Chicago Police Department news

This from Tim Olk:

Funeral for Chicago Police Officer Marco Di Franco

Chicago FD ladder trucks supporting US flag

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Chicago police officer saluting with protective mask on

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funeral procession for fallen officer

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funeral procession for fallen officer

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Chicago Police Department mounted unit

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Chicago Police Department mounted unit

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Chicago Police Department mounted unit

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New ambulance for the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD

From the Foster Coach Sales Facebook page:

Brand new custom Horton conversion a Ford F550 chassis.

Horton Type I ambulance

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Horton Type I ambulance

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Horton Type I ambulance on Ford F550 chassis for the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD in IL

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Horton Type I ambulance on Ford F550 chassis for the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD in IL

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Horton Type I ambulance

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Horton Type I ambulance

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thanks Rob

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Oak Park Fire Department news

From the Oak Park Fire Department Facebook page:

Best wishes to Deputy Chief Pete Pilafas, who is headed to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where he will be the new fire chief. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 emergency, we had to forgo our typical sending-off celebrations, so we wanted to note it virtually. After 20 years with OPFD, we will miss Pete’s expertise and experience, but we wish him and his family all the best as they start their next (sunny and hot) adventure. Thank you for your service.

Oak Park FD Deputy Chief Pete Pilafas

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East Hazel Crest Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT- This was East Hazel Crest’s Engine 166, a 1965 FWD 750/500.
Mike Summa
East Hazel Crest Fire Department history

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19

Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

Several dozen members of the Chicago Fire Department have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the department to 46. Of those, nine employees have returned to duty as of Tuesday. Another 18 are currently quarantined after a confirmed exposure to the coronavirus.

When the department announced its first coronavirus case three weeks ago, the CFD was taking measures to protect its members from the disease, including dedicating specific ambulances for patients with suspected COVID-19. The department still has four ambulance dedicated for that purpose.

For now, all paramedics responding to respiratory calls or suspected COVID-19 patients are dressing in personal protective equipment including an N-95 mask, face shield and gloves. Paramedics who use a CPAP breathing machine on a patient, regardless of the call involving COVID-19, are sleeping in separate quarters to minimize possible exposure. Firehouses and ambulances are also undergoing thorough cleanings after contact with a coronavirus patient.

The Chicago police announced Tuesday that 112 of its members have tested positive for COVID-19. Last week a veteran undercover CPD officer died from the coronavirus.

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

Chicago firefighters responded to a fire in a single-story home about 10:20 a.m. in the 5300 block of South Wallace Street on Tuesday. A woman, about 60 years old, suffered third degree burns over the majority of her body  and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition.

woman critically injured in Chicago house fire

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Stone Park Fire Department news (more)

The Stone Park Fire Department is closing

The Stone park Fire Department is being dissolved

found on Facebook

thanks Dennis 

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Firefighter Mario Araujo, 49, became the first Chicago firefighter that has died from the coronavirus.  He worked in the Rogers Park neighborhood for more than 16 years.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford wrote on Twitter that Araujo joined the department in October 2003 and spent most of his career at Truck 25. The fire department did not say how Araujo contracted the virus. Langford said department officials will meet with the firefighters union “and look into details of (Araujo’s) death to see how it will be classified.”

Currently, 46 Chicago Fire Department employees have COVID-19.

Last week, Marco DiFranco, a 50-year-old Chicago police officer, died of the virus.

Though officials have not said how DiFranco contracted the disease, his death was classified as a line of duty death.

Chicago Firefighter Mario Araujo

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19

Excerpts from thehill.com:

At least 5,000 firefighters across the U.S. are under quarantine because of the coronavirus according to the International Association of Fire Fighters. Only 500 of the 3,400 fire departments in the union are reporting coronavirus numbers to the union. Among those 500 departments, 5,000 firefighters are in quarantine, 3,000 are in isolation, and 700 have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Public health officials in states hardest hit by the coronavirus have been warning for weeks of shortages of personal protective equipment for first responders police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, and health care personnel on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. now has more than 347,000 confirmed cases and over 10,000 coronavirus deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19

Excerpts from Fox32chicago.com:

Captain John Kucharski of the Midlothian Fire Department says firefighter-paramedics were in desperate need of N-95 masks to protect themselves when going into homes of potential COVID-19 patients 

“We do have masks now,” he said. “What are we going to do if we run out?”

Then he saw a story about firefighters in Billings, Montana making their own surgical masks using a 3-D printer. They’re called Montana Masks.  However, where do you get a 3-D printer as soon as possible?

Both Bremen High School and Oak Forest High School sent the 3-D printers used to teach engineering students to the Midlothian Fire Department, where they’ve been making a new mask every three hours.

While the masks are not FDA approved, tests show they’re remarkably effective and a whole lot better than a cheap paper mask or a bandanna.

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