Daily Dispatch: Illinois News
Ambulance service still under review for northern Knox County
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:42:51 -0800
Negotiations between the Oneida-Wataga Fire Protection District Board and the Altona Fire Protection District to possibly keep using the Altona-Oneida-Wataga Ambulance Service continue. That was the word from trustees at Tuesday night’s O-W fire board meeting in Wataga. Those negotiations between the two fire districts that provide the funding for the volunteer AOW service were first revealed at last week’s AOW board meeting.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 4:42:51 PM - SOURCE: Galesburg: Register-Mail
Danville's first new firefighters in years
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:16:29 -0800
The fire department just got its first new hires in more than five years. Six new recruits were sworn in Wednesday. It's a win for public safety, and it will put a dent in the city's budget woes. It's thanks to money from the "SAFER" grant, which helps pay for hiring and training of new firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 11:16:29 AM - SOURCE: WCIA & WCFN-TV CBS 3 Champaign
Champaign: Most emergencies firefighters respond to don't involve flames
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:18:38 -0800
When you think of firefighters, you think of fires. A closer look shows they actually battle fewer fires and more medical emergencies. It's an increasing trend in recent years seen not just here in East Central Illinois, but across the country. This change requires additional training and resources.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 8:18:38 PM - SOURCE: WRSP/WCCU-TV My Fox Illinois
Maroa firefighters called to house fire
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:18:40 -0800
Maroa Fire Department was called to a house fire at 4:41 p.m. on North Wood Street in Maroa Wednesday. Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke coming from the house and were able to quickly extinguish the fire while others vented the roof. Hickory Point, Argenta - Oreana, Clinton and Kenney Fire Departments also assisted in the fire response.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 8:18:40 PM - SOURCE: WRSP/WCCU-TV My Fox Illinois
Northbrook home destroyed by fire, which spread to 2 other homes
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:29:56 -0800
VIDEO: A fire spread from one home to at least two others in the north suburbs Wednesday morning. Chopper 7 HD was over the scene of the two-alarm fire on Melanie Lane in Northbrook, north of Willow Road and east of the Tri-State Tollway, around 6:30 a.m. Flames from a single-family home spread to a home next door.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 5:29:56 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
DeKalb deputy fire chief to retire, seeks Janesville chief job
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:46:01 -0800
Jim Zarek plans to retire after 29 years with the DeKalb Fire Department, and you probably can guess where he applied for his ideal retirement job: another fire department. Zarek, who ascended the ranks over the years and was promoted to deputy chief in April 2016, is one of five finalists for the fire chief job in Janesville, Wisconsin.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:46:01 PM - SOURCE: DeKalb Daily Chronicle
Elderly couple, son hurt in Chicago's Orland Park home fire
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:42:17 -0800
An elderly couple and their son were hurt when a fire broke out in their home Tuesday afternoon in southwest suburban Orland Park. Firefighters responded about 4:50 p.m. and found the two-story home in the 14200 block of 84th Avenue consumed in heavy smoke, according to the Orland Fire Protection District.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 9:42:17 PM - SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times
Fox River & Countryside fire officials seeking tax increase again
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 04:36:09 -0800
Encouraged by what they believe has been increased support in recent elections, Fox River & Countryside fire officials are asking voters again this spring for a property tax hike. A binding referendum question on the April 2 ballot will seek a 63 percent increase in the taxes paid to the fire/rescue district, Chief John Nixon said.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 4:36:09 AM - SOURCE: Illinois Daily Herald
Geneva to buy new firefighter turnout gear
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:49:21 -0800
Aldermen voted unanimously to recommend approval Jan. 14 of buying 20 new sets of structural firefighting turnout gear for $42,200. The new sets of coats and pants of personal protective clothing meets the National Fire Protection Association standard, which is to retire fire gear 10 years after the date of manufacture, City Administrator Stephanie Dawkins said.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 1:49:21 PM - SOURCE: Kane County Chronicle
Belvidere firefighters battle 'labor intensive' industrial fire
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 05:04:19 -0800
Damages are estimated to be well in excess of $1 million in the aftermath of a fire that broke out shortly after noon on Monday at Superior Coating Corporation, 6860 Indy Dr. All of the employees, about eight, had evacuated before firefighters arrived and found heavy smoke pouring from the 100,000-square-foot building.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 5:04:19 AM - SOURCE: Rockford Register Star
Fire Kills 25-30 Rescue Dogs At D And D Kennels In West Chicago
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 14:07:46 -0800
More than two dozen dogs were killed in a fire Monday morning at D and D Kennels in West Chicago, and a search is underway for others that escaped. Just under 60 dogs from shelters or private clients were staying at the facility when the fire broke out around 5:30 a.m. Carol Stream fire chief Bob Hoff said 25 to 30 rescue dogs died.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 2:07:46 PM - SOURCE: CBS Chicago
1 injured in Crestwood apartment building fire
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 04:34:05 -0800
Several people and someone's pet cat were all rescued from a burning apartment building in south suburban Crestwood Tuesday morning. The fire occurred in the 13000-block of Lamon Avenue just east of Cicero Avenue. At least one person had to be transported to the hospital because of smoke inhalation, authorities said.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 4:34:05 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
Springfield firefighters ratify 5-year contract, including residency rule for new hires
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
A majority of Springfield's firefighters voted this week in favor of a contract negotiated between their union and the city administration. The International Association of Firefighters Local 37 began negotiations with the city in November 2015, and the more than 200 firefighters it represents have been working without a contract since March 2016, according to union president and Battalion Chief Gary Self.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Springfield State Journal-Register
Cary Fire Protection District Chief Jeffrey Macko retires after 45-year career
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
Jeff Macko is looking forward to fishing. The 64-year-old former Cary Fire Protection District chief retired Friday, leaving behind him a 45-year career that allowed him to work many years alongside his father. “It hasn’t hit me yet,” Macko told the Northwest Herald the day before his retirement. “I’m going to take a little time and see where I’m at.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Herald
Video: Naperville firefighters, police rescue child from frozen pond
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 04:52:23 -0800
An 11-year-old boy was rescued by Naperville firefighters and police officers after he fell through the ice of an artificial lake Sunday afternoon in the west suburb. At 4:49 p.m., first responders got a call from someone who saw a child slipping into the water of a frozen retention pond near an apartment complex in the 1300 block of McDowell Road, according to a statement from the Naperville Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 4:52:23 AM - SOURCE: WFLD-TV MyFox 32 Chicago
Calumet Park removes chief of newly privatized fire department
Fri, 11 Jan 2019 15:24:08 -0800
Less than two months after outsourcing its fire department to Kurtz Paramedic Service, Calumet Park has ousted its full-time fire chief, the village’s mayor said. Howard Fisher, who had served as chief since 2014, was let go earlier this month in what Mayor Ronald Denson said was primarily a cost-cutting move.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 3:24:08 PM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune
Chicago: Portage Park Fire Kills One, Displaces Dozens
Sat, 12 Jan 2019 16:38:55 -0800
A deadly fire ripped through a three-story Portage Park apartment building Saturday, killing one and displacing dozens. Although investigators were at the scene throughout much of the day, the cause of the fire has not been determined. Around 9 a.m., thick black smoke spread throughout the apartment building and so did calls to get out fast.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2019 4:38:55 PM - SOURCE: CBS Chicago
One person dead in Champaign County house fire
Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:37:30 -0800
The person who died this afternoon in a house fire has been identified. The Champaign County coroner says 57-year-old Angela Lewis was found in a garage at a home along the 600 block of South Church Street this afternoon. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. The fire is believed to have started in the garage.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 5:37:30 PM - SOURCE: WCIA & WCFN-TV CBS 3 Champaign
Springfield fire officials work to amp up skills with new medical training
Thu, 10 Jan 2019 21:40:29 -0800
The Springfield Fire Department is amping up their skill level, with new medical training. It's part of a five-year initiative to have advanced emergency medical technicians on every shift. “In my career, it has been something that has been one of the most positive changes for the fire department and for the citizens,” said Chief Allen Reyne.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 9:40:29 PM - SOURCE: WRSP/WCCU-TV My Fox Illinois
1 injured in Austin fire
Thu, 10 Jan 2019 20:27:11 -0800
One person was being treated for smoke inhalation after a fire Thursday night in the Austin neighborhood on the Northwest Side. Firefighters responded to a call just after 9 p.m. to a fire in a building in the 1440 block of North Lorel Avenue, according to Chicago fire media affairs. The person suffered slight smoke inhalation and was taken to West Suburban Hospital in good condition.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 8:27:11 PM - SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times

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