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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!

Aurora FD Medic 10

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.

thanks Dan

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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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New ambulance for Aurora

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page

Fire Service, Inc wishes to thank the City of Aurora, IL Fire Department on their order for a new, 2018 Wheeled Coach Ford F450 Type 1 ambulance. This purchase will complete the transition of the departments front line ambulance fleet to 100% Wheeled Coach. Wheeled Coach patented Cool Bar, Side Impact Crash Testing, Whelen LED lighting, Stryker Power Load and Cot systems are a few of the features that Aurora finds value and efficiency with Wheeled Coach. This build is completely CN10 compliant as well. Thanks again for your continued business and we look forward to delivering in May 2018.

 

Drawing of new Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance

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Drawing of new Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance

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New fire station in Aurora (more)

This from Dave Weaver:

2/23/18 AURORA – Aurora FD Station 7 Grand Opening Open House 824 Kenilworth Pl. – Video by Dave Weaver

 

Excerpts From the City of Aurora:

The Aurora Fire Department hosted a two-day Grand Opening Celebration for its newest fire station.
 
A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Friday, February 23 at 10:30 a.m. for Fire Station 7, located at 824 Kenilworth Place. 
 
Replacing the former station that was built in 1957, the new Fire Station 7 is a state-of-the-art 1 0,325 sq. ft. facility. The Aurora Fire Department has put into service its seventh Advance Life Support paramedic unit at the new location – a first for the area.
 
The 3-bay station has such auxiliary spaces as a watch room, conference room, storage rooms, workshop and fitness area. The living areas include officers’ quarters, bunk rooms, kitchen area, dining area and day room area.
 

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New fire station in Aurora (more)

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Aurora firefighters will hold a two-day celebration starting Friday to mark the opening of the city’s new $4 million station. The city broke ground last year on the facility just west of the existing 1950s-era station in a neighborhood across from Abraham Lincoln Park. Firefighters made the move and began handling calls from Station No. 7 on Monday.

Space constraints were a major shortcoming of the 60-year-old station that wasn’t designed for modern fire apparatus. The building had room to house just one fire engine. Privacy also was an issue with one community-use bathroom and a 10-bed dormitory without any dividing walls.

By contrast, the new station has four individual bathrooms, living quarters arranged in cubicles, a workshop and a fitness area. A company officer, two paramedics, and two firefighters staff the roughly 10,500-square-foot station in 24-hour shifts.

Last summer, the city approved adding an ambulance to the station. But until the three-bay station opened, Medic 7 was running out of the central station downtown to cover the neighborhood on the city’s West Side. The city’s seventh advanced life-support ambulance has responded to more than 1,200 calls since it was put into service last July.

Firefighters will continue moving equipment into the new station over the next several days. Officials will gather for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Friday at 824 Kenilworth Place. They also will give tours of the building until 1 p.m. Guests are encouraged to RSVP by calling (630) 256-4008 or emailing fire@aurora-il.org.

Then on Saturday, the department will host a public open house from 1 to 4 p.m.

The building was designed with natural tones and materials that tie into the station’s surroundings in the neighborhood east of Aurora University.

The city plans to open bids for the demolition of the old station at the end of the month. The site of the existing building will become the parking lot for the new station. Officials hope to tear down the shuttered station before asphalt plants open at the start of April.

thanks Ron

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New truck for Aurora (more)

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

In-Service Training today (2/20/18) for the Aurora Fire Department on the new 95′ platform. Thanks for allowing Fire Service Inc to provide firefighting apparatus to your community. Below is a picture of the old and new Truck 11.

 

new Aurora Fire Department Truck 11

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Aurora Fire Department Truck 11

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Aurora Fire Department aerial ladder trucks

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Aurora replaced Truck 6 in 2013

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