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
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."
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
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.