Archive for May 29th, 2018

Cancer in the fire service (more)

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The Massachusetts Senate on Tuesday voted to set aside $420,000 to help municipalities buy equipment to remove deadly carcinogens from firefighters’ gear.

Under a budget amendment (1018) the money would seed a new trust fund to support the bulk purchase of extractors — large washing machines that can remove carcinogens that permeate clothing even after firefighters leave a scene. A $10,000 to $20,000 expense, extractors can be cost-prohibitive for municipalities, and nearly 30 percent of Massachusetts communities lack such equipment while others have outdated models.

In his maiden speech to his colleagues, the Foxborough Democrat invoked Saint Florian, the patron saint of firefighters, and the late Sen. Ken Donnelly, whom he called “one of our own patron saints.” Donnelly, a 37-year Lexington firefighter who also held posts with the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, died in April 2017 after battling a brain tumor.

The U.S. Senate last week passed a bill which would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop and maintain a registry to collect data regarding the incidence of cancer in firefighters. A 2015 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study found firefighters had a greater number of cancer diagnoses than the general population, according to Collins’ office. The bill had already passed the U.S. House, which now needs to approve a Senate amendment to it.

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New engine for Summit FD

The Summit FD has acquired a former Tinley Park engine which is now assigned as Engine 953.

Summit FD Engine 953

Summit FD Engine 953 (X-Tinley Park) on scene at a recent fire. Chi-Town Fire Photos

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Chicago Fire Department Lodd Firefighter Juan Bucio

From Chicago Fire Department Media on Twitter:

The entire Chicago Fire Department’s prayers go out to the family of Firefighter Juan Bucio who tragically passed away answering a call of a person in the water near 2600 S. Ashland.

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The city of Chicago was in mourning after a Chicago Fire Department diver died Monday from injuries sustained during a rescue operation.

Juan Bucio, 46, was among the first responders firefighters called to a report of a person missing in the Chicago River near the 2600 block of South Ashland Avenue at around 8 p.m. Monday night. Fire officials said Bucio was searching for a 28-year-old man who witnesses said they saw jump from a boat into the river. At one point, Bucio lost communication with his dive partner during the rescue attempt.

He was later located and CPR was administered before he was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, where he later died.

“An order was given to switch out divers to bring the second team in, give them a break,” Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said at a news conference. “At that time, they were coming towards the boat. His partner turned around and he was missing, that quick.”

Bucio joined the fire department in 2003, and has been on the dive team since 2007. He is survived by his two sons, ages seven and nine, and nine siblings, including a brother who works for the Chicago Fire Department, and a sister who works for the Chicago Police Department.

Officials did not locate the missing boater, and a search for him was expected to resume in daylight on Tuesday.

Bucio was the 13th member of the Chicago Fire Department to die in the line of duty since the year 2000.

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New ladder truck for Central Stickney FPD (more)

Completion photos of the New ladder truck for Central Stickney FPD ready for final inspection

new fire truck for the Central Stickney FPD

Pierce photo

new fire truck for the Central Stickney FPD

Pierce photo

new fire truck for the Central Stickney FPD

Pierce photo

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