Archive for August, 2022

New engine for Bridgeview FD

From the Fire Service Inc. Facebook page:

Thank you Bridgeview Fire Department and Chief Keith Grzadziel for trusting Fire Service, Inc., with the purchase of your new E-ONE custom pumper.
Highlights include:
Typhoon custom cab with 16” raised roof
Cummins L9 450HP engine with Allison EVS3000 transmission
E-ONE stainless steel body with painted ROM doors
780-gallon water tank
Hale QMAX 1500-GPM pump
Whelen Emergency warning lights
Federal Q2B mechanical siren and PA300 electronic siren; #FireTruck; #EONE; #BridgeviewFD; #Typhoon;

click to download; #FireTruck; #EONE; #BridgeviewFD; #Typhoon;

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Chicago FD ambulance stolen (more)

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A Chicago man is accused of stealing a city ambulance and leading police on a 70-mile chase through several counties. But records show that neither the city nor Cook County is pressing charges for the theft – leaving only charges in Grundy County.

Newly obtained video shows the very beginning of a police pursuit after the Chicago Fire Department ambulance was stolen from outside the Chinatown firehouse on April 25. The dashcam video shows a squad car first spotting the vehicle at 5:06 p.m. on I-55, 22 minutes after it was stolen off the street.

After a prolonged pursuit, authorities said 45-year-old Chicago attorney Benjamin Herrington was eventually arrested near Dwight in Livingston County. He was taken to a hospital in Morris, which is how the case ended up on the desk of Grundy County State’s Attorney Jason Helland.

Herrington was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and damage to government property. He has pleaded not guilty, was released on bond earlier this month and is slated to go to trial in October.

The Chicago police report filed when investigators closed the case on May 6 reveals that the damages to the ambulance required repairs totaling $7,833.44 – and that “no additional charges would be sought in Cook County.” The reason? “Grundy County’s intent to charge in their jurisdiction and Herrington’s possible mental health concerns,” the report reads. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said CPD never referred the matter for charging.

“One of the criticisms I had was, ‘How does a Chicago ambulance that was stolen in Cook County end up being at the cost of the Grundy County taxpayers?’ That was a legitimate concern,” Helland said, adding that his answer to the questions he’s faced is: “When an offender puts Grundy County at risk, we’re not going to ask for another jurisdiction to successfully prosecute the case.”

“I’ve always told my prosecutors, don’t rely on other prosecutors in other counties not under our direction to do the right thing,” he added. “We don’t know the strengths and weaknesses of their cases, but if they’re committing criminal acts in Grundy County, they need to be held accountable.”

As for mental health concerns being a reason Chicago police didn’t pursue charges, Helland estimated that 75 to 80% of his office’s cases are tied in some way to substance abuse or mental health problems. And without a robust and accessible system in place to treat those issues, the responsibility often falls to the criminal justice system.

“Mental health considerations are factored into account ultimately when we have a disposition on a case,” Helland continued. “We want to make sure that once there’s a finding of guilty or a plea of guilty, that there’s a constructive sentence that, if an individual commits an offense based on a mental issue, that they have the proper rehabilitation and get the proper treatment.”

CPD declined to explain in any further detail why they closed the case without making their own arrest.

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New truck for Chicago

Truck 41 FDE- 375; #FireTruck; #E-ONE; #CFD; #ChicagoFD;
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Prospect Heights FPD news

This from Prospect Heights FPD Chief Drew Smith:

Here is a different kind of lift assist. Earlier today our deputy chief was leaving the firehouse when he noticed that the cell tower workers were stuck in their manlift. The lift was disabled so they could not get down. We used Tower 9 to assist them. No one was injured and they appeared to take this inconvenience as routine.; #Pierce; #ProspectHeightsFPD;

Prospect Heights FPD photo

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Prospect Heights FPD photo; #Pierce; #ProspectHeightsFPD; #manlift;

Prospect Heights FPD photo; #larryshapiro;; #firefighters; #JLG; #manlift; #ProspectHeightsFPD;

Larry Shapiro photo; #larryshapiro;; #firefighters; #JLG; #manlift; #ProspectHeightsFPD;

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New engine for Hanover Park FD (more)

From MacQueen Emergency:

Hanover Park FPD

Job: #36602 | Illinois | Enforcer Pumper; #Pierce; #HanoverParkFD; #FireTruck;

MacQueen Emergency photo; #Pierce; #HanoverParkFD; #FireTruck;

MacQueen Emergency photo; #Pierce; #HanoverParkFD; #FireTruck;

MacQueen Emergency photo; #Pierce; #HanoverParkFD; #FireTruck;

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New ambulance for Oak Forest

From Osage Ambulance:

Type I Super Warrior F550 ambulance sold to Oak Forest Fire Department in Oak Forest, IL; #OakForestFD; #OsageAmbulances; #ambulance;

Osage Ambulances photo; #OakForestFD; #OsageAmbulances; #ambulance;

Osage Ambulances photo; #OakForestFD; #OsageAmbulances; #ambulance;

Osage Ambulances photo

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Sandwich FPD rescue squad for sale

Found at

1974 Ford Rescue Truck

Auction Ends.  9/8/22 7:30 PM ET

Refresh Bid & Time

Buyer’s Premium. 12.50%

Starting Bid.  $1,000.00

Bids. 9

High Bidderb*************n

Current Bid.   $1,725.00

Bid Increment. $25.00

Minimum Bid  $1,750.00.  

1974 Ford Rescue Truck

The truck runs great and has new brakes and tires.

Truck features roll-up doors, manual transmission, lightbar, and siren. The siren can be removed if needed.

Lots of storage and compartment space available.

Please see the attached Fire Apparatus Inspection Form.

For questions, please contact the Metropolis Fire Department at 618-524-2121.

All items are sold as-is.; #SandwichFPD; #firetruckforsale;

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Cancer in the Fire Service

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The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), and the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association are both warning members that the protective gear firefighters wear poses a health risk because it can contain PFAS, synthetic chemicals associated with issues such as an increased risk of liver and kidney cancer.

PFAS, short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are often referred to as “forever chemicals” because they’re nearly impossible to destroy. They’re able to resist stains, grease and water, so are used to make products such as workout clothing, raincoats, and firefighters’ turnout gear, which is designed to block both moisture and heat. In addition to certain cancers, PFAS have also been linked to risks of low birth weight, high cholesterol and thyroid disease.

The groups advised firefighters to wear turnout gear only when absolutely necessary, in order to reduce their exposure to the chemicals. The groups also recommended that firefighters seal the gear in a container or a bag during transport, wash their hands after touching the items and avoid bringing them into firehouse living areas.

The advisory is based on research showing that PFAS can leach out of turnout gear onto firefighters’ skin and potentially enter their bloodstream. But it’s hard to quantify precisely how often that happens or what health risks different exposure levels pose.

Firefighters may be at particular risk of exposure to PFAS from clothing because they wear their gear for long periods of time, often while they’re sweating and exposed to high heat.

But 3M, a manufacturer of turnout gear, questioned the association of PFAS with health risks like cancer. “Global health agencies and researchers acknowledge the limited nature of evidence indicating that PFAS cause harmful effects for specific health endpoints,” the company said in a statement.

Firefighters also get exposed to PFAS through foam used on fires that are difficult to extinguish, though some fire departments have replaced the foam with PFAS-free alternatives. The foam likely poses a greater health threat than turnout gear because firefighters are “drenched in it, and possibly even ingesting and inhaling some of it and absorbing it through their eyes and other mucous membranes.”

The International Association of Fire Fighters said that PFAS is just one source of cancer risk that firefighters face on the job. Cancer caused 61% of line-of-duty deaths among career firefighters from January 2002 to December 2016, according to the union, due to factors such as smoke inhalation and chemical exposure. Firefighters have a 9% higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer than the overall U.S. population, according to federal data, and a 14% higher risk of dying from cancer.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer recently classified firefighting as an occupation as carcinogenic. The IAFF is trying to eliminate exposures where it can, with the understanding that the job still carries risk.

Most people in the United States have been exposed to PFAS and have the chemicals in their blood, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PFAS have been found in many consumer goods, including food packaging, carpets, cookware, and personal care products.

The chemicals can lurk in drinking water. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, PFAS may pose health risks at near-zero concentrations in water, so the agency set new limits for levels of PFAS in drinking water in June.

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New engine for Wheeling

From MacqueenEmergency:

Wheeling FD – Job: #37176 | Illinois | Enforcer pumper; #FireTruck; #Pierce; #Enforcer; #WheelingFD;

MacQueen Emergency photo; #FireTruck; #Pierce; #Enforcer; #WheelingFD;

MacQueen Emergency photo

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New rescue squad for Des Plaines (more)

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:

Des Plaines has placed a new unit in service at Station 63. Rescue 63 is a 2021 Ford F-550 Alexis 12′ Response Rescue. Des Plaines is using this unit to run on non emergency calls, follow the ambulance instead of the squad, fire calls, and is also the jump company for their 4th ambulance. Station 63 staffs (2) on Ambulance 63, (3) on Squad 63, (2) on Rescue 63/Ambulance 64.; #chi-townfirephotos; #DesPlainesFD; #Alexis; #FireTruck;

Chi-Town Fire Photos

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