Archive for November 22nd, 2017

Morris Fire Protection District news

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The Morris Fire & Protection District will be seeking a tax increase on the March 20, 2018 general election. The district approved unanimously on Nov. 16 a measure to place a referendum on the ballot to impove ambulance service for residents and visitors to the district.

If the referendum passes. it would increase the maximum ambulance tax rate for the district from 10 cents per $100 to 35 cents per $100. If the district levied the full amount available, the owner of a $100,000 home who is currently paying $3 for the service would see an increase of approximately $7 per month in ambulance service taxes.

“The district has taken a very fiscally responsible approach to budgeting and the trustees will continue this effort,” Board President Dave Bonomo said. “To meet the needs of our District taxpayers and provide outstanding ambulance and fire response we are asking for our first-rate increase in 25 years.”

The district would take the maximum increase and purchase another ambulance while the additional funds will be used to replace the 72-year-old downtown fire station. The district has a capital fund for building replacement that currently has a balance of $1.6 million dollars. The estimated cost of replacement is $2.75 to $3 million dollars.

The district serves approximately 22,000 residents across 140 square miles in Grundy County.

The board determined that the district needs to expand its advanced life support (ALS) ambulance coverage to district residents due to the continued increase of emergency medical calls. To increase ALS coverage, the district would add a third ambulance to its current fleet available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The district has been operating on the current tax rate since 1992 and feels it needs this increase to provide the needed services for the increase in calls and an aging population. If a majority of voters in the district approve, the district would be permitted to increase its ambulance levy up to a maximum of 35 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation.

In addition to the expanded ALS ambulance coverage, the district also plans to use the increased tax revenue to replace aging emergency vehicles and to retain trained personnel.

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Wauconda Fire District news

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Wauconda Fire District Chief Mike Wahl is retiring after nearly 34 years with the department. He is stepping down effective Jan. 1, though a traditional walkout ceremony is planned for Dec. 15, his last day on the job.

He joined the department as a firefighter-paramedic in May 1984 and rose through the ranks. He’s been fire chief since 2015. Wahl also has served as Wauconda’s emergency management agency director, and he’s served on Illinois’ emergency services management and incident management teams, among other responsibilities.

The fire district board has selected David Geary, the agency’s business manager, to succeed Wahl. He joined the district in 1978 as a firefighter-paramedic and stayed on staff until 1990. He returned to the district in 2012 as business manager, a post with financial and administrative duties. Geary will be sworn in as the new chief Dec. 21.

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East Joliet FPD news

From the East Joliet FPD Facebook page:

We are happy to announce that former Engine 52 (531) will be donated to Pink Heals Joliet Area Chapter. It was delivered to them this morning and once in service for them will be known as “Big AL” in honor of the late Ret. Captain AL Hentsch.

East Joliet FPD fire engine

from the East Joliet FPD Facebook page

firefighter loses battle with cancer

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East Joliet FPD

from the East Joliet FPD Facebook page

Ret. Captain AL Hentsch

from the East Joliet FPD Facebook page

thanks Dennis

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Elmhurst Fire Department news

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Elmhurst Hospital has awarded its 2017 Emergency Medical Services Run of the Year award to members of the Elmhurst Fire Department.

Paramedics Danielle Fernandez and Sarah Hand and firefighters Patrick Evoy, Gary Klecka, Tim Lisowski, and Lt. Jeff Hayes were recognized for their care of an 80-year-old man who fell while at church and was unresponsive in May.

When the crew arrived, bystanders were performing CPR, which Hand continued. Fernandez delivered a shock from an AED after which the patient was breathing and had a pulse. The paramedics provided additional treatment in the ambulance while on the way to Elmhurst Hospital Emergency Department. The patient was admitted to Elmhurst Hospital and released a few days later.

The Run of the Year recipients were honored at Elmhurst Hospital’s fifth annual Emergency Medical Services Recognition Dinner on Oct. 26 at Pinstripes in Oak Brook.

Other area emergency medical services personnel and police officers were honored at the event, which caps off the yearlong Run of the Month program in which area first responders firefighters and MES personnel are recognized for exceptional care with a breakfast at their station.

Elmhurst Hospital has been honoring area emergency medical services providers with Run of the Month since 2012.

Teams are selected based on excellent communication from the field, excellent work in gathering information, clear and thorough documentation, superior clinical assessment skills, heroic behavior in the field, and superior partnership and teamwork with Elmhurst Hospital.

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