Posts Tagged Niles Fire Department

Hazardous Materials incident in Niles, 5-23-19

Excerpts from the Journal-Topics.com:

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.

fire in Niles IL townhouse

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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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5-Alarm fire and 3-Alarm EMS Alarm in the North Maine FPD, 9-16-18

The North Maine FPD was called to 9396 Landings Lane in unincorporated Des Plaines Sunday morning around 8AM for a reported fire. The incident went to a 5-Alar fire box and a 3-Alarm ambulance box. 

Firefighters battle a fatal 5-Alarm fire at 9396 Landings Lane in unincorporated Des Plaines, IL 9-16-18

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Chi-Town Fire Photos

This from Eric Haak:

Here are a few images from North Maine’s 5th alarm on Sunday morning (9/16). Images were taken about 40 minutes in. There was one fatality reported from this incident.

Firefighters battle a fatal 5-Alarm fire at 9396 Landings Lane in unincorporated Des Plaines, IL 9-16-18

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As seen around … Niles

This from Ryan Higgins:

Working fire response in Niles IL 8:30Am 7/26/18.
Niles Fire Department responded to Binnys Liquors at  8935 N Milwaukee Ave. reports of smoke been seen. Along with Niles PD’s new police cruiser.
Pictures by Ryan Higgins
Park Ridge FD tower ladder

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Park Ridge FD tower ladder

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Niles fire trucks at smoke investigation

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Niles fire trucks at smoke investigation

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Niles fire trucks at smoke investigation

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Niles fire trucks at smoke investigation

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new Niles police car

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Niles fire trucks at smoke investigation

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Niles fire trucks at smoke investigation

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Niles Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Journal-topics.com:

Niles trustees approved the donation of a 1996 fire engine to Ford Heights at the July 10 village board meeting. The engine was taken out of service in 2015 when the fire department purchased a new one. The last time the village tried to sell a used engine of a similar vintage, a village memo and Fire Chief Marty Feld said it took three years to sell — and sold for scrap for less than $3,000.

Ford Heights has just one working fire engine, meaning if that engine goes out of service, other communities must be called upon to respond to any fire related calls. The Niles engine will become Ford Heights’ second engine. The donation is being coordinated through the state fire marshal’s office.

Another new engine Feld hopes to purchase this fall would cost somewhere between $600,000 and $700,000. It would leave the Niles Fire Dept. with two engines in reserve, one 2013 and one 2001. Those vehicles are used if frontline units are out for repairs, or if off-duty firefighters are called in to respond or fill stations.

Vehicles are generally replaced on a 20-year cycle.

1996 Pierce Saber fire engine

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Niles Fire Department news

Excerpts from the journal-topics.com:

Niles firefighters collected over $10,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief over two days last week using “Fill The Boot” fundraising.

Firefighters walked in traffic carrying a spare boot along Dempster Street and along Greenwood Avenue near Fire Station No. 2 at Dempster and Cumberland Avenue accepting donations from motorists. An additional boot was left at the TCF Bank on Dempster just east of the firehouse.

Fire Chief Marty Feld said firefighters collected about $9,350 in cash plus another 2-1/2 gallons in change. Coins and money from the bank donation boot totaled $10,100 after being counted Tuesday morning.

Money from the drive will be donated to the Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey Relief.

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Niles Fire Department news

Excerpts from the journal-topics.com:

Niles Police Chief Dennis McEnerney and Fire Chief Steve Borkowski are both retiring in June.

At a special Niles Village Board meeting on June 13, Mayor Andrew Przybylo appointed former Broadview Police Chief Luis Tigera and current Niles Fire District Chief Marty Feld as the village’s next police and fire chiefs.

Village trustees awarded Borkowski and McEnerney severance agreements … which include three years of continued village health insurance in exchange for making themselves available as consultants to assist the new chiefs in their transitions.

Feld joined the Niles Fire Dept. in September 1986 as a firefighter paramedic, working his way up to lieutenant in 1996, and district chief in 2004. He recently ran the department for two months while Borkowsky was on temporary leave with a medical issue. During that time, Firehouse No. 3 was being renovated and firefighters were working out of trailers at the public works garage.

McEnerney joined the Niles force as an auxiliary officer in 1976 while holding another civilian position with the village. He became a sworn patrol officer in December 1978, working his way up to deputy chief in charge of the investigations division before being named acting interim chief and then chief.

Borkowski has 35 years on the job, joining the department as a firefighter paramedic in 1981. He worked his way up the ranks, was named interim chief, and then chief after former Fire Chief Barry Mueller retired in 2010.

The mayor praised Borkowski’s work representing Niles on the board of RED Center and working to lay the groundwork to see an eventual joint Niles-Morton Grove fire station.

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Working fire in Niles, 3-10-17

This from Steve Redick:

This was an auto inside a detail shop  at 8821 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Niles … not much to see firewise but a few decent rig shots. Both of Niles’ new pumpers as well as their newer tower and Morton Grove’s newest engine
Des Plaines FD Tower Ladder 61

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Niles FD Tower 2

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Niles FD Engine 3

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North Maine FPD Engine 1

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Morton Grove D Engine 5

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fire trucks at night fire scene

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Niles FD Engine 2

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aftermath of car repair shop fire

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