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Winfield Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

A fire broke out at around 2 a.m. at the apartment complex located on Coniston Court near Windermere Road in Winfield. Firefighters worked quickly as flames burst through the roof, some shooting 30 feet into the air. Multiple fire companies responded as the townhomes are very close to one another and there was concern that it could spread quickly.

No injuries were reported to firefighters or residents, eight of which were displaced. The cause of the fire remained under investigation, though officials said it did not appear to be suspicious.

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Winfield Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

A former Winfield Fire Protection District administrator is free on $10,000 bail while facing felony charges of forgery and official misconduct.

According to the indictments released Wednesday morning, former Winfield Deputy Fire Chief Bryan Lewis, 44, is charged with two felony counts of forgery and two felony counts of official misconduct. On Feb. 5, Lewis presented Chief Phillip DeMenza with a false Triton College diploma dated May 1995.

The official misconduct charges stem from the forgery allegations.  DeMenza said Lewis resigned from the district in March.

Fire district attorney Bernie Weiler declined to address specifically why Lewis would be presenting a 19-year-old diploma to the chief but said there are often promotional or participatory opportunities that arise within the district that call for documentation of one form or another.

Lewis, a nearly 17-year veteran of the department, was charged June 30, but prosecutors requested the case be impounded and the indictment sealed until Lewis turned himself in on a $10,000 arrest warrant, which he did Tuesday.

If convicted, Lewis faces two to five years in prison. His next court date is scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 12 before Judge Brian Telander.

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Box alarm in Winfield, 2-22-16

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Some images from Winfield Box Alarm on 2-22-16

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House fire in Winfield, 11-3-15

This from John Tulipano:

At approximately 02:45 on November 3rd, 2015, Winfield FPD was dispatched to a garage fire at Evans and Harrison. First arriving companies found a detached garage totally involved and extending into two split-level frames, both 25X50.

A box alarm was requested for additional manpower and the fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes using four handlines.
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Working fire in Winfield, IL 6-8-14

This from John Tulipano:

Winfield FPD (DuPage County, IL) was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 28W450 Roosevelt Road on Sunday, 6-8-14. Companies arrived to report a one- story frame with smoke from the roof. One line was used to knock down a fire in the cockloft and roof overhang on a 40×40 stucco/frame house.

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Winfield FPD General Alarm 3-26-14

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Approximately 16:10hrs today Winfield FPD was dispatched to dryer fire “not extended” at 27W212 Providence Ct. Chief 31 arrived to find fire and smoke venting from the overhead garage door and laundry room area in the front of a 2sty 4-unit Condo complex 150×50. 1-line was stretched and fire quickly extinguished. Carol Stream, West Chicago and Wheaton companies assisted.

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August 2013: website updates 2

The second in a series of updates to the website:

The following departments have had apparatus images updated:

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West Suburban Fire/Rescue Alliance

We first wrote about the West Suburban Fire/Rescue Alliance in March of last year. After a year of implementation, the Daily Herald has an interview with Carol Stream Fire Chief Rick Kolomay about the program.

Nearly a year after its debut, an alliance of firefighting agencies in DuPage County is lauding improvements in its responses to emergencies and outlining more ways to share resources.

The West Suburban Fire/Rescue Alliance includes the Wheaton Fire Department and fire protection districts of Carol Stream, Winfield and West Chicago. It’s not a consolidation, but the group aims to build cooperation and reduce costs.

The alliance already has adopted uniform protocols for firefighters and conducts monthly multidepartment training. Now, it’s reviewing ambulance fees in each community.

Although data is not quite a year old, officials said figures from DU-COMM, a regional service that handles 911 calls for the four municipalities, indicate emergency response times have been significantly reduced since the alliance formed.

In cases of general alarm calls, the time it took for all units — three engines, three trucks, two ambulances and five command officers — to arrive at structure fires dropped an average of almost five minutes, they said.

Officials say the faster responses stem from DU-COMM refining a computer-aided dispatch system and a procedure developed by the alliance called “closest station response.”

Pre-alliance depletion policies constrained the availability of equipment, officials said.

“We said basically we’ll only send you one of what we have because we have to protect the rest of town,” Carol Stream Chief and alliance President Rick Kolomay said. “We weren’t getting all the resources to the fire as quickly as we should because we had to skip towns to keep reaching for one of these and one of those because that’s all they could give us.”

Now, the alliance also fills voids when a chief or deputy chief, fire engine, ladder truck and ambulance deploy to the headquarters station of a community with a working fire to plan for any additional emergencies that could arise.

Kolomay said the group continues to study how emergency calls break down in each town. He also left open the possibility of the closest fire station responding in all cases.

Pre-alliance depletion policies constrained the availability of equipment, officials said.

“We said basically we’ll only send you one of what we have because we have to protect the rest of town,” Carol Stream Chief and alliance President Rick Kolomay said. “We weren’t getting all the resources to the fire as quickly as we should because we had to skip towns to keep reaching for one of these and one of those because that’s all they could give us.”

Now, the alliance also fills voids when a chief or deputy chief, fire engine, ladder truck and ambulance deploy to the headquarters station of a community with a working fire to plan for any additional emergencies that could arise.

Kolomay said the group continues to study how emergency calls break down in each town. He also left open the possibility of the closest fire station responding in all cases.

The entire article is HERE.

Thanks Chris

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Where are they now …

This from Martin Nowak: more X-Illinois fire trucks in Indiana

1976 Sutphen Pumper; purchased from Bourbonnais IL in 1990 by the Shirley Vol FD

1983 PemFab/E-one 95ft Aerial Ladder was purchased by Cambridge City Vol FD in 2002 from Gurnee, IL

Pump 101 2000 HME/Smeal; was purchased by Poe FD from Coal City IL. All rigs at Poe carry the orange color that Coal City carries

Truck 23; 1972 American LaFrance Aero Chief 90′ Snorkel served Mattoon, IL, then St. John, IN, and now Shelby Vol FD

Engine 5812; 1975 Mack CF685 pumper served Winfield FPD IL before the Lake Dalecarlia Vol FD

Rescue 862; 1994 Freightliner FL60/Wheeled Coach was a former Evanston Ambulance that was purchased in 2004 by Kingsbury Volunteer FD

East Chicago has two of the six units that were ordered by the City of Chicago in 2001 ( 2001 American LaFrance Eagle/3D Pumpers) They serve as Engine-1 and Engine-4 Only one stayed in Chicago as E-23. The other three were repainted and went to Baltimore County, Maryland where they served as Engine-2, Engine-4, and Engine-6.

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Changes in DuPage County – DuComm North

Bill Friedrich found the following:

Wheaton Supports Fire/Rescue Alliance

In order to improve cooperation among the Wheaton Fire Department and West Chicago, Carol Stream and Winfield Fire Protection Districts, the City Council approved a resolution supporting the establishment of the West Suburban Fire/Rescue Alliance. The four entities have been working together to make their training and operations more uniform and to better combine resources in order to enhance public health and safety.

Previous posts on this topic are HERE and HERE.

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