Illinois News

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Edmond named new fire chief in Collinsville

The city of Collinsville recently announced the selection of Kevin Edmond, a 26-year veteran of the Mentor, Ohio Fire Department, as the new chief of the Collinsville Fire Department, according to a press release. The announcement follows an extensive search conducted by the Illinois Fire Chief’s Association. This search and evaluation process was intricate and collaborative, encompassing interviews with stakeholders, the conducting of an Assessment Center and interviews with the top three applicants. At the conclusion of this process, Edmond was identified as the top and preferred applicant unanimously by the selection committee.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Police: Aurora Paramedic ticketed for running red light in ambulance-car crash

A senior paramedic with the Aurora Fire Department has been ticketed for running a red light in Naperville earlier this month, causing a crash that toppled the ambulance he was driving and sent a woman's car hurtling into a row of parked vehicles. John A. Nagy, 48, of the 0-99 block of Gregory Street in Aurora, was cited for disobeying a traffic control signal in the Jan. 3 collision, Deputy Naperville Police Chief Jason Arres said Tuesday. Nagy is a 22-year veteran of the fire department. He is assigned to Aurora Fire Station No. 8 on McCoy Drive. He and a fellow paramedic were slightly injured in the incident. The 52-year-old Naperville woman who was driving the car remained last week in Edward Hospital in Naperville, in what Arres said was stable condition and with "non-life-threatening injuries."
Chicago Tribune- Metered Site

Champaign: On call? No, Presence ER doc’s en route

What if you were injured with an ambulance on the way, and a doctor also rushed to your side? That's already a reality in parts of Illinois, including this region, with Pro Ambulance being the latest to put a physician response vehicle on the road in an effort to bring more medical expertise where it's needed in the Champaign-Ur- bana and Danville com- munities. The doctor behind the wheel, Presence Health EMS Director Dr. Kurt Bloomstrand, is bringing prior experience as part of an ambulance crew. He worked his way through medical school as an emergency medical technician.

Decatur house destroyed in suspicious fire; Firefighter briefly trapped

A firefighter was briefly trapped in a house fire authorities believe was set by an arsonist. It happened about 3:15 am, Wednesday, in the 1200-block of East Prairie. When crews arrived, the house was engulfed. Shortly after starting to fight the fire, the back porch collapsed, trapping the firefighter. He crawled out of the debris unharmed. It took almost three hours to extinguish the blaze. The structure is a total loss. The cause is being investigated as suspicious.
WCIA & WCFN-TV CBS 3 Champaign

Two suffer minor injuries in Peoria house fire

A basement fire in a central Peoria rental property early Thursday morning sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries. Firefighters responded shortly after 5:30 a.m. to a reported basement fire in the 2100 block of N. Bourland. Crews arrived to find a one-story house with fire venting from the basement window. The fire was extinguished within minutes, and damage was largely contained to a basement bedroom, but other areas of the house also suffered smoke and heat damage. No one was inside when firefighters arrived, but two occupants of the home were taken to OSF Saint Francis for observation. The Red Cross was notified to help the occupants. Damage is estimated at $30,000. The fire remains under investigation.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chicago Firefighter Injured While Battling Austin Blaze

A firefighter was injured while battling a blaze early Wednesday at a home in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. Firefighters responded about 12:05 a.m. to the two-and-a-half story house in the 4900 block of West Ferdinand, according to Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford. The firefighter fell while battling the blaze and was taken to Stroger Hospital, Langford said. His injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. “He’s alert and talking,” he said. The blaze was extinguished within 30 minutes and no other injuries were reported, Langford said. Additional information on the house fire was not immediately available.
CBS Chicago

Chicago Fire Chaplain Tom Mulcrone plans to retire after 30 years

“He’s alert and talking,” he said. The blaze was extinguished within 30 minutes and no other injuries were reported, Langford said. Additional information on the house fire was not immediately available. He ministers to firefighters and their families during happy and sad times, from line-of-duty deaths to special occasions. He has presided over weddings and baptisms and attended countless wakes. “In any given year I do 80 or 90 funerals,” he said. “I probably do 30 to 40 weddings a year and 30 to 40 baptisms.” He has seen many improvements in firefighting equipment and technology, as well as modern challenges.
Chicago Sun-Times

Suspicious fire destroys vacant West Frankfort home

Investigators are calling an early-morning house fire in West Frankfort suspicious. A West Frankfort police officer said he spotted the fire around 3:15 a.m. in the 200 block of North Anna Street. Officials said the house was vacant with "For Sale" signs outside. The home is considered a total loss. One firefighter suffered a pulled hamstring while battling the blaze. Crews from West Frankfort, West City, Benton, Johnston City and Carterville all responded to the scene and fought the blaze for a few hours. Several roads around the scene were blocked off during that time.

One Dead In Fiery Crash In Algonquin

One person was found dead after a fiery crash early Wednesday in northwest suburban Algonquin, fire officials said. Firefighters responded about 1:40 a.m. to the single-vehicle crash in the 900 block of West Algonquin Road, according to the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District. A car crashed into a pole and when crews arrived at the scene, the vehicle was engulfed in flames. Once the blaze was extinguished, one person was found dead inside the vehicle, fire officials said. Algonquin Road was closed to traffic until 6:45 a.m. while Algonquin police and the McHenry County coroner’s office investigated the crash.
CBS Chicago

200 smoke detectors donated to Rockford Fire Department

Rockford’s Home Depot store gave the Rockford Fire Department 200 smoke alarms. The detectors are top of the line, powered by lithium batteries that will last up to ten years. The smoke alarms will be installed in homes throughout the city of Rockford. Every fire truck and apparatus is equipped with about a dozen smoke alarms. If firefighters are out on a call and notice someone doesn’t have a working detector, they will either give them new batteries or replace the gadget. “We can directly put these smoke alarms in someone’s house today if need be or in the future months here and we know we’re giving them the affordability to be safe,” says Timothy Morris Jr. with the Rockford Fire Department.
WIFR-TV CBS 23 Rockford

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