Archive for August 31st, 2023

Fire service news

Help Tim Olk Kick Cancer

Grace Olk is organizing this fundraiser.; #TimOlk; #cancer; #GoFundMe;

As many of you have heard by now, my uncle Timothy was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer. My uncle is one of the most kind hearted humans you’ll encounter. He has done so much for the firefighter community through the years with his passion and talent for photography, but also his selfless attitude of always putting others first. With the immediate future unknown and the timeline for his treatment up in the air, we’ve started this fundraiser as a way to take the stress of the bills piling up off his plate and allow him to focus on recovering.
Two weeks ago when I a missed call from uncle Timmy, I assumed it was another “I ran into someone you know” call, because that’s who my uncle is … someone who everyone knows because of a picture, a favor, a meal they shared together … the list goes on. He is always there for everyone. It’s our turn to be there for him.


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Decatur Fire Department news

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Two Decatur firefighters were taken to the hospital after responding to a third-alarm fire at ADM’s East Plant, that was detected by employees in the feed house of the corn processing plant at ADM’s Decatur complex during some maintenance activities Monday. 

The plant was evacuated, and all employees were safely accounted for.

First arriving crews from the Decatur Fire Department found heavy fire and smoke from the industrial structure that contained process tanks. They accessed the fire area and discovered heavy fire in a processing tank that was spreading into adjacent tanks. Large attack lines were deployed from a ladder truck to keep the fire from spreading to the rest of the structure while ADM employees injected steam and water into tanks.

The incident commander upgraded to a third alarm. Crews were on scene for 12 hours before the fire was completely under control.

Two Decatur firefighters were transported to the hospital. One was treated and released and the other was admitted for observation.

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Glen Ellyn Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT-This was the Glen Ellyn Fire Dept.’s Engine 6, a 1956 Pirsch (unknown specs).  Enjoy and comment.

Mike Summa; #MikeSumma; #GlenEllynFD; #FireTruck; #Pirsch; #TBT; #vintage; #clasicfireengine;

Mike Summa photo

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