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New ambulance for Naperville

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Naperville Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

More than a ton of prescription and over-the-counter drugs — 2,342 pounds to be exact — have been voluntarily dropped off at Naperville police and fire departments collection boxes in the past 12 months.

Drop-off containers sit outside each of Naperville’s 10 fire stations and inside the Naperville Police Department lobby. Any type of drug — from bottles of expired Tylenol to opiate painkillers available only from a doctor — can be disposed of anonymously and safely for recycling.

Not only does the effort keep such drugs out of landfills  and water supplies, if they’re flushed down the toilet, they’re also not available to people who might steal them from a medicine cabinet and use some of them to get high.

Of the total amount of drugs disposed of via municipal collection sites in the last year, 545 pounds were dropped off at the police department — an increase of 83 pounds — and the rest at city fire stations.

The fire department does not monitor the type of drugs that are dropped off, but the department can say it collected 525 pounds of prescription drugs in the first three months of 2017, 399 pounds from April through June and 873 pounds of drugs from July through September.

Police have responded to 56 opioid-related overdoses so far in 2017. Five deaths were attributed to opioids in 2016 and 2017.

The Naperville Police Department launched its Narcan program in 2015, and since then has used the antidote to reverse the effects of overdose or a possible overdose 18 times in DuPage County and five in Will County.

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Naperville Fire Department news

Excerpts from positivelynaperville.com:

Edward Hospital’s EMS Run of the Quarter for April-June 2017 has been awarded to the Naperville Fire Department’s Medic 10 and Truck 5.

Fire department personnel were recognized for the care they provided to a patient who had sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The patient was taken to Edward Hospital where he later passed away, but not before his family authorized a donation to the Gift Of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network.

In the “Run of the Quarter” program, the Edward EMS Team reviews ambulance runs by pre-hospital providers and selects one to be recognized every three months based on the following criteria:

–Excellent communication from the field that resulted in the timely delivery of pertinent clinical information to the Edward Emergency Department staff

–Clear and thorough documentation

–Superior clinical assessment skills that resulted in accurate recognition of a clinical situation

–Behavior exceeding the call of duty in the field

–Superior partnership and teamwork with Edward Hospital

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Naperville Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

A firefighter was taken to Edward Hospital early Monday morning after experiencing a medical issue while battling a house fire in Naperville.

Firefighters were called to the 2400 block of Madera Lane at 1:05 a.m. for a house fire.

The home was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and the fire was upgraded to a box alarm, bringing additional firefighters from Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Lisle and Woodridge.

Two residents inside the house escaped before firefighters arrived. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in about 45 minutes.

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Naperville Fire Department news

Excerpts from positivelynaperville.com:

The Naperville Fire Department has been awarded its fifth consecutive accreditation from the Center of Public Safety Excellence.

Accreditation enables organizations to study internal performance as well as past, current and future service levels and compare them to current research and industry best practices. The Naperville Fire Department has been internationally accredited through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and the Center for Public Safety Excellence since 1997 and, along with Greensboro, North Carolina, is one of only two agencies to achieve accreditation five consecutive times.

Naperville was one of 37 agencies that traveled to the Fire-Rescue International Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina in July to complete their journey in achieving accreditation. This final phase involves a public hearing, a presentation by the peer assessment team leader and a question and answer session with the 11-member commission.

To be recommended for accreditation, a fire department must complete a rigorous self-assessment and compile a strategic plan and a risk hazard assessment. The Naperville Fire Department prepared for the accreditation process by incorporating these requirements into the day-to-day operations.

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Box alarm fire in Naperville, 8-2-17

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Two neighboring houses on Naperville’s far northeast side were badly damaged by fire Wednesday night.

The fire was spotted about 6:10 p.m. in the attached garage of a two-story frame house in the 500 block of Springhill Circle, and then spread to a two-story frame house next door.

The first house was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived. Forty-five firefighters and 19 vehicles were needed to bring the fire under control in 45 minutes.

Investigators determined Thursday the fire was accidental in nature, however the intensity of the blaze and the magnitude of the damage means the fire’s source will likely never be learned. 

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Naperville and Aurora news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The cities of Naperville and Aurora will share a $1.4 million federal grant to train police, firefighters, and other emergency personnel in how to deal with a terrorist attack.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency funding, to be disbursed over a three-year period, will allow emergency teams to coordinate training, planning, and exercises to prepare for an attack similar to those that have occurred in Paris, Boston, and elsewhere. The grant is one of 30 issued nationally by FEMA.

Naperville firefighters and police already provide automatic mutual aid to nearby communities in times of crisis. 

The grant money will help emergency service providers to work with our partners and provide training for employees of Edward Hospital in Naperville, local colleges and universities, and the area’s two public school systems, among others. School administrators, faculty, and staff members can be taught what they can do to safeguard students during a crisis until police and firefighters can get to the scene.

FEMA officials in February announced their Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks grant program, with municipalities and agencies across the country competing for the funding.

Among the plan’s goals were adoption of region-wide, common response tactics for emergency personnel; reviewing all valid assessments and critical infrastructure; ensuring that continuity of operations plans exist at all levels, and with all responding agencies; and sharing all approved processes findings and corrective actions with local, regional, state and national partners.

The grant awarded to Naperville and Aurora was the largest given to any municipality or agency in Illinois, and the 12th largest nationally.

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New ambulance for Naperville

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Naperville Fire Department, IL – New custom Horton conversion on an International chassis 
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Naperville Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Chicagotribune.com:

Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis has been selected as the 2017 Fire Chief of the Year by the Illinois State Crime Commission/Police Athletic League of Illinois. This group annually recognizes Illinois’ best individual leaders and champions from government and industry who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding contributions to communities throughout Illinois.

Chief Puknaitis is being honored for his impressive innovations in the fire service, dedication to public safety, training, pro-active firefighting methods, and for exemplary service to Naperville’s citizens. The group will present the award to Chief Puknaitis at its 21st annual “Salute to Those Who Make a Difference” Awards Dinner on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Oak Brook Terrace.

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Naperville Fire Department news

Excerpts from positivelynaperville.com:

The sound of a bugle playing Taps resonated along the Riverwalk in Naperville just after 8:30AM Thurs., May 25, coming from the direction of the Firemen’s Memorial Park along Jefferson Avenue.

Uniformed Naperville firefighters, city officials as well as friends and family had come to the Annual Naperville Fallen Firefighter Remembrance Ceremony to pay tribute to the memories of Lieutenant Richard Rechenmacher, Engineer Jerry Herring, Firefighter Bernard Petrowski and Lieutenant G.S. Winckler.

According to an entry in the Illinois Fire Service Institute Firefighter Record, “On December 7, 1970, the Naperville Fire Department received an alarm at 7:55AM for a house fire west of the city. Firefighters immediately responded, but a fire truck carrying five firefighters collided with a semi-trailer truck at the intersection of Illinois Routes 59 and 65. Several fatal car accidents had occurred at the intersection during the preceding years and traffic lights had been installed at the intersection only two weeks prior to the accident.

“Lieutenant Richard Rechenmacher, Engineer Jerry Herring, and Firefighter Bernard Petrowski, who were riding in the cab of the fire truck, were all thrown from the vehicle by the collision and killed instantly. Firefighter Mike Hill, who was also riding in the truck’s cab, was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but Firefighter James Heinke, who was riding on the tailboard of the fire truck, escaped injury. Mutual aid responders from the Moecherville Fire Department responded to the house fire, and the Downers Grove Fire Department sent firefighters and fire apparatus to Naperville to assist with fire calls.”

Twenty-one years later, another IFSI incident report reads, “On October 18, 1991, Lieutenant George Winckler of the Naperville Fire Department died in the line of duty during a training exercise. Winckler, who had been with the department since 1965, suffered a heart attack during a live burn training exercise at the department’s training tower. About ten minutes into the exercise, Winckler exited the tower and collapsed. The other firefighters immediately started CPR and called an ambulance, and Winckler was taken to Edward Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“On October 22, 1991, Winckler’s funeral was held at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Naperville. More than 100 fire apparatus from neighboring departments took part in the funeral procession, in which Winckler’s casket was carried in an antique fire truck to Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery.”

According to Ruthi Sommers at the Naperville Fire Department, every year in late May, officials hold the Naperville Fallen Firefighter Remembrance Ceremony at Firemen’s Memorial Park.

And every year the public is reminded of the risks local firefighters/paramedics are prepared to take every day in the line of duty as they serve to keep the community safe. In fact, members of fire departments around the world often are the first uniformed officials to arrive at fires, car accidents and other emergencies, likely the reason they have earned respect and the name of “first responders.”

Firemen’s Memorial Park is located at 1072 W. Jefferson Ave., just west of the DuPage River and the entrance to the Riverwalk.

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