Firefighters were called to 20530 Williams Avenue in Lincolnshire Sunday morning 4/23/17 for smoke in a house. Companies made quick work of an apparent attic fire. Mutual aid at the scene included Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Prospect Heights, and Lake Zurich.
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This from Larry Shapiro:
Prospect Heights firefighters were called to 13 Alton Road Monday morning (11/28/16) for a reported garage fire. Battalion 9 arrived with smoke showing from the attached garage of a ranch house and upgraded the alarm to a Code 4 for the working fire. Companies made entry and found the source was debris burning in the garage. After checking for extension, the Code 4 units were subsequently released.
Excerpts from the DailyHeraldnews.com:
Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith was sworn in last month as the department’s fifth chief in its 72-year history. It came after a 35-year career with the department, including the last 16 as deputy chief.
But, more than the numbers, Smith says the appointment was a dream come true.
He met with Prospect Heights residents for the first time as chief during an open house Saturday and wrote a letter expressing his vision for the department in its latest newsletter.
He dates his experience to freshman year at Prospect High School, when he was a member of Mount Prospect’s civil defense unit as well as a member of a Fire Explorers Post in Des Plaines.
By the time he was a junior, Smith had joined the Northwest Suburban High School District 214 Fire Cadet program, which allowed him and 11 other students to attend school in the morning and spend their afternoons at the Mount Prospect Fire Station for training.
Rather than taking the traditional college path after graduation, Smith went to work as a technician at Northwest Community Hospital and at a private ambulance company before landing a role as a volunteer firefighter in Prospect Heights.
His own story reflects the current trend in fire service. Of the 50 full- and part-time firefighters and paramedics in Prospect Heights, nearly all have college degrees.
Smith worked his way up, from serving as the district’s medical officer to being promoted to lieutenant and, in 1989, to battalion chief. He was among the first full-time staff members hired by the fire protection district in 2000, along with Donald Gould, his predecessor as chief, and Tim Jones, who, like him, was a deputy chief.
As one of two deputy chiefs, Smith’s role was to supervise training as well as the district’s paramedic program.
Ten years ago, Smith’s dedication to fire service — and his community — was recognized when he was inducted into Prospect High School’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. His photo and plaque still hangs on the school’s wall of fame.
The Prospect Heights Fire District is currently accepting applications for Paid-On-Call/Entry Level Firefighter/EMT. See detailed information on our website under EMPLOYMENT/PART TIME (scroll down to POC information).
Applications are due no later than SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 @ 4:00 p.m.
Retirement ceremony and walk-out for Prospect Heights Fire District Chief Donald Gould, Jr.
From the phfire.com:
At the Mayor’s Breakfast held Saturday, April 30th, Mayor Helmer presented Chief Gould with the PROSPECT HEIGHTS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT award for his 49 years of service to the city as a member of the fire department.
Highlights of Chief Gould’s service with the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District include:
• Started in 1967 as volunteer firefighter cadet when in high school
• Attended Oklahoma State University’s School of Fire Protection
• Rose through the ranks as firefighter, lieutenant, captain, and assistant fire chief
• Appointed as the fire chief in 1988
• Hired as first full-time employee of the fire district in 2000
• Hired the first full-time staff in 2001
• Instrumental in starting paramedic service for Prospect Heights in 1985
• Remodeled and expanded the main fire station in 1991
• Opened the east-side fire station in 2006
• Obtained over $1,800,000 in federal and state grants
• Modernized the entire fleet of vehicles to include the purchase and replacement of ambulances and fire trucks
• Has maintained a healthy, financially sound organization with limited debt and a balanced budget for the past 27 years
• Currently maintains 9 firefighters on duty 24/7/365
Congratulations Chief Gould!
Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:
Residents in parts of Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights can expect quicker responses to emergencies after the two communities’ fire departments set aside long-standing differences this week to forge a new mutual aid agreement.
The deal, ratified this week by the Mount Prospect village board and Prospect Heights Fire Protection District, is the first between the two in five years. Such deals lay out when and where one department would respond to an emergency in the other’s jurisdiction.
“There was, I guess you would say, a difference of opinion,” Prospect Heights Fire Chief Donald Gould said. “We withdrew from the (previous) agreement, and now there is some new administration.”
The key point of dispute over the years, Gould said, concerned what part of each community an agreement should cover and he said the new agreement should mean faster response times.
“Some of the area of Mount Prospect is actually almost right across the street from our fire station (at Camp McDonald and Route 83),” he said.
Mount Prospect Fire Chief Brian Lambel told the village board Tuesday that he began reviewing agreements with neighboring communities when he took over as interim chief last summer. Since then, department representatives have met with the Elk Grove, Elk Grove Township, Des Plaines and Prospect Heights departments.
Lambel said that one area where he believed improved coverage is needed is the north side of the village, which borders Prospect Heights.
The new agreement came about after regular meetings between Mount Prospect Deputy Chief John Dolan and Prospect Heights Deputy Chief Drew Smith. Those laid the groundwork for Mount Prospect firefighters joining their peers from Prospect Heights and Arlington Heights in training exercises, and ultimately the aid agreement.
The deal is expected to improve fire response in neighborhoods near Camp McDonald and Elmhurst roads, as well as between Wolf and River roads, north of Kensington Road.
This from Larry Shapiro:
Day one of live-fire training in the 700 block of Elmhurst Road in Prospect Heights. The fire department has two houses available to them for training that are to be torn down for a new assisted-living facility.
More photos at shapirophotography.net
This from Larry Shapiro:
Prospect Heights firefighters were called to 702 S Elmhurst Road shortly before 9PM on Monday night (11/9/15) for fire in a vacant house. This was a house that they’d been training in that afternoon. Police called it in reporting heavy smoke with fire in the attic.
Wheeling, Long Grove, and Arlington Heights companies responded on the Code 3 alarm . The fire was contained in under 30 minutes and it never broke through the roof.
Here are some photos and a video.
More photos are at shapirophotography.net