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Wheeling Fire Department news

From the Village of Wheeling Facebook page:

Congratulations to these esteemed Wheeling Fire Department employees who were recently promoted!

From the desk of Fire Chief Mike McGreal:

It is with great enthusiasm that I announce Lieutenant Steve Mella is promoted to the rank of deputy fire chief. Steve is a 25 year veteran of the Wheeling Fire Department, with 14 years at the rank of lieutenant. Steve has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin, Stout and has been a paramedic since 1994. Steve has collaborated with the public, local EMS systems and hospitals, neighboring fire departments, the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) elected officials, and local agencies. He was deployed to the Gulf Region in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as part of the Illinois MABAS response. Steve also was recently deployed to North Carolina for Hurricane Florence with Illinois Task Force 1, as a swift water technician.

With equal enthusiasm I announce that Firefighter Paramedic Dan Murdock is promoted to lieutenant. Dan has 20 years with the department and also served with the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District for 2 years. He was recently given the responsibility of team leader for the hazardous materials rescue/mitigation team. Dan is also certified in fire investigation and is a member of the department’s fire investigation team.

And saving the best for last, Management Analyst Ileen Bryer has been promoted to executive officer. Ileen spent 2 years with the Wheeling Police Department before coming over to the fire department for the last 5 years. She handles the day to day administrative functions of the department as well as all facets of the medical billing program, manages and participates in the Cook County Pharmaceutical Dispensing plan, manages/updates the Cook County Hazard Mitigation Plan, manages the departments records management system Imagetrend™ and Aladtec™ scheduling system, and chairs the village’s Threat Hazard Identification Risk Analysis (THIRA).

Wheeling FD Deputy Chief Steve Mella

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Wheeling FD Lieutenant Dan Murdock

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New engine for Mount Prospect (more)

This from Larry Shapiro:

I happened across Mount Prospect Engine 14 at the grocery store and the guys were kind enough to let me grab a shot

2019 Pierce Dash CF PUC pumper

Larry Shapiro photo 

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New Battalion 6 for Hoffman Estates (more)

This from Larry Shapiro:

Here are a few more images of the new Battalion 6 for Hoffman Estates. I was told that it was originally conceived prior to the new Squad 22. It carries SCBA for the BC, Lucas tool, rehab supplies, and various other tools and equipment.

battalion chief utility truck

Larry Shapiro photo

battalion chief utility truck

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Highway Products Tool Box

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Steve Redick:

Retired CFD FPB Ed Prendergast shared these images taken May 1979 at the shops showing the last days of some classic rigs
classic Chicago FD Pirsch aerial

Ed Prendergast photo

classic Chicago FD Pirsch aerial

Ed Prendergast photo

worn out cChicago fire engines

Ed Prendergast photo

classic Chicago FD Mack B-Model fire engine

Ed Prendergast photo

classic Chicago FD Mack L-Model fire engine

Ed Prendergast photo

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Of interest … arsonist in Chicago

Excerpts from Fox32Chicago.com:

A man accused of setting fire to a Chicago police vehicle while wearing a Joker mask during protests over police misconduct will be held in custody until trial. U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Fuentes ordered Timothy O’Donnell held pending trial after prosecutors asserted O’Donnell, 31, had a criminal record that included bond forfeiture and failure to appear for hearings in five states, including Illinois.

O’Donnell is charged with arson for the alleged crime, which occurred during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd.

Photos attached to a criminal complaint filed last week in U.S. District Court allegedly show O’Donnell holding a lit object and putting it in the gas tank of Chicago Police Department SUV. Although he was wearing the Joker mask, O’Donnell was identified through a tattoo seen on the person’s neck after a family member directed authorities to him.

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Of Interest … citizen makes water rescue

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

On Thursday at about 1:45 p.m. a man fell into the Chicago River near State Street and Wacker Drive. Julie Macholz, a retired Navy pilot who was a lifeguard in high school and college, was walking her dog when she heard a commotion near the State Street bridge. She went over and saw the man bobbing up and down.

Two men jumped a fence and threw life preservers toward the man, but both missed him. Police said a 52-year-old man jumped in to save to the man, but didn’t make it to him.

Macholz then jumped in, grabbed the man as he was going under, and pulled him to the side of the river. When divers arrived, they helped the pair to shore.

The man who fell in the water was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and was listed in critical condition.

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19

Excerpts from the riponadvance.com:

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to temporarily expand the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program to include firefighters already on payroll. Currently, the SAFER program has a requirement that funding be used only to hire new firefighters at the equivalent cost of a first-year firefighter, which normally would assist a station getting up to required staffing levels with fresh talent.

The members also noted that Congress has given FEMA the authority to waive certain FY19 SAFER requirements, as has memoranda provided by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

“As you consider additional waivers, we encourage you to waive the FY19 SAFER grant spending requirement on new firefighter hires only,” according to their letter.

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Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Camp for burn victims

Fire Service friends,
 
As you are aware, each year the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) hosts a weeklong camp for children that are survivors of burn injuries – Camp “I Am Me.” No other IFSA program has received greater attention from the fire service, medical community, general public, and media then burn camp. Sadly, this year’s camp has been cancelled due to the pandemic, but we will have a virtual event the week of July 19th. Work is in full swing with more than 20 different sessions already planned!
 
We need your assistance! Every year at camp, many departments send apparatus to participate in a parade where campers ride in the vehicles with sirens going while waving to a crowd of onlookers. As part of this year’s camp we want to create a video that will duplicate the experience for campers. Our hope is to have fire departments create a video of your personal message to the camp with sirens and horns. 
 
Please send your video here by Wednesday June 17th. Make sure you identify your department, village, or fire district name in the file name.
 
We hope that the campers can count on your support. With camp scheduled for mid-July, we’d like to receive all submissions as soon as possible to start editing the video. Thank you for whatever support or assistance you can offer!
 
With grateful appreciation,
 
Philip Zaleski
Executive Director
Illinois Fire Safety Alliance
Link to Virtual Camp site – www.ifsa.org/virtual-camp
Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) camp for children that are survivors of burn injuries – Camp “I Am Me"

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Cook County Board commissioners voted 9-7 with one member abstaining from a resolution which would direct the Cook County Department of Public Health to disclose locations of those testing positive for the coronavirus with 911 dispatchers in suburban Cook County every day for two months.

While the measure is only a recommendation, the Cook County Department of Public Health will follow the address-sharing practice because of the board’s instructions. That’s in spite of the public health co-administrator’s warning before the vote that the practice was inadequate and dangerous for both citizens and first responders emergency personnel.

The county board president said that it guaranteed the address-sharing plan would contribute to the systemic racism that black and Latino communities suffer. One commissioner said the resolution could backfire, as there are scores of residents who may have not sought testing because they are asymptomatic and that every individual that law enforcement comes into contact with should be treated as a COVID-19-positive case. Her position was supported by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The measure comes after a legal challenge to instate address-sharing was shot down. Earlier this month, a northwest suburban 911 dispatch system failed in its bid to force Cook County to share addresses of coronavirus patients on Friday after a judge denied its temporary restraining order. But the judge did grant the Village of Lincolnwood’s motion to intervene and set another hearing for early June.

The Illinois attorney general advised that address-sharing is permissible due to a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) exception, but he did not go so far as to recommend the practice.

Much of the Thursday board meeting’s public comment section was centered around the resolution, with suburban villages, police departments, and fire departments urging the need for address-sharing amid PPE shortages, and dozens of individuals and civil rights groups, including the Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, saying it would lead to harm.

The board also took the opportunity to censure President Donald Trump’s administration for what they described as a failure to deliver enough PPE for first responders emergency personnel that they said led them to the controversial address-sharing proposal.

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Fire service news

Excerpts from IAFC.org:

In the middle of a pandemic that has taken the lives of 26 firefighters, the nation is losing more firefighters. COVID-19 related budget cuts — in communities large and small – have resulted in the layoff or furlough of at least 935 fire department employees, including front-line firefighters, EMTs & paramedics. This new data comes from an International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) survey that also projects as many as 30,000 fire department jobs lost this year and next.

The pandemic’s impact goes beyond paid, career firefighters. Donations to volunteer fire departments are down due to high unemployment. Key fundraising events are cancelled because of stay-at-home orders. It’s expected COVID-19 cuts will force some volunteer departments to close, leaving entire communities without nearby fire and emergency medical services.

The IAFC is asking Congress and The White House to help offset these losses with a request of $10 billion that will go directly to the nation’s fire departments. Two very successful grant programs authorized by Congress years ago are the most efficient means to quickly get help to communities facing the loss of fire protection and emergency medical services.

One program, Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER), has been operating since 2003. SAFER helps career and volunteer departments maintain front-line firefighter staffing. Since 2000, Assistance for Firefighters Grants (AFG) has provided critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel. Each year, members of Congress proudly announce these grants for fire departments in their states and districts. It has never been more needed than now.

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