Archive for February 28th, 2012

Evanston receives FEMA grant – update

The TribLocal Evanston has an article which outlines the equipment that the Evanston Fire Department will purchase with funding they recently received from a FEMA grant.

Four state-of-the-art, high tech cardiac monitor/defibrillators, compliments of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.

Evanston Fire Chief Greg Klaiber recently learned that his department was one of five Illinois fire departments to have received an “assist to firefighters grant” from FEMA. He said the $132,000 will be used to buy the new high tech cardiac monitor/defibrillators, which will replace older models now in use.

Last year Evanston got $990,000 through the program to buy a new ladder truck, and applied unsuccessfully this year for a grant to buy another ladder truck, in addition to the cardiac monitor/defibrillators.

The complete article can be found HERE.

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Changes in DuPage County – DuComm North

Departments in DuPage County that operate on the DuComm north channel (154.1750) are instigating a new numbering system for stations and apparatus. Some of those changes are outlined below;

West Chicago FPD
Sta 2 = 5    Eng 5 Amb 5
Sta 1 = 6    Tower 6, Tnk 6, Sqd 6 Battalion 6
Sta 3 = 7    Eng 6 Amb 6  
Sta 4 = 8    Eng 8? (it’s the crash rig)
Carol Stream FPD
Sta 3 = 27    Sqd 27, 27a Amb 27
Sta 1 = 28    Tower 28, Amb 28 Bn 28
Sta 2 = 29    Eng 29 Amb 29
Winfield FPD
Sta 1 = 31    Eng 31 Tnk 31Amb 31
Sta 2 = 32    Eng 32
Sta 37
Sta 38
Sta 39
John Tulipano tells us that
these changes are part of a larger program that is instituting combined training, SOP’s and SOG’s in several towns and FPDs. There has been on-going combined training and standardized operating procedures since at least last summer. As an example, the TL in West Chicago and the TL in Carol Stream have the same seating assignments and operating procedures on the fireground.

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Carol Stream hires Hoff as deputy

The Daily Herald has an article today which states that former CFD Commissioner Robert Hoff has been hired by the Carol Stream Fire District as the Deputy Chief

Hoff was hired Monday as the deputy chief of the Carol Stream Fire Protection District, which has a 15-square-mile coverage area that includes all of Carol Stream and parts of Bloomingdale, Winfield and Glendale Heights.

After the Carol Stream fire board approved his hiring, Hoff said in an interview that he’s looking forward to his new role, which is less administrative than his previous job. There are more opportunities to work with younger firefighters and “pass on experiences” through training, he said.Hoff and his new boss, Carol Stream Fire Chief Rick Kolomay, taught classes at the Illinois Fire Service Institute and Chicago Fire Academy, and they co-authored a firefighting training manual in 2003.

Read the complete article HERE.

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