Barrington Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Four month old Scarlett Soeder was the star of Monday night’s Barrington village board meeting.

Two months ago Barrington firefighters and police rushed to Scarlett’s home when her mother called 911 to report Scarlett didn’t have a pulse and was not breathing. The first responders police officers and firefighter/paramedics who saved Scarlett were honored at the village board session.

Reading from an account by the Northwest Community Emergency Medical Services System, Barrington Fire Chief Jim Arie said a police officer started CPR on Scarlett just before firefighters arrived Nov, 20. The officer, John McGowan, then handed Scarlett to Assistant Fire Chief Bruce Peterson, who continued chest compressions. In the ambulance, firefighters continued the chest compressions and performed other lifesaving measures.

Once she arrived at the hospital, Scarlett, who didn’t have any previous medical problems, was moving all her limbs and breathing without assistance. Sher underwent emergency surgery for a heart defect and she’s now healthy. 

Arie said the outcome was an example of how Barrington firefighters and police — both headquartered in a public safety building on Northwest Highway — work well together. He said the firefighters and police interact daily in the same complex, sometimes sharing meals or just chatting.

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Dekalb Fire Department news

Excerpts from the daily-chronicle.com:

The Dekalb City Council will consider on Monday whether to begin a fleet leasing program. Funding for what city staff said are priority vehicles such as fire apparatus and large dump trucks for snow removal has been hard to come by, documents show. The fiscal 2020 budget accounts for a new fire engine expected to cost more than half a million dollars.

A 2017 look at the state of DeKalb’s police and fire vehicles, as well as equipment utilized by the Public Works Department, found that vehicles have been in a state of decline since 2006. Of the 173 vehicles in the city’s fleet, 95 of them were deemed to be beyond their useful life. Finding funds in the city’s capital budget has been a continuous yearly challenge. As an alternative, the city will consider options to lease new vehicles instead of buying them.

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New engine for Lisle-Woodridge FPD

pricing for new Pierce fire engine

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drawing of new Pierce fire engine

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pricing for new Pierce fire engine

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

The city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications will pay $75 million dollars to upgrade the 911 center. The new system will accept texts, photos and videos, and it will be able to automatically pinpoint a cell phone caller’s location. That same technology will be able to find the nearest first responder police officer or firefighter.

The city’s current 911 system is almost 25 years old making it important to upgrade considering most calls come from cell phones. The new system will be able to handle all digital inputs. Both police and fire dispatch operations in the city will have access to the same information in real time. The transition to the new 911 center will take 3 years.

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Technical rescue in Minooka, 1-23-20

Excerpts from the NWherald.com:

The Minooka Fire Protection District received a call about 12:45 p.m. Thursday about a man buried to his waist in a grain bin on West Mondamin Street owned by Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co. Firefighters worked through the early afternoon to remove grain from the silo in order to free the man shortly after 4 p.m. The man was rescued and feeling well. He was conscious and breathing while firefighters worked to free him.

About 20 fire departments assisted with the rescue. A Vac-Con vacuum truck at the scene removed grain from around the man so that he could be freed.

It only takes two or three seconds for a person to become trapped in flowing grain, and another 10 seconds to become completely submerged, according to the National Agricultural Safety Database’s website.

industrial accident at the Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co

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industrial accident at the Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co

Tim Olk photo

industrial accident at the Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co

Tim Olk photo

industrial accident at the Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co

Tim Olk photo

industrial accident at the Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co

Tim Olk photo

industrial accident at the Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co

Tim Olk photo

industrial accident at the Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co

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industrial accident at the Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co

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industrial accident at the Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co

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Former Highwood Deputy Fire Chief on trial (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

An Illinois Appellate Court has reversed the 2015 felony conviction of former Highwood Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Ronald Pieri who was found guilty of false entry in connection with time sheets submitted between 2006 and 2010 while he was serving as a firefighter, shift commander, and deputy fire chief.

The Second District Appellate Court found the data and statistical reports relied on by prosecutors to prove that Pieri falsified time sheets were “so unreliable as to create a reasonable doubt of the defendant’s guilt.”

In a 15-page ruling, the appellate justices said prosecutors, the state’s forensics examiner, and the judge assumed that when Pieri’s time sheets did not match records in the department’s computer management system Firehouse, that the Firehouse records were correct. But the appellate court said its own review of four months of Firehouse records from 2006 reveals a multitude of questionable or improper data in the logs. The appellate court found some of the state’s exhibits to be rife with errors.

“As the saying goes, ‘Garbage in, garbage out,” wrote the justices in their Jan. 13 opinion.  “We conclude that the evidence … was so improbable, unsatisfactory or inconclusive that it creates a reasonable doubt of the defendant’s guilt.”

Circuit Court Judge Victoria Rossetti found Pieri guilty of one count of false entry and not guilty on two counts of official misconduct and two counts of theft of government property. Rossetti sentenced Pieri to two years’ probation and 150 hours of community service.

Pieri was the highest-ranking member of the Highwood Fire Department when he was arrested in 2011 and at one time had served as the fire chief. At the time of his arrest, he was the husband of a sitting alderman and the son of a former alderman.

Though Highwood residents voted to dissolve the Highwood Fire Department in a 2016 and turn fire and paramedic services over to the City of Highland Park, Pieri’s employment status remains in limbo. He is currently seeking back pay through the Highwood Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.

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New tanker for Troy FPD (more)

From the Ferrara Fire Apparatus Facebook page:

Thank you to Troy Fire Protection District for choosing #Ferrarafire. They recently accepted delivery on both a new pumper and tanker. Both trucks feature Hale pumps and custom extruded aluminum bodies.

Troy Fire Protection District, Troy, Illinois so#H6534
 
Type:   Commercial Tanker
Chassis:   Freightliner
Body:   Extruded Aluminum Body
Pump:   Side Mount – Hale QFLO 1000 GPM
Tank:   3000-gallon water

 

Freightliner/Ferrara fire tanker

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Freightliner/Ferrara fire tanker

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3,000-gallon Ferrara tanker

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3,000-gallon Ferrara tanker

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New home for Tri-State FPD tower ladder (more)

From Indianafiretrucks.com:

Tower 14 – 1993 Duplex/1994 LTI ST2000 100ft aerial – 1500gpm/300gal
This apparatus was purchased in late 2017 from Needmore PA, where it served from 2010-2017. It originally served the Tri-State Fire Protection District of Darien, IL.

former Tri-State FPD fire truck

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former Tri-State FPD fire truck

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Working fire in Chicago, 1-20-20

Photos from Tim Olk of a working fire in Chicago at 121 W. 113th Place on 1/20/20

E-ONE fire engine in Chicago

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winter house fire scene

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Firefighter in window of house on fire

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Firefighters overhaul after a house fire

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Firefighters overhaul after a house fire

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Fire service news

Excerpts from fox32chicago.com:

The office of the State Fire Marshall is accepting applications for its Small Equipment Grant Program. The $3.5 million program provides grants of up to $26,000 for the purchase of small firefighting and ambulance equipment for Illinois departments. This includes items such as self-contained breathing apparatuses, backboards, and communication equipment. Applications are due by Feb. 29.

The program is particularly helpful to smaller fire and ambulance agencies which are unable to generate revenue to update equipment. The program is open to most fire departments, fire protection districts, township fire departments, and non-profit, stand alone ambulance services. To be eligible for funding, fire-protection agencies must have participated in the National Fire Incident Reporting System for a minimum of two years before applying.

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