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 CFD 10-1 79th & Yates Shots Fired at Engine 126

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

A man who intervened in a traffic crash in a South Chicago neighborhood fired shots at a crowd of people early Thursday, hitting the windshield of a Chicago fire truck. One of the three firefighters in the truck said he suffered a cut to his nose, apparently from flying glass.

The two-car crash happened in the 7900 block of South Yates Avenue just before 2:25 a.m. One of the people involved in the crash called the man to the scene and an argument ensued. 

As firefighters in Engine 126 pulled up, the man retreated to a car he parked nearby, grabbed a handgun, and fired from the edge of the parking lot, according to witnesses. 

Two firefighters had gotten out of the truck and three were inside when he started shooting. 

Officers arrested a suspect and recovered a weapon.

Excerpts from ABC7Chicago.com:

Firefighters who responded to a car crash on Chicago’s South Side early Thursday morning wound up having to take cover after someone shot at their fire truck.

Engine 126 responded around 2:30 a.m. to a two-car crash at East 79th Street and South Yates Boulevard in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood and an argument between two people involved in the crash broke out in front of the fire truck.

A person involved in the crash allegedly called a man to come to the scene. Police said that man grabbed a handgun from his car and started firing shots into a crowd. A bullet struck the windshield of the engine and at least one firefighter was cut by flying glass. He is expected to be OK. No one else was hurt.

The man who opened fire ran into a nearby restaurant. Police gave chase and caught him. They also recovered the handgun.

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Wilmette Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Ben Wozney

Ben Wozney named as chief of the Wilmette Fire Department.

Wilmette officials announced Ben Wozney, a fire department veteran named deputy chief just last year, will take over for retiring Chief Mike McGreal when the latter retires Aug. 2.

Wozney, who joined the department as a firefighter and paramedic in 1995. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2010 and duty chief in 2015 before being named deputy chief in 2016. He has served as director of the MABAS Division III water rescue team, overseeing a team of 86 divers from area fire departments.

As deputy chief, he has been responsible for managing the daily operations of the department’s staff and has worked with McGreal on the department’s strategic plan and employee development.

Wozney is a graduate of New Trier High School, holds a bachelor of arts in psychology, and is also the recipient of the executive scholar award from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School for Nonprofit Management. 

McGreal was hired in 1988 as a firefighter and paramedic and was promoted to lieutenant in 2000, before serving as fire marshal in 2001 then being promoted to deputy chief in 2007. During his tenure, he was a site peer assessor for the Center for Fire Accreditation International, and as an instructor and committee member for the Northern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy.

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New ambulance for Kankakee

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations to Chief Damon Schuldt and the members of the Kankakee Fire Department on the delivery of their new 2017 Wheeled Coach, Type I ambulance. This new unit is built on a Ford F450 4×4 chassis and comes equipped with Liquid Spring suspension system, Whelen LED emergency lighting and our custom “Coolbar” HVAC system. This is KFD’s first Wheeled Coach unit. We appreciate the business, and want to welcome them to the Fire Service family. We will post additional pictures once the unit is lettered and ready for service.

Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance

New ambulance for the Kankakee Fire Department. Fire Service, Inc. photo

Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance

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Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance

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East Joliet FPD news

This from Scott Matthews:

After 21 years of service, Monday Engine 52 (a 1996 Pierce) was decommissioned after finding out recently her pump gave out. Chief Kelly wanted me to post some final pictures as many current and former members have fond memories of her as Engine 531 & Engine 52.

East Joliet FPD fire engine

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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East Joliet FPD Engine 531

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Mundelein Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Dailyherald.com:

Mundelein Fire Department Deputy Fire Marshal Mark Gaunky, who’s been with the fire department for 28 years, is joining the University of Illinois at Chicago as its assistant director of fire and life safety.

Gaunky joined the department as a paid-on-call firefighter in 1989. He worked for the village’s public works department for a while and became a full-time firefighter in 1994. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2007 and to deputy fire marshal in 2014.

During his tenure, Gaunky twice helped rewrite the village’s fire prevention codes and revamp the curriculum for the state fire marshal’s inspector program, among other accomplishments.

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Chicago FD Engine 121 from Dennis McGuire, Jr. 

Chicago FD Engine 121

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New ambulance for Crystal Lake

From the Foster Coach Sales Facebook page:

Brand new custom Horton conversion Ford F550 chassis

Crystal Lake FD ambulance

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ambulance interior

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Crystal Lake FD ambulance

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Crystal Lake FD ambulance

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Crystal Lake FD ambulance

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Naperville and Aurora news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The cities of Naperville and Aurora will share a $1.4 million federal grant to train police, firefighters, and other emergency personnel in how to deal with a terrorist attack.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency funding, to be disbursed over a three-year period, will allow emergency teams to coordinate training, planning, and exercises to prepare for an attack similar to those that have occurred in Paris, Boston, and elsewhere. The grant is one of 30 issued nationally by FEMA.

Naperville firefighters and police already provide automatic mutual aid to nearby communities in times of crisis. 

The grant money will help emergency service providers to work with our partners and provide training for employees of Edward Hospital in Naperville, local colleges and universities, and the area’s two public school systems, among others. School administrators, faculty, and staff members can be taught what they can do to safeguard students during a crisis until police and firefighters can get to the scene.

FEMA officials in February announced their Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks grant program, with municipalities and agencies across the country competing for the funding.

Among the plan’s goals were adoption of region-wide, common response tactics for emergency personnel; reviewing all valid assessments and critical infrastructure; ensuring that continuity of operations plans exist at all levels, and with all responding agencies; and sharing all approved processes findings and corrective actions with local, regional, state and national partners.

The grant awarded to Naperville and Aurora was the largest given to any municipality or agency in Illinois, and the 12th largest nationally.

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Berwyn Fire Department news

Excerpts from ABC7Chicago.com:

A suburban firefighter is recovering after he was robbed, shot, and nearly paralyzed in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood early Monday morning.

The 27-year-old firefighter and paramedic works out of a firehouse in Berwyn. Chicago police said he was shot in the face during a robbery in the 1800-block of West Erie Street. No one is in custody. The investigation is ongoing.

The firefighter is now out of the hospital, recovering at home, and anxious to get back in uniform. He has been working at the Berwyn Fire Department for two and a half years.

Family did not release the firefighter’s name to protect his privacy.

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As seen around … Chicago

This photo from Jeff Rudolph shows the new CFD fast boat on the lake

Chicago FD fast boat on Lake Michigan

Jeff Rudolph photo

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