Archive for February 29th, 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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