Lisle-Woodridge and Darien-Woodridge FPD news (more)

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

A proposal to combine the resources of the Lisle-Woodridge and Darien-Woodridge fire protection districts is being touted as a way to enhance service and improve firefighter safety.

That’s providing little comfort, however, for residents near Downers Grove who will lose their neighborhood fire station if the intergovernmental agreement is approved.

The Darien-Woodridge fire board last week unanimously supported the automatic response agreement that would have both districts operate as a single entity. Lisle-Woodridge’s board is expected to take a deciding vote on the deal Tuesday.

“The advantage for us is we’re going to have more efficient use of staffing and resources,” said Keith Krestan, Lisle-Woodridge’s interim fire chief. “Instead of our five stations and their three stations, it’s going to be seven stations. And we’re going to intermix our resources — our engines, our trucks, our ambulances and our people.”

The plan calls for Darien-Woodridge Station 88 at the southeast corner of Belmont Road and 59th Street to close on May 1. Officials say the closure would be for a trial period that would end Dec. 31, 2018.

Some residents served by that station fear it will never reopen.

Fire officials said the neighborhood would be served by other stations, including one in the Lisle-Woodridge district that’s less than two miles away. As a result, response times to those homes would go up. Officials, however, insist the quality of service would improve.

Now, Darien-Woodridge is able to assign only two firefighters to engines and the ladder. By closing Station 88 and shuffling staff, the department would be able to assign three people per vehicle. Lisle-Woodridge already does that.

“This is the best thing from a fire chief’s perspective for everybody involved,” said Darien-Woodridge Chief Steven Gorsky, adding it’s unfair to residents and patently unsafe for firefighters to have fewer than three people on a fire suppression vehicle.

While the arrangement might sound like a money-saving move, Darien-Woodridge board members say it’s about safety.

Lisle-Woodridge and Darien-Woodridge officials spent more than a year developing a functional cooperation plan after a 2016 study by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association examined what the impact would be on emergency services if the districts operated as one.

Krestan said the departments aren’t ready for consolidation at this point, so they decided to start with cooperation.

While the deal has been in the works for years, residents served by Station 88 said they were only recently notified about the plan.

DuPage County Board member Liz Chaplin, who lives in the area, said neighbors were notified about the closure in a leaflet that arrived in the mail less than a week before the vote by Darien-Woodridge.

Art Thompson, a district vice president with the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois — the union that paid for the 2016 study — said no one went into the talks with the intention of closing a fire station.

“The idea was how could we better utilize the resources we have to better serve the community,” he said.

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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Evanston Fire Department has promoted Glenn Vanek to division chief of training and special operations, fire officials announced at the City Council meeting Monday.

Vanek has worked in the fire service for 31 years, the last 23 in Evanston. He has served as captain since 2004.

Vanek earned his bachelor of science degree in fire science management from Southern Illinois University, and  attended the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute officer school.

Vanek serves as a team leader and department coordinator for the hazardous materials response team.

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New engine for Chicago (more)

Updated production photos at E-ONE showing one of three engines being built for Chicago so #140846

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House fire in Lincolnshire, 4-23-17

Firefighters were called to 20530 Williams Avenue in Lincolnshire Sunday morning 4/23/17 for smoke in a house. Companies made quick work of an apparent attic fire. Mutual aid at the scene included Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Prospect Heights, and Lake Zurich.

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Fire Department license plate for Illinois departments

The Secretary of State will issue a fire department license plate to vehicles owned by a unit of local government. The numbering is standardized as MABAS Division Number then a hyphen/dash then up to four numbers locally designated. No letter allowed. Go to the SOS website for details

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New Lenox Fire Production District news

Excerpts from mysuburbanlife.com:

After 45 years in the fire service and three years running the New Lenox Fire Protection District, Steve Engledow will retire June 23.

He was a Joliet firefighter for 28 years and Troy fire chief for five years, said Thursday “it’s time for the younger group to take over.”

He said the Board of Fire Trustees will choose his replacement at a later date, but he will not be involved in the hiring process.

Engledow said he was hired in New Lenox to reorganize the department, splitting some jobs and condensing others while clarifying who some responsibilities were assigned to. He also enacted a line-item budget to control spending each year and implemented an equipment replacement schedule.

Engledow grew up in Harvey and moved to Frankfort when he was 15 – attending Lincoln-Way High School. Getting holiday shifts at an early job required joining the chemical factory’s fire brigade.

After serving as a Country Club Hills firefighter, he became a Joliet firefighter and eventually rose to deputy chief. He also served as a part-time assistant chief for the East Joliet Fire Department before taking over the Troy Fire Protection District.

He advises firefighters beginning their careers to pursue as much education as possible.

Engledow will be moving to South Carolina, where he has owned property for several years.

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New ambulances for Oak Lawn

This from the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

We are pleased to announce that the Oak Lawn FD has recently puchased two additional Type I Wheeled Coach ambulances. These new 2017 F-450 models will supplement their existing fleet of Wheeled Coach units… and will feature our “CoolBar” HVAC systems, custom interior cabinetry configuration, all LED emergency and interior lighting, as well as, numerous other custom features. Production of these two new units will begin immediately, and we anticipate completion within 60 days. We will post pictures once the units have been completed and are ready for delivery.

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House fire in Lakemoor, 4-20-17

Excerpts from the NorthwestHerald.com:

Thomas Damiano was asleep Friday when fire alarms went off and his house began filling with smoke. He woke up his family and got out of the home. “[I] had to jump off of our balcony to escape,” he said.

While no one was injured, the home was destroyed and two pet birds have not been found.

Lakemoor Police Chief David Godlewski said crews were called at about 10:25 a.m. Friday to a fire in the 300 block of North Rosedale Drive, Lakemoor.

The home at 336 Rosedale Drive was engulfed in flames when crews arrived, and firefighters were still putting out some of the flames an hour after arriving at the home. Godlewski said the home as a total loss.

Firefighters from several departments were called to the scene to assist, including McHenry Township, Antioch and Crystal Lake.

“We can provide them with shelter vouchers at a hotel for up to eight weeks, then I’ll help them with trying to find a new place and we purchased a new bed for everyone in the household,” said Sue Rose, community service director with the McHenry County Housing Authority.

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New tanker for Fox Lake (more)

Updated production photos of the tanker being built for Fox Lake by Alexis

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North Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

In North Chicago, the fire chief hopes to team up with the city to use homes slated for demolition for training exercises.

“Fires are not as common as in the past in the city of North Chicago, and although we have numerous opportunities to hone our skills as paramedics, the occasions for our members to receive an actual residence that is structurally sound, environmentally safe and tenable is rare,” said Fire Chief Dell Urban.

“Giving credit to the hard work of our fire marshal and fire prevention team, as well as public education, we have seen a decrease in fire calls; although our call volume is on a slight upward trend, the majority of our responses are medical in nature,” Urban said, noting in 2016 they had 2,833 calls for service.

Urban said the first of several training exercises was held last week, when 19 of the 34 personnel were able to train on a house at 1036 Park Ave. She said there are 20 homes on the city’s fast-track list for demolition, and there are four that do not have any environmental concerns that will be used for future training sessions. All personnel are state-certified paramedics and firefighters.

Firefighters will conduct training that focuses on the proper mounting, dismounting, and operating on and around fire apparatus; identifying the purpose and components of a size-up; demonstrating primary and secondary search techniques; deployment of the hose loads; identifying techniques of moving hose lines into position; demonstrating fire extinguishment of an upper level fire via a stairwell; and performing a risk/benefit analysis for victim survivability and firefighter risk in a fire building,

At the beginning of this year, North Chicago firefighters responded to a house fire that was heavily involved in smoke and flames when they arrived. They learned there was someone still inside a bathroom in the structure.

Firefighters searched the bathroom and couldn’t find the victim, but then found the person in a bedroom near a slightly opened window. They assessed the situation and decided to exit through the window, because going back the way they came in was blocked by fire. They were able to get the victim to safety.

“Our ability to get in the occupancy and essentially tear it apart — to see how it’s constructed, establish how a fire might affect it and then see how we would put out that fire — is invaluable,” Urban added. “Unlike the props we use, this space gives us a more realistic experience.”

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