Countryside Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

On Wednesday, part-time Countryside Fire Protection District Firefighter David Senescu was surrounded by coworkers, whom he considers to be his family, and the team of doctors who saved his life four months ago when he had a heart attack while on duty.

The gathering at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville gave Senescu another opportunity to thank the people who are responsible for him being alive today.

Senescu recalled how Jan. 6 started like any other workday, but by the end of that night his whole life was changed.

It was Friday night when he started his shift at the firehouse, but something wasn’t quite right. “I wasn’t feeling my best, but I wasn’t feeling a heart attack either,” Senescu said. His discomfort persisted, and since he had eaten a spicy chili meal for dinner, he thought an antacid might help. He also gave in to his vice and smoked a cigarette.

The following hours were a whirlwind of action in probably the best place he could have been, with paramedics who paid attention to the signs and hooked him up to a monitor that showed he was in distress.

While enroute to the hospital, Countryside Firefighter Daniel McCormick and Firefighter Mike Raasch used a defibrillator three times on Senescu.

“I woke up at one point and heard Mike screaming my name. I asked him what he was screaming for. I thought I had just closed my eyes, but they said they had just shocked me,” Senescu said. “If it wasn’t for those guys, I wouldn’t be here.”

On Wednesday, Senescu said his close call with death has taught him a valuable lesson that he won’t forget or take for granted. Having been a smoker for close to 30 years and quitting suddenly has been a challenge, said the father of two boys, but he added that it’s a challenge he’s willing to take on. He is working to get healthy enough to go back to work at the fire station and be on the other end of a defibrillator, saving other lives along his coworkers.

thanks Dan

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Fire departments share fire chief

Excerpts from the reporteronline.net:

Oak Lawn and Chicago Ridge have shared a fire chief since 2014, and by mutual agreement between the neighboring villages, Chief George Sheets will continue wearing two hats for at least four more years.

The Oak Lawn Village Board passed the new intergovernmental agreement to continue the arrangement last week without much comment, and the Chicago Ridge Village Board followed suit at its meeting on Tuesday.

Oak Lawn, being the larger community, covers two-thirds of Sheets’ salary, in addition to benefits, and Chicago Ridge is responsible for one-third. The exact salary agreement was not available this week, but it costs the Chicago Ridge about $50,000 annually. Sheets, who lives in Oak Lawn, said the agreement calls for the Chicago Ridge portion of the salary to increase by 5 percent each year.

The relationship between management and members of the firefighters union in Oak Lawn has been difficult at times in recent years, primarily due to staffing and other issues that have led to lawsuits. But everyone in Chicago Ridge seems to agree that having Sheets on board has worked out very well.

Prior to the vote on Tuesday, Chicago Ridge Fire Lt. Chris Schmelzer, president of the Chicago Ridge Firefighters Union Local 3098, sent Tokar a glowing recommendation letter regarding Sheets’ value to the department, and asked him to share it with the trustees.

Schmelzer cited several accomplishments that have been achieved under Sheets’ leadership in Chicago Ridge, including the introduction of a part-time firefighter program in which part-time and full-time staff work together. This has also allowed for the opening of the Lombard Avenue fire station. That station initially opened part-time, but was expanded to full-time this year, providing ambulance service to the main residential section of the village.

Last year, there was talk that he might leave the Chicago Ridge role after seeing projects through to completion, including the part-time program and the opening of the Lombard Avenue station.

He splits his days between the two villages, and their close proximity allows him to travel between his offices quickly.

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MVA with entrapment in Buffalo Grove, 5-27-17

Buffalo Grove police and fire responded to a two-car crash in front of 194 Bernard Drive Saturday morning (5/27/17). Arriving units found one car on it’s side with the driver still inside. While a firefighter/paramedic was inside the car with the patient, others cleared the glass panels before cutting the passenger side posts and folding the car’s roof down onto the ground. The driver was removed and transported to a hospital. The other vehicle’s driver was unharmed. Arlington Heights Engine 4, Buffalo Grove Tower 25, Ambulance 25, and Battalion 4 were at the scene.

car rolled onto side during crash

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Firefighters free driver trapped in a car

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Firefighter cuts windshield of car

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Firefighters free driver trapped in a car

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Firefighter uses Holmatro rescue tool at crash

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Firefighter uses Holmatro rescue tool at crash

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Holmatro and Hurst rescue tools at crash

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Firefighters free driver trapped in a car

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Firefighters free driver trapped in a car

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Firefighters move patient on Stryker cot

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crash scene in Buffalo Grove

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Hillside Towing flipping a car

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Winnetka Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Winnetka trustees have solidified an agreement between the village and the neighboring communities of Wilmette and Northfield that allows each community to make brief use of emergency equipment from the other town, while defining which community is responsible for equipment damaged while being used in that manner

According to Winnetka Fire Chief Alan Berkowsky, the village has had for several decades an unofficial agreement with Northfield and Glencoe, allowing each municipality to borrow pieces of equipment such as ambulances for short periods of time, usually a day or two, when necessary. The ability to do so has been beneficial to each community.

Discussions about making such agreements more official came up during recent meetings of members of MABAS Division 3.

The previous village council approved an initial resolution last October laying out the liability of communities borrowing Winnetka apparatus if the equipment was damaged while it was in their care. At that time, Wilmette asked to join the agreement. Officials in the other towns involved then asked for a reworked resolution that made equipment liability reciprocal. 

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New area apparatus orders

Arlington Heights Fire Department – Pierce Velocity pumper; 2,000-gpm pump; 750-gallon water tank; two 30-gallon foam cells; Class A and B foam systems. Delivery in January 2018.
Belvidere Fire Department – HME 1871/Alexis pumper; 1,500-gpm pump; 650-gallon water tank; 20-gallon foam cell.  Delivery in November.
LaGrange Park Fire Department – Pierce Enforcer PUC 107-foot Ascendant quint; 1,500-gpm pump; 500-gallon water tank. Delivery in January 2018.
Lake Zurich Fire Department – Pierce Saber pumper; 1,500-gpm two-stage pump; 750-gallon water tank. Delivery in November.
North Aurora Fire Department – Pierce Impel PUC 107-foot Ascendant quint; 1,500-gpm single-stage pump; 500-gallon water tank. Delivery in March 2018.
Skokie Fire Department – Pierce Dash CF PUC pumper; 1,500-gpm single-stage pump; 500-gallon water tank. Delivery in November.

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Naperville Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Naperville Fire Department received an International Association of Fire Chiefs’ 2017 Heart Safe Community award for developing programs and services for victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

Naperville fire officials accepted the award during the International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire Rescue Med conference in Nevada.

The department was cited for its aggressively implemented creative approaches in helping Naperville residents and visitors prevent and survive heart attacks.

Those approaches have included a CPR/AED program taught throughout the city by the department’s firefighter-paramedics; the placement of defibrillators in public buildings, parks and other locations where large numbers of people congregate; the implementation of the Pulse Point app, which alerts people who know CPR to emergencies where they might be able to help before paramedics arrive; and the recent implementation of the E-Bridge early notification application with Edward Hospital.

E-Bridge is a smart phone application that alerts the hospital while paramedics are still on the scene of a medical emergency. It gives emergency room personnel more time to prepare for a patient’s arrival, including preregistering the patient to allow hospital staff to take the patient directly into treatment.

E-Bridge also can send secure images and messages directly to the emergency room physician with future capability of sending short video.

The fire department last year had an overall Return of Spontaneous Circulation (ROSC) rate of 26 percent in the field, which is above the national average.

Of the patients who achieved ROSC, six were discharged from the hospital with no neurological deficit, representing a survival rate of 10.2 percent, which is above the national average of 8.2 percent.

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Plainfield Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from MySuburbanLife.com:

The Plainfield Fire Protection District is welcoming instructors from Toronto and New York City to lead a peer trainer fitness program.

The district, along with the International Association of Fire Fighters Plainfield chapter and Paramedics Local 4560, is hosting the certification program, which is designed to help reduce time lost due to both on-the-job and off-duty illness and injury.

The peer fitness trainer program is part of the broader Wellness-Fitness Initiative, which was spearheaded by the IAFF in partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs. It was developed to address firefighter medical, behavioral health and fitness issues.

Plainfield Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Jon Stratton said the fire chiefs association has pushed the program for years, but Plainfield Lt. Andy Scott asked whether it could be brought to Plainfield.

The voluntary class was filled with about 30 firefighters from Plainfield and other departments. The district is thinking about hosting another one in the fall.

The five-day course uses the latest research on firefighter health and wellness, exercise science and the prevention of injuries to improve the effectiveness of firefighters in meeting the needs of the community.

Plainfield has sent firefighters to Indianapolis to become trainers for a different wellness program. Those individuals then trained different shifts within the district. Plainfield will have several of its own participating in this program.

Firefighters who are certified as peer fitness trainers get to design and implement fitness programs, improve the wellness and fitness of their departments/districts and can assist in the physical training of recruits. The accredited exam is administered by the American Council on Exercise.

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Countryside FPD news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The Countryside Fire Protection District promoted two members at a ceremony during the district’s Board of Trustees meeting on May 18th. 

Lieutenant Jim Weber was promoted to battalion chief. Jim joined the department in 1992 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2003. He has served as a member of dive team, a fire investigator, CPR instructor, and on the firefighter pension board. He recently was assigned as the medical officer for fire district.

Firemedic Mark Skala was promoted to lieutenant. Mark joined the department in 1998 as a paid on call firefighter. He became a career member of the department in 2003. He is a member of the Lake County Specialized Response Team as a rescue technician, has been an active maintaining the district’s tools and equipment, and assisting with fire safety education.

The promotions come on the heels of Battalion Chief Brian Garrity’s retirement after 28 years of service to the Countryside Fire Protection District.

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House fire in Addison, 5-25-27

Photos from Steve Redick of the Box Alarm in Addison 5/25/27 at 20W385 Diversey Avenue.

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Joliet Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Herald-news.com:

James Lausch, an apparatus operator with the Joliet Fire Department, died on Dec. 30, 1984, at the station after fighting fires that night.

Lausch was one of 19 former area firefighters who died in the line of duty and were honored at a small ceremony Saturday at the EMS/Fire Science Training Center at Joliet Junior College.

The ceremony also was meant to unveil a small, traveling memorial with all the names, titles, and dates of death for the 19 firefighters. Eventually, Joliet Firefighter Bryan Ogrizovich, a member of the honor guard and pipes and drums, wants to erect a permanent memorial.

The planning began about a year ago for the memorial so he is using the traveling memorial to show that there is an interest in establishing a permanent one.

There are not any specific plans as of yet for the location, construction, and funding for the memorial, but Ogrizovich wants to continue honoring the fallen. This was the first time such a memorial has been held for the local fallen firefighters.

The earliest firefighter honored was William Gardiner, a Lockport volunteer firefighter who died on Dec. 17, 1897. 

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