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Brookfield Fire Department news

Excerpts from rblandmark.com:

The Village of Brookfield is hoping it will be able to boost the revenue it collects from ambulance/paramedic fees by about 44 percent annually through a federal program now available to Illinois municipalities via legislation passed by the Illinois General Assembly in 2019.

Fire Chief Jim Adams on Aug. 24 asked village trustees to approve an intergovernmental agreement with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to allow Brookfield to participate in the Ground Emergency Medical Transportation (GEMT) program beginning in 2021.

GEMT is a federally funded Medicaid program that has been around for years, but was introduced to Illinois via legislation last year. The program allows municipalities an opportunity to collect an additional Medicaid reimbursement for ambulance services, above and beyond what the state reimburses the village for Medicaid claims.

Anytime Brookfield paramedics transport a patient to the hospital via ambulance, the department bills for either Advance Life Support ($1,400) or Basic Life Support ($1,000).  For Medicaid patients, the village submits a claim to the state program, which reimburses the village about $142 per claim for Basic Life Support and about $222 for Advanced Life Support. In the past, there was no other way to recoup any more fees from Medicaid patients. The GEMT program will allow the village to submit the balance of the bill – for an Advanced Life Support Call that would amount to about $1,777.

The village and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services will split that balance, meaning for a Medicaid patient receiving Advanced Life Support services, the village will collect about $589 in additional Medicaid reimbursement, or about $429 for Basic Life Support. The village also collects revenue for ambulance services through private insurers and Medicare. Annually, in recent years, the village has collected between $375,000 and about $480,000 in total ambulance fees.

According to Adams, by participating in the GEMT program, Brookfield can expect to generate an additional $175,000 annually in ambulance fee revenue.

Village trustees are expected to approve the intergovernmental agreement to participate in the GEMT program at their Sept. 14 meeting.

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Brookfield Fire Department news

Excerpts from the rblandmark.com:

After a 30-year career in Westchester, James Adams will become the Brookfield fire chief on April 6, chosen from a field of seven final candidates, two of them internal.  He replaces Fire Chief Mark Duffek, who retired in December after a 38-year career. Adams will be the first chief in Brookfield who was not promoted from within. 

He got his start in the fire service as a paid-on-call firefighter in 1988 and was hired full-time in Westchester in 1990. He spent 18 years as a firefighter paramedic before being promoted to lieutenant in 2008, then to chief in 2011. He was involved in Westchester’s transition to a consolidated dispatch center, initiating electronic patient care reporting before it was required by the state, and strengthening health and safety policies at the village’s two fire stations. He also served as the fire department’s grant writer with about $800,000 in funding being awarded for everything from a heavy rescue to radios.

Adams has a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University. He also is a former varsity and sophomore level football coach at St. Joseph High School at Westchester, and for the past five years has kept official stats at home games for the Chicago Bears, a job he took over from his late father-in-law, George Strnad who did that job for 35 years.

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Brookfield Fire Department news

Excerpts from the rblandmark.com:

After more than 38 years on the job as a firefighter for the Village of Brookfield, Fire Chief Mark Duffek quietly retired last month after serving the top job for the past 19 months. His last day on the job was Nov. 30, and his departure was announced at the village board’s Nov. 25 meeting.

Duffek had eyed retiring at the end of November 2018, however, those plans were put on hold  when former Chief Patrick Lenzi announced he was leaving that April. In recent months, the 59-year-old Duffek began to contemplate retirement. The decision was an emotional one for him.

He started with the fire department in 1981 as a paid-on-call firefighter before being hired full time in 1986. He worked his way through the ranks, serving as the department’s HAZMAT team coordinator, EMS coordinator, and union president.

Capt. Brian Baldwin, an 18-year veteran of the Brookfield Fire Department, has been named interim fire chief. The village will conduct a search that will be open to internal as well as external candidates which could to take two to three months. Until a new chief is hired, there will be a vacancy in the ranks. If an internal candidate is named chief, a new firefighter will be hired. If the new chief comes from outside, staffing will otherwise remain the same.

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New ambulance for Brookfield FD

From the Foster Coach Sales Facebook page:

Brand new custom Horton conversion on an International chassis
Brookfield FD Ambulance 2151

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Brookfield FD Ambulance 2151

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Brookfield FD Ambulance 2151

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chevron striping on rear of ambulance

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interior of new ambulance

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Brookfield Fire Department news

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

A woman was found dead after a house fire in Brookfield. The fire broke out early Sunday in the 4300-block of Arthur Avenue. Firefighters arrived at about 6:30 a.m. to find heavy flames and thick black smoke. 

Neighbors told firefighters that there could be a woman inside the home, but firefighters were prevented from initially going in because of the flames. They eventually found the homeowner dead on the first floor. The woman has been identified to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as 53-year-old Susan Colby. It was immediately unclear what caused the fire.

 

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New ambulance for Brookfield (more)

Brookfield Ambulance 414

Brookfield FD Ambulance 414

Brookfield FD Ambulance 414. Chi-Town Fire Photos

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New ambulance for Brookfield

This from Jon Hultman:

Here are two shots of the new 414 at Brookfield St. 1  It’s a new Lifeline Emergency Vehicles Ford F-550 2WD unit in the new BFD paint scheme.  Images via the Lifeline web site.  Thanks  Jon Hultman?

Brookfield FD Ambulance 414

Brookfield FD Ambulance 414. Lifeline Emergency Vehicles photo

Brookfield FD Ambulance 414

Brookfield FD Ambulance 414. Lifeline Emergency Vehicles photo

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New engine for Brookfield (more)

This from Josh Boyajian:

Brookfield’s new Engine Co 411 is about to go into service. It is a 2017 Pierce Enforcer, 1500/500, with a Job #30415. They also are getting a new ambulance with a matching color scheme, unknown the manufacturer.

Brookfield FD Engine 411

Brookfield Engine Co 411 is a 2017 Pierce Enforcer, 1500/500, so #30415. Josh Boyajian photo

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Brookfield Fire Department news

Excerpts from the RBLandmark.com:

Ed Bermann was always going to be a firefighter, and since 1975 he’s been one. At the end of this month, he will be walking away from the job he loves. State statute requires firefighters to retire at age 65, and on his next birthday in August, he’ll hit that milestone.

A lifelong Brookfielder with deep family ties to not just the village but its fire department, Bermann’s last shift is July 26.  He has held every rank in the department, save the rank of chief, in his years as a firefighter, working his way up from a paid-on-call firefighter to captain.

Born a few years after his parents settled in Brookfield, Bermann recalled playing in the still-developing neighborhood, particularly on the vacant lot — the “prairie” — located kitty corner from home. He wound up buying the home built on that lot and still lives there.

Two of his uncles, Bob and Wilbur Langele, were part-time firefighters in Brookfield. A July 4, 1950 photo of the two men posing with an engine in front of the main fire station along with other firefighters is the screen saver of Bermann’s computer inside the Shields Avenue station.

Shortly after graduating from college, he signed up to be a paid-on-call firefighter, responding to calls between stints delivering cookies, laying carpet, and working for a neon sign company.

One day in 1979, Bermann got offers to become a full-time firefighter at both the Pleasantview Fire Protection District and the Village of Brookfield. 

The department during the next four decades would rely on Bermann to shoulder many responsibilities. In addition to being a mentor to younger firefighters — as he was for Duffek and Patrick Lenzi, the present fire chief — Bermann has been the go-to person for all kinds of things, from radios to department history.

He’s the department’s incident commander, he handles scheduling, and payroll. He became the department’s unofficial historian early in his career as a member of the Firefighters Association.

He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the department’s calls, stretching back for years. At some point in his career he started keeping a running log of fire calls, listing the dates, addresses, severity, and whether there were fatalities.

He can rattle off years and addresses for many fires, like the 1977 fire in the 9400 block of Jefferson Avenue that claimed the lives of five children. Nowadays, there is counseling and stress debriefings available for firefighters who witness such horrific events.

On many occasions, he responded to fires from home on off days. He’s got a set of clothes at the station and another at home in case there’s an alarm when he’s off duty.

Responding from home isn’t an option for many of the department’s firefighters these days. There’s no residency requirement. Bermann, Lenzi, and Duffek are the only ones who still live in Brookfield.

thanks Dan

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New engine for Brookfield (more)

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Brookfield, IL so #30415

Brookfield FD Engine 411

Brookfield Engine 411. Pierce composite

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