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Norwood Park Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Norwood Park FPD firefighters responded to a call  by a passerby of a basement fire in a single-family residence on the 4100 block of North Ozark Avenue on November 3rd. Family members were not at home at the time.

Firefighters encountered some tough fire including heavy smoke and zero visibility to make their way to the basement area, where they successfully contained the fire.

When the family returned home, they asked about a dog. Lt. Stanley Koy, the incident commander, sent a crew from Franklin Parkinto t he house where they found the dog.

The fire was not suspicious and was electrical in nature. The house sustained moderate smoke damage, as well as some structural damage and the family will be displaced for some time.

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Norwood Park Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Members of the Norwood Park Fire Protection Board have opted to join the new Harwood Heights Municipal Consolidated Dispatch Center, expected to open in September, going with it over two longer-established private services.

Norridge and Schiller Park had earlier agreed to join Harwood Heights in the new center, which will be located in new space in the village’s police station, 7300 W. Wilson Ave.

The Norwood Park Fire Protection District, which is based in Harwood Heights … provides fire protection and emergency medical services to Norridge and Harwood Heights as well Norwood Park Township, responding to approximately 3,500 calls per year.

The two other 911 centers Norwood Park was considering using — The Regional Emergency Dispatch (R.E.D.) Center, based in Glenview, and Norcomm, with a 911 center at 2600 Mannheim Road in Franklin Park — are farther away. 

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Norwood Park Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The soon-to-open Harwood Heights Municipal Consolidated Dispatch Center is drawing interest, but it is facing competition, too.

The Norwood Park Fire Protection District Board is weighing a proposal to join the Harwood Heights 911 center when it opens at the end of August, but two other longer-established private services are under consideration as well.

Fire Chief Terrence Vavra confirmed last week that the department is weighing proposals from the Harwood Heights center, which is to open in that village’s police station, as well as from the Regional Emergency Dispatch Center (RED Center), and the Norcomm 911 Consolidated Dispatch Center, both of which have been around for decades.

The Norwood Park Fire Department, at 7447 W. Lawrence Ave. in Harwood Heights, provides fire protection and emergency medical services to that village as well as Norridge and Norwood Park Township, running approximately 3,500 calls per year. The department is currently affiliated with the Village of Norridge, which is one of the partners, along with Schiller Park, and Harwood Heights, moving to the new consolidated center.

Vavra indicated that he is still going over the proposals from the three bidders and the issue is expected to be discussed at the fire district board’s next meeting, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. July 17 at the Norwood Park Fire Station where costs and service are among the main considerations.

Harwood Heights Trustee Annette Brzezniak-Volpe, a member of the Joint Emergency Telephone System Board, which will govern the new center, spoke of the Norwood Park Fire District’s interest at the June 22 board meeting.

“The industry has a motto: Seconds save lives,” she said. “If our dispatchers get a call from a resident, and he has to transfer it over to Northbrook and the RED Center or to Leyden Township for Norcomm, it’s going to take time. They have to process the call, enter it into the system and dispatch the fire department (vehicle.)”

In addition, in the case of the Norwood Park Fire District, which is based in Harwood Heights, “all our local people pay taxes into this fire department,” she noted.

The municipal service is set up to provide a service and not turn a profit as the private 911 companies do, she said.

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House fire in Elmwood Park, 4-3-16 (more)

Photos from Steve Redick of a house fire at 2513 73rd Avenue in Elmwood Park on 4-3-16.

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Elmwood Park fire truck

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Elmwood Park fire engine

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Norwood Park FPD Deputy Chief retires

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The last day of Deputy Chief John Kovalcik’s 28-year career at the Norwood Park Fire Department was marked by a farewell from the people of Norridge and Harwood Heights … on May 8 at his retirement party.

On May 26, Kovalcik will start a new job as an administrative analyst for the Des Plaines Fire Department — a position he took, he said, because he was ready for a new challenge. His new job in Des Plaines is strictly a desk job, he said, which requires mostly policies and procedures writing, along with budget management and project oversight.

“I’ll miss the family-like atmosphere we had here the most,” he said. “Being a fireman, you’re together for 24 hours straight sometimes, and you learn to depend and rely on each other for everything.”

The father of three daughters — Katie, 19, Ashley, 21, and Amy, 23 — has deep roots in Norwood Park Township. He went to Ridgewood High School, where he met his wife Laurie, and volunteered on the Pennoyer School Board for four years from 2007 to 2011.

“I’ve lived in this town since I was 2 years old, and I still live here — there’s a reason for that,” Kovalcik said. “The nice thing [about being a firefighter in Norwood Park] is that I was able to help people I knew personally — it was rewarding in that respect.”

Sometimes, the call of duty extended far beyond the township boundaries.

In 2001, it was the day after 9/11 when Kovalcik and a group of about 50 other firefighters volunteered to go to New York City. After working a 22-hour shift the night before, Kovalcik and his colleagues packed up their equipment and headed to Schiller Park, where other Chicago-area firefighters who had also volunteered to go had assembled.

The [trip] was canceled, however, because New York City was already inundated with thousands of other firefighters, mostly from the East Coast, who had already arrived at Ground Zero.

In 2005, Kovalcik spent two weeks in New Orleans with Norwood Park Fire Chief Kevin Stenson and now-retired fire fighter Carmen Rinaldi. The three traveled to Louisiana together to help with disaster relief following Hurricane Katrina. The three of them arrived three days after the hurricane hit, and spent several days outside camping in tents in dry patches of land with other fire fighters until a fire station opened up following flood-clean-up and the crews could move in.

Stationed in the French Quarter with about 20 other Illinois-area fire fighters for most of their time in Louisiana, Kovalcik and the crew spent most of their time fighting house fires and removing trees, he said.

Dan Johnson was sworn in as the new deputy fire chief of Norwood Park on May 11.

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Norwood Park FD receives local grant

The Norwood Park-Harwood Heights News has an article about a grant for the fire department:

Two new defibrillators will bring cutting-edge technology to the Norwood Park Fire Department and the residents of Norridge, Harwood Heights and unincorporated Norwood Township thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Norwood Park Township.

The department had planned to order one of the new devices this year and another next year, but was able to step up that timetable thanks to the township, Chief Kevin Stenson said. The monitor-defibrillators have wireless transmission capabilities and are half the size and half the weight of those currently used “but a lot more powerful, thanks to its advanced capabilities,” Stenson added. “Once a person is in cardiac arrest, it’s a matter of life and death.”

The new devices will allow the department to assess patient needs more quickly and then wirelessly transmit critical information to a receiving hospital so clinicians are prepared when the ambulance arrives, he said.

Those manning the 10-pound machines, which are built to military standards, now may set different parameters for such criteria as age and gender.

Firefighter Rick Ford said the new equipment is similar to what the department now uses. “These have a lot more features, and more accuracy with blood pressure and other vital signs,” he said. “These will make patient care even better.

Stenson said the new units not only will help the department save lives, but also make the lives of the first responders a great deal easier by having so many life-saving capabilities in one unit. “With this upgraded technology, we believe we are better equipped to protect the lives of our citizens whom we are honored to serve,” he said.

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Park Ridge house fire 2-15-14

This from Larry Shapiro:

Calls reporting a house fire at 102 S. Chester came in to the Park Ridge Fire Department shortly before 10AM on Saturday (2-15-14). After spotting a header while in route, units arrived at the house on the corner of Chester and Garden to find the back porch on fire and a worker with burn injuries. The alarm was upgraded to a Code 4 for the working fire. Engine 35 encountered a frozen hydrant at the corner, so firefighters hand jacked hose from the Tower 36 to another hydrant half a block south of the incident.

Companies made quick work of knocking down the main fire, and found that there was minimal communication to the second floor. The house was unoccupied at the time of the fire, apparently in the final stages of remodeling.

Units at the scene were Park Ridge Engine 35, Tower 36, both Park Ridge ambulances and Battalion 35. Rosemont and Niles responded with trucks, Morton Grove with a squad, Norwood Park and North Maine with engines, plus ambulances from Lincolnwood and Elk Grove Village.

I arrived well after the fire was out and have images of the scene.

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Mutual aid companies on Chester. Larry Shapiro photo

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Rear of the house as seen from Chester. Larry Shapiro photo

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Norwood Park Engine 101. Larry Shapiro photo

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Park Ridge Engine 35 at the corner after finding a frozen hydrant. Larry Shapiro photo

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Tower Ladder 36 alongside the house on Chester.Larry Shapiro photo

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Deputy Chief Jeff Sorensen giving a press briefing. Larry Shapiro photo

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The hydrant in front of the house was froze. Larry Shapiro photo

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Park Ridge Tower 36 had two lines off. Larry Shapiro photo

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A Park Ridge firefighter picks up hose. Larry Shapiro photo

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The fire was on the rear porch of the house. Larry Shapiro photo

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Supply hose stretched to a secondary hydrant after the first hydrant was frozen. Larry Shapiro photo

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Norwood Park Engine 101. Larry Shapiro photo

More images can be viewed HERE.

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Norwood Park Box Alarm, 1-28-14 (more)

This from Steve Redick:

Here are the photos to match the previous video. From what I was told the fire involved the chimney and wood burning stove in the basement, and the fire ran up to the attic. Make no mistake it was bitter cold, several degrees below zero. It was tough to do anything. Finally got some shots of the new rig working. This was a done deal in very short order.

Steve Redick

 

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Norwood Park shift commander

Drew Gresik submitted an image of Car 111 from Norwood Park.

Norwood Park FPD Car 111

Norwood Park FPD Car 111 is a 2010 Chevy Tahoe. Drew Gresik photo

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New engine in Norwood Park

Steve Redick recently photographed the new Pierce Impel PUC that went into service as Engine 101 for the Norwood Park FPD. He submitted several images.

Norwood Park Fire Protection District Engine 101 Pierce Impel PUC

Norwood Park Engine 101 is a 2012 Pierce Impel PUC with 1,500-GPM pump and 750 gallons of water. Steve Redick photo

Norwood Park Fire Protection District Engine 101 Pierce Impel PUC

Side view showing the pump panel and driver’s compartment. Steve Redick photo

Norwood Park Fire Protection District Engine 101 Pierce Impel PUC

Pump panel closeup. Steve Redick photo

Norwood Park Fire Protection District Engine 101 Pierce Impel PUC

Rear view with chevron and covered hosedbed. Steve Redick photo

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