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As seen around … Mt Prospect

This from Scott Peterson:

AMB 13 Ford450 (don’t know manufacturer)
Mount Prospect FD Engine 13

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Mount Prospect FD Ambulance 13

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Mount Prospect Fire Department news

Excerpts from the journal-topics.com:

Two Mount Prospect firefighters were recognized for their many years of service at the Mount Prospect Village Board meeting Tuesday (Oct. 16).

Kevin Christianson, a 30-year veteran of the Mount Prospect Fire Department, was presented with a gold-framed “Career Employee Certificate of Service”.  He is also a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue Team, in charge of hazardous materials.

Also recognized, but unable to be present at the meeting, was Lt. Joel Knoll with 20 years of service in Mount Prospect, He has received 17 letters of recognition and has been a paramedic for 18 of those years. 

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New ambulance for Mount Prospect

From the Foster Coach Sales Facebook page:

BRAND NEW CUSTOM HORTON CONVERSION ON A FREIGHTLINER CHASSIS  

Mount Prospect FD ambulance

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Mount Prospect FD ambulance

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Mount Prospect FD ambulance

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chevron striping on back of ambulance

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new ambulance interior with power cot

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Mount Prospect Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the Dailyherald.com:

Barring any unforeseen obstacle, Mount Prospect will be moving its downtown fire station to the north side of the village. With one dissenting vote, trustees agreed to pay about $1.48 million for a building at 111 E. Rand Road. The building will be remodeled and replace the current fire station and headquarters at 112 E. Northwest Highway.

The village now has a 60-day due diligence period to review the property’s environmental suitability and structural condition.

Officials say the new location will mean significant improvements to response times in areas where the fire department has struggled to achieve its four-minute objective. An independent study by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association indicated there would be major improvement in areas that include Prospect High School, Randhurst Village, the Boxwood neighborhood and the Kensington Business Center.

Buying an existing building and remodeling it will save the village as much as $3.7 million compared to building a new fire station from the ground up, officials say.

thanks Dan

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New engine for mt prospect (more)

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Pierce Village of Mount Prospect, IL 31408

Mount Prospect FD Engine 13

Pierce composite

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New engine for Mount Prospect

As seen on I-294 this week, a new engine for Mount Prospect

new Dash CF engine for Mount Prospect

new Dash CF engine for Mount Prospect

new Dash CF engine for Mount Prospect

new Dash CF PUC engine for Mount Prospect

new Dash CF engine for Mount Prospect

new Dash CF PUC engine for Mount Prospect

 

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Mount Prospect Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the Journal-Topics.com:

Mount Prospect trustees approved borrowing $12.1 million to purchase land for new police and fire headquarters locations. Trustee Paul Hoefert, a member of the board since 1991 who approved the existing shared police and fire headquarters on Northwest Highway 25 years ago, continues to voice concerns about the village’s effort to move the police to the Kensington Business Center and Fire Station 13 to a site on Rand Road, as being too quick and costing too much. It is projected to cost $40 million to renovate the existing building at 799 Biermann Court in the business park to accommodate police and to retrofit Fire Station 13 operations for the site at 111 E. Rand Rd.  The rest of the board did not see it that way.

If it is determined in the future that the two projects should not move forward, the village manager said the village would sell the properties it just acquired. Many of the board members said moving the departments would ensure better and safer policing for officers due to a lack of space in the current station, and better response times for firefighters.

Before the current police and fire headquarters was built 25 years ago, the village went out to referendum twice, developed an ad hoc committee, hosted many forums and obtained a lot of community input prior to any construction.

“To say that citizens have been involved and informed this time, I would disagree. And if there were 10 meetings, no one has been aware,” Hoefert said. “We know we need to do something, but it is a matter of what we do. Since we got the space needs study Nov. 28, which took two years to get, we have been moving at lightning speed, and in my mind, the people of Mount Prospect need to have their voice heard, but have been left out of the process. There has been no real time to bring them in.”

The $12.1 million that is being borrowed will go toward water and sewer improvements worth $4.93 million with the remainder to acquire property at 799 Biermann Ct. in the Kensington Business Center for a new police headquarters, and at 111 E. Rand Rd. for a new Fire Station 13.

The village anticipates this borrowing to cost $6 million in interest, which would be paid back over the next 25 years if not sooner. Finance Director Dave Erb said the borrowing would not impact the village’s tax levy. Water/sewer revenues and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) incremental revenue would be used to pay back the $12.1 million plus interest, Erb said.

It is expected in the fall that trustees will approve more bonds, in the amount of $21.8 million, and additional bonds next spring worth $15.8 million to help with construction and furnishing the two facilities. In total, the projects are expected to cost around $77 million, which includes interest.

A resident with a home market value of $350,000 would pay approximately $205 annually to fund the two stations over the next 25 years. If these two projects were not occurring, the debt service portion of the tax levy for property owners would have been reduced in the years to come. Instead, taxes will not increase, but will remain level over that period of time.

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Mount Prospect Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Journal-Topics.com:

A recent study by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association recommends that Mount Prospect Fire Station 13 move to 111 E. Rand Road, which is still occupied.  The study from 2014-17 showed that some areas in town see fire response times exceed the four-minute goal and the fire department as a whole responds to calls within 4 minutes and 35 seconds approximately 90 percent of the time; 3 minutes and 42 seconds approximately 80 percent of the time; and 3 minutes approximately 70 percent of the time.

Should Station 13 move, the area that Station 12 at Golf and Busse roads serves would become larger. In contrast, Station 14 on Kensington Road just west of River Road would serve a smaller area since the new station would take over a portion of 14’s district.

If Station 13 moves to the bank site, the study states the department would respond to all calls throughout the village at 3 minutes and 33 seconds approximately 90 percent of the time; 3 minutes and 6 seconds approximately 80 percent of the time; and 2 minutes and 48 seconds approximately 70 percent of the time.

Station 12 would see response times increase by 8-15 seconds on average, but still be under 4 minutes overall. Station 13 would see response times decrease by an average of 3 to 42 seconds and be under 4 minutes. Station 14, which sometimes sees response times over 5 minutes, would also see a decrease in response times by an average of 59 seconds to as high as 1 minute and 24 seconds, and most times all under 4 minutes.

Firefighters and paramedics should then be able to arrive to all scenes in under four minutes almost every time. Response times throughout the community will decrease by approximately one minute. 

Negotiations to purchase the bank site are expected soon. The village board could approve a bond ordinance to purchase the land at the board’s April 17 meeting.

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Mount Prospect Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

To coincide with February’s designation as National Heart Month, the Mount Prospect Fire Department is proud to announce that it has been awarded a Community Action Grant from Illinois Heart Rescue to assist with CPR training efforts.

The Illinois Heart Rescue Project aims to improve how Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is recognized, treated and measured in the United States. The Community Action Grant program was developed to provide financial assistance in the form of CPR training materials to non-profit, government/municipal/district agencies or community organizations within the state of Illinois to develop community level interventions aimed at awareness and education related to SCA, Bystander Compression Only (or Hands-Only) CPR and AED use.

As part of the grant, the fire department received three CPR and AED training kits. Each kit contains eight Prestan Ultra Light Mannequins, one AED trainer, educational materials, and DVD training videos. 

The fire department plans to utilize the kits to teach hands-only CPR in junior high and middle school grades, churches, and local businesses. In addition, Spanish-language training will be offered at the Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Road, Mount Prospect). This ongoing project will continue through 2018 to satisfy the grant requirements. The department will continue the training as part of its public education efforts moving forward.

Hands-only CPR has been documented to dramatically improve survival rates for victims of out of hospital cardiac arrest. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, for every minute that a victim of SCA does not receive CPR, their chance of death increases by 10%. That means if no CPR is performed within 10 minutes, the victim has a 0% chance of living. The sooner that CPR is started the more likely the victim will survive and return to their life with full mental functioning.

For more information about Hands-Only CPR and other Fire and Life Safety Education programs, contact the Mount Prospect Fire Prevention Bureau at 847/818-5253 or go to www.mountprospect.org.

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Mount Prospect Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The Mount Prospect Fire Department Toys for Kids Program enjoyed another successful year in 2017, thanks to the generosity of the Mount Prospect community. Mount Prospect families who need a helping hand are served by this program, relieving some of the stress and financial burden they are facing at this time of year and making the holidays brighter for them.

Each year, Human Services Department staff review the financial assessments that qualify the children and families to participate in the program. Residents and businesses were invited to drop off new, unwrapped toys or gift cards to any Mount Prospect fire station. Fire department personnel and volunteers help to sort and prepare gift bags for the families.

The families were invited to Fire Station 14 on December 16 for a chance to meet Santa and pick up their gifts. Each family received a bag full of age appropriate toys. Over 300 children from 125 families were served by the program this year. Mount Prospect firefighters and staff from the Human Services Department served cookies and hot chocolate.

The fire department conducts the Toys for Kids Program each year, with toy and gift card donations being accepted from November through the first week of December. The toy distribution usually occurs the second Saturday of December. This is the 21st year the program has been in effect.

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