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Naperville Fire Department news

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At 3:41AM on Mon., June 3, 2024, Naperville’s Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a call reporting an outside smoke investigation in the area of 75th St. and Wehrli Road. A single engine was dispatched to the area of 75th and Wehrli to investigate.

Multiple callers began reporting that they saw fire in the area. Naperville Engine 2 arrived on the scene, reported a fully involved structure fire, and requested an upgrade to a general alarm at 3:51AM which consist of three engines, two ladder trucks, one heavy rescue squad, two medic units, and two battalion commanders. The structure was a large, wood-framed, vacant, single-family residence in the 700 block of 24W. 75th St.

First-arriving companies completed a 360-degree survey of the structure, provided an on-scene report, established command, and began fire operations. Engine 2 also reported restricted access due to heavy overgrowth of trees and brush surrounding the home.

Due to the heavy fire on all floors and through the roof of the structure as well as the limited access, companies on scene began defensive operations with multiple large-diameter handlines and an aerial master stream in a coordinated effort to bring the fire under control within 90 minutes. Units remained on the scene for another three hours to extinguish spot fires and conduct overhaul operations.

The Naperville Fire Department was assisted on the scene by the Naperville Police Department, DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, Commonwealth Edison, and the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District. The Aurora Fire Department and Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District provided station coverage for Naperville during the incident.

There was one minor injury to a firefighter who was evaluated and released.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and damages to the home are estimated at $300,000.  The house was deemed to be uninhabitable.

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New ambulance for Naperville FD

This from Foster Coach on Facebook; #NapervilleFD; #Freightliner; #ambulamce; #Horton;;

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New Engines and Tower for Naperville

From the April 16th City Council agenda… order of 2 new engines and a new tower from Pierce; #NapervilleFD; #FireTruck; #purchase;

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Wheeling Fire Department news

Excerpts from the; #ScottSalela; #WheelingFD; #firechief;Scott A. Salela, most recently the division chief of support services with the Naperville Fire Department, will succeed Mike McGreal as the new chief of the Wheeling Fire Department.

The search for a chief began in October, and Salela was among 37 candidates for the post, seven were interviewed, and four were finalists.

Salela is expected to begin his new job Feb. 20 and receive a $180,000 base annual salary.

Formed in 1896, the Wheeling Fire Department was a volunteer organization until 1969, and Salela will be just its third chief.


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House fire in Bolingbrook, 1-4-24

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The Bolingbrook Fire Department worked a house fire in the 800 block of Bell Flower Ln on the evening of 1-4-24.
Crews arrived just before midnight and had heavy smoke showing and found heavy fire in the basement. The fire created holes in the floor of the 1st floor, which complicated access. One victim was located on the 2nd floor and removed via a hole created in the bravo side wall.; #BolingbrookFD; #DanielHynd;  #firefighters;

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Naperville Fire Department

From the Naperville Fire Department Facebook page:

Happy New Year! Follow us this year to look back into the last 150 years of The Naperville Fire Department!; #NapervilleFD; #history; #150years;

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Naperville Fire Department news

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A fire broke out at one of the apartments in an independent living center Wednesday afternoon in the 1100 block of Iroquois Drive in Naperville. The apartment complex houses a number of people with disabilities who have limited mobility. There are multiple wheelchair-bound people who live there.

The Naperville Fire Department received the first alarm around 2 p.m.  that there was smoke coming from the second floor of the building. Firefighters immediately requested a box alarm for both fire suppression assets and ambulances. They helped rescue one person from a second-floor unit, and were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

No serious injuries were reported and no one initially needed to be transported to a hospital.

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Naperville Fire Department news

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The Naperville Fire Department is getting help to deal with the increasing number of 911 calls related to mental health and quality-of-life concerns as the city council unanimously approved the hiring of six new firefighter/paramedics at an annual cost of $750,000. Because the hirings are anticipated to be made in October, council members also voted to amend the 2023 budget with a $175,000 addition to account for salaries and benefits through the end of the year.

The initiative is an expansion of the Community Advocate Response Team (CART) that began as a pilot program in 2022. The CART program requires extra staffing to build its capability to 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Because Naperville is part of the Ground Emergency Medical Transportation and Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport federal programs, the costs of the added firefighters/paramedics will be reimbursed to the city.

Their goal is to minimize or eliminate the issues, even if calls take several hours, before they become life-threatening events. No new equipment, vehicles ,or technology will be necessary in 2024.

“This is a paradigm shift in fire service today. Not just for Naperville, not just this region, but around the country.” Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis said.

According to statistics provided by the city, the number of calls for emergency medical services increased from 9,868 in 2020 to 12,095 in 2022. Calls categorized as mental health or quality of life concerns increased from 3,006 to 3,305 during that same time.

To address the rising number of calls with current staffing, $1.1 million a year in overtime would need to be paid.

“You will be seeing more of this happening, especially with departments our size and larger,” Puknaitis said of the CART program. “Because there’s a need out there. The world has changed. And the situations that we respond to, we have noticed, we can do more.”

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New home for former Naperville FD tower ladder

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The website was updated with a few new photos as well as the new Tanker 1 today to Keene, NH. THANK YOU to the great guys in Norwood and Foxborough for their help with pictures today!!

The red platform without lettering is the “New” Tower 25 for Foxborough FD. This was purchased by FFD after their Ladder 26 was rear ended on I-495 a little more than a month ago. The Tower previously served in Naperville, IL. It will be lettered by Foxborough soon.;; #NapervilleFD; #FireTruck; #FoxboroughFD; #EONE; photo

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New ambulance for Naperville FD

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Naperville FD ordered a Ford F-550 / Horton ambulance back in May of this year; #ambulance; #NapervilleFD;



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