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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from rrstar.com:

The Rockford Fire Department will hold a promotional swearing-in ceremony at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 in the University of Illinois college of medicine auditorium, 1601 Parkview Ave.

The ceremony will be for the following personnel: Captains Luis Duran, William Hyde, and Slade Berry to district chief; Lieutenants Trent Bass, Matthew Lawrence, and Rodriguez George to captain; Firefighter/paramedic Brian Park to emergency medical services coordinator; drivers/engineers Kevin Mottor and Curt Beilfuss and Firefighter/paramedic Rebecca Tyo to lieutenant; and inspector Sonny Chanthaphone, fire prevention coordinator Timothy Morris, and firefighters/paramedics James Eichenberger, Andrew Bolhous, Brett Beaman, Jody Bausic, and Miguel Holland to driver/engineer.

Recognition also will be given to eight recruit firefighters including Jacob Aldrich, Andrea Capriotti, Mario Duran, Jacob Ellenby, Nicholas Gazouski, Sergio Martinez, Michael McCracken, and Kayla Schram. Jacob Hendrickson of the Belvidere Fire Department and Brady Franks of the Rock Falls Fire Department also will be recognized.

Excerpts from wifr.com:

At the second to last Rockford City Council meeting of 2019, aldermen approved a number of proposals, including the lease of three new fire engines and one ladder truck.

“Our firefighters live and work out of the fire stations, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and they’re always there. These little things make a big difference and we hope to continue that, we hope to continue to provide better facilities, better services that we can provide and ultimately, that translates to better services for the citizens,” said Rockford Fire Department Division Chief Matthew Knott.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from rrstar.com:

City officials say opening the Rockford Fire Department vehicle repair shop on Falcon Drive to other fire departments is paying dividends by covering the cost of an extra mechanic and producing a modest profit for the department. Not only does the program raise revenue, but it also gives the department an extra set of hands to repair and return Rockford fire equipment to service quickly after a breakdown. Now the department is trying to spread the word to other departments that it can repair their fire trucks fast and at good price.

Rockford piloted the program this year. Through October, the program had generated $102,863 by performing fire truck and equipment repairs for area fire departments and districts that might otherwise have to travel into the Chicago suburbs to find a qualified repair shop. The Rockford shop is ASE Blue Ribbon Certified and staffed by fire equipment specialists who are emergency vehicle technician and automotive service excellence certified.

Rockford is now hiring a permanent fourth mechanic to expand the shop’s repair capacity.

When at full capacity, the hope is to bring in $150,000 in revenue, which would cover the cost of a fourth mechanic’s salary and benefits and bring $72,700 a year into city coffers.

The program is the result of work by a 2018 resident-run financial task force in consultation with the National Resource Network. A report from the consultants told Rockford officials they had to change the way they did business in order to avoid severe future deficits as the cost of pensions continues to escalate.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from mystateline.com:

Rockford’s oldest firefighter, Max Kirschbaum, passed away over the weekend. He became a Rockford firefighter in 1948, serving on the rescue squad at Fire Station 3. 

One of his biggest feats was saving a little boy who fell 75 feet down a well. Once he retired from the fire department, he stopped back in to visit with friends. In 2015 he went to the open house for the new Fire Station 3.

He is survived by two daughters, a son, and seven great grand children who grew up hearing stories about Max playing chess in the fire house. 

Funeral arrangements can be found HERE.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from mystateline.com:

On Monday, the Rockford Finance and Personnel Committee approved changes to ambulance service fees. The new policy would only charge insurance companies and eliminate costs to Rockford residents. Non-residents would still have to pay the outstanding balance.
 
City officials hope the move will give forest city residents some financial relief in the future. The change would also increase the transport fee to $1,500. Currently the fee for residents is $600 to $800 and about $1,400 for non-residents. The changes will not affect patients covered by Medicare or Medicaid. Early projections show the new flat fee will help the city’s bottom line.
 
The changes will be up for vote at the next full city council on Monday, April 29th. 

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Fatal fire in Rockford, 4-19-19

Excerpts from mystateline.com:

The Winnebago County Coroner says a 56-year-old woman was killed in a fire Friday morning in the 800 block of 18th Street, not far from Churchill Park and Keith Creek just before 3 a.m.

Rockford fire officials say after arriving, they could see smoke and flames coming from the outside. Five minutes after arriving, they went inside, where they found the victim. She was taken to the hospital, where she later died. Three dogs also died in the blaze.

Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten says there’s an easy way to prevent these kinds of tragedies. “One thing we would like to emphasize is make sure you have working smoke alarms. That’s imperative so that you can get early notification that you do have a fire in your house so you can exit in a safe manner. This is our second fire fatality this week and we want to make sure everyone has working smoke alarms.”

Bergsten says the fire only took 30 minutes to extinguish, and that the cause is still under investigation.

 

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Fatal fire in Rockford 4-16-19

Excerpts from mystateline.com:

Rockford firefighters discovered smoke upon arrival around 1:30 a.m. coming from a home in the 1000 block of North Court Street. They discovered a 27 year old man inside, on the second floor. Despite efforts from first responders firefighters and hospital personnel to revive the victim, he later died at Rockford Memorial Hospital.

A firefighter was also injured, but is expected to be okay. The estimated loss is around $10,000 dollars, and the fire is still under investigation.

Scene of a fatal fire in Rockford, I

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New ambulances for Rockford

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Fire Service, Inc. would like to congratulate Chief Derek Bergsten and the City of Rockford Fire Department on their recent delivery of two 2019 Wheeled Coach Type 1 F450 4×4 ambulances. These are the 15th and 16th Wheeled Coach units Fire Service, Inc. has provided to Rockford Fire. Rockford has incorporated a custom designed unit, affording the exterior storage to accommodate the suppression needs as well as interior accommodations to provide the highest level of Advanced Life Support within their city. These units have driver and passenger side SCBA/ turnout gear storage, Whelen warning systems (including M Series LED exterior warning and flood lighting, Whelen dual amp and Howler Siren and interior LED lights), Stryker Power Load systems, Stryker Power XT Cots and stair chairs, Hanscom driver back up and interior module cameras, Knox Med Vault, Dometic temperature controlled medication drawer, IMMI Per4Max restraint systems, and Paramedic Design acrylic organizers. With KKK Change notice 10 interior cabinets, patented Wheeled Coach Cool Bar HVAC system, and a full reflective graphic package, these urban Type I ambulances are ready for an EMS mission ready response. Rockford has chosen Fire Service, Inc. and Wheeled Coach as their provider for ambulances since 2012 based upon the quality, durability, and reliability of the product accompanied by world class service and support at the dealer level. This is a significant partnership between Fire Service, Inc. and the City of Rockford, and we couldn’t be happier to have them a part of the Fire Service, Inc. family. Rockford FD Medic 6 will be on display at FDIC April 11-13 at the REV Ambulance Group booth #4321.

new Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance for the Rockford Fire Department

Fire Service, Inc. photo

new Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance for the Rockford Fire Department

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Rockford FD Medic 5

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new ambulance interior

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New engines for Rockford

From the Global Emergency Products Facebook page:

We want to thank the City of Rockford Fire Dept. for the recent order of three (3) new Pierce Enforcer PUC pumpers! 

 

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New quints for Rockford

From the Pierce Flickr page:

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Pierce Rockford Fire Department, IL 32582-02

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Pierce Rockford Fire Department, IL 32582-03

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from mystateline.com:

Ryan Curry is an Iraq veteran who does charity work through his group “Beneath the Beard,” which was formed to help military veterans with PTSD.

On Tuesday, some of Curry’s colleagues from the Rockford firefighter’s union invited him out to Old Chicago for lunch. “I was getting a hold of some other people with the fundraising things we were doing, and a police officer came in and said someone had hit my car,” said a surprised Curry. What started as a white lie ended with a wounded Marine vet receiving a much needed pickup truck. 

The Rockford Firefighters Local 413 raises money each year to purchase cars for wounded vets, and Curry was this year’s winner.

“I got wounded in Iraq in 2006, August 30th,” Curry said. “I hit and IED and I hit a lot of them. So, that was my 7th concussion within 30 days, so I had some damage to my frontal lobe. The final time I hit, I put some shrapnel in my body, and severed by ear drums.”

Curry’s mission didn’t end in Iraq. He learned that, in order to help himself, he had to help others. “I felt that this natural, little part of us that helps us, mentally helping somebody else, and that kind of catches on, and that’s where it has kind of gone from,” he said.

Curry’s work with the department involves charity work, collecting donations and delivering them to the people who need them. Over the past few months, firefighters noticed that he was making multiple pick-up runs in his old car. “We raised close to 80 turkeys, and I delivered them to all the veterans in hospice care and people who are in need,” Curry said. “It takes a lot of trips in my old vehicle, so I can load the back of [the new pickup truck] with Christmas gifts.”

“It was important for us to touch base with Ryan and acknowledge his service, and the sacrifice he made,” Firefighter Christopher Scol said. “And not just the sacrifice he made, but when he got back from being deployed [in the military] and dealt with his personal issues and injuries, he continues to serve the community in a capacity that’s just inspiring.”

To help Curry in one of the many causes he is involved in, visit beneaththebeard.org

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