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Des Plaines Fire Department news

Excerpts from deplaines.org:

After more than 10 years of service with the Des Plaines Fire Department, Chief Alan Wax has announced his retirement on October 18, 2019.

Des Plaines Fire Chief Alan Wax

Des Plaines Fire Chief Alan Wax

 

Chief Wax joined the Des Plaines Fire Department in October 2009, bringing with him 30 years of experience as a highly respected and dedicated firefighter.  He is looking forward to spending more time with his family and the opportunities that the future may bring.

Chief Wax was an active participant in regional and state-wide public safety initiatives, seconded only by his ongoing involvement with nonprofit organizations such as Operation North Pole and local community-minded groups. 

In response to Chief Wax’s announcement, the city will appoint Police Chief William Kushner as Director of Public Safety. He will oversee the administration of both the fire and police departments, focused on enhancing the continuity of the city’s highly respected emergency response services, while continuing to serve as police chief.

With over 40 years of public safety experience and leadership, Chief Kushner will optimize the mutual collaboration that currently exists between the city’s fire and police personnel.

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Des Plaines Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Des Plaines firefighters were called at 11:13 a.m. to an activated fire alarm at a six-story condo building on the 1300 block of Brown Street. The fire was well-advanced within a top-floor unit and smoke was spreading down the hallway. 

Crews launched an attack on the blaze, extinguishing it within 20 minutes. Sprinklers helped keep the fire under control and limited the damage to other units.

Residents safely evacuated the building and no injuries were reported. Most residents were able to return to their condos in the afternoon. Beyond the unit where the fire started, some other units experienced water and smoke damage. The cause is still under investigation.

From a reader:
It was a good fire, 1 line was stretched, 1 unit was totaled with fire and smoke damage. Five units sustained water damage below the fire unit. 

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Tanker rollover with Hazmat in Des Plaines, 5-8-19 (more)

Here are some shots of the spill mitigation and uprighting of the tanker from the Tanker rollover with Hazmat in Des Plaines, 5-8-19

Overturned tanker truck uprighted by Schmitt's Truck Repair

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plugs in tanker to stop leaks

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Overturned tanker truck uprighted by Schmitt's Truck Repair

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Overturned tanker truck uprighted by Schmitt's Truck Repair

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damaged tanker after being uprighted

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Tanker rollover with Hazmat in Des Plaines, 5-8-19

Des Plaines firefighters were called to Elmhurst Road (Route 83) on the bridge over I-90 this morning after a tanker overturned entrapping the driver. Firefighters extricated the driver who was transported to the hospital. The tanker, carrying ethanol, was ruptured in several places causing the product to leak onto the roadway. Hazmat techs and the Foam Task Force from O’Hare responded to the scene to mitigate the incident. After the leaks were plugged, the ARFF applied foam to the area and companies began the long wait for a private cleanup crew and another tanker so the chemical could be offloaded.

Overturned truck crash rollover

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Tanker rollover in Des Plaines, IL 5-8-19. Larry Shapiro photo

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Des Plaines FD news (more)

Excerpts from the journal-topics.com:

Memorial visitation for Des Plaines Firefighter/paramedic Paul Miller who sustained fatal injuries in an April 21 motorcycle accident, will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 3 at Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner St., Des Plaines.

Miller, 33, was a member of the Des Plaines Fire Dept. for the past six years and he also served part-time as a firefighter for the McHenry Township Fire Protection District.

 

Known as Pauly to his family, Miller became a firefighter/paramedic at 18 and held positions with the Prospect Heights Fire District, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire District, and the Highwood Fire Dept. before joining Des Plaines. Outside of work, he loved to travel, go snowmobiling, boating and motorcycling.

Miller is survived by his parents, Paul Sr. and Sally (nee Lange) Miller, his siblings Michelle Seaquist and Donny Miller, his nephew D.J. Miller, his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A funeral service for Miller will be held at noon Saturday, May 4 at Oehler Funeral Home before his interment at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Arlington Heights. His family kindly asks any written stories, memories, thoughts, and photos be brought to the service to be collected and arranged into an album.

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Des Plaines FD news (more)

From the MABAS Illinois Facebook page:

It is in great sadness we share the following:

Firefighter/Paramedic Paul Miller’s condition is unchanged – he remains on life-support – and it has been determined that recovery is medically impossible. Pursuant to Paul’s previously-expressed wishes, Paul’s family has courageously decided to terminate life-support.

In keeping with Paul’s giving attitude and generosity – also pursuant to his expressed wishes – several of his organs will be donated so that other may live and flourish through – and with – Paul’s spirit. The donation process may take another 36-to-72 hours.

Today, Tuesday April 23rd at 4:00 PM, there will be a Flag Ceremony held at the main hospital flagpole of Advocate Condell Medical Center, 801 S. Milwaukee Ave in Libertyville, where a “Gift of Hope” flag will be raised in recognition of Paul’s gifts of life to others. The brief ceremony will be led by Des Plaines Fire Department Chaplain David Haley. All available personnel are welcome.

The organ donation process is very fluid, as match-testing, recipient notification and preparation, and other processes take time – and anticipated time frames have not yet been determined. Such processes are expected to take longer than 24-hours from now (1:00 pm on Tuesday).

We will provide additional information in future updates.

Alan Wax, Fire Chief, Des Plaines Fire Department 

Tony Huemann, Fire Chief, McHenry Township Fire Protection District

From Des Plaines Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 4211

Today we ask you to continue to keep Paul and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time.

FF/PM Paul Miller
 
FF/PM Paul Miller

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Des Plaines FD news

From Facebook Sunday, 4/19/19

Prospect Heights FD firefighter critically injured in motorcycle crash

From the Des Plaines Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 4211

An unfortunate accident this morning has left a member of our department in critical condition. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers tonight. Stay strong brother, you got this.

Des Plaines Firefighter Paul Miller

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Commercial fire in Des Plaines, 12-31-18 (more)

This from Steve Knogl:

I was at the wonton fire in des plaines on New Years eve.

There were ambulances from Rosemont, Elk Grove Township, and 2 from Des Plaines. Three ladder trucks (des plaines 61 and 63, and prospect heights).  Only 63 deployed their ladder.  Elk Grove Township sent a pumperI think.  Des Plaines had pumpers 61 and 63.  Des Plaines and Mt Prospect sent a battalion chief.

Wind blew the initial smoke south into the intersection of oakton and elmhurst road.  very dense, couldnt see thru it.  By the time the fire department showed up, the smoke was starting to dissipate at the intersection.  I was just exiting I-90 at elmhurst road heading north when the fire began. 

Squad cars from Des Plaines, Rosemont, and Mt Prospect were there but took a while to show up and block off traffic.  I think there were over 10 police cars eventually showed up.

Keep up the good work!

Firefighters at restaurant fire

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Rosemont FD Ambulance 168

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Firefighters at restaurant fire

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Elk Grove Township FPD Ambulance 11

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Mount Prospect FD Ambulance 13

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Firefighters at restaurant fire

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Firefighters at restaurant fire

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Firefighters at restaurant fire

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Firefighters at restaurant fire

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Commercial fire in Des Plaines, 12-31-18 (more)

Short video from Larry Shapiro of the Commercial fire in Des Plaines, 12-31-18

 

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Commercial fire in Des Plaines, 12-31-18

Des Plaines firefighters were sent to the Wonton Gourmet restaurant at 1405 N Elmhurst Road late Monday afternoon for an alarm. They received a call reporting smoke from the building and the response level was upgraded. Engine 63 arrived with smoke showing from a roof vent and reported a fire in the kitchen. The fire was extinguished in short order but not before the entire building was charged with smoke.

In addition to all Des Plaines companies, Elk Grove Township Engine 11, Prospect Heights Tower 9, and ambulances from Elk Grove Township, Rosemont, and Mt Prospect were at the scene.

smoke from restaurant fire

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