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Friday, October 21, 2016

2 Chicago firefighters treated after 5-alarm fire in Little Village

Two Chicago firefighters needed medical treatment after a massive fire at a Little Village industrial park early Friday. The five-alarm fire started around 3 a.m. at a wood-pallet shop near 25th Street and Rockwell and spread to a muffler business, Deputy Fire Cmsr. Mike Callahan said. The fire, which destroyed the pallet shop, was brought under control by around 5:30 a.m., according to Callahan, who said two of the more than 200 firefighters who fought the fire received medical treatment at Rush University Medical Center, one for a minor shoulder injury and the other for shortness of breath. The cause of the fire is under investigation, Callahan said.
Chicago Sun-Times

Fairview Firefighter and Soldier Killed in Kabul

Fairview firefighter and Army Sergeant Douglas Riney has died in Kabul, Afghanistan supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. The 26 year-old entered active-duty in July 2012. He was assigned to the Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. A statement from the Department of Defense says Riney and another Army civilian employee died Wednesday of wounds received during an encounter with hostile enemy forces. Riney was deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom July 2014 to February last year. He deployed for Afghanistan in June.
WCBU-FM Public Radio

Former Lemont Fire Chief Talks Career & Charity Basketball for Firefighters

Firefighters: they run into burning buildings so that others may live. Nobody knows this better than former Lemont Fire Chief Andy O’Donnell. He has served 45 active years in fire service. “At 10 years old, I had a life-changing experience,” said O’Donnell. “I was walking to the library in the South Shore of Chicago. I peeked inside a neighborhood firehouse, 'Hey You, come here,' yelled a firefighter. He invited me in, showed me around and told me to come back." Nearly 50 years later and Andy O’Donnell is still active in fire service. “I began my career as a volunteer firefighter in Crestwood," O’Donnell begins. "I was hired in Chicago and spent 34 years there serving in the busiest firehouses in the city."

Moline hotel roof catches fire

The roof of Americas Best Value Inn at 6920 27th St., Moline, caught fire Thursday morning. The Moline Fire Department received a report at 11:10 a.m. of "smoke and a small amount of flames coming from the roof," according to Jim Versluis, Moline Fire Department training officer. Five construction workers sealing the lining on the roof were cutting away pieces of metal when a spark landed in a nearby bucket of glue. The petroleum-based glue immediately ignited and flames quickly spread. "I was surprised the wind would blow the fire so fast," said Victor Diaz, one of the workers. Mr. Diaz said the fire spread about 20 feet. He said he grabbed a fire extinguisher and contained the flames until firefighters arrived at 11:15 a.m.
Quad-Cities Online: Dispatch-Argus

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Prospect Heights Fire Department names new chief

Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith was sworn in last month as the department's fifth chief in its 72-year history. It came after a 35-year career with the department, including the last 16 as deputy chief. But, more than the numbers, Smith says the appointment was a dream come true. He met with Prospect Heights residents for the first time as chief during an open house Saturday and wrote a letter expressing his vision for the department in its latest newsletter. "When I joined the department, it was an all-volunteer fire department," Smith said. "It would not be until 1985 that paramedic ambulance service would come to our city, and another 10 more years until the majority of the city would be united into a single fire protection district.
Illinois Daily Herald

Chicago Fire Commissioner Defends Suspension of Lieutenant

Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago on Wednesday defended his 60-day suspension of a lieutenant who refused to send underlings into an area where they might be exposed to Ebola but said the city will accept an arbitrator’s ruling overturning the suspension. Santiago said the decision not to appeal the arbitrator’s ruling had nothing to do with the no-confidence vote taken Sept. 21 by the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2. Nor was it a response to the 2,300 people who signed union-circulated petitions expressing disappointment when the union thought the department would challenge the arbitrator’s ruling. “I made my decision based on the facts. . . . We gave it our best shot. [But] if you look at all of the facts, I did not feel confident that the city would win. . . . I did not want the city to lose,” the commissioner said.
Chicago Sun-Times

Cahokia firefighters battle two house fires; One person injured

Firefighters from Cahokia and Camp Jackson fire departments put out a home fire on Julie Avenue early Wednesday morning. Cahokia Fire Chief Stephen Robbins said the homeowner, believed to be an elderly resident, was not home at the time of the fire. The incident was reported at around 7:15 a.m. in the 1200 block of Julie Avenue. “Crews arrived on scene and found heavy smoke coming from the structure,” Robbins said. “Neighbors said there was an elderly lady who lives here, but she’s not home.” The fire chief said firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof of the house to let out the smoke so firefighters were unable to get farther into the house. Several items blocked the inside of the home, he said.
Belleville News-Democrat

New fire engine delivered to Danville Fire Department

Aldermen Tuesday night saw the new rescue pumper fire truck that has been delivered to the city. The heavy rescue pumper will go into service soon after some equipment is added. It will operate out of Fire Station No. 1 on Seminary Street. Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said the fire engine will take the place of two units. "The incident commanders will have a better access and control of a scene on initial response," Thomason said. "So on behalf of the Department of Public Safety, and especially for my fire division, we want to thank you for going forward and supporting us with the purchase of that equipment." Benefits of a new heavy rescue pumper for the Danville Fire Department include more storage space for equipment and being able to use extrication equipment faster.
Danville Commercial News

Tri-State firefighters practice grain bin rescues

Firefighters from across the Tri-States work to brush up on a few skills. While October is Fire Prevention Awareness Month, local fire departments are focusing on less traditional aspects of their job. With harvest season in full swing, the Tri-Township Fire Department spent Wednesday evening practicing grain bin rescues. "This is equipment that we have. We don't get grain bins very often to train with, so when the opportunity arises, we take it,” said Assistant Chief Darren Smith with Tri-Township Fire Department. Using special panels, they're able to dig a potential victim out of what feels like quicksand.
KHQA-TV Connect Tri States

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