Archive for May 26th, 2017

Naperville Fire Department news

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The Naperville Fire Department received an International Association of Fire Chiefs’ 2017 Heart Safe Community award for developing programs and services for victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

Naperville fire officials accepted the award during the International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire Rescue Med conference in Nevada.

The department was cited for its aggressively implemented creative approaches in helping Naperville residents and visitors prevent and survive heart attacks.

Those approaches have included a CPR/AED program taught throughout the city by the department’s firefighter-paramedics; the placement of defibrillators in public buildings, parks and other locations where large numbers of people congregate; the implementation of the Pulse Point app, which alerts people who know CPR to emergencies where they might be able to help before paramedics arrive; and the recent implementation of the E-Bridge early notification application with Edward Hospital.

E-Bridge is a smart phone application that alerts the hospital while paramedics are still on the scene of a medical emergency. It gives emergency room personnel more time to prepare for a patient’s arrival, including preregistering the patient to allow hospital staff to take the patient directly into treatment.

E-Bridge also can send secure images and messages directly to the emergency room physician with future capability of sending short video.

The fire department last year had an overall Return of Spontaneous Circulation (ROSC) rate of 26 percent in the field, which is above the national average.

Of the patients who achieved ROSC, six were discharged from the hospital with no neurological deficit, representing a survival rate of 10.2 percent, which is above the national average of 8.2 percent.

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Plainfield Fire Protection District news

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The Plainfield Fire Protection District is welcoming instructors from Toronto and New York City to lead a peer trainer fitness program.

The district, along with the International Association of Fire Fighters Plainfield chapter and Paramedics Local 4560, is hosting the certification program, which is designed to help reduce time lost due to both on-the-job and off-duty illness and injury.

The peer fitness trainer program is part of the broader Wellness-Fitness Initiative, which was spearheaded by the IAFF in partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs. It was developed to address firefighter medical, behavioral health and fitness issues.

Plainfield Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Jon Stratton said the fire chiefs association has pushed the program for years, but Plainfield Lt. Andy Scott asked whether it could be brought to Plainfield.

The voluntary class was filled with about 30 firefighters from Plainfield and other departments. The district is thinking about hosting another one in the fall.

The five-day course uses the latest research on firefighter health and wellness, exercise science and the prevention of injuries to improve the effectiveness of firefighters in meeting the needs of the community.

Plainfield has sent firefighters to Indianapolis to become trainers for a different wellness program. Those individuals then trained different shifts within the district. Plainfield will have several of its own participating in this program.

Firefighters who are certified as peer fitness trainers get to design and implement fitness programs, improve the wellness and fitness of their departments/districts and can assist in the physical training of recruits. The accredited exam is administered by the American Council on Exercise.

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Countryside FPD news

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The Countryside Fire Protection District promoted two members at a ceremony during the district’s Board of Trustees meeting on May 18th. 

Lieutenant Jim Weber was promoted to battalion chief. Jim joined the department in 1992 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2003. He has served as a member of dive team, a fire investigator, CPR instructor, and on the firefighter pension board. He recently was assigned as the medical officer for fire district.

Firemedic Mark Skala was promoted to lieutenant. Mark joined the department in 1998 as a paid on call firefighter. He became a career member of the department in 2003. He is a member of the Lake County Specialized Response Team as a rescue technician, has been an active maintaining the district’s tools and equipment, and assisting with fire safety education.

The promotions come on the heels of Battalion Chief Brian Garrity’s retirement after 28 years of service to the Countryside Fire Protection District.

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House fire in Addison, 5-25-27

Photos from Steve Redick of the Box Alarm in Addison 5/25/27 at 20W385 Diversey Avenue.

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