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2018 Lake County Fire Expo

This from Asher Heimermann:

The 22nd annual Lake County Fire Safety Expo was held on Saturday, May 18th at Gurnee Mills.

Fire apparatus and equipment from around Lake County were on display during the four-hour event and featured demonstrations from the Waukegan Fire Department Bomb Squad, Lake County High Angle Rescue Team, as well as an auto extrication demo and live fire side-by-side presentation.
State Farm Insurance HELP truck

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Winthrop Harbor FD Engine 1712

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MABAS Division 4 Wildland 4

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Abbott Labs Emergency Response Team

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Lake Forest FD Ford Explorer

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Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD Truck 51

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Memorial ceremony for fallen firefighters in Illinois

Excerpts from wcia.com:

Firefighters who lost their lives trying to keep others safe were recognized at the State Capitol. Leaders reassured families the state is standing behind them during one of their darkest hours. For nearly three decades, state leaders and firefighters honored those killed in the line of duty. This year, three fallen firefighters were honored.

Those honored were from Chicago, Christopher, and Bethalto. 

After the ceremony, firefighters marched from the Capitol to the Bank of Springfield Center for a Medal of Honor program.

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Dixon Fire Department news

Excerpts from saukvalley.com:

Dixon FD Fire Chief Tim Shipman said Monday that Capt. Dave Lohse was selected to replace Deputy Chief Mark Callison, who is retiring June 3.

Lohse was hired at the department as a firefighter and paramedic in 1998, was promoted to lieutenant in 2008, and captain a year later. He began as a volunteer firefighter for the Franklin Grove Fire Protection District in 1991. He’s currently the training officer for the Amboy Fire Protection District and previously served as a field staff instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute.

Callison joined the department in 1996, was promoted to lieutenant in 2004 followed by captain in 2005 and deputy chief in 2013.

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Of interest … EaseAwake

Excerpts from staugistine.com:

Blake Richardson heard plenty of stories from his father about his work at the Fernandina Beach Fire Department. Over the last 15 years of his dad’s career, two of the common themes that always came up were the stress of the job and the lack of sleep. 

He always wanted to come up with a way that would make his dad’s job easier, and healthier. He hopes EaseAwake, a device he came up with in high school that is now gaining attention around the state, will do exactly that.

The goal of EaseAwake, a wearable wristband device similar to a FitBit, is to help sleeping firefighters wake slowly when a call to service comes in. It’s typical for firefighters working long shifts to be jolted awake by loud alarms that can quickly elevate heart rates. But firefighters wearing the EaseAwake will feel a vibration five seconds before the station alarm goes off allowing them to slowly wake up from a deep sleep.

Richardson, 21, along with classmates in his entrepreneurship course at Flagler College, pitched the idea to a panel of judges in a “Shark Tank” style presentation during Business Week at the school in March. The idea won first place. Richardson also placed in the top five at a statewide entrepreneurship competition at the University of South Florida in April. He was one of 20 fellows selected for the program and received a prize of $5,000 for placing in the top five.

There is still plenty of work to be done. He’s currently looking for someone to produce a 3D sketch of the device and create a prototype. Once he does that, he will then begin to test it on firefighters and collect data he hopes will show the device’s benefits. If all goes well, he will look to trademark and patent for the name and idea as soon as this summer.

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Des Plaines FD news

From Facebook Sunday, 4/19/19

Prospect Heights FD firefighter critically injured in motorcycle crash

From the Des Plaines Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 4211

An unfortunate accident this morning has left a member of our department in critical condition. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers tonight. Stay strong brother, you got this.

Des Plaines Firefighter Paul Miller

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Fire Service News

Press release about International Technical Rescue Competition

H-Elevated Grimp competition team

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Palatine Fire Department news

From the Palatine Fire Department:

Please help us spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving.  As emergency vehicle operators we encounter countless drivers each day who are not paying attention to their surroundings.  Distracted drivers are a danger to themselves and everyone around them.  Please make every effort not to be a distracted driver.  Remind your family and friends how dangerous distracted driving really is.  Stop the texts, stop the wrecks. 

Distracted Driving Awareness Monthclick on the press release to download a larger file

 

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FDIC 2019

This from Larry Shapiro:

Here are some photos from the staging area for FDIC 2019 taken on Saturday 4/6/19 and at a stopover for cleaning trucks

FDIC 2019 apparatus staging at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis

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FDIC 2019 apparatus staging at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis

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FDIC 2019 apparatus staging at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis

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Rosenbauer Commander ACP-55 for Wyndmoor PA

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Pasco County FD decal

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Salisbury FD KME quint

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Wabash Township FD Ferrara Cinder fire truck

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Patterson NJ FD heavy rescue

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Seagrave Capitol engine for Alexandria VA

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As seen around … Chicago (part 2)

More from Dany Nelms:

Here are a more photos from my recent trip to Chicago March 12, 13, and 14, 2019

Chicago firehouse

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former Chicago firehouse

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Chicago FD Engine 78 firehouse

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Chicago FD Training Division decal

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Thomas Hoff Chicago FD memorial decal

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Chicago FD Engine 78 decal

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Fire Service News

proposed Amendment of the Downstate FireFighter Article of the Illinois Pension Code

proposed Amendment of the Downstate FireFighter Article of the Illinois Pension Code proposed Amendment of the Downstate FireFighter Article of the Illinois Pension Code

 

thanks Scott

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