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House fire in Arlington Heights, 3-20-19

Arlington Heights police and firefighters were called to 209 LaSalle Street late Wednesday night (3/20/19) for a reported house fire. Police officers arrived and reported fire in the garage. The first arriving engine confirmed the report and added that there was heavy fire in the rear involving the first and second floors. Lines were deployed to the garage and the rear. A water main ruptured in the parkway two houses to the west of the hydrant being used by Engine 4, so when Engine 3 arrived they laid a supply line from a hydrant on a different main to supplement Engine 4. Arlington Heights Engine 2 was on a hydrant at the other end of the block and supplied Tower 1 and Palatine Quint 83. Buffalo Grove Tower 25 was at the scene and assigned as the RIT company.

 

water main break at fire scene

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Arlington Heights FD Pierce Quantum fire engines at fire scene

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house fire at night from garage

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Firefighters in bucket of Pierce Dash CF PUC tower ladder going to work at fire scene

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house fire scene at night with Pierce Dash CF PUC

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Arlington Heights FD Pierce Velocity fire engine at fire scene

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Arlington Heights FD Pierce Quantum fire engine at fire scene

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Arlington Heights FD Pierce Quantum fire engines at fire scene

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Arlington Heights Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Andrew Larson, a 23-year veteran of the Arlington Heights Fire Department, has been named its new chief. Larson, 46, who had been acting chief since the retirement of Ken Koeppen in November, took on the job formally Feb. 19 at a salary of $153,423. He will manage a $23 million budget, four fire houses and 108 employees.

A resident of Sycamore, Larson said his dedication to public service was instilled in him at a young age.

“I was raised in a family of public servants. It wasn’t really a discussion,” said Larson, who grew up in DeKalb County with grandmothers who were nurses, aunts and uncles who were school teachers, and a brother who was a lieutenant with the DeKalb Fire Department. “Right out of high school, I joined the Sandwich Volunteer Fire Department and fed my passion for this.”

Larson went on to earn an associate’s degree in fire science and was a paid on-call firefighter for the City of St. Charles until he was hired by Wheeling as a firefighter in 1996. He left a year later to join the Arlington Heights Fire Department where he was a firefighter and paramedic for 10 years before becoming a lieutenant, spending five years in public education. He became a battalion chief, then was promoted to deputy chief two years ago.

He has a bachelor’s degree in fire science management from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in strategic public management and leadership from Northern Illinois University.

Last year was the busiest year ever for the department with 10,329 calls for service. Of those, 7,512 were EMS related and the remaining 2,817 were for fire service.

He mentioned how some departments are providing medical care to residents in their homes. Although only just beginning in Arlington Heights, the idea is to prevent repeat transportation to hospitals. Training is being readied, and the department is working with the hospital to identify the types of patients and post-surgical care procedures they will be following. That and communicating what’s happening with patients to doctors will be a multi-year process.

The department also is training firefighters to assist each other following difficult calls, such as the death of a child. 

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Arlington Heights Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Andrew Larson, Arlington Heights’ acting fire chief since November, was appointed to the permanent position Friday after 22 years of service to the department.

He will be only the sixth fire chief the village has had since the fire department changed from volunteer to full-time in 1958.

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Arlington Heights Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Dailyherald.com:

Arlington Heights Fire Chief Ken Koeppen is set to step down next week and take a new job as deputy chief of administration with the Schaumburg Fire Department.

Koeppen joined the Arlington Heights Fire Department in February 1980 as a firefighter, and worked his way up to become a lieutenant in 1995, then battalion chief in 1998, deputy chief in 2005, and chief in 2014. He is Arlington Heights’ fifth chief since the department changed from a volunteer to a full-time paid department in 1958.

His retirement takes effect Thursday, Nov. 15. Deputy Chief Andrew Larson was appointed as acting fire chief, overseeing a department of 110 employees and four divisions. Officials say they will conduct a search for a permanent successor by evaluating both internal and external candidates.

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Working fire in Arlington Heights, 11-5-18

This from Keith Grzadziel:

Arlington Heights working fire at 543 S Arthur Ave. Reported as a fire on the roof of a commercial building. I was in the area and took this in but, arrived after the fire was knocked down. 

Arlington Heights Fire Department apparatus

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Arlington Heights Fire Department apparatus

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Arlington Heights Fire Department apparatus

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fire scene in Arlington Heights

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fire scene in Arlington Heights

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Arlington Heights Fire Department apparatus

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Arlington Heights Fire Department apparatus

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Arlington Heights Fire Department apparatus

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Arlington Heights Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Arlington Heights Firefighter/Paramedic Andrew Hansen was named the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Emergency Medical Services Instructor of the Year for developing a specific video laryngoscopy technique and creating a trial program in Arlington Heights.

He’s since been instructing fellow paramedics throughout the Northwest Community Emergency Medical Services System, a consortium that covers six hospitals and 24 fire departments and ambulance providers in the suburbs.

Since the technique was implemented in Arlington Heights, the intubation success rate jumped from 43 percent to 96 percent. Intubation is the placement of a flexible plastic tube into a patient’s windpipe to open the airway or administer drugs.

Hansen has spent years educating paramedics throughout the state and country, and coordinating medical device training labs for paramedic agencies, the military, and for national conferences.

He was honored at a village board meeting in May, when he and six colleagues also were applauded for helping resuscitate a man whose heart had stopped in March.

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Arlington Heights Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The Arlington Heights Fire Department promoted two new battalion chiefs.

Ron Fraider and John Carpenter were sworn in at this week’s village board meeting. Both joined the department in 1994 and rose through the ranks as firefighter/paramedics and lieutenants. They replace Tom Zerfass, who recently retired, and Andrew Larson, who was promoted in December to deputy chief upon the retirement of Bernie Lyons.

In place of Fraider and Carpenter, Matthew Yegge and Andrew Benkert were promoted from firefighters to lieutenants. 

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New engine for Arlington Heights (more)

Finished photo of the new engine for Arlington Heights from the Pierce Flickr site

Pierce Village of Arlington Heights FD, IL 31341-01 – Velocity with air operated steps

Arlington Heights FD Engine 2

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New engine for Arlington Heights

Production photos of a new Pierce Velocity engine being built for Arlington Heights

new fire engine being built for Arlington Heights

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new fire engine being built for Arlington Heights

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Arlington Heights Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Dailyherald.com:

Andrew Larson has been  promoted to deputy fire chief in Arlington Heights following the retirement of Bernie Lyons.

Larson, a 20-year veteran of the fire department, has held a number of leadership roles, including battalion chief for a year, public education officer for five years, and lieutenant for four years. He previously was an engineer and paramedic.

The Sycamore resident was sworn in at a village board meeting Monday by Mayor Tom Hayes.

Larson and fellow Deputy Chief Pete Ahlman report to Chief Ken Koeppen.

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