Mundelein on Monday appointed its first fire chief since 2015, moving away from a management structure that had the police chief in charge of both departments.
Bill Lark, who has spent the last several years in various fire department leadership positions, was named the new chief.
Lark was promoted to battalion chief in 2014, deputy chief in 2015 and the position of chief deputy chief in 2017.
Mayor Steve Lentz proposed the appointment, and trustees voted 5-0 to ratify the move. Lentz also proposed repealing the ordinance that created a public safety director, which trustees also supported 5-0.
“This is truly a historic evening,” Lentz said. “I can think of few professions on earth, really, with as noble of a calling as a first responder.”
Nearly a dozen members of the Rockford Fire Department are now one step closer to becoming paramedics. Thursday, those 10 firefighters graduated, celebrating their accomplishments after completing 10 months of classroom training. But they aren't paramedics yet, it could be an additional 6 to 8 months before they get all their required hours done on the ambulance to become certified licensed paramedics in the state of Illinois.
"And we take great pride and pleasure in being able to provide the service of training the Rockford firefighters so they can go out and serve the community," said OSF EMS Coordinator A.J. Dilonardo.
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Your editorial criticizing Buffalo Grove firefighter Kevin Hauber’s pension award shortchanged the subject of occupational diseases in firefighters.
The pension board’s decision was based on Illinois law, and your editorial showed disregard for that law and the medical evidence behind it. Hauber’s death to colon cancer is not an anomaly among veteran firefighters. Extensive scientific research shows compelling evidence that specific cancers — including colorectal cancers — are strongly associated with firefighting. That evidence is a result of extensive university studies as well as that of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
The editorial also neglected to recognize other critical medical factors: Hauber’s age, family, personal health history and genetic testing showed he was not a colon cancer risk. Rather, an overriding environmental risk for the 23-year veteran firefighter was cited as evidence of increased risk to colorectal cancer.
The fire department in Olney Illinois is in charge of saving peoples lives. But after a new ISO rating, they are also hoping to save residents money. The department received a four rating from the Insurance Services Office. Olney was previously listed as a five.
This puts the community in the top 28% of rated fire departments nationwide.
The score is based on a variety of factors that judge how well the department can respond to fires. The lower the score, the better the department is rated. This rating is then given to insurances companies who use the information to set insurance rates.
News 10 spoke with Olney fire chief Michael Hill. He says the rating is the result of hard work from his department.
Hill says, "Part of being a firefighter is having pride in what we do and who we are. I think it's a big accomplishment for those guys to know that all their hard work has paid off."