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Bloomington Fire Department news

Excerpts from centralillinoisproud.com:

Bloomington announced Tuesday it promoted Deputy Fire Chief Cory Matheny to be the city’s chief. Matheny has worked in the Bloomington Fire Department for 23 years and started his public safety career in 1996 in Paxton. He will start his new position on Dec. 1.

He will succeed Eric West, who was named Bloomington fire chief in 2021 and announced his retirement in September with his last day come on Dec. 7. West has served with the department for 32 years.

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Bloomington Fire Department news

Excerpts from wglt.org:

The Bloomington City Council on Monday OK’d the fire department’s plan to ease hiring rules tied to paramedic licensing.

Previously, the city mandated only licensed paramedics be considered for open firefighter positions. But that no longer is the case with Monday’s vote.

The Bloomington Fire Department still expects its firefighters to be paramedics. But under the new policy, if a new firefighter doesn’t have the paramedic certification, BFD staff will train them.

The change builds a broader candidate pool in a climate where BFD, like many other U.S. fire departments, struggle to fill ranks. 

Monday’s vote was 8-0. Ward 5’s Nick Becker was absent.

 

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New Engine for Bloomington IL

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New ambulance for Bloomington

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Bloomington Fire Department news

Excerpts from hoiabc.com:

There’s a new handheld tool to help diagnose heart attacks and other issues while in a Bloomington Fire Department ambulance. It’s called a Kosmos scanner, by Echonous. It uses ultrasound to give EMT’s a more accurate look at a patient’s lungs or heart, especially in the event of a heart attack. That ultrasound unit works with the same type of gel you might be familiar with in pregnancies.

At this point, only Bloomington’s station 2 has the Kosmos device.

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Bloomington Fire Department news

Excerpts from jg-tc.com:

Fire Chief Brian Mohr will retire next month after nearly 30 years with the Bloomington Fire Department. He began his career with the fire department and 1991. He was promoted in 2011 to shift commander and assistant chief. In 2013, he became a training officer and was promoted to fire chief in 2015. 

An interim fire chief will be named in the near future.

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Bloomington Fire Department news

From the Bloomington Fire Department Facebook page:

With 11 guys on shift at our station on Lee st. Headquarters can definitely start to feel like a “full house”

After watching countless hours of Netflix for inspiration we came up with a completely unique non-copyrighted way to introduce you to a few of our staff working here.

Apply now to be apart of this growing family.


 

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New truck for Bloomington FD

From the Global Emergency Products Facebook page:

We want to thank the City of Bloomington Fire Department for the recent order of a Pierce Velocity 107′ aerial! Thank you for choosing Pierce Mfg and Global Emergency Products!

 

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Bloomington Fire Department news

Excerpts from centralillinoisproud.com:

On Saturday the Bloomington Fire Department celebrated 150 years of service, and to commemorate all firefighters who have served and are currently serving, monuments have been placed in Miller Park in honor of those who have given their lives.

The East Side of the Memorial is dedicated to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, and died in the line of duty, and on the west side of the memorial is the Service Memorial Sculpture, and now the memorial and all monuments in it will remind everyone about the service these firefighters give each and every day.

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Bloomington Fire Department news

Excerpts from newsbug.info:

The Bloomington Fire Department has purchased fire trucks and protective gear for firefighters with funding from the city budget in recent years. For its 2019 budget, the fire department has requested a new logistics officer to maintain the gear and decontaminate equipment of carcinogens after fires.

Eighty-two percent of the Bloomington Fire Department’s 2019 budget request of $11.9 million is for personnel and includes the new position.

In early 2017, the city and fire department implemented a quartermaster system, meaning firefighters no longer buy their own protective gear to wear on the job. The city now buys and owns the gear.

A new, full-time logistics officer would oversee the quartermaster system, work as a purchasing manager and create maintenance schedules for the fire gear, including the self-contained breathing apparatuses, water-flow equipment, extrication tools and more. The officer would also serve as an equipment manager that works exclusively with the new tools, quartermaster gear and fleet vehicles to help extend the longevity of the department’s equipment and ensure firefighters use compliant and safe gear, the Bloomington Fire Department’s 2019 budget proposal states.

A city contract with the firefighters’ union mandates each firefighter will have two sets of personal protective equipment by 2020. A $130,000 budget request would bring the department to almost 80 percent of that goal. The logistics officer would also clean personal protective equipment. As firefighters battle fires, carcinogens soak into gear — like jackets, pants, boots and helmets.

“Two sets of gear, with the logistics officer, means contaminated gear will never come back to the station until it’s washed,” Bloomington Fire Chief Jason Moore told the city council during his budget hearing presentation last month.

There are eventual plans for a central storage and cleaning station. Moore told the council he has explored pricing, and the $250,000 expenditure isn’t prudent for next year’s budget.

The 2018 Bloomington Fire Department budget included a $1.3 million purchase for a new aerial ladder truck. For 2019, the department requested $530,000 for a new fire engine, a $40,000 truck for the new logistics officer and a $50,000 pickup for the Quick Response fleet.

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