Archive for April 8th, 2017

Naperville Fire Department news

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Edward Hospital has awarded its 2016 EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Run of the Year to Naperville Fire Department Station 7/Red Shift, Engine 7, Medic 7, and Medic 9.

The crews were recognized for their response to a call on December 30 in which they found a mother had delivered her baby prematurely with the amniotic sac intact. The delivery, called an en caul birth, is an extremely rare occurrence that happens about once in every 80,000 births.

One of the crews on the call immediately transported the baby to Edward Hospital, while another crew continued to care for the mother, who was later taken to Edward.

“Under tremendous pressure, the team used quick assessment and decision-making skills, along with amazing teamwork, which resulted in a good outcome for both mother and baby,” said Bill Kottmann, President & CEO, Edward Hospital.

Recipients of the award, which was presented at an Edward management team meeting on March 20, included Lt. Jim Harding and Firefighter/Paramedics Doug Erwin, Mike Polizzi, Brad Sarna, Dave Stevenson, Henry Van Bogaert, and Tom Wiese.

The event capped off the year-long Run of the Quarter program in which area paramedics are honored for exceptional ambulance runs. The Edward EMS Team reviews ambulance runs by pre-hospital providers and selects one to be recognized every three months based on the following criteria:

  • Excellent communication from the field that resulted in the timely delivery of pertinent clinical information to the Edward Emergency Department staff
  • Clear and thorough documentation
  • Superior clinical assessment skills that resulted in accurate recognition of a clinical situation
  • Behavior exceeding the call of duty in the field
  • Superior partnership and teamwork with Edward Hospital.

This call was selected from over 10,000 submissions throughout all of 2016.

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Lake Zurich Fire Department news (more)

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Angela and Kevin O’Brien showed off their baby daughter Paige Noelle to Lake Zurich firefighter-paramedics Friday as a way to thank them for bringing her into the world last week.

Angela O’Brien reflected on the emergency delivery as she stood next to one of the ambulances that responded to her house early in the morning March 30.

“I guess when I kind of realized that we weren’t going to make it to the hospital, we just made that split decision to call 911,” she said. “And once they got there, they had such a presence and a calmness that I really wasn’t that nervous. I was just kind of in the moment.”

Angela O’Brien had planned to go to Highland Park Hospital to deliver her daughter. But she went into labor and it progressed so quickly that it became apparent she could not get to the hospital in time for the delivery.

Despite the baby being in a dangerous feet-first breech position, Firefighter-Paramedic Jason Kraus came through in the first delivery he’s handled in his three-year career.

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Bensenville tower ladder for sale

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr:

Here is Bensenville’s tower going out to bid

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New area apparatus orders

  • Des Plaines Fire Department  – Pierce Arrow XT pumper,  2,000-gpm pump, 750-gallon water tank, 25-gallon foam cell. Delivery in October.
  • Oak Brook Fire Department – Pierce Enforcer PUC pumper, 1,500-gpm pump, 1,000-gallon water tank, 20-gallon foam cell. Delivery in September.
  • Plainfield Fire Protection District – Pierce Enforcer tanker-pumper, 1,250-gpm pump, 3,000-gallon water tank. Delivery in October.
  • St. Charles Fire Department  – Pierce Dash CF PUC pumper, 1,500-gpm pump, 750-gallon water tank. Delivery in September.

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