Arlington Heights Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Dailyherald.com:

Arlington Heights will increase its ambulance transport fee by 275 percent, though officials say only uninsured nonresidents who use an ambulance while in town would actually have to pay the higher fees.

As of Nov. 1, the village will charge $1,500 per transport and add a charge of $12 per mile — though deductibles, co-payments, mileage or other associated costs for village residents would be waived under a plan approved by the village board this week.

That means a nonresident who isn’t covered by insurance, Medicare or Medicaid would have to pay the fee, though Deputy Fire Chief Bernie Lyons said the village would take a compassionate approach to the collection of fees.

Officials say patients who claim a hardship would be directed to the village’s emergency assistance program. Those who provide a hardship letter from their hospital could get a write-off, as is currently the case with homeless patients.

Arlington Heights now charges $400 to $450 to residents and $600 to $650 to nonresidents for ambulance transports — rates that have remained unchanged for 11 years.

Officials say they’re looking to fill a $900,000 budget gap caused by state cuts to the village’s share of income and sales tax revenues. They say the cost of providing emergency medical services also has risen, as has demand from residents. The fee hike would add $960,000 to the $1.7 million the village already collects in transport fees.

Trustee Tom Glasgow was the lone village board member to vote against the fee increase this week.

“We subsidize the parking garage, health clinic, police and chamber of commerce. If we can subsidize those things, we can subsidize this as well,” Glasgow said. “To raise it for people who truly can’t afford it, I have an ethical problem with that.”

Andres Medical Billing, the village’s billing contractor, reports its clients charge $350 to $2,600 per transport. Naperville recently raised its fee to $1,800, and Elgin is considering doing the same.

Private ambulance services on average cost $2,000 per transport.

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Chicago Ridge Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

Here is a photo of Chicago Ridge Engine 3, a 1950’s Mack B.  Picture taken off  the Ridge’s facebook.  Identity of firemen not known.  I was surprised, as I did not know Chicago Ridge was a Fire Protection District.  Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa
Chicago Ridge Chicago Ridge FPD Engine 3, a 1950's Mack B

photo from the Chicago Ridge FPD Facebook page

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Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 1-28-65

This from Eric Haak:

This week I am sharing these images from a 5-11 alarm on January 28, 1965. This was an abandoned grain mill at 2203-09 South Lumber Street. For those who are familiar with this area, it is the present location of Ozinga concrete just south of Cermak along the Chicago River. The second image is of Engine 8 and the last image shows Engine 23. I can count 13 master streams flowing in image 4. Still time was reported as 4:47pm. Hope you enjoy.

historic massive fire in Chicago in 1965

5-11 alarm fire in Chicago on January 28, 1965. This was an abandoned grain mill at 2203-09 South Lumber Street. from the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

historic image of Chicago FD Engine 8

from the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

historic massive fire in Chicago in 1965

from the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

historic massive fire in Chicago in 1965

from the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

historic image of Chicago FD Engine 23

CFD Engine 23. from the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

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Gary Fire Department History

This from Wayne Stuart:

The Gary Fire Department operated two of these 1966 Mack “C” model pumpers. They had 1,000-GPM pumps and 300-gallon booster tanks. This pumper was assigned to Engine Company 4. It carried Mack serial #C95FD-1524.

from the collection of wayne stuart

1966 Mack "C" model pumper

The Gary Fire Department 1966 Mack “C” model pumper, 1,000-GPM pump, 300-gallon booster tanks assigned to Engine Company 4. Mack serial #C95FD-1524.
from the collection of Wayne Stuart

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Buffalo Grove Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The Buffalo Grove village board approved a new three-year deal with its firefighters Monday that will give the union members a 2 percent raise next year retroactive to May 1. Salary hikes in the last two years of the deal will be negotiated separately.

Fire Chief Mike Baker called the deal a status quo renewal of the village’s contract with International Association of Firefighters, Local 3177 that expired at the end of April. The number of available health plans dropped from three to two, one an HMO and another a PPO.

The minimum and starting annual salary is $61,674. After seven years of employment, firefighters can earn more than $100,500.

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New Chicago Fire Department replica models (more)

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 37 replica model

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 37 replica model. Fire Replicas photo

From the Fire Replicas Facebook page:

Over 800 hand-crafted and assembled pieces make up each CFD Tower Ladder. Check it out! Coming in early November….only Tower 37 still available. https://www.firereplicas.com/chicago-fire-department-e-oneā€¦/

assembling a scale model of a Chicago fire truck

Chicago FD tower ladder model being built. Fire Replicas photo

assembling a scale model of a Chicago fire truck

Fire Replicas photo

assembling a scale model of a Chicago fire truck

Fire Replicas photo

assembling a scale model of a Chicago fire truck

Fire Replicas photo

assembling a scale model of a Chicago fire truck

Fire Replicas photo

assembling a scale model of a Chicago fire truck

Fire Replicas photo

 

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New engines for Chicago (more)

A third engine has shown up in production for Chicago at E-ONE. This one has so#141468

fire engine being built

Cab production for an new Chicago engine at E-ONE with so #141468. E-ONE photo

fire engine being built

E-ONE photo

fire engine being built

E-ONE photo

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Lisle-Woodridge FPD news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Investigators from the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District are probing the cause of a Saturday blaze that sent one firefighter to the hospital and left a house uninhabitable on the 2000 block of Pebble Creek Drive in Lisle.

Authorities said a passer-by reported the fire at 1:37 p.m. Saturday and the first firefighters arrived about four minutes later to find heavy fire in the roof and attic area. No family members were home at the time.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control in about 35 minutes, but crews remained on the scene for several hours to perform salvage and overhaul of the burned areas in the structure.

One firefighter was treated and released from a hospital for unspecified injuries.

Lisle-Woodridge units were assisted on the scene by firefighters from Downers Grove, Darien-Woodridge, Lombard, Naperville, Warrenville and Wheaton.

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Crash with extrication in North Aurora, 10-16-17

This from Dave Weaver:

10/16/17 NORTH AURORA, IL – North Aurora FD Box Alarm heavy extrication crash, two vehicles under a semi trailer w/ entrapment and double medevac Orchard Rd. and I-88 – Video by Dave Weaver

 

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Two men died and three others were taken to hospitals after two cars collided with a semitractor trailer Monday at the Orchard Road Interstate 88 overpass in Kane County.

Investigators are looking into whether the collisions are related to two Aurora shootings reported between 11 a.m. and the time of the crash

Working together, detectives from the county sheriff’s department and Aurora Police Department haven’t ruled out that the shootings and crash are the result of gang violence. The colors of the cars that crashed matched the colors of the cars involved in the Aurora shooting

A Jaguar and a GMC Envoy were northbound on Orchard Road, apparently traveling at high speeds, when both cars struck the semi-trailer that was turning south onto Orchard Road after getting off eastbound I-88.

The GMC driver, identified as Christopher Shaw, 23, of North Aurora, was pronounced dead at the scene. The GMC’s two passengers, one who had been in the front and the other in the back seat, were flown to a hospital. The front seat passenger, Devonte Bouchee, 24, of Aurora, died later in the afternoon, and the back seat passenger, a 23-year-old Aurora man, had injuries that were potentially life-threatening.

The Jaguar driver, a 38-year-old Aurora man; and the truck driver, a 27-year-old from Burbank, were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries. 

The sheriff’s office and Aurora police are investigating two separate reports involving vehicles chasing each other and exchanging shots in the Aurora area before the crash Monday.

Nothing was apparently hit in the first shooting, which was reported at 11:04 a.m., and the second shooting, at 11:45 a.m. along Nantucket Road and Durham Drive near West Indian Trail Road in Aurora, resulted in gunfire damage to two homes.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on the shootings to call Kane County investigators at 630-444-1103 or Aurora’s at 630-256-5500, or Aurora area crime stoppers at 630-892-1000.

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Former Orland FPD Snorkel for sale

Found at Fentonfire.com:

1987 Spartan Darley Snorkel 55′ 1500/0 (Q0926)

Really nice 1987 Spartan Snorkel for sale!
6 cylinder Cummins
Allison automatic
Front tires 315/80R22.5 in good condition, rear tires 12R22.5 in good condition
10-man Spartan cab
(2) SCBA seats
No booster tank
Q2 siren
Electronic siren
55-ft Snorkel (will have new certification) Excellent condition,

679 Engine Hours

55' Snorkel for sale

1987 Spartan Darley 55′ Snorkel. Fenton Fire photo

55' Snorkel for sale

1987 Spartan Darley 55′ Snorkel. Fenton Fire photo

55' Snorkel for sale

1987 Spartan Darley 55′ Snorkel. Fenton Fire photo

55' Snorkel for sale

1987 Spartan Darley 55′ Snorkel. Fenton Fire photo

55' Snorkel for sale

1987 Spartan Darley 55′ Snorkel. Fenton Fire photo

thanks Al

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