Archive for January 12th, 2017

Joliet Fire Department news

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Joliet Deputy Fire Chief Ray Randich said firefighters were called about 11 a.m. to 311 N. Hickory St. on Tuesday for a house fire. The two-story home was unoccupied and no one was injured by the blaze.

“It was a box alarm fire. With the strong winds, we had some concern the whole house would go up quickly,” Randich said.

The fire was considered under control by 2:30 p.m., according to Joliet Battalion Chief Ron Schroeder.

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Wauconda Fire District news

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Micah Austin, 43, of San Tan Valley, Arizona, died while riding in the Salt River Canyon. Gila County sheriff’s police believe he got off his BMW motorcycle, slipped and fell 425 feet to his death.

His body was found by a drone in the canyon Jan. 2, a day after the motorcycle was discovered abandoned alongside a road, the Gila County sheriff’s office said.

A Texas native who later moved to Wauconda, Austin graduated from Wauconda High School in 1991. He worked for the Wauconda Fire Protection District between 1993 and 2000.

Austin moved to Arizona more than a year ago and had been working as a virtual design and construction engineer.

Visitation is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Kisselburg-Wauconda Funeral Home, 235 N. Main St. A private family gathering will follow.

Survivors include Austin’s wife, his parents, three sisters and a grandmother.

Instead of flowers, contributions may be made in Austin’s memory to the Backcountry Discovery Routes by calling (206) 383-6233 or visiting

thanks Dan

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Elmhurst Fire Department news

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The Elmhurst Fire Department will be purchasing fire protection suits, thanks to a grant from Illinois American Water. The IAW 2016 Firefighter Grant Program provides financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities in its service areas. This year, approximately $49,600 will be awarded to 62 fire departments. To date, the program has resulted in over 350 grants totaling over $342,000 awarded across the state.

Grants of up to $700 are awarded to cover the costs associated with the following:

• Personal protective gear

• Communications equipment

• Firefighting tools

• Water handling equipment

• Training and related activities/materials used to support community fire protection

• Reimbursement for specific fire training classes, including training manuals and workbooks

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Bolingbrook Fire Department news

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The Bolingbrook Fire Department has been selected to receive a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

The grant, valued at $11,690, will provide a thermal imaging camera with a hot and cold spot tracker and charger. The awarded camera will be used to detect body heat and hot spots in burning buildings, allowing firefighters to quickly locate victims and provide life-saving assistance.

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