Illinois News

Friday, December 8, 2017

Man, 50, Found Dead In Kitchen After Fire At Chicago’s Jefferson Park Home

A man was found dead Thursday night after firefighters put out a fire in a Jefferson Park neighborhood home on the Northwest Side. Emergency crews responding to the fire found 50-year-old Rodger W. Grady just before 9 p.m. in the kitchen of a single-story bungalow in the 4500 block of North Laporte, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Grady, who lived on the same block, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. An autopsy was scheduled for Friday. No other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was under investigation, the Chicago Fire Department said.
CBS Chicago

New Arlington Heights deputy fire chief promoted

Arlington Heights officials have promoted Andrew Larson to deputy fire chief following the retirement of Bernie Lyons. Larson, a 20-year veteran of the fire department, has held a number of leadership roles, including battalion chief for a year, public education officer for five years and lieutenant for four years. He previously was an engineer and paramedic. The Sycamore resident was sworn in at a village board meeting Monday by Mayor Tom Hayes. Larson and fellow Deputy Chief Pete Ahlman report to Chief Ken Koeppen.
Illinois Daily Herald

Westchester Home Damaged In Extra-Alarm Fire In Chicago

A home in Westchester was damaged in an extra-alarm fire early Friday. The fire started around 2:45 a.m. at a home on the 11200 block of Wildridge Street. When firefighters arrived, a man who was in the home already had escaped the fire, but there were heavy flames on the second floor, threatening to spread to a neighboring house. “I saw fire trucks and police cars coming down Wolf Road, and I smelled a bunch of smoke, and it smelled like a bonfire. So I decided to turn around, and I followed the trucks to see where they were going, and I saw flames bursting out of the top of the house,” neighbor Mike Pagloiuco said.
CBS Chicago

Lake Forest and Libertyville Offer Fire Service Proposal to Rockland Fire Protection District

On December 7, 2017, the City of Lake Forest and the Village of Libertyville presented a joint draft proposal for Fire, Emergency Medical and Fire Prevention Services to the Rockland Fire Protection District (RFPD) that will be considered by the Libertyville Village Board at its December 12, 2017 meeting. Lake Forest and Libertyville believe the proposal is a comprehensive and cost-effective partnership, providing residents of the RFPD with the long-term benefits of full-time services from two professional fire departments, more efficient initial emergency response forces and more effective back-up support. The proposal includes the employment opportunity for existing volunteer personnel to continue to service the community and to train with other members of the Lake Forest Fire Department, as well as possibly using, repurposing or selling existing fire apparatus, equipment and facilities, all benefiting RFPD taxpayers.
Lake Forest, City of

Springfield: Fire chief: Traffic signal technology "most likely" not going up soon

After the city council tried to split the cost of green light traffic signal technology with an independent fire insurance board, the lights will “most likely” not go up before Christmas, according to Fire Chief Barry Helmerichs. In November, Helmerichs asked the city council for $105,000 to install GPS-based units at 16 intersections along the Veterans Parkway corridor, starting at Wabash Avenue heading south. Helmerichs asked for a supplemental appropriation in order to get the technology in place before the retail-heavy area was inundated with drivers. Though there wasn’t a high volume of calls from the area, it took firefighters twice the average time to respond, Helmerichs told the council.
Springfield State Journal-Register

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Chicago Fire Officials: Person Found Dead After East Hyde Park Fire

A woman was found dead early Thursday after a fire was extinguished in an East Hyde Park neighborhood apartment on the South Side, fire officials said. Firefighters responded to the blaze shortly before 5 a.m. in the seven-story apartment building in the 5400 block of South Cornell, said Chicago Fire Department Deputy District Chief Michael Del Greco. The fire was contained to the seventh floor apartment and was extinguished within 30 minutes, he said. The woman, thought to be in her 60s, was found near the couch in the apartment’s living room and was pronounced dead at the scene, Del Greco said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately provide information on the fatality.
CBS Chicago

Office of the State Fire Marshal Streamlines Firefighter State Training Certification Process

State Fire Marshal Matt Perez and Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) Director Royal Mortenson announced today an intergovernmental agreement that streamlines the process for Illinois firefighters who complete IFSI courses to receive state certification. Under the terms of the agreement, the IFSI will be granted state certification equivalency for its end-of-course examinations. This will eliminate the requirement imposed upon Illinois firefighters who attended IFSI courses to take both a final end-of-course examination and an OSFM examination in order to receive state certification. State Fire Marshal Perez stated “The Illinois legislature has mandated that the firefighters of Illinois receive training from the Fire Service Institute and certifications from the Office of the State Fire Marshal in order for them to operate smarter, safer and more effectively. The closer alignment of these two state agencies will offer unparalleled quality in fire service education. I look forward to continuing work with Director Mortenson to maximize the capabilities of both our agencies.”
Illinois Fire Service Institute

Alton Fire Department, other firefighters called to extinguish blazing cornfield near homes, apartments

Alton firefighters had an interesting fire call to a cornfield that blazed nearly out of control near Storey Lane on Wednesday afternoon. Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold said the call for the fire came in at 1:46 p.m. and the exact cause of the fire wasn’t known, but it did appear the farmer working in the field was burning off some brush while pulling the rest of the crop out of the field. Sebold described the location as also near Manor Drive Apartments and a trailer park on Wonderland Drive to the north. There were three homes in the Storey Lane area that were also in jeopardy when the call came through, he said.

Some ask Springfield Fire Dept. to spend traffic control software money on new fire station

The Springfield Fire Department faces emergencies every day like the fire just Wednesday that knocked down a home on Ninth Street. Fire officials want to cut response time with devices that can control traffic lights during emergencies. The fire board said they are thinking it over and will meet in the next few weeks, most likely in January. The software system would link the devices to 16 intersections and turn traffic signals green on demand. But some are asking the fire department why they don’t spend the money on building a brand-new fire station? The goal behind the software the fire department hopes for saving families.
WICS-TV Springfield ABC Channel 20

Mackinaw Rescue Squad gets motorized rescue chair, now needs more staff

The Mackinaw Rescue Squad has some shiny new equipment thanks to a $4,250 grant it received earlier this year from the Mackinaw Stout Foundation. The centerpiece is a motorized stair chair with a 500-pound weight capability that makes it easy for squad personnel to transport a patient down and up stairs, over tough terrain, even out of a ditch. “We’ve never had a motorized chair,” said Assistant Chief Margaret Donath. “In the past, it was lift, tug and hold on so the non-motorized chair wouldn’t get away from us.” Help often was needed from Mackinaw Fire Department volunteer firefighters who were called to the scene.
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

Johnston City Fire Department raises $2,300 for gifts

Giving back to the community is something that Johnston City Fire Chief Tom Burton feels is important for his department to do. "Some people don't have it as lucky as others," he said. "Besides helping when they need assistance like fire or medical, we can also help them out in different ways." Burton's department came through in a big way this week, providing Christmas for 23 local children from the Manna Mission's Angel Tree. "We did a boot collection at the four-way a couple of weeks ago," said Burton. That afternoon raised $2,300. Then came the fun, according to volunteer Tricia Smith. "We went shopping to get the gifts," she said. "It makes my heart full."
Marion Daily Republican

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