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Mount Prospect Fire Department news

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In 2018, Mount Prospect experienced 25 cardiac arrest incidents. Of those, 18 were pronounced dead at the scene, seven were taken to a hospital where six patients recovered and one passed away.

Mount Prospect Fire Chief Brian Lambel presented the PulsePoint app to the village board Committee of the Whole meeting. The app, which has been used in Naperville for the past three years, allows volunteers trained in CPR and/or to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to register for an alert if there is a cardiac arrest event reported nearby.

The 911 system connects with the app and sends an alert to the mobile phones of volunteers who are within a quarter mile of the victim’s location. The app will also advise where the nearest public AED is located. Emphasizing that his investigation and consideration of PulsePoint is in the preliminary stages, Lambel said it will cost $10,000 to implement with an annual subscription fee of either $8,000 or $13,000.

The fire department is part of the Northwest Central Dispatch (NWCD) system which dispatches 11 fire departments. If they will embrace the program, the costs would be shared by all 11 communities.

If Mount Prospect were to join the PulsePoint program alone, the village would bear the entire implementation fee and the annual subscription fee, which would be reduced to $8,000,  the price for communities of under 300,000 residents.

Lambel assured the board there would be after-action surveys that go out, “If it doesn’t work or there are problems we either fix the problem or get rid of the app.”

“3,300 communities in 42 states already have PulsePoint,” Lambel said. Rapid City, SD, is a town slightly larger than Mount Prospect and is reporting that 85% of cardiac incidents are getting early CPR with a reported 45% survival rate.

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Elk Grove Rural Fire Protection District news

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Mount Prospect has agreed to pay the Elk Grove Rural Fire Protection District nearly $2 million over the next three years.

The state requires the village to pay the fire protection district a five-year prorated tax levy payment for newly annexed properties formerly served by the district.

But trustees on Tuesday agreed an accelerated three-year plan presented to the board by Fire Chief Brian Lambel, under which the village would provide payments of $665,000 to the district for each of three years. The agreement, which has also been approved by the fire district’s board, precludes court proceedings between the village and the district.

Last year, Mount Prospect annexed the Lynn Court, Addison Court, Busse Road, East of Creek, Malmo Drive, Nordic Road and Carboy Road territories, as well as the United Airlines property. Before to the annexation, the fire district contracted with American Fire and Rescue to provide emergency services.

“This provides financial stability to the Elk Grove Rural Fire Protection District to be able to operate for the next three years,” Lambel said.

Under the agreement, the Mount Prospect Fire Department still will provide continuing education to Elk Grove Rural Fire Protection District paramedics, while the district will continue to provide mutual aid to Mount Prospect. In addition, both parties agreed to establish a long-term plan for fire protection services to the unincorporated areas.

For several years, the fire protection district expressed concerns over Mount Prospect’s annexations, warning that they would erode the district’s tax base to the point where it would eventually face extinction. Lambel said the village has been in discussions with district Chief Michael Nelson and two members of the district’s board.

“Our goal,” he said, “is to provide options for the district on the future of the incorporated areas and the fire department as a whole.”

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Mount Prospect hires 6 firefighters

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Six Mount Prospect firefighters were sworn-in during Tuesday’s (Jan. 5) village board meeting, a move that brings department staffing back to where it was before budget cuts in 2010.

The fire department last year received the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant in an amount of $1.385 million. The grant will cover salaries and benefits for the six firefighters over the next two years.

According to Interim Fire Chief Brian Lambel, four of the six will attend the fire academy beginning Jan. 18 for nine weeks. The other two will begin work at Fire Station 13 on Northwest Highway immediately. Engine 13 has been out of service since the budget cuts were made and will not be put back in service until the all  are part of normal shifts. Lambel said he expects the engine to be back in service by April.

As part of the grant funding, if the fire department were able to hire war veterans, there was a chance the grant could be extended by one year. However, none of the six served in the armed forces. The two-year grant runs from Jan. 4, 2016 through Jan. 4, 2018. After that, the village becomes responsible for the new salaries and benefits.

The new firefighters/paramedics are Joshua Wojnowski, Ryan Lawler, John Kelly, Joseph Salecki, Michael Filpi and Andrew Maynard.

thanks Dan

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