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Des Plaines Fire Department news

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The Des Plaines Fire Department has begun the process of hiring 10 new firefighter/paramedics to bring up-to-date its staffing levels.

To do that, the department will implement a new physical ability test for candidates that’s deemed fairer than the previous exam, addresses potential legal challenges, and possibly open the door for more women to join the force. The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), is used by nearly every suburban fire department. It’s a nationally accepted exam of a candidate’s physical ability to perform job tasks related to firefighting and it’s a certified test unlike the one previously used by the city.

The physical ability test, for example, takes into account pulling a hose by hand that’s filled with water and climbing a ladder with a hose. In some instances, females may not be able to perform the same physical exercises men do, but are otherwise qualified. The CPAT test is designed to make the exam fairer for every applicant no matter their gender and to remove any charges of discrimination. If it’s determined that the new test is not working satisfactorily it can always return to the former test as long as it becomes certified.

The deadline to become a Des Plaines firefighter/paramedic is March 17. Other exams such as written and psychological tests will be given to candidates. Those accepted by the Des Plaines Police & Fire Board of Commissioners are placed on an eligibility list with their test results. When the department wants to hire someone they choose from that list, which is good for two years.

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Fatal fire in Des Plaines, 1-27-21 (more)

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A blaze that killed a Des Plaines woman and her four children one year ago was caused by two electrical cords that had been improperly altered and connected. One cord was part of a space heater that had been the focus of the investigation from the start. The other was a heavy-duty extension cord plugged into a wall outlet. The space heater was inside the family’s second-floor apartment near a stairway. The extension cord was plugged into an outlet in the kitchen.

The fire occurred in the apartment building on the 700 block of West Oakton Street. The building originally was a single-family house but had been converted into apartments. Killed in the Jan. 27, 2021, blaze were Cithlaly Zamudio, 25, and daughters Renata Espinosa, 6, Genesis Espinosa, 5, Allison Espinosa, 3, and Grace Espinosa, 1.

The fire, which began about 10 a.m., trapped the victims inside because there was no safe exit other than the stairs. Two other occupants of the building got out safely with help from police and a passerby.

Forensic electrical engineers hired by an insurance company and an attorney for the family’s estate examined the building and debris inside in June as part of their investigations. They concluded the spliced cords caused the fire. As manufactured, the male end of the heater’s electrical cord and the female end of the extension cord didn’t match. The ends had been cut off so the wires inside the cords could be spliced.

The resulting electrical flash could be seen in surveillance video from a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago facility across the street from the family’s home.

Strings of Christmas lights inside the apartment were improperly wired to each other, too, but they likely weren’t to blame for the fire.

The building where the fire occurred remains unoccupied and boarded up.


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Working fire in Des Plaines, 1-1-22

This from Ryan Higgins:

Took this in at 895 S 6th Ave in Des Plaines IL. 
#DesPlainesFD; #Firefighters

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House fire in Des Plaines, 12-22-21

Des Plaines Ambulance 61 and North Maine FPD Engine 1 were dispatched to 51 N. East River Road early this morning (12/22/21) for trouble breathing. Upon arrival, they found heavy fire from the 1st floor living room of a three-unit, split-level house and reported the working fire. The ambulance crew reportedly made entry prior to the first hose line and rescued a resident from a second floor bedroom that was filling with smoke. The alarm was upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm for additional resources. The fire was extinguished prior to the arrival of all responding companies and was contained to the unit of origin. 

aftermath of house fire

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#Pierce; #Pucpumper; #Enforcer; #firetruck; #larryshapiro

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New squad for Des Plaines (more)

From Tim Olk:

Des Plaines FD Squad 63

Des Plaines Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 4211

Des Plaines FD Squad 63

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Des Plaines FD Squad 63

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Des Plaines Fire Department news

From Des Plaines Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 4211 @desplainesfire:

Des Plaines Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 4211We regret to pass along that one of our active-duty members, Tom Bauer, passed away unexpectedly on October 22nd, 2021. No specific details are set for services or arrangements, but we will make sure to pass this information along to all of you once these are set. We ask that you keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Des Plaines Firefighter Tom Bauer

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New squad for Des Plaines (more)

From the Pierce Flickr site:

Pierce Enforcer PUC rescue engine

Pierce composite

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New squad for Des Plaines (more)

From The Pierce Manufacturing YouTube channel:

Walk around this Enforcer pumper with Des Plaines Fire Department Lieutenant Minas Klikas. The apparatus is equipped with #TAK4 Independent Front Suspension to help with tight corners and was designed to have a longer wheelbase which measures 234 inches. The grab rails are recessed for driver’s safety when grabbing. The truck implemented a squad-based type cab which utilizes space for dive, hazmat, fire suppression, and ALS equipment. The #PUCPump was chosen because it increases compartment space. The coffin compartments on top of the apparatus will be used for larger items that are not used often.


Chassis: 84” Enforcer cab w/ 24” raised roof

Seating capacity: 4

Overall height: 11’ 2”

Overall length: 36’ 4.5”

GVW Rating: 53,800 lb

Front axle: #TAK4 Independent Front Suspension, 22,800 lb

Rear axle: Meritor RS30-185, 31,000 lb

Engine: Cummins L9, 450 hp, 1250 lb-ft

Safety: Side Roll and Frontal Impact Protection

Electrical: Command Zone Advanced Electronics System

BODY Material: Aluminum

Shelving: Adjustable up to 500 lb

Doors: Rollup

Pump: Pierce PUC, 1500 gpm

Tank: 750-gallons

Job Number: 35763 

thanks Daniel

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New squad for Des Plaines

Some photos of the new Des Plaines Fire Dept. Squad Co. 63’s Pierce. They  took delivery the first week of September and it will be in service mid October.
New Pierce Enforcer PUC rescue pumper for Des Plaines FD Squad 63

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New Pierce Enforcer PUC rescue pumper for Des Plaines FD Squad 63

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Fatal fire in Des Plaines, 1-27-21 (more)

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A fire in Des Plaines that killed four children and their mother in January likely started at least seven minutes before anyone called 911. Firefighters were challenged by a rapidly evolving scene that included more victims than initially expected and fire blocking the only stairwell to the family’s apartment, according to a 43-page report released Tuesday by the Des Plaines Fire Department that provides a timeline and video of the city’s response to the blaze at 714 W. Oakton St.

The cause of the Jan. 27 fire remains undetermined, but the report said the blaze began at the top of the only stairwell leading to the second-floor apartment where the family was found. A space heater and extension cord were found in the area. The apartment had a second exit — a small balcony — but it didn’t have stairs to the ground level, the report states.

According to a timeline of events, surveillance video shows a bright flash of light in the second-floor window at 10:03 a.m., indicting a possible fire. It wasn’t until 10:10 a.m. that a 911 call was received, and it took another two minutes until the caller could provide an address.

A Des Plaines police officer was the first to arrive, at 10:16 a.m., and survey the building and help remove two people safely from the building. An ambulance arrived at 10:17 a.m., and the first fire engine arrived at 10:19 a.m.

Firefighters, hearing that two children may be trapped on the second floor, encountered significant smoke and fire, and knocked down flames with a hose, the report states. Within seconds, crews found the first victim in a bedroom and four others in another room.

The fatalities were Cythaly Zamodio, 25, and her daughters: Grace Espinosa, 1; Allizon V. Espinosa, 3; Genesis A. Espinosa, 5; and Renata P. Espinosa, 6. At the time, a neighbor said their father was work during the fire.

The report states that the department’s response to the fire satisfied standards set by the National Fire Protection Association and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

“Firefighters made a valiant effort to give those trapped a chance to survive by locating them and removing them from the hazardous conditions,” the report states. “The efforts of all those involved are to be commended.”

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