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Southwestern Illinois College Fire Science Program receives vintage fire engine

Excerpts from riverbend.com:

former Willisville Fire Department 1963 Chevrolet Howe fire engineRetired Fairview Heights Firefighter Daniel Lougeay of Marissa, has made an in-kind donation of a fire truck to the Southwestern Illinois College Fire Science Program. The 1963 retired fire engine will be used by fire science students to learn how to operate a fire hose pump, as well as other things.

“Being able to help the next generation of firefighters become the best they can be, not only for themselves but for the safety of the public is what matters,” said Lougeay. “It also feels good to be able to contribute to one of the best fire science programs in our area.

Lougeay bought the truck from the Willisville Fire Department in 2002 and used it for parades and antique fire truck shows. The truck will be located at the SWIC Clay Baitman Fire Science Center in Belleville, where all the fire science courses are offered. The fire science program graduates more than 30 firefighters annually.

SWIC offers a two-year, 66-semester-credit Associate in Applied Science degree in Fire Science with two options and 11 certificate programs

For more information on the Fire Science Program contact Program Coordinator Curt Lougeay at 618-234-5138 or curt.lougeay@swic.edu or for information on how to donate to SWIC visit swic.edu/community/foundation/ways-to-give/.

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New engine for the Manhattan FPD

From Bill Schreiber:

New Rosenbauer Commander EXT pumper for Manhattan FPD Engine 81
New Rosenbauer Commander EXT pumper for Manhattan FPD Engine 81

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New ambulance for the Hometown Fire Protection District

From the Fire Service Inc Facebook page:

Congratulations Hometown Fire Protection District on the recent delivery of a new 2021 Road Rescue Emergency Vehicles Type III! 

We appreciate your continued loyalty & are confident your community will benefit from this quality emergency vehicle! 

Specs: Ford E-450 chassis, 7.3L gas engine, 165″ module, Stryker Powerload System, inverter, Federal Signal LED lighting package.

Road Rescue type 3 ambulance

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Road Rescue type 3 ambulance

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Hometown FPD Ambulance 472

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new ambulance interior

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NFFF Memorial Weekend Ceremony

2020NFFF Memorial Weekend Ceremony

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2020NFFF Memorial Weekend Ceremony

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Fire service loses a good friend, Greg Melyon

From legacy.com:

Greg Melyon March 20 1962 to October 7 2020WHITING, IN – Gregory J. Melyon, 58 of Whiting, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2020. He is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Donna (nee Klapak); loving brother of Dan (Ellen) Melyon and Mark (Gerardette) Melyon; dearest uncle to many nieces and nephews; dear brother-in-law of Paul “Otis” Klapak and Frank (late Janet) Lowry; and his best friend Guinness Melyon.

Private funeral services will be held, there is no visitation. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on-line at www.baranfh.com.

Greg Melyon was born on March 20, 1962 to Henry and Alice (Simala) Melyon and was a lifelong resident of the Calumet Region. He was a graduate of Bishop Noll Institute, Class of 1980 and was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting. Greg was a 2nd generation firefighter and began his career with the Gary, Indiana Fire Department. He was one of a dozen firefighters in the city chosen to form Squad 2, a flying manpower squad, running to literally hundreds of emergency calls a year. Squad 2 would become one of the busiest heavy rescue squads in the country and its members, some of the most skilled firefighters in the industry. When our country was attacked on September 11, 2001, he responded with a group of fellow firefighters to New York City to support the efforts of the FDNY. Greg came up through the ranks, holding many positions, and retired as Chief of Operations from the City of Gary with 27 years of dedicated service. After retiring from Gary, he became a training instructor at the BP Whiting Refinery, where he continued to share his incredible knowledge of safety and emergency response. Greg was a member of the IAFF Local 359, the 5-11 Club of Chicago, the Fire Buffs of Illinois and was a founding member of the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago. He enjoyed photographing fire apparatus and collecting fire apparatus pictures, memorabilia, and die-cast emergency vehicles. Greg was an avid traveler and connoisseur of local cuisine. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago, 5218 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60609. (219) 659-4400

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from Chicago.cbslocal.com:

A charred car is all that’s left in one garage after a string of arsons in one Chicago neighborhood, but a video of the arsonist at work has surfaced showing a man who set a series of fires walking down an alley. 

Surveillance of an alley shows a man apparently starting a fire then walking away from a trash bin. The fire burned hot and quick. One garage was engulfed.  Detectives said they’re looking for a man fitting the image on video is responsible for a string of arsons also in Logan Square back on August 25.

Chicago police are looking into the incidents, saying they are open investigations and could not comment any further. If a pattern can be confirmed, a community alert will be issued.

 

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America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters

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Evanston Fire Department news

From the City of Evanston:

Evanston Fire Department and Oakton Community College collaborate to create tuition-free firefighter apprenticeship program

The Evanston Fire Department in collaboration with Oakton Community College has established their first public service apprenticeship program, allowing residents of Evanston to gain a career path in fire service tuition-free. 

Evanston residents who are at least 17 years of age are eligible to apply for the three-year apprenticeship program. They will work, train and learn in preparation to test for a full-time appointment as an Evanston firefighter/paramedic. Students from Evanston Township High School are encouraged to apply.

Upon successful completion of the 3 year program, apprentices will have approximately 3,000 hours of work experience. Students that fulfill the firefighter apprenticeship requirements will receive a Basics of Fire Fighting Certificate, Fire Science Technology Certificate, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science Technology from Oakton. In addition, students will earn a Candidate Physical Ability Test Card and Ladder Climb Certification from a third-party provider. The City of Evanston will cover tuition and training costs.

Oakton’s partnership with EFD is just one example of the full range of cost-effective, high-quality training solutions developed by Oakton’s Workforce Solutions team that can be delivered at a variety of locations. Oakton has an experienced team of consultants, trainers and program managers who develop customized training programs enhancing employee skills and knowledge to drive business results.

According to Ruben Howard II, PhD., Oakton’s director of Workforce and Strategic Partnerships, one apprenticeship is expected to be offered before the end of the year.

“We’re proud to be relying on our community relationships to bring this innovative apprenticeship program to Evanston, while helping make a career in fire service a reality for those who may never have thought it possible,” Howard said. “Oakton is excited to expand on these types of relationships with business partners in our community.”

EFD Fire Chief Brian Scott added, “This program will help better educate, train and prepare Evanston youth for a career in the fire service while providing a more valid evaluation of a potential candidate compared to current testing models. Additionally, the program will promote diversity by providing an opportunity for Evanston youth to serve their community as they graduate from ETHS”.

He also stated, “It’s also our hope that at the end of the process, participants will be given preference points on any participating agency’s firefighter eligibility list, significantly increasing their chances for appointment to a fire department.”

Jobs for firefighters and paramedics are in demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for firefighters was $50,850 in May 2019. Employment of firefighters is projected to grow 5% through 2028. In addition, the BLS reports that the median annual wage for paramedics was $35,400 in May 2019. The need for paramedics is expected to grow 7% through 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.

Online applications for the program will be accepted from September 1st thru November 2nd at https://careers-cityofevanston.icims.com/jobs . An information session has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. To RSVP, email apprenticeships@oakton.edu

 

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Of interest … Fire Service, Inc.

Fire Service, Inc. the E-ONE and KME dealer for Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday (9-15-20) at their newest facility at 105 Industrial Drive in Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

Fire Service Inc owner Shawn Junker and family

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Wisconsin State Representative Barbara Dittrich and Fire Service Inc. owner Shawn Junker

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Wisconsin State Representative Barbara Dittrich and Fire Service Inc. owner Shawn Junker and employees of the Wisconsin facility

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sign for Fire Service Inc

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Of interest … Firefighter Matt Thuma

Excerpts from the nwherald.com:

Woodstock’s Matt Thuma has been a regular at the Crystal Lake Half Marathon since the 13.1-mile race became a staple of the running community. The 54-year-old Crystal Lake firefighter may not place among the top finishers, but that’s for a good reason.

Unlike other runners, Thuma, who got his start in long-distance races about 20 years ago, crosses the finish line wearing more than 42 pounds of gear: boots, a turnout coat and pants, gloves, a helmet and air tank. He tries to do three or four long-distance events a year, ran his 20th Crystal Lake Half Marathon Sunday morning. He’s done them all with his full PPE. 

Matt, who has been a firefighter/paramedic for 35 years, guesses that he has raced in about 50 marathons and other long-distance events since the start of 2000, both in and out of gear. The 2000 Chicago Marathon was the first in gear .

He first ran in full gear to bring awareness to the heightened risk of firefighters developing cancer in the line of duty. He has also run for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society. Any money raised for this year’s Crystal Lake Half Marathon will go to support The Break teen center in Crystal Lake. Matt’s final race before the COVID-19 pandemic halted most running events was in Honolulu where two other firefighters ran the race in full gear. 

Thuma said the support he gets from other runners and spectators is a big part of what keeps him going.

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