Daily Dispatch: Illinois News
New fire chief appointed in Beardstown
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 02:47:06 -0700
Beardstown Fire and Ambulance has a new chief, who said he hopes to carry on the department’s good work. On Tuesday, the Beardstown City Council appointed Brian Becker, 44, of Beardstown to the position to replace outgoing chief Heath White. Becker, who has worked alongside White for some time, said he hopes to be able to fill the former chief’s shoes.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 2:47:06 AM - SOURCE: Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Joliet Fire Department spends $1.6 million of overtime budget by June
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 21:41:50 -0700
The Joliet Fire Department spent almost its entire overtime budget in the first five months of the year, according to a staff report. A 42 percent increase in sick days taken during the first six months of the year aggravated the spending, said the report, which was presented to the City Council’s Finance Committee on Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 9:41:50 PM - SOURCE: Herald-News
Follow up: Owners may demolish pyramid home in Wadsworth after fire
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 05:44:54 -0700
An estimated $3 million in fire and water damage following a fire at a pyramid home guarded by a pharaoh statue in suburban Chicago may force the owners to knock the tourist attraction down. Spokeswoman Yolanda Fierro says if the Gold Pyramid House's owners decide to demolish, they will replace the structure in Wadsworth with a "bigger and better" pyramid.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 5:44:54 AM - SOURCE: Alton Telegraph
Prospect Heights Blaze Drew Largest Local Fire Response In Decades
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:00:56 -0700
More than 200 firefighters from 50 departments battled Wednesday’s stubborn, hard-to-reach blaze for more than 10 hours, which spread to three Prospect Heights condo buildings, affecting 96 units and displacing 300 local residents. The first calls reporting the fire at the River Trails Condominiums came in at 1:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 1:00:56 PM - SOURCE: Journal & Topics Newspapers Online
Jefferson County firefighters take part in rail safety training
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:38:42 -0700
Firefighters from all around Jefferson County learn how to better respond to rail incidents, in an effort to keep themselves and locals safe. Participants from Mt.Vernon, Ashley, Waltonville and Woodlawn all came together for rail safety and emergency response training put on by Norfolk Southern. This four-day session is part of a larger program by the railway, which is being taught in cities throughout the country.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 4:38:42 PM - SOURCE: WSIL-TV ABC 3
City approves Lincoln Fire Department property purchase
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 01:50:54 -0700
The vacant property at 716 Broadway Street is slated to become the future home of the Lincoln Fire Department. City Council voted on Monday to purchase the four-lot property for $70,000 from the Lincoln Sand & Gravel Company. The property is located across the alley from the existing firehouse at City Hall and takes up roughly one quarter of the block between Pekin, North McLean, Broadway and Hamilton Streets.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 1:50:54 AM - SOURCE: Lincoln Courier
Prospect Heights fire: Hundreds displaced; community offers help
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 05:12:21 -0700
Firefighters in northwest suburban Prospect Heights kept an eye on hot spots Thursday morning after a condominium complex went up in flames and hundreds of people were left homeless. So far, there is no word on a cause. Fire officials said it started in a single unit. Chopper 7HD was live over the scene Thursday morning, showing the extent of the damage.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 5:12:21 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
Niles Donating 22-Year-Old Fire Engine To Ford Heights
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:05:57 -0700
Niles trustees approved the donation of a 1996 fire department pumper engine to South suburban Ford Heights at the July 10 village board meeting. The engine was taken out of service in 2015 when the fire department purchased a new engine. The last time the village tried to sell a used engine of a similar vintage, a village memo and Fire Chief Marty Feld said it took three years to sell — and sold for scrap for less than $3,000.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 1:05:57 PM - SOURCE: Journal & Topics Newspapers Online
Autopsy: Bartonville boy died of smoke inhalation
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:40:52 -0700
The 4-year-old boy who was found dead after a house fire Tuesday died from smoke inhalation, Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Wednesday. John Bankes III was found with burns after the fire, but according to autopsy results, the burns most likely occurred after he died, Harwood said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 4:40:52 PM - SOURCE: Chillicothe Times-Bulletin
Alton Fire Department To Order Training Vehicle
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 02:53:34 -0700
Fire training in the Riverbend and surrounding areas will soon have another tool at its disposal. The City of Alton's Fire Department learned this week it will receive a $227,000 federal grant that will be used to pay for a mobile firefighter trainer. The unit will have to be custom-made, and the hope is after getting city council approval to accept the grant, the construction will be completed and delivered by next March.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 2:53:34 AM - SOURCE: Alton Daily News
Chicago: Fallen Heroes Honored At Charity Baseball Game
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:35:03 -0700
It was an emotional night at Guaranteed Rate Field as Chicago police officers and firefighters honored two fallen Chicago heroes: Firefighter Juan Bucio and Police Commander Paul Bauer. Commander Bauer’s daughter threw out a ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday night’s charity baseball game between police and firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 8:35:03 PM - SOURCE: CBS Chicago
Fire destroys South Peoria house late Wednesday
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:39:21 -0700
A fire at a South Peoria house left the structure a total loss, officials said late Wednesday. Members of the Peoria Fire Department were called to 818 S. Shelley St. at about 9:35 p.m. on a report of a fire. The blaze at the single-story house was brought under control by 10:30 p.m., said Battalion Chief Ralph Phillips.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 8:39:21 AM - SOURCE: Peoria Journal Star
Wadsworth: Gold Pyramid House Catches on Fire
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:05:43 -0700
The iconic golden pyramid house in suburban Wadsworth caught fire Tuesday, filling the sky with smoke and flames. The unusually shaped home made it difficult for firefighters to battle the flames. No one was touring the house when the fire started. The 80-year-old homeowner and designer who has dementia was inside the home in his wheelchair when the fire started.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 5:05:43 AM - SOURCE: CBS Chicago
Rare Heart Condition Played Role In Chicago Fire Diver's Death
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:53:58 -0700
Chicago Fire Department diver Juan Bucio suffered from a rare heart condition that contributed to his death while he was trying to rescue a boater in the Chicago River on Memorial Day, authorities said. Bucio vanished in the river near 26th and Ashland around 8 p.m. He was pronounced dead after being pulled out several minutes later.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 8:53:58 AM - SOURCE: CBS Chicago
Four-year-old boy dies Tuesday in Bartonville house fire
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:34:40 -0700
A 4-year-old boy died in a house fire Tuesday morning in Bartonville. John Bankes III was found dead after the fire was brought under control, according to Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood. He was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m., the coroner said. The state fire marshal was on the scene conducting an investigation in tandem with the Bartonville Police Department and the Bartonville and Limestone fire departments.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 5:34:40 AM - SOURCE: Washington Times-Reporter
Fire Departments and First Responders Receive Grant Funds
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:59:19 -0700
100 fire departments across the state are splitting more than two million dollars in fire safety grants. State Fire Marshal Matt Perez says departments will use the money for things like safety equipment, protective clothing and breathing apparatuses. He says these small equipment grants are a huge help.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 5:59:19 PM - SOURCE: WSIU-TV Carbondale Public Radio
Sycamore Fire Department sees increasing patient lift-assist calls
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:08:51 -0700
Not only have there been more calls to the fire department in the past fiscal year, but the fire department has to keep a closer eye on increasing patient lift-assist and medical alarm calls in the community. The department took 2,281 calls during fiscal 2018, according to the annual report presented during the Sycamore City Council meeting Monday.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 9:08:51 PM - SOURCE: DeKalb Daily Chronicle
As Monmouth fire truck fleet ages, no replacements in sight
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:08:35 -0700
With the exception of a reserve truck bought in 1998, the Monmouth Fire Department has depended on grants to purchase its fleet, which includes the reserve engine truck, two other engines that are used regularly, a ladder truck, a tanker truck used for facing water, a brush truck used for extinguishing brush fires, and an ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 9:08:35 PM - SOURCE: Review Atlas.com
Effingham Fire Chief Retiring
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:48:16 -0700
Effingham Fire Chief Joe Holomy has submitted his intent to retire next month. The city council will hear the formal announcement during its regular meeting Tuesday, when it may also decide how to proceed with filling his position. Interim City Administrator Kelsey Lock said in an email that news of Holomy's retirement came on Friday.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 4:48:16 PM - SOURCE: Effingham Daily News
Monmouth police, fire chiefs reflect on challenges
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:30:13 -0700
During Monday’s City Council Meeting, Police Chief Joe Switzer and Fire Chief Casey Rexroat reflected on challenges their departments have faced recently. In his June report, Swtizer highlighted the shortage in applicants to the department, and stated that the predicament is not limited to Monmouth. “We (were supposed to have) officer training but there were only three applications, so we postposed until October,” Switzer said.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 12:30:13 AM - SOURCE: Review Atlas.com

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