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In the next step in its fight to combat firefighter cancer, the International Association of Fire Fighters filed suit March 16 against the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for its role in imposing a testing standard that effectively requires the use of PFAS in firefighter protective gear.  

A provision in NFPA 1971 requires certain components of firefighter bunker gear to pass the Ultraviolet Light Degradation Test. The test requires turnout gear to be exposed to UV light for 40 hours without degradation. The only substance that can pass the test for that long is PFAS. The complaint, International Association of Fire Fighters v. National Fire Protection Association, Inc., seeks to hold the NFPA liable for not removing the dangerous test from its Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting (Standard 1971).  

The suit, filed in Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., seeks damages and other relief. 

In its effort to combat cancer in the fire service, the IAFF has retained three nationally recognized law firms, Motley Rice LLC; Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC; and Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo P.C. (collectively known as the PFAS Law Firmscharged with changing regulatory standards, demanding PFAS-free gear, and assisting IAFF members and families seeking compensation for PFAS-related illness. 

The IAFF has been aggressive in working to remove PFAS from firefighter gear, focusing significant research, education, and publicity around the dangers posed by the forever chemicals. 

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Barrington Countryside FPD buys demo engine has an article about the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District which includes mention of a new engine purchased.

Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District trustees approved a new engine purchase Monday evening after celebrating a surprise dedication for Illinois Fire Chiefs Association consultant and retired district deputy chief John Feit.

Trustee Paul Heinze made a public address to dedicate the district headquarters conference room, at 22222 N. Pepper Road, Lake Barrington, to Feit in honor of his service. The room was named the Deputy Chief John J. Feit Center.

Feit has most recently been consulting the district through its separation from operations with the village of Barrington, planning the development of a third district fire station and talking trustees through apparatus purchases.

With April 10 being the district’s 100-day mark of independent operations, its 70 firefighter-paramedics have responded to 124 emergencies in the month of February, alone; transporting 61 patients to a hospital, Chief Jeff Swanson said.

… Feit advised trustees to purchase new apparatus for district’s second station in Barrington Hills. The rescue-pumper-squad engine, currently a demo piece at Fire Service, Inc., in Florida, is expected to be delivered in just over 40 days.

District spokesman Ryan McKeon said the purchased apparatus will serve as a frontline fire engine, water pumper, and tool-equipped squad vehicle, as well as deliver advanced life support for severe accidents. Feit and Station 2 Captain Nick Asta said the new engine is meant to alleviate an overcrowding issue at the Barrington Hills station, where apparatus is now housed bumper-to-bumper, and generate more water at fire emergencies. By making this single EMS, heavy rescue and fire engine purchase, officials said they will be able to replace three whole vehicles causing an overcrowding issue in the second station.

Feit said with this purchase, the district will be able to arrive at a fire with 10,000 gallons of water on its own apparatus.

“We’ve never done this before,” Feit said.

District President Tom Rowan said he feels confident that the $318,550 engine purchase is a good deal.

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Local area new apparatus updates

The following updated information comes from Bill Friedrich:

– The Lisle Woodridge FPD is expecting to take delivery of a Pierce Arrow XT engine and an Arrow XT 100′ platform in the next few months. More info and photos when they become available.

– The Rutland Dundee FPD has placed an order for a Pierce Arrow XT engine. Delivery is expected later in 2011.  More info and photos when they become available.

– According to sources, a medical ambulance bus has been ordered by the City of Chicago and delivery is expected in April of 2011. More info when it becomes available.  For those unfamiliar with this, one website offers this description of their particular product:

The Medical Ambulance Bus (MAB®)
Sartin Services, Inc. an Archdale NC company designs and builds the state of the art MAB Medical Ambulance/Evacuation Buses. Since rolling out the first MAB in 2007, Sartin Services, Inc. has build over 18 vehicles that are in service around the United States.

Each … bus can treat or transport as many as (20) twenty stretchered patients each with an individual metered oxygen supply. Many specialized ALS/BLS options are installed on the buses. Several other cities and states have units on order including Wilmington, Bismarck and many others are in the final stages of the ordering process. The buses are designed to provide caregivers and emergency responding personnel the tools they needed to treat and evacuate large numbers of patients. The buses are vital in evacuating hospitals and nursing homes that are in the path of a hurricane or other natural disasters.


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Lake Forest is on the site

Lake Forest Fire Department patch

In Division 4, the Lake Forest Fire Department‘s two stations have been added to the site. The main station at 255 W. Deerpath Road is packed full of equipment including a buggy, two engines, three ambulances, a tower ladder, squad, utility, boat, and ATV. All but one ambulance has been posted.

Lake Forest Fire Department headquarters station 1

The headquarters station at 255 W. Deerpath also houses the police department and dispatch center. Photo by Larry Shapiro

The Lake Forest apparatus was painted all red until 1991 when they purchased four Pierce units which were painted with a white roof. As recently as 2007 they were still using the white over red color scheme when they received Engine 422, a Pierce Dash rescue pumper. In 2008, they took delivery of an IHC/Horton ambulance that was painted black over red. In addition to the new ambulance, the 1994 Pierce Saber was recently sent to Renewed Performance, Inc. (RPI) in Tipton, Indiana to have body work done and it is now black over red as well.

Lake Forest Fire Department Pierce Saber Engine 421

Station 2 on the west end of town was for many years in the old converted Everett School House on Everett Road near Waukegan Road (Rt 43). As the town grew and the area was rebuilt, the school house gave way in 1993 to a new, large firehouse with three drive-though bays, offices for the Fire Prevention Bureau, and classroom space. The new station was built within a block of the old station.

Lake Forest Fire Department Fire Station 2

Station 2 is at 1111 S. Telegraph Road, less than a block from the old Everett Road house. The second floor dormers on this large station are cosmetic only. There is no second floor. Photo by Larry Shapiro

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