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New tanker for Plainfield FPD

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Pierce Plainfield FPD, IL 31053

Plainfield FPD pumper tanker

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Troy Fire Protection District news

This from Jim Skrabel:

I took in the Troy Box at Skooters Roadhouse today (11/27/17). Troy fire crews made a quick knock of the fire. It appeared the fire was in the kitchen area and extended into the mansard roof. Troy’s tower ladder crew opened the mansard which was difficult because it was covered by sheet metal. Plainfield’s tower ladder was set up on the west side of the building.

Jim Skrabel (retired)

Skooters Roadhouse fire in Shorewood

Jim Skrabel photo

Skooters Roadhouse fire in Shorewood

Jim Skrabel photo

Skooters Roadhouse fire in Shorewood

Jim Skrabel photo

Skooters Roadhouse fire in Shorewood

Jim Skrabel photo

Skooters Roadhouse fire in Shorewood

Jim Skrabel photo

Skooters Roadhouse fire in Shorewood

Jim Skrabel photo

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Plainfield FPD news

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Eighteen horses died when a barn caught fire in Plainfield early Wednesday.

Crews from the Plainfield Fire Protection District arrived at 1120 Wheeler Road around 1:15 a.m. and saw people trying to save horses from the burning barn, that was well involved according to Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton.  There were 30 horses in the barn and 18 of them died. There were no hydrants in the area. The fire was struck out about 1:45 a.m. 

A dozen horses were saved and were in good condition. Another horse was outside the barn when the fire started and survived. A veterinarian arrived at the scene promptly to treat the horses and gave some of them sedatives to calm them.

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Plainfield Fire Protection District news (more)

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The Plainfield Fire Protection District headquarters parking lot was full of vehicles this week from all over the country. Firefighters met there to get certified in the fire service Peer Fitness Trainer program, designed for firefighters. With that certification, they can return to their respective districts and train others.

The International Association of Firefighters and International Association of Fire Chiefs Task Force agree that to successfully implement their Wellness/Fitness Initiative, there must be a firefighter in each department who can take the lead. Plainfield currently has three certified.

Each Friday, Plainfield focuses on fitness and nutrition in its firehouses. “We found that in Plainfield, when we do our workouts and we incorporate an entire fire company into it, that the team-building aspect of working out together really raised the camaraderie,” said Plainfield Lt. Andy Scott.

Toronto Fire Department Capt. Alex Boersma and retired New York City Fire Department Lt. Tom Grimshaw instructed the class. Boersma said he teaches five or six Peer Fitness Trainer classes a year.

A key goal of the program is to reduce occupational claims and costs while improving the quality and longevity of a firefighter’s life.

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Plainfield Fire Protection District news

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The Plainfield Fire Protection District is welcoming instructors from Toronto and New York City to lead a peer trainer fitness program.

The district, along with the International Association of Fire Fighters Plainfield chapter and Paramedics Local 4560, is hosting the certification program, which is designed to help reduce time lost due to both on-the-job and off-duty illness and injury.

The peer fitness trainer program is part of the broader Wellness-Fitness Initiative, which was spearheaded by the IAFF in partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs. It was developed to address firefighter medical, behavioral health and fitness issues.

Plainfield Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Jon Stratton said the fire chiefs association has pushed the program for years, but Plainfield Lt. Andy Scott asked whether it could be brought to Plainfield.

The voluntary class was filled with about 30 firefighters from Plainfield and other departments. The district is thinking about hosting another one in the fall.

The five-day course uses the latest research on firefighter health and wellness, exercise science and the prevention of injuries to improve the effectiveness of firefighters in meeting the needs of the community.

Plainfield has sent firefighters to Indianapolis to become trainers for a different wellness program. Those individuals then trained different shifts within the district. Plainfield will have several of its own participating in this program.

Firefighters who are certified as peer fitness trainers get to design and implement fitness programs, improve the wellness and fitness of their departments/districts and can assist in the physical training of recruits. The accredited exam is administered by the American Council on Exercise.

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New area apparatus orders

  • Des Plaines Fire Department  – Pierce Arrow XT pumper,  2,000-gpm pump, 750-gallon water tank, 25-gallon foam cell. Delivery in October.
  • Oak Brook Fire Department – Pierce Enforcer PUC pumper, 1,500-gpm pump, 1,000-gallon water tank, 20-gallon foam cell. Delivery in September.
  • Plainfield Fire Protection District – Pierce Enforcer tanker-pumper, 1,250-gpm pump, 3,000-gallon water tank. Delivery in October.
  • St. Charles Fire Department  – Pierce Dash CF PUC pumper, 1,500-gpm pump, 750-gallon water tank. Delivery in September.

thanks Josh

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Plainfield Fire Protection District news

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On Monday, the Plainfield Village Board granted a special use permit for planned development of a mixed-use building at 15025 S. Des Plaines St., the former Plainfield Fire Protection District headquarters.

Developers plan to convert the second level into six residential units while the first floor is transformed for commercial or restaurant use.  The plan includes the potential for a second phase in which the building would be added on to and would feature a similar arrangement, with four additional residential units.

The fire station is steps from downtown’s main strip of Lockport Street.

Interior demolition work is underway, according to board documents. The station opened in 1950 and closed in 2009, when the fire district opened a new station on South Coil Plus Drive. It was used as storage until it was sold in September.

The village’s staff report states that rental occupancy downtown is very high, and contact continues to come in from companies interested in locating downtown.

thanks Dan

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Plainfield Fire Protection District news

From the Plainfield Fire Protection District:

Michael Ludemann

Michael Ludemann. Plainfield FPD photo

It is with profound sadness and deep regret that the Plainfield Fire Protection District announces the passing of our Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT) Michael L. Ludemann, Sr., who passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 21, 2016. He was 54 years old.

EVT Michael Ludemann, an 11-year veteran of the Plainfield Fire Protection District, was hired on June 21, 2004. Mike will be remembered by his friends and co-workers as a genuine person that was always willing to help anyone in need. Mike’s sudden passing is profound and will be felt by all the members of his fire family and the community in which he served. Our hearts and deepest condolences go out to his wife Mary and Mike’s family and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 25, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, located at the corner of Routes 30 & 59 in Plainfield. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at St. John Lutheran Church, located at 2650 Plainfield Rd. in Joliet. Interment will follow at Plainfield Township Cemetery.

thanks Dan

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The Plainfield Fire Protection District lost a treasured friend when emergency vehicle technician Michael L. Ludemann died suddenly Sunday. Fire Chief David Riddle said Ludemann’s wife, fire district inspector and spokeswoman, Mary Kay Ludemann, told him Michael  wasn’t feeling well Sunday. He was taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville, where he died Sunday afternoon.

“The mood has been very somber here,” Riddle said. “He had no previous history we were aware of that indicated something like this.”

Michael Ludemann fixed and maintained the fire district’s vehicles, but he also made close friendships with those from other Plainfield agencies. Before working for the Plainfield fire district, Ludemann did repair work for the Lockport Township and Downers Grove fire districts.

Riddle said Michael Ludemann touched the lives of everybody who worked with him since he came to the district in 2004. He was well-liked and known as the go-to guy around the fire district.

Riddle said the fire district will honor Michael Ludemann by holding a solemn walk-through at his wake.

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Plainfield Fire District news

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Plainfield Fire Protection District Chief David Riddle said recently that he has told staff to stop buying certain items after he acknowledged the district may have misused public funds on purchases last year.

The action comes after the Edgar County Watchdogs, revealed that the fire district had, between August 2014 and November 2015, used more than $11,900 on what it deemed questionable purchases made on fire district credit cards. Those items included Christmas gifts, edible arrangements, flowers, massages, food, and parties.

“The changes are immediate,” Riddle said. “I’ve told staff that we’re not buying flowers or edible arrangements for immediate family members of those that passed away [among other purchases].”

Riddle also said he will be more involved with oversight of the district’s Foreign Fire Tax Board, which also was targeted by the watchdog group for spending more than $12,000 on 150 personalized blankets and throw pillows for staff and others in November and December.

Riddle said purchases such as the blankets and pillows, which were paid for by the board, will also stop immediately.

“That’s all we can ask for,” Kraft said about Riddle’s response to the watchdog group’s reports. “Except for maybe reimbursement [to the taxpayers] from whomever was doing the purchasing, we generally ask that they just quit doing it.”

The credit card purchases include more than $1,325 for the annual Turkey Raffle charity auction, $1,300 in Christmas gifts, $1,490 for a retirement party, $724 in edible arrangements, $165 in flowers, $714 for a hog roast, $67.99 for corncob pipes, $75 for massages, and $6,045 for food and parties.

Riddle said he agreed with some of the watchdog group’s assessment, noting that flowers and other gifts have often been sent to the loved ones of people who recently died. “I can make a case that some of these purchases support the fire department,” Riddle said. “But on the other hand, it may not be a good use of taxpayer money.”

Riddle became chief about a year ago, but he said he thinks the purchases were part of traditions started decades ago when the district was a volunteer agency.

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