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New Ambulance for Lisle-Woodridge

This fro Daniel Hynd:

From Lisle-Woodridge’s February BOT Packet

drawing of proposed Type I Horton ambulance for the Lisle-Woodridge FPD in Illinois drawing of proposed Type I Horton ambulance for the Lisle-Woodridge FPD in Illinois

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New engine for Lisle-Woodridge FPD

From the Global Emergency Products Facebook page:

We want to thank the Lisle Woodridge Fire Department for the recent order of a new Pierce Enforcer Pumper! Thank you for choosing Pierce Mfg and Global Emergency Products!

thanks Hunter

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Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District will be utilizing a $1,000 grant to fund a community Safety Challenge for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, thanks to a grant from Illinois American Water. The IAW 2018 Firefighter Grant Program provides financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities in its service areas.

This year, approximately $77,000 will be awarded to 78 Illinois fire departments. Since the program was created in 2010, over 500 grants totaling over $493,000 has been awarded to fire and emergency organizations serving customers in Illinois American Water’s service area.

This from Daniel Hynd:

Lisle-Woodridge FPD has recently joined the Houston-Galveston Area Council and purchased a new engine (On Pg. 92-94 of attached link)

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House fire in the Lisle-Woodridge FPD

Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

The Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District received a call around 10:30 p.m. for a fire at 25W351 Plank Road. When firefighters arrived at the scene, the two-story, single-family home was completely engulfed in flames. One resident was able to escape the 5000-square foot house, telling first responders  firefighters he got out through the second floor. He was taken to Edward Hospital with burns and his condition was unknown.

No other injuries were reported in the blaze, which Dumas said resulted in the entire house being a loss, though he was unable to estimate monetary damages.

Firefighters remained on the scene Tuesday morning, putting the blaze out after about seven hours at around 5:30 a.m. Part of the difficulty they faced was that the closest hydrants were not near the home, but a few blocks away.

thanks Daniel
 

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Lisle-Woodridge FPD news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Investigators from the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District are probing the cause of a Saturday blaze that sent one firefighter to the hospital and left a house uninhabitable on the 2000 block of Pebble Creek Drive in Lisle.

Authorities said a passer-by reported the fire at 1:37 p.m. Saturday and the first firefighters arrived about four minutes later to find heavy fire in the roof and attic area. No family members were home at the time.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control in about 35 minutes, but crews remained on the scene for several hours to perform salvage and overhaul of the burned areas in the structure.

One firefighter was treated and released from a hospital for unspecified injuries.

Lisle-Woodridge units were assisted on the scene by firefighters from Downers Grove, Darien-Woodridge, Lombard, Naperville, Warrenville and Wheaton.

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Lisle-Woodridge and Darien-Woodridge FPD news (more)

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The Lisle-Woodridge Fire District board of trustees on Tuesday gave final approval for an automatic response agreement with the neighboring Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District. The pact takes effect Monday and will go through a trial period that ends Dec. 31, 2018.

“We believe it’s a positive move for both districts, and we think it’s a positive move for anyone needing services in either district. We will be functioning as one big unit instead of two separate units on the street. We’re still separate organizations, but operationally, we’ll be functioning as a group.”Lisle-Woodridge Fire Chief Keith Krestan said.

Starting Monday, the districts will share equipment and personnel and use seven fire stations. One existing station — Darien-Woodridge Station 88 at the southeast corner of Belmont Road and 59th Street — will be closed.

The intergovernmental agreement is the culmination of discussions that began in January 2016 when the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association completed a consolidation study of the districts. The study was commissioned by the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois.

The study concluded that an operational consolidation of the fire protection districts should occur and that consolidation would benefit both entities.

Tim Capua, president of the union that represents Lisle-Woodridge’s firefighters, said there have been two failed attempts to consolidate the districts since the mid-1990s. Still, firefighters wanted to have the study done.

Despite the findings, officials decided that seeking consolidation at this time would be a daunting task. So they chose to pursue a plan of functional cooperation.

Lisle-Woodridge and Darien-Woodridge also are expected to save money on overtime costs. In May alone, Lisle-Woodridge is projected to see a 40 percent reduction in overtime.

Officials said the arrangement could lead to other cost-saving moves related to joint purchasing, training, IT services and vehicle maintenance.

Lisle-Woodridge and Darien-Woodridge officials will decide by December 2018 whether to continue the arrangement. In the meantime, other departments will be watching to see how it works.

thanks Dan and Ron

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Lisle-Woodridge and Darien-Woodridge FPD news (more)

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Lisle-Woodridge and Darien-Woodridge FPD news (more)

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

A proposal to combine the resources of the Lisle-Woodridge and Darien-Woodridge fire protection districts is being touted as a way to enhance service and improve firefighter safety.

That’s providing little comfort, however, for residents near Downers Grove who will lose their neighborhood fire station if the intergovernmental agreement is approved.

The Darien-Woodridge fire board last week unanimously supported the automatic response agreement that would have both districts operate as a single entity. Lisle-Woodridge’s board is expected to take a deciding vote on the deal Tuesday.

“The advantage for us is we’re going to have more efficient use of staffing and resources,” said Keith Krestan, Lisle-Woodridge’s interim fire chief. “Instead of our five stations and their three stations, it’s going to be seven stations. And we’re going to intermix our resources — our engines, our trucks, our ambulances and our people.”

The plan calls for Darien-Woodridge Station 88 at the southeast corner of Belmont Road and 59th Street to close on May 1. Officials say the closure would be for a trial period that would end Dec. 31, 2018.

Some residents served by that station fear it will never reopen.

Fire officials said the neighborhood would be served by other stations, including one in the Lisle-Woodridge district that’s less than two miles away. As a result, response times to those homes would go up. Officials, however, insist the quality of service would improve.

Now, Darien-Woodridge is able to assign only two firefighters to engines and the ladder. By closing Station 88 and shuffling staff, the department would be able to assign three people per vehicle. Lisle-Woodridge already does that.

“This is the best thing from a fire chief’s perspective for everybody involved,” said Darien-Woodridge Chief Steven Gorsky, adding it’s unfair to residents and patently unsafe for firefighters to have fewer than three people on a fire suppression vehicle.

While the arrangement might sound like a money-saving move, Darien-Woodridge board members say it’s about safety.

Lisle-Woodridge and Darien-Woodridge officials spent more than a year developing a functional cooperation plan after a 2016 study by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association examined what the impact would be on emergency services if the districts operated as one.

Krestan said the departments aren’t ready for consolidation at this point, so they decided to start with cooperation.

While the deal has been in the works for years, residents served by Station 88 said they were only recently notified about the plan.

DuPage County Board member Liz Chaplin, who lives in the area, said neighbors were notified about the closure in a leaflet that arrived in the mail less than a week before the vote by Darien-Woodridge.

Art Thompson, a district vice president with the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois — the union that paid for the 2016 study — said no one went into the talks with the intention of closing a fire station.

“The idea was how could we better utilize the resources we have to better serve the community,” he said.

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Lisle-Woodridge and Darien-Woodridge FPD news

Here is the study

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Lisle-Woodridge FPD news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

A man was killed in a fire that heavily damaged a one-story house Monday morning in an unincorporated area near Glen Ellyn. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, they entered the home on the 22W500 block of Tamarack Drive and found the man with no vital signs. He was pronounced dead at 7:45 a.m.

The DuPage County coroner’s office was working to identify the man through dental records and did not release his name Monday. There was no indication of suspicious circumstances in the death, according to the coroner’s office.

A 911 caller reported a suspected fire behind their home about 3:58 a.m. Firefighters arrived roughly six minutes later and found heavy fire throughout the victim’s house. Most of the roof collapsed into the center of the house shortly after firefighters arrived.

The DuPage Arson Taskforce and the Illinois State Fire Marshal are investigating.

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