|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