Archive for October 2nd, 2015

New fire chief in Mount Prospect

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Mount Prospect Deputy Fire Chief Brian Lambel will become the village’s next fire chief on an interim basis, effective Thursday, Oct. 1, after Fire Chief John Malcolm retires Oct. 9. Lambel, 46, who has been with the department for almost 16 years, was promoted to deputy chief at the beginning of June.

Malcolm is taking the chief’s job in Northwest suburban Lake Zurich.

According to Acting Village Manager David Strahl, Mount Prospect will evaluate Lambel’s performance as interim chief before deciding whether or not to make him the department’s day-to-day leader on a permanent basis.

With Lambel’s promotion, Lt. John Dolan will be promoted to deputy chief, which Strahl said could also be on an interim basis. Dolan, 53, has been with the department for 19 years. He will begin his duties as deputy the week of Oct. 5.

Lambel said he and Malcolm have begun working together to allow for a smooth transition.

According to Lambel, it will be a busy final three months of 2015 for himself and the department. The department is in the midst of hiring six firefighters as part of the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant that will allow Engine 13 at the downtown station to be put back into service. The department is also going through a lieutenant promotional process.

Lambel said he and Dolan recently met and came up with new objectives or a new strategic plan for the fire department. “One of the big things we will emphasize is training and education as well as empowerment of all employees to give them more responsibilities and increase accountability,” Lambel said.

Another big thing, according to Lambel, is the department is evaluating its community risk reduction program. The program determines what the needs of the community are and how the department can provide support to reduce injuries and harm to residents and business owners.

Other objectives Lambel said the department will pursue include reevaluating operations, making sure there is a proper succession plan in place and preparing for the future in terms of short- and long-term goals to accommodate an ever-changing fire service.

A retirement party will be held for Malcolm on Oct. 9 at Fire Station 13 on Northwest Highway. A resolution is expected to be read in honor of Malcolm for his years of service at the Tuesday, Oct. 6 village board meeting.

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Reel firefighter spots real fire and evacuates residents

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 An extra-alarm fire broke out near the filming of a television show on the city’s South Side. The fire started around 10:15 a.m. Thursday at a two-story home located at 4825 S. Kimbark Avenue.

The TV show ‘Chicago Med’ was filming two doors down and people in the area believed the fire to be part of the show. An off-duty firefighter, moonlighting as a medic for ‘Chicago Med,’ smelled the smoke and realized it was an actual fire.  He called it in, then ran over and helped the family evacuate the house.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.

thanks Dan

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Highland Park Fire Department historical program

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The Highland Park Historical Society on Wednesday October 7 at 7:00 PM will host ‘Highland Park Fire Department: 126 Year History of Service,’ with retired Highland Park Fire Department personnel Captain Tom Mann and Firefighter/Paramedic Roger Underwood.

Since its inception as a volunteer fire department in 1889 (professionalized in 1924), the Highland Park Fire Department has had two losses of life on duty: Lt Frank Freeberg (1956) and Lt. William Perry (1958). Notable fires highlighted will be the Northwestern Military Academy’s three fires (1888, 1902, 1915), Ravinia Pavilion (1949), Ruby’s Delicatessen (1960) and a gasoline tanker fire (1983). This presentation will feature rarely seen images from the archives of the Highland Park Fire Department and Highland Park Historical Society.

There will be a personal perspective of the life of a fireman by second generation Highland Park Firefighter Captain Tom Mann (retired).

‘Highland Park Fire Department: 126 Year History of Service,’ will be presented at the Highland Park Public Library Auditorium 494 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park. For further information, please contact the Highland Park Historical Society: 847.432.7090 or Admission is free.


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Illinois Fire Service Institute stalled by state budget impasse

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Firefighters are feeling the effect of the state’s budget impasse. A training program is temporarily suspended at the Illinois Fire Service Institute.

Officials say 100 training classes are postponed until a state budget is approved. The Cornerstone program offers courses on fighting fires, safety and vehicle use.

The Carroll Fire Department is taking a hit from the training freeze. Captain Allen Cameron says they have nine volunteer firefighters still waiting to complete their training. Officials say it could take up to a year for the training classes to come back.

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Vintage CFD fire scene

From the collection of Wayne Stuart – unknown dates, locations, and photographers.

Vintage Chicago fire scene

From the collection of Wayne Stuart – unknown date, location, and photographer.

Vintage Chicago fire scene

From the collection of Wayne Stuart – unknown date, location, and photographer.

Vintage Chicago fire scene

From the collection of Wayne Stuart – unknown date, location, and photographer.

Previous images from Wayne’s collection were posted HERE and HERE.

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