Illinois News

Thursday, April 27, 2017

DuPage fire districts agree to share resources

In an agreement hailed as a first for DuPage County, two fire protection districts have agreed to share resources and operate as a single entity when responding to emergency calls. The Lisle-Woodridge Fire District board of trustees on Tuesday gave final approval for an automatic response agreement with the neighboring Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District. The pact takes effect Monday and will go through a trial period that ends Dec. 31, 2018. "We believe it's a positive move for both districts, and we think it's a positive move for anyone needing services in either district." Lisle-Woodridge fire Chief Keith Krestan said. Starting Monday, the districts will share equipment and personnel and use seven fire stations. One existing station -- Darien-Woodridge Station 88 at the southeast corner of Belmont Road and 59th Street -- will be closed.
Illinois Daily Herald - Metered Site

Bloomington: Volunteer Helps Honor Fellow Forgotten Firefighters

A retired McLean county firefighter is asking for your help. He's trying to locate the graves of deceased firefighters, so he can place a flag at their graves this memorial day. Retired firefighter Bob Wills explains, "When we go plant the flags on the stones, they step back and think, ‘boy… One of these days I’m gonna be one of these guys.’" In the past, Bloomington's crew has found the graves through living memory and photographs. Wills again, "We've lost those guys through death or age or they can't come out. So, 2 years ago we started using GPS units and we've been marking all the graves with the GPS units." Wills retired from Bloomington's Fire Department in 1983. For the last several years, he's made it his mission to comb through archives, finding the names of fallen firefighters… some from as far back as the 1800's. Wills explains, "Coming to cemetery's offices and going through the list and trying to find names, Pantagraph archives, trying to find obituaries and that."
WMBD-TV Peoria

Aurora begins Fire Cadet Program

The Aurora Fire Department has launched a new Fire Cadet Program and is recruiting young adults who are interested in pursuing a career with the fire department. The Aurora Fire Cadet Program is an opportunity that provides paid employment and hands-on experience with the Aurora Fire Department while exploring firefighting and paramedic careers. "The Aurora Fire Department strives to build a team that is reflective of our community," said Aurora Fire Chief Gary Krienitz in a press release. "Through the Aurora Fire Cadet Program we will have the opportunity to strengthen the diversity of the department while bringing in the new ideas and perspectives of the next generation of Aurora firefighters."
Chicago Tribune - Metered Site

Glen Carbon Fire protection district established in 1955

The fire department has deep historic roots within the Village of Glen Carbon and has proven to be a reliable source of volunteer help when the community needs it. The Glen Carbon Chemical Fire Company No. 1 was organized on July 21, 1901 with 22 members, a handcart and 600 feet of 2-1/2” hose. The Madison Coal Corporation deeded land for a municipal building and firehouse at the crest of School Street’s steep hill, providing firemen and their equipment speedy access to homes and businesses down along Main Street. The Village Hall, firehouse and bell tower were completed in 1910 for $6000 by the Oswald Brothers of Alhambra, IL. The bell could be heard for miles. It alerted firemen for firefighting and was used for other communications. Emergencies at the coal mines were signaled by the mine whistle and the fire bell. The bell tolled a death knell during the funeral of a firefighter and special community celebrations were heralded with bell ringing. By the 1950’s the bell tower and bell were removed to meet safety regulations and the bell itself was placed on display at the new Fire Station No 1 on Main Street.
Edwardsville Intelligencer

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Man Found Dead At Scene Of HazMat Situation In Chicago’s Hyde Park

A man was found dead at the scene of a hazardous materials situation in a Hyde Park neighborhood apartment building early Wednesday on the South Side, police said. Paramedics responded about 2:30 a.m. to a report of a man unconscious and not breathing in a room in the three-story building in the 1200 block of East 53rd Street, said Fire Media Affairs Chief Juan Hernandez. The 25-year-old man was dead at the scene, according to Chicago Police. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately provide information on the fatality. About 4:15 a.m., while police were investigating at the scene, they notified fire officials of a “funny smell” coming from inside the building, Hernandez said. Fire officials upgraded the scene to a Level Two HazMat situation and at least six residents were evacuated from the building, he said. As of 6:45 a.m., decontamination equipment was in place.
CBS Chicago

River Forest fire chief stepping down after 13 years

Jim Eggert will step down this summer after 13 years as chief of the River Forest Fire Department, but he'll remain on a consulting basis to mentor his replacement, finish projects and serve as the department's institutional memory. As part of the responsibilities spelled out in a post-employment agreement approved unanimously by the River Forest Board of Trustees on April 24, Eggert will continue to provide Deputy Chief Kurt Bohlmann guidance in the areas of budgeting and human resources and other departmental operations and concerns after he becomes chief sometime this summer.

Peoria: Medical Facility, Firefighter Contracts Approved by City Council

Kids recovering from severe medical problems will officially have a new home in Peoria. City council members approved “Almost Home Kids”, a facility specializing in medical needs at a meeting Tuesday night. The company is based in Naperville and will partner with OSF Healthcare and the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. The facility will be built where Wee-Tee golf is currently located and should be complete by summer 2018. Council also approved a roundabout for Radnor Road and Alta Lane. The city is partnering with IDOT on the project, and close to 90% of it will be funded federally. The city will be responsible to pay for some of that project. A new contract with the Peoria Firefighters Association was approved by council. The city has been in negotiations with the union since August, 2016 and reached an agreement in January.
WMBD-TV Peoria

Fire truck, car crash in Rockford

A Rockford Fire truck was involved in a crash near downtown Tuesday morning. The fire department says the crash occurred around 10:20 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Jefferson and Winnebago. The fire truck and a Ford Focus were involved in the crash. None of the four firefighters on the truck or the driver of the car were injured.
WREX-TV NBC 13 Rockford

Rolling Meadows Police, Fire Honor Citizens and Staff for Two Life-Saving Rescues in City One Day Apart

Civilians and firefighter/paramedics and a police officer were honored for two recent medical calls in Rolling Meadows. In each case a life was saved. Police Department Honors Geunyoung Pak for Narcan Save at Meijer Store On March 13, 2017 at about 3:40 a.m. for a call for help for a 39 year-old female that was stumbling and staggering in the Meijer store in Rolling Meadows. While Rolling Meadows police were responding, the woman collapsed in a toy aisle at the Meijer store. She had no pulse and no respiration. Rolling Meadows Police Officer Geunyoung Pak administered a Narcan injection in the woman’s thigh when he believed the woman had possibly overdosed on heroin or another opiate.

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