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4-Alarm fire in Pleasant Prairie, WI 2-5-18

This from Jeff Rudolph:

02/05/18 

4335 94th st. Pleasant Prairie, WI

4th alarm

Several Illinois departments responded into Kenosha County to assist Pleasant Prairie with a fire in a large home . Newport, Winthrop Harbor, Zion, Beach Park, Waukegan, Antioch, and Gurnee responded to the scene. Several others filled in at their stations.

massive smoke from house fire

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heavy smoke from house on fire

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Firefighters with hose line battle a fire

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Gurnee Fire Department E-ONE Cyclone II fire engine

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Beach Park FD Seagrave fire engine

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Waukegan FD quint at fire scene

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Pleasant Prairie Fire Department news

Experts from kenoshanews.com:

Doug McElmury was 18 years old when he was quite literally roped in to helping rescue a girl who had fallen 60 feet off the rocks at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo. An avid rock climber, he and a friend were at the park to scale the cliffs when the girl’s frantic mother asked whether they were the rescue team responding to the mishap.

“So we got to the girl and the rangers came up, but the rangers weren’t trained in rope rescue,” said McElmury, fire chief for the village the last five years.

McElmury, who has since rescued many people and battled dozens of fires, will be retiring from the department on Monday following 28 years service. But it was helping to rescue the girl, who was on a scouting trip when she had slipped from the rocks, that began his long career serving the community.

He and his friend worked together with authorities bringing up the injured girl. After she fell she had struck a ledge 40 feet below before she fell another 20 feet.

McElmury later spoke with the emergency medical personnel about how he might be able to pursue a similar career. They encouraged him to join his local fire department.

In 1981, he started as a volunteer firefighter at the department in Wheatland and worked there for nine years. He worked part-time with an ambulance service in Lake Geneva and was a paid-on-call firefighter for that city’s fire department, as well.

All the while, he also started his own business using his ropes and rescue skills to train local firefighters.

At Gateway Technical College in 1989, McElmury taught a class with Pleasant Prairie Fire Chief Paul Guilbert on basic firefighting. It was Guilbert who encouraged him to apply for a firefighter opening there. He worked his way through the ranks, including a promotion to training officer, then to captain, and assistant chief.

In 2011, when Guilbert retired, McElmury was the interim chief and, eventually, the department’s top administrator. In the short time he has been chief, McElmury has overseen the expansion of the department from its Station 2 location at 8044 88th Ave. to a second location at the village’s main campus.

In the fall of 2015, Station 1 opened at 3801 Springbrook Road, to accommodate larger apparatus bays with new apparatus and specialized fire equipment, including a Zodiac boat, equipment trailer, and an ATV. The newer station also contains semi-private sleeping quarters.

This spring, McElmury and his 38 full- and part-time, and on-call firefighters trained on a new $1.1 million ladder truck that replaced an older truck which had been with the department for at least as long as he has been with it.

He credits the firefighters, support staff and the village’s administration — from community development to public works — for facilitating and anticipating challenges to help the department run smoothly.

He’ll be working part-time as a trainer for a California company that sells the kind of rope that pulled him in to rescue people in the first place.

“I’ll be able to travel round the country working for them teaching rope rescue, which is what my passion is,” he said.

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New truck for Pleasant Prairie, WI (more)

Excerpts from the Kenoshanews.com:

At 100 feet in the air, Fire Chief Doug McElmury and Pleasant Prairie firefighters train on the village’s new aerial fire truck.

For McElmury and his firefighters, this $1.1 million, state-of-the-art ladder truck is one a significant upgrade, replacing a 29-year-old version. The older truck, he said, is being sold.

The new truck was featured at the Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services Association Conference in January and took two years to custom design. It was approved in the village’s budget as part of scheduled equipment replacement.

He points out the nearby industrial park, which contains plants such as Emco Chemical and Rustoleum. But the village also has senior citizen apartment complexes that are multiple stories, as well as multi-family apartments.

The new … tower ladder  … is useful during rescues at multi-family units and senior housing …

The master streams … can be operated via remote … from a remote control unit that can be used to set the parameters of the stream, including oscillation.

“We can use them on a fog stream for flammable liquids, or to cool things down. Or, a smooth bore which will penetrate through if we need to get at some Class A combustibles or a building,” he said.

“We can actually back up about a quarter mile, and we can use a remote. Once we get the water flowing, we can back up and do it from there.”

The entire truck with the ladder weighs about 78,000 pounds, and the truck is 47 feet long and 11 feet high, equipped with LED lighting that enables it to be used as a light tower. With the remote control, firefighters are able to us thermal imaging to find hot and cool spots during a fire.

Running the truck will be the fire department’s pump operators. On Saturday, the crews on all three shifts finished the factory training. In-house training will go on for four or five weeks. McElmury said the community won’t be seeing the new rig on calls until April.

“This is a pretty complicated piece of equipment. Probably the most complicated piece of equipment most  departments own is an aerial.”

“There’s a lot that goes into this truck,” he said. “The ladder is the main feature seen on the truck, but what we really have here is a rolling toolbox.”

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New truck for Pleasant Prairie, WI

From the E-ONE Facebook page:

Happy #FireFighterFriday to Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue who arrived in Ocala, FL to inspect their new HP 100 Platform. Looking good! Thank you Fire Safety USA, Inc. #EONEStrong

Pleasant Prairie FD Truck 5632

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Pleasant Prairie FD Truck 5632

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Pleasant Prairie FD Truck 5632

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Pleasant Prairie Fire Department buys new fire truck

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Dust bin collector fire in Pleasant Prairie, WI 2-3-15

Images from Tim Olk of a dust bin collector fire in Pleasant Prairie, WI this week.

 

Pierce Quantum fire engine Pleasant Prairie FD

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dust bin collector fire

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firemen posing for group shot

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factory filled with smoke

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air boat used to clear smoke from huge building

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Pierce Quantum fire engine Pleasant Prairie FD

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firemen at winter fire scene

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Newport Township assists with MVA in Wisconsin

Jeff Rudolph took in an MVA involving a car and a tractor-trailer on I94 north of Russell Road, just across the Wisconsin border this afternoon. The Newport Township Fire Department responded with Ambulance 1441, Squad 1458 and 1400. Pleasant Prairie, Wi sent an ambulance, and Bristol, WI sent a squad and an ambulance. All three ambulances transported to Kenosha area hospitals. All injuries appeared to by yellows. There is ongoing construction on I94, and Bristol’s chief told Jeff that this was the third accident in a week in the same spot.

Motor vehicle accident Bristol WI

Newport Township Engine 1458 responded over the state line to assist Wisconsin companies at an MVA in the construction site. Jeff Rudolph photo

Motor vehicle accident Bristol WI

Bristol Fire Department sent their Pierce Lance heavy rescue. Jeff Rudolph photo

Motor vehicle accident Bristol WI

This tractor-trailer collided with a car. Three patients were transported. Jeff Rudolph photo

Motor vehicle accident Bristol WI

Firefighters from Bristol and Pleasant Prairie remove one of the car's occupants and carry him to an ambulance. Jeff Rudolph photo

Motor vehicle accident Bristol WI

Newport Ambulance 1441 transported one of the patients to a Kenosha area hospital. Jeff Rudolph photo

Motor vehicle accident Bristol WI

Paramedics prepare to load the patient is packaged onto a gurney. Jeff Rudolph photo

Motor vehicle accident Bristol WI

Another patient is removed from the car. Jeff Rudolph photo

Motor vehicle accident Bristol WI

The car sustained a fair amount of damage from the collision and spun completely around. Jeff Rudolph photo

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