Archive for May 11th, 2017

Aurora Fire Department news

Excerpts from the

Aurora Fire Department officials say they’ve had better results this year in getting people to resume breathing on their own again amid regional changes in emergency protocol requiring paramedics to treat cardiac arrest patients for a half hour on site before moving them to a hospital.

Dan Heineman of Aurora, a 46-year-old mechanic, is one of their success stories. Heineman, whose brother is a firefighter in another city, visited Aurora’s Station 3 on the city’s West Side to meet and thank those he credits with a second chance at life.

When Heineman went into cardiac arrest on a Friday evening, there had been warning signs. A couple weeks prior, he’d had pain in his jaw. Knowing what that could mean, he went to a doctor to get it checked out. But an electrocardiogram test (EKG) showed he wasn’t having a heart attack then, and they went back home.

On April 21, Heineman came home from work and didn’t feel well. The pain was back, and he was nauseous. He couldn’t get comfortable and ended up on the couch, with his head in his wife Francesca’s lap. That’s the last thing he remembers before waking up in an ambulance.

The fire department has seen 47 CPR calls this year compared with 90 for all of 2016. They track return of spontaneous circulation, which generally means a patient showed signs of breathing on their own again. Last year, Aurora’s return of circulation rate was 26 percent, and this year it’s 33 percent.

One factor in that increase is a mandated protocol handed down earlier this year by the Southern Fox Valley Emergency Medical Service System, which includes Aurora.

A news release introducing the 30-minute rule, quotes American Heart Association statistics saying 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in residential settings, 90 percent of people who experience cardiac arrest outside of hospitals don’t recover, and 39 percent of such people get the immediate help they need before professionals arrive.

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Orland Fire Protection District history

This from Mike Summa:

This is Orland FPD’s E6083.  It started life I believe as a 1971 American LaFrance 1500/500.  As the picture shows it was rehabbed in 1988 with a Century 2000 cab.  Please enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa
Orland FPD American LaFrance fire engine

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Tinley Park Fire Department news (more)

This from Kevin Griffin:

I got more shots of the new numbers at the Tinley Park 5k on Sunday. The only vehicles that I didn’t have a chance to see was battalion 46 and engine 49

Tinley Park FD Deputy Chief car

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Tinley Park FD Engine 46

Kevin Griffin photo

Tinley Park FD Engine 47

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Tinley Park FD Tower 48

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Tinley Park FD Assistant Chief car

Kevin Griffin photo

Tinley Park FD Tower 49

Kevin Griffin photo

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Troy Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the herald

Troy FPD Lt. John Probst was preparing to return from a vacation with his girlfriend when he collapsed Tuesday morning, Troy Fire Protection District Chief Andy Doyle said. Probst was taken to a hospital, but did not survive.

“It was some kind of medical issue, but we weren’t told more than that,” Doyle said Wednesday morning. “Everybody here is in shock. It’s hard to believe.”

Doyle said the Estero, FL fire chief notified Troy firefighters of Probst’s death Tuesday afternoon.

Probst, 35, began his career with the Hometown Fire Department in 1999 and came to Troy in 2006. His last assignment was supervising a shift of four firefighters at Fire Station 1. Probst and his crew received a lifesaving award two years ago for resuscitating a man who’d gone into full cardiac arrest.

Probst was also a member of the agency’s Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue teams who loved training.

“He was a really good fireman. If you needed something done at a scene, you knew John could get it done or help someone get it done,” Doyle said.

Probst is survived by a 14-year-old son, his parents, two brothers, and two sisters. Funeral arrangements were pending Wednesday.

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