Archive for February 13th, 2024

Fire Service news

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Students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale learn through experiential programs, and Badd Axe Ladies, a special job shadowing opportunity, is another example of that.

The SIU Public Health program and the Carbondale Fire Department are partnering to offer this program in March to SIU female students from any major. Participants will gain valuable experience, add to their resumes, learn about public service and enjoy some team building time. Their experience will include time in the fire station and doing ride-alongs on fire calls March 15 and 21 and will wrap up with hands-on fire drills, doing a live training exercise in full firefighting gear March 23-24.

The program’s inaugural year at SIU was 2023, and about a half-dozen women participated. This year, Jenna Jaimeson, SIU Public Health Undergraduate Program director and instructor, said she anticipates about 10 university students of various majors will participate.

“The goal is to help the Carbondale fire department and show young women that they have a place in traditionally male-dominated fields,” Jamieson said. “It’s also a valuable experience for our public health students as they will be working with first responders in their future careers, and it gives them the opportunity to better understand the roles of some of those first responders.”

The program actually began a few years ago when Jamieson was employed at Carbondale Community High School, and it is currently also open to young women ages 16 and older from Carbondale and Murphysboro high schools and John A. Logan Community College.

Those who are interested in applying can contact Jamieson at SIU by email at or find out more on the Carbondale Fire Department Badd Axe Ladies webpage or the Badd Axe Ladies Facebook page. Applications are due Feb. 15.

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Elk Grove Village Fire Department news

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One person was injured after fire broke out in an industrial park near O’Hare Airport Tuesday morning, sending thick plumes of smoke into the sky.

The fire started around 7 a.m. at a semi-truck repair business near the west end of O’Hare’s airfield by Pan Am Boulevard and United Lane in Elk Grove Village. It turned into an inferno, sending clouds of black smoke into the sky.

The smoke could be seen for miles and reportedly caused planes at O’Hare to be assigned to different runways, and the fire knocked down utility wires. Firefighters said the presence of petroleum products contributed to the volume of the blaze.

“When we arrived on the scene we encountered four semi-trailers on fire, two tractors, seven personal vehicles as well as overhead power lines,” Elk Grove Village Acting Fire Chief Nathan Gac said. “There was also a worker that was a victim of some burns and that took the priority of our response …. We are working with the Illinois EPA to monitor the water runoff as well as the Water Reclamation District to make sure if there’s any contaminants that might have been contained. are cleaned up appropriately.”

The burn victim was transported to Loyola Hospital.

The Bensenville and Wooddale fire departments assisted. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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