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Plainfield Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the Herald-news.com:

On Monday, the Plainfield Village Board granted a special use permit for planned development of a mixed-use building at 15025 S. Des Plaines St., the former Plainfield Fire Protection District headquarters.

Developers plan to convert the second level into six residential units while the first floor is transformed for commercial or restaurant use.  The plan includes the potential for a second phase in which the building would be added on to and would feature a similar arrangement, with four additional residential units.

The fire station is steps from downtown’s main strip of Lockport Street.

Interior demolition work is underway, according to board documents. The station opened in 1950 and closed in 2009, when the fire district opened a new station on South Coil Plus Drive. It was used as storage until it was sold in September.

The village’s staff report states that rental occupancy downtown is very high, and contact continues to come in from companies interested in locating downtown.

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New aerial for Bensenville FPD (more)

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

A Chicago street was renamed Saturday to honor Chicago Firefighter William F. Grant, 44, was killed in 2007 when his fire-truck collided with a school bus near 59th and Wells.

A street sign at 90th and Hoyne was unveiled in his honor by his three children, Kristen, Caroline, and Danny. The sign is outside the Grant’s home in the city’s Beverly neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

“This is a sign that commemorates your father’s life,” his brother Tom Grant said during a ceremony. “This is a sign of respect. This is a sign of admiration for a life well-lived. This is a sign of honor that was well earned. This is a sign of appreciation from a grateful community.”

Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said that he was honored to have known Grant, who was known as Bill or Billy. Santiago said Grant loved two things: his family and job.

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Harlem Roscoe Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from wifr.com:

A Roscoe family gets the surprise of a lifetime from their local fire department. While the family thought firefighters were responding to an emergency nearby, firefighters were really there to deliver some cash.

Every year, the Harlem-Roscoe Firefighter’s Association awards an area high school senior with $10,000 for their college education. This year’s winner is Hsing-Hao Louh. He was picked out of 30 applicants. All were required to fill out an application, submit a resume and several letters of recommendation before undergoing an interview process with the association’s board.

“It’s really exciting,” says Louh. “It feels great. It’s a huge privilege and they’ve provided me a great opportunity to continue my education to the best of my abilities and I’ll definitely study for myself, my future and them as well.”

Louh may attend Georgia Institute of Technology but is still waiting to hear from Duke and Berkeley. He wants to study bio-medical engineering.

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New ambulance for Batavia

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Brand new Horton conversion on a Ford F550 chassis 
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Carpentersville Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Carpentersville Fire Department is closer to having its first comprehensive strategic plan in place.

The process came as a result of the 100 Day Plan Fire Chief John-Paul Schilling was tasked with when he took the helm of the fire department last June. The initiative’s overall objectives, established through the collaborative efforts of village administration, battalion chiefs, and executive board members of the fire department’s full and part time unions, included improving and/or increasing communication, improving training, safety, and risk management, and increasing personnel collaboration through the creation of various committees.

Strategic planning is not about just producing a document, he said.

“The process is for us more of an improvement of our culture in the fire department. The strategic plan is a vision of our future. It’s a mindset for our personnel to continue to move forward,” Schilling said. “It’s a cycle that should never end and one that continually seeks ways of improvement to do better for our department and our community.”

One goal of the department is to establish a comprehensive community risk reduction program through public education, fire prevention and life safety services, communications, and comprehensive emergency medical services. As the strategic planning process moves forward, so too will the momentum for continuing to improve the culture of the fire department, Schilling said.

“It’s a process going from a rule-based department to one that’s focused on values,” he said. “The rule-based organization sets the standards with rules. And rules incidentally focus on the minimum acceptable behavior for an organization. The minimum. We want to focus on what their values are and establish those values as the department’s values so when they go out they perform at a higher level with a higher value.”

To facilitate that, an anonymous values audit is currently being conducted throughout the department.

“These members write their top 10 values. They take those top 10 values and as a shift they put them together and they come up with a top 10 shift values. Then the three shifts are going to come together and we’re going to create the top 10 values of the department based off of everybody’s input,” he said.

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New ambulance for Palos FPD

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Woodstock Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

A Woodstock man woke up at 3 a.m. and took his dog for a walk. Fire chief Michael Hill doesn’t know the man’s name, but said he may be responsible for saving about 50 people from a massive fire at the 32-unit Willow Brooke Apartments complex in Woodstock.

After letting out his dog, he saw the smoke and called 911 to alert report that a building was on fire and then he entered the building and started knocking on doors and alerting residents to leave,” Hill said. “I wish I had his name.”

Crews from the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District responded and called for mutual aid from surrounding fire departments. About 60 to 70 firefighters responded to 2105 Willow Brooke Drive about 3:15 a.m. The origin seems to have been on a balcony, and the fire went up to the roof line, where the top of the two-story building was engulfed.

“Both in the warning to get the fire department on the way and also the warning of people—it took quite a while until smoke detectors were activated—those residents would not have been alerted if it were not for that gentleman,” Hill said.

Even with the man’s warning, firefighters and the Woodstock Police Department had to rescue people from two balconies and make one rescue from inside the building.

Hill said the fire was one of the tougher ones he remembers because there was no vehicle access to the back of the building.

Where firefighters might have encountered fire in the attic space between the residents’ ceilings and the roof, they instead found plywood nearly an inch thick, giving the fire ample space to burn where firefighters couldn’t get water on it directly. It took about 90 minutes to get the blaze under control.

“Apparently they had put a second roof over the top of the other, because the first roof was leaking, creating a void space between which is where the fire got into, making it virtually impossible for us to access it,” Hill said.

The American Red Cross provided lodging to 43 people from 32 units and brought in breakfast and lunch for the residents and for emergency crews. Firefighters were at the location through Saturday afternoon.

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Elmhurst Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The best way to fill what Elmhurst officials see as a small gap in the city’s emergency medical response ability is to contract for one additional certified paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, the Public Affairs and Safety Committee agreed.

The rapid response vehicle was one of three options Fire Chief Thomas Freeman presented to the committee. That option offered flexibility, since it could be set up on either a 12-hour or 24-hour shift. The city has contracted with Metro Paramedic Services for decades and Freeman said city could add the rapid response vehicle and one paramedic on a 24-hour shift for about $165,000 a year.

Naperville is the only community in DuPage County to try the approach, and has had success.

The rapid response vehicle would not be subject to mutual aid agreements with other towns.

Most calls for emergency medical services are now handled by one of two ambulances, each staffed by two certified paramedics.

Geoff Gaebel, an Elmhurst resident and firefighter in another town who has been persistent in calling for additional paramedic staffing, told committee members “One rapid response vehicle means one side of town is uncovered. An ALS (fire) company could cost significantly less than rapid response. I hope there’s some reconsideration or additional consideration at the council meeting.”

The unanimous recommendation from the committee will go to the city council for action at its next meeting on Monday, April 3. If the plan is approved there it could be implemented with a staffed vehicle in place by June or July.

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New Chicago FD ambulances

The Chicago Fire Department has ordered 18 ambulances from Wheeled Coach on Ford E-Series chassis that will match current units. There may be an additional 9 units that will follow the first batch.

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