Archive for February 23rd, 2018

Barrington and Lake Zurich Fire Department news

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Later this spring, both the Barrington and Lake Zurich fire departments will start using the Phoenix G2 Fire Station Alerting System, which can save firefighters up to 60 seconds when they are responding to emergencies. The system assists dispatchers, who will be able to type pertinent information during 911 calls straight into a computer-aided system.  The system then automatically alerts the appropriate fire stations, saving time since dispatchers will no longer have to stop their conversations with 911 callers to dispatch firefighters.

The system has lights and speakers in every station which alert firefighters while scrolling message boards provide them with addresses and how much time has elapsed since an alert was made.

Barrington officials approved $54,300 for the system, while Lake Zurich officials approved $56,500 for the new equipment.

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Bloomington Fire Department news

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The owner and owner-to-be of several apartment buildings in Bloomington face almost 800 pretty significant code violations, including 226 at a building destroyed by fire Feb. 10, city records show.

The city already had sought a demolition order for 1101 Gettysburg Drive because the roof kept caving in. The city also has 572 citations pending against owner Wayne Pelhank and contract-for-deed purchaser Ed Duran for five rental properties in the 900 blocks of West Front and West Grove streets.  The various cases are filed in circuit court and the city’s administrative court.  

In the demolition request filed Dec. 15 in circuit court, the city said the building was structurally unsound and had significant roof leaks and water-logged ceilings, walls and carpeting.

A firefighter was injured in the Gettysburg fire and 29 people were left homeless. A cause of the fire has not been determined. The 12-unit, two-story building was built in the 1970s.

According to city records, code inspectors completed an initial inspection of 1101 Gettysburg Drive on Sept. 6 and found 262 violations. Pelhank was given until Nov. 28 to correct them, but the compliance date was extended after neither he nor a representative showed up Nov. 28.

About eight violations had been fixed when a city inspector re-inspected the property on Dec. 18 and Pelhank was given a final extension to complete repairs. At the Jan. 30 re-inspection, the inspector noted 226 violations that included smoke alarm problems, missing doors, windows that wouldn’t open, improperly installed doorknobs, damage from water leaks, and cockroaches. Various violations were found in all 12 apartments.

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Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 2-22-18

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:

Chicago Engine 49 and Truck 33 arrived to find heavy fire from the roof of a 2 sty frame @ 4431 S Wood.  Tower 39, the second truck,  arrived and requested a Box due to the amount of smoke and fire showing. Companies lead out 4 lines and Engine 49 utilized their deck gun to knock the fire. Chi-Town Fire Photos

flames from roof of house on fire

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Chicago FD Engine 49

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Firefighter sues deck gun from engine

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Firefighters carry hose in the street

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Chicago FD Truck 33

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Chicago FD Engine 123

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Palos Heights FPD History

This from Mike Summa:

Palos Heights once ran this IHC/unknown Squad 6405 out of their station 1.  Enjoy and comment.

Mike Summa
Palos Heights FPD Squad 6405

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