Archive for January 25th, 2022

Forest Park Fire Department news

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Forest Park Fire Chief Phil Chiappetta said Metro Ambulance Service, the village’s third-party provider, is supposed to provide six paramedics to staff the village’s ambulance in three two-person shifts throughout the day. But for the last several months at least, no more than three contract paramedics have been available and that, until recently, that number was only two.

The shortfall means that Forest Park firefighters, all but one of whom are cross-trained and certified firefighter/paramedics, have been working overtime shifts to cover the gaps. Chiappetta said finding volunteers to work those shifts has, thankfully, not been a problem, but that the lingering effects of what he described as a statewide shortage have led him to approach village hall about ending the contract with Metro Paramedics when it expires in April 2023 and converting the village’s ambulance staff to full-time fire department employees.

Metro Paramedics said paramedics are in short supply nationwide and that one part of a more complex web of issues is that base pay for contract paramedics is extremely low, something that is causing people to leave the business and dramatically shrinking the pool of students who are now attending and completing paramedic certification programs. Metro has been trying to raise pay for years, something prompted by incremental increases in the minimum wage in Illinois, which is now $12 per hour. They have lost clients in other municipalities as Metro has raised prices to try and subsidize wage increases, but that right now companies like his have few other options.

Because Metro has been unable to fulfill its end of the contract with the village, Forest Park taxpayers are not shelling out any additional tax dollars to make up for the shortage. Any overtime hours paid to Forest Park firefighters are deducted from the amount the village pays Metro, so for now the financial implications in the village are minimal. That’s not the case, of course, for Metro.

Chiappetta is hopeful for the prospect of bringing the paramedic service in-house, something that is buoyed by an effort from former chief Steve Glinke to cross-train staff to serve in both roles. 

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 1-25-22

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Chicago police and firefighters responded just before 2 a.m. Tuesday to the 8200-block of South Cornell Avenue in Stony Island Park for a reported house fire. When they arrived, they found the nearby fire hydrants were frozen, hampering their efforts to battle the blaze.

An 81-year-old woman, who neighbors said lived alone, was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition, where she later died of her injuries. She was found in the kitchen, just steps from the exit.

According to the Chicago Fire Department, there were no working smoke detectors in the home.  Fire crews knocked on doors in the aftermath, handing out free smoke detectors to people in the area. 

CFD officials said the fire might have started in the basement and the cause is still under investigation, but a smoke alarm could have provided more warning to escape.

From Chicago Fire Department Media on Twitter:

Fatal fire 8215 Cornell 82 year old woman removed in cardiac arrest critical to U of C where she was pronounced. No working smoke detectors. 911 call at 154 a.m. Engine 72 on scene at 158 a.m. 2 story 25×50 Still and Box alarm

CFD Public Education will be at 82 and Cornell at 10 a.m. to pass out smoke detectors and info in the aftermath of the fatal fire this morning. 

8215 Cornell preliminary report indicates fire may have started in basement. No smoke detectors found. Victim found only a few feet from exit. Smoke alarm could have provided enough warning to allow safe escape. Are yours working?

Update on Cornell fatal fire. CFD OFI has determined the most probable cause of this fire was a wiring problem and it will be classified as accidental. Please remember to check smoke detectors. They do save lives! 

Fatal fire at 8215 Cornell in Chicago, 1-25-22

CFD Media photo

Fatal fire at 8215 Cornell in Chicago, 1-25-22

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New engine for Westmont FD (more)

Westmont FD

Update from macqueen on the new Westmont engine, Job: #36386 Impel Pumper

thanks Danny

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New home for Tri-State FPD tower Ladder

2009 Spartan Smeal 100′ Platform – Sold and Delivered to:
Oak Island FD – Long Beach,North Carolina

Tri-State FPD 2009 Spartan / Smeal 100' platform aerial for sale

thanks Martin

Previous Tri-State FPD tower ladder was sold to the

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