Archive for September 6th, 2017

Rockford Fire Department news

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The Rockford City Council approved an agreement that will expand the Rockford Fire Department’s mobile integrated health program, could reduce congestion in area emergency rooms, and decrease the number non-emergency ambulance rides.

Chief Derek Bergsten said under the program, Rockford firefighter paramedics will provide will conduct home visits with Medicare patients focused on preventative care, chronic disease management, and post-hospital discharge follow-up.

Humana at Home of Chicago will reimburse the city for the visits which will utilize existing staff and equipment. The cost to the city for fire department personnel and the vehicle for the program is an estimated $133,559 per year. Payments from Humana to the fire department are expected to total up to $8,400 per month and cover most of the cost.

While conducting a home health visit that can help reduce re-admissions into hospitals, fire department personnel also will conduct a safety check of the home or apartment. Those checks could include looking for trip hazards, making sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are operational, and providing residents with fire prevention information.

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As seen around … Frankfort

From Josh Boyajian:

Frankfort Engine 74

Frankfort Engine 74 – 2014 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/1000/25. Josh Boyajian photo

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Wauconda Fire District news

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A group of Wauconda firefighters responded to a supermarket cashier’s generosity this week by donating money to a Hurricane Harvey relief effort.

Lt. Joe Studer and two other firefighters from Wauconda Fire District station No. 2 were about to pay for groceries  Wednesday morning when they were dispatched to a call.

Before abandoning their purchase at the register, they asked the cashier to ring up the groceries and promised to return to pay.

Calls during shopping happen occasionally, Studer said, and the firefighters always return for their goods, but this time, the cashier personally paid the bill, which came to nearly $50.

Firefighters traditionally pay for their own meals when on shift. Instead of pocketing the $50 they would have spent on food, they donated the money to the American Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Wauconda firefighters and police officers stood at the intersection of Main Street and Route 176 on Friday to collect donations for the Red Cross, too.

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New ambulance for Cicero

From Josh Boyajian:

Cicero FD Ambulance F10

Cicero FD Ambulance F10. Josh Boyajian photo

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