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Mount Prospect FD Deputy Fire Chief John Dolan

Mount Prospect FD Deputy Fire Chief John Dolan

Mount Prospect has named Deputy Fire Chief John Dolan the acting fire chief effective  April 16. His predecessor, Brian Lambel, resigned to become fire chief in Wilmette.

Dolan is a 24-year veteran. He was introduced to the fire service through the paid-on-call program.





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Mount Prospect Fire Chief Brian Lambel

Mt Prospect Fire Chief Brian Lambel

After 21 years with the Mount Prospect Fire Dept. and the last five years at its helm, Fire Chief Brian Lambel is leaving the department at the end of April and will assume the chief’s position in Wilmette.

Lambel, 52, who grew up in Mount Prospect and plans to continue living in the village, said he was contemplating retiring in the next 1-2 years, but when Wilmette approached him about the position, he decided it would be a good fit to serve that community.

Lambel began his fire career in Lincolnshire-Riverwoods in 1990 and came to Mount Prospect in 2000. He took over as chief five years ago when former chief John Malcolm took the top position in Lake Zurich. 

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In 2018, Mount Prospect experienced 25 cardiac arrest incidents. Of those, 18 were pronounced dead at the scene, seven were taken to a hospital where six patients recovered and one passed away.

Mount Prospect Fire Chief Brian Lambel presented the PulsePoint app to the village board Committee of the Whole meeting. The app, which has been used in Naperville for the past three years, allows volunteers trained in CPR and/or to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to register for an alert if there is a cardiac arrest event reported nearby.

The 911 system connects with the app and sends an alert to the mobile phones of volunteers who are within a quarter mile of the victim’s location. The app will also advise where the nearest public AED is located. Emphasizing that his investigation and consideration of PulsePoint is in the preliminary stages, Lambel said it will cost $10,000 to implement with an annual subscription fee of either $8,000 or $13,000.

The fire department is part of the Northwest Central Dispatch (NWCD) system which dispatches 11 fire departments. If they will embrace the program, the costs would be shared by all 11 communities.

If Mount Prospect were to join the PulsePoint program alone, the village would bear the entire implementation fee and the annual subscription fee, which would be reduced to $8,000,  the price for communities of under 300,000 residents.

Lambel assured the board there would be after-action surveys that go out, “If it doesn’t work or there are problems we either fix the problem or get rid of the app.”

“3,300 communities in 42 states already have PulsePoint,” Lambel said. Rapid City, SD, is a town slightly larger than Mount Prospect and is reporting that 85% of cardiac incidents are getting early CPR with a reported 45% survival rate.

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Mount Prospect Fire Chief Brian Lambel is seeking approval from the village’s board of fire and police commissioners to fire an employee he says has made threatening statements.

The complaint filed by the chief says that Firefighter/Paramedic Lloyd Miller, a 12-year veteran of the force who has been on paid administrative leave since January, said he would “kill some people” if he was not put on a list for promotion. It also says that his co-workers are afraid of him and that they had Facebook photographs of him firing a gun at a photo of Osama bin Laden.

Lambel said the charges will be addressed at a Thursday evening commission hearing and declined to comment beyond what’s in the complaint.

Miller’s attorney, Dan Herbert, called the charges absurd and said they were retribution for Miller’s comments about the village when he sought election to a position with the firefighters union.

Miller sought membership on the union executive board at meetings in November and December.

The complaint says that on Jan. 13, Miller told Firefighter/Paramedic Joseph Reschke he was unhappy with the decision to transfer him to a different station as well as with changes announced by the union president to the lieutenant’s testing process, saying he will kill some people if he does not make the next lieutenant’s list. The complaint said Reschke reported the incident and on Jan. 17 Lambrel placed Miller on paid administrative leave, pending a formal investigation.

Lambel also had Miller submit to a fitness for duty evaluation on Jan. 24. During the evaluation, Miller, who owns a handgun and a shotgun, insisted he never fired either gun, denied being a gun enthusiast and said he did not know the brand or caliber of either gun or the type of ammunition he purchased.

However, Miller’s co-workers presented Lambel with copies of six photographs copied from Miller’s Facebook account showing him, among other things, holding a gun and shooting at a target photo of what appears to be Osama bin Laden, as well as standing alone in a picture displaying a large poster of bin Laden containing approximately 20 bullet holes in it, the complaint said.

The complaint states that Miller denied making the threats and that when shown the photos, denied being able to identify himself.

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Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights sign mutual aid agreement

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Residents in parts of Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights can expect quicker responses to emergencies after the two communities’ fire departments set aside long-standing differences this week to forge a new mutual aid agreement.

The deal, ratified this week by the Mount Prospect village board and Prospect Heights Fire Protection District, is the first between the two in five years. Such deals lay out when and where one department would respond to an emergency in the other’s jurisdiction.

“There was, I guess you would say, a difference of opinion,” Prospect Heights Fire Chief Donald Gould said. “We withdrew from the (previous) agreement, and now there is some new administration.”

The key point of dispute over the years, Gould said, concerned what part of each community an agreement should cover and he said the new agreement should mean faster response times.

“Some of the area of Mount Prospect is actually almost right across the street from our fire station (at Camp McDonald and Route 83),” he said.

Mount Prospect Fire Chief Brian Lambel told the village board Tuesday that he began reviewing agreements with neighboring communities when he took over as interim chief last summer. Since then, department representatives have met with the Elk Grove, Elk Grove Township, Des Plaines and Prospect Heights departments.

Lambel said that one area where he believed improved coverage is needed is the north side of the village, which borders Prospect Heights.

The new agreement came about after regular meetings between Mount Prospect Deputy Chief John Dolan and Prospect Heights Deputy Chief Drew Smith. Those laid the groundwork for Mount Prospect firefighters joining their peers from Prospect Heights and Arlington Heights in training exercises, and ultimately the aid agreement.

The deal is expected to improve fire response in neighborhoods near Camp McDonald and Elmhurst roads, as well as between Wolf and River roads, north of Kensington Road.

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