Archive for April 8th, 2020

Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19

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Several dozen members of the Chicago Fire Department have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the department to 46. Of those, nine employees have returned to duty as of Tuesday. Another 18 are currently quarantined after a confirmed exposure to the coronavirus.

When the department announced its first coronavirus case three weeks ago, the CFD was taking measures to protect its members from the disease, including dedicating specific ambulances for patients with suspected COVID-19. The department still has four ambulance dedicated for that purpose.

For now, all paramedics responding to respiratory calls or suspected COVID-19 patients are dressing in personal protective equipment including an N-95 mask, face shield and gloves. Paramedics who use a CPAP breathing machine on a patient, regardless of the call involving COVID-19, are sleeping in separate quarters to minimize possible exposure. Firehouses and ambulances are also undergoing thorough cleanings after contact with a coronavirus patient.

The Chicago police announced Tuesday that 112 of its members have tested positive for COVID-19. Last week a veteran undercover CPD officer died from the coronavirus.

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Chicago Fire Department news

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Chicago firefighters responded to a fire in a single-story home about 10:20 a.m. in the 5300 block of South Wallace Street on Tuesday. A woman, about 60 years old, suffered third degree burns over the majority of her body  and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition.

woman critically injured in Chicago house fire

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Stone Park Fire Department news (more)

The Stone Park Fire Department is closing

The Stone park Fire Department is being dissolved

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19

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Firefighter Mario Araujo, 49, became the first Chicago firefighter that has died from the coronavirus.  He worked in the Rogers Park neighborhood for more than 16 years.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford wrote on Twitter that Araujo joined the department in October 2003 and spent most of his career at Truck 25. The fire department did not say how Araujo contracted the virus. Langford said department officials will meet with the firefighters union “and look into details of (Araujo’s) death to see how it will be classified.”

Currently, 46 Chicago Fire Department employees have COVID-19.

Last week, Marco DiFranco, a 50-year-old Chicago police officer, died of the virus.

Though officials have not said how DiFranco contracted the disease, his death was classified as a line of duty death.

Chicago Firefighter Mario Araujo

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