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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Chicago Firefighter Injured While Battling Pilsen Fire    view comments tweat me share on facebook
A firefighter was injured while working on an extra-alarm fire in the Pilsen neighborhood on the South Side early Tuesday. The fire at the vacant building in the 1300 block of West Cullerton Street was first reported about 3 a.m. and was upgraded to a two-alarm blaze 20 minutes later, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Joe Roccasalva. Flames were on all floors of the three-story building, Roccasalva said. By 4 a.m. five hoses were being used to douse the blaze. A firefighter sustained a minor injury, but more details were not immediately released, according to a tweet from Fire Media Media affairs. The fire was mostly extinguished by 4:15 a.m., but firefighters were chasing remaining "hot spots," including one on the roof.
NBC Chicago

Springfield Alderman’s Proposal of Firefighter Services Fee Causes Controversy    view comments tweat me share on facebook
A budget idea from Springfield Alderman Sam Cahnman, creating controversy in the race for the Ward 5 seat next month. Cahnman says he mentioned the idea months ago, which would let the city fire department seek reimbursement for putting out fires from companies that insure homes where they put fires out. But fellow Alderman Cory Jobe, speaking on behalf of Cahnman challenger Andrew Proctor, says the plan would mean a firefighting services fee homeowners would be on the hook for. But Cahnman says that's not the case. "This is really an innovative approach, a way to raise additional revenue without raising taxes and fees. It's, you know, an innovative approach out of the box and would cost our citizens absolutely nothing. Zero," said Cahnman. "I think people would not call the fire department if they felt they had an emergency, if they think there is an added charge. They would less likely to do so in life threatening situations," Proctor said. Cahnman says this was just an idea he asked about at a city council meeting. Ward 5 residents will get the final say in all this when they hit the polls on April 7th.
WICS-TV Springfield ABC Channel 20

Carpentersville Public Safety Director Al Popp resigning    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Carpentersville Public Safety Director Al Popp is resigning, effective May 1. "There have been changes in my personal life related to the health of family members," Popp said Monday. "I'd like to devote my energy back to my family. My family has to be my priority right now." Popp was a police officer in Streamwood for 28 years prior to coming to Carpentersville. "I was 21 when I started there and came through the ranks to become Streamwood's chief," Popp said. He took an early retirement in Streamwood in December 2011, but took the job as Carpentersville's police chief the following spring. "I was retired for a few months when the opportunity to come to Carpentersville came up. It's been an immense blessing to work here. They greeted me with open arms. They've been so accommodating, and I've been treated incredibly well." Popp said that he picked the May date to resign in part to see the village's public safety departments through the Carpentersville budget process. In a resignation letter sent to Village Manager Mark Rooney dated March 24, Popp also noted "this timing is best as the fire department consolidation project begins to commence in earnest this spring season." Carpentersville, East and West Dundee last fall commissioned a consolidation study from Emergency Services Consulting International of Wilsonville, Ore., getting the ball rolling on a potential merger or sharing of fire services between the three towns.
Chicago Tribune

Herrin Home Destroyed by Fire    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Herrin Fire Department is releasing more information about an early morning fire. Crews were called to 1309 West Cherry Street just after 2 a.m. Tuesday. Fire was showing from the south and east sides of the home when they arrived. One woman was taken to Herrin Hospital for treatment. The fire is under investigation by Herrin Fire Department and the Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office. Marion Fire Department and Carterville Fire also assisted. ... A house fire kept area fire crews busy overnight in Herrin. The Herrin Fire Department was called to the 1300 block of Cherry Street just after 2 a.m. Tuesday. Herrin Fire Chief Mike Stech says two people were in the home when the fire started, but were able to escape before crews arrived. The people inside the house say the fire started on a chair in the living room. They tried to drag that chair outside, but the fire had already spread. When asked if pair was taken to the hospital, Stech says, he wasn't sure and one of them could be in police custody. Herrin Police won't confirm that report. Herrin Fire Department and Marion Fire Department responded to the fire.

Fox River fire district sees its first contested race for trustee    view comments tweat me share on facebook
This election season is giving voters in the Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District a first: a contested race for trustee. Pam Turriff, 62, and incumbents Robert Handley, 63, and Chuck Dunham, 68, are vying for two six-year terms. The April 7 election is the second consolidated election since 2012, when district residents voted to have elected trustees. Previously, the Kane and the DuPage county boards appointed the trustees at the recommendation of their respective board chairman. Only incumbents ran in the 2013 consolidated election. The candidates in the April 7 race share similar goals regarding firefighter pay. The district has placed a referendum on the spring ballot that, if approved, would lead to increased wages, among other investments. Handley and Dunham – who both saw the fire district go from a paper district that contracted services from St. Charles to a fully functional district with two stations and land for a third – said competitive wages would help the district retain personnel. While Turriff is uninvolved with the referendum, she said she supports attracting and retaining high-quality firefighters. To have the highest quality people might mean paying them a little more, she said. “If I can be part of making that happen, I’d be thrilled,” Turriff said. “There’s nothing more important than people’s safety.” The incumbents said their experience with the district separates them from Turriff.
Kane County Chronicle

Tolono Fire Department gets renovated station    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Construction has given new life to a fire department in Champaign County. After limited funds and months of weather delays, Tolono has a new fire station, and it's been a long time coming. People get a look inside the final product of 100 years of service by the Tolono Fire Department, a dream they made a reality. It's a moment many in the community have been waiting to see; especially the many volunteer firefighters who've served their community from here. "It's been a long time coming, from the first firehouse that I was in 1950, so this is really super," says Bob Oak, the first chief to serve Tolono for 22 years. Tolono's first station was built in the 1950's by members of the department. "Time has changed and well, we didn't have any money to hire people. If we wanted a firehouse we had to build it," says Oak. Oak remembers the days when they could only fight fires in town. Farmers, who were out in the country, had to buy their own safety. "A couple times most all the farmers would pay for our protection," says Oak. "It was good for them and good for us." But they wanted to protect the entire community; something they do every day since they've become a protection district and have now grown once again.
WCIA & WCFN-TV CBS 3 Champaign

Monday, March 30, 2015
Lincoln Fire Protection District co-founder Adair retires as trustee   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Roy "Red" Adair helped found the Lincoln Fire Protection District in 1973 and subsequently remained active with the district for 41 years as a volunteer firefighter and as a trustee. Lincoln Fire's trustees saluted Adair on Thursday at the Lerna fire station following his recent retirement from the district board. Dan Huber, president of the board, said Adair will always be a part of Lincoln Fire and its history."'Red' has brought this department a long ways," said board Secretary Pat Goodwin, who is chief of the Charleston Fire Department. Adair said Lincoln Fire was formed following the Feb. 12, 1973 fire that destroyed the Taitt family house at the south end of Fourth Street, which was just outside Charleston's city limits and was not covered by any fire department at the time. He said fires in such rural areas were typically left to "burn to the ground" in those days. Subsequently, Adair joined with Tim Yow and Albert Weaver to circulate a petition calling for a referendum on establishing Lincoln Fire. Voters gave their approval to the district, and the three men served as the first trustees. Adair also served as the first Lerna chief, a role he filled for more than a decade.
Mattoon Journal Gazette & Times-Courier

Elgin man loses arm in industrial accident   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A 25-year-old Elgin man lost an arm Friday after it became trapped in a machine at the Rana Meal Solutions plant in Bartlett, officials said. The Bartlett Fire Protection District responded to the business, 550 Spitzer Road, just before 3 p.m. The victim's arm was trapped to above the elbow in an industrial mixer, officials said. Firefighters worked for 45 minutes to cut the machine apart and free the man, who was taken by Flight for Life to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, officials said. Rana, which makes fresh pasta and sauces, opened the factory, its first in the United States, in 2012, according to its website. Bartlett Fire Protection District Chief Michael Falese said the district's extrication equipment "is normally used and associated with vehicle accidents, but that same equipment is also used on occasions to free people from industrial accidents. "These types of incidents can be quite complex, but our personnel are trained in mechanical extrication and treatment," he said. The victim's condition Sunday was not immediately available.
Chicago Tribune

Oquawka Fire Department holding benefit for ambulance driver with cancer   view comments tweat me share on facebook
He’s been the Oquawka Citizen of the Year and a volunteer firefighter and ambulance driver for forty years. Now, Larry Shamblin is getting some help from his community. “If we’d get more people like Larry for volunteerism, this would be a perfect world,” said Oquawka Fire Chief Troy Jern. “Somebody’s gotta do it. That’s the way I look at it. Somebody’s gotta do it, and I enjoy helping people,” said Shamblin. “Back in 2009, there was 225 calls. Larry drove 223 calls and he was a patient two of those calls,” said Jern. That’s because in 2010 he was diagnosed with lung cancer. “It starts out melanoma. And right now, I’m about stage four lung cancer, with lesions on my liver,” said Shamblin. He drives to Iowa City for chemotherapy every three weeks. “I’ve got rid of it and gotten it back. Right now it’s sticking, so I’m not going to let it get to me,” said Shamblin. Despite his cancer, Larry continues to drive the ambulance. “I just don’t want to give up,” he said. The Oquawka Fire & Ambulance Department are doing what they can to make sure he doesn’t. On April 25, 2015 they will hold a benefit for him at the Oquawka Fire & Ambulance Department at 2 p.m. They are taking free will donations. Those wanting to donate can contact Troy Jern at 309-507-0450 or Tammy Bundy at 319-850-0111.
WQAD News 8

New details in Carrier Mills fatal house fire   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Friends and family have begun planning a memorial for a man, they call a hero. The man initially escaped the flames but returned to save a life. "They started coming out the house screaming 'The kitchen's on fire, the kitchen's on fire.'," said Christopher Duncan. Flames tore quickly through this Carrier Mills house at the corner of Washington and Mill. Four adults inside, made it to safety, before realizing a young boy didn't make it, and remained stuck in his bedroom. "We broke out the front glass in the floor section of the front bedroom," Duncan said. "After that Daryl climbed inside to get his brother." Jashawn Tate joined him, climbing into the flaming house to get the child out. Daryl Taylor and his brother safely got out of the home and across the street when people realized they couldn't find Jashawn. "We just started telling the firefighters there is another man, there is another boy in there," Duncan added. He says Tate apparently got trapped by debris. "We're not sure exactly where he's at and they searched four or five times," Duncan told authorities. "Apparently the closet next to the front window had collapsed, he was heading in the right direction but he never quite made it out." Lynn Foles has been talking to Tate just before the fire, and calls him a hero. "He cared so much about everybody else more than, more than he cared about his self," Foles said. She came back to the house to lay flowers there as a memorial to a man that would help anyone, anywhere. "If he would have been walking down the road and didn't even know who was here and they would have said that there was a child inside that house he would have ran in that house," she said of Tate. She says few men would have acted so bravely.

Danville man hospitalized following fire   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A Danville man was listed in critical condition Sunday evening at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center after he was rescued from a burning home. According to a Danville Fire Department report, crews were called to a single-story house at 1011 Norman St. at 2 a.m. Sunday. When firefighters arrived, they found moderate smoke showing. A woman and dog had escaped the home without injuries, but the woman told firefighters that her husband was still inside the burning house. The firefighters quickly began to search the house and discovered the man unresponsive in the rear of the house. The man was then taken to the hospital. Firefighters had the blaze under control within 10 minutes, according to the report. Damage to the house was estimated at $5,000. The cause of the fire remained under investigation by the Danville Police Department, the Danville Fire Department and the Illinois State Fire Marshal.
Champaign News-Gazette

Crews snuff out small fire at the Dunton Tower in Arlington Heights   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Fire crews extinguished a small fire in the trash compactor room of the Dunton Tower apartments building in downtown Arlington Heights within 10 minutes Sunday afternoon. Arlington Heights Fire Department Battalion Chief Bill Kidd said the fire was contained to a first-floor room which has a trash compactor and a garbage chute. No one was injured, he said. Kidd said some residents of the building at 55 S. Vail Ave. were evacuated because of smoke on the lower floors, but the fire was so small not all of the building's fire alarms went off. "The alarms are designed not to go off depending on what's going on and where the fire is found," he said. Sarah Dietze, who lives on the building's 7th floor, said she only found out there was a fire when she smelled smoke in the hallway and the elevator wouldn't work. She said she called and left a message with the fire department to alert them that the alarms in the building were malfunctioning. "I would prefer to know, even though evacuating is a pain," Dietze said. The Arlington Heights Fire Department was assisted by firefighters from the Mount Prospect, Rolling Meadows and Palatine fire departments.
Illinois Daily Herald

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