Illinois News

Friday, February 24, 2017

Mount Prospect to pay fire district almost $2 million

Mount Prospect has agreed to pay the Elk Grove Rural Fire Protection District nearly $2 million over the next three years. The state requires the village to pay the fire protection district a five-year prorated tax levy payment for newly annexed properties formerly served by the district. But trustees on Tuesday agreed an accelerated three-year plan presented to the board by Fire Chief Brian Lambel, under which the village would provide payments of $665,000 to the district for each of three years. The agreement, which has also been approved by the fire district's board, precludes court proceedings between the village and the district, Lambel said.
Illinois Daily Herald

Morris Ambulance driver involved in crash

Around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, a Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District / Kurtz EMS Service Ambulance was involved in a crash on Interstate 39 in Marshall County, according to a press release from fire chief Tracey Steffes. The Advanced Life Support Ambulance had just transported a patient to Peoria Medical center and was returning to Morris, The ambulance was in the process of passing a semi tractor trailer on Interstate 39, which is a four-lane highway, when a gust of wind caused the driver of the ambulance to over correct, according to the release. "The ambulance proceeded to skid down the highway coming to a rest in the northbound ditch" the press relase said. The driver was able to exit the ambulance and call for assistance.
Morris Daily Herald

Urbana Fire Department hopes diversity is in the cards

In an effort to increase staff diversity, the Urbana Fire Department hosted a breakfast Thursday for influential community members who can recruit and recommend potential firefighter candidates. Fire Chief Brian Nightlinger said pastors, affiliates from Parkland College and the University of Illinois, leaders of community groups and city council members were invited to the gathering. They were all given packs of small cards to hand out to anyone they think could be a good fit for the department. Elizabeth Borman, assistant human resources manager for the city, cited a 2006 study from the International Association of Fire Fighters' diversity initiative that concludes that the best method for recruiting a diverse department is word of mouth — one reason for the card strategy.
Champaign News-Gazette

Fire wreaks $150K in damage to Lake Forest home

A fire tore through a home in north suburban Lake Forest on Thursday morning. Crews responded at 9:39 a.m. to the blaze on North Avenue west of Buena Road, where smoke was pouring from the basement and first two floors of the house, according to the Lake Forest Fire Department. Before firefighters arrived, police officers had helped escort two elderly people out of the home, officials said. Firefighters from seven nearby departments were called in to assist. It took half an hour to put out the flames, and no one was hurt, officials said.
WFLD-TV MyFox 32 Chicago

Buffalo Grove firefighter promoted to lieutenant

Buffalo Grove firefighter/paramedic Mark Anderson was recently promoted to lieutenant. Fire Chief William "Mike" Baker said the lieutenant's position opened up with the retirement of Lt. Wendill Bills, a 33-year veteran. "We're looking for more of the same for Lt. Anderson," Baker said. Anderson has been with the department for 25 years full time. "It feels wonderful," Anderson said after the swearing-in ceremony at a recent meeting of the Buffalo Grove village board. "It's a privilege to work for a great town like Buffalo Grove." Baker said, "He has always been somebody who has contributed to the department."
Illinois Daily Herald

Up In Flames: Media In-Depth Report on Residential Fire Sprinklers

We've seen several devastating house fires across the Tri-States over the last few months. In some cases, families lose everything, especially during fires in rural areas where water can be limited and response time can be longer. However, firefighters say most of these life-changing fires can be prevented with residential fire sprinklers. They're almost unheard of in the Tri-State area but some homeowners have them and Quincy firefighters are increasingly educating the public about how they can save lives and reduce extensive property damage. "Watching those fires that happen in the rural part of Adams County," Liberty, Illinois, homeowner Ken Sparrow said. "That's what got me thinking about it."
WGEM-TV Quincy

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Kankakee gets help in search for new fire chief

Kankakee is getting professional help to find its next fire chief. At a cost outlined not to exceed $19,500, the Kankakee City Council hired the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association to search for a new fire chief at Tuesday's council meeting. The council approved the contract by an 11-0 vote. Ald. Chasity Wells-Armstrong abstained from the vote. The fire department has been under the direction of acting Chief Phil Perkins since the retirement of Chief Ron Young at the end of November.
Kankakee Daily Journal

Pembroke Township: Use of drones a benefit to fire departments

A drone hovered in the air Monday as about 100 firefighters from Kankakee, Iroquois and Will counties battled a brush fire in Pembroke Township. William Neumann, the director of communications for the Orland Park Fire Protection District, live streamed video footage from his drone to other departments through his personal Facebook page. It helped them track the fire, protect structures and, above all else, assure nobody got injured. "It improves accessibility and safety," said Neumann, who started deploying his drone at house fires a year ago. "We can follow the crews and keep an eye on them. It's like Big Brother, only you're tracking a fire and saving time."
MyWebTimes-The Times

Firefighters battle house fire in Princeton

The cause of the fire Wednesday afternoon in the 600 block of South Euclid Avenue in Princeton is still undetermined, said Princeton fire chief Chuck Woolley, but what is known is that it started on the back porch of the house at approximately 1:30 and was considered extinguished by 2:30 p.m. Fire departments from Wyanet, Bureau and Malden, as well as 10/33 ambulance were on the scene to help the Princeton Fire Department battle the house fire that displaced three adults, three children, and three dogs. On of the homeowners, Kyle, who chose not to share his last name to protect the privacy of his family, said he was able to get his family and pets out of the home and nobody was injured.
News Tribune (North Central Illinois)

New partnership to benefit RPS students, Rockford’s police, fire

Students in Rockford Public Schools will soon have the option to trade in their books for a new uniform and badge after graduation thanks to a new partnership benefiting our students and our city's police and fire departments. "It's something we've been trying to work on for quite some time about getting integrated into the school district," says Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten. Alignment Rockford and the city's police and fire departments are working to recruit elementary and middle school students though community programs, teaching them what it's like to be a firefighter or police officer. "You really have to catch kids early, when they're in elementary school and start building that awareness of the opportunities that exist in those careers," says Executive Director of Alignment Rockford Bridget French.
WIFR-TV CBS 23 Rockford

Buffalo Grove House Fire Claims Dog; Car Goes Up In Flames At Gas Station

Buffalo Grove firefighters kept busy over a 24-hour period this week battling a house fire that claimed a dog, and a car that caught fire at a gas station the following day. Crews were dispatched around 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 to a report of smoke coming from a single-family house at 504 Crown Point Dr. near Buffalo Grove and Old Checker roads. When police and fire responders first arrived on the scene, they reported smoke billowing from the home’s eaves, so the response alarm was upgraded to a Code 4. Crews entered the home, which had no occupants, but encountered heavy smoke.
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