Illinois State funding for LODDs

Excerpts from donharmon.org:

Scholarships for the children of Illinois firefighters and police officers who die in the line of duty would be funded again under legislation that passed in the Illinois Senate on Thursday.

Senate Bill 2051, sponsored by Senator Don Harmon would appropriate $975,000 for college scholarships for children of deceased police officers, firefighters, and correctional officers, as well as $5 million for payment of line-of-duty awards.

The payments have been held up because of the state budget stalemate.

“The least we can do for the survivors of frontline public safety workers who put their lives on the line in service to their communities and to taxpayers is to pay them what we promised to pay them,” Harmon said. “These awards offer some comfort and financial stability to families who face a great deal of uncertainty and hardship when their loved ones die in the line of duty.”

Among those who could benefit because of the legislation is the family of deceased Oak Park firefighter Kenneth K. Harris, 56, a 28-year veteran of the Oak Park Fire Department who died Jan. 11, 2016 of cardiac arrest at his Berwyn home after working a 24-hour shift and an additional six hours of fire prevention work. He is survived by his wife, five children and several grandchildren.

“These scholarships and awards for the survivors are important. When a first responder police officer or firefighter dies in the line of duty, it’s comforting to know that their family is going to be taken care of financially,” said Mike Henkelman, one of Harris’ colleagues at the fire department. “We certainly appreciate Senator Harmon’s efforts with this legislation.”

The Illinois Senate honored Harris this month with memorial resolution, SR 1881, acknowledging his service to the Village of Oak Park and offering condolences to those who knew him.

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Wheaton Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Wheaton Fire Chief Bill Schultz estimates his staff only sees one or two cases per year of animals overcome by smoke inhalation, and they are now equipped with six kits designed to help any pet with a snout breathe easier in the case of a fire. Each kit contains three sizes of masks for small, medium and large pets, including dogs, cats, ferrets and gerbils. The masks work just like a human oxygen mask.

Schultz said the department has had animal oxygen masks in the past, but they were outdated and losing quality over time from being mostly unused.

No official statistics on pet casualties are kept by the U.S. Fire Administration, but industry websites and sources estimate between 40,000 to 150,000 pets die in fires each year, mostly due to smoke inhalation.

Invisible Fence DuPage donated six pet oxygen mask kits to the fire department earlier this month, after a Wheaton firefighter with a soft spot for pets made the request.

The business is part of a national company that installs electronic dog fence systems and runs Project Breathe, which has resulted in 13,000 donated pet oxygen kits to fire departments in the U.S. and Canada in the past 10 years. Anyone interested in requesting pet oxygen mask kits for their community can do so at www.invisiblefence.com/why-invisible-fence/project-breathe.

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Prospect Heights Fire District news

From the phfire.com:

At the Mayor’s Breakfast held Saturday, April 30th, Mayor Helmer presented Chief Gould with the PROSPECT HEIGHTS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT award for his 49 years of service to the city as a member of the fire department.

Highlights of Chief Gould’s service with the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District include:
• Started in 1967 as volunteer firefighter cadet when in high school
• Attended Oklahoma State University’s School of Fire Protection
• Rose through the ranks as firefighter, lieutenant, captain, and assistant fire chief
• Appointed as the fire chief in 1988
• Hired as first full-time employee of the fire district in 2000
• Hired the first full-time staff in 2001
• Instrumental in starting paramedic service for Prospect Heights in 1985
• Remodeled and expanded the main fire station in 1991
• Opened the east-side fire station in 2006
• Obtained over $1,800,000 in federal and state grants
• Modernized the entire fleet of vehicles to include the purchase and replacement of ambulances and fire trucks
• Has maintained a healthy, financially sound organization with limited debt and a balanced budget for the past 27 years
• Currently maintains 9 firefighters on duty 24/7/365

Congratulations Chief Gould!

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New ambulance for East Joliet

From the Foster Coach Sales Facebook page:

Brand new Horton conversion on a Ford F450 chassis

East Joliet FPD ambulance

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East Joliet FPD ambulance

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Type I ambulance on Ford F450 chassis

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House fire in the Central Stickney FPD, 5-26-16

This from Josh Boyajian:

Central Stickney had a worker the other night @ 4830 s Lockwood. Engine 905 arrived to find fire showing in the rear with heavy smoke showing from the front. They had two lines lead out and Summit Engine 954 laddered the roof and did some vertical ventilation.
heavy smoke from small house on fire at night

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heavy smoke from small house on fire at night

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heavy smoke from small house on fire at night

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heavy smoke from small house on fire at night

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Central Stickney FPD fire engine at work

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Central Stickney FPD fire engine at work

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Benefit for Elgin firefighter

Benefit for Elgin firefighter is today

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Tim Hinds returned from his mother’s funeral in February to find another tragedy had struck the family.

He had spoken with his wife, Joyce, several times in the few days he was out of town after his mother’s death. When she didn’t pick up the phone on the day he was heading back to their Rockford-area home, he wasn’t worried. He pulled into the garage and saw his wife sitting on the stoop inside their attached garage. It took him a few seconds to realize she wasn’t responding. His wife of 31 years, just 55 years old, had suffered a massive stroke.

Joyce Hinds has been hospitalized since the Feb. 23 stroke, her husband said. The stroke struck her brain’s centers for swallowing and speaking, as well as affecting her ability to walk, he said. While doctors have helped her regain her ability to eat and she was able to walk 20 feet recently with the help of a cane, Joyce Hinds hasn’t regained her ability to speak.

There have been other setbacks. Nerve pain leftover from the stroke has caused physical therapy to be a challenge. Once medication addressed the pain, his wife caught pneumonia, which she recently recovered from. Tim Hinds hopes to bring her home soon and had some help from the Elgin firefighters on that front.

Hinds is an engine driver at the Elgin Fire Department. Members of the Elgin Association of Firefighters Local 439 helped build a ramp to the house and installed other devices in the house to allow Joyce Hinds to come home.

The firefighters union is continuing to help, hosting a benefit for the Hinds family at 5 p.m. Saturday at Danny’s on Douglas, 231 Douglas Ave. in Elgin. For a $20 admission, attendees receive pizza, soda and one raffle ticket for baskets.

Tickets for other raffle baskets are $5 each, and a cash raffle — 3 tickets for $50 — enters guests to win $1,000, $500 or $250.

While insurance has paid for some of Joyce Hinds’ needs, her husband said, there are gaps. After the bout with pneumonia, which set back her physical therapy, the insurance company wanted to release her until she could start therapy again, he said.

The Hinds are paying out-of-pocket for Joyce to stay at the current rehab center in Niles to reduce the amount of moves necessary. Doctors are optimistic about her recovery, because of her young age and otherwise good health.

Hinds thanked his band of brothers at the Elgin Fire Department for their help in preparing for Joyce’s homecoming.

When Joyce was at the University of Wisconsin hospital, her husband told the staff that there were not a lot of family members to visit, but she would likely have “a whole bunch of brothers called firefighters, and they have been there for me. I can’t thank them enough,” Tim Hinds said.

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House fire in Lyons, 5-27-16

This from Drew Gresik:

Lyons companies had a working fire in a bungalow 5/27/16 at 4236 Leland Avenue. First engine had heavy smoke showing from the attic on arrival. Two lines were dropped, and the roof was opened by Riverside Truck 1629. Some birds were rescued during searches, and the fire appeared to be mostly in the attic. Great job by companies on scene.
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Riverside FD Truck 1629

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Lyons FD Engine 1312

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ladders to roof of house fire

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Lyons FD Engine 1312

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Bedford Park FD Truck 709

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Orland Fire District donates engine to fire school (more)

This video contains highlights from the dedication ceremony in which the Orland Fire Protection District donated a fire truck to Moraine Valley Community College in honor of Daniel Capuano who died after battling a warehouse fire on the far south side on Dec. 14, 2015.

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South Elgin FPD to evaluate old fire station (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The South Elgin and Countryside Fire Protection District board swore in Jeff Theriault as its newest trustee in a special meeting Wednesday night, then proceeded to give Theriault a crash course in fire district budgets.

At the request of Fire Chief Bill Sohn, board member — and former South Elgin Fire Chief — Joe Cluchey provided much of the budgeting background information for the newest board member. The fire district had been without one board member — a county appointment — for more than a year.

He warned Theriault — a Schaumburg police detective who lives in South Elgin — that it will take at least a year of the monthly board meetings to completely understand the department’s budget and funding mechanisms.

Asst. Chief Steve Wascher presented the 2016-17 budget proposal. The district’s fiscal year begins June 1.

Total estimated income for the district for next year sits at $6.4 million — with the bulk coming from property taxes — with a capital expense budget of $4.1 million. The remainder of income goes toward personnel costs.

The district also has about $2 million in its building fund contingency — set aside for future replacement of the fire station at 150 State St. Sarah Dring, of Chicago-based 222 Architects, said last fall that basic fixes and remodeling for the building could reach $1.4 million. Current estimates put the station’s replacement cost at a minimum of $5 million, Wascher said.

In 2000, the district built the station in the Thornwood subdivision on Bowes Road for $2.5 million.

Although the old fire station is in poor shape, the budget does call for $50,000 toward redoing the concrete apron outside the north side of the fire bay doors. The area is sinking into the ground, causing unsafe conditions for firefighters and the public.

South Elgin fire is also waiting to see if it will receive a $400,000 federal grant to upgrade its radio system to StarCom, the satellite-based radio system used by Elgin police and fire. The South Elgin and Countryside fire district is dispatched through the Elgin 911 Center.

That grant, if approved, would provide the infrastructure, radios and base stations needed by South Elgin, Wascher said.

The board also approved some land acquisition from the Fox River and Countryside Fire Protection District.

A few parcels including the Five Islands Park subdivision just south of Vasa Park, a sliver of land in the Thornwood subdivision, and 20 or 30 lots in the Lafarge Fox River Quarry backing up to Randall Road. Those lots are now part of the quarry’s water retention area on the far west side of the property and are only accessible through the quarry or by rappelling down the side of the quarry.

Those parcels were improperly recorded in the late 1970s, Sohn said. Transferring the land into South Elgin brings about $4,000 more in annual taxes to the district, he said.

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New tower ladder for Elmhurst (more)

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

New fire truck for the Elmhurst Fire Department

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New fire truck for the Elmhurst Fire Department

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New fire truck for the Elmhurst Fire Department

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New fire truck for the Elmhurst Fire Department

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