chief Ricco Farrell said a total of 19 participants tackled the 10-week course, which covered basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search-and-rescue techniques, team organization, and disaster medical operations. “This is something where we’re utilizing citizens in disaster situations where they can [begin] the process of responding,” Farrell said. “Let’s say, for instance, we have a tornado. These citizens are trained in doing emergency preparation to assess who needs emergency assistance and in search-and-rescue. “It’s not to the [level] of the fire service, but it’s something where they can begin the process before the fire department gets there or when the fire department is tasked with other responsibilities.” The training was the first of its kind for the Waukegan Fire Department and, similar to Waukegan’s Citizens Police Academy, was a free course that trained citizen volunteers.
Lake County News Sun

Woman, dogs escape fire in Mitchell    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Members of the Hall family saved their lives and their dogs but lost their home Thursday morning after a fire started in an unoccupied room and spread through the roof and down a wall to the basement. “I just hope all my baby pictures and so forth can be saved. You can replace a television, appliances and so forth, but the memorabilia are irreplaceable,” said Sharon Hall of 5429 Old Alton Rd. She and her husband, Dennis Hall, were watching as fire fighters from three departments sprayed water on the blaze, which was still coming through the roof more than an hour after the fire was discovered just before 10 a.m. The fire, along with the spray from the hoses created a huge cloud of smoke and steam as the family waited just outside the home.
Alton Telegraph

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Fire Destroys Large Englewood Commercial Building   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Chicago firefighters on Thursday morning were still tending to hot spots after a massive fire consumed a commercial building on the city's south side, adjacent to Kennedy-King College. Crews were called to the three-story building on the 6300 block of South Halsted Street at about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday. The fire was upgraded to a three-alarm fire by midnight as flames were seen shooting from the roof. "Copious" amounts of water from 10 master streams were used to gain control of the fire, one firefighter said. "There was probably over 125 firefighters here fighting this fire," District Chief Don Haroma said at about 5 a.m. "It's a pretty good sized building. ... A lot of the building is compromised by the fire, and we're going to be here for a while." The fire began in the basement of the building, which is next to a vacant lot where a new Mariano's grocery store is planned, a firefighter said. The second and third stories had vacant apartments, but the first floor was retail space that included a mattress store, two shoe stores and a convenience store. Several of the businesses were completely destroyed.
NBC Chicago

Elgin council changes fire, police board makeup   view comments tweat me share on facebook
The hiring of police officers and firefighters in Elgin now will be in the hands of three residents plus the police and fire chiefs. The Elgin City Council voted Wednesday to change the makeup of the board of fire and police commissioners, which has traditionally been composed of five residents but has been short two members since 2010. Elgin -- which as a home rule community can enact its own policies -- likely is the first municipality in the state to add the public safety chiefs to its board, experts say. Last month, Mayor David Kaptain and councilmen John Steffen, Toby Shaw, John Prigge and Terry Gavin had voted at the committee of the whole meeting in favor of adding to the board the two chiefs plus the director of human resources, along with two residents. However, on Wednesday Steffen proposed eliminating the human resources director from the lineup while adding a third resident.
Illinois Daily Herald

Hampshire Fire Protection District donates fire truck to ECC   view comments tweat me share on facebook
The Hampshire Fire Protection District recently donated a fire engine to Elgin Community College in honor of retired Chief Wayne Siegmann, an advocate for professional development. The engine will provide a hands-on laboratory environment for ECC students in the fire science program. "We are thrilled," said Carl DeCarlo, ECC unit adjunct faculty and instructional coordinator for fire science and safety. "We will honor this donation by using the truck to train the next generation of firefighters." The used truck will be incorporated in the fire science curriculum to train students on how to drive and pump the fire engine.
Chicago Tribune

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