Archive for January 26th, 2024

Elgin Fire Department news

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A house fire in the 200 block of Hamilton Ave. just before 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Elgin left one firefighter hospitalized and a home heavily damaged. 

On arrival, smoke was seen coming from the attic, and crews attacked the fire from the inside and found flames coming from the attic, first floor, and the basement. 

The fire was contained in about 20 minutes. 

One firefighter was taken to the hospital with a minor injury, but no other injuries were reported. No one was inside at the time of the fire. 

Damages from the fire are estimated at over $175,000. 

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Chicago Fire Department news

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Some of the top authorities on firefighting and emergency care in the U.S. appeared in Chicago on Tuesday.

With more than 150 people already killed in fires in the U.S. this year — a rate on track to top 2023 fire deaths in the country — fire prevention safety measures were a big focus in a wide-ranging press conference at a firehouse in North Lawndale on the city’s Southwest Side  because it’s one of the busiest in the city.

Chicago Fire Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt joined Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials and U.S. Fire Administrator Dr. Lori Moore-Merrrell on the Chicago leg of a three-city tour to promote FEMA’s #WinterReady Campaign.

Tuesday’s campaign stop was held at the firehouse .

They also called for better building standards and enforcement of existing fired codes, citing stats on deadly fires nationwide like the following:

  • 1.2 million structure fires were reported in 2023.
  • 2,300 people were killed in fires in 2023.
  • So far in 2024, 162 people have died in fires, 25 of them children under age 5.
  • So far this year, Chicago has only had one fire-related death. But last year that number was 30, the highest total in recent history.

Just over the Indiana border earlier this week, five children died in a fire in South Bend. Officials say that fires today are burning faster than ever before, giving people less time to escape.

“This is partially because of the synthetic materials used in our furnishings and interior and interior finishes today,” explained Steve Kerber, vice president and executive director of the Fire Safety Research Institute. “It’s possible that a fire starting in a bedroom or a living room with a small flame can lead to a full room of fire in less than three minutes.

“And the heat and smoke generated by that fire are going to spread to the adjacent room and hallways of the room that’s on fire, making those rooms unsurvivable very quickly.”

The #WinterReady Campaign moves from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio, for its next stop. Additionally, FEMA has a virtual #WinterReady Extreme Cold Summit scheduled for Friday at 12:30 p.m.

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New mobile command center for Naperville


We recently completed this mobile command center for the City of Naperville in Illinois. The vehicle features a Freightliner M2 106 conventional single rear axle chassis with a 33,000 GVWR, Cummins L9 360HP diesel engine and an Allison 3000 EVS automatic transmission. The all aluminum body of the command center features two in-house fabricated flat floor slide-outs and our Intel-I-Touch™ vehicle automation system. We added an exterior charging station, exterior workstation and our Extreme Duty body storage compartments to the vehicle as well. A non locking rear pneumatic mast was added with perimeter surveillance camera equipment. To stabilize the command center on scene, a vehicle leveling system is installed. A TriMark keyless entry system has also been installed with remote radio frequency (RF) transmitter fob. Whelen emergency and scene lighting has also been installed to the exterior. A custom pull out aluminum stair cassette has been added for entry into the vehicle.

Inside, the command center has a front work area with two sets of café-style seating. The seats are fixed and made in house for staff. We added magnetic surface dry erase white boards to the side walls. We wall mounted a 55? high resolution display monitor to the front wall. Two additional 32? monitors have been added to the front area as well. The center of the vehicle has a large electronics rack and a closet with adjustable shelving. Magnetic soft close pocket doors are utilized for privacy.

The rear conference room has a center table with six spider base task chairs. Two additional workstations are included in the curbside rear slide out. A large 65? high resolution display monitor is wall mounted to the streetside wall. A 55? Vibe smartboard with conferencing camera is wall mounted to the rear wall.

The HVAC system consists of three ducted low profile rooftop A/C units with wall thermostat and two direct discharge diesel-fired furnaces. A poweful 20kW liquid cooled diesel generator supplies plenty of electric power to the command center. A full vehicle surge suppression system has been installed to protect all of the installed electronics. A Will-Burt Night Scan LED telescoping light tower is also installed. Four perimeter IP cameras are installed for surveillance. An Extron 4K 16×8 video matrix switcher handles all of the video sources.; #LDV; #MobileCommandCenter; #Naperville; #FreightlinerM2106;

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Vehicle Details

  • Freightliner M2 106 conventional single axle chassis
  • Cummins L9 diesel engine
  • Allison 3000EVS automatic transmission
  • (2) In-house fabricated flat floor slide outs
  • Weatherproof exterior workstation
  • Electronics charging station
  • Vehicle leveling system
  • Intel-I-Touch™ vehicle automation system
  • Extreme Duty body storage compartments
  • Non-locking rear pneumatic mast with perimeter surveillance cameras (2)
  • (4) Perimeter IP surveillance cameras on the body
  • 16×8 Extron video matrix switcher
  • TriMark keyless entry system
  • (8) Spider base task chairs
  • Fixed bench seating
  • Vibe collaboration monitor with conferencing camera
  • Pull out aluminum stair cassette at entry door
  • Café-style workstations in front room
  • Large electronics rack
  • Magnetic soft close pocket doors
  • Magnetic surface dry erase white boards
  • LED scene lighting
  • Complete emergency lighting and siren package
  • Prewired for communications radios

thanks Keith

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