Illinois News

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Grants will upgrade Tazewell fire departments

Among health and safety concerns facing firefighters, hearing loss doesn’t readily come to mind – except among firefighters. “It’s a big concern in the fire prevention business,” Pekin Fire Department Chief Kurt Nelson said Monday. Inside a racing fire engine with its siren blaring, “The noise is so loud you can’t hear yourself talk.” A grant from the Illinois American Water Co. will help address that issue in Pekin, while similar grants to three nearby fire departments will provide upgrades to their members’ safety and equipment.
Washington Times-Reporter

Morton paramedics respond to more than emergencies

The dozen full-time paramedics in the Morton Fire Department want to do more in the community than help people during a medical emergency. So in 2014, a year after forming a union, they established the Morton Paramedic Local 4952 Charitable Foundation. The paramedics’ next event is judging a chili cook-off Oct. 26 at Morton Terrace HealthCare and Rehabilitation Centre. Joe Yerly, a Morton paramedic since 2000 after serving for four years as a Morton volunteer firefighter, said the money raised by paramedics isn’t used for collective bargaining or other union-related business.
Washington Times-Reporter

Firefighter hurt, house badly damaged in Lisle blaze

Investigators from the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District are probing the cause of a Saturday blaze that sent one firefighter to the hospital and left a house uninhabitable on the 2000 block of Pebble Creek Drive in Lisle. Authorities said a passer-by reported the fire at 1:37 p.m. Saturday and the first firefighters arrived about four minutes later to find heavy fire in the roof and attic area. No family members were home at the time. Firefighters brought the blaze under control in about 35 minutes, but crews remained on the scene for several hours to perform salvage duties and overhaul burned areas of the structure. One firefighter was treated and released from a hospital for unspecified injuries. Lisle-Woodridge units were assisted on the scene by firefighters from Downers Grove, Darien-Woodridge, Lombard, Naperville, Warrenville and Wheaton.
Illinois Daily Herald

Tolono: Police, fire and EMS participate in mass casualty drill

Police, fire and EMS crews raced to Unity West Elementary School to participate in a mass casualty training drill Monday night. The Tolono Fire Department hosted the exercise, and created a crisis scenario where dozens of people were facetiously injured after the gym bleachers collapsed. "We're preparing for let’s say a Friday night football game where there's a collapse at the school,” Tolono Assistant Fire Chief Chris Humor said. “So at that point we have a lot of victims because everyone is in the stands. Those types of calls aren't as frequent, so it's good to practice those so we are prepared for that type of an event." The Tolono Fire Department brought in neighboring agencies to assist in the drill.
WRSP/WCCU-TV My Fox Illinois

Urbana Fire Department investigates Cureton Drive house fire

The Urbana Fire Department is investigating a house fire that happened on the 200 block of Cureton Drive. Fire crews responded to the call just after 3 p.m. Monday. Firefighters say the flames started on the outside of the house and made its way inside through the attic. The homeowner's daughter and two cats were home at the time, but all made it out safely.
WRSP/WCCU-TV My Fox Illinois

Monday, October 16, 2017

East Peoria firefighters honor the legacy of fallen comrades

The mournful tone of the fire bell echoed in the East Peoria municipal building as firefighters and their families took time to remember those who have fallen while on duty. Three times the bell was rung, the clear notes piercing the quiet until taps was played on the bagpipes. The message was clear. Never forget. For the 31st year, the department came together to honor the four men who died while doing their jobs as firefighters. It’s important, Chief Alan Servis said, because people need to remember the past.
Peoria Journal Star

8 People Rescued From Vehicles Submerged In Chicago’s Lake Forest Floodwater

Fire crews rescued eight people from vehicles that were trapped in floodwater Saturday night in north suburban Lake Forest. Beginning about 7:30 p.m., fire crews began responding to calls of people stuck in stalled cars in the floodwater, according to the Lake Forest Fire Department. All told, eight people and two dogs were rescued from flooded vehicles. The fire department utilized the Code Red System to notify residents of the unsafe road conditions. Residents were advised to avoid travel if possible, as many roads were impassable, the fire department said. Resients were also advised to immediately abandon vehicles that stalled in flooded and rising waters.
CBS Chicago

22 Chicago Firefighters Return From Puerto Rico For Hurricane Relief

22 Chicago firefighters, along with 30th ward Ald. Ariel Reboyras, have returned from nine days of emergency duty in hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico. Their work day began before dawn and sometimes lasted into the night, and their job was to get supplies and preform well-being checks in places no one else could reach. Incident Commander Juan Hernandez says the devastation is several times worse than what you’re seeing on TV and the Internet. “Broken bridges, roads disconnected, there’s an area where there’s about 200 individuals that are totally disconnected from civilization.” Hernandez said the other way to get food and medical supplies to them was to use a zip line. Hernandez says power and cell phone service remains minimal, and delivery of supplies shipped from the states can be a problem.
CBS Chicago

Union Asks Frankfort Fire Trustee To Resign, Says He Threatened Members

A union leader has asked a member of the Frankfort Fire Protection District board of trustees to resign for comments he allegedly made to union workers while they were working without a contract. A letter penned by Frankfort Firefighters Local 4338 President Nicholas Sunzere asks for the resignation of Trustee Larry Nice. The letter, dated Sept. 28, was sent to Nice and the board of trustees one day after Nice made "threatening" comments to union workers while discussing issues such as the board not filling a vacant battalion chief position, according to Sunzere. "You have made unprofessional and threatening statements to our members," the letter reads. The statements "cast doubt on your ability to ethically and professionally fulfill your duties as a member of the board of trustees."
Oak Forest

4 Chicago high school students hospitalized after eating brownies

Chicago police and fire responded to reports of multiple students who became sick after eating brownies on Friday afternoon at a high school in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood. Five ambulances were sent to Roberto Clemente High School in the 1100-block of North Western Avenue. Authorities said four students were taken to the hospital in fair condition. Three of them were taken to Norwegian American Hospital and the fourth was taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.
WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

Bloomington firefighters get a chance to sharpen their skills in controlled burn

Illinois Wesleyan University allowed the Bloomington Fire Department to use one of its old buildings for a live fire training. Carl Reeb says, "This building is an old dormitory, and both Bloomington and Normal have colleges so this is very applicable. This is just, I don't want to say once in a lifetime, but buildings like this just don't come along very often." With the building made of cement, it meets the E.P.A. Regulations to allow the firefighters to train, without the worry of pollutants going into the air, or the fire getting out of control. Chief Mick Humer says, "Today's new buildings are all drywall and wood construction. That type of thing. Obviously fire extension to the roof and all that would be a problem. Where with a building like this, we can burn for hours and hours and leave here at the end of the night know that nothings going to get away from us."
WMBD-TV Peoria

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