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Friday, March 24, 2017

Rockford fire chief selected for national EMS panel

Rockford's Fire Chief Derek Bergsten has been selected to join a national panel focused on the future of emergency medical services. "I thought this would be a terrific opportunity especially with some of the initiatives we're doing in the city of Rockford," said Bergsten. Chief Bergsten will sit on the panel of what's called the EMS Agenda 2050. Ten professionals with medical, fire and public health backgrounds will develop a roadmap of what the future of EMS holds for the country. Bergsten says he's looking forward to sharing his experiences of what he's learned in Rockford.
WREX-TV NBC 13 Rockford

Plainfield trustees approve plans for fire station redevelopment

In the next couple years, people will be able to live or dine in a former fire station in downtown Plainfield. On Monday, the Plainfield Village Board granted a special use permit for planned development of a mixed-use building at 15025 S. Des Plaines St., the former Plainfield Fire Protection District headquarters. Developers plan to convert the second level into six residential units while the first floor is transformed for commercial or restaurant use. The plan includes the potential for a second phase in which the building would be added on to and would feature a similar arrangement, with four additional residential units. The fire station is steps from downtown’s main strip of Lockport Street.

Rockford fire station gets $1 million upgrade

When 911 calls come in, the clock starts ticking for first responders. "When someone calls 911 they've already had something bad happen and we really want to improve those outcomes and that's by us getting there in a more timely manner," said Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten. Rockford Fire says that's been an issue for Station 7 on the city's south side for years. It's also why the station is moving north, from the airport into the fire maintenance facility on sawyer road. "The amount of calls in that area has been increasing in that area, so us not meeting those service demands has definitely had an impact on patients and on fire and EMS calls," said Bergsten.
WREX-TV NBC 13 Rockford

Two teens arrested after arson, burglary, and vandalism spree in Whiteside County

Two boys are charged in connection with a vandalism spree to more than a dozen camper trailers. On Tuesday afternoon Whiteside County first responders were called to a camper on fire in the Rivers Edge Resort in rural Lyndon, Illinois. When they arrived the camper was fully engulfed. Once the fire was out deputies realized that many other campers and storage sheds had been broken into with items removed. Deputies say a total of 19 campers sustained heavy damage.
WHBF-TV Rock Island Eyewitness News 4

New Training Facility Making A Difference In Decatur

The Decatur Fire Department is finally getting use of their new training facility. After using the facility for a couple of weeks, firefighters are saying they're seeing a difference in their work. Now the department is working to make sure their team doesn't get used to the same routine. The firefighters at station 2 are geared up and ready for their next call. This time it's to their own training facility at their station. “To have the proper facilities to do… it goes a long way to facilitating that process,” Deputy Chief Rich Pruitt said.
WICS-TV Springfield ABC Channel 20

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Carpentersville strategic plan ’all about community’ says fire chief

The Carpentersville Fire Department is closer to having its first comprehensive strategic plan in place. But, noted Fire Chief John-Paul Schilling, it's still a work in progress. "It's a lot of work. It's not anything that's going to be done quickly but we want to do it right," he said during his update to village trustees at Tuesday's board meeting. The process came as a result of the "100 Day Plan" Schilling was tasked with when he took the helm of the fire department last June by Village Manager Mark Rooney. The initiative's overall objectives, established through the collaborative efforts of village administration, battalion chiefs, and executive board members of the fire department's full and part time unions, included improving and/or increasing communication, improving training, safety, and risk management, and increasing personnel collaboration through the creation of various committees.
Chicago Tribune- Metered Site

Multiple crews extinguish house fire in O’Fallon

Firefighters have extinguished a house fire at 209 Bethal Road and are now working the remaining hot spots as of 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. Lebanon and Troy crews are assisting O’Fallon crews on scene. According to O’Fallon fire captain Frank Shewmaker, the fire started in a laundry room fuse box. The first floor of the two-story home was fully involved, and flames also got into the attic ceiling, Shewmaker said. The occupants of the house got out safely about 8:30 p.m., he said. Shewmaker said the fire caused “pretty significant damage to the house,” but there were no injuries.
Belleville News-Democrat

Aurora House Fire Displaces 4

A fire at a west suburban Aurora home left four people displaced Sunday night and caused an estimated $25,000 in damages. A neighbor called 911 shortly after 10 p.m. after seeing flames coming from a rear attic window of the one-story, single-family home in the 600 block of Second Avenue, according to a statement from the Aurora Fire Department. The neighbor went into the home and warned the residents, who were then all able to exit safely. The blaze was extinguished just more than an hour after firefighters’ arrival, fire officials said. No injuries were reported, but the American Red Cross was called to the scene to help the home’s four residents with housing after the building was deemed uninhabitable.
CBS Chicago

Fox River and Countryside Fire Protection District officials hopeful for new tax rate request

Officials from the Fox River and Countryside Fire Protection District are hopeful that voters will approve a tax increase referendum in the April 4 consolidated election. The district is seeking an increase to nearly 53 cents up from 27 cents per $100 of equalized assessed value. The new rate would boost its levy to nearly $5 million, officials said. The money will help replace its aging fleet and equipment, provide for adequate staffing and reduce its debt. Based on feedback, fire board President Bob Handley said things are looking brighter for the referendum to pass, as opposed to a similar request in 2015, which voters rejected. “Who knows – it’s a tax referendum,” Handley said. “We seem to be getting a lot of positive feedback from everybody. But you never know until election day.”
Kane County Chronicle

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