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Waukegan Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Waukegan Fire Department received a donation of 100 new smoke detectors containing a 10-year sealed battery with installation kits which comply with a new state law that requires all dwellings built before 1988, or which do not have hardwired smoke detectors, must have the new detector with a 10-year sealed battery installed by Jan. 1, 2023. Smoke detectors have been required since 1988. There were 91 residential deaths in Illinois last year. Most occurred in homes without functioning smoke detectors.

Supplied by the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance during a press conference Wednesday, the arrival of the smoke detectors initiated an effort in which the city plans to make sure all Waukegan residences are compliant as soon as possible. The city will work with landlords, real estate agents, and the general public to communicate in English and Spanish, the necessity of the smoke detectors and their availability. The fire department will install the new alarms for any resident who needs assistance. A phone call is all that is required. Rental property owners, not their tenants, are responsible for installing smoke detectors. Anyone who needs one will get it, regardless of their ability to pay.

While the new smoke detectors may be more expensive, saving the expense of replacing batteries twice a year for 10 years yields an overall savings which can be between $150 and $250 a year. After 10 years, the new equipment must be replaced.

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New truck for Waukegan (more)

95' Seagrave Marauder Aerialscope

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Excerpts from the Chicago.tribune.com:

A person trapped nearly 100 feet off the ground in Waukegan no longer needs to descend on a ladder guided by a firefighter/paramedic. People can now be rescued and lowered to the ground in a basket attached to the Waukegan Fire Department’s newest piece of equipment. The fire department took possession of its $1.4 million 95-foot Seagrave Aerialscope earlier this month enabling four firefighters and their equipment to reach the top of nearly any building in the city simultaneously.

Lt. Todd Zupec said the new truck is the first of its kind in Illinois. Unlike the older models, no ladder climbing is necessary.

Battalion Chief Brett Stickels said the new truck allows multiple firefighters to more easily reach a victim in need of rescue, or to attack a fire whether in a high-rise building or a traditional home. “We can put a victim on a stretcher, and lay the stretcher in the basket,” Stickels said. “A crane lowers them to the ground. A firefighter can be in the basket with them. It’s better to have the firefighter with (a victim) during the rescue. They descend gently. They don’t have to walk down 100 steps of a ladder anymore.”

Rather than one firefighter climbing a ladder carrying equipment, three to four can ascend together with their gear and move into position for a rescue or to extinguish a fire. While the weight limit is 1,000 pounds when the aerial is at a right angle, it can lift as much as 5,000 pounds when it is at a lesser incline. It can move a car out of distress.

The new truck replaces a 25-year-old 75-foot ladder truck which is well beyond its expected life.

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New truck for Waukegan (more)

From the Waukegan Fire Department Facebook page:

The Waukegan Fire Department began training on our new Tower Ladder. It’s working height is up to 95 feet.

Seagrave 95' Aerialscope

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New truck for Waukegan (more)

Delivery photos from the Seagrave website of the New truck for Waukegan

Marauder 141″ 95′ Aerialscope Non-Quint Platform for Waukegan Fire Department – Waukegan, IL

Apparatus:
95′ Aerialscope Non-Quint Platform
Chassis:
Marauder 141″
Model:
TV0HCT
Engine:
Cummins X12 500 HP
Pump Type:
N/A
Body Style:
Stainless Steel Aerialscope Body
SO#:
56237
Representative:
Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC
Marauder 141" 95' Aerialscope Non-Quint Platform for Waukegan Fire Department - Waukegan, IL

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1st Seagrave Aerialscope ever delivered in Illinois

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Waukegan Fire Department news

The Waukegan Fire Department is hiring

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Waukegan Fire Department news

Excerpts from Fox59.com:

The Waukegan Fire Department is urging people to not keep hand sanitizer in their cars due to the risk of fire after firefighters responded to a car fire Thursday afternoon. A preliminary investigation revealed the fire appeared to be caused by a small bottle of hand sanitizer that was left on the dashboard.

“The owner had been refilling with 80% alcohol sanitizer that was supplied by their employer. It appears sunlight shining through the windshield onto the sanitizer was enough to cause ignition,” the fire department said on Facebook.

By the time firefighters arrived, the fire was out. They said the owner sprayed some water through a hole in the windshield but it likely was extinguished due to lack of oxygen.

“The Waukegan Fire Department is aware of other incidents similar to this happening as more and more people are using a higher alcohol concentration hand sanitizer due to our current pandemic,” the department said. “As the heat of summer is near we STRONGLY recommend that hand sanitizers not be kept in cars.”

hand sanitizer ignites fire in hot car

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hand sanitizer ignites fire in hot car

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hand sanitizer ignites fire in hot car

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New truck for Waukegan (more)

updated photos of the 95′ Seagrave Aerialscope on a Marauder chassis for Waukegan that appears to be completed

Seagrave Aerialscope 95 for Waukegan FD

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Seagrave Aerialscope 95 for Waukegan FD

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Seagrave Aerialscope 95 for Waukegan FD

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Commercial fire in Waukegan, 6-15-20

Excerpts from the Waukegan FD Facebook page:

This afternoon around 3pm the Waukegan Fire Department responded to a working structure fire in a large strip mall in the 2300 block of Grand Ave. First arriving units found smoke and fire showing from the roof line of this 15 unit strip mall with a large attached medical building.

Chief Bridges would like to express how proud he is and hopes that everyone else should be as well with the firefighters that extinguished this rapidly advancing fire and safely mitigated a potentially disastrous outcome! The Waukegan spirit of teamwork was shining through the many community members who acted quickly to move vehicles that were impeding access to strip mall. The aggressive tactics deployed by firefighters prevented the fire from destroying both the medical building and adjacent businesses, over half of which reopened their doors within two hours. While there was some damage, much more extensive damage was prevented. We are pleased to share that there were no injuries.

Thank you to our neighboring fire departments who assisted and the Waukegan Police Department that handled traffic control and scene safety during the rush hour.

Waukegan Fire Marshal Lenzi is investigating the cause of the fire.

Waukegan firefighters battle commercial building fire

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commercial fire scene in Waukegan

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Waukegan firefighters battle commercial building fire

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Waukegan firefighters were called too 2323 Grand Avenue this afternoon after roofers apparently ignited a fire that caused heavy damage to the roof, facia, and stores below. The fire was upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm with a North Chicago engine and Gurnee truck to the scene plus multiple towns providing station coverage. The fire was extinguished in about 40 minutes.

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New engine for Waukegan (more)

Waukegan’s new Seagrave engine is in quarters getting ready to be put into service

new Seagrave engine in Waukegan IL

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New ARFF for Waukegan

Drawing of the Rosenbauer Panther 6×6 for the Waukegan Airport

Rosenbauer AARFF for the Waukegan FD

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