Archive for September 21st, 2023

Naperville Fire Department news

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The Naperville Fire Department is getting help to deal with the increasing number of 911 calls related to mental health and quality-of-life concerns as the city council unanimously approved the hiring of six new firefighter/paramedics at an annual cost of $750,000. Because the hirings are anticipated to be made in October, council members also voted to amend the 2023 budget with a $175,000 addition to account for salaries and benefits through the end of the year.

The initiative is an expansion of the Community Advocate Response Team (CART) that began as a pilot program in 2022. The CART program requires extra staffing to build its capability to 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Because Naperville is part of the Ground Emergency Medical Transportation and Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport federal programs, the costs of the added firefighters/paramedics will be reimbursed to the city.

Their goal is to minimize or eliminate the issues, even if calls take several hours, before they become life-threatening events. No new equipment, vehicles ,or technology will be necessary in 2024.

“This is a paradigm shift in fire service today. Not just for Naperville, not just this region, but around the country.” Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis said.

According to statistics provided by the city, the number of calls for emergency medical services increased from 9,868 in 2020 to 12,095 in 2022. Calls categorized as mental health or quality of life concerns increased from 3,006 to 3,305 during that same time.

To address the rising number of calls with current staffing, $1.1 million a year in overtime would need to be paid.

“You will be seeing more of this happening, especially with departments our size and larger,” Puknaitis said of the CART program. “Because there’s a need out there. The world has changed. And the situations that we respond to, we have noticed, we can do more.”

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Lake Forest FD ambulance body for sale

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Ambulance Box Auction Ends.  9/28/23 5:00 PM ET

Remaining       9 Days 23 Hrs

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Starting Bid.   $500.00

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thanks Martin

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Lake Zurich Fire Department history

This from Larry Shapiro for #TBT:

A few former area units on scene in Lake Zurich back in 2004; #TBT; #larryshapiro;; #FireTruck; #LibertyvilleFD;

Former Libertyville FD Squad 2; #TBT; #larryshapiro;; #Ford; #ambulance; #Lincolnshire-RiverwoodsFPD;

Former Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD Ambulance 51; #TBT; #larryshapiro;; #FireTruck; #BuffaloGroveFD; #Seagrave;

Former Buffalo Grove Seagrave engine

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Orland Fire Protection District history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT-Orland FPD’s Engines 7&8, 1999 Pierce Saber 1500/750.  Photo taken at Orland Maintenance Bldg.  I believe these two are dedicated spares, correct me if I am wrong.  These two are probably gone since last week I spotted an Engine 8 in town which was a 2009 Spartan/Darley.  Enjoy and comment.
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