Archive for September 8th, 2018

Springfield Fire Department news

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Springfield Fire Department Chief Allen Reyne decided to revamp and upgrade their policies. It’s going to cost $30,079 out of their budget, which was approved by the council. Reyne said these revisions will help with risk reduction and liability.

They’re hiring a company that Reyne says has a good reputation of being meticulous and careful to improve policies and procedures.

The policies need to be consistent with state law. Other updates will include adding standards for social media and driving a fire truck. Right now, some of the policies date back to the 90’s.

“So if God forbid we get in a traffic accident,” Reyne said. “It just reduces that risk for the taxpayers in the end.”

About $17,000 of the $30,000 will go to training to all 215 firefighters.

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Chicago Fire Department news

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Six people, including two children and a firefighter, were transported to hospitals after an extra-alarm fire in the South Shore neighborhood Friday morning.

Calls for help first began around 6:30 a.m. when some residents of a three-story building in the 7900-block of South Phillips Avenue were awakened by the warnings of working smoke detectors, thick black smoke and the smell of fire.

The fire was struck by about 8 a.m.

Fire officials said the fire appears to have started in the second floor and is suspicious in nature and that it may have been deliberately set and the result of some sort of argument.

Twenty four residents were rescued by ladder. Several residents including two children, were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, in addition to a firefighter.

“One of our members became disoriented, so it was elevated to a 3-11 alarm. He was immediately found and taken for observation,” said deputy fire commissioner Richard Ford III.

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As seen around … Chicago

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr.

Chicago FD Air Mask Support Unit 644

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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Oak Park Fire Department news

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The Oak Park Fire Department was called to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 611 Randolph St., at about 12:30 p.m. for a report of a fire on the roof of the building Wednesday afternoon.

“Roofers working on the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church apparently started a fire with a propane torch,” village spokesman David Powers said. “The fire was quickly extinguished by the fire department, and no injuries were reported.”

The church’s pastor, the Rev. Kathy Nolte, said the damage was significant, and the church building could be closed into 2019.

thanks Scott

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