Archive for December, 2017

House fire in Mundelein, 12-15-17

This from Jeff Rudolph:

12/15/17, 320 W Division, Mundelein, IL
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firefighter in PPE on the roof

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firefighters in PPE on the roof

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smoke from small house on fire

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Mundelein fire engine

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firefighter after a fire

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firefighter wearing full PPE

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Mundelein fire engine

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Schaumburg Fire Department history

From psi.illinois.edu:

On December 16, 1977, Firefighter Anthony M. Gallo of the Schaumburg Fire Department died in the line of duty while responding to a false alarm. Gallo was fatally injured while riding the tailboard of a fire truck that overturned near the intersection of Higgins and Meacham Roads. The fire truck had swerved down an embankment to avoid a collision after the civilian vehicle in front of it skidded on ice.

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Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD news

 

Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD LieutenantJames Carney

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House fire in Lisle, 12-15-17 (more)

Photos from Tim Olk of the House fire in Lisle, 12-16-17

house fire in Lisle IL

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house fire in Lisle IL

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firefighters overhaul house fire in Lisle IL

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firefighters overhaul house fire in Lisle IL

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house fire in Lisle IL

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firefighters overhaul house fire in Lisle IL

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firefighters overhaul house fire in Lisle IL

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house fire in Lisle IL

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house fire in Lisle IL

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Does Chicago have a shortage of ambulances? (more)

Excerpts from chicago.cbsocal.com:

The city’s inspector general is calling for Mayor Emanuel to step in and do something about excessive Chicago ambulance response times that can endanger people with medical emergencies.

The standard ambulance response time should be six minutes. Yet, over the past three years, some response times greatly exceed that standard. These include:

–a 16-minute response for a woman hit by a truck at the corner of Washington and LaSalle

–a 22-minute response to get to a girl shot near the 1400 block of North Sedgwick

–a 33-minute response for a senior with chest pains.

Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago did agree three years ago that at least five additional ambulances were needed but has yet to add them.

A 2013 Inspector General report said ambulances only met national response standards 58 percent of the time. The recommendation is 90 percent. By 2015, the Inspector General found that suggested ambulance response reforms were not implemented. The report also says the City of Chicago inaccurately averages response times.

While calls for fire-related emergencies have declined, calls for ambulances have increased over the last three years.

Mayor Emanuel has directed the fire commissioner to submit recommendations on additional ambulances by the end of the first quarter of 2018.

“The city will diligently work to determine the appropriate locations for any additional ambulances,” a statement said.

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House fire in Lisle, 12-16-17

From Lisle-Woodridge FPD Twitter:

Structure fire 4711 Dumoulin. 5 pts transported to hospital. Companies working.

Structure fire update, 6 total pts. Fire under investigation.

house fully engulfed in fire

Lisle-Woodridge Fire District photo

house fully engulfed in fire

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Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

A fire engulfed a Lisle home Saturday morning, sending two adults and four children ages three to 12 to the hospital.

Firefighters from the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District responded to 911 calls from passers-by and from an occupant of the two-story, single-family home in the 4700 block of Dumoulin Avenue, Fire Chief Keith Krestan said. The 911 calls came about 8:40 a.m. Firefighters arrived four minutes later to find a fully involved fire. Firefighters had the blaze under control within 30 to 40 minutes.

The occupants were taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, where two are listed in serious condition and four were listed as guarded.

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Working fire in Prospect Heights, 12-15-17

Prospect Heights FPD was dispatched on Friday, 12/15 at 18:47 to a report of smoke in or from the building in the 1200 block of north Elmhurst Road. On arrival nothing was showing. After investigation fire was discovered in the roof near an exhaust fan for one of the several restaurants in the strip mall. A working fire (former Code 4) response was upgraded. One handline was taken to the roof where PH and Wheeling companies opened up and checked for extension. A second hand line was taken into the restaurant below the fire area where E9 and E39 checked for extension. Companies on the assignment were:

Prospect Heights Engine 9, Engine 39, Tower 9, 900, 901, and Battalion 9; Wheeling Engine 23, Tower 24, Ambulance 23; Arlington Heights Engine 4; and  Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Squad 51. 

Chief officers 2400, 2401, 5500, a MP chief were returned.

Prospect Heights FD at fire scene

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Prospect Heights FD at fire scene

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Pleasantview Fire District news (more)

Excerpts from wwmt.com:

Brandon Clevenger pleaded guilty this morning to reckless driving causing death in the highway crash that killed Comstock Fire Chief Ed Switalski six months ago.

Replying in one-word answers, Clevenger, 24, of Battle Creek, admitted in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court that he was responsible for the crash. He faces penalties of up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 29. He has no prior felony convictions.

Switalski was cleaning up the scene of a previous crash on eastbound Interstate 94, when Clevenger, driving past, lost control of his own vehicle and hit Switalski. The fire chief died at the scene.

Investigators said a car data recorder indicated Clevenger was traveling at speeds as high as 90 mph at the time and crashed into a barrier at 87 mph. Additionally, an analysis of Clevenger’s phone showed he was using it before the collision.

Three months after the crash, a warrant was issued against Clevenger. He turned himself in, and after arraignment was released on a personal recognizance bond.

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Prospect Heights FPD news

Prospect Heights FPD Firefighter/Paramedic Walter Prestel

Prospect Heights FPD Firefighter/Paramedic Walter Prestel

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Fox River & Countryside Fire Rescue District news

From the Fox River & Countryside Fire Rescue District website:

Fox River & Countryside Fire Rescue District press release

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