Archive for August 6th, 2016

Rockford Fire Department news

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A list of famous celebrities call Rockford home, and the Rockford Fire Department hopes to capitalize on some of those famous faces to help it build it’s force. 13 WREX went behind the scenes of a new commercial.

“Hello? fire department? Oh hi! I’m Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick!” Nielsen said as he roared up in a Rockford Fire SUV.

“Today we have Kimberla Lawson Roby who started us off this morning, we’ve got from Cheap Trick Rick Nielsen who’s agreed to do it and we’ve also got Sean Considine from the Baltimore Ravens, played in the Super Bowl,” said Jeff Kloweit, a recruiter for the Rockford Fire Department.

Kloweit is working to get more people from Rockford to become Rockford firefighters and he came up with an idea. A commercial featuring local celebrities.

So one by one, a New York Times best selling author, a Super Bowl champion and a rock star suited up for the camera.

“I actually gave a serious consideration to becoming a firefighter couple years ago but you gotta be under 35 years old and I got about a month to make up my mind,” said Considine.

There were some out takes, and a lot of laughs but every one of the local celebrities is serious about the message they’re giving.

“They have so many career options and this is certainly one of them. And how rewarding would it be to know that you rescued someone from a burning building,” said Lawson Roby.

“It’s a good occupation and recruiting is tough for anybody. I guess they’re getting a lot of people from out of town where there’s a lot of good people in Rockford to try and recruit,” said Nielsen. “I signed up, I’m a little old for the force.”

Rockford Fire expects about 1,000 people to apply for jobs at the department. The commercial should start airing soon and hopefully encourages those in Rockford to be among those applicants.

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Ambulance Crash in Arlington Heights 8/5/16

This from Larry Shapiro:

Arlington Heights and Buffalo Grove units were sent to a reported pin-in crash at the intersection of Arlington Heights Road and Dundee Road after 10PM Friday night involving one car and an ambulance. The private ambulance was knocked on it’s side. There was a crew of three in the ambulance at the time with no patient. All three had self extricated prior to firefighters arriving, and the driver of the sedan was taken to the hospital.

car at crash site

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Buffalo Grove Tower Ladder 25 at crash scene

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Stryker ambulance cot after ambulance crash

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Elite Ambulance after crash

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Hillside Towing Company at crash site

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Des Plaines Fire Department news

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Des Plaines residents are invited to participate in the second annual Citizens Fire Academy, an eight-week course that covers the details and challenges of being a firefighter.

Participants will meet every Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. between Sept. 7 and Oct. 26. They will be able to experience a vehicle extrication, search and rescue, engine company operations, truck company operations, and EMS, all in full firefighter gear. A graduation ceremony will be held Nov. 16.

For more information or to request an application, email Utinans at

thanks Dan

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Midlothian fire truck for sale


Pierce squad for sale

Midlothian Fire Department squad for sale. Firetec photo

1997 Pierce Saber

1997 Pierce Saber, Detroit turbo diesel, Allison automatic, air brakes, 25kw PTO generator, light tower w/(4) 500w, (2) telescoping lights, (4) vehicle mounted lights, Eagle auto fill cascade, (6) 6000 psi bottles, 12000# front bumper winch, custom slide out tool boards, roll out trays, drop down trays, a/c & heat in box, 16′ extension & 10′ attic ladder. 11,161 miles. Asking $92,000

Other Information relating to this Vehicle:
Federal AeroDynic lightbar, Code 3 warning lights, Code 3 siren.
This rescue is in excellent condition – the department is changing operations.

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