Archive for May 21st, 2017

Oswego Fire Department news

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The following EMS Units were honored at the May 15th Swearing-In Ceremony at the Oswego Fire Department.

Engine-3, Medic-3 – Firefighter/Paramedics Jimm Pechinski, Matt Cox, Jon Vickery, and Lt. Dave Jordan

“In recognition of operations performed in a highly commendable manner during an EMS call resulting in a successful pre-hospital baby delivery”.  A successful in-home assisted birth of a healthy baby boy with subsequent treatment and transport of mother & child to Rush Copley Hospital in the morning of February 27, 2017.

Engine-4, Medic-4 – Firefighter/Paramedics Jeff Pokorney, Kyle Sheley, Dave Martinez, and Lt. Dan Gallup

“In recognition of operations performed in a highly commendable manner during an EMS incident resulting in the Rush Copley Medical Center Call of the Year for 2016”.  Rush Copley awarded this EMS call with both the Call of the Quarter and subsequently the Call of the Year due to the timely recognition of the severity of the patient’s symptoms and the resulting treatment and transport.  The EMS crew initiated care, discovered and recognized an abnormal heart rhythm indicating the patient was an immediate candidate for a CODE STEMI (a STEMI is short for ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction), which means the patient was in the midst of a significant life-threatening cardiac event.  Scene time at the patient’s location for this event – which included assessing the patient, placing and interpreting the heart monitor, and initiating care & transport – was less than 7 minutes!  The thorough and timely recognition of the cardiac event and the subsequent teamwork between the pre-hospital care of the Fire Department crew and the Emergency Room and Hospital staff, allowed the patient to undergo extensive cardiac procedures directly upon arrival at the hospital, thus saving the life of the patient.

Truck-1, Medic-1 – Firefighter/Paramedics Joshua Petersohn, Matt Goodbred, Jon Vickery, and Lt. Joe Johnson

“In recognition of operations performed in a highly commendable manner during an EMS incident resulting in successful cardiac defibrillation”.  The crew responded to an EMS call for a patient who fell and was barely breathing.  Upon arrival, it was noted that a bystander and then the police department had initiated CPR and an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) had been placed on the patient by the Police Officer with no shock advised. The EMS crew found the patient to be in asystole (without a heartbeat) and immediately initiated protocols and moved the patient to the ambulance for additional care.  The patient’s heart rhythm had then converted to one that was shockable, and the crew successfully defibrillated the patient into a sustainable heart rhythm, sedated & intubated the patient to take over the breathing, and successfully transported to the Emergency Department at Rush Copley Medical Center.

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Chicago Fire Department news

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Most callers assume 911 operators receive address information automatically when they call. That’s the case with landline phones but not cellular calls. 

“We have to explain to [callers] that we need to verify their address because with cell phones, we don’t get an exact address,” said Chicago 911 dispatch trainer Sherrie Y. Wright.

Why can Uber and other apps pinpoint your location when 911 can’t? That’s because apps use GPS information you agree to provide and transmit. 911 relies on cellular carriers to report a caller’s location. The carriers do that by determining the location of the cell tower with which the phone connects. It means 911 dispatchers can initially receive an address range of several blocks but they can “re-ping” the phone which usually narrows it down to a single block, but often doesn’t provide a specific street address to send help.

Right now, the FCC has an agreement with the big wireless carriers: They only need to transmit specific street addresses 40-percent of the time. That number is slated to increase to 80% of calls by the year 2021. 

Despite the fact wireless phone users in Illinois are paying as much $3.90 per month in 911 surcharges,  Illinois lawmakers diverted $7.5 million in 911 fees to shore up the state’s general revenue fund in recent years.

Private firms have developed apps and other software that will relay the specific location of wireless callers, but it comes with additional cost.

Chicago 911 officials say the best way to help first responders emergency personnel to reach you in an emergency is to quickly and clearly state the location from which you’re calling.

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Chicago Fire Department news

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A young boy’s visit to Chicago for a hospital treatment turned into much more than that!

It was Owen Mahan’s day off. The 9-year-old from Indiana is recovering from severe burns that he suffered as a toddler in Lawrence, Kan. 

The Navy Pier carousel is a far cry from a doctor’s appointment, which is what Owen Mahan was told Tuesday morning when the 9-year-old arrived in Chicago from Indiana.

With perfect weather, Owen knew something was up. He was surprised with a day of fun in Chicago – well-deserved for a boy who was once given a zero-percent chance to live. When he was 2 years old, Owen was scalded with hot water and suffered burns over 98 percent of his body.

“I’ve got a medical background, so when they told me he was burnt with 98 percent of body, I thought it was a typo. There is no way anyone can survive that type of injury,” said Susan Mahan, Owen’s mother.

Owen not only survived, but with the help of his mother, he’s thriving. He has been through 49 surgeries. His mother said that every day, his will to live humbles her.

Owen’s day in Chicago was arranged by good friends who wanted to give him something fun to do before his upcoming June 5 surgery to amputate his other leg.

In another surprise, Owen headed over to the Wrigley Firehouse where got to ride in the truck and was given a full uniform making him an honorary fireman.

Then, Owen headed inside the Friendly Confines with a special seat in the dugout for batting practice. A gift from Jake Arietta capped off a perfect day for a perfect kid.

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Evergreen Park Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

This is the Evergreen Park Truck 32, a 1956 Pirsch 750/250 65′ midmount aerial truck.  Please enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa
1956 Pirsch 750/250 65' mid-mount quint.

Mike Summa photo

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