Archive for December 16th, 2017

Does Chicago have a shortage of ambulances? (more)

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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

Lisle-Woodridge Fire District photo

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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

Drew Smith photo

Prospect Heights FD at fire scene

Drew Smith photo

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