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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Springfield to Consider Residency Requirement for City Workers    view comments tweat me share on facebook
If you want to work for the capital city you might need to live there too. Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder said he's close to drafting the language so the city council can consider the change. It's a major platform for the mayor. And it's not the first time a live-in requirement would exist in Springfield. It had been in effect from the 1970s to 2000. Mayor Langfelder said he wants to present the council with a plan by the end of this month to bring the requirement back. To Mayor Langfelder it's a simple concept - work for the city, live in the city. “Now that's what we see is a large exodus of individuals or people being hired from the outside,” he said. He said more than 30 percent of city workers live outside city limits and the goal is to bring in more property tax revenue for Springfield. It could help pay for the city's rapidly rising pension costs. The mayor said it's about setting a standard. “That's a hard argument to refute is that all of our property taxes with all the residents in the city go to pay the city's pensions and retirement,” he said. “And I just believe employees should live in the city of Springfield to help pay those costs.” For some departments, such as Springfield Fire Department, there are as many as 25 percent of its workers live outside Springfield.
WICS-TV Springfield ABC Channel 20

Sauna fire at Elmhurst YMCA causes $200K in damage    view comments tweat me share on facebook
A fire that started in the sauna area of a west suburban YMCA caused $200,000 in damages Monday night. Firefighters responded to the YMCA at 211 W. First St. in Elmhurst at 7:31 p.m., according to a statement from the city of Elmhurst. Staff and patrons evacuated the building, and firefighters found the blaze contained to the men’s locker room, according to the city. The fire was extinguished and no injuries were reported. The fire, which originated in the sauna of the men’s locker room, caused smoke damage throughout the building and water damage in the basement, according to officials. Damage is estimated at about $200,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Chicago Sun-Times

Springfield firefighters respond to two fires within 30 minutes    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Springfield firefighters had a busy morning Monday after two fires broke out within a half-hour of each other. As of Monday afternoon, the cause of both fires remained under investigation. Firefighters were called to an apartment building at 126 N. Walnut St. about 4:30 a.m. after a fire broke out inside one of the units. Everyone was able to get out of the building safely, and the fire was quickly extinguished before it spread to any other apartment, Springfield Division Chief Mark Hart said. Hart estimated that there were about 12 apartments in the building. The Red Cross was called in to help the woman who lived in the apartment where the fire started. A woman who lived in an apartment below the unit where the fire started was transported to Memorial Medical Center after she had breathing trouble due to the smoke. Just as firefighters were finishing on North Walnut, they received a report of a fire at a residence at 1617 W. Capitol Ave. a little after 5 a.m. That fire was contained to the exterior, and did not get inside the structure. The address was a residence. The fire department could not immediately say if it was a single-family residence or a house that had been converted into apartments. Even though the fire did not extend into the residence, one man was displaced due to the fact that firefighters had to disconnect the utilities.
Springfield State Journal-Register

Lake in the Hills fire damages shed, lawn equipment    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Hot embers might have caused a fire that damaged a shed and some lawn equipment early Tuesday near Lake in the Hills, a fire official said. Huntley Fire Protection District crews were dispatched about 1:30 a.m. to a home in the 800 block of Peach Tree Court for a shed fire, Lt. Mike Pierce said. By the time firefighters arrived, the homeowner had extinguished the fire with a garden hose, Pierce said. Firefighters checked for spots that were still burning, but Pierce said they never had to add water to the charred structure. "The homeowners actually had a pretty good knock on the fire with the garden hose for as going as it must have been at one time," Pierce said. The fire didn't reach any other structures or destroy the shed, Pierce said. The blaze did damage the shed, including some siding and lawn equipment such as a lawn mower and leaf blower, Pierce said. He did not have a damage estimate. Pierce said the fire likely started when they homeowners put some hot embers they believed were cold in a garbage can inside the shed.
Northwest Herald

Monday, October 12, 2015
Body Found at Site of Rockton Home Explosion   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia says a body was found Monday within the rubble of the site where a home explosion and fire took place on Sunday in Rockton. Due to severe burns, officials are unable to identify the body at this time. The homeowner has been missing since the time of the explosion. His wife was airlifted to Madison with severe burns following the incident. Fiduccia says they're hoping to use dental records in order to identify the victim.

City Officials Take Close Look at Mount Vernon Fire Dept. Operations   view comments tweat me share on facebook
The City Council is taking a closer look at how the Mt. Vernon Fire Department is managed and how it responds to EMS calls and its equipment. Questions were posed to MVFD Fire Chief Jim Brown at the most recent City Council Workshop about the Insurance Service Office ratings and how they affect the citizens as well as how equipment and personnel affect those numbers. Brown said he is asking for two firefighters which were lost to attrition four years ago. In addition, the city is in the process of purchasing a new pumper truck. The truck, which is under construction, is a budgeted expense. The city is slated to receive $350,000 from an Illinois Finance Authority Revolving Loan and is seeking quotes on the additional $258,000 needed to cover the entire cost. "With our finances, we have to look at everything," said Council Todd Piper. "That includes the fire department." Brown said the ISO rating -- which is at a "3" for the city -- is affected by manpower and equipment. According to information about ISO, it is a provider of statistical, actuarial, underwriting and claims information and analytics. It serves insurers, reinsurers, agents and brokers, insurance regulators, risk managers and other participants in the property/casualty insurance marketplace. It was formed in 1971 as an advisory and rating organization for the insurance industry. Some insurance companies -- for both residential and commercial -- use ISO ratings as part of its quoting process for policies. Some of the items which factor into the ISO rating are manpower, equipment, response times, pre-plans, training, communications and water supply.

Rockford man, 46, found dead in Rockford apartment after kitchen fire   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A Rockford man was found dead this morning after a fire broke out in his apartment in the 2400 block of Paradise Boulevard. Rockford firefighters arrived at the scene just after 7 a.m. and found Anthony Harrington, 46, lying dead on his living room floor. According to Division Chief Matthew Knott, the fire was confined to the kitchen area of the apartment and investigators are working with the Winnebago County Coroner's office to determine the man's cause of death. In a statement released by the Coroner's office this afternoon, Deputy Coroner William Hintz wrote: "It appears that his death is due to the fire however that is pending an autopsy." An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday.
Rockford Register Star

Fire destroys rural Clinton home   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Fire destroyed a home near Clinton Lake on Saturday but the family of five escaped uninjured, firefighters said. The Clinton Fire Department was called at 3:49 p.m. to 12774 Honeytree Road, which is about two miles east of Clinton, said fire department engineer Blake West. Two adults and three children were home but got out and reported the fire, he said, adding there were no injuries among firefighters. The attached, two-car garage at the 3,500-square-foot, two-story home survived, West said, adding he did not have a dollar value for the loss. The cause remains under investigation. The American Red Cross was called to assist the family. The house was insured, West said. Firefighters were at a field fire called in about 3:18 p.m. about 2 miles away when the call came, he said. They reached the house within minutes and found it "well involved," West said. "Five or six rooms were on fire." Pause Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 0:00 Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00 Fullscreen 00:00 Unmute Departments called to assist were Maroa, Hickory Point (Forsyth), Argenta-Oreana, Weldon, Farmer City, Kenney, Warrensburg, Wapella and Randolph (Heyworth). Waynesville firefighters stood by at the Clinton fire station, where they answered four calls for service, West said. So many departments were needed to transport water, "and we used every bit of it," West aid.
Bloomington-Normal Pantagraph

Peoria: A Day in the Life of a Firefighter   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Walking into a burning home with smoke everywhere and you can't see. It's hard to imagine, but it's something firefighters do every day. However, their work extends beyond that from medical calls to special rescues all to keep us safe. WMBD suited up and found out what it's like to be a firefighter at the Peoria Fire Training Academy. "It's more than just putting water on fire." Assistant Fire Chief, Chuck Lauss, said. It’s much more than that. The day started in the classroom for training, the most important step to becoming a firefighter. "Our firefighters are very, very highly trained, they continue with that training on a daily basis.” Lauss added. After a briefing we got a medical call. Peoria fire department says nearly 80% of calls they get are for medical assistance. Peoria firefighters are able to do much of what can be done in an emergency room, IV’s to EKG’s, before a patient gets to the hospital. When every second counts, this increases the chances a life will be saved. Next, we suited up and were off to save people in a car crash. Using the jaws of life and spreaders, firefighters can rip through metal to free someone who is trapped. The process is much harder than it looks.
WMBD-TV Peoria

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