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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from wrex.com:

The Rockford Fire Department was given the green light to purchase four new ambulances.  Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten says the new ambulances will replace old vehicles that frequently break down due to wear and tear. The four ambulances cost $1,096,736 and will be paid for through the Fire Department Capital Budget. 

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This from the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

We would like to thank Chief Derek Bergsten and the City of Rockford Fire Department on their order of 4 new Wheeled Coach Type 1 Ford F450 4×4 ambulances. These will compliment the existing Wheeled Coach fleet with the reliable Cool Bar HVAC system, Knox Med Vaults, Hoseline temperature control cabinets and other customizations to enhance the delivery of EMS to the City. We’re pleased to have the City of Rockford FD as part of the Fire Service, Inc. family. Delivery late summer.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from mystateline.com:

“Everybody has that on the job. Everybody always has two or three calls that they’re going to remember.”

Rockford Fire Department Chief Derek Bergsten on the traumatic events that firefighters encounter in the line of duty. And although they all go home at the end of the day, he says sometimes, those experiences can have a lasting effect.

“We know that once you’re hired on the Rockford Fire Department or any fire or police, that you are going to see things that are going to impact your life, that are going to be engrained in your memory for the rest of your life,” said Chief Bergsten. “The big thing we really want to focus on now is how do you deal with that.”

That’s one reason the Rockford Fire Department has produced a new video. It’s an attempt to get firefighters to discuss traumatic stress they often hold inside. One of the biggest challenges they face is removing the stigma of needing help.

Dan DeGryse has been in the mental health field for the last thirty years, and has been with the Chicago Fire Department for 28 years. He is currently the director of the Florian Program at Rosecrance-one that is specifically tailored to attend to emergency personnel who understand where they’re coming from.

“You can really just have a conversation. That’s how treatment starts. It starts with a conversation,” said DeGryse. “We have to make it okay and when I say we, I mean everyone in the fire service, and the police and the military to get checked.”

Chief Bergsten saying it’s important those struggling know they’re not alone.

“You know, at the end of the day, everyone is a human being and we need to make sure that we provide the best support for those individuals.”

Rosecrance will be holding it’s second annual Florian Symposium September 21-22.

It’s a 2-day training for firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, military personnel, clinicians, and others where they will learn more about mental health, trauma, and peer support.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from wrex.com:

Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten says that response times have been an issue for Station 7 on the city’s south side for years. It’s why the station is moving north, from the airport  into the fire maintenance facility on sawyer road.

“The amount of calls in that area has been increasing, so us not meeting those service demands has definitely had an impact on patients and on fire and EMS calls,” said Bergsten.

According to the 2016 Standards of Cover Report, Station 7 had the worst emergency response performance out of all the city’s stations, taking more than eight minutes to respond to 18% of its EMS calls. That’s twice as long as the benchmark standard of four minutes.

The project’s been in the works for almost ten years, but finally moved forward when MercyHealth announced its new campus on Rockford’s east side. It’s a collaboration the chief says will benefit the community in more ways than one.

“To build a brand new station and fully staff it, the city did not have those funds. So, this was an agreement that was met with the city and mercy to take those funds for permit fees to recommission the station,” said Chief Bergsten.

Chief Bergsten says they expect to move into the new station by August 1.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from wrex.com:

Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten has been selected to join a national panel focused on the future of emergency medical services.  the EMS Agenda 2050.

Ten professionals with medical, fire and public health backgrounds will develop a roadmap of what the future of EMS holds for the country.

“I think the biggest idea is really linking up our emergency response to the entire health continuum. That involves the emergency room, the primary care physician that we’re all talking and working together to benefit that patient.”

Bergsten joins firefighters from LA, New York City and Boston on this panel. The first in-person meetings for the panel are scheduled for late 2017 in four cities across the country.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from the journal stand.com:

Rescue workers say a man who was kayaking in the Rock River near the Fordam Dam downtown will be OK after being pulled from the water.

Rockford firefighters were called to the area before noon Wednesday. A 46-year-old man in a kayak wearing a life preserver got caught in the strong current and needed to be pulled from the lower part of the dam. The cold temperature of the running water rendered the man unable to perform even the smallest effort, the Rockford Fire Department said.

Two men who were fishing on their lunch break from MegaFab helped rescue the man.

They drove from the west side of the river to the east bank, where they scaled a 10-foot fence with barbed wire at the top in order to reach the walk above the dam and drop the chain to the man.

They kept the man safe until firefighters arrived. The Rockford Fire Department described them as heroes in a news release.

Once firefighters arrived, they dropped a ladder and rescue rope down to the man. Two firefighters donned cold-water suits and went into the water to apply a rescue harness and help him up the ladder.

More with videos on the Rockford FD Twitter page

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from mystateline.com:

“This fills a huge service gap, our largest for the city by relocating that station out at the airport more up to that Harrison (and) 11th St. area,” said Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten, about the possibility of moving fire station number seven.

The relocation would mean the departments current repair shop on Sawyer Rd. would be replaced by station seven. The move would cost the city just over 1.2 million dollars, something Bergsten thinks is well worth the expense.

“Better response times, better coverage, and what that translates into is better protection for the whole city because now it keeps companies in there own still companies, instead of running into that area that has the high call volume,” he added.

Chief Bergsten says council has been supportive of the move. “They understand that we have not had any new facilities, any capital investment in over 25 years to the fire department,” Bergsten said.

“We want to make sure we keep them updated, make sure we keep things repaired in a nice clean order that everything functions properly,” he added.

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Cherry Valley Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from WIFR.com:

Cherry Valley officially has a new fire chief. After a 28 year career with the Rockford Fire Department, Division Chief Joe Corl is leaving one role to accept another as the fire chief of the Cherry Valley Fire Protection District.

Chief Coral says the first things on the docket will be replacing some equipment, a maintenance program, and working hard on recruiting part time firefighters.

District Chief Michele Pankow a 24-year veteran of the Rockford Fire Department has been named the new division chief of operations for the Rockford Fire Department.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from mystateline.com:

Rockford Firefighters conducted an ice rescue early Thursday morning after a woman reportedly jumped off the State Street bridge.

The woman was in the river on ice and conscious when firefighters arrived, but said she was hurt and unable to move.  Four divers used an inflatable raft to rescue her.

firefighters rescue victim on frozen river

Rockford Fire Department photo

firefighters rescue victim on frozen river

Rockford Fire Department photo

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from the rrstar.com:

Three children died in a Rockford house fire in the 2600 block of Mulberry Street Saturday.

The fire department received the call at 3:40 a.m. The first engine arrived and had heavy fire throughout the home. Firefighters initiated a search on the second floor but had to turn back because of the severity of the fire.

During a secondary search of the second floor firefighters found the bodies of the children and a dog.

Five people – a mother, her three other children and an adult male relative – safely escaped from the home after smoke detectors awakened them, said Rockford Fire Division Chief Matt Knott. The three surviving children were treated for burns at local hospitals.

Winnebago County Coroner William Hintz said the three children who died, two boys and a girl, were younger than 18.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. “We believe it originated in the back of the house near the kitchen or dining room area,” Knott said.

Smoke detectors were installed in the home by members of the fire department, Knott said, after a small extinguished fire occurred in the home in October. The October fire was accidental and not believed to be related to this fire, he said.

“We believe that one of the smoke detectors we provided did alert the family,” Knott said.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from the rrstar.com:

Three months ago Anthony Johnson received a diagnosis of Stage 2 rectal cancer. Recently he was given a promising outlook from his oncologist, along with a check for $3,600.

The 58-year-old Rockford man served in both the U.S. Army and Marines and has undergone radiation and chemotherapy since August. He has been unable to find employment because of his condition but hopes to get back to work following his final treatments in January.

The money comes as a donation from members of Rockford Firefighters Local 413, who did a T-shirt fundraiser for breast cancer awareness month to honor two of their own members who died from cancer. They then contacted the staff at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in search of someone who could benefit from the funds.

Derek Bergsten, chief of the Rockford Fire Department, said this is just one example of how the firefighters give back to the community.

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