Archive for August, 2018

Woodstock Fire/Rescue District news

Excerpts from thewoodstockindependent.com:

Last Sept. 9, on their way to a training session with the McHenry County Sheriff’s SWAT team, two tactical EMS personnel heard a call that diverted them. A motorcycle had collided with a car, and the rider had been thrown from his bike. So the two EMTs – one from Woodstock, the other from Huntley – headed to the scene. They were soon joined by personnel from Woodstock in a rescue operation that, eventually, involved seven agencies.

For its’ quick action and good work, the district this week will receive the 24th annual Scene Call of the Year Award for 2017 from Flight For Life.

“The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District’s call highlights the teamwork that exists among fire departments, law enforcement agencies, dispatchers, hospitals and air medical services as they work together to provide the best possible patient outcome,” Flight For Life said in a news release. “It also illustrates the importance of critical thinking and decision-making, communication, use of mutual aid resources, scene safety and management and thinking outside the box.”

The first EMTs on the scene found the motorcyclist had suffered heavy trauma and they initiated care – blood control, airway control, splinting.

The award will be presented during the regular meeting of the district Board of Trustees at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Station 3, 2900 Raffel Road. In addition to Woodstock Fire/Rescue personnel, the ceremony will involve Northeast Regional Communications Center, which dispatched the call; McHenry County Sheriff’s Office; Woodstock Police Department; McHenry County Tactical Emergency Medical Support Team; Huntley Fire Protection District; and Flight For Life personnel who participated on the call.

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New engine for Roberts Park

From the SST Emergency Products Facebook page:

Congratulations to the Roberts Park FPD IL on your order of a new Seagrave.

thanks Martin

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Roberts Park Engine 32 for sale

From bpapparatus.com:

ITEM # PE-1534 2003 SPARTAN CRIMSON

List Price: $60,000.00

Condition: Excellent, some paint flaking
Pumper ID:
PE-1534
Year: 2003
Miles: 111,167
Hours: 10613
Pump Hours: 1176
Chassis: Spartan Gladiator 
Body: Crimson Stainless Steel
Engine: Detroit Series 60, lower end rebuilt
Trans. Allison MD4060
Pump: Hale 2000 G.P.M., Pump Rebuilt
Pre- Pipe Deck Gun:    Akron
Foam System:   Elkhart
Foam Tanks:  30 Gallon
Tank: 750 Gallon
Tank Material:   Poly
Generator: Harrison 7.5

2003 Spartan Gladiator Crimson pumper for sale

BP Apparatus photo

2003 Spartan Gladiator Crimson pumper for sale

BP Apparatus photo

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Elk Grove Village Fire Department news

This from Scott Peterson:

Elk Grove Village Station 7 with new doors that were finished this week

Elk Grove Village Fire Station 7 with new doors

Elk Grove Village Fire Station 7 with new doors. Scott Peterson photo

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Mattoon Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from jg-tc.com:

Nearly one month has passed since the city ended the Mattoon Fire Department’s ambulance service on July 25. The two private ambulance providers operating in Mattoon have been adding to their staff and fleets as they adjust to handling all of the calls for emergency medical services. The private providers have been assisted at times by the Mattoon Fire Department, which has retained its advanced life support equipment, and by the Charleston Fire Department’s ambulance service.

The number of calls for emergency medical services in Mattoon totals well more than 300 per month on average, according to fire department records. Fire Chief Tony Nichols said there were 13 times between July 25 and Aug. 18 that the Coles County 911 system needed to dispatch other ambulance services to help while the two private providers were busy with other calls.

The Mattoon Fire Department’s calls for backup included needing to use its advanced life support equipment at the scenes of two vehicle crashes and at one medical emergency. Charleston Fire Department ambulances transported three patients. Neoga or Sullivan ambulances were dispatched a total of three to four times, but were called off en route.

Ambulance providers in Mattoon are still helping transfer patients from Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center to higher level trauma centers, although the health center also has Abbott EMS ambulances assist with transfers if available. 

Dunn’s has been keeping three ambulances in operation in Mattoon during peak hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and two overnight. Their goal is to soon have three ambulances available 24 hours per day in Mattoon. They has been hiring more staff, but competition for applicants in the region has increased now that Abbott EMS is providing an ambulance service in Effingham and that Horizon Health’s Paris Community Hospital has started its own ambulance service.

Dunn’s and Mitchell-Jerdan are working together to try to ensure that there are always at least two ambulances available in Mattoon while still transferring patients for Sarah Bush Lincoln.

Resident Alissa MacDonald told the city council on Tuesday that her 22-month-old son, Jace, collapsed last weekend at home due to an epileptic seizure. MacDonald said she and her husband were already aware from the scanner that Mattoon had no available ambulances at the time and neither did Charleston. She said they later found out that the nearest available ambulance was 22 minutes away in Sullivan. MacDonald said she is a neonatal intensive care unit nurse and her husband is a critical care paramedic, so they were able to provide medical assistance for their child. However, she asked the council to consider what could happen to other families during such situations or to people in other emergencies, such as a shooting, if an ambulance is not readily available to help them.

“This town, in the wake of a school shooting (Sept. 20 at Mattoon High School), voted to move forward with eliminating the MFD ambulance system,” MacDonald said. “My own stepchildren were in that building last fall. And if God forbid they would have been injured, it would be my expectation that help be there immediately. One would think that after such a tragedy our city council would take action to increase safety in this city, not take it away.”

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New tower ladders for Chicago (more)

Updated production photos of one of the tower ladders for Chicago in production at E-ONE so#142016

E-ONE tower ladder being built

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E-ONE Cyclone II HP95 tower ladder being built

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E-ONE Cyclone II HP95 tower ladder being built

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E-ONE Cyclone II HP95 tower ladder being built

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E-ONE Cyclone II HP95 tower ladder being built

E-ONE photo

thanks Danny

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Downers Grove Fire Department news

The Downers Grove Fire Dept just completed construction and put in service a new burn/training tower completely funded by the Foreign Fire Tax Fund.  No village or department funds were used for this project.

new training facility in Downers Grove

new training facility in Downers Grove

new training facility in Downers Grove

new training facility in Downers Grove

thanks Brian

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Chicago Fire Department Lodd Firefighter Juan Bucio (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

Family and colleagues gathered in The Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy on Tuesday to honor the life of Juan Bucio, the Chicago Fire Department diver who died May 28 searching for a missing man who had fallen off a boat in the Chicago River.

The building where firefighters and paramedics sharpen their skills also serves as a solemn place of reflection for firefighters and family. Along a wall in the academy is a case that memorializes the fallen firefighters and paramedics with their badges and nameplates.

The mayor joined Chicago Fire Commissioner José A. Santiago, Bucio’s two sons and the diver’s brother in unveiling badge number 5115 in the wall of honor display case as Amazing Grace echoed through the building.

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Restaurant fire in Blue Island 8-24-18

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The owners of the Maple Tree Inn restaurant in Blue Island’s historic district vowed to reopen after an early morning fire Friday caused extensive damage to the business. The call came in at about 2:45 a.m., and firefighters from several surrounding communities assisted in battling the blaze, according to Blue Island Fire Chief Dan Reda.

The owners’ family lives in an apartment above the restaurant, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave., and they were able to escape the fire safely. The building sustained heavy fire, smoke and water damage. The fire was out by 6 a.m. and crews were working on a ruptured gas line.

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Batavia Fire Department history

Batavia FD history - 1955½ Chevrolet panel truck

The Batavia Fire Department is going to sell this 1955½ Chevrolet panel truck, which was the department’s first rescue truck. It was later used by the Emergency Services and Disaster Agency. Batavia Fire Department photo

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Once the pride of the Batavia Fire Department — in 1955, the city is putting a 1955½ Chevrolet 3800 panel truck on the auction block. It only has 23,300 miles on its and it runs.

It’s been taking up space in a city garage for a couple of years. Before that, it was assigned for about 25 years to the city’s Emergency Services and Disaster Agency. A former Batavia firefighter, as well as a former ESDA director, are interested in buying the vehicle.  The city council will declare the truck as surplus property Sept. 2.

In 1954, Batavia Fire Chief Frank “Bud” Richter proposed getting a rescue truck, in his biweekly “Smoke Signals” column in the Batavia Herald newspaper. Such a truck would be useful for hauling a resuscitator device and other first aid and rescue equipment to emergencies, rather than having to put such items on a big fire truck, he wrote. Especially when a fire truck wasn’t necessarily needed at emergencies such as medical calls, river rescues, and automobile crashes. The vehicle would more nimbly navigate the city’s streets, too. He proposed paying for it through private donations, and estimated it would cost about $5,000 to buy the truck, get it outfitted, and buy equipment such as stretchers, cots, acetylene cutting torches, salvage covers, and first-aid supplies.

More than half the money was raised in a one-night campaign in November 1954 by about 100 volunteers who went door-to-door asking for money. It was enough to order the vehicle and a two-way radio for it. The rest was raised in the next few months. Avenue Chevrolet sold the vehicle at cost.

The truck was dedicated and blessed July 4, 1955, at the annual fireworks show put on by the city’s firefighters.

thanks Evan

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