Illinois News

Monday, June 26, 2017

75th Annual Firefighter’s Conference Wraps Up at the Civic Center in Peoria

The Illinois association of fire protection districts hosted their 75th firefighters conference at the Civic Center. Fire departments from all across Illinois came together to show off the latest tools that they use in the field and help each other learn newer and more efficient ways to save lives and fight fires. As the conference wraps up over the weekend, firefighters say it was very educational. Steve Gustafson said, "It's a constant learning you know because everything changes, laws change and you just learn a lot from just talking to other people besides the instructors themselves."
WMBD-TV Peoria

Western Springs Firefighter Passes Away

Western Springs Lieutenant Richard Jacobson of the fire department passed away June 20. According to a release from the fire department, Jacobson had battled ALS since 2011. Fire Chief Patrick Kenny said in a release Jacobson battled ALS with the courage and dignity reserved for true heroes. Jacobson was appointed in 2005, and remained involved and on the active roster for the fire department for the past 12 years until his passing, according to the release. The fire department said memorial bunting will be hung as well and the fire department flag will be lowered to half-mast at both fire stations. Both tributes will remain in place for 30 days, according to the release.
Western Springs

Firefighters battle large blaze at Hanley building in downtown Rockford

A large fire breaks out in the old Hanley building in downtown Rockford Sunday afternoon. The Hanley building is located across the street from the BMO Harris Bank Center at the intersection of S. Main and Chestnut. Fire officials say the department received multiple reports of smoke coming from the building a little after noon. UPDATE: Demolition crews begin work on Hanley Building in downtown Rockford following massive fire on Sunday. Rockford Fire says demolition workers are tackling the fifth story of the building, Sunday night.
WREX-TV NBC 13 Rockford

No one hurt in Joliet backyard structure fire

The Joliet Fire Department responded to a fire on Saturday in the backyard of a home in the 6200 block of Blue Ridge Drive in the Caton Ridge subdivision. The call came in at about 2 p.m. There was a wooden playground set which caught fire but firefighters were able to put it out in about five to 10 minutes, according to a firefighter who had been on the scene. The fire did spread to some fencing nearby which separeted the backyard from the next door neighbor. The structure was about 10 feet high and 12 feet long.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Schaumburg hires new fire chief from Skokie

Schaumburg officials have hired Skokie Fire Chief James Walters to lead their village's fire department after the retirement of longtime Schaumburg Fire Chief Dave Schumann on Aug. 25. "He's eminently qualified," Schaumburg Village Manager Brian Townsend said of Walters. Among the factors that led to the choice was Walters' leadership in a community comparable to Schaumburg in many ways, Townsend added. Skokie is also a densely populated village whose 65,000 residents are only about 10,000 fewer than Schaumburg's, he said. And Skokie, too, is home to a major shopping center in Westfield Old Orchard.
Illinois Daily Herald

3 injured in crash involving Palatine ambulance, officials say

VIDEO: Three people were injured Thursday afternoon when an ambulance responding to a call was struck by another vehicle at an intersection in Palatine, authorities said. The crash happened about 2 p.m. A Palatine Fire Department ambulance was westbound on Palatine Road at Rohlwing Road and was struck by GMC Safari van that was northbound on Rohlwing, according to Palatine Fire Chief Scott Andersen and a news release from Palatine police. The ambulance rolled onto its side and wound up off the street and partly into the yard of a residence at the northwest corner of the intersection before stopping. A traffic signal also was knocked down during the crash.
Chicago Tribune - Metered Site

Fire guts part of Normal house; no injuries reported

Fire gutted much of a split-level ranch house on Normal's northeast side late Thursday night and burned away siding on one side of a neighboring home, but no injuries were reported. Firefighters called about 10 p.m. to 1821 Truman Drive "found heavy fire from the front, side and rear of the house," said Fire Chief Mick Humer, who was at the scene. Neighbors said billowing smoke could be seen several blocks away and the entire western half of the house was engulfed in flames that reached more than two stories high at one point.
Bloomington-Normal Pantagraph

Chicago Firefighters Fight Pediatric Cancer at 6th Annual Fire Up A Cure

Star Wars, firefighters and reptiles…oh my! What do all three of these have in common? They will all get fired up at The Cure It Foundation's 6th Annual Fire Up A Cure event on Saturday, July 22. This one-of-a-kind event brings together nearly 20 teams of firefighters from across Illinois competing in a series of challenges such as a fire truck pull, inflatable jousting, tug-of-war, dodgeball tournament, and more; all to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer clinical research trials. Courageous pediatric cancer patients and survivors will serve as honorary coaches to the local firefighters. Competitors, coaches and community members will come together to join in support and celebration for champions of all sizes!
Chicago Tribune - Metered Site

Four escape house fire in DeKalb

An afternoon of volunteering turned into a call to action for Cassie Guerrero and other First National Bank employees Thursday afternoon when they saw smoke coming from the house at 902 Prospect St. Just before 1 p.m. Guerrero, Jay Riippi, Sue Schafer and Nicole Fisch were placing door hangers that promote the new DeKalb County 211 emergency service line, part of the annual Day of Caring event put on by the Kishwaukee United Way. Then they saw the smoke, called 911 and made a beeline for the house. “We all ran to it, because we see there’s four little kids in the backyard that were playing, and so we’re yelling if there was anyone else in the house,” Guerrero said.
DeKalb Daily Chronicle

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