Archive for January 14th, 2015

Berwyn cops honored for saving fire victim

Excerpts from

… when Berwyn police arrived at a burning building before firefighters did, they risked their lives to save a trapped resident. When the first cop arrived [last] Wednesday morning, glass was already breaking, and the flames were leaping from windows of a building on South Maple.

“Once I knew somebody was in there and needed help, I just tried to do the best I could,” Officer Juan Macias says.

Residents fleeing the flames told Macias a woman was inside, trapped. When other officers ran in, they heard her.

“I could hear a woman crying for help,” Officer Robert Gordon says.

Working without oxygen masks, they fought off the thick smoke. Using their feet and fists, they broke down the door.

“Once the door was open, we could see her lying on the ground. She was very faintly crying for help, saying, ‘Get me out of here,’” Officer Ross Failla says.

The victim, in her 40’s, was taken to Loyola Medical Center, where she was treated for smoke inhalation and burns.

One officer suffered burned hands, and all four were treated for smoke inhalation. On Thursday, they were congratulated by their colleagues, for thinking first about those they serve, instead of themselves. The woman rescued in the fire is listed in serious condition.

thanks Dan

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As seen around … Robbins

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr.:

Here is an out of service picture of the X-Calumet Park, IL. Amb. 2262 which was replaced by a 2002 Ford/Marque that I believe was X-Crystal Lake but can not confirm that yet.
Another note on the history of this ambo is that it originally was owned by the Garden Homes Fire Protection District in nearby Alsip, IL
The picture of it in Garden Homes is by Bill Friedrich
old Type II ambulance for sale

X-Calumet Park ambulance. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Calumet Park Type II ambulance

Former Calumet Park FD Ambulance 2262 – 1993 Ford Econoline/Wheeled Coach Type II was X-Garden Homes FPD. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Type II ambulance Garden Homes Fire Protection District

Garden Homes FPD Ambulance 2552 was this 1993 Ford Econoline Type II from Wheeled Coach prior to going in service for the Garden Homes FPD. Bill Friedrich photo

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New radio frequencies and changes

From the Highland Park Fire Dept.:

As part of our dispatch consolidation, the Lake Forest Fire Department in conjunction with the Lake Bluff Fire Department, Highland Park Fire Department, and Glenview Public Safety Dispatching Agency will be moving all radio traffic to the East Shore Fire Network effective Tuesday, January 27, 2015.  The system is composed of 3 repeater sites and multiple receiver sites which communicate through T1 lines and microwave signals.

The Lake Bluff water tower site is scheduled to go online in early April but comprehensive testing has shown that the Lake Forest Water Tower site covers the Lake Bluff response area with no problem.

o   Lake Forest Primary (Lake Forest water tower)

  • 154.8825 MHz, PL 7A (192.8 Hz) Receive
  • 155.910 MHz, PL 7A (192.8 Hz)  Transmit

o   Lake Bluff Primary (Lake Bluff water tower)

  • 151.2125 MHz, PL 7A (192.8Hz) Receive- Pending FCC Approval
  • 155.910 MHz, PL 7A (192.8Hz) Transmit

o   Talk Around or Direct in case of  voting system failure

  • 154.8825 MHz PL 7A (192.8Hz) Transmit and Receive.

o   Highland Park Fire south channel

  • 154.160 MHz Receive, PL7A (192.8Hz) Receive
  • 155.910 MHz Transmit, PL7A (192.8Hz) Transmit


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