This from Kevin Griffin:
The Tinley park fire department responded to a rollover crash with extrication at the cvs at 167 and Harlem
Just wanted to share some photos I took of the vehicle vs pedestrian Thursday night in Tinley Park at Harlem Ave and 171st St. Harlem Ave was completely shut down for some time. One patient was transported. More photos can be found here: http://codephotography.smugmug.com/Fire-Vehicles/Tinley-Park-Fire-Department/
Tinley Park trustees voted Tuesday night to drop the village’s longtime ambulance services provider in favor of a new company, a move village officials said would save the village about $800,000 over the life of the contract.
A new agreement, between Kurtz Ambulance Service and Tinley Park, is worth $3,758,531 and lasts four years from Aug. 1 through July 31, 2018. Kurtz will replace Tinley Park’s current provider, Trace Ambulance.
Under the agreement, Tinley Park will see an increase in ambulances dedicated to the village from four to five during peak service hours, Public Safety Chairman Brian Maher said. All ambulances servicing the village will also be required to be equipped with GPS systems.
“We’re getting a more sophisticated system with Kurtz in terms of tracking ambulances,” Maher said, noting that village officials will be able to pull up each ambulance’s location under the new agreement. That capability would not be there with Trace, Maher said.
More than 5,000 emergency calls for service come in to Tinley Park each year, Emergency Management Agency Director Pat Carr has said.
Kurtz Ambulance Service provides ambulance services to 26 different communities around the Chicagoland region, Kurtz COE Tom Vana said. Vana said his company would give hiring preference to paramedics currently working in the village and said it had already received over 40 resumes from locals waiting to see if Kurtz received the contract.
Through its family and management team, Trace has been the town’s ambulance provider since 1979 except for one brief interruption, Trace President Christopher Vandenberg told the village’s Public Safety Committee earlier this year. At that meeting, Vandenberg reminded village officials that the one time Tinley Park went with another company in the 1990s the vendor went bankrupt.
Trace Ambulance is based in Tinley Park.
One woman stood up to question the board’s commitment to local businesses in light of the ambulance contract situation.
“As a board, as a village, we preach shop Tinley Park,” the resident said. “We’re sitting with an ambulance company that has given us great service over the years yet we’re willing to throw that away?”
After the meeting, Maher said the village has a policy that it will select the local vendor in situations where there is a 5 percent difference between proposals. But that was not the case between Kurtz and Trace.
“I can’t justify paying 21 percent more just because the company is here in Tinley,” Maher said.
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This from Karl Klotz:
Tinley Park: Still Alarm 6/4/2014Tinley Park, Oak Forest and Orland were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 16300 block of Parliment Dr. The first arriving engine company reported smoke showing from a two-story single family house. The fire was in the garage portion of the house and confined to that area.Companies responding were:TPFD-E201, E202, E203, TL204, Orland T4 and Oak Forest E12
This from Steve Redick:
We spent the day at Indy yesterday…and we were 90 minutes out of town when they had the big job so we missed it. We did catch this job in the far southern suburb of Tinley Park when we got back to town. It was just about done when we finally found it, and 1 victim was removed prior to our arrival and did not survive. Here are some rig shots and some overall scene shots. This is an area I never get to, so these are some new sights for me…
‘Run for Your Life’ Safety 5K Run/Walk
The Tinley Park Fire Department and the nationally accredited Tinley Park Fire Prevention Bureau will host the second annual Run for Your Life Safety 5K at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 4 at the 80th Avenue Metra train station, 18001 S. 80th Ave., Tinley Park.
The event will again raise money for the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s Camp I Am Me, which is the first accredited burn camp in the United States for children ages 8 to 16 who are burn survivors. Last year, the event raised more than $13,000 for the camp through sponsorships and participation.
The run begins promptly at 8:30 a.m., and race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. Participants can park and register in the station’s south parking lot. Packets will be given prior to the start of the run.
Preregistration costs $20 and closes at 3 p.m. April 25. Registration after April 25 costs $25, and family registration costs $50. Completed registration forms must be submitted for each participant. T-shirts and a commemorative fire patch will be given to all preregistered participants.
Tinley Park Fire Prevention Bureau
Attn: Life Safety 5k Run/Walk
17355 S. 68th Court
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Participants also can drop off their registration forms in person from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the above address.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, click here.
For more information, call (708) 444-5200.
This from Kevin Griffin:
Tinley park was called for an accident at oak park avenue and 163rd place. Battalion 201 arrived on scene with a two-car crash with airbag deployment. Truck 201 and Engine 202 arrived at the same time. Truck 201 stayed on the scene and Engine 202 was returned. A young female was transported to the hospital.