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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from Evanstonnow.com:

Evanston Firefighters found smoke coming from the roof and windows of a residence at 1017 Mulford St. when they arrived on the scene about 4:25 p.m. Wednesday 11/20/19.

As the first crews arrived on scene, they determined that the fire was in the first floor kitchen and was already extending into the second floor through a void space. None of the residents were at home, but a dog perished due to smoke inhalation.

Evanston fire companies were assisted by neighboring communities in both handling the fire as well as providing fire and EMS coverage for the remainder of the city during the incident.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from the dailynorthwestern.com:

The Evanston Fire Department (EFD) and public health officials urged residents to learn about the state’s new smoke detector law, which requires residents to install an alarm with a 10-year sealed battery by 2022.

The EFD worked with the Illinois General Assembly to pass the law because of the number of deaths that occur in Illinois homes without smoke detectors. In 2018, 70 percent of the residential fire deaths were in homes without smoke detectors.

Evanston Fire Chief Brian Scott said that though the number of people killed in fires has decreased in the past, people are more likely to die in a residential fire than they were years ago. The majority of deaths are caused by smoke inhalation, which can be prevented by people escaping faster.

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Evanston Fire Department news

From abc7chicago.com:

An ambulance and a car collided in Evanston Friday morning.

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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyNorthwestern.com:

A law, signed on August 23 by Governor J.B. Pritzker, amends the Illinois Municipal Code and the Fire Protection District Act. The change will now allow qualified candidates to receive hiring preference if they have had the 600 hours of work within a 12-month period as part of a certified apprenticeship program.

These applicants can receive up to 20 points added to their firefighter eligibility list score, thus increasing their chances of employment.

The bill was sponsored by state Rep. Robyn Gabel in collaboration with the Evanston Fire Department. The bill was also developed with the help of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois as well as the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association.

The Evanston Fire Department is working with Oakton Community College to create a three-year apprenticeship program. The program would complement the Fire Explorer Program geared toward young adults.

The Fire Explorer Program currently helps men and women aged 14-20 learn the basic skills of firefighting and EMS. The program also offers ride-alongs and opportunities to assist with routine tasks around the fire department and in the community.

The three-year apprenticeship program is expected to launch in the fall of 2020.

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Apartment fire in Evanston, 8-20-19

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Two cats and two dogs were rescued from an apartment fire in Evanston Tuesday night after firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze which was confined to a rear, first-floor unit of a four-story, multi-family courtyard building in the 600 block of Sheridan Road. As firefighters conducted a secondary search of the premises, they discovered and removed four pets, three of which they had to resuscitate using pet oxygen masks. All four pets survived, and there were no other reported injuries.

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2-Alarm fire in Evanston, 6-20-19 (more)

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2-Alarm fire in Evanston, 6-20-19 (more)

Photos from Tim Olk at the 2-Alarm fire in Evanston, 6-20-19

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Firefighters force entry at commercial building fire

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2-Alarm fire in Evanston, 6-20-19

Evanston pulled a 2nd Alarm Thursday evening for a fire at a laundromat at 838 Dodge Avenue. Battalion 21 reported a 1 story 125 x 125 bowstring truss with fire through the roof and defensive operations.

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Evanston Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the dailynorthwestern.com:

Evanston Fire Station 4 will remain open following the approval of the city’s 2019 operating budget, ensuring service levels and response times will be maintained at the current standard. Aldermen voted 6-3 to approve the city’s 2019 operating budget at a Nov. 19 council meeting, granting the city more than $319 million for the next year. The budget, which seeks to fill a projected $7.4 million deficit, was released at the beginning of October and includes a number of expense reductions and revenue increases.

The closure of the station was included in the city’s first draft of its budget which estimated a $1.2 million cut to EFD. The cut would have eliminated nine staff positions, the proposed station closure and the resulting elimination of its fire engine. Station 4 — located at 1817 Washington St. — is in the 2nd Ward and services the southwest region of Evanston.

Now, the department will hold some vacancies open and cut parts of its community engagement programming for the next fiscal year.

During a Nov. 5 council meeting, aldermen overwhelmingly opposed the possible station closure, referring to increased response times and also pointing out the fact that many residents rely on firefighters for medical care.

EFD’s call volume has increased by 51 percent over the past 35 years, and is expected to increase by 2 percent per year moving forward.

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Box alarm fire in Evanston, 11-26-18

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Evanston firefighters responded about 6:49 a.m. Monday to a single-family home in the 1100 block of South Boulevard and found heavy smoke and moderate fire conditions in the front of the building. Firefighters entered the home and put out the fire within 30 minutes. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries. Investigators say the fire was caused by candles used for Christmas decorations.

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