Archive for July 22nd, 2016

Naperville Fire Department news

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Naperville is the first municipality in Illinois to begin using a smart phone app that will allow people who have CPR and AED certification to respond to cardiac emergencies in public places, Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis said.

The PulsePoint Respond app informs users of emergency situations within a 12-block radius of their current location in the hope that volunteer help might arrive to provide assistance in those dire minutes before firefighters or EMTs can make it to a location.

As a bonus, the app also provides users with the dates, times, locations and natures of all of the department’s emergency calls as they are received in much the same way radio scanners once allowed citizens to monitor police and fire emergency situations.

Naperville paramedics since January have been sent out on 70 CPR-related calls and 120 other situations in which someone was not breathing.

Puknaitis said more than half of U.S. citizens know how to perform CPR or use an AED. Local residents with such knowledge and training can step in and help during the estimated six minutes firefighters and paramedics typically have to spend on the road en route to a 911 call.

The app also shows people where they can find the 100-plus publicly accessible defibrillators in Naperville’s municipal buildings, parks, schools, churches, hotels, and banks. For those unsure of how to use an AED, step-by-step instructions are provided.

While the app does not display addresses of private homes where someone might be having a medical emergency, precise addresses are provided where someone is in need of medical assistance in a public place.

Firefighters already have done dry runs and performed tests to ensure the app’s viability. An estimated 547 people in the Naperville area are already using the app, including city employees and others who discovered its availability on their own.

Puknaitis praised fire department Division Chief Andy Dina, who found the service and worked for about a year with the city’s IT department to have the program implemented and made available to the public.

The app and information about the program can be found by linking to the city’s website at

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Chicago Fire Department news

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The Chicago City Council did away with charging a fee to take the police or fire department entrance exams Wednesday, over the objections of an alderman known as a police and fire advocate. In a bid to encourage diversity, aldermen dropped a $30 fee charged to take either the police or fire entry exam.

“I have a real problem with this ordinance,” said Ald. Nicholas Sposato (38th), a former firefighter. Sposato said “$30 really means nothing these days … I always thought it should at least be $50,” to reflect both the public stature and the well-paying nature of the jobs.

Ald. Patrick O’Connor (40th), chairman of the Workforce Development Committee that passed the ordinance, pointed to how 5,437 potential applicants initially signed up online to take the most recent police department entry exam in May only to not follow through with making a payment to take the test.

O’Connor said the reform would be felt in the African-American and Hispanic communities, and the departments would benefit from a more diverse pool of applicants.

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Tinley Park Fire Department news

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Tinley Park has hired an executive search firm to find a replacement for former Fire Chief Ken Dunn, who retired at the end of June.

Trustees approved paying a firm $20,500 to conduct the search, which will include candidates from both within and outside the fire department.

Giving what is almost a guarantee to the village, the company said that if the chief selected as a result of the firm’s search were to leave the village for whatever reason during the first two years of his or her employment, the company would conduct a new search for the village and not charge a fee for the work, other than seeking reimbursement for expenses.

Mayor Dave Seaman said the village does not have a real set time frame for selecting a chief, and that speed isn’t a factor, so much as getting the right person in there. He expects the company would ultimately identify perhaps three or four top candidates for village officials to consider.

Daniel Riordan, the department’s deputy chief of fire prevention, was named interim fire chief last month, and although his term runs through the end of September, it could be extended by the village board if needed.

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As seen around … O’Hare

This from Josh Boyajian:

I had a great opportunity yesterday and got pictures of the (2) new ARFF crash trucks at O’Hare Airport. They are the new generation 2016 Oshkosh Strikers assigned to units 6-5-4 and 6-5-8. Enjoy
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Chicago FD ARFF 654

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Chicago FD ARFF 654

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Chicago FD ARFF 658

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Chicago FD ARFF 658

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ARFF units at O'Hare Airport

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