Archive for October 20th, 2019

As seen around … Skokie

The Skokie Fire Department is currently running this 2000 Pierce Saber pumper as Engine 18 while the regular apparatus undergoes repair and refurbishment. This unit, originally from Clayton, NC is a service loaner.

(Skokie Engine 18R – 2000 Pierce Saber 1250/500 so 11692 X-Clayton, NC)

2000 Pierce Saber fire engine

Larry Shapiro photo

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Of interest north of the border … Burlington Rescue Squad

Excerpts from the journal

The Burlington Rescue Squad will dissolve at the end of the year due to difficulties keeping up with an increased call volume and a decline in volunteerism. The dissolution will leave the City of Burlington Fire Department to pick up rescue services for city residents. Town of Burlington officials are negotiating with the city regarding a likely contract for EMS service after Dec. 31.  Both municipalities have their own fire departments. The city’s department will hire three additional full-time and two additional part-time fire/EMS staff resulting in the city fire department’s paid staff being comprised of: five full-time and 12 part-time fire/EMS staff and one part-time administrative assistant. They also have volunteer firefighters,

The town could then feasibly contract with the city for rescue service, which appears to be the most likely outcome.  About 20 members are currently on the rescue squad roster, and some will likely volunteer with the city fire department or other area volunteer departments.

The volunteer squad, founded in 1946, has been responding to 1,300 to 1,600 calls annually over the past few years. It was founded as a nonprofit by the Burlington Rotary Club, which continued to oversee it. At one time they also covered parts of Dover, Kenosha County, and Walworth County.

The Rescue Squad Board of Directors decided that continuing service is no longer practical. In April, the squad and city fire department had jointly announced they were entering negotiations to merge. The squad considered lightening its load by solely responding to the town, but it was determined last week that it was not feasible.

Some of the rescue squad’s equipment will be donated to the city and town fire departments, while the rest will be donated to departments in need throughout the state.


Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Camp for burn victims

Excerpts from the

The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance has announced the dates for next year’s Camp “I Am Me!” The camp will represent the 30th anniversary of Illinois’ camp for young burn survivors, ages 8 to 16, who have experienced a burn requiring outpatient treatment or hospitalization.

Through the generosity of donors, supporters, sponsors, and volunteers, the IFSA continues to offer this unique, week-long experience at no cost to campers. Everything is covered, including lodging, meals, activities, and transportation to and from the camp, which is held at the YMCA Camp Duncan in Ingleside.

Next year’s Camp “I Am Me” will be June 14-20 with the fire apparatus parade, appreciation day and fun fair on June 17.

No other IFSA program has received greater attention from the fire service, medical community, general public, and the media then Camp “I Am Me.” It provides the setting for child burn survivors to share their common experiences while being able to play and not feel self-conscious about their scars. The benefits to the campers – physical, psychological, and emotional – have been enough to inspire a long list of eager volunteers and contributors.

Camp “I Am Me” was the first camp (for burn survivors) to become accredited in the United States through the American Camp Association (ACA). In order to maintain this recognition, the IFSA continues to meet industry-accepted and government-recognized standards to ensure the proper care and safety of all campers.

For more information about the camp, go to

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