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Fatal fire in Rockford, 9-11-21

Excerpts from wifr.com:

A man is dead after a fire erupted in a home Saturday afternoon in the 1600 block of 9th Street in Rockford.

The Rockford Fire Department says the man was trapped inside at the fire room. When firefighters were able to reach him, he was already dead.

Another woman inside the home survived the fire and is being helped by the Red Cross for setting up emergency housing.

The fire remains under investigation but officials say it appears to be accidental in nature at this time.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from mystateline.com:

A 55-year-old woman was killed during a severe thunderstorm Wednesday after a tree fell on a trailer home in the Rockford Riverview mobile home park at 2530 S. Main around 10 a.m.

The Rockford Fire Department said three people were rescued from the home.

Family members identified her as Joy Gerken in a GoFundMe set up to raise money for her funeral

The National Weather Service recorded gusts of up to 60 mph during a severe thunderstorm which swept through the northern Illinois region.

woman dies after tree crushes her mobile home

Rockford Fire Department photo

woman dies after tree crushes her mobile home

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from rrstar.com:

All four finalists working to become the 11th chief in the history of the Rockford Fire Department already are high-ranking officers in the department. They were chosen as finalists from a field of 13 applicants. 

The Rockford Board of Fire and Police Commissioners is working to choose one of them to succeed Derek Bergsten, who in the spring accepted a job as fire chief of a Fort Collins, Colorado, department.

Finalists will answer questions during a public virtual forum online at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Each will take a turns answering questions. They won’t be able to hear the questions or how the other candidates respond. No questions will be taken from the live audience.

Trent Brass

Rockford Fire Department Capt. Trent Brass

 

Armed with a bachelors degree in assets protection and a minor in computer information systems from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, where he graduated magna cum laude, Trent Brass entered the business world in 1995.

He went to work for the DeKalb Fire Department in 1996, completing fire science training at the Elgin Fire Academy in May 1997. 

Brass was hired in Rockford in March 2001 after working five years as a firefighter-paramedic in DeKalb. Promoted to lieutenant in 2013 and captain in 2018, Brass has had a hand in developing and implementing some of the Rockford Fire Department’s most innovative programs.

He helped to develop and guide the department’s mobile integrated health program that works with SwedishAmerican Hospital to reduce unnecessary emergency room transports and visits while providing needed services to patients. He also helped to implement a new program that allows Rockford to transport patients, when appropriate, directly to a mental health treatment facility as opposed to an emergency room. 

Kyle Hill

Rockford Fire Department Capt. Kyle Hill

 

Kyle Hill, leader of the region’s hazardous materials team, is a 1990 graduate of Christian Life High School who got his start as a volunteer firefighter before hiring on with Rockford in 1999.

Promoted to lieutenant in 2010 and captain in 2017, Hill oversees Rockford Fire Station No. 7, where he is responsible for station maintenance, budgeting and record keeping in addition to managing firefighters and paramedics. 

He earned an associate’s degree in applied fire science from Rock Valley College in 2008 and a bachelor’s degree in public safety management from Southern Illinois University in 2020.

Among his proudest accomplishments was co-founding a small committee in 2007 that would go on to establish a memorial to honor fallen firefighters, police officer and EMS workers who had been killed in the line of duty. The memorial was dedicated in 2015 and Hill continues to work with the Winnebago County 9/11 Emergency Responders Memorial as treasurer of the organization.

Matthew Knott

Rockford Fire Department Division Chief of Administration Matthew Knott

An award winning Rockford firefighter and paramedic hired in 1997, Matthew Knott was promoted to division chief in 2009. He is currently in charge of administration and is responsible for planning, organizing, budgeting, directing and supervising the administrative and human resources divisions of the department. 

Knott was recognized with a Humanitarian Service Medal from the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System and Illinois Fire Chiefs Association for “outstanding individual and team actions” after responding to Hurricane Katrina in the fall of 2005. He has represented the fire department as part of Transform Rockford, Alignment Rockford, and myriad other community improvement efforts.

In addition to his certifications, Knott holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University in geology and master’s degree in industrial management-safety.

Knott is a proponent of metrics-based performance evaluations and continuous improvement policies. He has led fire prevention, public education, and arson investigation programs.

Michele Pankow

Rockford Fire Department Division Chief of Operations Michele Pankow

 

Michele Pankow could become the first woman to be chief in the history of the Rockford Fire Department, which dates back to 1880.

When a major disaster strikes the region like a tornado or large-scale incident, she is in charge of mobilizing the response and running the special operations center.

Over a 28-year career she has worked her way up the ranks serving as a firefighter, emergency medical services operations chief, lieutenant, captain, and district chief. She holds an associates degree from Rock Valley College, a bachelor’s degree in fire service management from Southern Illinois University and a master’s in public administration from Northern Illinois University. 

In 2017, Pankow became the first woman in the history of the Rockford Fire Department to attain the rank of division chief. She is in charge of all fire suppression and special tactical operation companies and directs emergency medical operations of the department.

And Pankow was recognized this year as an “everyday hero” with the 2021 Red Cross Disaster Services Hero Award.

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3-Alarm fire in Rockford, 9-2-20 (more)

Excerpts from wifr.com:

Edward Wash plead guilty to three counts of arson and will be sentenced on June 15. The 28-year-old man was found guilty of arson following three fires Sept. 2; one of those fires destroyed the former Metro Christian Centre Church.

The first fire happened at 6:24 p.m. at the church. At approximately 8 p.m., crews were dispatched to another structure fire at 313 7th St., and then at 8:09 p.m., the department responded to a dumpster fire at 125 South Madison St.

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Rockford ladder truck for sale

Found at Govdeals.com:

1998 Pierce Lance Split-tilt cab 105′ aerial quint for sale

1998 Pierce Lance 105' aerial quint for sale

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1998 Pierce Lance 105' aerial quint for sale

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Rockford fire engine for sale

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2005 Freightliner M2 106/Rosenbauer pumper

2005 Freightliner M2106 / Rosenbauer fire engine

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2005 Freightliner M2106 / Rosenbauer fire engine

2005 Freightliner M2106 / Rosenbauer fire engine

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Rockford heavy rescue squad for sale

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2000 HME/Smeal heavy rescue squad for sale

2000 HME/Smeal heavy rescue squad for sale

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2000 HME/Smeal heavy rescue squad for sale

2000 HME/Smeal heavy rescue squad for sale

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New engines for Rockford FD

From Randy Buttliere:

3- 2020 Enforcer PUC squads; 1,500-GPM, 500 gallons of water, 25 gallons of foam
Generator and 2-bottle cascade system
*supposed to replace 3 existing squads
Three 2020 Pierce Enforcer PUC fire engines for the Rockford Fire Department

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Three 2020 Pierce Enforcer PUC fire engines for the Rockford Fire Department

Randy Buttliere photo

Three 2020 Pierce Enforcer PUC fire engines for the Rockford Fire Department

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4-Alarm fire in Rockford, 10-24-20 (more)

From Tim Olk:

2500 Main Street in Rockford, two-story, vacant building over a city block long was well-involved on arrival

flames and smoke from commercial building fire

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4-Alarm fire in Rockford, 10-24-20

RockfordFire is on scene of a structure fire at North Main Street and Ford Avenue.

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