Archive for August 21st, 2019

Fire Service news

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Illinois American Water (IAW) is accepting applications for its 2019 Firefighter Grant Program. Through this program, the company provides financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations in its service areas.

Since 2010, IAW has awarded over $493,000 for over 500 grants to Illinois firefighters. Through this grant program, IAW is able to assist firefighters with critical equipment and training.

Fire departments-districts are eligible for one grant per year. Uniformed professional and volunteer fire departments serving IAW’s service territory are eligible for a grant of up to $1,000 to cover costs associated with the following:

  • Personal protective gear

  • Communications equipment

  • Firefighting tools

  • Water handling equipment

  • Training and related activities/materials used to support community fire protection

  • Reimbursement for specific fire training classes, including training manuals and workbooks

  • Fire departments should send a letter of application by no later than Sept. 10, 2019 to Karen Cotton, manager of external affairs, at


Long Grove Fire Protection District news

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As a Long Grove Fire Protection District crew participated in continuing education for cardiac arrest protocols, a man sounded his truck’s horn at the station’s garage doors seeking help last month.

Chief Robert Turpel issued commendations Monday night to his firefighters and the registered nurse who was providing the cardiac arrest training for saving the life of Christopher Loeber, 58, of Long Grove. 

Loeber was heading to work on July 16 when he began having breathing problems. After finding his rescue inhaler empty and unable to speak, he decided against calling 911 and figured the firehouse was his best shot for help. He pulled his truck in front of the fire station’s doors at about 10:10 a.m.

CPR and advanced life support were provided to Loeber, who was without a pulse for possibly up to three minutes. His pulse returned with adequate cardiac output on the way to Good Shepherd,

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