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Commercial fire and haz mat incident in Park Ridge, 7-17-19 (more)

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A fire was reported shortly after 5 p.m. at the former Harvey’s Marathon gas station at Oakton Street and Northwest Highway in Park Ridge on Wednesday afternoon. Heavy black smoke covered the immediate area while firefighters from several communities worked to get the fire under control.

A Niles firefighter and a Schiller Park firefighter suffered minor burns while fighting the fire and were treated and released from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

The building was loaded with approximately 90,000 pounds of calcium peroxide, a hazardous material that can be used as a decontaminate in soil. The material was brought to the building the previous day. The station has been vacant for several years.

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Lisbon Seward Fire Protection District news

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Chicago Fire Department news (more)

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A Chicago Fire Department investigation is still incomplete over a year after paramedics failed to treat a gunshot victim as he lay in the street dying, although the department says it has new rules to avoid the tragic error in the future.

Erin Carey, 17, initially survived a gunshot wound to his head early June 18, 2018, but was placed under a white sheet by paramedics and left for dead for over an hour, according to a lawsuit filed June 17 by Carey’s family in Cook County Circuit Court. In the lawsuit, Carey’s family alleges that paramedics could have assessed Carey and taken him to a hospital for proper care and at least a dignified transition into death. Instead, the paramedics and Chicago Fire Department operated on a conscious disregard for basic training when they placed a white sheet over teen, the lawsuit states. The lawsuit seeks damages to prevent a repetition of these circumstances and also alleges that Carey most likely would have survived if he had been treated sooner.

Five other people were also shot — one of them fatally. Shortly after the shooting, TV cameras captured Carey moving under the sheet for at least 15 minutes before a paramedic uncovered him and began CPR. Carey died hours later at a hospital.

A possible reason paramedics mistakenly left Carey untreated was the piecemeal way the shooting was announced to emergency personnel. The fire department was reviewing radio transmissions to see why all six victims were not called in at once, but instead separately, leading to fewer resources being directed to the scene.

After the shooting, the department began investigating how paramedics mistakenly thought Carey was dead, and it changed the way paramedics assess shooting victims and anyone else injured. The fire department took measures shortly after the incident to prevent another death like Carey’s. Paramedics are now required to attach heart monitors to every patient to confirm their vital signs.

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Oak Forest Fire Department news

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The Oak Forest City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to accept a loan of $350,000 from the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s fire truck and ambulance revolving loan program, which ultimately is overseen by the Illinois State Finance Authority.

The loan will provide the money to Oak Forest at a 1.89 percent interest rate, totaling just over $36,000, to be repaid during the next 10 years. Fire Chief Patrick Duffy said they were informed back in August 2018 the money was available, and were notified last month their application for the loan had been approved.

City officials had been stashing money aside so that they could purchase a new firetruck in about two years. But the loan will enable the city to make the purchase later this year and the fact that Oak Forest had been saving money to eventually make the purchase means the city is in a good position to finance this purchase.

The firetruck will replace their oldest piece of equipment, which the fire department has had in use since 1999. That truck is currently out-of-commission and undergoing repairs.

City officials have to vote again later this year to approve the actual purchase of the new fire vehicle.

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Chicago FD Administrative order A-11-19

Chicago FD Administrative Order A-11-19

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EMS Interdivisional Box Alarm and Hazmat Box Alarm in Beach Park, 4-25-19 (more)

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A firefighter is the latest person to file a lawsuit over the Beach Park ammonia spill in April that sent more than 40 people to the hospital.

The 23-year-old firefighter said he has a severe and permanent disability from the spill. The lawsuit names the driver of the tractor carrying the ammonia and his employer, John Kevek Farms. It says the company did not train employees correctly or did enough to prevent the spill.

On April 25, a farm tractor was pulling a pair of two-ton tanks of anhydrous ammonia near Green Bay Road and 29th Street in Beach Park when the tanks started to leak, creating a dangerous plume.

Anhydrous ammonia is a colorless gas used as an agricultural fertilizer and industrial refrigerant. It gives off pungent, suffocating fumes, that can cause eye and throat irritation, chest pains, pulmonary swelling and even burns. It can be fatal if inhaled at high concentrations.

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Oglesby Fire Department news

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They had hoped to surprise him Friday with cheering crowds and a procession of dozens of fire engines from across Illinois. But after a long fight with cancer, Oglesby Firefighter Evan Knoblauch passed away Wednesday evening. He was 20.

The program Friday now will be held as a tribute, according to Oglesby fire chief Ron Popurella and Bonnie Prokup at St. Bede Academy, lead organizer for “Evan’s Friday night” at St. Bede. Popurella said a fire truck parade still planned. A candle vigil will be held at 7:40 p.m. at St. Bede following a Mass.

Though not yet certified by the state — Popurella said getting Knoblauch certified posthumously would be a top priority — Knoblauch had completed his primary training with distinction, reporting for class directly after receiving cancer treatments and with no regard for his pain.

Knoblauch quickly earned the respect of his brother firefighters despite his short service. Popurella noted Knoblauch’s last call was to a car accident on June 30, the same day he divulged his prognosis was terminal.

Prior to earning his dress blues, Knoblauch had been a standout student-athlete at St. Bede, which had planned an exhibition flag-football game in Knoblauch’s honor.

Oglesby residents, meanwhile, have honored Knoblauch’s courage with red porch lights that have remained illuminated over the many months he juggled treatments with his city service.

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Fatal fire in Elmhurst

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At about 9:30 p.m., on Friday, DuPage County sheriff’s deputies and the Elmhurst Fire Department responded to a house fire on Willow Road. Firefighters removed one woman and two males from the home. They were dead.

The investigation is ongoing and the identity of the deceased is being withheld until the cause and manner of their deaths are determined.

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Peoria Fire Department news

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Peoria Fire Chief Ed Olehy is working to craft policies to cut down on firefighter exposure to carcinogens. Currently, the Peoria Fire Department does not have a procedure to reduce the risk from cancer-causing substances that stick to gear during a working fire. 

The danger is real. Three active-duty members of the fire department have recently died from cancer. Olehy says cleaning off gear requires helping firefighters change old habits and attitudes.  It can be especially challenging to clean off gear with a soap and brush in extreme weather. And with only one set of gear per firefighter, swapping out isn’t an option. 

The Peoria Fire Department recently received a grant for three new extractors that are being installed and they are working to implement standard operating guidelines to reduce the cancer risk for the men and women of the fire department. 

The chief recently received an Executive Fire Officer Degree from the National Fire Academy after defending a paper on this topic to a panel of experts. 

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Merrionette Park Fire Dept. 70th Anniversary Flea Market and Muster

Merrionette Park Fire Dept. 70th Anniversary Flea Market and Muster

Merrionette Park Fire Dept. 70th Anniversary Flea Market and Muster

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