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Elmhurst Fire Department news

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Joseph D. Schenk, 31, of the 1500 block of Jill Court, was charged with aggravated battery, possession of a controlled substance and obstructing a peace officer, and Mayrel J. Gamez, 25, of the 1500 block of Jill Court, was charged with obstructing a peace officer and criminal trespass to motor vehicle following the incident that reportedly occurred about 6:21 p.m. July 31 at Lake Street and Church Road in Elmhurst.

Elmhurst Deputy Police Chief Mike McLean said the two reportedly stopped the vehicle they were in while they were in traffic on Lake Street, and Elmhurst Fire Department personnel pulled up behind them in a department vehicle. The personnel inquired as to the welfare of Schenk and Gamez, anticipating their vehicle had broken down.

McLean said Schenk and Gamez were acting erratically, and Gamez allegedly opened the door of the fire department vehicle. A firefighter reportedly asked the woman to exit the vehicle, and Gamez allegedly refused to do so. The firefighter then reportedly pulled her out of the vehicle. Schenk then allegedly shoved the firefighter, and Elmhurst police responded to the scene and took Schenk and Gamez into custody. The pair were then transported to the hospital for treatment.

Gamez was charged with obstruction of justice because she allegedly did not comply with police officers’ orders during the arrest. The firefighter did not sustain injuries.

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Elmhurst heavy rescue for sale

The former Elmhurst FD Squad 1 is for sale

1995 E-One Heavy Duty Walk-In rescue, 350-HP Cummins diesel, Allison automatic transmission, 6-person cab with walk-in rear area, aluminum cab and body, 20-KW PTO generator WITH HOT SHIFT PTO SYSTEM, cord reels and Will-Burt 6000-watt light tower on top of roof, A/C, 5 SCBA seats, 38,000 lb. GVWR, 45,000 miles, air conditioned cab and rear, front winch, under-body cribbing compartments, adjustable shelves and trays, 4-cylinder 4500-PSI cascade system with low pressure outlet,  stainless steel wheel covers, SCBA cylinder compartments in wheel wells, cylinder rack in cascade compartment, roll-up aluminum compartment doors, command post in rear cab, 12,000 lb. electric winch, Whelen strobe lightbar and strobes, Federal Q2B siren, air horns, very clean condition, available now for only $ 59,000

1995 E-One Heavy Duty Walk-In rescue

Command Fire Apparatus photo

1995 E-One Heavy Duty Walk-In rescue

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1995 E-One Heavy Duty Walk-In rescue

Command Fire Apparatus photo

1995 E-One Heavy Duty Walk-In rescue

Command Fire Apparatus photo

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New engine for Elmhurst (more)

From the Pierce Flickr site:

Elmhurst Fire Department, IL 31390

Elmhurst FD Engine 1

Pierce composite

thanks Al

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New engine for Elmhurst

This from Tim Right:

This was taken from their Facebook page. This was to replace squad one so I assume they’re running a new engine one as a squad?


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Elmhurst Fire Department news

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Elmhurst Hospital has awarded its 2017 Emergency Medical Services Run of the Year award to members of the Elmhurst Fire Department.

Paramedics Danielle Fernandez and Sarah Hand and firefighters Patrick Evoy, Gary Klecka, Tim Lisowski, and Lt. Jeff Hayes were recognized for their care of an 80-year-old man who fell while at church and was unresponsive in May.

When the crew arrived, bystanders were performing CPR, which Hand continued. Fernandez delivered a shock from an AED after which the patient was breathing and had a pulse. The paramedics provided additional treatment in the ambulance while on the way to Elmhurst Hospital Emergency Department. The patient was admitted to Elmhurst Hospital and released a few days later.

The Run of the Year recipients were honored at Elmhurst Hospital’s fifth annual Emergency Medical Services Recognition Dinner on Oct. 26 at Pinstripes in Oak Brook.

Other area emergency medical services personnel and police officers were honored at the event, which caps off the yearlong Run of the Month program in which area first responders firefighters and MES personnel are recognized for exceptional care with a breakfast at their station.

Elmhurst Hospital has been honoring area emergency medical services providers with Run of the Month since 2012.

Teams are selected based on excellent communication from the field, excellent work in gathering information, clear and thorough documentation, superior clinical assessment skills, heroic behavior in the field, and superior partnership and teamwork with Elmhurst Hospital.

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As seen around … Elmhurst

From Steve Redick

Elmhurst fire trucks

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Elmhurst Fire Department Truck 1

Steve Redick photo


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Elmhurst Fire Department news

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The emergency call came to the Elmhurst Fire Department late on a cold night this past February. An ambulance was needed at the Elmhurst YMCA, 211 W. 1st St.

For the firefighters and paramedics who responded, the call was almost routine. For 58-year old Frank Sangiacomo, who was having a heart attack, it was anything but routine.

Sangiacomo told the story Monday to the Elmhurst City Council as Andrea White of Elmhurst Hospital recognized first responders firefighter/paramedics with a Run of the Month award for their actions that saved Sangiacomo’s life.

Sangiacomo, a longtime hockey player, had gotten off the ice at about 11 that February night after a pickup game and happened to be changing clothes next to off-duty Elmhurst FD Lt. Jeff Hayes.

As I headed for the shower, the room started spinning and I couldn’t focus,” said Sangiacomo, adding that he’d been playing with some chest pain for a couple of weeks.

Hayes suggested calling an ambulance.

“Jeff got the ball rolling. Without him, I’m sure I wouldn’t be standing here,” he said.

Paramedics Chris Placzek and Samantha Georges, joined by Elmhurst Fire Department Lt. Steve Wroble and firefighters Eric Davidson and Scott Wardzala, responded.

White, emergency medical services coordinator for the hospital, said the award recognizes excellence in such areas as communications with the hospital and clinical assessment.

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Elmhurst Fire Department news

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An unresponsive woman was found Aug. 2 in a pool at LA Fitness in Elmhurst. Off-duty Elmhurst Firefighter Brandon Rigert administered CPR to the woman until paramedics arrived. Elmhurst police and fire departments responded to the call at 10:39 a.m.

The woman, 68, was transported to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. The city did not have information available about the woman’s condition.

LA Fitness is at 620 N. York St.

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New area apparatus orders

Elmhurst – Pierce Enforcer PUC engine; 1,500-GPM, 750gallon water tank due in January 2018.

Monee – Pierce Arrow XT PUC 100′ RM tower ladder; 1.500-GPM, 400-gallon water tank due in May 2018.

Mount Prospect – Pierce Dash CF engine;  1,500-GPM, 750-gallon water tank due in February 2018.

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Elmhurst Fire Department news (more)

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Elmhurst Fire Department officials introduced their new advanced life-support rapid-response vehicle Saturday.

The new utility vehicle, a Ford Explorer provided under a contract with Metro Paramedic Services and staffed around the clock by one paramedic, is intended to fill a small gap in city ambulance coverage.

City officials call the new vehicle more nimble than either an ambulance or a fire engine, and therefore able to reach an accident or illness site more quickly, but acknowledge the vehicle cannot be used to transport a patient to a health care facility.

The city already contracts with Metro for two ambulances, each staffed by two paramedic. Those ambulances cover about 97 percent of city medical emergency calls in under four minutes. But after some city residents raised concerns that fire engines sometimes reach medical emergencies ahead of the ambulances, aldermen on the city’s public affairs and safety committee agreed to look at emergency response times and options.

Elmhurst is one of the first communities in the area to use this approach. Naperville has two such vehicles, but they are used in different ways, according to Naperville Deputy Chief Andy Dina.

The Naperville vehicles are also manned by one person, but that person is not necessarily a paramedic.  The vehicles typically respond to such non-emergency situations as elevator alarms, trouble alarms on fire systems, and carbon monoxide alarms where there’s no illness. The person on the rig can also respond to ambulance calls to provide an extra set of hands

“We are on the cutting edge here in Elmhurst, providing paramedics and an advanced support rapid response vehicle,” explained Fire Chief Thomas Freeman.

“The rapid response vehicle went on four calls today,” Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley said Monday. “It got to two of those calls before the ambulance and in both of those were able to assess and call off the ambulances.”

One ambulance is quartered in each of the city’s two firehouses. The mayor noted that when either of those rigs goes out on a call, Rescue 1 will move into place in the open firehouse to provide quick response to another emergency.

Elmhurst union firefighters and at least one resident have told committee members they believe adding a certified paramedic firefighter to each shift at each fire station would be the most effective way to provide better coverage. But Freeman and Grabowski have said that approach could come with scheduling problems and some unknown costs in terms of pay and benefits.

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