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New engine for Ford Heights FD

This from Martin Nowak:

Seen on 3/11/2019, Ford Heights Fire Engine that was donated by Niles out on a call with Buds EMS. 
former Niles fire engine in service in Ford Heights IL

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Niles Fire Department news

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Niles trustees approved the donation of a 1996 fire engine to Ford Heights at the July 10 village board meeting. The engine was taken out of service in 2015 when the fire department purchased a new one. The last time the village tried to sell a used engine of a similar vintage, a village memo and Fire Chief Marty Feld said it took three years to sell — and sold for scrap for less than $3,000.

Ford Heights has just one working fire engine, meaning if that engine goes out of service, other communities must be called upon to respond to any fire related calls. The Niles engine will become Ford Heights’ second engine. The donation is being coordinated through the state fire marshal’s office.

Another new engine Feld hopes to purchase this fall would cost somewhere between $600,000 and $700,000. It would leave the Niles Fire Dept. with two engines in reserve, one 2013 and one 2001. Those vehicles are used if frontline units are out for repairs, or if off-duty firefighters are called in to respond or fill stations.

Vehicles are generally replaced on a 20-year cycle.

1996 Pierce Saber fire engine

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Ford Heights cadet indicted for arson

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A Ford Heights firefighter trainee and college student was indicted in a Cook County court Tuesday on three counts of arson for allegedly setting fire to three vacant houses in the village.

Kaumain Allen, 19, was arrested last month when a Cook County sheriff’s police officer, on patrol in Ford Heights, found him during a premise check at a vacant house on 15th Street. They said Allen told the officer the fire department had sent him to retrieve equipment that had been left behind, but police learned that the fire department had not done so or authorized Allen to be in the vacant house.

Sheriff’s police and the state fire marshal’s office had been investigating several fires in Ford Heights; 11 in vacant houses and two vehicle fires, since October. They have not said that Allen is a suspect in any fires beyond the three for which he is charged.

He said Allen also is accused of setting fires in the 1500 block of Congress Lane on Feb. 9 and March 3. In the first of those, he allegedly entered an abandoned house, poured gasoline on a pile of debris against a back wall and used a pocket lighter to ignite it, according to prosecutors.

They said that Allen on March 3 went to an empty house, ignited a road flare with a propane torch and threw the flare onto another pile of debris, starting the structure on fire.

If convicted, Allen could face three to seven years per sentence and could receive consecutive sentences for the three separate incidents, Campbell said.

Ford Heights Captain Edward Griffin said the department “never had any problem” with Allen, who began as a volunteer trainee early this year and remained active through his arrest.

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Ford Heights FD candidate charged with arson

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A Ford Heights volunteer firefighter was arrested Wednesday and charged with three counts of arson for allegedly setting afire three vacant homes in the village.

Kaumain Allen, 19, appeared in bond court Wednesday at the Markham Courthouse where he was arraigned on three separate counts of arson and issued a $120,000 bond.

Authorities began investigating Allen, who was a candidate to become a paid firefighter, after a patrol officer on Monday found him at a vacant home on 15th Street in Ford Heights, according to a Cook County Sheriff’s Department press release. Allen told the officer, who was conducting a premise check at the residence, that the fire department had sent him to retrieve some equipment they left behind. Investigators later learned that the fire department did not send him or authorize him to be in the vacant house.

In court Wednesday investigators said that Allen started the first fire on Jan. 18 in the 1400 block of Congress Lane after he entered the vacant home and made a pile of trash which he then set on fire.

… the second and third fires [were] in the 1500 block of Congress Lane. On Feb. 9, he allegedly entered an abandoned residence with a can of gasoline that he poured on a pile of debris against a back wall before using a pocket lighter to start the fire. On March 3, he allegedly took a handheld propane torch to an empty home, set a road flare on fire with the torch and threw it into another pile of debris starting the structure on fire.

Allen responded with the fire department on all three fires. He told investigators and fellow firefighters that he happened to be working in the area when the fires broke out which is why he was able to respond so quickly to assist with the calls, Campbell said.

The Cook County Sheriff’s police along with the State Fire Marshall’s office have been investigating a rash of fires in Ford Heights since October of last year. There have been a total of 11 fires in vacant homes and two car fires in the past six months.


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Fire dispatcher arrested in Ford Heights

The Chicago Tribune has an article about the arrest of a fire dispatcher in Ford Heights for dealing in property stolen from the fire department.

A Ford Heights fire dispatcher has been charged with buying a piece of department equipment knowing it was stolen, then pawning the item, the Cook County sheriff’s office announced today.

A $20,000 personal recognizance bond was set today for Varndell Hurrings, 52, of Sauk Village, on a felony theft charge, according to a sheriff’s office release.

On Jan. 26 the fire department notified the sheriff’s office, which provides police services to Ford Heights, that a hydraulic unit used to power a “Jaws of Life” was missing, after last being seen in an equipment inspection on Jan. 22, the office said.

In April the sheriff’s office learned that the unit, valued at $4,100, had been sold to a Chicago Heights pawn shop in January for $80.

Investigators found out that Hurrings had bought the unit, knowing it was stolen, for $40 from another person who has since died. Hurrings sold it to the pawn shop, the sheriff’s office said.

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