Daily Dispatch: Illinois News
Peoria firefighters to help battle human sex trafficking
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:15:41 -0700
The Peoria Fire Department is trained to do much more than just put out flames; in fact now they're adding a new skill to their repertoire, that could save someone's life, but not in the way most would assume. They're joining the fight against human sex trafficking in Central Illinois through a new training.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 10:15:41 PM - SOURCE: Week.com
Baby boy dies in Chicago's West Englewood house fire day after parents married
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 16:57:41 -0700
A 7-month-old baby boy was killed in a South Side house fire early Sunday, just one day after his parents got married. The baby's father was in critical condition Sunday evening for injuries sustained in the fire. The boy's mother and six other children - ages 1 to 17 -- also escaped from the home. The fire broke out at about 2 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 4:57:41 PM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
Chicago Mayor Picks New Fire Commissioner
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 15:48:42 -0700
A 35-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department has been named the city's new fire commissioner. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the appointment of Richard C. Ford II Sunday. He has been the acting commissioner since Sept. 1. His appointment requires City Council approval. Ford replaces Jose Santiago in the $200,000-a-year job.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 3:48:42 PM - SOURCE: NBC Chicago
Carbondale: Fire destroys apartment inside SIU housing complex
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 04:09:07 -0700
Southern Illinois University Police and the Carbondale Fire Department are investigating what started a fire inside an apartment building on East Evergreen Terrace Sunday afternoon. The complex mostly houses students and their families, but the particular building affected only had single students living inside.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 4:09:07 AM - SOURCE: WSIL-TV ABC 3
Minivan Crashes Into Harvey Fire Department
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 12:42:18 -0700
A rude awakening for firefighters in Harvey. A minivan went over a lawn and crashes through a brick wall in front of the firehouse. It appears the van went through the wall and into the kitchen. The driver was taken to a hospital for observation with non life-threatening injuries. No firemen inside were hurt.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 12:42:18 PM - SOURCE: WSCR-AM 670 The Score
Follow Up: Champaign Welcomes Ladder Truck 164
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:20:17 -0700
Champaign Fire Department now has a new truck to assist the community. Following more than 100 years of tradition, spent Saturday afternoon welcoming the new 164 ladder truck into the Champaign community. Fire Chief Gary Ludwig says some of the tradition has been altered a bit but tradition nonetheless.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2018 4:20:17 PM - SOURCE: WAND-TV NBC Channel 17
Mount Zion Fire Chief's retirement leads to 24/7 operations next month
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
The Mount Zion Fire Protection District will start providing coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week, beginning in October, fire Chief Don Wright said Thursday. Wright said his impending retirement Oct. 31 allowed the department to split his salary and hire two additional full-time firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Herald & Review
Elgin mayor calls for fire department schedule changes to reduce overtime spending
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:35:51 -0700
The Elgin Fire Department needs to end the practice of paying firefighters overtime to cover shifts when there isn’t enough staff, Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain said. “We’re in a good position for the next two or three years, but this is not sustainable anymore,” Kaptain said during a special city council meeting Wednesday at which overtime expenditures in all city departments were discussed.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 4:35:51 PM - SOURCE: Elgin Courier News
Illinois ranks 4th for most deadly house fires
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:42:35 -0700
Since January, more than 85 people in our state have died in house fires. A new study finds Illinois ranks fourth in the nation for states with the most fatal house fires. "We'd had a loss in the family some years ago due to a fire,” Springfield resident Milton Johnson said. “So we normally go through, check our smoke detectors twice a year, as recommended.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 8:42:35 PM - SOURCE: WRSP/WCCU-TV My Fox Illinois
Fire Breaks Out at Chicago's Wrigley Field, Officials Say
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:53:06 -0700
A fire caused “considerable” damage to a concession stand Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The fire was reported at 2:16 p.m. in a concession stand underneath the press box at the ballpark, 1060 W. Addison St., according to Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford. Crews from the fire station across the street from the park on Waveland used water lines and chemical extinguishers to tackle the blaze, Langford said.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 1:53:06 PM - SOURCE: NBC Chicago
Champaign's new custom-designed firetruck ready for its first call
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:23:34 -0700
As the Champaign Fire Department gets ready to "push-in" its new jack-of-all-trades ladder truck, Chief Gary Ludwig and Lt. Brian Ball provided a quick look at what firefighters now have at their disposal. At noon Saturday, the new truck will be wetted down, dried and introduced to its new home at Station 4 on John Street.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 5:23:34 AM - SOURCE: Champaign News-Gazette
Chicago: Three Children Injured By Lightning Strike In Round Lake Heights
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:53:52 -0700
Three children were injured by a lightning strike Thursday morning in north suburban Round Lake Heights. A group of children was waiting at a bus stop around 7:20 a.m., standing near a tree, when lightning struck, according to the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District. Firefighters arrived to find three children lying on the ground, suffering from injuries caused by the lightning strike.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 6:53:52 AM - SOURCE: CBS Chicago
Firefighters kept busy in Kankakee with 2 blazes
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:38:44 -0700
Firefighters from multiple departments fought blazes at two abandoned houses within four blocks of one another in downtown Kankakee overnight. Kankakee Chief Damon Schuldt told the Daily Journal the first call came in at 11:30 p.m. to a home in the 100 block of North Washington Avenue. He said the second fire call came within 30 minutes for a two-story home in the 200 block of South Entrance Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 7:38:44 AM - SOURCE: Kankakee Daily Journal
Grant to help Streator Fire save lives
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 01:44:24 -0700
The Streator Fire Department soon will add equipment that may save a cardiac arrest victim's life. The fire department will buy two new cardiac monitor/defibrillators and two mechanical CPR devices, Streator Fire Chief Gary Bird told the City Council on Wednesday. The fire department was approved to receive a $112,381 Assistance to Firefighter Grant from the U.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 1:44:24 AM - SOURCE: MyWebTimes-The Times
Ground broken for new Glen Carbon fire station
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:02:10 -0700
The Glen Carbon Fire Protection District broke ground on Tuesday for its new fire station. In a ceremony at the building site, 199 S. Main St, officials from the fire protection district, Glen Carbon, Madison County and the architectural and construction services team watched on as firefighters and paramedics broke ground for the new facility.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 1:02:10 PM - SOURCE: Edwardsville Intelligencer
Ambulance service in Taylorville ending operations next month
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:50:26 -0700
On Monday, Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry got a call from Sutton Ambulance Service that it is stopping operations come October 1st. This means the ambulance company would no longer service the Taylorville area. Barry said he immediately contacted the Taylorville Fire Department, as they do have a backup ambulance service that will assist.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 4:50:26 PM - SOURCE: News Channel 20
Pension debt puts Danville firefighter grant in jeopardy
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:37:35 -0700
$1.1 million in grant money is on the table in Danville. Some city leaders said it's not going to help, but the firefighters said they need it now more than ever. The federal grant, called Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER), would hire six more firefighters for at least three years.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 5:37:35 PM - SOURCE: WRSP/WCCU-TV My Fox Illinois
Oregon firefighters using secure entry system to gain access to residential homes
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:07:10 -0700
When firefighters respond to a call at a home, getting into the residence can be a challenge if the victim is suffering a medical emergency. A local fire department has a new program so firefighters can access homes quicker and without forcing entry. Oregon's Fire Protection District Chief Michael Knoup showed us a new device that could better help firefighters get to victims in the event of an emergency: a Knox Box.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 6:07:10 PM - SOURCE: WTVO/WQRF-TV Rockford
Aurora firefighters credited with helping detain man accused of robbing bank
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:53:50 -0700
wo Aurora firefighters are being credited with helping to detain a man who is accused of robbing a BMO Harris bank in Aurora. Lester N. Bernard, 58, of Aurora, is accused of robbing the BMO Harris bank at 1252 N. Lake St. at around 3 p.m. Sept. 13, according to a complaint from the FBI. Bernard is accused of handing a bank teller a note which said: “This is a stick up don’t make it a murder! I have a gun! Put the cash in this bag on the counter! No dye packs or u die! And no sudden movements.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 4:53:50 PM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune - Metered Site
New Lenox Fire Protection District Promotes Two
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:09:17 -0700
On September 17th, New Lenox Fire Protection District (NLFPD) held a swearing in ceremony during their Board of Trustees meeting to promote a Lieutenant and a Battalion Chief. The new Battalion Chief is Michael Parkhurst; he has been in the fire service for 17 years, eight of those with the NLFPD. Currently, he also serves the district as the Training Officer, Pre-Plans Coordinator, Equipment Testing Coordinator, Fire/Arson Investigator, Black CART Team member, and Southwest Hazardous Materials Response Team Technician.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 7:09:17 AM - SOURCE: WJOL-AM 1340

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