Archive for November 4th, 2017

Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District news

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A program new to the Roscoe region offers free medical identification bracelets to residents with dementia or autism and at risk for wandering away.

The Roscoe Police Department and Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District have partnered with the nonprofit MedicAlert Foundation to provide these free bracelets and free around the clock emergency support services.

Police and fire officials will be able to enroll area residents and their caregivers in MedicAlert’s national database — documenting their medical conditions, sharing that information with health care providers and providing bracelets listing their medical conditions by using medical terminology and abbreviations, according to the departments and MedicAlert.

Enrollment forms are available at the Roscoe Police Department’s front desk. For more information contact the organization at or the police department at 815-623-7338.

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Rockford Fire Department news

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Every day, paramedics in Rockford are seeing drug overdoses and they believe the problem is getting worse.

“Sometimes you get five or six in a day, “said Firefighter/Paramedic Matthew Unger.

“If we go a shift without having one then we’re pretty lucky,” said Firefighter/Paramedic A.J. Dilonardo.

Getting called for an overdose every day isn’t out of the norm for Rockford firefighters. They are responding to overdose calls more than ever before.

In 2010, they had 181 overdose calls. It saw peaks and valleys the next few years; 241 overdose calls in 2012, 181 in 2015. But so far 2017 has overshadowed them all with 254 overdose calls just through October.

“Not always does it get called out as an overdose, sometimes it gets called out as an unconscious person, unresponsive,” said Dilonardo,

Rockford’s ambulances are stocked with Narcan. Paramedics say they sometimes have to give people two, three even four doses of it to save someone from their overdose. And it’s not just heroin they’re seeing people overdose on.

“St. Anthony has been giving us a lot of training in how to recognize not just heroin overdose but fentanyl, and even now tranquilizers. Stuff that’s used for large animals that people are getting their hands on, ” said Lt. Trevor Hogan

There’s another dangerous and powerful opioid paramedics are preparing to see hit our streets. One that could spike our overdose numbers even more. It’s called .

“There hasn’t been any cases around here. There’s certain areas in the country this has been occurring but it’s the next step we could be seeing,” said Hogan.

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Fire extinguisher recall

Excerpts from the state-journal

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is warning people of a recall notice for about 40 million Kidde brand fire extinguishers due to a problem with the plastic handle that can cause the extinguisher to not activate during an emergency.

The recall affects 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between Jan. 1, 1973 and Aug. 15, 2017. The recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: ones with plastic handles and ones with a push-button “Pindicator.”

Affected consumers should contact Kidde for a free replacement fire extinguisher. Contact Kidde toll-free at (855) 271-0773 or go to and click on “Product Safety Recall” for additional information.

One death has been linked to problems with the extinguishers, according to a notice Thursday from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In 2014, extinguishers failed to function as they should for emergency personnel responding to a fiery car wreck.