Archive for August 28th, 2015

New fire station for Pingree Grove FPD

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On Saturday, residents joined firefighters from the Pingree Grove and Countryside Fire Protection District at an open house to celebrate its new, state-of-the-art facility at 1600 Reinking Road. The 12,700-square-foot fire station cost $3.7 million. It has a lobby that is open 24 hours a day; a community room that can be reserved by residents and non-profit organizations; a decontamination space; a house tower; a fitness facility; a kitchen; a rec room; and sleeping quarters.

“We wanted to let the community know that we are here,” said Lieutenant Scott Fehrman, a 33-year veteran of the district.

The Pingree Grove and Countryside Fire Protection District services unincorporated Kane County, an area less than 50 square miles that includes: Plato Township and parts of Rutland, Campton and Elgin Townships, Fehrman said. The new station will replace Fire House #2 at Route 20 and Reinking Road, an outdated, more than half a century’s old facility that only held vehicles. Originally run by volunteer firefighters, it didn’t have a kitchen or place to sleep.

It became even more evident a new station was needed when call volume began to increase with the 2005 opening of the Cambridge Lakes Subdivision and, two years later, Carillon, a gated retirement community, Fehrman said.

About 10 years ago, the fire district began setting aside money each year for the new facility, Trustee Todd Harris said, noting that it’s fully paid for now.

Fire Station #3 will offer residents CPR classes, free blood pressure screenings, and, for citizens with medical conditions or the inability to reach the front door quickly, the Knox Box Rapid Entry System, Fehrman said. Attached to homes, the secure black boxes contain house keys and medical information, and allow firefighters to gain entrance into residences quickly, without damaging property. The boxes can only be accessed by firefighters with a master key.

Looking back on the district’s history, Harris said that in 1936, the area was served by a volunteer fire department. Firefighters received calls at home and stopped by the station for equipment, taking from 8 to 15 minutes to arrive at the scene. He said the Pingree Grove and Countryside Fire Protection District wasn’t founded until 1957, with ambulance service added in 1975. Today, the district operates two fire stations — the new one and an existing location at Plank Road and Route 20 — each staffed with three firefighter EMTs, Fehrman said. Unlike the old days, he said firefighters can arrive at the scene within minutes.

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2 dead and 5 injured at haz mat incident near Des Plaines 8-27-15 (more)

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The two people who died in a hazardous materials emergency near Des Plaines have been identified as two men, one 83 and the other 53, authorities said Friday morning.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office listed their names as Hong Kyqkim, 53, and John Tae Kim, 83. They both lived in the townhouse in the 9400 block of Harrison Street where the emergency was called around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

A woman in the home was taken to a hospital in critical condition, and four sheriff’s deputies who responded to the call experienced respiratory “difficulties” and were treated at a hospital and released, authorities said.

A relative of the victims called 911 to report three people in distress Thursday afternoon. The two men were dead on the scene, according to Richard Dobrowski, chief of the North Maine Fire Protection District.

The woman in the home was listed in critical condition Thursday night, according to a sheriff’s office spokeswoman.

Authorities evacuated the townhouse complex but later allowed most residents to return and reopened the area to traffic. The complex is near Potter Road in unincorporated Maine Township, near Apollo School.

Authorities have not elaborated on the nature of the hazardous materials emergency. Authorities said oxygen levels in the air appeared to be normal, and nothing unusual was detected in the water supply.

Thursday evening, after ruling out certain contaminants, crews were allowed back into the townhome without full protective gear, though residents of three units in the same building were still kept out of their homes.

injured police officers being transported to the hospital

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firefighters in haz mat suits

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firefighters in haz mat suits in decon

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firefighters in haz mat suits

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injured police officer on fire department gurney

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A request for some help …

This from Austin Lawler:

I have a friend who has a group photo of station 3 in Chicago circa 1920’s or 30’s. She would like more information on it. Her grandfather is in the photo.

She states: CFD Station 3? Late 1930’s my paternal grandpa is seated second from right. I know he worked at the house in the stockyards {not sure if it is still there} I know with the people on this site, hopefully some information can be shed on it. Keep up the great work on the site!

Historic photo of Chicago firemen circa 1930

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