Archive for January, 2024

New mobile command center for Naperville


We recently completed this mobile command center for the City of Naperville in Illinois. The vehicle features a Freightliner M2 106 conventional single rear axle chassis with a 33,000 GVWR, Cummins L9 360HP diesel engine and an Allison 3000 EVS automatic transmission. The all aluminum body of the command center features two in-house fabricated flat floor slide-outs and our Intel-I-Touch™ vehicle automation system. We added an exterior charging station, exterior workstation and our Extreme Duty body storage compartments to the vehicle as well. A non locking rear pneumatic mast was added with perimeter surveillance camera equipment. To stabilize the command center on scene, a vehicle leveling system is installed. A TriMark keyless entry system has also been installed with remote radio frequency (RF) transmitter fob. Whelen emergency and scene lighting has also been installed to the exterior. A custom pull out aluminum stair cassette has been added for entry into the vehicle.

Inside, the command center has a front work area with two sets of café-style seating. The seats are fixed and made in house for staff. We added magnetic surface dry erase white boards to the side walls. We wall mounted a 55? high resolution display monitor to the front wall. Two additional 32? monitors have been added to the front area as well. The center of the vehicle has a large electronics rack and a closet with adjustable shelving. Magnetic soft close pocket doors are utilized for privacy.

The rear conference room has a center table with six spider base task chairs. Two additional workstations are included in the curbside rear slide out. A large 65? high resolution display monitor is wall mounted to the streetside wall. A 55? Vibe smartboard with conferencing camera is wall mounted to the rear wall.

The HVAC system consists of three ducted low profile rooftop A/C units with wall thermostat and two direct discharge diesel-fired furnaces. A poweful 20kW liquid cooled diesel generator supplies plenty of electric power to the command center. A full vehicle surge suppression system has been installed to protect all of the installed electronics. A Will-Burt Night Scan LED telescoping light tower is also installed. Four perimeter IP cameras are installed for surveillance. An Extron 4K 16×8 video matrix switcher handles all of the video sources.; #LDV; #MobileCommandCenter; #Naperville; #FreightlinerM2106;

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Vehicle Details

  • Freightliner M2 106 conventional single axle chassis
  • Cummins L9 diesel engine
  • Allison 3000EVS automatic transmission
  • (2) In-house fabricated flat floor slide outs
  • Weatherproof exterior workstation
  • Electronics charging station
  • Vehicle leveling system
  • Intel-I-Touch™ vehicle automation system
  • Extreme Duty body storage compartments
  • Non-locking rear pneumatic mast with perimeter surveillance cameras (2)
  • (4) Perimeter IP surveillance cameras on the body
  • 16×8 Extron video matrix switcher
  • TriMark keyless entry system
  • (8) Spider base task chairs
  • Fixed bench seating
  • Vibe collaboration monitor with conferencing camera
  • Pull out aluminum stair cassette at entry door
  • Café-style workstations in front room
  • Large electronics rack
  • Magnetic soft close pocket doors
  • Magnetic surface dry erase white boards
  • LED scene lighting
  • Complete emergency lighting and siren package
  • Prewired for communications radios

thanks Keith

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Lemont Fire Protection District history

This from Larry Shapiro for #TBT; #larryshapiro;;; #TBT; #LemontFPD; #FireTruck; #AmericanLaFrance; #CenturySeries; #vintage;;

1982 American LaFrance Century Series engine with 500 gallons of water and a 1,500-GPM pump. Larry Shapiro photo; #larryshapiro;;; #TBT; #LemontFPD; #FireTruck; #AmericanLaFrance; #CenturySeries; #vintage; #WaterChief; #quint;;

1983 American LaFrance Century Series 75? Water Chief Quint (1500/500). Larry Shapiro photo

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Fire Service news

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Much of the US relies heavily on non-career firefighters, but their ranks are dwindling. If the problem doesn’t abate, there’s a lot at stake.

During Covid-19, I – like many others – found myself wondering what I could do to help. After passing by a local fire station many times, I checked out the department’s website and found that they needed volunteers. 

I knew volunteer fire departments existed, but I didn’t think my town, an 8,500-person suburb of New York City – Hastings-on-Hudson, 20 miles (32km) from Midtown Manhattan – had one. I was also surprised to learn that even in the largest metropolitan area in the US, a large percentage of the population doesn’t have full-time fire departments.

Instead, volunteer firefighters do the work that paid, professional – “career” – firefighters do. They are essential to their US communities. Yet many of these volunteer departments, especially across rural and suburban areas, are struggling.

They often have a shortage of people willing to do the job. Even when new recruits join, many simply can’t commit to being on-call or at a firehouse as they juggle careers and family dynamics. And those who do stay are often older men who are close to aging out; at 38, I am  one of the younger members at my firehouse

Of the more than one-million firefighters in the US, 65% of them are volunteers, according to data from the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC). Of the more than 29,000 fire departments across the country, almost 19,000 of them are run completely by volunteers.

Internationally, that’s not entirely unusual. In many European countries, the fire service is composed mostly of volunteers – a list that includes Austria, Germany and Portugal. Australia also relies heavily on volunteer firefighters, as do parts of the UK. But the US’s reliance is particularly significant, due to the country’s larger geographic footprint and population.

About 85% of the US population is covered by career departments, which means most households live in areas serviced by full-time fire departments. Yet that still leaves 15% of the country in the hands of volunteers.

In Kansas, volunteers probably protect 85% of the state, which is similar to other largely rural states. In Iowa, the figure is 92%. In Minnesota, paid-on-call or volunteer firefighters comprise 97.5% of the state’s firefighting force.

These are the areas most likely to struggle to find volunteers, as there’s a smaller population to draw from; and some volunteers, especially younger ones, may move away.

The number of volunteer firefighters in the US numbered nearly 898,000 in 1984, but only around 677,000 in 2020, according to the NVFC data. During that time, the number of calls to those departments has more than tripled, from less than 12 million nationwide in 1986, to more than 36.6 million in 2021.

The severity of the issue varies from city to city and state to state. In New York, it is glaring. Since the late 1990s, there has been a 32% decrease in the amount of volunteering while the amount of calls has gone up 29%.

Several factors are in the affect volunteers including the state of the economy where you need to have one or two jobs and childcare to be able to volunteer. In years past, many volunteers – often men – were able to come home from their jobs, put in the hours and go on calls on evenings and weekends while depending on their spouses for care. Even today, only 11% of volunteer firefighters and 5% of career firefighters in the US are women

By definition, firefighting is also dangerous – a problem that’s always looming. There are health effects to consider – both mental and physical. It can be emotionally draining, too, especially for volunteers who end up on particularly grisly calls and have trouble processing what they’ve seen. Firefighters exposed to various hazardous substances also increase their risks of developing cancer or other diseases, which is a concern for potential recruits.

The USFA has been identifying ways to help volunteer departments fill their classes and keep those recruits. In 2022 and 2023, the USFA held summits, bringing together numerous leaders in the fire service to try and “get a sense of the scope and the scale”. 

Potential solutions, some of which are included in the USFA’s recently published recruitment and retention manual,  include apprenticeship programs for the fire service, which could help young people see it as a viable career path. Mentorship programs are another retention strategy, as is family support.

The US federal government also offers financial incentives in the form of grants to many departments, many are available through Fema, including Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (Safer) grants. 

One way to fix the staffing situation would be to replace volunteer departments with career departments. However, the financial burden would likely fall on community members with tax increases.

thanks Martin

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Steger Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT-This was the Steger Fire Dept.’s #105, a 1960 FWD 0/0/50′.  Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa; #TBT; #FireTruck; #vintage; #classic; #FWD; #Snorkel; #MikeSumma; #StegerFD;

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New Aerial for US Steel in Gary, IN


US  STEEL  CORP.  SL75  ladder  truck

JOB# HS-7562 
Gary, IN; #FireTruck; #Sutphen; #SL75; #USSTeel; #GaryWorks;; #FireTruck; #Sutphen; #SL75; #USSTeel; #GaryWorks;; #FireTruck; #Sutphen; #SL75; #USSTeel; #GaryWorks;; #FireTruck; #Sutphen; #SL75; #USSTeel; #GaryWorks;

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Savoy and Tolono Fire Department news

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Both the Savoy and Tolono Fire Departments had fire trucks slide off the road while responding to the same rolled-over semi on Monday. All firefighters were ok, but there was minor damage to both Savoy and Tolono’s trucks.

Firefighters also want people to be on the lookout for tape around vehicles before calling 911. They said the same semi-truck got two separate calls, and had the second caller noticed the tape, the sliding firetruck incident could’ve been avoided.

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New aerial for Chicago FD

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Check out this E-ONE delivery for Chicago FD
Federal Signal Scene Lights
R.O.M Roll-Up Doors
Cyclone Cab
Allison Transmission
X12 500 HP Cummins
Stainless Steel Body
Rosco 360 Camera System
Galvanized Torque Box
240’ Ground Ladders; #FireTruck; #ChicagoFD; #EONE; #EONEStrength;

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Chicago Fire Department LODD – Mashawn Plummer (more)

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INSPECTION #: 1569882

REPORT DATE: 1/12/2024

The Marmora Incident: Firefighter Seriously Injured and Later Dies After Loss of Accountability at a Residential Fire

SUMMARY: IL OSHA opened an inspection to investigate the death of a 30- year-old male firefighter who was separated from his team during fire suppression operations at a multi-family dwelling basement fire. The firefighter experienced an emergency and declared a mayday. He was located and removed from the structure by firefighters from multiple fire companies. Advanced life support and critical care measures were provided; however, the firefighter died five days later.

CONTRIBUTING FACTORS: Key contributing factors identified in this investigation include:

• The initial fire suppression team did not enter together and stay together.

• No other members in the structure or on scene had communication with the firefighter when he suffered a life-threatening emergency.

• There was a delay between the firefighter in distress declaring a mayday and the incident commander confirming a mayday emergency.

RECOMMENDATIONS (DEFENSES): To reduce the risk of similar occurrences:

• Interior teams go in as a team, stay in visual or voice contact, and leave as a team.

• Prior to entering a hazard zone, firefighters must perform a radio check to establish communication with a member outside the hazard zone.

• Company officers must provide close supervision of inexperienced members during high hazard operations.

• Incident commanders must treat a potential mayday as an actual mayday until proven otherwise.

SUMMARY: On December 16, 2021, at 6:31 AM, the Illinois Department of Labor – Division of Occupational Safety and Health (IL OSHA) received notice of an occupationally related injury of a firefighter that occurred earlier in the morning. IL OSHA opened an inspection to investigate the circumstances involving a 30-year-old male firefighter found unresponsive and out of breathing air on the first floor of a multi-family residential structure after a mayday call. The firefighter was removed from the structure by firefighters from several fire companies of the involved department. The firefighter received advanced life support care, was transported to a nearby hospital, and was subsequently transferred to another hospital for critical care. Despite these measures, he succumbed to his injuries five days after the incident.

FINDINGS: Direct Cause: Exposure to respiratory hazards. The victim’s breathing air supply was completely depleted. According to the coroner’s report, death was attributed to complications of carbon monoxide toxicity and thermal injuries due to inhalation of smoke and soot.

Indirect Causes:

1. Based on evidence, firefighters from E1 entering the interior were not checked to see that they were operating on the designated fireground radio channel.

2. Close supervision of FF#1, who had only six months of field experience, was not provided by the E1 company officer.

3. Firefighters from E1 did not enter the structure together, stay together, and exit together.

4. FF#1 was not in direct visual or voice contact with another firefighter when he suffered a SCBA emergency involving the rapid loss of breathing air. As a result, no firefighters were able to immediately identify that FF#1 was experiencing a life-threatening emergency and provide assistance.

5. FF#1 had not established radio communication with a member outside the hazard zone. As a result, FF#1 was not able to receive immediate assistance after experiencing a life-threatening emergency.

6. The SCBA emergency experienced by FF#1 was so significant, it is unlikely that he, or any firefighter, could have corrected the situation and restored the SCBA to normal operation inside the structure.

7. The E1 company officer lost accountability of FF#1 for approximately ten minutes.

8. Most members on scene, including the incident commander and the E1 company officer did not hear FF#1’s mayday call.

9. Once the RIT chief heard FF#1’s mayday call on an unknown channel, there was a delay between receiving the call and the incident commander declaring a mayday emergency.

10. The mayday call did not include a unique identifier (or one was not heard by personnel).

11. Despite learning of a possible mayday call, the incident commander declared “no mayday.”

12. Based on evidence, not all members operating on scene were aware of a mayday emergency

13. At least one member assigned to search for FF#1 was not aware that he was searching for a missing firefighter. He heard a PASS device in alarm but discounted it as a false alarm.

14. The third of three civilian victims were being removed from the building while firefighters were searching for FF#1 presenting a small degree of confusion.

15. Once located, FF#1 did not receive emergency breathing air.

CONCLUSION: This incident highlights the critical importance of firefighters entering a structure together, staying together, and exiting together. It is also critically important that firefighters establish radio communications with members outside a structure prior to entry, and that inexperienced firefighters have close supervision during high hazard operations. Additionally, the report of a potential mayday should be treated as an actual mayday until proven otherwise. With a team member and with established communications, FF#1 would have received immediate assistance when he experienced the SCBA emergency, significantly reducing the risk of serious injury


Interior Firefighters:

• Perform radio check prior to entry.

• Teams enter together, stay together, exit together. No exceptions.

• Say your name when calling mayday, repeat until command confirms. Rapid Intervention Teams:

• Immediately provide a downed firefighter with breathing air.

• One member of RIT is assigned as “air” firefighter. Company Officers:

• Ensure their members are on the appropriate radio channel prior to entry.

• Ensure close supervision of inexperienced members. Incident Commanders and Command Team Members:

• Establish radio communication with teams prior to entry. •

Have zero tolerance for interior firefighters operating alone.

• If an emergency (mayday, evacuation, collapse) is declared on scene, ensure all members on scene receive the message immediately.

• Treat any potential mayday as an actual mayday until proven otherwise.

• Ensure that PASS alarms are treated as firefighter distress alarms and combat the prevalence of false PASS alarms on the fireground.

Fire Department Leaders:

• Program portable radios capable of providing a unique identifier with an emergency button that alerts members (including dispatch) outside the hazard zone of a firefighter in distress.

• Ensure company and command officers that are serving in acting roles have high quality training at the levels that they are temporarily expected to operate at.

• Ensure defenses identified by IL OSHA are captured in department policies.



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Rockford Fire Department news

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When a major storm, catastrophic fire or disaster strikes, Rockford Fire Department personnel roll carts of computers, phones, and other equipment into a classroom at fire headquarters.

About 30 minutes later, the classroom is transformed into an emergency operations center where the response of dozens, if not hundreds, of emergency personnel can be coordinated.

Using a $1 million grant secured more than a year ago, plans are to build a dedicated and permanent emergency operations center on the first floor of Rockford Fire Department headquarters, at 204 S. First St.

The emergency operations center is used to assist and enhance the work of emergency dispatchers working in the fire department’s 911 center. Call takers in the center routinely field 27 calls an hour on average.

The Rockford City Council is considering a contract not to exceed $80,000 to acquire  architecture and engineering for the project.

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House fire in Evanston, 1-22-24

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There was a large response after a fire broke out in the basement of a home in the 1100 block of Florence Avenue in Evanston at about 9:45 a.m. The fire quickly spread to other floors. The first floor partially collapsed, trapping two firefighters and prompting a mayday call.

Both firefighters were removed and taken in stable condition to a nearby hospital.

A cat died in the fire, and all three residents were displaced. The cause of the fire is being investigated.; #EvanstonFD; #firescene;

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