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Funeral for Evanston FD Captain Ron Shulga

Funeral services were held Friday (5/19/17) for Evanston FD Captain Ron Shulga. Photos by Tim Olk

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Evanston Fire Department news

On Thursday, May 11, 2017, the Evanston Fire Department lost 29-year veteran Captain Ron Shulga to a long battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Captain Shulga was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2000, which was linked to a transformer fire containing PCBs at the Varsity Theater in downtown Evanston. The Illinois Fire Chiefs Association (IFCA) and Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois (AFFI) has ruled this a job-related/non-traumatic line of duty death, which will entitle Captain Shulga to full department honors.

“Captain Shulga was a beloved member of the department who always went above and beyond to make things a little better for the next guy,” said Fire Chief Brian Scott. “He was always willing to help move the department forward. His presence will truly be missed by all.”

Captain Shulga was instrumental in maintaining the department’s self-contained breathing apparatus and radio communications, keeping others safe and connected.

Arrangements for Captain Shulga are as follows:

Wake: Thursday, May 18, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Donnellan Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Visitation Services: Friday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Donnellan Funeral Home

To Church Procession: Friday, May 19, departing at 10:10 a.m. from Donnellan Funeral Home to St. John Brebeuf Catholic Church, 8307 N. Harlem Ave., in Niles. The procession will travel east into Evanston on Central Street to Fire Station 5, 2830 Central St., before traveling south on Green Bay Road and Asbury Avenue and west on Emerson Street to Fire Station 1, 1332 Emerson St. The procession will then continue on to the church. View procession map.

Funeral Mass: Friday, May 19, 11 a.m., St. John Brebeuf Catholic Church

Donations: In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be made to, Evanston Firefighters Local 742 Benevolent Fund. C/O Captain Shulga, P.O. Box 1275, Evanston IL. 60204

For more information, contact Division Chief Paul Polep at ppolep@cityofevanston.org

This found at Mike Cklamovski on Twitter

O’Hare coworkers pay respect to 29-year Evanston Fire Department Captain Ron Shulga with a CFD water cannon salute. 

 
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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Evanston Fire Department has promoted Glenn Vanek to division chief of training and special operations, fire officials announced at the City Council meeting Monday.

Vanek has worked in the fire service for 31 years, the last 23 in Evanston. He has served as captain since 2004.

Vanek earned his bachelor of science degree in fire science management from Southern Illinois University, and  attended the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute officer school.

Vanek serves as a team leader and department coordinator for the hazardous materials response team.

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2-Alarm fire in Evanston, 3-31-17

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900 Block of Sherman on Friday (3/31/17). Looked like the first floor rear of a large apartment building. Nothing to see when I arrived but a few rig shots.

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Evanston FD Engine 21

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Evanston FD Engine 24

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Skokie FD Truck 16

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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Evanston firefighters responded to a record number of calls in 2016 including two extra alarm fires in April that occurred the same day, two hours apart. This was the highest volume since 1987, according to a report presented at last Monday’s city council meeting.

Calls for service totaled 10,267 in 2016, according to Evanston Fire Department Chief Brian Scott’s report and presentation. Of those, 62 percent, or 6,441, were for emergency medical services. More than 3,820 were for fire response.

That’s up from 9,630 calls in 2015, of which 5,994 were emergency medical service calls and 3,636 for fire responses.

The Evanston Fire Department employs 107 sworn firefighters and three civilian support staff. The department works out of five stations with five engines, two trucks, and three ambulances.

The number of calls for service has grown as Evanston’s population and Northwestern University’s student count has expanded, and as more events are held around the city, among other reasons, Deputy Chief Paul Polep said.

Scott boasted about the department’s average response time: three minutes and two seconds which is less than the national standard of four minutes. Scott credited that lower time with saving both lives and property, with an  estimated savings of nearly $90 million in property in 2015 and $264 million in 2016.

“The fact that we had zero (fire) fatalities in 2016 we can attribute partly to the fact of those response times,” Scott said.

In 2016 the department extinguished 114 fires, up from 99 fires in 2015. Both years the department saved 98 percent of property involved.

For 2017, Scott plans to work with the telecommunications center to finish upgrading the computer aided dispatch system and fire incident reporting system. He hopes to implement emergency medical reporting and mapping software, improve and expand fire and life safety education programs for grade school kids, and recertify paramedics in advanced cardiac life support.

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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpt from Evanstonnow.com:

Evanston aldermen voted Monday to approve the conversion of a retired city ambulance to become a dedicated underwater rescue response vehicle for the fire department.

The roughly $20,000 cost of the conversion is to be paid for by the foreign fire tax on fire insurance policies bought from out-of-state companies.

Fire Chief Brian Scott says the underwater rescue team now stores its equipment in Squad 21, a multi-purpose heavy rescue vehicle shared by all five department special rescue teams.

But as the amount of equipment for each team has increased over the years, it’s left the dive team without enough room to store its gear in a ready position, slowing responses to emergency situations.

Scott says the cost of the converstion work — largely to add new aluminum storage boxes, brackets and cabinetry to the old ambulance — is less than a fifth the cost of a new rescue vehicle, and that the old ambulance would probably bring no more than $15,000 at auction.

He says the unerwater rescue team responded to a total of eight incidents in 2015.

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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from thecityofevanston.org:

The City of Evanston announced the appointment of Brian Scott as Evanston fire chief effective Monday, January 9, 2017. City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz appointed Scott following a national search that began following the retirement of Chief Greg Klaiber in September.

“Brian Scott competed against a national pool of candidates for the position of fire chief. He proved that with his long experience as a fire professional as well as his keen understanding of the Evanston Fire Department that he is the best person for this job,” said Bobkiewicz.

A 17-year veteran of the Evanston Fire Department, Scott began his career as a firefighter/paramedic in December 1999. He was promoted to captain/paramedic in 2006, and became division chief of operations and training in 2014. In September 2015, Scott was promoted to deputy chief of operations and training, where he directed and led fire suppression operations and managed the department’s fire prevention bureau. Scott has served as co-chair of the department’s training committee, as a member of the EMS committee, and on the rescue dive team.

Scott is currently a field instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute in Urbana-Champaign, and is pursuing his Chief Fire Officer Certification through the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association. He has a Master’s of Science Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Southern Illinois University, along with numerous fire training certificates from the Illinois State Fire Marshall and the Illinois Fire Service Institute.

Chief Scott will be recognized at the Evanston City Council meeting on January 9, 2017.

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Box Alarm in Evanston, 12-5-16

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Evanston Box Alarm at 635 Sherman Avenue. Three-story, multi-family apartment building. Looks like whatever rig has spare Engine 25 dropped a big supply line down the alley and gave it a good whack with the deck gun. Fire was blowing out the 2nd floor rear and got the porches going and communicated to an exposure building from what I could see from the remnants. I also notice a big solar panel array on the roof that must have made venting very difficult. The positioning of the aerial through the trees was well done. This was also my first view of the new Skokie tower. All the images and a brief video can be seen here

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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from evanstonnow.com:

Eight people were taken to local hospitals Monday morning (11/14/16) after Evanston firefighters responded to a report of a carbon monoxide alarm going off in a two-family home at 1404 Pitner Ave.

Fire Division Chief Paul Polep says when firefighters arrived they found carbon monoxide readings of 200 parts per million, adding that typically a home CO detector would go off at a level of about 35 ppm.

Some of of the residents of the building complained of headaches, a common symptom of carbon monoxide poisoning, and were taken to the hospitals for evaluation.

Those taken to St. Francis and Evanston hospitals included three adults and five children. All are now said to be in stable condition.

… the caused the carbon monoxide buildup … hasn’t been determined

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As seen around … Evanston

From Josh Boyajian:

Evanston FD Engine 21

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