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Niles Fire Department news

Excerpts from the journal-topics.com:

The Niles Fire Department is changing its command staff and reviving the position of deputy chief, a position which had gone unfilled since 2008. District Chief Robert Greiner reported for duty Friday, Oct. 25, in his new role as Niles’ deputy fire chief of operations.

Scott Guerino becomes the third district chief for community risk reduction, joining District Chief Orlando Diaz in charge of training, and District Chief Rich Scipione overseeing emergency medical service.

District chiefs work shifts with firefighters, 24 hours on and 48 hours off.

The new structure would grow the department’s overall budget, but the fire chief said the more complicated administrative workload requires the additional command staff.

Extra administrative work had been assigned to the three district chiefs to be completed during their shifts. That has become difficult as the volume of calls this year is set to outpace last year, when firefighters responded to 7,282 calls — the most in the department’s history.

Additionally, Niles has a reciprocal agreement with Morton Grove, over and above standard mutual aid, where Niles district chiefs respond with Morton Grove firefighters to command a scene, and Morton Grove district chiefs respond into Niles  when required. That high operational tempo has caused district chiefs to come in on their off time to complete administrative work, which will now be completed by Greiner.

Engineer Jim Leibach is often seen in a community outreach role at community events, generally working with children. Other programs, such as the new service where firefighters install smoke detectors in residents’ homes, along with other educational and community outreach, will be Guerino’s responsibility.

Evan Schachtel was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and Michael Nelson to fire apparatus engineer. Darrion Roszakowski and Jake Rusnac joined the department as new firefighter/paramedics this week.

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Niles Fire Department news

Excerpts from the journal-topics.com:

The Niles Arts & Culture Advisory Council is overseeing efforts to install at least three and possibly four murals in prominent locations around the village including one on the wall of Fire Station No. 2: a 12-ft. by 50-ft. mural dedicated to firefighters.

The same day firefighters hosted an open house and pancake breakfast at Station No. 3 on Jarvis Avenue last month, large aluminum panels were installed on Station No. 2’s exterior wall along Cumberland. The artist got to work crafting an image depicting firefighters’ missions of saving lives, education and firefighting which includes an ambulance, a firefighter in turnout gear holding a smoke detector and talking to children, and a pair of boots as they typically are lined up ready to step into at a moment’s notice.

Artists are being paid $1,000 for design and $1,500 for labor for murals at the three sites.

Mural being created at Niles Fire Department Station 2

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Niles Fire Department news

Excerpts from the journal-topics.com:

When people call 911 for ambulance service in Niles, their insurance company is charged a fee. Officials are considering increasing those fees to insurance companies after a proposal to set a flat $1,500 charge for paramedic ambulance service within the village.

Currently there is a tiered system for billing Niles residents versus non-residents with differing charges for basic life support, advanced life support.  Charges range from $500 for basic life support for a Niles resident to a $1,150 charge for advanced life support for a non resident. All vehicles responding to medical calls in Niles are considered top advanced life support, making a tiered system outdated.

Most North and Northwest suburban communities are now charging insurers $1,500 for all ambulance calls. The proposed change would bring Niles in line with those other communities. The proposal would include balanced billing, meaning that if the insurance company pays less than the entire amount, the village would accept the insurers payment and would not bill the patient for the difference. Under the proposal, charges would apply to Niles patients even if they were treated and transported by paramedics from another fire department responding to Niles as part of local mutual aid agreements.

Asked about charges for a non-insured patient who is transported by firefighters, the fire chief said, “It goes to billing. Each person would be looked at individually. The village can walk away (from collecting a bill), but it’s a process worked out with the billing company.”

The proposal may also need finance committee review before it is brought to trustees at a village board meeting for a final vote.

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New engine for Niles (more)

From the Pierce Flickr page:

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Niles Fire Department news

Excerpts from the journaltopics.com:

A new Mako Air Compressor used to fill firefighters’ oxygen tanks was installed at Niles Fire Station No. 2 late last month thanks to a $55,000 competitive federal grant awarded a year ago.

The federal grant, applied for in 2017, required a 10 percent local match, meaning the village paid a little more than $5,600 for the machine including installation. The $55,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Assistance To Firefighters grant paid the remaining costs for the compressor.

Before the new unit was installed Aug. 21, firefighters used one air compressor to fill tanks at Station 3 on Jarvis Avenue. Station 2 is located at Dempster Street and Cumberland Avenue. Transporting and topping off oxygen air bottles at Station 3 on a regular basis was inefficient and wasted about 40 minutes in driving time between the two fire stations. The new system will improve readiness and save time and money.

Recently the department was awarded a $56,000 grant from the same program, applied for in 2018, for cardiovascular fitness equipment, which would need to be purchased and installed before Aug. 21, 2020.

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House fire in Niles, 7-18-19

Excerpts from the Journal-Topics.com:

Niles firefighters suspect a lightning strike as the cause of a fire in a home in the 8300 block of Ballard Road Thursday morning (July 18). Residents in the home heard a loud bang, followed by lights flickering. The lightning strike ignited the fire in a small void space between the home’s vaulted ceilings and the roof itself. Firefighters used pike poles to pull down sections of ceiling to expose and extinguish the flames. 

All residents evacuated safely, there were no injuries, and the fire was extinguished within about 20 minutes.

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Niles FD Firefighter James Leibach

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Hazardous Materials incident in Niles, 5-23-19

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Niles firefighters responded to a fire alarm at 12:32 p.m. at the Microlink plant, 6457 Howard St., when they found a small fire in the northwest area of the building. Firefighters found that workers were cleaning a 30-gallon drum containing phosphorus at or near the area of the fire, causing phosphine gas to release from the drum. Phosphine gas is poisonous and an irritant if inhaled.

About 40 workers evacuated the plant when automated alarms in the building sounded. Although everyone from the plant had evacuated by the time firefighters arrived, several employees were unaccounted for causing firefighters to search the building. Those workers were later found safe outside the plant.

Several workers were evaluated, but none were transported to the hospital. Firefighters deployed hazardous material decontamination pools.

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New engine for Niles

From the Global Emergency Products Facebook page:

We want to thank the Village of Niles Fire Department for the recent order of a new Pierce Dash CF PUC Pumper! Thank you for choosing Pierce Mfg and Global Emergency Products!

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Working fire in Niles, 1-25-19

Firefighters in Niles were sent to 8839 N Washington Street Friday afternoon (1/25/19) for a reported explosion with smoke in the basement of a townhouse unit. Arriving companies had smoke from the eaves which was increasing in volume and requested the working fire upgrade. Firefighters made entry and were able to extinguish the fire. Mutual aid units came from Morton Grove, Des Plaines, North Maine, Glenview, and Park Ridge.

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Niles Fire Department news

The Niles Fire Department is starting to teach ACLS classes as part of the public education division. 
ACLS cours in Niles IL

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