Daily Dispatch: Illinois News
Mattoon issues moratorium on ambulance applications
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 03:19:59 -0700
In less than a year, Mattoon has gone from three ambulance services to one. Now, the city council is placing a moratorium on a new service trying to come to town for up to the next six months. The city pulled the fire department out of ambulance business in July 2018, citing budget issues. Last week, Dunn's Ambulance Service announced it was leaving the city due to staffing issues.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 3:19:59 AM - SOURCE: WAND-TV NBC Channel 17
Coroner releases identity of Round Lake Park fire victim
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 17:11:37 -0700
A Round Lake Park man who died in a fire last week was identified Tuesday as Gregory Gauvain by the Lake County Coroner. Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper said in a statement that an autopsy performed on Friday showed Gauvain died from “fire related injuries.” “The investigation into his death is ongoing by our office and the Round Lake Park Police Department,” Cooper said, adding that routine toxicology results were also pending.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 5:11:37 PM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune
Fire damages Mattoon home
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:32:54 -0700
A fire that started in a garage Wednesday morning spread to a home on North 10th Street in Mattoon. Fire crews responded to the fire at 1305 N. 10th St. at 5:18 a.m. Wednesday to find heavy fire in the garage, according to a Mattoon Fire Department news release. The family had already evacuated the residence and there were no injuries from the fire, according to the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 9:32:54 AM - SOURCE: Mattoon Journal Gazette & Times-Courier
Danvers cordons off partially collapsed building, awaits owner's plans
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:37:19 -0700
Part of a long-vacant building collapsed late Monday night in Danvers, leaving no injuries — and no one really surprised, either. The back quarter of the two-story brick building at 122 E. Exchange St. crumbled around 9:40 p.m. It appeared the east-side exterior wall gave way, leaving a pile of bricks and a tangle of wood framing and roofing dangling between the still-intact rear wall and the rest of the structure.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 2:37:19 PM - SOURCE: Bloomington-Normal Pantagraph
Three-Alarm Fire Reported At Crystal Lake Manufacturing Plant
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:02:56 -0700
Fire crews are responding to a three-alarm fire in northwest suburban Crystal Lake. The fire reportedly broke out in an industrial commercial area on Commercial Road in a building formerly occupied by a manufacturing company called Dimatronics. The roof of the single-story brick building was partially collapsed as of 3:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 2:02:56 PM - SOURCE: CBS Chicago
Champaign firefighter of the year honored for his dedication
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:38:12 -0700
The Champaign Fire Department honored one of its own with its annual Firefighter of the Year Award. Lieutenant Jason Dillingham was honored today by his department and the Champaign Exchange Club. Lt. Dillingham has been with the department for 18 years. He was honored for always seeking opportunities to improve his skills and others.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 5:38:12 PM - SOURCE: WRSP/WCCU-TV My Fox Illinois
Sycamore eyes savings through flat-rate structure for ambulance service
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 03:04:52 -0700
Changing ambulance fees was one of the big-ticket items on the agenda at Monday’s Sycamore City Council meeting. The Sycamore Fire Department estimates the costs of ambulance services at just shy of $3.1 million in fiscal 2018, but the city only recouped around $605,000 of that. City Manager Brian Gregory said the new flat-rate structure discussed with council Monday would simplify billing, allowing further cost savings for the city.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 3:04:52 AM - SOURCE: DeKalb Daily Chronicle
Mobile home fire in Crystal Lake causes $75K in damage
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 07:57:11 -0700
A Tuesday morning fire caused $75,000 in damage to a mobile home in Crystal Lake, according to a news release from the Crystal lake Fire Rescue Department. Crews responded at 4:48 a.m. to the reported structure fire in the 300 block of Valhalla Circle and discovered a fully involved mobile home fire, the release said.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 7:57:11 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Herald
Chicago firefighters rescue paraplegic man from burning Englewood home
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 03:50:44 -0700
Chicago firefighters were able to rescue a paraplegic man from a burning home in Englewood Monday morning. The fire broke out in a 1 and 1/2 story home in the 6900-block of South Parnell Avenue at about 1:55 a.m., the Chicago Fire Department said. Firefighters rescued a 36-year-old paraplegic man and carried him out in a blanket.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 3:50:44 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
Springfield house fully engulfed in flames
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 04:49:12 -0700
VIDEO: Springfield firefighters are busy battling a massive blaze at a home in the 2000 block of Brown Street on the eastside of Springfield Monday morning. Firefighters tell us their biggest priority right now is to make sure the fire doesn't spread to the neighboring house. Those neighbors have been cleared from their home.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 4:49:12 AM - SOURCE: WRSP/WCCU-TV My Fox Illinois
Princeton standoff ends in fire, arrest
Sat, 16 Mar 2019 01:46:01 -0700
A Princeton man who barricaded himself in his home for several hours before allegedly lighting it on fire Friday afternoon was taken into custody by Princeton Police Department and has been charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Police spent nine hours negotiating with Erik C. Truedson, 47, on Friday in an attempt to persuade him to surrender.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2019 1:46:01 AM - SOURCE: MyWebTimes-The Times
Guns and Hoses, hockey for a cause in Bloomington-Normal
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 20:57:13 -0700
You usually see police officers and firefighters on the streets protecting the community, but Friday evening they faced off on the ice. Members of the Bloomington-Normal community supported the 2019 Guns and Hoses benefit hockey game at the Grossinger Motors Arena, where police officers and firefighters joined in a friendly competition.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 8:57:13 PM - SOURCE: WMBD-TV Peoria
Freeport's fire chief to take Florida job
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 15:01:03 -0700
Freeport Fire Chief Todd Allen is expected to resign to accept the same position in a Florida city. Allen has informed city officials that he has verbally accepted an offer to become the next fire chief in DeLand, Florida. Allen is still working through the details of the new contract. “My experience here in Freeport has been great,” Allen said.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 3:01:03 PM - SOURCE: Freeport Journal-Standard
Chicago City Council OKs Controversial Police, Fire Academy
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 09:35:11 -0700
In a dramatic and contentious meeting Wednesday, Chicago City Council approved a controversial plan to build a $95 million police and fire academy on the city's West Side, handing outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel one of his final big victories before leaving office. City Hall was crowded for hours with a large and raucous crowd of roughly 300 members of the public, mostly young activists opposed to the academy, and a police presence to match.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 9:35:11 AM - SOURCE: NBC Chicago
Firefighters battle fire at popular Heartland meat market and deli in Murphysboro
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Multiple fire crews were called to a report of a fire at Jack’s Meat Market and Deli in Murphysboro, Illinois, early Friday morning, March 15. According to Murphysboro Fire Chief Steve McBride, when crews arrived shortly after 1:30 a.m., smoke could be seen coming from the roof on North side of the business.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFVS CBS 12
Arthur cabinet shop goes up in flames
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 06:47:11 -0700
Several fire departments were on the scene of a large structure fire Friday morning about 1 mile South of Arthur, Illinois, near the Moultrie-Douglas County line. We're told crews from at least five departments are there battling the blaze at Helmuth Custom Kitchens, LLC, a cabinet shop. Crews were first called to the scene around 4:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 6:47:11 AM - SOURCE: WRSP/WCCU-TV My Fox Illinois
No injuries in house fire on Rockford's east side
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 11:19:08 -0700
No one was injured Thursday by a fire that damaged a house at 1338 Derby Lane on the city’s east side. A large concentration of fire was visible toward the back of the two-story structure as firefighters arrived on the scene. The blaze was brought under control in less than 15 minutes, but the home is uninhabitable.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 11:19:08 AM - SOURCE: Rockford Register Star
Aurora council approves buying bulletproof vests for firefighters
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 15:53:46 -0700
The Aurora City Council this week approved buying 60 bulletproof vests for firefighters who accompany police into dangerous situations. The purchase comes in the wake of the Feb. 15 mass shooting at the Henry Pratt Co. building that claimed the lives of five workers and injured six police officers. On that day, firefighters accompanied police officers into the building to find and confront the shooter as part of special tactical units.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 3:53:46 PM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune
Tinley Park looks to overhaul pay for firefighters
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 14:08:13 -0700
In a bid to stay competitive in hiring and retaining firefighters, Tinley Park officials plan to overhaul how most fire department personnel are paid. For the largely part-time force, a 10-step pay structure would be implemented with the start of the next village fiscal year on May 1. The pay plan would offer 2 percent pay hikes for each step.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 2:08:13 PM - SOURCE: The Daily Southtown
Dunn's Mattoon ambulance service to close
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 14:52:51 -0700
Taylorville-based Dunn's Ambulance has given notice that it plans to close its Mattoon operation sometime on or before May 31. The closure would leave Mattoon based Mitchell-Jerdan Ambulance Service as the sole provider of ambulance services in Mattoon. The city ended the Mattoon Fire Department's ambulance service on July 25, but the department has retained advanced life support equipment on its fire trucks to provide backup service as needed.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 2:52:51 PM - SOURCE: Mattoon Journal Gazette & Times-Courier