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Rollover MVA in Highland Park, 4-23-18

This from Max Weingardt:

Car rollover at 143 Skokie Valley RD around 4:00

car rollover on it's roof

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Highland Park FD Ambulance 32

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Highland Park FD Battalion 33

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Highland Park FD Squad 33

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Highland Park FD Squad 33

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Fatal House fire in Highland Park, 4-18-18 (more)

More on the Fatal House fire in Highland Park, 4-18-18

fatal house fire in Highland Park, IL

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Excerpts from wgntv.com:

The Lake County coroner has confirmed that two people were killed in a massive fire that destroyed a home in Highland Park. A neighbor reported the fire around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday at a two-story house on Kipling Lane off Ridge Road.

When fire crews arrived to the scene, the home was fully engulfed. Firefighters got word that an elderly couple have been known to live in the home, so they attempted to go in through the garage but were pushed back by flames.

The home is a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Fatal House fire in Highland Park, 4-18-18

Highland Park firefighters were dispatched for a house fire on Churchill Lane near Kipling Lane on the northwest side of town after 1AM Wednesday (4/18/18). Police officers arriving first confirmed a fire at 2088 Churchill Lane. Fire companies arrived and reported a two-story house that was fully involved. The alarm was upgraded to a Code 4 for the working fire which had been burning for some time. Within minutes the roof was in and a two-story portico over the driveway also collapsed. 

Firefighters were unable to enter the main living area of the house to conduct a primary search due to the volume of fire and defensive operations were initiated. The whereabouts of the home’s occupants could not be established. Neighbors reported that the two residents were believed to be hoarders.

Highland Park Squad 33, Engine 32, Engine 34, Ambulance 32, Ambulance 33, Battalion 33, and 3300 were at the scene in addition to engines from Lake Forest and Knollwood, trucks from Deerfield, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, and Wilmette plus Northfield Squad 29 and Deerfield Battalion 20. North Chicago, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, and Countryside were due with ambulances.

A Box Alarm was later requested fro fire investigators. The address was corrected to 2088 Kipling Lane.

As of 10AM, the fire department reported that they recovered two bodies in the rubble.

Deerfield-Bannockburn FPD Truck 20 leads out a supply line

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Highland Park Fire Department news

Excerpts from jwcdaily.com:

The City of Highland Park is pleased to announce Larry Amidei will serve as Highland Park’s fire chief beginning on March 2, following the retirement of Chief Dan Pease on March 1.

Amidei began working in Highland Park as a Firefighter/Paramedic in 1988. He has served as the department’s CPR/First Aid Director, Medical Director, Safety Officer, Accreditation Manager, National Fire Department Peer Reviewer, and chief of the MABAS Division Three Joint Fire Investigation Team. He is one of an elite group to receive the international designation of Chief Fire Officer from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Amidei was promoted to lieutenant in 1999, battalion chief in 2008, and has been serving as deputy chief since 2015. He also worked for 13 years for the Park District of Highland Park as a Risk Manager and Safety Coordinator starting in 1997. Before starting at the Highland Park Fire Department, Amidei spent seven years with the Highwood Fire Department. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Health & Safety, a Master’s in Business and Public Administration, and attended the National Fire Academy in Maryland for Staff and Command school. Amidei is a graduate of Highland Park High School.

Retiring Chief Dan Pease will be recognized at the February 26 city council meeting for more than 30 years of service with the Highland Park Fire Department.

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Highland Park Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

After quickly deciding that replacing the Ravinia Fire Station is the city’s highest building priority, the Highland Park City Council must now decide what it can undertake and when. Without any equivocation, city council members agreed in early January that replacing the cramped fire station was a higher priority than expanding the Highland Park Public Library or renovating the Highland Park Country Club facility to serve as a senior center. Architects put the cost of a new fire station at $7.5 million.

The city is considering reconstructing the Ravinia Fire Station at its current location or on the Brown Park property across the street.

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New ambulance for Highland Park

From the FosterCoachSales Facebook page:

Brand new custom Horton conversion on a Ford F450 chassis.

Highland Park FD Ambulance 32

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Highland Park FD Ambulance 32

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Highland Park FD Ambulance 32

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Highland Park FD Ambulance 32

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Highland Park Fire Department news

Excerpts from theChicagotribune.com:

Highland Park officials showed a conceptual plan for a new Ravinia Fire Station to replace the current cramped and antiquated station that dates to 1929.

The city is proposing to replace its current station at 692 Burton Avenue with a new two-story, 14,000-square-foot building. The plan suggested for the site could be enlarged by acquiring two homes near the northeast corner of Highland Place and Pleasant Avenue and making use of a portion of a city-owned parking lot.

Public parking spaces would be available on the Ravinia Fire Station site. Construction of the new Fire Station 32 would not begin until at least 2022.

City officials say space is so cramped at the nearly 90-year-old station that it’s difficult to maneuver equipment and apparatus in and out.

The city previously considered several other locations for an enlarged Ravinia Fire Station, including the northern portion of Brown Park on the south side of Roger Williams Avenue west of St. Johns Avenue.

Fire Chief Dan Pease said the architect raised concerns about constructing the station that close to the Ravinia train station and Metra tracks because a major accident could knock out the station and personnel.

thanks Dan

architectural rendering of proposed new fire station for Highland Park IL

(Williams Architects)

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Highland Park FD apparatus

This from Josh Boyajian:

  • Highland Park Battalion 33 – 2015 Ford Expediton
  • Highland Park Squad 33 – 2015 Spartan Gladiator classic 1500/500 Job #214084
  • Highland Park Truck 33 –  1995 Sutphen TS104 1500/370/30/104′ MM ladder
Highland Park FD Battalion 33

Highland Park FD Battalion 33. Josh Boyajian photo

Highland Park FD Squad 33

Highland Park FD Squad 33. Josh Boyajian photo

Highland Park FD Truck 33

Highland Park FD Truck 33. Josh Boyajian photo

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House fire in Northfield, 3-26-16

This from Larry Shapiro:

Northfield firefighters were called to 2050 Norfolk Road this afternoon (3/26/16) for a reported brush fire that was encroaching on a house. First arriving companies found smoke from the attic and requested a full Code 3 response before upgrading to a working fire Code 4 with visible fire in the attic. Automatic and mutual aid units included engines from Northbrook, Winnetka, and Glencoe, trucks from Glenview, Wilmete, and Northbrook, plus Highland Park Squad 33. The rear of the house was damaged along with the attic above the garage. The fire was out within 20 minutes of the initial call for service.

house fire aftermath with holes in the roof

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E-ONE e-MAX fire engine at fire scene

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North brook fire truck staged at fire scene

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E-ONE e-MAX fire engine at fire scene

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firefighters overhaul fire scene

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Glenview firefighter at fire scene

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firefighters overhaul fire scene

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Highland Park FD Spartan ERV fire engine

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aerial fire trucks at fire scene

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Highwood to dissolve fire department

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Voters appear to have given the City of Highwood the go-ahead to dissolve the fire department so fire protection and paramedic services can be turned over to neighboring Highland Park.

At just after 9 p.m., with nearly 1,000 votes cast, the referendum question had 70 percent voting yes and and 30 percent voting no, according to unofficial Lake County election results.

The cities reached a 30-year agreement last fall for the Highland Park Fire Department to serve Highwood, a city of less than one square mile that is surrounded on all sides by Highland Park.

The deal hinged on Highwood voters agreeing to dissolve the local fire department in the March 15 referendum. If the referendum officially passes, Highland Park is scheduled to take over fire and paramedic services on July 1.

“This partnership will not only provide lasting financial benefits while maintaining high service levels,” Highwood Mayor Charles Pecaro said. “But also can become a model for municipalities seeking to share services with their neighbors.”

Highland Park’s Fire Station 34 at 1100 Half Day Road is located a few blocks west of Highwood’s western border, and the department already responds to many Highwood fire calls under automatic and mutual aid agreements.

Highland Park does not plan to hire any additional firefighters or paramedics, or acquire any additional equipment, saying its current staffing and equipment are sufficient.

Under the agreement, Highwood will pay Highland Park $625,000 the first year for fire and paramedic services, along with fire inspections. Annual increases will be tied to inflation, but capped at 5 percent.

Highwood expects to cut its current fire costs of $1.3 million by more than half under the arrangement.

Highwood Press Release:

March 15th Referendum Passage

The proposed Highwood & Highland Park fire and ambulance service partnership referendum that was included on the ballot passed yesterday. Voters confirmed the agreement that was unanimously approved by the City Councils of both Highwood and Highland Park to provide shared services to residents.

“This decision was not taken lightly by the City’s staff, elected officials or the Highwood voters,” said Scott Coren, Highwood’s City Manager. “Its passage shows residents’ confidence in Highland Park’s internationally accredited fire department. Their outstanding service levels, combined with the significant positive financial impact for both communities made this a prudent decision.”

In June 2014, the State of Illinois passed a law that requires municipalities to go to referendum, with specified language, to consolidate or provide shared fire and emergency medical services. The language is clearly slanted to push residents to vote against it. Highwood is the first municipality in Illinois to successfully pass this referendum question despite facing these obstacles.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to extend Highland Park’s exceptional fire, EMS and fire inspection services to the City of Highwood. We remain committed to providing high quality public safety services to both communities at all times and we will continue to keep public safety as one of our core priorities,” stated Ghida S. Neukirch Highland Park City Manager.

Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback on the matter.

Charles Pecaro
Mayor
City of Highwood

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