Archive for December 10th, 2015

Testament to Aurora firefighters teaching fire safety in the schools

Excerpts from the

Five-year-old Gracie White of Aurora was almost asleep in her mother’s bed last month when she heard the shouts. There was a fire, and it wasn’t a drill. Gracie’s mother, quickly rounded up her two sleeping sons, ages 1 and 2. Then, she turned to her daughter and said “OK Gracie, there’s a fire. We’ve got to go.”  And swiftly, the preschooler sprung into action. Gracie got up in her pajamas and walked barefoot next door, clutching her favorite stuffed bear.

“She didn’t cry. She didn’t say a word,” her mother said. “She just told me to call 911 and calmly walked next door” to her grandparents’ front porch, which was the family’s designated meeting spot following an emergency. It was a plan they had put together and practiced when several Aurora firefighters visited Gracie’s school, to teach about fire safety during Fire Prevention Month.

“Me, personally, it just brings a huge smile to my face,” Aurora Fire Department Lt. Jim Rhodes said of Gracie’s actions during the Nov. 20 fire at her home in the 700 block of Donna Avenue. “It’s the perfect testament of why we do what we do. It actually makes a difference.”

Every October, fire companies throughout Aurora visit preschools and elementary classrooms to teach about important drills like EDITH – Exit Drills in the Home. The program encourages students to practice home fire drills and designate a meeting place for family members outside the home. This is the tool Gracie used that November night.

Rhodes said kids as young as 2 years old can learn drills like Stop Drop and Roll, Get Low and Go, and EDITH. They can also be taught to stay away from lighters, candles, and the kitchen.

Gracie’s class was one of hundreds visited by Aurora firefighters in October. This year, the department conducted 383 school programs, reaching 9,132 students. He said each one of those students now has the potential and knowledge to act safely in the face of a fire. Gracie White is proof.

Shortly after the fire at the White home, Aurora Fire Marshal Gary Krienitz received a call from Gracie’s teacher thanking the crew of Engine Company 9 for doing an outstanding job during their school program, and for their work in teaching Gracie.

“Many people believe that nothing bad, such as their house catching on fire, will ever happen to them,” Rhodes said. ” However, this is not the case. It can happen to anyone.”

thans Dan

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Chicago FD radio traffic – November 2015

This from Eric Haak:

I came up with this idea a few weeks ago and wanted to share it with the readers.  I thought it would be interesting to hear the highlights of radio traffic for CFD all in one spot so I put together this synopsis of events for the month of November (2015).  I also finished one for June and July which can be heard on my Youtube page.  I intend to finish the other months that are available on Broadcastify and if I get enough positive response, I hope to keep it up.  I figure once I get caught up it won’t be hard to just keep up by adding the events as they happen.  I will then hopefully be able to share a month’s highlights within the first couple of days of the new month.  I am still playing around with the format but I think I am going to stick with this for now.  It will be still & box alarms and higher but excluding the obvious.  No still and box alarms for people trapped unless bonafide.  No still & box alarms for high rise fires unless the incident warrants a clip or the traffic is interesting.  And obviously no stand-by alerts at the airports.  I hope you enjoy listening.

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Oak Park FD history

This from Wayne Stuart:

I was going thru some more old pix and found this delivery photo of what appears to be Oak Park E2. I obtained a bunch of photos probably 40 years ago.

American LaFrance delivery photo Oak Park FD

American LaFrance delivery photo.

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