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Wheeling Fire Department news

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Wheeling Fire Department Fire Chief Mike McGreal. Larry Shapiro photo

Mike McGreal was sworn in Monday as Wheeling’s new fire chief, minus the public ceremony that typically occurs for such milestones in a village hall packed with supportive friends, family, and colleagues. Due to the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, McGreal was sworn in by Wheeling’s clerk near the flagpole outside village hall. McGreal, 57, replaces Keith MacIsaac, who retired last week after 30 years as Wheeling’s fire chief.

McGreal previously was with the Wilmette Fire Department, retiring as chief there in 2017 before joining Wheeling later that year. He was Wheeling’s deputy fire chief before his elevation to the top post Monday. He came to Wheeling in 2017 to assist MacIsaac in a succession plan.

McGreal’s credentials include certification as a chief fire officer by the National Fire Academy, the Illinois state fire marshal, and the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Mike spent 29 years with Wilmette, working his way up to deputy fire chief and then chief for 3½ years before deciding the time was right to retire and hand the department to new leadership. A second-generation firefighter, McGreal’s father served with the Chicago Fire Department for 36 years. 

McGreal is an avid sailor who has made four solo crossings of Lake Michigan. 

Wheeling has had only three fire chiefs since 1969. That’s when Bernie Koeppen became the village’s first full-time fire chief, followed by MacIsaac 30 years ago, and now McGreal.

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New fire station for Wheeling

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A rendering of the proposed new Station 23 in Wheeling. Courtesy of the Village of Wheeling.

Plans to knock down and reconstruct Fire Station 23 in Wheeling kicked off Monday (Feb. 3) when village trustees approved site plans and a special use permit.

The current fire station at 780 Wheeling Rd. is 42 years old and in need of extensive repairs and upgrades in order to continue meeting the community’s needs. Wheeling’s fire department serves up to 75,000 local residents in a 10 sq. mi. area.

Deputy Fire Chief Michael McGreal said the station was built for only one rig. Due to high estimates for renovation work, village staff decided a total reconstruction project would be the best way to update the station.

When complete, the new station is expected to be a 11,203 sq. ft. building rendered in cement and situated on the north end of the village-owned property near Echo Lake just north of Hintz Roadz Road.  The design features stone veneer, siding, and accent panels made of fiber cement in shades of gray, white, brown, and red. The site plan also includes a seam roof, front canopy entry, parking lot on the south side of the property, and street-facing landscaping.

To construct the new station, trustees approved a special use permit to allow for a new fire station in the I-1 zoning district. Most fire stations are in business districts. When it was built in the 1970s, it did not require a special use permit.

In addition to site plan and special use approval, the village board approved requests to allow a variation from the required setback for the property along Wheeling Road from 35 feet to 30 feet and a variation of the permitted height from 30 feet to 33 feet.

After the new station is completed, the department plans to use the same design to update Station 42 on Dundee Road.

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Wheeling Fire Department news

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Wheeling Fire Chief Keith MacIsaac

Wheeling Fire Chief Keith MacIsaac. Larry Shapiro photo

Wheeling Fire Chief Keith MacIsaac will end his 30-year tenure leading the department and head into retirement Friday. Deputy Fire Chief Mike McGreal is scheduled to be sworn in as MacIsaac’s replacement Monday. McGreal previously spent 29 years with the Wilmette Fire Department, retiring as chief there in 2017 before joining Wheeling later that year.

Officials thanked MacIsaac for his many contributions, in particular his leadership in fire prevention. He’s credited with Wheeling becoming one of the first towns in Illinois to require the installation of fire sprinklers in all new homes.

Wheeling FD Fire Chief Keith MacIsaac

Wheeling Fire Chief Keith MacIsaac. Larry Shapiro photo

MacIsaac worked for fire departments in Lake Zurich, Mount Prospect, and Buffalo Grove before joining Wheeling. He also spent time as a safety specialist and fire chief/fire protection engineer for Monsanto Co. in Missouri and Louisiana.

In 2011, MacIsaac’s insistence on fire safety drew complaints from the Wheeling High School student council. Village board members supported MacIsaac at a meeting when students complained about how he ordered the removal of gossamer paper homecoming decorations after spotting them on a ceiling too close to hot lights while he attended a coronation assembly. Although the students claimed the decorations were fire retardant, MacIsaac lit a bit of the paper on fire to show the danger before administrators removed them from the ceiling.

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Fatal crash in Wheeling, 4-25-20

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A crash occurred about 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning in Wheeling when a vehicle traveling northbound on Wolf Road struck and crossed the raised concrete median. The vehicle entered the southbound lanes, left the road, and struck a parked unoccupied vehicle and tree in the 600 block of North Wolf Road. At some point after the impact, the vehicle ignited and became fully engulfed in flames. A single occupant was located in the left front seat who was unresponsive on scene and later transported to the Cook County Medical Examiner and pronounced dead.

Nobody else was injured and the investigation is ongoing.

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Small plane slides off the runway at Chicago Executive Airport 4-2-20

Wheeling and Prospect Heights firefighters and police were dispatched for a reported plane crash just before 7PM Thursday evening (4/2/20) at the Chicago Executive Airport. Units were advised by the tower that a small plane with one soul on board had landed but was resting in roughly two feet of water in a drainage ditch alongside the runway. Wheeling Battalion 24 found the pilot in good condition inside the plane and no hazards. Only units from the still district were held at the scene and all others were held up. The pilot self extricated from the plane and signs a medical release form at the scene. One fire company remained on the scene as a wrecker arrived to remove the plane, a Cessna Skyhawk, from the ditch.

Cessna Skyhawk in ditch alongside runway

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Cessna Skyhawk in ditch alongside runway

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Freightliner ambulance

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Wheeling police units on the runway at Chicago Executive Airport

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Rosenbauer America IHC/Timberwolf on airport runway

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Rosenbauer America IHC/Timberwolf in Wheeling

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House fire in Wheeling, 2-3-20

Wheeling firefighters responded to 900 Valley Stream Drive Monday morning for a reported basement fire. Upon arrival, smoke was seen and the alarm was upgraded to a working fire. A window on the bottom level of the split-level home blew out with flames,es and heavy smoke. Firefighters took two lines into the house and extinguished the fire quickly. Overhaul and wash down of both the interior and exterior was extensive. Units at the scene were Wheeling Engine 23, Engine 42, Truck 24, Ambulance 23, Ambulance 24, Battalion 24, and chief 2401. Automatic and mutual aid units were Buffalo Grove Tower 25, Prospect Heights Engine 39, Squad 9, Ambulance9, and Battalion 9, and Northbrook Ambulance 10.

Firefighters enter burning house with hose

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Firefighters enter burning house with hose

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Firefighter pulls hose off of engine

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Firefighters prepare a second line during a house fire

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Wheeling FD Lieutenant James Thelen

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Firefighters approach house fire with tools

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Firefighters prepare to take a line into a house

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Ferrara Inferno fire truck

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Firefighters raise ground ladder at fire

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Buffalo Grove firefighter with a saw

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House fire in Wheeling, 10-21-19

Wheeling police and firefighters were sent to 171 W. Manchester Drive Monday night (10/21/19) for a reported house fire. Police officers arrived first and confirmed a fire. Firefighters arrived right afterwards and took a line inside where they encountered heavy fire within the small ranch house. All Wheeling and Prospect Heights companies were at the scene with additional units from Buffalo Grove, Northbrook, and the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD.

Firefighters at house fire

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Wheeling FD Chief Keith MacIsaac

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Firefighters covered with drywall after house fire

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aftermath of fire in hoarder house

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Rosenbauer America Commander fire engine

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Rosenbauer America Commander Cobra tower ladder

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supply line on hydrant at house fire

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Storm damage in Prospect Heights/Wheeling 6-27-19

Wheeling and Prospect Heights firefighters were called for an outside fire near a house Thursday evening after a storm passed through the area. Companies arrived to find a primary power line down in the rear posing no threats to any structures. There was some impressive arcing prior to the arrival of crews from ComEd who rendered the situation safe.

Video was provided by Taylor Wallen.

Prospect Heights FD Battalion 9

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Rosenbauer Commander fire engine

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Poor line arcing on the ground

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IHC Altec ComEd bucket truck

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ComEd lineman at work

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ComEd lineman at work

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ComEd lineman at work

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MVA with rollover in Wheeling, 5-28-19

Wheeling, Buffalo Grove, and Arlington Heights units were simultaneously dispatched to a rollover crash reported with entrapment Tuesday morning (5/28/19) on Hintz Road at Old Buffalo Grove Road. The location is on the border of Wheeling and Arlington Heights and the call went to both RED Center and Northwest Central Dispatch. Four occupants of the SUV, including three children, were out of the vehicle when the fire department arrived. Three ambulances were used to transport the patients.

SUV rolled over on the roof

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Wheeling FD Engine 23

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Firefighters at a crash site with an SUV rolled over on the roof

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Firefighters at a crash site with an SUV rolled over on the roof

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Box alarm fire in Wheeling, 3-15-19 (more)

More photos from the Box alarm fire in Wheeling, 3-15-19 at 1702 Sienna Court

Townhouse fire at 1702 Sienna Court in Wheeling IL 3/15/19

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Townhouse fire at 1702 Sienna Court in Wheeling IL 3/15/19

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Townhouse fire at 1702 Sienna Court in Wheeling IL 3/15/19

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Townhouse fire at 1702 Sienna Court in Wheeling IL 3/15/19

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