Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith was sworn in last month as the department's fifth chief in its 72-year history. It came after a 35-year career with the department, including the last 16 as deputy chief. But, more than the numbers, Smith says the appointment was a dream come true. He met with Prospect Heights residents for the first time as chief during an open house Saturday and wrote a letter expressing his vision for the department in its latest newsletter.
"When I joined the department, it was an all-volunteer fire department," Smith said. "It would not be until 1985 that paramedic ambulance service would come to our city, and another 10 more years until the majority of the city would be united into a single fire protection district.
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Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago on Wednesday defended his 60-day suspension of a lieutenant who refused to send underlings into an area where they might be exposed to Ebola but said the city will accept an arbitrator’s ruling overturning the suspension.
Santiago said the decision not to appeal the arbitrator’s ruling had nothing to do with the no-confidence vote taken Sept. 21 by the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2. Nor was it a response to the 2,300 people who signed union-circulated petitions expressing disappointment when the union thought the department would challenge the arbitrator’s ruling. “I made my decision based on the facts. . . . We gave it our best shot. [But] if you look at all of the facts, I did not feel confident that the city would win. . . . I did not want the city to lose,” the commissioner said.
Firefighters from Cahokia and Camp Jackson fire departments put out a home fire on Julie Avenue early Wednesday morning.
Cahokia Fire Chief Stephen Robbins said the homeowner, believed to be an elderly resident, was not home at the time of the fire. The incident was reported at around 7:15 a.m. in the 1200 block of Julie Avenue.
“Crews arrived on scene and found heavy smoke coming from the structure,” Robbins said. “Neighbors said there was an elderly lady who lives here, but she’s not home.” The fire chief said firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof of the house to let out the smoke so firefighters were unable to get farther into the house. Several items blocked the inside of the home, he said.
Aldermen Tuesday night saw the new rescue pumper fire truck that has been delivered to the city.
The heavy rescue pumper will go into service soon after some equipment is added. It will operate out of Fire Station No. 1 on Seminary Street.
Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said the fire engine will take the place of two units.
"The incident commanders will have a better access and control of a scene on initial response," Thomason said. "So on behalf of the Department of Public Safety, and especially for my fire division, we want to thank you for going forward and supporting us with the purchase of that equipment."
Benefits of a new heavy rescue pumper for the Danville Fire Department include more storage space for equipment and being able to use extrication equipment faster.
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Firefighters from across the Tri-States work to brush up on a few skills.
While October is Fire Prevention Awareness Month, local fire departments are focusing on less traditional aspects of their job.
With harvest season in full swing, the Tri-Township Fire Department spent Wednesday evening practicing grain bin rescues.
"This is equipment that we have. We don't get grain bins very often to train with, so when the opportunity arises, we take it,” said Assistant Chief Darren Smith with Tri-Township Fire Department.
Using special panels, they're able to dig a potential victim out of what feels like quicksand.
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