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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Chicago firefighter falls through staircase in house fire, survives

A Chicago firefighter is doing OK after he fell through a staircase Wednesday evening while battling a fire in the West Englewood neighborhood, according to the Chicago Fire Department. The fire occurred in the 6900-block of South Paulina Street shortly before 6 p.m. A mayday was initially called, but the firefighter was found. The firefighter was backing out as the stairway collapsed. He went "down but was able to slow fall and climb out," according to a Chicago Fire Department tweet. The firefighter was not transported to the hospital. No injuries were reported from the fire.
WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

New Oregon chief has years of experience

Oregon has brought a new fire chief on board, and he brings 30 years of experience and a firefighter’s bloodline with him. Mike Knoup was appointed Fire Chief on Sept. 30, taking the place of former chief Al Green, who resigned. Knoup is not lacking for experience; he has around 30 years experience as a firefighter, EMT, and paramedic. He’s served several communities besides Oregon, including Pecatonica, German Township, and Springfield, Ohio. He first wound up in Oregon through his employment with ATS Medical Services in Loves Park, and has become very familiar with the department over his three years serving as EMT and firefighter.

Firefighter Hurt, Dog Killed in Geneva House Fire

A dog was killed in a west suburban house fire that also injured a Geneva firefighter Wednesday afternoon. The homeowner called for help just before 2 p.m. after coming home to find the blaze in the 700 block of Redwing Drive, according to the Geneva Fire Department. No people were inside. Thick, dark smoke billowed from the two-story house as flames shot out the back of it, fire officials said. The fire was under control by 2:36 p.m. A firefighter suffered a minor injury at the scene. The family’s dog was found dead.
NBC Chicago

3 dogs rescued in Decatur warehouse fire; $.5 M damage

Crews responded to a 2-alarm fire about 12:30 Thursday morning, in the 600-block of West Eldorado. It took more than two dozen firefighters about 90-minutes to extinguish the fire. The location is a commercial warehouse containing vehicles. Three dogs were successfully rescued from the facility. Damage is estimated at $500,000. The cause is under investigation.
WCIA & WCFN-TV CBS 3 Champaign

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Fire destroys Chicago restaurant

A popular restaurant in the city's Pilsen neighborhood was destroyed Tuesday afternoon in a fire. Chicago firefighters battled the fire at Carnitas La Michoacana, 2049 W. Cermak Road, on the Southwest Side. Flames poured from the back of the building before the roof collapsed. Several workers were treated for smoke inhalation, and two were taken to a hospital.
WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

Elgin Assistant Fire Chief Dave Schmidt promoted to Chief

Elgin n City Manager Rick Kozal Wednesday promoted from within and named Assistant Fire Chief Dave Schmidt as Elgin's next fire chief — on Schmidt's birthday. Kozal said the city will be using its own human resources department to conduct a broad search to find Schmidt's replacement. Elgin's fire department is arranged to have two assistant chief spots, with the other currently held by Bryan McMahan. "Dave Schmidt has the benefit of nearly 30 years of experience in the Elgin Fire Department to guide his decisions as Chief," Kozal said. "Working as the Assistant Chief during the past five years, Dave has been instrumental in implementing significant cost containment and efficiency measures in the Fire Department's operations." Schmidt steps into a post that was held by John Fahy, who retired this summer after more than five years as chief and 30 years as a firefighter.
Chicago Tribune- Metered Site

Charleston staffers don firefighter uniforms

For the first time, city staff stepped into Charleston firefighters boots and flame-retardant suits Monday as part of a crash course-style fire academy to give perspective on what firefighters do. In the same vein as a similar program, the Citizens Police Academy, where citizens can get an idea of what is done law enforcement, Monday night’s pilot exercise gave city staff to chance to don the uniform and participate in training exercises at the fire training facility. Steve Bennett, Charleston fire chief, said the fire department wanted to give city staffers interested in participating the chance to see what the firefighters do and what equipment they use to do it.
Mattoon Journal Gazette & Times-Courier

Fire Damages Sonic Drive-In In Palatine

A Sonic Drive-In restaurant in northwest suburban Palatine was closed Tuesday afternoon for cleanup and repairs after a fire. Crews were called at 3:55 p.m. when a fire alarm was activated at the restaurant, 1151 E. Dundee Road in Palatine, according to a statement from the Palatine Fire Department. Firefighters arrived to find welders working on the exterior of the building and smoke inside. The fire was eventually located inside an exterior wall and extending up toward the roof, the fire department said. Crews had to open the interior walls and ceiling and breach the building’s exterior walls to expose and extinguish the fire, which was under control by 4:18 p.m.
CBS Chicago

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