Gurnee police and fire departments collaborated in a mass casualty training exercise Saturday (5/2/15) at Woodland Intermediate School, with the hope of being able to provide faster emergency medical treatment in crisis situations.
Police normally ensure an area in a conflict is secure before calling in emergency medical services, which increases the time someone injured waits for help. This training exercise trialed a new approach where police officers sweep a room but don’t fully secure it, then paramedics come in and do an initial triage and bandaging if necessary. This would allow vital treatments for wounded people in hostage situations to arrive sooner, increasing their chances of survival.
Gurnee police do similar drills twice a year at locations like Six Flags, Gurnee Mills, and all the local schools. These exercises ensure that police have a working knowledge of the land should a situation ever develop there.
The U.S. Navy also participated in the exercise playing characters within the scenario. Personnel from the Grayslake, Waukegan and Zion fire departments participated and teachers were also involved.
The simulation started with the fire department responding to a rescue call for a broken leg at the school. While there, they heard shots fired and the police were notified. From this point, the simulation could go any number of directions, based on how the police and fire department reacted to the situations they encountered.
William Meyer, administrative commander for Gurnee police, said the scenario is designed to be as close to real-life scenario as possible, with moulage used to create realistic effects such as burns and jutted bones in the wake of a bomb.
Terrorists weren’t differentiated from students in the exercise, as police aren’t always sure who the terrorists are.
Gurnee isn’t the first to try this new approach. A similar exercise was held in Bristol, Wis., roughly one month ago.
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From Ron Wolkoff:
- Wheaton Fire Department, ordered a Pierce pumper; Impel FR PUC cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 450-hp engine; 1,500-gpm single-stage pump; UPF Poly 750-gallon tank; Harrison 6-kW generator. Delivery in May 2015
- Northbrook Fire Department, ordered a Pierce pumper; Impel cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 400-hp engine; 1,500-gpm single-stage pump; UPF Poly 500-gallon tank; Will-Burt Chief light tower; Harrison 6-kW generator. Delivery in May 2015
- Mount Prospect Fire Department, ordered a Pierce pumper; Quantum cab and chassis; Detroit DD13 450-hp engine; Waterous CSU 1,500-gpm pump; UPF Poly 750-gallon tank. Delivery in January 2015
- Evanston Fire Department, ordered a Pierce, 100-foot tractor drawn aerial; Arrow XT cab and chassis; Detroit DD13 500-hp engine; Harrison 8-kW generator. Delivery in August 2015
- East Dundee and Countryside Fire Protection District, ordered an Alexis pumper; Spartan Metro Star cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 450-hp engine; Waterous CX 1,500-gpm pump; Pro Poly 500-gallon polypropylene tank; Smart Power Liberator 10-kW electrical/5-kW hydraulic generator/rescue power system for rescue tools. Delivery in May 2015
- Rockford Fire Department, ordered two Pierce pumpers; Saber PUC cabs and chassis; Cummins ISL9 450-hp engines; PUC 1,500-gpm single-stage pumps; UPF Poly 750-gallon tanks. 30-gallon foam cells; Akron eductor 3096-95 Class A foam systems. Delivery in January 2015
- Itasca Fire Protection District, ordered a Pierce pumper; Velocity cab and chassis; Detroit DD13 500-hp engine; Waterous S100 1,500-gpm pump; UPF Poly 750-gallon tank; Harrison 10-kW generator. Delivery in February 2015
- Chicago Ridge Fire Department, ordered an E-ONE 78’Quint; chassis
- Huntley Fire Protection District, ordered a Pierce pumper; Enforcer cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 380-hp engine; Waterous CSU 1,500-gpm pump; UPF Poly 750-gallon tank. Delivery in July 2015
From Josh Boyajian:
- Geneva Fire Department – Pierce Enforcer pumper, 1500/750/30. Delivery in May
- Glencoe Fire Department – E-One Typhoon pumper, 2000/530. Delivery in September
- Hometown FPD – E-ONE Typhoon pumper, 1500/530. Delivery in September
- North Palos FPD – E-ONE Cyclone II pumper, 1500/530. Delivery in September
- Palos FPD – Pierce Saber pumper, 1500/750. Delivery in June
- Stickney Fire Department – Horton Type I ambulance on a Ford F-450 chassis . Delivery in March
- Homer FPD – Road Rescue Type I ambulance on a Ford F-450 chassis
- Aurora Fire Department – Wheeled Coach Type I Ambulance on a Ford F-450 chassis
- Melrose Park Fire Department – Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance on a Ford E-450 chassis
- Gurnee Fire Department – Road Rescue Type I Ultramedic ambulance. Delivery this summer.
- Bloomingdale FPD – E-ONE 95′ RM tower ladder on a Cyclone II chassis
From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:
Thank you and congratulations to the Gurnee Fire Department on their order for a new 2015 Ford Type I Road Rescue Ultramedic Ambulance! We look forward to delivering their third Road Rescue early next summer!
The Daily Herald has an article about the Gurnee Fire Department receiving a federal grant:
Gurnee [was awarded] a federal grant toward the purchase of upgraded safety equipment for firefighters.
Deputy Fire Chief John Kavanagh said the promised federal money will allow the village to replace 14-year-old air packs. “We would not be able to make the purchase without this grant being awarded.”
Gurnee will receive the $229,469 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. [and] will buy 39 high-tech air packs with masks custom fitted for each firefighter.
Kavanagh said the fire department expects to receive the new air packs in 2015. While the current breathing equipment is tested and considered safe, he said, it has outlived its usefulness.
He said the [money] will pay 90 percent of the new air packs’ cost [and] the village will cover [the balance] of the tab.
… Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District was awarded $372,149 for 55 new air packs.
This from Larry Shapiro:
The Gurnee Fire Department was dispatched for a fire at 17434 W. Walnut early afternoon. Companies found fire in one unit of a six-unit townhouse. The alarm was escalated to a Box Alarm and then to a 2nd Alarm as the fire began to spread to adjacent units. Crews made an aggressive attack and were able to stop the fire before it spread to the end units.
Three firefighters were transported with minor injuries and several residents signed medical releases on the scene.
Mutual aid with engines was from : Beach Park, Grayslake, Mundelein, Waukegan, and Libertyville. Round Lake was due with a truck, Fox Lake with a squad, and a total of four mutual aid ambulances (Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, Lake Villa, Long Grove, and Zion) were at the scene to handle rehab and the transports.
Images from the scene include Larry’s and several from area residents or bystanders.
A gallery with more images can be viewed HERE.
This from Josh Boyajian:
- a Smeal 105′ heavy-duty quint has been purchased and waiting to be placed into service. It will be on display at FRI Friday and Saturday
- a 2013 Ford F-350 Wheeled Coach ambulance has been completed and will be on display at FRI this weekend
- a 2013 Ford F-450 Wheeled Coach ambulance has been purchased and will be delivered by the end of the month
- a Pierce Dash CF pumper is being built and will be delivered in February
Has approved the purchase of two new units:
- a Pierce Dash CF ladder truck
- Pierce Impel engine
- a 2014 Road Rescue medium-duty ambulance on a TerraStar chassis
- a 2013 E-One E-Max pumper will be delivered in the next few months
- a 2013 Ford F-450 squad is being built at Warner Bodies and will be delivered in the next few months
- a 2013 E-One engine is being built on a Cyclone chassis which should be done by end of year
- 2013 E-One pumper has been ordered. Unknown on the specs
- 2013 E-One 21? custom, walk-around rescue on a Typhoon chassis is being built and will be delivered by end of year.
- 2013 E-One pumper has been ordered, unknown specs at this time.
- 2013 Ford F-450 Road Rescue Ultramedic Type I is being built and should be completed by the end of the year
- Their two new engines are completed and ready to be delivered if they weren’t already
- Fire Service Inc. is pleased to announce a multi-year contract with the City of Chicago for airport pumpers. The initial order is for three units. The new units will be E-One Cyclone custom chassis with 2000 GPM Hale pump, Fecon foam system, 1000 gallon water tank and 250 gallon foam tanks with Salisbury Stainless Steel bodies. We look forward to bringing back the E-One product family to the third largest city in the United States.
The Daily Herald has an article about a house fire in Gurnee on Sunday where firefighters rescued a resident:
Firefighters are crediting thermal imaging cameras with saving the life of a young man during a residential fire early Sunday morning in Gurnee.
Gurnee fire Battalion Chief James Pellitteri said firefighters responding to the home in the 4400 block of McClure Avenue at 1:34 a.m. found smoke and fire in the upstairs unit of the two-story building.
When firefighters entered the first-floor unit, they found one victim conscious. That person was evaluated at the scene and released.
A second victim was discovered trapped and unconscious. Because visibility was low due to the smoke and fire, Pellitteri said firefighters used thermal imaging technology to locate the young man.
“Time was of the essence,” Pellitteri said. “And (the technology) really helps us find the victim that much quicker.”
The victim was revived and transported by a Zion ambulance to Vista East Medical Center in Waukegan.
“It didn’t seem like he was going to make it,” Pellitteri said. “To get a rescue like that is pretty remarkable. That TIC camera was the difference.”
YouTube video of a detached garage fire in Gurnee
thanks Josh & Chris
More from Scott Peterson:
Not an inclusive photo gallery but many of the apparatus at Newports 4th alarm.