Archive for March 28th, 2016

Streator receives land donation for training facility

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A Streator couple signed an agreement Thursday with the city donating land for a public safety training facility.

The agreement, between the Jim and Marjorie Rhodes Estate and Streator, allows for 8.7 acres at the end of 10th Street to be used for fire and police training. Formal legal closing on the property is expected to take place within a few weeks.

“I think it’s good for the community, something to bring to Streator,” Jim Rhodes said after signing the agreement. “We worked ever since back in the ‘80s when we first opened (our business) — we always had fire and ambulance out there doing training. I think it’s a nice place they can call their own.”

The property is at Edson, Center and Wesley streets, which as part of the agreement, will be renamed Jim Rhodes Lane.

Streator Fire Chief Gary Bird said the facility will be built in phases over five years, with the first including site work and connection of electricity and water to the grounds.

He added that all the fire chiefs in the Southern La Salle County Northern Livingston County Fire Chiefs Association are aware of the training center coming to Streator and that it will be available for their use.

“Streator police, Grand Ridge Fire Department and Long Point Fire Department have committed to do some training,” Bird said. “Some instructors will be from the Streator Fire Department, and it also will likely be a host site for the Illinois Fire Service Institute. It’s our hope that we can offer classes from instructors across the country.”

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Fatal MVA on I-355, 3-27-16

From a reader:

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get pictures, however, I was listening to the fire radio at that time . Bolingbrook engine and medic 3 got there first. Lisle Woodridge engine 52, medic 51, battalion 51 and tower 53 were toned out shortly after Bolingbrook got on scene. Bolingbrook engine 5 was also on scene. The victim was announced DOA . ( medic 51 got canceled, and as a side note, lisle Woodridge had a ton of medical calls yesterday, so medic 52 was unavailable)

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A 19-year-old man was killed in a single-vehicle crash on I-355 Sunday evening near southwest suburban Woodridge.

About 8:30 p.m., a 2002 GMC Envoy was traveling north on I-355 near 75th Street when it struck the right wall, rolled over several times and trapped the driver under it, according to Illinois State Police.

The driver, Adalberto Lopez, of Chicago, was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:04 p.m., police said. He was the only occupant of the SUV and no other injuries were reported.




Informative video on drone usage


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New engine for the North Palos PFD

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations to the North Palos Fire Protection District, Palos Hills, IL on their recent delivery of a 2016 E-One Pumper.

New fire engine for the North Palos FPD

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New fire engine for the North Palos FPD

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New fire engine for the North Palos FPD

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