Archive for February 24th, 2017

Elk Grove Village Fire Department news

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Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson unveiled the outline of the largest capital works plan in the village’s history.

The plan is estimated to cost $105 million and could start within weeks. It focuses on many fronts, from a new fire station and new public works building to median enhancements and road improvement projects. Johnson said that the village is ready to apply for tens of millions of dollars in grants to cover some of the costs, and he anticipates issuing $30 million in bonds to help with the funding, with the cost to the average taxpayer an additional $96.20 per year. The resident with a $300,000 home would pay an additional $36 in village property taxes, $53 more in a natural gas tax and $7.20 more a year in a telecommunication tax.

The largest aspect of the eight-year plan is the construction of a new fire station and a new public works building. A new 10,000-square-foot fire station would replace and combine two current stations located on Greenleaf Avenue and Oakton Street. It would be located somewhere near the Busse Road corridor. The new public works building would replace the James Petri Public Works Facility at 600 Landmeier Road.

thanks Scott

And this from Scott Peterson:

Sta 10 on Meacham Rd will be torn down and a new Station built on the same site. They will relocate to the west side public works garage when the project starts. No timeline yet but the Sta 10 project is supposed to be started by fall of 2017 latest and maybe sooner.

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3-Alarm brush fire in Pembroke Township, 2-20-17 (more)

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A drone hovered in the air Monday as about 100 firefighters from Kankakee, Iroquois, and Will counties battled a brush fire in Pembroke Township.

William Neumann, the director of communications for the Orland Park Fire Protection District, lived streamed video footage from his drone to other departments through his personal Facebook page. It helped them track the fire, protect structures and, above all else, assure nobody got injured.

It was the first time the Pembroke Fire Protection District, a small department of nine volunteers, had an aerial view to assist them. Chief Mark Baines already has talked to village trustees about purchasing one, considering the department battles more than 100 brush fires per year and had a truck damaged in a brush fire last year.

“We were able to see exactly where the fire was going,” Baines said. “Our four guys who were out there felt safer and more confident knowing a drone was watching out for them. I’m all for getting one. They are beneficial.”

Orland Park’s department has three drones, and Neumann, who has his certificate of authorization, is training the department’s battalion chiefs. He said a drone typically costs between $1,000 and $6,000.

thanks Dan

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New ambulances for Wheeling (more)

This from Larry Shapiro:

I grabbed a few quick shots of one of the new ambulances that was recently placed into service in Wheeling.

Freightliner M2 ambulance by Horton

Wheeling Ambulance 24. Larry Shapiro photo

chevron striping on ambulance

Larry Shapiro

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As seen around … Merrionette Park

This from Mike Summa:

Found this on Merrionette Park’s facebook.  It is a few years old.  The caption read, “A big thank you to Evergreen Park.”  Their engine was down for repairs and Evergreen let them use one of theirs.  It is good to see the brotherhood that firefighters have for their fellow firefighters.

fire trucks in fire station

Merrionette Park FD photo

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