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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Fire chief will continue to wear hats in Chicago Ridge and Oak Lawn    view comments tweat me share on facebook
George Sheets has been fire chief of both Oak Lawn and Chicago Ridge for nearly two years now, and the arrangement has worked out so well that all talk of giving up one of the positions has gone by the wayside. “This was a concept that had never been done before is done now,” said Sheets, who became Oak Lawn fire chief in 2009, and added Chicago Ridge in July 2014, following discussions between Mayors Sandra Bury of Oak Lawn and Chuck Tokar in Chicago Ridge. His salary is shared by the villages, saving Chicago Ridge about $65,000 annually “Some people doubted it would work. But it has been a success story,” said Sheets during a wide-ranging interview on Monday, when he discussed the improvements made to the Chicago Ridge department while cutting costs as well. Last summer he considered going back to Oak Lawn full-time, after he oversaw the opening of the second Chicago Ridge fire station on Lombard Avenue, and the successful implementation of the part-time firefighter program. But now, he said, with the encouragement of Tokar and the village trustees, he has decided to there is no need to change what isn’t broken.
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Oswego Fire District Gets New Assistant Chief    view comments tweat me share on facebook
The Oswego Fire Protection District Board of Trustees and Fire Commission has named John Cornish as the Assistant Chief. Cornish had most recently been the Support Services Captain. The promotion is a recognition of the work and responsibilities he was already undertaking, according to the board. The board also named two new firefighters/paramedics and appointed one other existing member to a staff position. Firefighters/paramedics Tyler Roberts and Ryan Marshall were sworn in at the Monday night ceremony. Roberts has previously been a paid-on-all firefighter Marshall has done paramedic ride-time with the district while in paramedic school. Matthew Goodbred was appointed as the district’s first full-time EMS Coordinator. Goodbred was previously working on shift as a full-time firefighter/paramedic while also co-coordinating department-wide emergency medical services responsibilities.

Peoria Fire Department Expanding Paramedic Services    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Peoria's Fire Department wants to go beyond just fighting fires by being able to provide advanced medical help as first responders. "If we arrive first and somebody say is having a heart attack, we're able to go ahead and get an IV started, give medication if needed," Local 50 Union President Rick Waldron said. It's called an ALS equipped engine or truck. Waldron said the Peoria Fire Department has three ALS engines right now. They want to add another one having just put in an application for Engine 19 Tuesday, but it's taken three months just to get to this point. Waldron said he’s not sure what the hold up. Having firefighters able to provide these services means double the amount of paramedics showing up at a scene with Advanced Medical Transport responding, too. "It's sometimes a crap-shoot whether Advance Medical Transport arrives first or us. The idea is just as long as we get a medic their immediately, that's all we care," Waldron said. We reached out to AMT. They declined to comment because this process is still at the very beginning. But this department has been working on getting these upgrades for nearly a decade having equipped their first engine eight years ago. "We have the medics to do this. We have the medics to do a lot more ALS engines and trucks, and that's our goal," Waldron said.
WMBD-TV Peoria

Shed destroyed by fire near Mechanicsburg    view comments tweat me share on facebook
No injuries were reported after a machine shed was destroyed by fire on a property just east of Mechanicsburg Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called to the 14600 block of Bullard Road at 8:55 a.m. Dan Pasch, who owns the property, said his wife came home minutes earlier and saw the shed, which contained hay and sawdust, was on fire. The blaze started small but spread quickly. As firefighters were arriving, the shed collapsed. Early on, there was concern that a horse was inside the shed. But the animal was located unharmed elsewhere on the property. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No foul play is suspected, said Mechanicsburg Fire Chief Frank Lane. Firefighters from Mechanicsburg, Buffalo, Dawson and Rochester responded to the call.
Springfield State Journal-Register

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Fire tears through Naperville apartment complex   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Investigators are working to determine what sparked a fire at an apartment complex in southwest suburban Naperville. The blaze broke out around 8 p.m. Monday on the second floor of a duplex in the 800-block of Beaumont Drive at Brittany Springs Apartments. Home video shows flames shooting from the roof of one building. A neighbor, David Lung, described the scene to ABC7 Eyewitness News. "I was just watching the smoke billow up and it just, literally, you saw all of a sudden flames shoot up over the roof, almost instantaneously. It was smoke for about ten minutes, then we saw the fire," Lung said. The fire was extinguished by around 10 p.m., but firefighters stayed on the scene to douse hot spots overnight. There were no reports of injuries.
WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

French Village Fire Department one of several to get federal funding   view comments tweat me share on facebook
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently awarded more than $1.6 million in grants to fire departments and municipalities throughout Illinois, including the French Village Fire Department in Fairview Heights. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Monday that FEMA awarded $1,635,535 total. The French Village Fire Department received $97,143 in funding. “This federal funding will ensure that when fires or other emergencies occur in our communities, our nation’s firefighters and first-responders have access to the best resources and the equipment necessary to help protect them as they protect us,” Durbin said in a news release. The funding was provided through the the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which seeks to strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and fire related hazards.
Belleville News-Democrat - metered site

Hinsdale Firefighters Awarded for Paramedic Excellence   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Five members of the Hinsdale Fire Department were recipients of the prestigious Joseph Hartman Award, second runner-up, for their efforts in saving a man’s life last year during a serious construction accident involving an asphalt grinder near the intersection of County Line Road and Walnut Street. Captain Kevin Votava, Lieutenant Mike Neville and firefighter/paramedics Steve Tullis, Patrick Schaberg and Dan Majewski were honored with the recognition. The award is named in honor of Doctor Joseph Hartman, the first medical director of emergency medical services at the Good Samaritan Hospital. It is given annually to three medic crews or fire departments who exhibit excellence in the delivery of emergency care in a pre-hospital setting. Each year, there are an estimated 50,000 calls in DuPage County. This is the sixth time paramedics from the Hinsdale Fire Department have received this award. A special ceremony was held May 19 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. The accident for which the award was given occurred last summer during the reconstruction of the Oak Street Bridge Corridor. A construction supervisor was struck and run over by an asphalt grinder, leaving him crushed and with life-threatening injuries. The Hinsdale Fire Department responded and provided advanced life support that included full spinal immobilization, bilateral IV access, intravenous fluids, continuous cardiac monitoring, wound care and rapid transport to a level one trauma facility. After several surgeries and extensive rehab, the patient survived this accident.

Mold found at Quincy’s fire station six   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Before it can reopen, Quincy fire officials uncovered a problem at station six that needs to be dealt with. At Quincy City Council Monday night, aldermen approved paying $4,700 to clean up mold at the fire station. Fire officials say with no air conditioning running in the building last summer, mold developed on tables and the carpet. Officials want to get it cleaned before anyone starts to operate it. "Unfortunately, we tried to keep costs down with the building sitting empty and didn't run the air conditioning last summer,' Deputy Fire Chief Steve Salrin said. "No air movement and that kind of thing took it's toll. Trying to keep costs down kind of backfired on us." Salrin says two firefighters should be hired by mid July, with station six opening around August 1. Also at Monday's meeting, council approved using $13,000 to buy eight sets of gear for the fire department, paying $174,000 for enhancements at Quincy landfill #4 and selling a fix-or-flatten home at 223 Locust for $1,500.
WGEM-TV Quincy

Firefighters practice hazmat response in Hinsdale   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Hinsdale firefighter/paramedics, along with about 25 firefighters from eight other area fire departments, practiced their hazardous materials response techniques Saturday near Ogden Avenue and Adams Street. The staged scenario involved illegal dumping of chemicals into a creek behind the Institute in Basic Life Principles, at 707 W. Ogden Ave. Team members responded to a pretend report from a resident who claimed to see a man pouring liquid from barrels on the back of his truck into the creek, said firefighter and hazmat technician Mike Wilson, one of three members of the Hinsdale Fire Department on the hazmat team. The barrels actually were filled with water and an EPA-approved dye, which turned the water a fluorescent color, Wilson said. A mannequin was used for the truck driver, who was found unconscious on the ground by the truck.
Chicago Tribune

Chicago firefighters honored for rescue of chihuahua stuck in bathtub   view comments tweat me share on facebook
The Chicago Fire Department will get an award from animal rights group PETA for the rescue of a 5-year-old chihuahua whose foot was stuck in his family's bathtub drain earlier this month. On May 6, the family contacted PETA for help, and less than 20 minutes after they alerted the fire department, firefighters were on the scene. It took two hours for a crew of 16 people to cut through the ceiling in the apartment below and free the dog. "Chicago's bravest are also Chicago's kindest, as these firefighters didn't stop working until this little dog was free from a stressful and painful situation," said PETA Vice President Colleen O'Brien in a statement. "PETA hopes their compassion and know-how will inspire others to come to the aid of animals in need." Moky spent almost seven hours with his foot stuck in the drain-but thanks to Chief Mark Altman, Battalion 8, Engine 76, Truck 35, and Squad 2, he was finally freed. The firefighters will get the Compassionate Fire Department Award, along with a box of vegan cookies and a cookbook with plant-based food recipes.
WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

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