Archive for February 26th, 2017

Morris Fire Protection District news

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Around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, a Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District / Kurtz EMS Service ambulance was involved in a crash on Interstate 39 in Marshall County, according to a press release from Fire Chief Tracey Steffes.

The Advanced Life Support Ambulance had just transported a patient to Peoria Medical center and was returning to Morris. The ambulance was in the process of passing a semi tractor trailer on Interstate 39, which is a four-lane highway, when a gust of wind caused the driver of the ambulance to over correct.

“The ambulance proceeded to skid down the highway coming to a rest in the northbound ditch” the press relase said.

The driver was able to exit the ambulance and call for assistance. The driver and passenger were taken by transport by Marshall County EMS to Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the semi-tractor was uninjured.

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Zion Fire Department news

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Gurnee has signed off on a five-year deal to provide emergency dispatching services to Zion, a move expected to be financially beneficial to both towns.

Dispatching consolidation has been occurring in several suburbs because of a 2015 state law dictating that a 911 operation cannot serve fewer than 25,000 residents. Compliance must occur by July 1.

Zion will pay Gurnee a prorated share of a first-year base fee of $875,000 starting July 1 for dispatching the city’s fire and police calls through April 30, 2018. The contact will run from May 1 through April 30 in each of the final four years and require payments to increase annually by 3.5 percent or the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less.

In addition, Zion must place roughly $160,000 it receives annually from taxpayers for emergency dispatching into a fund controlled by a new joint 911 board with Gurnee.

Zion officials said they expect six or seven of the city’s dispatchers will be hired by Gurnee.

Gurnee representatives presented their offer to the Zion 911 board in April. Officials said the village’s dispatching operation is ready to grow and take on more clients such as Zion, which acknowledged a poor financial situation and an inability to upgrade 911 operations.

Elsewhere in Lake County, Lake Zurich in April added Wauconda’s police and fire emergency calls to a 911 client roster that already had Hawthorn Woods, Island Lake, Kildeer and Tower Lakes on it.

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STIHL Recalls Chainsaws Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

MS 461 Product Safety Recall | STIHL USA Mobile


February 23, 2017

STIHL Recalls Chainsaws Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

View full press release here.

Recall Summary

Name of Product: STIHL gas-powered chainsaws

Hazard: The fuel line can leak, posing fire and burn hazards.

Remedy: Repair

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chainsaws and return them to an authorized STIHL Dealer for a free inspection and free repair.

Consumer Contact: STIHL Inc. at 800-233-4729 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email or online at and click on Information and then Product Recalls for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 100,000

Description: This recall involves STIHL MS 461 gas-powered chainsaws, and the MS 461 R chainsaw with a wrap handle. The model number is on the model plate, located on the starter cover. The chainsaws are gray and orange with “STIHL” on the engine cover. Recalled chainsaws have a serial number between 173092800 and 181993952, under the front hand guard on the engine housing’s sprocket side.

Incidents/Injuries: STIHL Inc. has received 117 reports of pinched or leaking fuel lines. No fires, property damage or injuries have been reported.

Sold at: Authorized STIHL Dealers nationwide from July 2012 through December 2016 for about $1,000.

Importer: STIHL Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va.

Manufacturer: ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG

Manufactured in: Germany

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Lincolnwood Fire Department news

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For over 50 years the village has operated its own E9-1-1 dispatch center for emergency calls within the village’s corporate limits. Since 2002, fire and ambulance calls are handled by the Regional Emergency Dispatch (RED) Center, which services 15 municipalities. In 2015, the Illinois Legislature approved a law requiring that any Illinois municipality with a population less than 25,000 (Lincolnwood’s population is 12,500) which currently operates its own emergency dispatch center, must consolidate its these services or lose its Emergency 9-1-1 revenue. Last year Lincolnwood received almost $200,000 in 9-1-1 surcharge revenue.

The village completed a comprehensive review of options for consolidating dispatch services. This review included joining other existing dispatch consortiums or contracting with another municipality. After a thorough review, the village decided to contract with the Village of Skokie based on cost, quality of services provided, and the level of cooperation that already exists between the two communities.

Effective March 1, 2017, Skokie will begin providing E9-1-1 services to Lincolnwood residents and businesses. After March 1 when you call 9-1-1, the call will be answered at the Skokie Police Station. They will then dispatch the appropriate Lincolnwood police and/or fire personnel. There will be absolutely no delay in response time or any degradation of service from that which previously existed. Since Lincolnwood will no longer operate a dispatch center, there will no longer be personnel on-duty to receive the public at the police station after normal business hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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