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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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Interdivisional dive box in Arlington Heights, 8-31-17

Arlington Heights firefighters and divers with mutual aid from Division 1 and Division 4 searched the waters of Lake Arlington this afternoon for a missing female who was later located alive, beneath a pier.

Photos by Tim Olk.

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firefighter monitors sonar at dive recovery

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Arlington Heights (IL) firefighters and divers with mutual aid from Division 1 and Division 4 searched the waters of Lake Arlington Thursday afternoon (8/31/17) for a missing female who was later located alive, beneath a pier.
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Car into the building in Arlington Heights, 5-2-17

This from Larry Shapiro:

Arlington Heights and Buffalo Grove firefighters were dispatched to a car into the house in the 3100 block of N. Walker Lane East this afternoon (5/2/17). It appears that the incident occurred when an elderly driver was parking in the garage.

elderly driver crashes car through garage of a house

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Arlington Heights FD Engine 4 Pierce Quantum

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elderly driver crashes car through garage of a house

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Arlington Heights FD Engine 4 Pierce Quantum

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House fire in Arlington Heights, 11-13-16

Short video from Larry Shapiro of the house fire in Arlington Heights, 11-13-16

 

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House fire in Arlington Heights, 11-13-16

Arlington Heights firefighters were called to 2142 N Orchid Lane early Sunday evening (11/13/16) for a reported house fire. When companies arrived they had a fire on the second floor and upgraded the alarm to a Code 4 for the working fire.  A broken water main and hoarder conditions hampered firefighters who were able to declare the fire under control in under 40 minutes.

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smoke from house fire at night

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smoke from house fire at night

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Arlington Heights FD Tower 1 Pierce Dash CF PUC

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Arlington Heights FD Engine 2 Pierce Quantum

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firefighters climb ladder truck with tools during fire

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water gushes from broken water main

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Arlington Heights Fire Department news

Excerpts from the VAH.com:

Arlington Heights Fire Department Receives Top Rating of ISO Class 1

OCTOBER 5, 2016

The Arlington Heights Fire Department has received the Insurance Services Office (ISO) top rating of Class 1. ISO is the insurance industry’s leading source of information about property/casualty risk. In general, fire insurance premiums are lower for communities with top ISO ratings.

The ISO Class 1 rating has been achieved by less than 200 of 47,000 fire departments nationwide, 1/3 of 1%.

“ we are thrilled to receive this very prestigious rating,” said Fire Chief Ken Koeppen.  “Our firefighters are dedicated, well-trained and committed to being the best.”

In addition to evaluating the fire department’s training, apparatus, and response capabilities, ISO also assesses water supply, dispatch operations, and fire prevention programs.

ISO’s assessment of Northwest Central Dispatch System’s capabilities also contributed to the Class 1 rating.  NWCDS provides emergency dispatching services for the village from its communications center that is considered one of the best in the nation.

The ISO Class 1 rating is a confirmation of the Arlington Heights Fire Department’s dedication to its mission to protect lives and property, and to its motto, “Committed to Excellence.”

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Ambulance Crash in Arlington Heights 8/5/16

This from Larry Shapiro:

Arlington Heights and Buffalo Grove units were sent to a reported pin-in crash at the intersection of Arlington Heights Road and Dundee Road after 10PM Friday night involving one car and an ambulance. The private ambulance was knocked on it’s side. There was a crew of three in the ambulance at the time with no patient. All three had self extricated prior to firefighters arriving, and the driver of the sedan was taken to the hospital.

car at crash site

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Buffalo Grove Tower Ladder 25 at crash scene

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Stryker ambulance cot after ambulance crash

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Elite Ambulance after crash

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Hillside Towing Company at crash site

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House fire in Buffalo Grove, 5-6-16

This from Larry Shapiro:

A resident called the Buffalo Grove Fire Department for a fire in the attached garage around 2AM on Friday (5/6/16). Arlington Heights Engine 4 was the first to arrive as the address was very close to their station. They reported a full involved house and hit the garage with their deck gun before deploying a handline. Buffalo Grove Tower 25 arrived perhaps a minute later and deployed a second line. The bulk of the fire was knocked down within minutes as I arrived very shortly thereafter.

The alarm was upgraded to a Code 4 for the working fire after Engine 4 arrived, and then a Box Alarm was requested for additional manpower. The fire was kept from extending into the house.

The residents were outside when firefighters arrived.

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house fire scene in Buffalo Grove IL

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Arlington Heights FD Engine 4

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house fire scene in Buffalo Grove IL

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firefighters change air bottle at scene

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Arlington Heights FD Engine 4

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Buffalo Grove FD Tower 25

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House fire in Arlington Heights, 3-17-16

This from Larry Shapiro:

Arlington Heights firefighters were notified of smoke coming from a house at 127 N. Evanston Avenue Thursday evening (3/17/16). First arriving units had smoke coming from the split-level house in a cul-de-sac, and the alarm was upgraded to a Code 4 working fire which brought additional Arlington Heights units plus a truck from Mount Prospect and an engine from Prospect Heights.

Companies were able to extinguish the attic fire by gaining access through a scuttle and had the fire out within 20 minutes.

house fire at 127 N Evanston in Arlington Heights

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Pierce Quantum fire engines at fire scene

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Pierce Quantum fire engine at fire scene

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Pierce fire trucks at fire scene

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Arlington Heights ambulances on scene

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Arlington Heights fire truck on scene

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Pierce fire trucks at fire scene

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Arlington Heights one-car crash, 10-21-15

This from Scott Peterson:

Vehicle vs power pole – no entrapment on Rand Rd 1 block west of Arlington Heights Rd. Driver remained in the vehicle until Com-Ed shut down the power. This pole did have a transformer on it.  Com-Ed arrived within 20 mins of the FD arrival. Once Com-Ed gave the all clear, Arlington Heights FD crews removed the driver and transported to Northwest Community Hospital.
Eng 4, Amb 4, Sqd 2 & Batt 1.
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