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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from wrex.com:

Every day, paramedics in Rockford are seeing drug overdoses and they believe the problem is getting worse.

“Sometimes you get five or six in a day, “said Firefighter/Paramedic Matthew Unger.

“If we go a shift without having one then we’re pretty lucky,” said Firefighter/Paramedic A.J. Dilonardo.

Getting called for an overdose every day isn’t out of the norm for Rockford firefighters. They are responding to overdose calls more than ever before.

In 2010, they had 181 overdose calls. It saw peaks and valleys the next few years; 241 overdose calls in 2012, 181 in 2015. But so far 2017 has overshadowed them all with 254 overdose calls just through October.

“Not always does it get called out as an overdose, sometimes it gets called out as an unconscious person, unresponsive,” said Dilonardo,

Rockford’s ambulances are stocked with Narcan. Paramedics say they sometimes have to give people two, three even four doses of it to save someone from their overdose. And it’s not just heroin they’re seeing people overdose on.

“St. Anthony has been giving us a lot of training in how to recognize not just heroin overdose but fentanyl, and even now tranquilizers. Stuff that’s used for large animals that people are getting their hands on, ” said Lt. Trevor Hogan

There’s another dangerous and powerful opioid paramedics are preparing to see hit our streets. One that could spike our overdose numbers even more. It’s called .

“There hasn’t been any cases around here. There’s certain areas in the country this has been occurring but it’s the next step we could be seeing,” said Hogan.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from wrex.com:

The Rockford Fire Department says Station 1 is just one of several that has been around for decades. 

“Some of the buildings are from the ’20s and goes through the ’50s and ’60s,” Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten says.  

From old air conditioning systems to a leaking roof and a water system that seems to back up, the department says it’s time for some of these facilities to get a face lift.  One of the key improvements it wants to make is revamping it’s layout to make sure the station is all on one level.

But, the City of Rockford says it’s facing a $10.2 million shortfall without any capitol improvements like the fire department needs. However, Mayor Tom McNamara says updating some Rockford Fire stations isn’t off the table.  A proposal with capitol improvements would cost the city an extra $2 million next year alone. 

At the end of the day, RFD says it’s all about providing their crews a suitable environment to work in. 

The city has until March 31 to approve a budget.  

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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from the dailynorthwestern.com:

The Evanston Fire Department announced at a Tuesday meeting that it is considering the implementation of mobile healthcare as part of its community outreach program.

In its first ever community meeting, the fire department sought input from Evanston residents for a review of their 2014 strategic plan, which remains in effect until 2020. Division Chief Paul Polep said though EFD primarily interacts with community members at their worst moments, the department is trying to expand its outreach.

But four police department officials were greeted Tuesday night by an empty room at the Levy Senior Center.

In a discussion of their strategic plan, Fire Chief Brian Scott said the department was considering investing in a cutting edge mobile integrated healthcare program to Evanston.

The mobile healthcare program would allow residents to be treated in their own home instead of at the hospital. Under the new model, a nurse practitioner or physician assistant capable of making diagnoses and writing prescriptions would be sent to the patient’s home.

“It’s a better way to better serve the community,” Scott said. “It’s a better way to address people who have chronic health issues because sometimes 911 is all they have.”

This program could also be used by residents who suffer from serious illnesses like diabetes.

The mobile physician assistants and nurse practitioners would be provided by Presence Saint Francis Hospital and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Scott said he looked to the Rockford Fire Department for inspiration after it implemented the program in 2014 through a partnership with SwedishAmerican. The fire department saw a 54 percent decrease in emergency department visits, a 38 percent drop in ambulance runs and a 28 percent reduction in hospital admissions by patients enrolled in the program.

The department’s goals extend beyond the mobile healthcare program. Scott said he also foresees the potential use of drones in future operations.

Scott, himself a recreational drone owner, said the drones could be used for extended operations including lakefront rescues and surveillance of buildings damaged by large disasters.

There will be two more community meetings on Nov. 4 and Nov. 15 where residents will have the opportunity to provide feedback regarding the strategic plan, Scott said. There is also an online survey where residents can express their expectations for the department.

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New ambulances for Rockford

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations and Thank You to Chief Derek Bergsten and the Rockford Fire Department. Rockford took delivery of 4 new Wheeled Coach / F450 4×4 Type 1 ambulances on 9/14/17. These state of the art medics have custom exterior and interior compartmentation, hoseline temperature controlled medication drawers, Knox Vault Medication security system, liquid spring suspension and the patented CoolBar HVAC system. All of this customization, and a delivery date under 3 months from order confirmation. Were thrilled to have Rockford Fire as part of the Fire Service, Inc. family!

4 new Rockford FD ambulances

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4 new Rockford FD ambulances

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4 new Rockford FD ambulances

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from rrstar.com:

A Rockford firefighter was injured, but not seriously, when he fell through a floor while battling a structure fire last week.

The firefighter, whose name was not released, was taken to the hospital where he was treated for injuries to his ribs and shoulder and released.

“No broken bones, just banged and bruised up,” Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten said. “He’s at home with his family.”

The Rockford Fire Department was called to 1223 15th Avenue just after 4:30 a.m. for a fire at a vacant two-family building. Firefighters found flames coming from the back of the building when they arrived and knocked down the main body of the fire within minutes.

The firefighter fell while trying to advance into the interior to get to the hot spots. He was heading up to the second floor when he fell through to the first, Bergsten said. Bergsten said it’s been about five years since the last firefighter injury of this nature.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from wifr.com:

The Rockford Fire Department welcomed 17 new recruits at a swearing in ceremony. That number includes two women, which is a 20% increase to the department.

Natalie Adasiewicz and Deserae Jenkins are two of the 17 who join the ranks of the Rockford Fire Department. Right now, Rockford Fire only has 10 women, and the department has made a push to add more numbers to the city. Adasiewicz says she is the fifth generation of firefighters in her family and being able to be an inspiration to other women is only part of her job.

All of the new recruits will now go through 14 weeks of training before they begin to respond to emergencies throughout Rockford.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from wrex.com:

Protect, serve and give back.  The Rockford Fire Department banded together to help others after one of their own nearly lost his life to cancer.

District Chief Dan Zaccard survived tonsil cancer and says he knows too well the difficulty some patients have swallowing food. He reached out to Rockford Fire Local 413, which raised nearly $2,000 to buy nutrition shakes for patients who need it.

“I didn’t eat for two months. I didn’t have have this liquid supplement. I would try to eat yogurt and stuff and sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. So I didn’t really get the benefit of this, but I’m hoping others will,” said Zaccard.

Thanks to more donations Zaccard plans to deliver more nutritional shakes soon.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from the rrstar.com:

The Rockford City Council approved an agreement that will expand the Rockford Fire Department’s mobile integrated health program, could reduce congestion in area emergency rooms, and decrease the number non-emergency ambulance rides.

Chief Derek Bergsten said under the program, Rockford firefighter paramedics will provide will conduct home visits with Medicare patients focused on preventative care, chronic disease management, and post-hospital discharge follow-up.

Humana at Home of Chicago will reimburse the city for the visits which will utilize existing staff and equipment. The cost to the city for fire department personnel and the vehicle for the program is an estimated $133,559 per year. Payments from Humana to the fire department are expected to total up to $8,400 per month and cover most of the cost.

While conducting a home health visit that can help reduce re-admissions into hospitals, fire department personnel also will conduct a safety check of the home or apartment. Those checks could include looking for trip hazards, making sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are operational, and providing residents with fire prevention information.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from wrex.com:

The Rockford Fire Department said a blaze started around 6 p.m. Saturday on the 1900 block of Kilburn Ave. Firefighters saved three people trapped by smoke on the first and second floors from a kitchen fire.

Fire officials say they were able to get the two adults and one infant out of the burning building. The two adult victims were sent to a hospital for their injuries where one is in critical condition and the other is in serious condition.

The fire department is investigating the exact cause and damage of the fire.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from wrex.com:

[The Rockford Fire Department received a] Metra train car, something the city has wanted for years. 

“When we first started this project back in 2015, that’s when passenger cars were supposed to be transporting people to and from Rockford,” said Rockford Fire division Chief Matt Knott. 

[Firefighters will] train for all kinds of emergency scenarios, which can also be used in statewide emergencies, as well.

“There’s also the opportunity for our members to be on urban search and rescue teams, and other statewide response teams, it certainly has value to those teams and they already have started to look at it and plan some trainings around it,” said Knott.

Both Rockford Police and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office say they’re are already brainstorming how to use the train for their officers.

“That allows us to do multi-things, not just on a SWAT or a tact team, but on a medical assist, and just moving forward and training with the other departments,” said Sheriff Gary Caruana.

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