Archive for March 20th, 2023

Commercial building fire in Harvard, 3-18-23

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Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at a meat packing facility outside of Harvard Saturday evening. Crews were dispatched at 7:44 p.m. after multiple buildings caught fire at the Olague Farms Meat Packing Plant. When crews arrived, they were in defensive mode.

On Sunday morning, firefighters responded to the property again due to a rekindling.

Demolition crews were called to the scene tearing down parts of the building damaged by the previous fire.

Multiple animals were removed from the property (Saturday evening) and were relocated to another farm due to the fire.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal will lead the investigation. Damages are estimated at $200,000.

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Box alarm fire in Palatine, 3-19-23 (more);  #PalatineFD; #mansardroof; #apartmentfire; #DundeeQuarter;

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Buffalo Grove Fire Department news

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The Buffalo Grove Fire Department (BGFD) received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAl’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program. BGFD is one of fewer than 325 agencies worldwide to achieve “Internationally Accredited Agency” status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. (CPSE). 

CFAl’s accreditation model is centered around a comprehensive self-assessment consisting of 250 different performance indicators that cover the span of fire and emergency service operations. Using these indicators, BGFD assessed its current performance and compared it to industry best practices. Accredited agencies are often described as being community-focused, data-driven, outcome-focused, strategic-minded, well organized, properly equipped, properly staffed, and trained.

The BGFD’s accreditation journey began in 2019 and involved the compilation of nearly 600 pages of assessments and analyses along with over 350 different reference documents. CFAl’s review team conducted a comprehensive review of BGFD’s assessment and provided its recommendations. The accreditation status was approved unanimously. 

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Fire Service news

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In the next step in its fight to combat firefighter cancer, the International Association of Fire Fighters filed suit March 16 against the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for its role in imposing a testing standard that effectively requires the use of PFAS in firefighter protective gear.  

A provision in NFPA 1971 requires certain components of firefighter bunker gear to pass the Ultraviolet Light Degradation Test. The test requires turnout gear to be exposed to UV light for 40 hours without degradation. The only substance that can pass the test for that long is PFAS. The complaint, International Association of Fire Fighters v. National Fire Protection Association, Inc., seeks to hold the NFPA liable for not removing the dangerous test from its Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting (Standard 1971).  

The suit, filed in Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., seeks damages and other relief. 

In its effort to combat cancer in the fire service, the IAFF has retained three nationally recognized law firms, Motley Rice LLC; Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC; and Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo P.C. (collectively known as the PFAS Law Firmscharged with changing regulatory standards, demanding PFAS-free gear, and assisting IAFF members and families seeking compensation for PFAS-related illness. 

The IAFF has been aggressive in working to remove PFAS from firefighter gear, focusing significant research, education, and publicity around the dangers posed by the forever chemicals. 

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