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Western Springs Fire Department news

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At Monday’s village board meeting, Western Springs Fire Department Capt. Steve Smith was sworn into the assistant chief’s position.

Smith has been with the department since 2001, when he graduated from its fire academy. His public safety career began in 1988 in his hometown of Closter, New Jersey, where he became an emergency medical technician. He moved to Western Springs with his family in 1999.

Smith has been in charge of outfitting members with personal protective equipment, running the pump-testing program and training members to drive the department’s vehicles, among other things.

For his full-time job, Smith is the multi-site director of patient safety for Advocate Aurora Health.

Also on Monday, Lt. Karl Hammond was promoted to captain.

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New engine for Western Springs

posted 7-11-22 on FB by Western Springs Department of Fire and EMS

Elected officials, members of the department, staff, residents, and even a few future firefighters, gathered to celebrate the arrival of  Engine 1711 today at Fire Station 1.

We are grateful to House Leader Jim Durkin, who supported our efforts to secure grant funds for the purchase of this new fire apparatus.; #Pierce; #FireTruck; #westernSpringsFD;

Village of Western Springs Fire Department – pumper. Delivery Date: May 16, 2022. Job Number: 36516. Pierce composite; #Pierce; #FireTruck; #westernSpringsFD;

Western Springs FD photo; #westernSpringsFD;

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Western Springs FD photo

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Area apparatus orders

Here is a list compiled by Josh Boyajian of current area apparatus on order:

Alsip – Seagrave Engine

Berwyn – E-One Metro 100 Low Profile Ladder

Blue Island – Sutphen 100’ MM Ladder

Bolingbrook – (2) E-One Engines

Buffalo Grove – E-One Engine

Carol Stream – E-One RM Tower Ladder

Cicero – Pierce Impel Engine

Crestwood – (2) Seagrave Engines

Geneva – Pierce Ascendant Ladder

Hampshire – Pierce Enforcer PUC Engine

Joliet – E-One RM Tower Ladder

Lisle Woodridge – Pierce Ascendant MM Tower

Lockport – Seagrave Apollo Tower Ladder

Lombard – Pierce Enforcer Engine

Melrose Park – Pierce Impel Engine

Morton Grove – E-One EMAX Engine

Oak Brook – Pierce Ascendant Ladder

Oak Brook – Pierce Enforcer Engine

Norwood Park – Pierce Ascendant MM Tower

River Grove – Ford E-450 Wheeled Coach Ambo

Skokie – Pierce Enforcer Engine

Stickney – Ford F550 Horton Type 1 Ambo

Sugar Grove – Sutphen Engine

Thornton – Sutphen 75’ MM Ladder

Tri State FPD – Pierce Enforcer Ascendant Ladder

Western Springs – Pierce Saber Engine

Westmont – Pierce Impel Engine

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Western Springs Fire Department news

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On a night deemed bittersweet, the Western Springs Village Board with fire department staff and members of the Hinsdale and La Grange fire departments took time Monday to send Capt. Steve Heinzelman off to retirement.

One of Heinzelman’s most noted achievements in his 22 years with the village was the response he organized to Hurricane Harvey’s catastrophic flooding across Texas in August 2017. Officials said he reached out to fire departments near Katy, Texas, found out what firefighters there needed and organized a collection drive.

Heinzelman was often seen putting in long hours grilling at Gathering on the Green, the village’s spring community event.

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New ambulance for Western Springs FD

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New Ambulance 1714 – 2018 Ford F650 Lifeline Type 1

Western Springs FD Ambulance 1714 - 2018 Ford F650 Lifeline Type 1

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New engine for Western Springs

This from Josh Boyajian:

Western Springs Engine 1721 – 2017 Pierce Saber 1500/750

Western Springs FD Engine 1721

Western Springs FD Engine 1721 – 2017 Pierce Saber 1500/750. Josh Boyajian photo

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Western Springs Fire Department news (more)

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Fire stations in Western Springs are draped in purple bunting to mourn the death of Lt. Richard “Dick” Jacobson who died June 20 after a long battle with ALS. Jacobson, 58, was a paid on-call firefighter.

He was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2011. He was appointed to the fire department in 2005 and remained involved and on the active roster for the past 12 years.

Fire Chief Patrick J. Kenny said Jacobson, who also trained as a mechanical engineer and worked as a project manager, volunteered for the department after receiving a letter appealing for community members to join the force.

Kenny said Jacobson approached ALS with the courage of a true hero. 

Jacobson was born in December 26, 1958. He grew up Highland Park and attended Deerfield High School where he met the girl who would become his wife, Kristen. The two didn’t start dating until after college. They both attended the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Kristen Jacobson said her husband loved firefighting for several reasons, including because it appealed to his natural sense of curiosity.

After being diagnosed with ALS, he became an advocate for research and education about the disease.

“He knew he couldn’t really fight it. But he educated others. He educated himself and he offered himself for clinical studies,” she said.

In addition to fundraising, he engaged with his doctors to learn about the illness.

In addition to his wife, Jacobson is survived by his children Rachel, Michelle, Arturo, and Andrew.

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Western Springs Fire Department news

From the Western Springs Fire Department:


Thursday June 22, 2017

To: All Western Springs Fire Department Personnel- Village Officials-Directors-Village Personnel-MABAS Division 10 Members-Press Members

From: Fire Chief Patrick J Kenny
Re: Passing of Lieutenant Richard Jacobson

It is with deep regret that I am informing you of the passing of Lieutenant Richard Jacobson. Lieutenant “Dick” Jacobson passed on to his new life in the company of his family. Lieutenant Jacobson has battled ALS since being diagnosed in 2011 with the courage and dignity reserved for true heroes. His battle ended Tuesday June 20, 2017.

Lieutenant Jacobson was appointed in 2005 and remained involved and on the active roster for the past 12 years until his passing. Memorial bunting will be hung as well as the Fire Department flag will be lowered to half-mast at both Fire Stations. Both tributes will remain in place for 30 days.

Services for Lieutenant Richard Jacobson were June 23, 2017.

In lieu of flowers family has requested donations to:

  • The Les Turner ALS Foundation (847) 679-3311
  • Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois (800) 363-LCFS

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New engine for Western Springs FD

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Western Springs FD so# 30412-1

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new fire engine for the Western Springs FD

New Western Springs engine. Pierce Composite

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Western Springs Fire Department news

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A second fire on the same block in Western Springs within 24 hours was extinguished Thursday evening, and both are now being investigated as arson, Western Springs police said.

A vacant house was reported on fire at 5:30 p.m. on the 4900 block of Woodland Avenue, just two doors from of another vacant home that caught fire on Wednesday evening.

That house had been vacant for at least three year and also burned on March 7, Western Springs. The source of the March 7 fire was undetermined, said Western Springs Police Chief Brian Budds. The second fire at the house is considered suspicious.

Less than 24 hours later, a woman noticed smoke coming out of the eaves of the house two doors to the north.

While firefighters tried to force open the side door, a relative of the owner arrived with a key.  A Western Spring police officer said he had been out to check on the house Thursday morning and it was locked securely.

Budds said Thursday night’s fire also has been determined to be suspicious and police are investigating both fires as  arson.

Police ask anyone with information to call the department at 708-246-8540.

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