Archive for April 9th, 2017

Aurora Fire Department news

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Aurora could soon be building a new West Side fire station that has been in the works for almost 10 years. Aldermen are considering a resolution to hire a construction manager and architects to construct Fire Station 7 on Kenilworth Avenue in Lincoln Park. The resolution states that the construction manager would guarantee the project would not exceed $4 million.

A city capital improvement plan, originally submitted in 2007, had the Fire Station 7 replacement in it. The station was built in 1957 and not only is outmoded, city officials said, but is too small to handle a new medic unit.

Funds were approved in the 2016 budget to move forward with the design and engineering phase of the project, which has been completed.

City officials are hoping the council will approve the contract by the April 11 meeting and get station construction underway almost immediately after that. The council’s Finance Committee has already recommended the contract.

Fire officials have said they would like to have the new station operational by mid-December.

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Barrington Countryside FPD news (more)

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In early March, the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District agreed to a contract with Northwest Central Dispatch System (NWCDS).

The agreement, in part, means firefighters with Barrington Countryside will be able to communicate more effectively with other departments that are a part of NWCDS, which serves nearly 500,000 people spanning more than 170 square miles.

Police and fire departments in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Inverness, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, and Schaumburg are all with NWCDS.

Barrington Countryside FPD Deputy Chief Don Wenschhof said the fire protection district agreed to a per-call fee in the new contract with Northwest Central Dispatch System, making it difficult to compare costs under the district’s former agreement with Round Lake Beach-based CenCom.

The per-call fee amounts to $58.53, while no entry fee was charged under the agreement with Northwest Central Dispatch System.

The cost to work with NWCDS may ultimately be more for the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District but firefighters thought the services offered were worth the expense, he said.

From 2014 to 2016, Barrington Countryside averaged about 1,857 emergency calls a year to CenCom, according to CenCom.

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Downers Grove Fire Department news

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The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the International Fire Service Training Association at Fire Protection Publications, Oklahoma State University (IFSTA/FPP/OSU) are pleased to announce that Marsha P. Giesler has been selected as the 2017 Dr. Anne W. Phillips Leadership in Fire Safety Education Award recipient. Ms. Giesler is the Public Education Officer for Downers Grove Fire Department.

Marsha Giesler is the model of a local fire safety educator whose excellence in program design and implementation has transcended well beyond her work at the local level. Her advocacy for fire safety education and community risk reduction has significantly impacted the state of Illinois as well as fire safety educators across America.

Ms. Giesler’s work fulfills the spirit of Dr. Phillips’ minority report to America Burning by inspiring others to prevent fires as the best method to reduce burn injuries and fire loss. Her work as an excellent and enthusiastic educator has placed her in the position to advocate for fire prevention in Illinois and to help provide leadership and guidance as Illinois mandated fire safety education and community risk reduction for company officer and chief officer certification. Marsha can be described as a disciple of Dr. Phillips as her passion today matches the lifetime passion for fire safety of Dr. Phillips.

Because of her creativity in developing best practices, a willingness to share ideas, and an ability to mentor and inspire others, Marsha’s ideas have been adopted by fire services across the country, including the NFPA Education Section. She has served as a presenter and instructor at conferences across the country and is often a consultant to national and state organizations on programs and curriculum development.

This is not the first national award that recognizes Marsha and her impact on fire safety education. She was named the NFPA Educator of the Year in 2012. Ms. Giesler is best known for authoring the respected and widely used text book, Fire and Life Safety Educator: Principles and Practices. The text is now in its second edition.

The award was presented on April 6 at the 29th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, DC.

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New fire station for Lockport Township FPD (more)

This from Hunter Klinger:

Lockport Station 1 is opened on Friday March 31

New fire station for the Lockport Township FPD

New fire station for the Lockport Township FPD. Hunter Klinger photo

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