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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

Foster Coach Sales photo

thanks Ron

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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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New engine for Brookfield

Inspecting Brookfield’s new engine in Appleton, WI at Pierce’s Plant. An Enforcer PUC 1500/500/30B. 
 
Recessed strip light reported to be a first for Pierce. Also has red strobe on the front of engine. Seating for 5. 
 
Thanx, Jon.
Brookfield FD Engine 411 Pierce Enforcer PUC

Brookfield FD Engine 411 – Enforcer PUC 1500/500/30B

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Brookfield Fire Department news

Excerpts from rblandmark.com:

News of LaGreco’s death was announced by President Kit Ketchmark at the start of the April 24 meeting of the village board. Those in attendance at the meeting observed a moment of silence in memory of Mr. LaGreco, who was 70 years old.

Mr. LaGreco came to firefighting as a second career, signing on in Brookfield in 1973 after five years as an industrial arts teacher in Cicero. And for many of his years with the village, Mr. LaGreco pulled double duty as a firefighter and chief building inspector.

But he never really gave up teaching. He moved his classroom to the firehouse, but he served as an instructor for new firefighters, making sure their training was up to snuff.

“He carried that education background into the fire service,” said Capt. Edward Bermann, who signed on as a paid-on-call firefighter in 1975 and worked alongside Mr. LaGreco until the chief’s retirement in 2005.

When Patrick Lenzi was named chief, succeeding Mr. LaGreco, the new chief said he spent an hour on the phone with his predecessor, who preached public service and communication.

“His message was to learn, to teach and to communicate,” Lenzi said.

Mr. LaGreco, who lived in Brookfield and LaGrange Park from 1975 to 2006, talked about the importance of training during a 2005 interview with the Landmark.

“I wanted training to be a major issue for all personnel, and I wanted them to have the freedom to attend job-related schools to allow them to become stronger members of the organization,” Mr. LaGreco said.

James Mann, the village manager who appointed Mr. LaGreco chief in 1994, called him “a go-getter who was dedicated to the community.” Mr. LaGreco was hired after an internal search and was, according to Mann, “friendly, open and honest.”

“He worked well with people within the department as well as other staff in the village,” Mann said. “It was a loss for the community when he did decide to retire.”

The Brookfield Fire Department was very different in 1973, when Mr. LaGreco was hired, than it is today. Mr. LaGreco had a lot to do with that change.

Early on in his career in Brookfield, Mr. LaGreco was part of the first-ever emergency medical technician class offered in Illinois and he maintained that certification until he retired.

In an interview with the Landmark upon his retirement, he noted that he’d delivered seven babies as a firefighter, the first on a snowy night in the 1970s, alongside John Johnson, who was a paid-on-call firefighter at that time.

Mr. LaGreco, was also instrumental in moving Brookfield from EMT service to paramedic service in the mid-1990s and, according to Bermann, was also a proponent of replacing the contract paramedic service the village employed from 1995 to 2003, with in-house staff firefighter paramedics.

From 1981 to 1994, Mr. LaGreco worked as the village’s building inspector in addition to his role within the fire department. Prior to becoming a teacher, Mr. LaGreco worked construction during summers in Oak Brook and, according to Lenzi, he had a particular affinity for the job of inspector.

“He excelled in the building code/fire code area,” Lenzi said. “The tradesmen always appreciated Charlie, because he could understand what they were talking about.”

Mr. LaGreco is survived by his wife, Cynthia J. LaGreco (nee Ceretto); his children, Dana (Mike) Umbenhower and Ryan LaGreco; and his grandchildren, Anna and Dylan Umbenhower.

Visitation will be on Saturday, May 13 from 1 p.m. until the time of a 4 p.m. memorial service at Johnson Funeral Home, 3847 Prairie Ave. in Brookfield.

Memorial donations are appreciated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tennessee, 38101-9908.

thanks Dan

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