Archive for March 3rd, 2014

Tri-State FPD Box Alarm in Burr Ridge, 3-3-14

This from Josh Boyajian:

The Tris-State FPD responded for a house fire 3/3/14 at 9476 s Falling Waters Dr. in the town of  Burr Ridge (IL). Here are some of my shots. I arrived about 20 min into the fire.

chief fire officer at winter fire scene

Josh Boyajian photo

defensive tactics at winter fire scene

Josh Boyajian photo

Smeal tower ladder at winter fire scene

Josh Boyajian photo

firemen with hose line at winter fire scene

Josh Boyajian photo

elevated master stream at winter fire scene

Josh Boyajian photo

Here is the link to the full gallery.

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Area fire departments receive donations

The Southtown Star has an article about the donation of medical equipment to several fire departments:

Franciscan Alliance Foundation St. James Health recently donated state-of-the-art, 12-lead electrocardiogram equipment to the fire departments in Country Club Hills, Homewood and University Park for installation in their ambulances, according to a press release from Franciscan Alliance.

The equipment will allow first responders in those communities to perform 12-lead ECGs at the scene of emergencies for those who may be having a heart attack, including STEMI, a severe form of heart attack, the release said.

The 12-lead system shows abnormal ECG tracings that indicate blockage of a cardiac artery and transmits the information in real time to Franciscan St. James Health, the release said. This allows the hospital’s emergency department and cardiac catheterization lab to prepare for the patient’s arrival while the patient is being transported. The quicker that patients experiencing STEMI receive treatment, the more likely they are to have a positive outcome, the release said.

The American Heart Association estimates that nearly 400,000 people in the United States experience STEMI every year, according to the release. Studies have reported a significant relationship between the pre-hospital 12-lead ECGs and shorter “door to balloon” times, with recent studies showing the effect was strongest when the cath lab was activated while the patient was still en route to the hospital, according to Franciscan Alliance.

“Our goal is to reduce the time it takes to get patients to treatment,” Franciscan St. James chief medical officer Daniel Netluch said in the release. “The 20 to 30 minutes we can save by getting this information while the patient is in transit will help us to save heart muscle, and, ultimately more lives, as well as improving quality of life for these patients.”

Forging partnerships with these communities, as well as Chicago Heights, Frankfort, Matteson and Monee, has helped Franciscan St. James to be the first and only south suburban hospital to earn Chest Pain Center accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, according to the release.

thanks Dan

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Fire Museum of Greater Chicago

The Chicago Tribune has a short video created recently at the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago.


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