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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

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new fire engine being built for Arlington Heights

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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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House fire in Arlington Heights, 12-6-17 (more)

Additional photos of the house fire in Arlington Heights, 12-6-17

house fire in Arlington Heights

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Arlington FD Deputy Chief Pete Ahlman pulls a supply line

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smoke pours from house on fire

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firefighters vent roof from tower ladder bucket

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firefighters mask up before entering house

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Pierce tower ladder at fire scene

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garage destroyed by fire

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House fire in Arlington Heights, 12-6-17

Arlington Heights firefighters were called to 14oo Thomas Street for a fire in an attached garage of a ranch house. Companies arrived to find small explosions apparently from fireworks stored inside the garage. The alarm was upgraded to a Code 4 for the working fire bringing additional units from Arlington Heights as well as from Buffalo Grove and Wheeling.

Fire communicated into the house and was knocked down within a half hour. The house required extensive overhaul and companies were on the scene for quite a while. There were no injuries reported.

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house fire in Arlington Heights

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house fire in Arlington Heights

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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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