Archive for June 4th, 2014

Villages consider fire department consolidation

The Courier-News has an article about consolidate talks between the West Dundee and Carpentersville Fire Departments.

In February, officials from Carpentersville and West Dundee began talking about the possibility of consolidating fire services. The idea has since gained some traction and at Monday’s West Dundee board meeting, officials from both communities, as well as union leaders and firefighters, agreed to move forward with a consolidation study.

Consolidating services is not a foreign concept for either the Carpentersville or West Dundee fire departments, as both are served by QuadCom Regional Dispatch Center, the multi-agency dispatch center located in Carpentersville that also covers East Dundee and Rutland Dundee Fire departments.

But further research has to be done to determine what type of consolidation would work best for the two communities.

“The time is right where we can take it to the next step and gather information so we can make an educated decision,” said West Dundee Chief Randy Freise.

“We’re all having economic difficulties but I think on a larger scale we can provide better service,” he said. “I think it’s worth the effort of getting the information.”

He said there are a few different types of consolidation, including a functional consolidation, meaning the fire departments would remain separate but work together more in responding to incidents and purchasing equipment. As far as fire station locations for both communities, Freise said already most are “laid out pretty well.”

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CFD EMS Plan 2 for a vehicle crash on the Dan Ryan, 6-3-14

This from Asher Heimermann:

According to Illinois State Police, two tractor-trailer trucks collided with a bus carrying developmentally disabled passengers Tuesday afternoon on the Dan Ryan Expressway at South 95th Street.

38 special needs adults were on the bus traveling from the Pilsen neighborhood to Robbins, according to Chicago Fire Department Media Affairs Director Larry Langford.

A red semi-truck lost control and ran off the roadway, striking a concrete wall, which caused the truck’s trailer filled with recycled paper to separate and strike the bus, police said.

The Chicago Fire Department activated an EMS Plan 2 for the crash.


firefighters with safety vests on highway

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garbage dumpster crashes on Dan Ryan Expressway

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roll-off trucks on the highway

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Box Alarm in Schaumburg, 6-3-14

This from John Tulipano:

Schaumburg had a box alarm at approximately 0700 yesterday (6-3-14) at 525 Estes in a one-story 75X100 commercial building, they had heavy fire and used 1-tower ladder, 1-ladder pipe, and several hand lines, the fire was well under control when I arrived and companies were doing some overhaul at the roof lines in the front of the building and beginning the investigation.

firemen in tower ladder bucket

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aftermath of warehouse fire

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firemen in tower ladder bucket

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firemen at command post

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E-ONE tower ladder at fire scene

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