Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from dnainfo.com:

Nobody was injured in separate fires that damaged a pair of Beverly homes Wednesday morning — including one being blamed on squirrels.

The first fire occurred around 4 a.m. on the back porch of a home near 101st and Leavitt St. The cause of the fire is under investigation and the home was left uninhabitable after the fire due to both smoke and water damage.

The second fire occurred about 6 a.m. at in the 2600 block of W. 100th Place. A resident of the home on W. 100th Place said that fire was caused by an electrical malfunction brought on by squirrels who had made their way into the small room off the back of the house.

The room was completely charred but the rest of the home was largely spared, he said.

thanks Dennis

Tags:

New aerial for Schiller Park (more)

Updated production photos from E-ONE of the new aerial ladder for Schiller Park so#140906

Fire truck being built for the Schiller Park Fire Department

E-ONE photo

Fire truck being built for the Schiller Park Fire Department

E-ONE photo

Fire truck being built for the Schiller Park Fire Department

E-ONE photo

Fire truck being built for the Schiller Park Fire Department

E-ONE photo

Fire truck being built for the Schiller Park Fire Department

E-ONE photo

Fire truck being built for the Schiller Park Fire Department

E-ONE photo

Fire truck being built for the Schiller Park Fire Department

E-ONE photo

Fire truck being built for the Schiller Park Fire Department

E-ONE photo

Tags: , ,

Lake Forest Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

After almost eight months as acting fire chief, the Lake Forest City Council appointed Pete Siebert fire chief on April 17.

Siebert joined the Lake Forest Fire Department in May 1996. Becoming chief wasn’t something he had originally thought about.

“I put my hat in the ring and here I am,” he said.

The city council appointed him interim deputy chief in November 2015 and permanent deputy chief in May 2016. When Fire Chief Jeff Howell left in September 2016, the city council appointed Siebert as acting fire chief.

The city has been having conversations with other communities about sharing fire services.

Tags: , , ,

Northbrook Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Insurance Services Office has rated the Northbrook Fire Department a Class 1, placing it among the top 243 departments of a total 47,000 nationwide.

It’s been a long road to the honor for the department which was rated at Class 5 at the beginning of 1996. The department jumped to Class 3 that year and to a Class 2 about three years later.

On a 100-point system, the rating awards a possible 50 points for fire operations, 40 for firefighting water availability, and 10 for communications, according to the ISO. Northbrook cleared the 90-point Class 1 hurdle with 91.72.

The rating organization has become more accepting of automatic aid in recent years, recognizing that in dense suburban areas, it makes sense to share resources, said Northbrook Fire Department Deputy Chief Dan Quinn.

Northbrook’s response times have been inching up in recent years, Quinn acknowledged, adding that the steady growth of the village and the call load have been responsible. Through the use of full-time and paid-on-call firefighters, automatic aid, and non-automatic mutual aid, Northbrook averages 26 people at every structure fire, he said, compared to the 15 that ISO looks for.

Recognition by ISO that mutual and automatic aid is an efficient way of responding to emergencies may be part of the reason that the number of Class 1 departments has tripled to about a dozen over the past decade. Other towns with the top rating include Skokie, Arlington Heights, Downers Grove, and Westmont.

ISO, which sells its rating information to insurance companies, declined comment about Northbrook’s new rating, and referred questions to Northbrook officials.

Northbrook officials have recommended that property owners ask insurers if they qualify for a discount after July 1, when the new rating takes effect, but ISO ratings are often not considered in Illinois premium rate-setting, especially in residential underwriting

Some insurance companies are on record as preferring to use their own history of fire service to customers, as opposed to ISO’s. Allstate uses ISO, but other factors, too.

The top ISO rating is important to fire service professionals as a gauge of how well a department is doing the business of putting out fires.

Northbrook has kept up with training, equipment, and firefighting techniques as a matter of course, and reaching Class 1 status didn’t cost taxpayers anything extra.

Tags: , , ,

Aurora Fire Department news

Tags: , ,

Champaign Fire Department news

Excerpts from illinoishomepage.net:

The Champaign Fire Department is studying whether Station 3 should be moved. It has been on west Bradley avenue for half a century. The chief says that might not be the best place for it anymore.

He says the apparatus bay was designed for trucks as they were 50 years ago. The department had to build an addition on to the back. The crew there is one of the busiest– if not the busiest– engine company in the city.

“When you build a new fire station, you have to think about the future,” says Fire Chief Gary Ludwig.

He says station three is stuck in the past. The crew says it’s easier to work with the truck outside, because when it’s in, they have no room to work out.

“We don’t know what the future holds,” says Ludwig, “We may have to put a ladder in that location. We may have to house an ambulance in that location.”

The department is hiring a consultant to determine where the station should go now. They’ll do that by analyzing five years’ worth of service calls.

Chief Ludwig says right now, they’re looking at four places station three could go.

Tags: , ,

Fire Service news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

More than a dozen suburban fire departments will receive free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to distribute to residents in need.

In all, 1,600 smoke alarms and 250 CO alarms will be given away through Operation Save a Life, a partnership between ABC 7 Chicago and Kidde, a leading manufacturer of fire safety equipment. Operation Save a Life is designed to get lifesaving smoke and carbon monoxide alarms into the hands of at-risk families and provide fire and carbon monoxide safety education.

Departments receiving alarms include Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Bartlett, and the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District.

Illinois currently ranks second in the nation, trailing only New York, for fire deaths in 2017.

thanks Dan

Tags: ,

Lisle-Woodridge and Darien-Woodridge FPD news

Here is the study

Tags: , , ,

New aerial for Bensenville FPD (more)

Updated production photos at E-ONE of the New aerial for Bensenville FPD  so #141014

Fire truck being built by E-ONE

E-ONE photo

Fire truck being built by E-ONE

E-ONE photo

Fire truck being built by E-ONE

E-ONE photo

Tags: , , ,

Firefighters play hockey for charity

Tags: , ,