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Apartment fire in Wheeling, 3-11-23

Wheeling and Prospect Heights firefighters responded to a fire alarm at 375 Plum Creek Drive Saturday morning. Companies arrived to find fire from a third floor balcony on the south side of the building. The alarm was upgraded to a Working Fire which brought additional units from Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, Glenview, Des Plaines, Niles, the North Maine FPD, and Northbrook.; #WheelingFD;

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Firefighters from Wheeling Truck 24 made an initial transitional attack from the exterior with a 2 1/2″ line at ground level. Companies from Engines 23 and 24 made an interior attack to extinguish the fire within the apartment. One resident was transported to an area hospital.; #larryshapiro;; #WheelingFD; #FireTruck; #rosenbaueramerica; #Commander;

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Wheeling Fire Department news

From the Village of Wheeling Facebook page:

Congratulations to these esteemed Wheeling Fire Department employees who were recently promoted!

From the desk of Fire Chief Mike McGreal:

It is with great enthusiasm that I announce Lieutenant Steve Mella is promoted to the rank of deputy fire chief. Steve is a 25 year veteran of the Wheeling Fire Department, with 14 years at the rank of lieutenant. Steve has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin, Stout and has been a paramedic since 1994. Steve has collaborated with the public, local EMS systems and hospitals, neighboring fire departments, the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) elected officials, and local agencies. He was deployed to the Gulf Region in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as part of the Illinois MABAS response. Steve also was recently deployed to North Carolina for Hurricane Florence with Illinois Task Force 1, as a swift water technician.

With equal enthusiasm I announce that Firefighter Paramedic Dan Murdock is promoted to lieutenant. Dan has 20 years with the department and also served with the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District for 2 years. He was recently given the responsibility of team leader for the hazardous materials rescue/mitigation team. Dan is also certified in fire investigation and is a member of the department’s fire investigation team.

And saving the best for last, Management Analyst Ileen Bryer has been promoted to executive officer. Ileen spent 2 years with the Wheeling Police Department before coming over to the fire department for the last 5 years. She handles the day to day administrative functions of the department as well as all facets of the medical billing program, manages and participates in the Cook County Pharmaceutical Dispensing plan, manages/updates the Cook County Hazard Mitigation Plan, manages the departments records management system Imagetrend™ and Aladtec™ scheduling system, and chairs the village’s Threat Hazard Identification Risk Analysis (THIRA).

Wheeling FD Deputy Chief Steve Mella

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