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From the Prospect Heights Fire District:

We are recruiting for our POC program. POCs attend the NIPSTA Fire Academy and transition quickly to part time employees. This is an excellent opportunity for those who can commit to the fire academy schedule and want to begin a fire service career. The residency requirement is flexible and used as one tool in selecting applicants. Typically, each year three applicants are selected for this program.

APPLICATION PERIOD IS CURRENTLY OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 19, 2018

CAREFULLY REVIEW ALL INFORMATION PRIOR TO SUBMITTING APPLICATION

Information and link to application herehttp://www.phfire.com/content/paidoncall/

General Requirements for Paid-On Call Membership

In order to be considered for Paid-On-Call (POC) membership (employment) with the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District (PHFPD), the following minimum requirements must be met.  The requirements include, but are not limited to:

In order to be considered for Paid-On-Call (POC) membership (employment) with the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District (PHFPD), the following minimum requirements must be met.  The requirements include, but are not limited to:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Reside within approximately ten (10) miles of the fire station.  More importantly, meet performance requirements of fire district. Persons living more than ten (10) miles will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  
  3. Be in good physical condition and mental health and able to perform strenuous manual labor.
  4. Be of good moral character and not had any serious criminal activity history as determined by a background investigation conducted by the PHFPD using fingerprint submission to the Illinois State Police and FBI and request for Drivers License Abstract from the Secretary of State.
  5. Possess a valid class D Driver’s License issued by the state in which the applicant resides. 
  6. Be a High School graduate or possess a GED certificate.
  7. Be an U.S. citizen or possess work authorization from the U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization.
  8. Possess a valid and current EMT-B or paramedic license from the IDPH.
  9. Possess proof of completion within the 12 months prior to application of the Candidate Physical Ability Test – CPAT.NOTE: You must present a valid CPAT with ladder climb card or certificate with your submitted application AND again at time of job offer, present a valid CPAT card or certificate. Valid means not more than 12 months old.
  1. Upon acceptance pass a psychological evaluation, physical examination, and drug screen.

Complete position descriptions as well as hiring policies and procedures of the PHFPD are available upon written request to the Fire Chief.

 

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Deck fire in Prospect Heights, 8-9-18

From the Prospect Heights Fire District:

Companies responded to the listed location for a report of a structure. Prior to arrival dispatch informed responding units that the fire was on the rear deck and had been extinguished. Following an investigation, a smoldering fire from a planter box had dropped smoldering materiaal onto the the rear balcony deck and caused a deck fire. Firefighters cut and removed a deck board along with some trim and checked for extension, then proceeded to wash down the area and completed extinguishment.

Companies at the scene:
Prospect Heights E9, Twr9, E39, Batt. 9 and 900. Wheeling E23, MP Twr13, and MP A14.

Prospect Heights fire engine on the scene at Rob Roy

Drew Smith photo

Firefighters overhaul deck after a fire

Drew Smith photo

CAD printout of Prospect Heights FD incident

CAD printout

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5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 (more)

Press Release River Trails Condos Fire-1 Press Release River Trails Condos Fire Press Release River Trails Condos Fire

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5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 (more)

second part of the video from Larry Shapiro of the 5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18

 

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5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 (more)

Larry Shapiro video (part 1) 

 

More photos from the 5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 

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Massive fire destroys 3 apartment buildings on McIntosh Court in Prospect Heights, IL 7/18/18. Tim Olk photo

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

When firefighters responded to a fire at one of the 16 buildings that make up the River Trails Condominium complex in Prospect Heights Wednesday afternoon, they knew the blaze could quickly get out of hand.

Investigators said a juvenile accidentally ignited the blaze. No charges have been filed. The blaze started in a second-floor unit in the southernmost building on McIntosh Court and rapidly spread upward and outward. Once it reached the attic, the blaze had unfettered access to the other three buildings. The mansard-style roof that hangs over the third floor also allowed the fire to glide effortlessly along the structure’s side as the flames fed on air inside the enclosed eaves. A mild breeze then helped stoke the flames.

Firefighters made every attempt to stop or slow the spread of flames, but they were thwarted by the fire’s ability to keep moving until it got to the northernmost building. There, they made a successful stand against the encroaching flames.

“We tried to cut in several spots before that to try and stop it,” Prospect Heights Fire District Chief Drew Smith said. “It was a futile effort. If this would have happened at 1 a.m. instead of 1 p.m. like it did, I don’t know how this would have turned out.”

Fire safety officials blame the speed and scope on a lack of modern fire safety devices and construction. The 46-year-old complex had no building-wide fire alarms, sprinkler systems, fire walls or attic separators — all fire safety features that experts say would have stopped or significantly slowed the inferno.

New apartments are required to have sprinkler systems, firewalls to keep fires from spreading to other units, and attic separators that restrict overhead air flow in the building to lower the risk of fires spreading. None of the buildings that burned Wednesday had those, and none had building-wide fire alarms. Because of their age, the Prospect Heights buildings were not required to have those fire safety measures in place.

And under current city code, if the apartments are rebuilt, they still might not have them. If more than 50 percent of the buildings that burned are salvageable, the city can’t force the owners to retrofit the buildings to comply with modern fire codes.

Prospect Heights Fire District Chief Drew Smith warns against rebuilding the apartments as if nothing happened. “We are going to meet with the city and try to put forth a strategy for what comes next,” he said. “We need them to have a fire alarm in these buildings, at the very least.”

On Christmas Eve morning 2006, a blaze caused by Christmas lights in a second-floor unit had the entire third floor engulfed in 10 minutes. That fire also spread to a neighboring building, though firefighters were able to quickly extinguish it. In the end, only 30 percent of the building was destroyed and it was reconstructed without a sprinkler system or other modern fire suppression measures.

Estimates indicate retrofitting existing buildings with sprinklers costs between $2 and $7 per square foot, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The 16 buildings at River Trails contain roughly 380,000 square feet of living space, putting the estimated cost at somewhere between $760,000 and $2.7 million. That the cost would require a special assessment that would possibly be passed on to renters, who might then be priced out of their homes. Most of the River Trails units are individually owned and rented out to others. 

Several towns require sprinklers in new construction of single-family homes.

thanks Dan

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5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 (more)

This from Steve Redick:

This last Wednesday I attended the major fire in a condo complex that destroyed 3 full buildings and part of a 4th in Prospect Heights. 96 Units were damaged or destroyed leaving many homeless. The fire began in a second floor unit in a very remote section of the complex and penetrated the mansard style roof and cockloft/ attic space. Tremendous efforts were made in the form of multiple trench cuts and opening the mansard in several places as well as a great deal of interior operations. In the end several master streams were also utilized. It has been said this is the largest MABAS response in the area since the Arlington Park Racetrack fire many years ago. Enclosed are a few images from the 4 hours I was there observing. All the images can be seen here on my website.
 
I am also enclosing an aerial view of the complex.
Steve
heavy fire along mansard roof

Steve Redick photo

Firefighter vents mansard roof

Steve Redick photo

heavy smoke from building fire

Steve Redick photo

heavy smoke from building fire

Steve Redick photo

Firefighters climb aerial ladder at building fire

Steve Redick photo

Firefighters climb aerial ladder at building fire

Steve Redick photo

Steve Redick photo

heavy smoke from building fire

Steve Redick photo

heavy smoke from building fire

Steve Redick photo

heavy smoke from building fire

Steve Redick photo

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5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 (more)

This from Nick Neziri:

A few photos I took of the Prospect Heights 5th Alarm on 07/18/2018.

-Nick Neziri

apartment building destroyed by fire

Nick Neziri photo

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5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 (more)

more photos from the 5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 

Buffalo Grove Quint 27 at a fire

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Arlington Heights FD Engine 4 at a fire

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Glenview FD Truck 14 working at a fire

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Prospect Heights FPD fire trucks at fire scene

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5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 (more)

Photos from Dan McInerney of the 5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18

heavy fire guts apartment building

Dan McInerney photo

 

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5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 (more)

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

Firefighters in Prospect Heights kept an eye on hot spots Thursday morning after a condominium complex went up in flames and hundreds of people were left homeless. Police believe a 12-year-old child started the fire. He was possibly playing with a lighter. The fire investigation is still underway. Fire officials said it started in a single unit.

The fire triggered a massive response. Hundreds of people lost everything as they watched the flames spread, tearing through three large buildings in the 800-block of McIntosh Court. Officials said 96 units were destroyed. The hollowed-out design of the roof allowed the flames to spread unpredictably. Because of its age, the 50-year-old complex was not required to have sprinklers.

Families have been coming back to see if they can get inside but they are being turned away. Hundreds of people want answers after they watched their homes burn.Emotions ran high as residents confronted the Prospect Heights fire chief Thursday morning. Many were upset that the fire burned for so long and over the preliminary cause of the fire.

“Kids play with things all the time and that’s basically what we’re trying to get to the bottom of whether or not there was any intent and I’m not prepared to comment. It looks accidental at this time,” said Prospect Heights Police Chief Al Steffens.

“Right now we’re basically just monitoring the situation to make sure the fire doesn’t flare back up,” said Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith.

Lakewood Chapel in Arlington Heights and the Red Cross are working together to help hundreds of residents and their families who were forced out of their homes. The Red Cross had 100 cots delivered to the shelter at the church. They were also assisting with food and water. This is where 70 people slept last night as a result of being displaced by the fire. Some have gone to work. Others are simply trying to figure out the next step.

Many area restaurants are donating food for the folks who will be staying there. Other residents are donating clothing, baby food, all of the essentials you don’t think about when you have them. There are also comfort dogs present to help people who are having emotional difficulty.

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