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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

From Daniel Hynd:

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



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Hazmat Box in Warrenville, 8-17-23 (more)

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A dangerous chemical spill in the western suburbs prompted a HAZMAT response Thursday evening, when a toxic and deadly gas was accidentally concocted during routine pool maintenance.

Just before 5:30 p.m., the Warrenville Fire Department responded to The Westlyn apartment complex in the 28000 block of Diehl Road and the call was soon upgraded to a box alarm, prompting a response from HAZMAT technicians in surrounding communities.

Fire officials confirmed that chlorine and muriatic acid were spilled by accident. The dangerous combination creates chlorine gas.

Hazmat technicians made entry into the building to contain, neutralize, and remove the product from the building where they discovered a hazardous vapor cloud.

A spokesperson with the complex said that a maintenance team was restocking pool supplies when there was a mixture of chemicals that caused a reaction in a mechanical room.

It led to a massive emergency response and an hours-long evacuation.

Firefighters used a large portion of the parking lot during their response, as their setup outside was just as important as it was to get inside to contain the spill.

On their way out, the HAZMAT team followed a rigorous decontamination process.

Firefighters ventilated the building, and just after 7 p.m. residents were able to return to their apartments.

Four people were treated and released by paramedics for non-life threatening injuries.

Several surrounding fire departments responded to assist Warrenville firefighters, including Wheaton, Lisle-Woodridge, Downers Grove, Boilingbrook and Naperville.

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Hazmat Box in Warrenville, 8-17-23

This from Daniel Hynd:

Warrenville FPD responded to an apartment building on Diehl Rd on the evening of 8-17-23 for a chemical spill inside the pool area. Hazmat teams from Naperville, Lisle-Woodridge, Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, and Argonne National Lab were able to mitigate the spill within 2 hours.; #hazmat; #DanielHynd; #firefighters;

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New Squad for Naperville

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From Naperville City Council June 6th meeting.; #NapervilleFD; #drawing; #Pierce; #Velocity;

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Water rescue in Naperville, 4-17-23

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Photos from the Dive Box at 435 Aurora Ave in Naperville on Monday. 

Per NFD: “Today at 3:54 pm. a call was placed to Naperville 911 for a possible person in the water at the paddle boat quarry.  The Naperville Fire Department responded with a full compliment of personnel and divers.  We conducted a thorough search of the water and surrounding area and are pleased to report the call was unfounded.”; #divers #DanielHynd; #NapervilleFD;

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Naperville Fire Department news

This from Brian:

“City of Naperville just approved the replacement/addition of 1 engine, 2 medics, a golf cart, TRT Box truck, Hazmat pickup truck, A new decon trailer, car 1 (fire chief car), EMA search 1 (a pickup truck), and a new semi truck for EMA (mobile command post)”

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Former Naperville ambulance for sale

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2009 International 4300LP with a Medtec Conversion (Used); #ambulance; #FosterCoachSales; #NapervilleFD;

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New aerial ladder truck for Naperville FD (more)

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Naperville FD Truck 7 – 2022 Pierce Velocity 1500/300/105′; #NapervilleFD; #FireTruck; #Pierce; #NorthernMidwestFirePhotos;

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