Archive for February 7th, 2018

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the fire service

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Fire chiefs from across Illinois brought concerns about mental illness to a discussion hosted by the Illinois Fire Service Institute on Tuesday.

The director of the Illinois Fire Service Institute said Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a very real issue among firefighters, just like it is in the military. Mental health education is now part of almost all trainings at IFSI, which should help reach about 12,000 firefighters a year.

Research is showing that the most helpful person firefighters can talk out these issues with are other firefighters. The Champaign Fire Department has staff members trained to counsel fellow firefighters and identify those who may need additional help.

For more information on help available to firefighters and paramedics dealing with mental health problems, you can view resources recommended by IFSI here.

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Gary Fire Department history

This from Wayne Stuart:

The Gary Fire Department operated these 1979 Ford/E-1 pumpers. They had 1250-GPM pumps and 500-gallon tanks. They carried E-One serial numbers 1361,1362,1363, and 1364. They were assigned to many different companies over their long careers.

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1979 E-ONE delivery photo for Gary Indiana Fire Department

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House fire in Mundelein, 2-6-18

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Mundelein firefighters were dispatched at 10:13 a.m. Tuesday morning to the 200 block of North Prairie Avenue after a neighbor noticed smoke coming from a house.

There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. The fire originated on the second floor and spread into an attic, with heavy flames emanating from the upper eves.

Assisting Mundelein was the Countryside Fire Protection District, Libertyville, Wauconda, Lake Villa, Fox Lake, and Grayslake.

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