Archive for April 3rd, 2023

Boone County Fire Protection District #2 news

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Many people in Boone County could lose their ambulance service next year, and Fire District #2 has a plan, but it means more in taxes.

Boone County voters will decide on Tuesday if Boone County Fire Protection District #2 will get their ambulance service. The referendum is for two, full-staffed ambulances with 24/7 service. The cost is about $130 per year on a $100,000 house. The district had been using ambulance service through the hospital, but that contract is ending. The district will have to rely on surrounding communities for help if the referendum does not pass.

That the district will still use the help of other districts if needed, but does not want to rely on that for day-to-day calls.

Polls will open at 6 a.m. Tuesday and will close at 7 p.m.

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Of interest … fire service humor

This from Crabby Milton:

Something light hearted


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One dead after storm hits Belvidere, 3-31-23

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One person was killed and 28 others were injured after a full roof collapse at the Apollo Theatre in Belvidere, Illinois, on Friday evening. Approximately 260 people, including guests, performers and staff, were inside the venue for a metal rock concert at the time of the collapse.

Belvidere is in northern Illinois, approximately 14 miles outside the city of Rockford. Despite severe weather in the region, there were no reports of an actual tornado hitting the area, Belvidere Fire Chief Shawn Schadle said.

During their initial response, crews coming into the building assisted in getting people out from under the debris. Crews established a triage center and relocation point for victims. Twenty-eight people were transported by ambulance to nearby hospitals. Five had severe injuries; 18 had moderate injuries; and five had minor injuries. 

An investigation into the collapse is ongoing. 

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 Gov. JB Pritzker visited The Apollo Theatre on Sunday where he praised concert-goers and emergency personnel for their quick actions Friday after a tornado ripped the roof off the historic structure.

He was in town to survey the damage and pledge the state’s support to Belvidere’s recovery efforts. His visit came one day after issuing a disaster proclamation, which paves the way for state funding and other resources to help residents and businesses affected by the powerful storms. The disaster proclamation includes Boone, Crawford, DuPage, Marion, and Sangamon counties.

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado ripped a path from Davis Junction to Belvidere, culminating in the collapse of the Apollo’s roof during a concert. The collapse killed Fred Livingston Jr., a 51-year-old father of three. There were 48 other people injured, including five who remain in critical condition.

The injuries sustained have not been specified, but the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director said they were from blunt-force trauma and other soft-tissue wounds.

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Naperville Fire Department history

From a reader:

I came across this old photo of Naperville E2 that I took back in the 1980’s. It was a Kodachrome slide. Amazingly, the image quality has held up well. I scanned it to share.  I have a photo of the current E2 also. 
Old E2- 1975 Mack MB/Emergency One
Current E2- 2010 Spartan/Crimson (Ex-Naperville E4); #FireTruck; #NapervilleFD; #Spartan; #Gladiator; #Crimson;

Naperville FD Engine 2 – 2010 Spartan Gladiator/Crimson fire engine; #FireTruck; #NapervilleFD; #MackMB; #EONE; #EmergencyOne;

Naperville FD Engine 2 – 1975 Mack MB/Emergency One fire engine

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