Posts Tagged Aurora Fire Department

Commercial fire in Aurora, 1-17-19

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

A fire began around 4:20 p.m. Thursday (1/17/19) in the McDonald’s restaurant at 1023 N. Lake St in Aurora. Several construction workers were inside welding near the ceiling when some insulation caught on fire, Aurora Fire Department Battalion Chief Jim Rhodes said.

“They noticed it and tried to put it out, but it spread so quickly that they weren’t able to and got out of the building right (away),” Rhodes said. “It was a very fast burning fire.”

Around 35 firefighters worked to put out the blaze at the restaurant which had been undergoing extensive renovation.

thanks Martin

fire destroys a McDonald's restaurant that was being remodeled

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Aurora Fire Department LODD Anniversary

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The Aurora Fire Department will honor the lives of three firefighters who died fighting a fire at a Woolworth store 85 years ago. Thirty-seven-year-old Capt. Herbert Reiss, 48-year-old Capt. John Petersohn and 35-year-old firefighter Charles Hoffman died when an exterior wall collapsed on them as they fought the large fire at the Woolworth 5 & 10 store.

An honor guard will mark the anniversary by placing a wreath at the site of the Jan. 11, 1934 fire that was the most destructive blaze in Aurora history.

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Area apparatus orders

  • Aurora Fire Department; E-ONE  Typhoon pumper, 1,500780. Delivery in June 2019.
  • Elburn Countryside Fire Protection District; E-ONE Typhon pumper, 1,500/1,030/30. Delivery in May 2019.
  • Joliet Fire Department; E-ONE Typhoon pumper, 1,500/780. Delivery in May 2019.
  • Leyden Fire Protection District; E-ONE Typhoon 75-foot quint, 500-gallon water tank. Delivery in March 2019.
  • Wauconda Fire Protection District; Rosenbauer Commander pumper, 1,500/750. Delivery in October 2019.

thanks Ron

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Aurora Fire Department news

Excerpts from the chicagotribune.com:

Aurora Fire Capt. Brandon Matson said firefighters and paramedics go on hundreds of emergency calls a year, but rarely do they hear back from the people they’ve taken to the hospital. So firefighters at Station 8 were surprised when they received a request from Aurora residents Lisa and Ted Yee, who wanted to bring them dinner to celebrate Lisa’s recovery from a crash a decade ago that left her with traumatic brain injury.

On Sept. 10, 2008, Lisa Yee was a passenger in a vehicle that was T-boned at Asbury Drive and New York Street in Aurora. Firefighters and paramedics from Station 8 responded to the crash, transporting her to Rush Copley Medical Center. She was later flown by helicopter to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood.

Doctors had trouble explaining why Yee was in a coma for five days, telling her husband Ted that she should be awake, until later realizing it was due to traumatic brain injury that left her with epilepsy. When she awoke from the coma, she had lost about five years of memories.

She still doesn’t remember the accident happening and gets choked up each time she hears about it, adding that she thinks her brain blocks out the thought of it. With a fractured pelvis, four broken ribs, a lacerated liver, bruised lung and four cracked teeth, she stayed at Loyola for two months and later spent years in extensive physical therapy and rehab.

Now, she is a certified yoga instructor and volunteers teaching yoga at a shelter for veterans and also at Mutual Ground, a women’s shelter in Aurora.

Ted Yee told Matson the names of the people who helped Lisa, and Matson tracked down some of the retired ones, as well as firefighters who now work at other stations, and gathered them for dinner Monday.

“It means a lot to us,” Matson said. “I’ve met patients after the fact and it’s nice to see what happens and see a good outcome. We have all these calls, but sometimes you never know what happens after the fact.”

Until 2015, Lisa Yee had multiple seizures which Aurora paramedics responded to as well. Lisa Yee also received help from doctors at Northwestern Hospital who got her on some neurological drugs, and she has been seizure free for two and a half years.

“In this journey, we learned its crummy circumstances, but every time we got to a bad point, we got a break,” Ted Yee said. “We heard a nugget of information, there was a supporter who came out of nowhere, there was a professional who did their job. It just makes you grateful that as crappy as the situation is, we actually wound up being pretty darn lucky and we wanted to say thanks on this 10th anniversary.”

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Aurora Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

19-year-old Cameron L. Duke, of Aurora, was charged with a felony count of burglary for breaking into an Aurora fire station last week and stealing a firefighter’s backpack.

About 4:30 p.m. July 2, firefighters left Aurora Fire Department Station 8, 3770 McCoy Drive, to respond to an emergency, leaving the firehouse empty. When they returned about a half hour later, one of the firefighters noticed that his backpack had gone missing from his bunk. The bag contained personal items that were valued at $450.

About 1:50 p.m. the following day, officers responded to a single-vehicle crash in the 300 block of Gregory Street. When they arrived, the officers found Duke behind the wheel of his 2006 Chevrolet Impala and learned that he’d crashed into an unoccupied, parked car after failing to negotiate a turn.

An officer noticed a strong odor of burnt cannabis coming from Duke’s car as he questioned him about the crash. After Duke agreed to a search of the car, the officer found the stolen backpack in the back seat. Some of the items that were stolen from the fire station were still in the bag.

Duke, who refused medical treatment at the scene, was then taken into custody. He was also cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Investigators believe Duke entered a door that firefighters left unlocked when they left the station.

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New ambulance for Aurora

From the Fire Service Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations and thank you to the City of Aurora,IL on your purchase and recent delivery of your new 2018 Wheeled Coach Type 1 F450 ambulance. This is the 9th Wheeled Coach placed in service for AFD. Utilizing a custom interior design, Whelen LED lighting, Liquid Spring suspension and the patented Cool Bar HVAC system, the Aurora FD provides “Out in Front” capabilities to its providers! Thanks again for your continued business!

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New unit for Aurora FD Medic 10. Fire Service, Inc. photo

Aurora FD Medic 10

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Aurora FD Medic 10

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rear of new ambulance without chevron striping

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inside of new ambulance

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Aurora Fire Department news

This from Dave Weaver:

5/16/18 AURORA – Aurora Fire Dept. Medic 1 Involved in T-Bone Crash with Minivan, 9 Injured, Mostly Children Galena Blvd. and West St. – Video by Dave Weaver

 

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

At least 11 people were taken to area hospitals Wednesday afternoon after a minivan and an Aurora Fire Department ambulance collided at Galena Boulevard and West Street.

Aurora police said the ambulance, which had a patient inside, had its lights and sirens activated and was heading west on Galena. It T-boned the minivan, which was traveling south on West.

In the minivan along with the driver was a 27-year-old female passenger, 1-year-old twin boys, and other children 4, 6, 12, and 13 years old. One of the 1-year-old boys and the 12-year-old are being transferred to a Chicago hospital for serious head wounds.

The two Aurora Fire Department paramedics and the patient in the ambulance were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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Aurora Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Aurora Fire Chief Gary Krienitz recommended David McCabe as the new assistant fire chief.  He has been with the Aurora Fire Department for 21 years, coming in at the same time as Krienitz. Acting on Krienitz’s recommendation, Mayor Richard Irvin this week appointed McCabe to the position. Aldermen will vote on the appointment at the full City Council meeting May 8. 

The position was vacant due to the retirement of Donald Davids.

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Crash with entrapment in Aurora, 3-13-18

This from Dave Weaver, radioman911.com:

3/13/18 AURORA – Two Critical from Head-On SUV vs. Van Crash w/ Double Entrapment Bilter Rd. between Eola Rd. and DuPage Pkwy.

The Aurora Police Traffic Division investigated a two-vehicle, head-on crash that occurred around 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 that critically injured two Aurora men. The preliminary investigation indicates that a 21-year-old man was driving a 2014 Ford Explorer westbound on Bilter Rd. when it crossed the center line and hit an eastbound 2006 GMC Savana about two-tenths of a mile east of Wilton Ln. The Savana was being driven by a 48-year-old man. The men were the only occupants of their respective vehicles and both had to be extricated by Aurora firefighters. Both were transported by ground ambulance to a suburban hospital for critical, but non-life threatening injuries. No citations had been issued in the day following the crash pending further investigation. It was not clear if alcohol or drugs played a factor. Bilter Rd. between DuPage Pkwy. and the I-88 Eola Rd. Tollway ramp were closed for several hours while the crash was reconstructed. Volunteers from Aurora Emergency Management assisted with traffic control. – Video by Dave Weaver

 

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Crash and Level II Haz Mat incident in Aurora, 3-6-18

This from Dave Weaver:

3/6/18 AURORA – HazMat Response for Diesel Spill into Fox River after Crash – According to the Aurora FD, at 10:23 a.m., they responded to the intersection of Galena Blvd. and Highland Ave. for a two-vehicle injury accident involving a passenger vehicle and a semi tanker truck. Upon arrival, firefighters found the truck leaking diesel fuel from one of its saddle tanks that was damaged when the crash occurred. The driver of the passenger vehicle, a 24-year-old Aurora man and his passenger, a 25-year-old Aurora woman, were transported to an area hospital for minor injuries. The truck driver, a 55-year-old man from Long Point, IL refused medical treatment.

Due to the amount of leaking diesel fuel, a Level II Hazardous Material Response was needed which brought specialized equipment and firefighters trained to handle hazardous material incidents to the scene. It was estimated that between 50-60 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the truck which then entered the storm sewer system before it could be fully contained. It was further estimated that approximately 40 gallons of fuel subsequently entered the storm sewer system and traveled to the Fox River at a discharge point in the 400 block of South River St., about one mile from the original crash site. The Aurora Water and Sewer Department was contacted and they were quickly able to determine the exact location where the fuel was entering the river. The Aurora FD Hazardous Material team responded to this location and was able to contain the fuel limiting the spread into the river. A private environmental cleanup contractor was contacted by the trucking company to clean the area where the crash occurred, the storm sewer, and section of the Fox River.

Due to the nature of the incident, the Aurora Emergency Management Agency, Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Coast Guard were notified. The Montgomery FD and North Aurora FD assisted in the mitigation of the incident which was terminated at 12:48 p.m. Drinking water was not affected.

Video by Dave Weaver

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