The city of Collinsville recently announced the selection of Kevin Edmond, a 26-year veteran of the Mentor, Ohio Fire Department, as the new chief of the Collinsville Fire Department, according to a press release.
The announcement follows an extensive search conducted by the Illinois Fire Chief’s Association. This search and evaluation process was intricate and collaborative, encompassing interviews with stakeholders, the conducting of an Assessment Center and interviews with the top three applicants. At the conclusion of this process, Edmond was identified as the top and preferred applicant unanimously by the selection committee.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A senior paramedic with the Aurora Fire Department has been ticketed for running a red light in Naperville earlier this month, causing a crash that toppled the ambulance he was driving and sent a woman's car hurtling into a row of parked vehicles.
John A. Nagy, 48, of the 0-99 block of Gregory Street in Aurora, was cited for disobeying a traffic control signal in the Jan. 3 collision, Deputy Naperville Police Chief Jason Arres said Tuesday. Nagy is a 22-year veteran of the fire department. He is assigned to Aurora Fire Station No. 8 on McCoy Drive.
He and a fellow paramedic were slightly injured in the incident. The 52-year-old Naperville woman who was driving the car remained last week in Edward Hospital in Naperville, in what Arres said was stable condition and with "non-life-threatening injuries."
Chicago Tribune- Metered Site
What if you were injured with an ambulance on the way, and a doctor also rushed to your side?
That's already a reality in parts of Illinois, including this region, with Pro Ambulance being the latest to put a physician response vehicle on the road in an effort to bring more medical expertise where it's needed in the Champaign-Ur- bana and Danville com- munities.
The doctor behind the wheel, Presence Health EMS Director Dr. Kurt Bloomstrand, is bringing prior experience as part of an ambulance crew. He worked his way through medical school as an emergency medical technician.
A firefighter was briefly trapped in a house fire authorities believe was set by an arsonist. It happened about 3:15 am, Wednesday, in the 1200-block of East Prairie.
When crews arrived, the house was engulfed. Shortly after starting to fight the fire, the back porch collapsed, trapping the firefighter. He crawled out of the debris unharmed.
It took almost three hours to extinguish the blaze. The structure is a total loss. The cause is being investigated as suspicious.
WCIA & WCFN-TV CBS 3 Champaign
A basement fire in a central Peoria rental property early Thursday morning sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries.
Firefighters responded shortly after 5:30 a.m. to a reported basement fire in the 2100 block of N. Bourland. Crews arrived to find a one-story house with fire venting from the basement window. The fire was extinguished within minutes, and damage was largely contained to a basement bedroom, but other areas of the house also suffered smoke and heat damage.
No one was inside when firefighters arrived, but two occupants of the home were taken to OSF Saint Francis for observation. The Red Cross was notified to help the occupants.
Damage is estimated at $30,000. The fire remains under investigation.