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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

This from Steve Redick:

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 FD Engine 22

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fire in the rear of an apartment building

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fire in the rear of an apartment building

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fire in the rear of an apartment building

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Skokie FD Tower Ladder 16

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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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Evanston FD Engine 22

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Evanston FD Engine 25

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House fire in Evanston, 10-10-16 (more)

Excerpts from Fox32chicago.com:

A firefighter was injured and multiple families were displaced in a fire Monday afternoon at a townhouse in north suburban Evanston.

Crews were called about 3:20 p.m. for reports of a fire at the two-story townhouse in the 800 block of Sherman Avenue, according to a statement from the Evanston Fire Department. They arrived to find heavy smoke and fire venting from a first-floor window of the unit, which had two other units attached to it.

Firefighters found heavy smoke throughout the structure and fire in the basement and on the first floor. The residents, who reported the fire, had safely exited the building on their own.

The fire was under control by 4:20 p.m. and extinguished by 4:51 p.m. Families from all three units were displaced and the American Red Cross assisted them with finding shelter.

One firefighter was injured in the incident, was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released.

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House fire in Evanston, 10-10-16

This from Steve Redick:

325 Sherman in Evanston. Pretty much done when I finally got in there. Looked like a good inside truck work job. Note the images of the Skokie tower … this is soon to be replaced by a new rig. The last image is a panorama.

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Skokie FD Tower 16

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Skokie FD Tower 16

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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Evanston firefighters have raised concerns about an interim arrangement placing the department under the city’s police chief rather than naming someone from the department until a full-time fire chief is selected.

With the retirement of Fire Chief Greg Klaiber effective Sept. 14, the city manager announced that the city would conduct its own nationwide recruitment process for the position.

In the meantime, Police Chief Richard Eddington was asked to supervise on an interim basis the fire department’s deputy and division chiefs, he wrote in a memo that went to all city staff.

“Operation of the Fire Department will continue as usual under this arrangement until the new fire chief begins work,” he wrote.

The move is a departure from past interim situations, union members said, where fire or police personnel ran their departments during the search for a permanent chief. Representatives of Local 742 recently met with the city manager to state such concerns, said Matt Smith, president of Evanston Firefighters Local 742.

Firefighters had expected Deputy Chief Brian Scott on an interim basis to run the department that is comprised of more than 100 firefighters.

Klaiber had elevated Scott to deputy chief of operations and fire prevention in September of last year. He singled out Scott for high praise in his retirement speech at the Sept. 16 city council meeting.

Smith said firefighters believe Scott working with Klaiber over the past few years had contributed to building a fantastic department. He also singled out the department’s community outreach programs (including a first-time citizens fire academy), and excellent labor-management relations.

Not bringing him into the spot and placing the police chief in charge “has left us a little bit uncertain and a little bit anxious what’s going to happen over the short-term,” Smith said.

 

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As seen around … Evanston

From Josh Boyajian:

Evanston FD Truck 22

Evanston Truck 22. Josh Boyajian photo

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