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Park Ridge Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Michael Frazier, 17, a recent Maine South High School graduate, was honored by the Park Ridge City Council at an Aug. 5 meeting for his life-saving actions to help a fellow  student who collapsed while jogging around the school’s track in April.

Kevin Tomsia, the student who suffered the collapse, survived the incident and is doing well — thanks to Frazier and the more than two dozen people who came to his aid, all of whom were recognized by the Park Ridge City Council.

To honor Frazier’s life-saving actions, the Park Ridge Professional Firefighters Association gave him a scholarship to cover tuition for his emergency medical technician certification. That certification will be the beginning of Frazier’s post-secondary education at Harper College to become an emergency medical technician and paramedic.

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Commercial fire and haz mat incident in Park Ridge, 7-17-19 (more)

Photos from Steve Redick from the Commercial fire and haz mat incident in Park Ridge, 7-17-19

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Commercial fire and haz mat incident in Park Ridge, 7-17-19 (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

A fire was reported shortly after 5 p.m. at the former Harvey’s Marathon gas station at Oakton Street and Northwest Highway in Park Ridge on Wednesday afternoon. Heavy black smoke covered the immediate area while firefighters from several communities worked to get the fire under control.

A Niles firefighter and a Schiller Park firefighter suffered minor burns while fighting the fire and were treated and released from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

The building was loaded with approximately 90,000 pounds of calcium peroxide, a hazardous material that can be used as a decontaminate in soil. The material was brought to the building the previous day. The station has been vacant for several years.

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Commercial fire and haz mat incident in Park Ridge, 7-17-19

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Photos from Tim Olk of the commercial fire and hazardous materials incident at 969 Northwest Highway in Park Ridge 7-17-19.

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fire truck at fire scene

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fire truck at fire scene

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fire truck at fire scene

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fire truck at fire scene

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fire trucks at fire scene

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Firefighter decon at fire scene

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Firefighter decon at fire scene

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Working fire in Park Ridge, 4-28-19

Working fire at 1624 S. Prospect Avenue in Park Ridge 4/28/19 for a bedroom fire

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Park Ridge FD Engine 35

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Rosemont FD Engine 156

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Park Ridge Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Park Ridge Fire Department responded to 5,187 calls in 2018 — a new record. They responded to 370 more calls last year than in 2017. According to the fire department’s 2018 annual report, of the 5,187 total calls, 3,156 of them were for EMS services. Health care facilities count for about 13 percent of the department’s annual ambulance calls which have been steadily increasing for years. Two additional firefighter/paramedic positions were added in late 2017 to help address the rising number of calls. Contributing to the increase in calls for patient transports to the hospital is the number of nursing and senior facilities in Park Ridge.

The fire department has met with Advocate Lutheran General Hospital officials to map out the types of calls that warrant a response from paramedics and those that can — and should — be addressed by hospital staff. Emergencies within some buildings on the campus can be handled by hospital staff. Incidents that occur outside, however, may require an ambulance to respond because the hospital may not have the appropriate equipment to get the individual to the emergency room.

Through talks with the hospital, EMS calls to the campus fell by half during some months last year, but call volume overall did not decrease due to things like alarms or issues related to construction projects. Hospital staff is working with the fire department to reduce the use of department resources.

 

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New Rescue 36 for Park Ridge

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Park Ridge Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Five Park Ridge FD paramedics were recognized recently by the fire department and the city’s elected officials for their efforts in saving the life of a former Rosemont elementary school teacher last spring.

“My wife was a very sick woman the morning of May 11,” Park Ridge resident Tony Saracco said during the Oct. 16 recognition at City Hall. 

Firefighter/paramedics Paul Harris, Jeff Laube, Geoffrey Mleko, and Greg Woodford, and Lt. John Ortlund, each received an Outstanding Job Performance commendation for the advanced life support they provided Saracco’s wife, Bonnie, before taking her to the hospital, said Fire Chief Jeff Sorensen.

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New engine for Park Ridge (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

One year after announcing it was the recipient of a federal grant to purchase a new fire engine, the Park Ridge Fire Department debuted the new engine during a Sept. 11 commemoration ceremony at city hall.

The engine was purchased with a $500,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, with a $50,000 match from the city, the department said last year.

It replaces a truck that was 22 years old. Last year, Fire Chief Jeff Sorensen said the aging vehicle frequently required repairs and maintenance and, because many parts were not immediately available due to its age, it was out of service for extended periods.

The new engine has better safety features, including a rear back-up camera; less diesel emissions than the older vehicle; and it is capable of pumping almost twice as much water. It is assigned to the city’s south side station at Devon and Cumberland avenues. 

Terms of the FEMA grant that allowed the department to buy the truck dictate that the 22-year-old truck cannot be sold to another fire department or emergency services agency.

Purchase bids for the truck will be sought, Sorensen added. On Sept. 18, the City Council approved an ordinance authorizing the sale or disposal of the vehicle.

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New ambulance for Park Ridge

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2017 Horton conversion on a Ford F-550 chassis
Park Ridge FD ambulance

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Park Ridge FD ambulance

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Park Ridge FD ambulance

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Park Ridge FD ambulance

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Park Ridge FD ambulance

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From Bill Smaha:
Because the other two ambulances are less than 2 years old, this ambulance did not have any vehicle designation assigned. This will come at a later date. 

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