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Illinois Fire Service news

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Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly and Statewide 911 Administrator Cindy Barbera-Brelle announced Wednesday the state’s intent to move forward with a new 911 system known as Next Generation 911 network.

The announcement of an intent to award a contract to AT&T is expected to lead to a system that will allow for video sharing and text messages to be sent to 911 tele-communicators. The ability to share video could help first responders emergency personnel better prepare for what they’re about to encounter when responding to a 911 call.

Another key upgrade will be the ability of bordering counties to quickly share information with each other.

State officials believe the upgrade will result in greater accuracy, reduced response times, and will be more reliable. The initial cost is expected to be $109 million over 10 years. Work on the project is expected to begin at the end of the 2021 fiscal year.

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Members of a pension system get credits for the time they’ve worked. They can purchase additional service credits that essentially move them from one pension system to another. Those credits will then be used to calculate how much that pensioner receives.

Firefighters outside Chicago who started work after 2011 are not allowed to buy service credit after changing departments. 

The President of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois says an Illinois Senate bill would allow tier-2 firefighters hired after 2011 to have the same ability as tier-1 firefighters.

The measure cleared the pensions committee unanimously. It’s headed to the Senate floor for further consideration.


Of interest … Aurora Regional Fire Museum

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Aurora Regional Fire Museum officials say that although the pandemic is lingering, there are signs of things getting more like normal at the facility at 53 N. Broadway in Aurora that reopened in January based on the state’s COVID-19 mitigation plan.

Executive director of the museum Brian Failing said “We’ve been open normal hours which are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and have seen people mostly in the afternoons. We’re seeing up to about 30 people a week and are hoping that as the weather improves and spring and summer arrive, our numbers will grow.”

The museum operates under the current COVID-19 guidelines which include having visitors wear masks as well as maintaining social distancing. Exhibits that include hands-on components and other touching elements have been taken out as well as having touch points reduced.

In the meantime, work to provide exhibits and attractions for visitors has continued, with the installation of new exhibits in the past two months including half a dozen pictures depicting fire department-related subjects as well as a new exhibit on loan from the national Emergency Medical Service. The installation covers the topic of innovation in emergency medical services from battlefield medicine to modern civilian techniques, and will be on loan for a number of months.

Looking ahead, more exhibits are planned including work on a Safety in the Home exhibit which would roll out this summer as well as a new fall initiative which would honor two events.


Chicago Ridge EMU purchased used truck

Found at

2010 Chevrolet 4×4 pickup with Spacekap service body

  • 3500 4×4 Chevrolet Chassis
  • Seating for 3;
  • Mileage: 57,381
  • Duramax Diesel Engine
  • Automatic Transmission
  • LED Lighting
  • Will Burt Light Tower
  • Arrowstick Traffic Indicator

used 2010 Chevrolet pick with cover purchased for Chicago Rdige EMU

utility truck purchased for Chicago Ridge EMU

utility truck purchased for Chicago Ridge EMU

thanks Martin

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Sutphen introduces a tractor-drawn aerial

Sutphen introduces tractor-drawn aerial

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Greensboro Fire Department Capt. CJ Woody earned the city’s Innovator of the Year award for designing and creating a decontamination shower head that attaches to fire trucks.

Firefighters are at a high risk of exposure to cancer-causing toxins. So, keeping their gear clean is crucial to their protection. The idea came to him after battling cancer.

His homemade shower head is helping firefighters wash off all their gear without any help. Isolating this pivotal decontamination practice to one person reduces exposing anyone else to dangerous toxins.

Greensboro’s 26 engines are all fitted with a shower head that attaches to a port on the back of the engine to create an outdoor shower.


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House fire in Buffalo Grove, 2-1-21 (more)

Additional images of the House fire in Buffalo Grove, 2-1-21 from John Kleeman

flames and smoke from roof of a house

John Kleeman photo

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New engines for the Bartlett FPD (more)

From Bill Schreiber:

Bartlett FPD Commander chassis update

fire engine being built for the Bartlett FPD

Rosenbauer photo

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Of interest … Rosenbauer ACP-55

From the Sentinel Emergency Solutions- Chicagoland FaceBook page:

Just another one of the many great options Rosenbauer has in their aerial line up! 
Let our apparatus specialists help with your next truck purchase!

The Rosenbauer Articulating Cobra Platform (55′ ACP) is part of Rosenbauer’s elite aerial family. With its 55′ articulating boom, the ACP is built for departments who operate in the tightest streets and alleyways. Did we mention it has an overall jack spread of 11’9” and wheelbase options as short as 170″? You can also make it a quint with a 2000-GPM pump, 500-gallon water tank, a 216” wheelbase with an outside turning radius of 36.52°, and an inside turning radius of 44° left & right. There’s so many things to like!!!

What 55′ ACP model is your favorite? A,B,C, or D?

drawings of different styles of the Rosenbauer ACP-55 platform aerial

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Illinois Fire Service news

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To help ensure safe working conditions for firefighters, state Rep. Katie Stuart is highlighting the availability of new training materials for fire departments, including a comprehensive safety and health compliance guide from the Illinois Department of Labor. 

The Illinois Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (IL-OSHA) recently issued an Occupational Safety and Health Compliance Guide for Fire Departments, which covers the fire department inspection process, training requirements, frequently asked questions and realistic best practices to enhance firefighter safety. There is also a three-part video series available on IDOL’s YouTube channel designed to accompany the guide.

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