Archive for November 14th, 2013

New area apparatus orders

This from Josh Boyajian:

Palos Fire Protection District

  • 2014 Pierce Velocity
  • 105′ Ladder Truck.
  • Delivery In February 2014

Frankfort FPD

  • 2014 Pierce Arrow XT Engine
  • 1500 GPM/1000 gallon water tank
  • 25 gallon foam tank.
  • Delivery in April 2014

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Lisle-Woodridge FPD Box Alarm 11-11-13

This from John Tulipano:

I took in the box alarm in Lisle-Woodrdge at 14 Bittersweet Ct in Woodridge.
Eng 52 arrived to heavy fire in the rear of a 2sty frame (4-unit) town house complex approximately 50×100.
The heavy fire was already knocked down when I arrived, however there was a gas feed fire in the rear of the complex, all companies worked 2-handlines in rear to keep the fire in check until the arrival of Nicor, it took approximately 1-1/2 hours for Nicor to arrival and dig up the rear of the complex find the gas line and cap off the free flowing gas.
Box Alarm Companies were  Downers Grove Eng 5, Bolingbrook Eng 5, Lombard TL52, Naperville TL?, York Center Sqd 77
Lisle-Woodridge FPD tackles townhouse fire

John Tulipano photo

Lisle-Woodridge FPD tackles townhouse fire

John Tulipano photo

Lisle-Woodridge FPD tackles townhouse fire

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Lisle-Woodridge FPD tackles townhouse fire

John Tulipano photo

Lisle-Woodridge FPD tackles townhouse fire

John Tulipano photo

Lisle-Woodridge FPD press release

Structure Fire, 13-16 Bittersweet Court, Woodridge
November 11, 2013

At 12:42 P.M. on Monday, November 11, 2013, the Lisle Woodridge Fire District was notified by way of a 9-1-1 call from a resident reporting a two story 4-unit multi-family home on fire at 13 – 16 Bittersweet, Woodridge. The first unit arrived on scene and reported heavy fire and smoke showing from the rear side of the structure.

A General Alarm was dispatched at 12:44 P.M. and upgraded to a Box Alarm, sending four (4) engines, two (2) ladder trucks, two (2) medic units, and a Command Team to the scene, providing nearly twenty five (25) Lisle-Woodridge Fire District personnel. In addition, resources were also provided from several surrounding fire departments and fire districts.

The first arriving crews on the scene stretched multiple hose-lines and began extinguishment of the fire while additional personnel set up the two responding truck companies to provide ventilation. The other companies strategically placed ladders around the building, assisted with hose lines and performed search and rescue for occupants inside the homes. There were two people home at the time of the fire; they exited safely from the building.

The majority of the fire was under control approximately forty (40) minutes after the Fire District’s arrival; however due to a gas leak, the fire continued to burn until crews could coordinate an effort to secure the leak and suppress the remainder of the fire. Several Emergency Units remained on the scene until approximately 5:30 P.M. performing salvage duties and overhauling the burned areas of the structure. Power was turned off to the building and all of the units were determined to be uninhabitable.

Other departments provided coverage at Lisle-Woodridge Fire District stations that were vacated to fight the fire. There were no civilian injuries however there were two minor injuries to firefighters during this incident.

The Lisle-Woodridge Fire District fire investigation team is investigating the cause of the fire. No further information is available at the time. Additional information will be disseminated as it becomes available. If you have further questions, please contact Bureau Chief Jim French at (630) 353-3030.

photo from Lisle-Woodridge FPD

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2012 US Firefighter Injury Report

Nearly 70,000 hurt in the line of duty

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released the latest edition of its U.S. Firefighter Injury Report, highlighting data on injuries sustained by firefighters on duty that was collected from fire departments responding to the 2012 National Fire Experience Survey.

Firefighter injuries have declined over the past three decades, hovering around roughly 100,000 from the early 1980s through early 1990s. In 2012, 69,400 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty.

Of those injuries, 31,490 (45.4 percent) occurred during fireground operations, with the leading causes reported as overexertion, straining (27.5 percent) and falling, slipping, and jumping (23.2 percent).

The Northeast also reported a higher number of fireground injuries per 100 fires than other regions of the country.

The major types of injuries received during fireground operations were: strains, sprains, and muscular pain (55.2 percent); wounds, cuts, bleeding, and bruising (12.2 percent); thermal stress (5.8 percent); and burns (5.7 percent).

An estimated 13,820 occurred during other on-duty activities, including: 4,190 while responding to or returning from an incident, 7,140 during training activities, and 12,760 occurring at non-fire emergency incidents.

Strains, sprains, and muscular pain accounted for 58.5 percent of all non-fireground injuries. In addition to injuries, there were 8,150 exposures to infectious diseases, and 19,200 exposures to hazardous conditions.

For more information on the NFPA, visit

– See more at: HERE

thanks Chris

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