Archive for February, 2024

Orland Fire Protection District news

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The Orland Fire Protection District honored several firefighter/paramedics who saved the life of cardiac victim Don Torgerson.

Torgerson and his wife and son attended the meeting of the Orland Fire Protection District (OFPD) on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024 to express his gratitude for their lifesaving efforts.

The OFPD received a call on Nov. 30, 2023 for a person passed out at 14701 S. LaGrange Rd and Dispatcher Logan Maske immediately recognized that the patient was in cardiac arrest. 

Orland Park Police Officer Sean Murphy arrived on the scene and provided CPR until the arrival of OFPD EMS, saving Torgerson’s life.

The William Bonnar Sr. Life Saving Award was presented by OFPD Fire Chief Michael Schofield and EMS Coordinator Lt. Joshua Girdick to the responding team including to:

  • Ambulance 1 arrived with PC L. Ramirez and AD A. Hiller
  • Utility 1 arrived with Engineer C. Murray and Firefighter J. McCleary
  • Truck 1 arrived with Lieutenant B. Buenzow, Engineer S. McDonald, and Firefighter B. Steele
  • Battalion Chief J. Hynes was in Command

CPR and advanced life support care were provided and the patient experienced a return of spontaneous circulation. 

The patient was immediately assisted and taken by ambulance to Palos Community Hospital. All involved moved quickly and effectively to help successfully resuscitate the patient.

Torgerson, a former police officer whose father is a former firefighter, thanked the EMS response.

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Fire Service News

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Last week, AT&T suffered a nationwide outage that the company believes was caused by “the application and execution of an incorrect process used as we were expanding our network, not a cyber attack,” according to the company’s website. 

AT&T acknowledged the outage on its site at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday and reported that all service was restored just after 2 p.m.  Despite many AT&T customers on post being unable to use their wireless devices, emergency personnel –who rely on AT&T’s FirstNet for some communications – were fully operational.  

Nationwide, there were reports from some civilian police and fire departments of FirstNet being down. 

“This outage has had no impact on the First Responder Broadband Network (FirstNet) on Redstone Arsenal,” Deputy Fire Chief Robert Simmons said. “Our FirstNet devices have continued to function normally. I have talked with network engineers at AT&T, and they tell me this is true of the network across the nation.” 

Simmons also said this incident showed an “excellent proof of concept” referring to the work the installation has done to install a dedicated communications network for first responders on post, which is part of an Armywide partnership with the FirstNet Government Authority and AT&T. 

“It shows how well Band 14, the band dedicated to FirstNet, functions even when there is an outage on the commercial side,” Simmons said. “This event shows why this capability is a critical component in our ability to connect first responders.” 

Redstone Arsenal was the first installation with an approved infrastructure application consisting of three macro towers, 28 small cells and miles of fiber. The system gives emergency personnel’s communications across the network priority over other traffic.  

According to the company’s website, “FirstNet is different from other carriers in that it has a dedicated public safety core that routes FirstNet traffic.  “It also encrypts network traffic within the core, creating the highly secure environment public safety requires.”

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Monee Fire Protection District history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT-This was the Monee FPD’s Engine  #111(later 583), a 1979 Ford F/FMC 750/500.  Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa; #TBT; #FireTruck; #vintage; #TBT; #MikeSumma; #MoneeFPD;

Mike Summa photo

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New use for old Chicago firehouse (more)

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr:

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The rehabilitation of two historical Jefferson Park buildings could help revitalize the neighborhood, and the developer is looking for tenants.

For the past eight years, developer Tim Pomaville has been working to transform the Jefferson Park firehouse at 4841 N. Lipps Ave. into a mixed-use residential development. The initial plans involved Lake Effect Brewing Company setting up its taproom on the ground floor, but years of delays and complications to buy and rezone the property prompted the brewery to pull the plug in 2022.

Ambrosia Homes, Inc. has similar plans for the Lero building at 4762 N. Milwaukee Ave. Pomaville. Both buildings are ready for commercial tenants to draw people to Jefferson Park. Ambrosia Homes unveiled plans to invest $2.4 million into the former Jefferson Park firehouse in 2018.

Built in 1906, the firehouse has been vacant for years. The city council agreed to sell the property to Ambrosia Homes in 2021 as part of its $1 land sale program. Ambrosia paid $208,000 to the city, which used the money for remediation reimbursement. Lead paint and asbestos had to be removed from the fire station.

With Lake Effect’s taproom on the ground floor, the plan was to add a third floor and building nine apartment units in the upper levels.

The property had to undergo a zoning change in 2020, and a liquor sales ban was lifted along the street in 2021. After six years of waiting, Lake Effect couldn’t weather any more delays as its lease at 4727 W. Montrose Ave. was up at the end of 2022, the owner said at the time. Instead, the brewery found a different location.

Now, Ambrosia Homes is looking for another business to take over the space. The ground floor could be split into two 4,000-square-foot units that would each be rented for about $3,700 a month. Plans for the residential portion of the building have also changed. The firehouse will likely remain two stories, and the upstairs will have four apartments.

While some potential tenants have asked about buying the firehouse, Ambrosia Homes is not looking to sell.

Named after its former owner, the building functioned as a billiard hall and amateur boxing ring in the 1920s. Over the years, the two-story bow truss building has also housed a relief center for people struggling with food insecurity, a community hall and a furniture business. The building has largely sat vacant for the past 30 years.

The Lero is a prime location just a short walk from the Jefferson Park Blue Line station and next to a cannabis dispensary called Cannabist, which revitalized two empty storefronts in 2022.

Like the Jefferson Park firehouse, the Lero’s ground floor could be split into two 5,000-square-foot units. Rent for each would be $3,800 a month, but Ambrosia Homes is willing to sell the building for $695,000.

If Ambrosia retains ownership of the Lero, they plan on building six apartments on the upper floor and are considering adding a third floor. The building has six parking spots in the back.

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New truck for Romeoville FD (more)

This from Bill Schreiber:

Romeoville FD Engine 22 Rosenbauer Commander 55Ft. ACP chassis production update.; #rosenbaueramerica; #Commander; #beingbuilt; #firetruck; #RomeovilleFD;

Rosenbauer photo; #rosenbaueramerica; #Commander; #beingbuilt; #firetruck; #RomeovilleFD;

Rosenbauer photo; #rosenbaueramerica; #Commander; #beingbuilt; #firetruck; #RomeovilleFD;

Rosenbauer photo; #rosenbaueramerica; #Commander; #beingbuilt; #firetruck; #RomeovilleFD;

Rosenbauer photo; #rosenbaueramerica; #Commander; #beingbuilt; #firetruck; #RomeovilleFD;

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Rosenbauer photo

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Brush fire in Oak park, 2-26-24

This from Charles Fox:

A good stop by OPFD — brush fire along elevated rail tracks while a freight train with many tank cars was parked adjacent to the fire; #OakParkFD;  #firefighters;

Charles Fox photo; #FireTruck; #OakParkFD;  #HME; #SilverFox;

Charles Fox photo; #FireTruck; #OakParkFD;  #HME; #SilverFox;

Charles Fox photo

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New engine and truck for Glenview


Job: #37841 | Illinois | Enforcer Pumper; #Pierce; #GlenviewFD; #FireTruck;

macqueen emergency photo

Job: #37840 | Illinois | Enforcer HD 107 RM; #Pierce; #GlenviewFD; #FireTruck; #Enforcer;

macqueen emergency photo

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House fire in Buffalo Grove, 2-20-24 (more)

More photos of the House fire in Buffalo Grove, 2-20-24; #JimmyBolf; #firefighters; #BuffaloGroveFD;

Jimmy Bolf photo; #JimmyBolf; #firefighters; #BuffaloGroveFD;

Jimmy Bolf photo; #JimmyBolf; #firefighters; #BuffaloGroveFD;

Jimmy Bolf photo

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Buffalo Grove Fire Department news (more)

A photo of conditions at the arrival of firefighters in Buffalo Grove 2-21-24; #flames; #housefire; #BuffaloGrove; #AndyRussell;

photo from Andy Russell

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Gary FD Ambulance remount

From Crossroads Ambulance sales and service LLC Facebook: 
Gary Fire Department Medwerks Ambulance Remount is back from paint and mounted! Door assembly and installation, electrical hookup, and interior upgrades all in progress.; #ambulance; #remount; #GaryFD;

Crossroads Ambulance photo; #ambulance; #remount; #GaryFD;

Crossroads Ambulance photo; #ambulance; #remount; #GaryFD;

Crossroads Ambulance photo

thanks Martin

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