New engine for Schiller Park

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations to Schiller Park Fire Department on the order of their 2021 E-ONE Fire Trucks Pumper!

We are eager to begin the process of building an apparatus your community can depend on!

Schiller Park FD orders new fire engine

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Wonder Lake Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the NWHerald.com:

The Wonder Lake Fire Protection District is asking voters to approve a referendum March 17 election ballot increasing its property tax levy. An average homeowner with a $100,000 home currently pays $153 in taxes to the Wonder Lake Fire Protection District. If the referendum is successful, that would go up by $33, so the homeowner would pay $186. The amount of taxes currently able to be levied for the fire district is $963,994. The amount the WLFPD is asking for is $1,152,054.

One of the reasons this increase is needed is because the department is dealing with a 52 percent increase in general and workers compensation insurance. These are based on the pay of the worker, and will increase significantly when minimum wage becomes $15 an hour. The minimum wage increased this year, and per state law, will continue to go up until 2025, when it hits that $15 mark. With the current tax rate, the fire district’s budget will be consumed by payroll, leaving them with a deficit for operations.

Calls to the fire protection district have gone up by 43 percent over the past 19 years. Having only three members causes the fire district to have jump crew. If there’s a call for an ambulance, all three go to the ambulance call, and if there’s a fire call, all three go to the fire call.  If people are waiting for an ambulance or fire truck to come from McHenry or Richmond, that could mean a 12- to 15-minute wait.

In addition, the district’s equipment is aging. One of their front line engines is 26 years old. Engines made now are safer in the event of a rollover and have more protection for the people in the vehicles. With newer equipment, maintenance on the vehicles would go down, and the district could stop putting more money it can’t afford into these engines.

If the referendum gets approved, the fire district won’t actually see any additional money for a year, but after that year they would put a bid out for a new engine. If this referendum is not approved, it could mean potentially lowering the on-duty personnel.

There have been things the fire district has done to lower costs for the community, such as applying for state grants. In addition, they have minimized their command staff by not replacing people when they resigned.

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Fatal fire in Naperville 2-22-20

Excerpts from fox32chicago.com:

About 8:50 a.m.Saturday, someone called the Naperville Fire Department about an alarm sounding from a first-floor apartment in the first block of Olympus Drive. When fire crews arrived about five minutes later, they saw smoke pouring from the apartment and immediately entered. One person was found dead inside the apartment. The fire, which was burning in the bedroom, was put out within five minutes. No one else was inside the apartment. Investigators believe the fire was accidental, and police do not suspect any foul play.

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Working fire in Chicago

This from Tim Olk:

Chicago Fire Department Working Fire 3900 N Odell

Firefighters descend roof from a ladder

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Firefighters on roof of a house 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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Firefighters overhaul after a house 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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Firefighters overhaul after a house fire

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Firefighters overhaul after a house fire

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New engine for the Summit FD (more)

Here are a few photos of Summit’s new Pierce Saber pumper. It is not in service yet. They are still mounting tools and equipment. It has a 1250-GPM pump, 750-gallon tank, and a 30 gallon foam tank.
 
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2019 Pierce Saber pumper

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2019 Pierce Saber fire engine

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Summit FD Engine 955

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New engine for the South Elgin & Countryside FPD

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations to South Elgin and Countryside Fire Protection District on the order of their 2021 E-ONE Fire Trucks (Official Site) Pumper!

We look forward to providing you with an apparatus you can trust!

South Elgin & Countryside FPD orders E-ONE fire engine

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South Elgin & Countryside FPD orders E-ONE fire engine

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Lockport Township Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the herald-news.com:

The Lockport Township Fire Protection District will hold an informational meeting for residents about an upcoming ballot question on a modest tax increase. Voters in the district will decide March 17 on the district’s first proposed tax increase in 20 years. The ballot question asks residents for the increase of 0.1% of the equalized assessed value of taxable property. For the average family in the district, that increase would be equal to about $66 a year.

District officials will provide more information on the referendum and answer questions at the meeting on March 4 at 6 p.m. at the Prairie Bluff Golf Club, located at 19433 Renwick Road in Lockport. For more information about the ballot question, residents can go to lockportfire.org.

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Multi-vehicle crash in Buffalo Grove 2-19-20

Buffalo Grove police officers and firefighters were sent to Dundee Road and Golfview Terrace Wednesday evening (2/19/20) during rush hour for a multi-vehicle crash with extrication. Units arrived to find three cars with moderate to heavy damage but no entrapment. Paramedics from Buffalo Grove and Arlington Heights evaluated the drivers of ll three cars but no transports were made.

Ferrara Inferno fire truck

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heavy damage to car after a crash

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Buffalo Grove Firefighters at crash scene

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Buffalo Grove Firefighters at crash scene

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heavy damage to car after a crash

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Ford Explorer Police Interceptor

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Of interest … Off-duty Firefighter saves a life

Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

An ordinary day at the ballpark turned into a harrowing fight for survival for one Chicago Cubs fan last summer, and this week he reunited with the man who saved his life.

During the Cubs’ Aug. 5 game, John Ginino was sitting in the stands when he suddenly collapsed. Just a few rows away, Burbank Firefighter Leo Andrade was also taking in the game, and he heard the cries for help after Ginino collapsed. For seven minutes, Ginino’s heart stopped beating. He had no pulse, and was not breathing. Andrade began to perform CPR and ultimately paramedics were able to rush him to an area hospital.

Ginino woke up in the hospital five days later, not knowing where he was or what had happened to him.

After the harrowing ordeal that the two men shared, they have become best friends, spending Thanksgiving together and, of course, going back to Wrigley Field to cheer on the Cubs. Ginino now has a defibrillator device implanted in his heart, and his reunion with Andrade this week is dedicated to one thing: encouraging others to learn CPR, the technique that saved his life in the stands of Wrigley Field.

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

Chicago firefighters responded shortly before 10:50 a.m. Thursday for a fire in a row house in the 900-block of South Lawndale Avenue in Homan Square. Firefighters arrived and found a man hurt on the ground after the he jumped from the second floor of the burning home. He was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in serious-to-critical condition after suffering from smoke inhalation. A woman in her 30s was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition. The fire was extinguished just before it spread to another unit. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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