Carpentersville Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Carpentersville fire Battalion Chief Todd Middendorf’s death was brought on by anaphylactic shock after being stung by bees, according to a medical examiner’s report.

The report, obtained by The Courier-News from the Knox County Regional Forensic Center through a Freedom of Information Act request, notes authorities in Sevier County received a 911 call on July 16 concerning Middendorf, 46. Middendorf died July 18 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn., in Knox County. The report lists the cause of death as “anaphylaxis due to bee sting.”

The Middendorfs have a home in the Sevierville, Tenn., area, where friends said the family intended to retire. The family was on vacation there last month at the time of the incident that led to Middendorf’s death.

Middendorf was well-respected by his fellow firefighters in Carpentersville and surrounding communities. His wake and funeral services July 27 drew a large number of people.

Knox County Chief Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Christopher Lochmuller, an associate professor of pathology with the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, said this summer the center has seen two or three cases, including Middendorf’s, involving anaphylactic shock and stings. Lochmuller said he couldn’t recall a single similar case in his seven years at the Knox County Regional Forensic Center. 

Severe allergic reactions to insect stings or bites are not seen on a regular basis but are not uncommon, said Dr. Mohammad Zaman, who oversees the emergency department at Elgin’s Presence St. Joseph Hospital.

According to statistics provided by Elgin’s Advocate Sherman Hospital, from January 2016 to Aug. 15, 2017, that hospital’s ER had 116 patients who were seen for “toxic effect of venom of bees.”

An allergic reaction to an insect sting or bite can develop at any age, even if someone had been stung before and had no adverse reaction. Such allergies can develop at any age.

Hymenoptera is the insect order that can sting and contains venom. The insects most commonly causing this condition are honeybees, hornets, yellow jackets, fire ants, and wasps.

A key is getting help as soon as possible, as anaphylaxis can happen within five to 20 minutes or up to two hours later, depending on the person and the details of the stinging incident.

Immediate treatment for reactions involves receiving a dose of epinephrine from an injection such as Auvi-Q, Epipen or a generic, then antihistamines and steroids.

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Naperville Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

A firefighter was taken to Edward Hospital early Monday morning after experiencing a medical issue while battling a house fire in Naperville.

Firefighters were called to the 2400 block of Madera Lane at 1:05 a.m. for a house fire.

The home was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and the fire was upgraded to a box alarm, bringing additional firefighters from Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Lisle and Woodridge.

Two residents inside the house escaped before firefighters arrived. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in about 45 minutes.

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Evergreen Park fire truck for sale (more)

New home for the former Evergreen Park ladder truck

From the Barre Fire Department Facebook page:

A nice addition to Barre Fire!

Barre FD (MA) Ladder 1 is former Evergreen Park FD Truck 44.

Barre FD (MA) Ladder 1 is former Evergreen Park FD Truck 44.

Former Evergreen Park FD ladder truck

Former Evergreen Park FD ladder truck. Barre Fire Department Facebook page

Former Evergreen Park FD ladder truck

Former Evergreen Park FD ladder truck. Barre Fire Department Facebook page

Former Evergreen Park FD ladder truck

Barre Fire Department Facebook page

Former Evergreen Park FD ladder truck

Former Evergreen Park FD ladder truck. Barre Fire Department Facebook page

Former Evergreen Park FD ladder truck

Former Evergreen Park FD ladder truck. Barre Fire Department Facebook page

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North Palos Fire District history (more)

This from Drew Smith:

In the recent post of the North Palos engine Crabby asked about the high expansion foam nozzle. Here are two pictures of Prospect Heights’ being used in a drill back in the early 1980s.

vintage photo of firefighters training with high expansion foam

Prospect Heights FD photo

vintage photo of firefighters training with high expansion foam

Prospect Heights FD photo

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Knollwood Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The board governing the Knollwood Fire Department has requested proposals from both Lake Forest and Libertyville to take over firefighting and ambulance services.

The city of Lake Forest plans to assemble a proposal over the next 90 days and will then submit it to the Rockland Fire Protection District Board, which oversees Knollwood Fire Department, by the end of 2017. The Rockland Fire Protection District covers the unincorporated Knollwood neighborhood as well as a portion of Lake Bluff.

The city does have a few guidelines for its proposal. They stipulate that supplying services to Knollwood can’t reduce service to Lake Forest, the deal must generate long-term savings and it must integrate full-time, paid-on-call, and volunteer firefighters.

At an Aug. 8 meeting, Mayor Terry Weppler of Libertyville said a meeting of the town’s police and fire committee would be scheduled to consider whether to submit a proposal.

Dan Rogers, one of three trustees on the Rockland Fire Protection District Board, said the request for proposals is an effort to be fiscally responsible.

“Our (property tax) levy is about $635,000 for 7/8 of a square mile for fire and ambulance service,” Rogers said. “Several months ago we got proposals from Libertyville. They came back with a preliminary offer to take over all services for $380,000.”

Karl Snoblin, also a trustee for the fire protection district, sees things differently.

“There is no immediate threat,” Snoblin said, adding that the district has had a balanced budget for the last three years. “We have to work with our neighbors but to get rid of equipment and employees doesn’t seem to be necessary.”

In April, Knollwood voters approved a referendum that would allow them to elect trustees to the district’s board. That referendum takes effect in 2019. Currently, trustees are appointed by the Lake County Board.

Snoblin would like to hold off on any decisions on outsourcing fire and ambulance services.

“I believe it is inappropriate for this board to pursue outsourcing the department,” Snoblin said. “This is a caretaker board. There is nothing driving us to do this in the 22 months. It should be for the elected board to pursue.”

Lake Forest City Manager Bob Kiely expressed a similar opinion about cultural identity during an Aug. 7 city council meeting. He pointed out that Knollwood is unincorporated and all services besides fire – including law enforcement and public works – are supplied by Lake County.

While Rogers said the process is only in the research stage of it, Ed Whitehead is concerned that if the present board approves outsourcing fire and ambulance service, that decision would be irrevocable. Whitehead served on the fire protection board from 2010 to 2016.

“Our building gets sold, all our equipment gets sold,” Whitehead said. “We don’t have a fallback position at that point.”

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New squad for Northbrook (more)

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Pierce Village of Northbrook, IL 30596

Northbrook FD Engine 12

New unit for Northbrook Squad 12. Pierce composite

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North Palos Fire District history

This from Mike Summa:

This was North Palos FPD mid 60’s Mack C95.  Sorry, I have no information on this engine.  If anyone does please feel free to fill in the blanks.  Enjoy.
Mike Summa
North Palos FPD historic fire engine

This was North Palos FPD mid 60’s Mack C95. Mike Summa photo

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New tower ladder for Great Lakes

This from Ron Wolkoff:

Here is a picture of their new tower ladder found this on flickr and their great lakes Facebook page

Great lake Naval Training Center FD

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Great Lakes NTC Tower 1931

Great Lakes NTC Tower 1931. Pierce composite

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Downers Grove Fire Department news

Excerpts from mysuburbanlife.com:

Downers Grove Fire Chief James G. Jackson Sr. will retire Aug. 31 after 30 years with the department.

“First and foremost, Jim is a firefighter. He’s used his expertise in fire science and incident response to make our community safer,” Village Manager Dave Fieldman said in the release. “His engaging leadership style has created great relationships throughout the village.”

Under Jackson’s leadership, the department attained many honors and distinctions. Most notably, the department achieved an ISO I status and established nationally recognized education programs. His leadership brought advancements in technology, community outreach, labor relations and data-based initiatives for the community, the release stated.

“I’ve always talked about making your mark on the organization and leaving the department in a better place, but most importantly it’s about making sure the firefighters have the training and tools they need to help them serve the community with excellence,” Jackson said in the release.

Jackson began his career in Downers Grove in 1987. He rose through the ranks as firefighter, lieutenant and deputy chief. He served on many committees, continually initiating model improvements. He was named interim fire chief in 2009 and became chief in February 2010. Jackson also served as president of the DuPage Fire Chiefs Association.

“Our community has benefited greatly from Chief Jackson’s many talents and dedication to the fire service, and he will be sorely missed,” Mayor Martin Tully said in the release.

The selection of an interim fire chief, who will serve until a permanent appointment is made, is underway.

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New squad for Clarendon Hills (more)

Found this on the Pierce Flickr page:

Pierce Village of Clarendon Hills, IL 30266

Clarendon Hills FD squad

Pierce Village of Clarendon Hills, IL 30266. Pierce composite

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