Archive for October 18th, 2018

Burnham Fire Department news

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A 21-year-old father was killed and two other people were critically injured in a crash involving a car and motorcycle in south suburban Burnham Thursday morning near 140th Street and Torrence Avenue. The motorcycle was badly damaged with bits of debris scattered across the road. The vehicle involved also sustained significant damage.

“Looks like we had a motorcycle that had two passengers hit a vehicle carrying two passengers, so a total of four people involved,” said Burnham Fire Chief Andrew Horberg.

Kendall King, 21, was riding on the motorcycle and was transported to Franciscan Health Hammond, where he died of his injuries. His passenger – the mother of his son – and one of the passengers in the car were transported in critical condition.

Illinois State Police and the South Suburban Major Accidents Team were on the scene investigating for several hours. Investigators did not comment on which party may have been at fault.

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West Dundee Fire Department news

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A new ambulance for the West Dundee Fire Department will replace a 14-year-old ambulance with a well-documented history of mechanical problems. The lifespan of an ambulance is generally about a decade.

West Dundee was part of a class action lawsuit in 2009 against Ford for an alleged defective engine in the ambulance for which the village received some money back for repairs. Due to the numerous mechanical problems, Ford ultimately discontinued the 6.0-liter engine. In April 2017, about $5,000 was spent to fix the ambulance’s oil leaks. Village officials have also fielded patient complaints about the fumes and diesel smells coming from the rescue vehicle’s patient compartment.

While the going rate for ambulances is between $250,000 to $265,000, the new unit has a price of $199,000 by agreeing to let it be built as a demo unit. The price includes removal and reinstallation of the existing power load system.

Under the agreement, the 2019 ambulance can be used for demonstration purposes for approximately one month and at the conclusion West Dundee will purchase the vehicle. Officials will try to sell the 2005 ambulance on the open market. Delivery of the new ambulance is expected in January.

The fire department recently received a grant to outfit the ambulances with power cots and lift systems, as well as a Lucas Chest Compression System.

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Orland Fire Protection District history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT here is Orland Truck 120, a 1975 ALF 0/0/ 100′ rearmount.  A few years later I took this picture after rehab.
Mike Summa
Orland FPD Truck 120 - 1975 American LaFrance Ladder Chief 100' rearmount

Mike Summa photo

Orland FPD vintage American LaFrance Ladder Chief rehab

Mike Summa photo

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Fire service news

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Keeping bedroom doors closed in your home when you go to sleep is critical in keeping your family safe. We used to have about 17 minutes to get out of our homes if a fire broke out. Because of open floor plans and more synthetics in our furniture, the window for escape is now down to just three minutes.

Joel Sellinger, an Everett (WA) fireman, sees it all the time. Twin 3-year-old girls survived an apartment fire earlier this year because their bedroom door was closed. He was on the scene and took photos of the damage. One picture clearly shows the scorched, blackened outside of their bedroom door. The inside portion looks almost untouched.

He has been unable to convince his young daughter to keep her door closed at night. So, he came up with something called Lifedoor. He worked with the Northwest Innovation Research Center to make it a reality. When a smoke alarm starts going off, Lifedoor hears that sound and triggers a device mounted to the bedroom door. The door closes automatically, a light is activated, and an alert is sent to your phone.

Sellinger’s invention is expected to cost less than $100 and be on the market in February. He says it’s already helping his family sleep better at night.

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