Archive for November 7th, 2012

Streamwood mourns Deputy Chief Mark Hudson

The Daily Herald has an article announcing the death of Streamwood Deputy Chief Mark Hudson:

… a 20-year veteran of the village’s fire department. … in 1992 … he became a firefighter and paramedic in Streamwood.

Hudson rose through the ranks of the department, becoming a lieutenant in 1999, a battalion chief in 2001 and deputy chief in 2006.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 until the time of service at 8 p.m. that evening at Countryside Funeral Home and Crematory, 1640 Greenmeadows Blvd. (at Barrington Road) in Streamwood/Schaumburg.

A second visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 at Norberg Memorial Home, 701 E. Thompson St. in Princeton, Ill. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Princeton.

The entire article is HERE.

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New EMS Mutual Aid agreement in Gary

The Post-Tribune has an article about a new agreement that the Gary Fire Department has implemented with a private ambulance provider:

The city’s emergency medical services arm is receiving an outside boost by taking advantage of a mutual-aid agreement between it and a local ambulance service, but some city EMS workers are wary of the direction the agreement may take the city.

Ambulances and employees with Prompt Ambulance Service of Highland will start being housed at Gary’s Station No. 9, 761 Clark Road, on Sunday as part of an extension Gary Fire Chief Teresa Everett negotiated with the vendor. The extra manpower will cover the city’s west side, Glen Park and Brunswick areas.

Since many municipalities have eliminated their own EMS services to save money in their budgets — the City of East Chicago is among the most recent — some with the Gary Fire Department are concerned the city might be considering the same.

The entire article is HERE.

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Plano/Little Rock/Fox FPD buys Horton

This from Martin Nowak:

Plano/Little Rock/Fox FPD has ordered a Type I ambulance by Horton on an IHC Terrastar chassis.

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Firefighters hurt at Oak Lawn house fire 11-6-12

The Chicago Tribune has an article about a house fire Tuesday in Oak Lawn:

Three firefighters were injured while battling a house fire … in southwest suburban Oak Lawn.

Two of them remain[ed] hospitalized this [Tuesday] afternoon at Advocate Christ Medical Center, and a third who suffered a “nickle-sized” burn on his face was treated on the scene, said Oak Lawn Fire Chief George Sheets.

A mayday was called when one of them, a veteran firefighter, briefly became separated from the hose line and fire group, said Sheets.

“His air was getting low and he became disoriented,’’ Sheets said.

That firefighter remains at the hospital this afternoon but he is expected to be released.

The third firefighter, who also remains hospitalized this afternoon at Christ, was injured when a something fell on his neck, according to the chief, who added that none of the injuries is life-threatening.

Authorities believe the fire started about 8:50 a.m. in the basement of the home in the 4900 block of West 99th Street, said Oak Lawn Police Division Chief Michael Kaufmann.

One occupant was able to escape and was out of the house by the time police arrived, according to Kaufmann.

Read the entire article HERE.

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Where are they now … Rockford

This from Bill Friedrich:

The City of Rockford had issues with apparatus breaking down due to age so they started purchasing used apparatus. One from Naperville, two from Elmhurst and one from St.Charles. There are no plans to repaint these vehicles to the Rockford FD color scheme.

Naperville Fire Department Engine 2 EONE Hush

Naperville Engine 2 (311), a 1991 EONE Hush 1500/1000. Bill Friedrich photo

Rockford Fire Department Engine 6 X-Naperville

Rockford Fire Department Engine 6 is X-Naperville Engine 2 (311). A 1991 EONE Hush 1500/1000. Bill Friedrich photo

Elmhurst Fire Department Engine 1 Darley

Elmhurst ran this 1990 Spartan Monarch/Darley 1500/500 as Engine 1. Bill Friedrich photo

Rockford Fire Department Engine 15

Rockford Engine 15 is a 1990 Spartan Monarch/Darley 1500/500 which is X-Elmhurst Engine 1. Bill Friedrich photo

St. Charles Fire Department Seagrave engine

The entire St. Charles fleet used to be white over lime green like this 1996 Seagrave fixed cab engine. Engine 106 carried 500 gallons of water and had a 1,500-GPM pump. Bill Friedrich photo

Rockford Fire Department Engine 18

Rockford Engine 18 is this 1996 Seagrave 1500/500 which is X-St. Charles Engine 106. Bill Friedrich photo

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