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New engine for Hoffman Estates (more)

Production photos of the new Ferrara Igniter engine being built for Hoffman Estates

Ferrara fire truck being built H-6393

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Ferrara fire truck being built H-6393

Ferrara Fire Apparatus photo

Ferrara fire truck being built H-6393

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Elgin Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

With a new round of eligibility list testing set for next month, the Elgin Fire Department has dropped its requirement that candidates have 60 college credit hours in an effort to increase diversity. Like most suburban fire departments, Elgin’s is predominantly white and male, and the last round of testing in 2016 didn’t do much to change that. The decision to lower the educational requirement came after conversations with a diversity consultant and community groups.

The fire department has 133 firefighters, including four women and eight minorities. The last hiring eligibility list comprised 42 men and two women; 35 were white and three were minorities, with eight who didn’t specify their race.

Elgin created a Fire Explorer program for youths ages 14 to 20 about four years ago to increase diversity. One-third of Explorers are minorities, but so far, the only two who plan to take the test are white males. The department also is reaching out to middle school students and college female athletes.

Eligibility list testing applications are being accepted through July 13 at cityofelgin.org/98/employment. Applicants must be 21 and 35 years old and have an EMT basic certification. They get preference if they have 60 college credit hours or degrees, military service, city residency, and more.

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New engine for Downers Grove (more)

Production photos of the new Ferrara Igniter pumper being built for Downers Grove

Chassis:   Igniter

Body:   Extruded Aluminum Body

Pump:   Side Mount – Waterous CSU 1500 GPM

Tank:   500 gallon water

Ferrara fire truck being built H-6331

Ferrara Fire Apparatus photo

Ferrara fire truck being built H-6331

Ferrara Fire Apparatus photo

Ferrara fire truck being built H-6331

Ferrara Fire Apparatus photo

Ferrara fire truck being built H-6331

Ferrara Fire Apparatus photo

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Palatine Fire Department news

Palatine Fire Department press release

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Buffalo Grove Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Buffalo Grove officials announced Wednesday they are challenging a decision to award a full line-of-duty death pension to the widow of a 51-year-old Buffalo Grove firefighter, arguing not enough evidence exists that his fatal colon cancer was related to his work.

The full pension award for Kevin Hauber’s wife and their four children represented an unprecedented claim and marked the first award of its kind in Illinois after the Buffalo Grove Fire Department Pension Board determined earlier this year that his cancer was caused in the line of duty, village officials said in a statement.

But the board’s decision on a 3-2 vote back in March was made with the “absence of clear evidence or research proving that firefighting has a direct or indirect causal relationship with colon cancer,” officials said.

In announcing their appeal, Buffalo Grove officials said the only appropriate and fiduciary response was to challenge the pension board’s decision, which was reaffirmed by the board in May. Village officials estimated the full, 100-percent pension award would create an additional liability of $1.7 million compared to a 75-percent award that the Hauber family was qualified to receive.

Hauber, a veteran firefighter and paramedic in the village, died in January, roughly four years after being diagnosed with colon cancer. In the statement, officials believe a surviving spouse pension benefit equal to 75 percent of Hauber’s final salary is more appropriate than 100 percent.

The issue over Hauber’s death benefit touches on a volatile debate happening among local, state and federal lawmakers over whether cancer found in firefighters is the result of their work in the line of duty.

To that end, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) began a multi-year study in 2010 of nearly 30,000 firefighters from departments in Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco to better understand the potential link between firefighting and cancer. Researchers found the firefighters who were studied showed higher rates of certain types of cancer than the general U.S. population. Based on U.S. cancer rates, firefighters in the study had a greater number of cancer diagnoses and cancer-related deaths, which were determined to be mostly digestive, oral, respiratory, and urinary cancers.

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Naperville Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Todd Overmyer, a Naperville Fire Department paramedic, knew he had to stop when he saw a motorcyclist just involved in an accident laying on the pavement, unconscious and struggling to breathe. His actions were enough to have possibly saved the life of Steve Iovinelli, the retired Franklin Park fire chief. Overmyer opened an airway that allowed Iovinelli to breathe while waiting for help to arrive. He then checked for injuries, noting possible broken wrists, a pelvis fracture, and head injuries which he conveyed to Troy Fire Protection District paramedics. Throughout the ordeal, Iovinelli remained unconscious.

At Tuesday’s Naperville City Council meeting, Overmyer was presented with Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis’ Life Saving Award.

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Chicago Fire Department said it was not acceptable for paramedics to leave a teen unattended after he was shot in the head and severely wounded as they treated others hit by gunfire at a party on the Near West Side this week.

Erin Carey, 17, was among six people who were shot after two cars circled a party in the University Village neighborhood around 4:50 a.m. Monday. A sheet was draped over his body exposing his bare arms, jean cuffs, and boots as paramedics tended to other victims. After about an hour, people at the edge of the crime scene noticed Carey’s arm and leg twitching. It was obvious he was breathing under the sheet.

Paramedics performed chest compressions and took him to Stroger Hospital in very critical condition with a catastrophic wound to the head. A bullet and some fragments were removed from the boy’s head while he was on life support. He was pronounced dead at 1:14 a.m. Tuesday, about 20 hours after he was shot.  A 22-year-old woman was also killed, and four men were injured.

Five ambulances responded to multiple reports of victims at locations around the 1300 block of South Loomis Street. There was no shortage of ambulances at the time.

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New aerial ladder for Champaign (more)

Updated production photos of a new HD-107 Ferrara aerial on an Intruder chassis for Champaign so #H-6142

fire truck being built for the Champaign Fire Department

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fire truck being built for the Champaign Fire Department

Ferrara Fire Apparatus photo

fire truck being built for the Champaign Fire Department

Ferrara Fire Apparatus photo

fire truck being built for the Champaign Fire Department

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Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the nwherald.com:

Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District firefighters were dispatched at 4:52 a.m. to Vanderstappen Farms in the 12000 block of Hebron Road. Arriving crews found the old barn engulfed in flames. The farm is in a rural area without hydrants, forcing the use of tankers.

None of the 92 cows were harmed and no people were injured. The barn was a total loss.

barn engulfed by fire

Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District firefighters battled fire at the Vanderstappen Farm in the 12000 block of Hebron Road.

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New Chicago FD Logistics unit 6-4-12

As seen on the street – Chicago FD Logistics unit 6-4-12

Chicago FD Logistics unit 6-4-12

G-574 6-4-12 Logistics

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