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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

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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

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[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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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from rrstar.com

A $1.6 million flip-flop has restored a Rockford firehouse turned vehicle repair shop back to Fire Station No. 7, and could improve response times to fire and medical emergencies.

The Rockford Fire Department facility, located at 2323 Sawyer Road on the city’s southeast side, operated as a fire station from 1978 until 1991, when the department converted it into a fire vehicle repair shop. Firefighting operations shifted to 4979 Falcon Road under an agreement with the Chicago-Rockford International Airport.

It is hoped that restoring the Sawyer Road facility as a fire station and moving the repair shop to Falcon Road will help the department reduce how long it takes firefighters to get to emergency calls. Fire Chief Derek Bergsten said that for years the Falcon Road station exceeded the departmental response time goal of having 90 percent of all response times take less than 8 minutes, 12 seconds from a resident dialing 911 to the arrival of firefighters.

Station No. 7 houses Engine Company 7, Medic 7, and a hazardous materials response team. Last year, Engine 7 responded to 1,760 calls for service and Medic 7 responded to 1,105 calls for service.

The restored station will have a workout facility for firefighters, separate washrooms and showers for men and women and a computer-training area.

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Rockford Fire Department news:

Excerpts from wifr.com:

Some of the Rockford fire stations are seeing the wear and tear from decades of use. From the toilets to the showers to the roof and even the living quarters Rockford Fire Station 10 is just one of the many stations in need of some serious repairs.

“We’ve cleaned the floors and the toilet and everything it’s just old. I’ve been at this station for 12 13 years,” says Rockford Fire Lt. Kathleen Macias.

“All of our stations were built prior to 1989 except for station 3 which was built 2016,” says Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten.

Built in 1957, Station 10 is nearly six decades old, and like many others was built at a time when mostly men were on the department. At 3900 square feet the station only has one shower and two small bathrooms, and with 6 people including three women space can be tight.

The city is looking at putting together a schedule to determine which stations have to be rebuilt and or relocated as well as what repairs need to be made to bring some of them up to current modern standards. The cost for rebuilding a station is estimated anywhere from $5 to $6 million.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from wifr.com:

Rockford’s Fire Department is one of the first in the country to use drone technology to help with controlling fires and investigating them afterwards.

“It can stitch together a live map while you’re flying it, so basically you can have a damage assessment almost immediately available after flying it over a large area,” says Rockford Fire Leutenant, Trevor Hogan.

After recording footage, firefighters can make 3-D models of fire scenes.

The fire department mainly uses this technology for large building fires like the recent Hanley Building and two fires in vacant buildings on 7th St. in downtown Rockford. All three of those fires are still under investigation.

“You’re just collecting information/data that can be used at many different stages of the fire. Information can be used to keep people safer, firefighters safer,” says Hogan.

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from wrex.com:

There are two 911 call centers in Winnebago County, one for the county and one for the City of Rockford. 

The city and county continue to look at ways to be more efficient and collaborative, and one thing that is moving forward is consolidation of the two call centers. 

The fire department says it’s focused on technology first, and that could take as long as 18 months, but if the two centers combine, Fire Chief Derek Bergsten says it’s the citizens who benefit. 

“The biggest thing that citizens would have is they would have one answering point. They make one phone call, all the 911 calls come to one location, you don’t have to be transferred, it will be handled more efficiently and quickly, and then have less chance for errors,” said Bergsten.

Bergsten says there would still be the same number of dispatchers, so it’s not necessarily a cost-saving measure. 

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from wifr.com:

Finding out what or who is sparking fires in vacant buildings in Rockford is the fire department’s top priority.

Rockford Fire Department Division Chief Matt Knott says it’s “clear we have a fire problem” after a fourth vacant building was destroyed in an early morning fire on Thursday. The first fire happened at the old Hanley Furniture building on June 25th, followed by a fire on 7th Street a week later on July 2. On July 4, a third Rockford downtown building caught fire in the 800 block of South Main Street.

Investigators are actively working on finding the cause of a fire in the 600 block of 7th Street, the site of Thursday’s fire. Three of the four walls of the building collapsed.

The fire department says they are treating all the fires as independent events and have confirmed that there was no electricity in either the Hanley Building or the fire on South Main Street. Division Chief Knott says arson remains a possibility with some of the fires, but they are not ruling out other causes.

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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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