If you get into a wreck – and, really, you shouldn’t be out and about – don’t be surprised if the firefighter helping you is wearing a mask. Not an oxygen mask, but a surgical mask.
Spring Valley fire chief Todd Bogatitus huddled recently with his fellow fire chiefs and returned with some new orders for his company. From now on, everybody wears not only fire gear but latex gloves, surgical masks and goggles. One first-responder is to go in ahead of everybody else to assess the risk of coronavirus. More changes are on the way.
“When we go into a scene we proceed with the assumption that coronavirus is there,” Bogatitus said. “Coronavirus is new to everybody, and every other day it’s changing.”
News Tribune (North Central Illinois)
Officials from the McHenry Township Fire Protection District said Monday they were grieving the death of longtime board member and former district first responder firefighter/EMT Mark Justen.
"I am at a loss to find the words to describe the great void left both in our hearts and in our building with the passing of Mark Justen," Fire Chief Tony Huemann said. "Mark has been a part of the MTFPD family for 49 years -- serving first as a firefighter/EMT for 29 years and for the past 20 years as a member of the board of trustees. Mark's complete dedication to the mission of our firefighters and paramedics is unmatched and it is hard to imagine our firehouse without Mark in it." Justen, 66, was the fourth generation of his family to run Justen Funeral Homes. For the past 43 years, he has been with the business operations of the three facilities -- Justen Funeral Home and Crematory in McHenry, Justen's Wonder Lake Funeral Home and Justen's Round Lake Funeral Home.
Illinois Daily Herald
The driver of a pickup truck who nearly hit a fire truck was located by the Decatur Police Department.
The Decatur Fire Department shared the news on Facebook hours after the original story aired on WAND-TV Thursday.
The department said they have visually checked locations on the road in front of Fire Station 5 to make sure the fire truck can be seen by people traveling south on Greenridge. They say it s clearly visible.
DFD said, Engine 5 was coming out of the new fire station located just north of Mound Road. The driver, with sirens and lights on, spotted a pick-up truck just in time to come to a complete stop. The pick-up truck driving at a high rate of speed slammed on its brakes and swerved to get around the fire apparatus.
WAND-TV NBC Channel 17
Firefighters extinguished a blaze at a soybean silo Tuesday morning on the Far South Side.
Crews responded shortly before 8 a.m. to 11700 S. Torrence Ave. in an industrial corridor along the Calumet River, according to Chicago Fire Dept. Deputy District Chief Walter Schroeder. The fire was put out quickly, but crews remained on scene to ensure hotspots don’t rekindle, Schroeder said.
No one was injured or evacuated, he said.
The damage from the fire was limited to inside the silo, which was 70% full of soybeans, he said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, Schroder said.
WFLD-TV MyFox 32 Chicago