Daily Dispatch: Illinois News
One man and a child killed in Galesburg house fire
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:00:16 -0800
Authorities said Thursday that two people died in a fire at 406 Clark St. early Wednesday. “It has been determined that there were unfortunately two fatalities, an adult male and child. The fire is still under investigation at this time,” a city news release said Thursday morning. Galesburg police and fire crews responded to 406 Clark St.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 3:00:16 PM - SOURCE: Bloomington-Normal Pantagraph
Crystal Lake Business Catches Fire From Gas Leak
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 10:11:06 -0800
The Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department said fire crews responded to a report of a natural gas leak Thursday morning inside a business at 29 Burdent. According to the department, crews responded at 2:35 a.m., and upon arrival determined that gas supplying an industrial furnace had ignited inside the building.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 10:11:06 AM - SOURCE: Crystal Lake Patch.com
Dalzell pays tribute to former firefighter, trustee David Bernabei
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 07:54:40 -0800
The Dalzell village board took a moment to honor a former trustee and firefighter at Wednesday night’s meeting. Mayor Gloria Orlandi presented David and Vonda Bernabei with a memorial plaque to commemorate their son David Louis Bernabei who passed away in November 2013 after battling cancer. Orlandi said the plaque was a long time in the making and will be placed on a memorial rock.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 7:54:40 AM - SOURCE: News Tribune (North Central Illinois)
Fighting rail tanker fires at Illinois Fire Service Institute
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 21:32:44 -0800
VIDEO: Railroad tankers carrying flammable ethanol and oil rumble across railroad tracks throughout Illinois. They frequently move through populated areas passing schools, churches and downtown areas of villages, towns and cities. On a recent sunny morning, with temperatures hovering around 5 degrees, firefighters gathered at the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) in Champaign to practice fighting tanker fires.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 9:32:44 PM - SOURCE: WAND-TV NBC Channel 17
Local Scout delivers 'comfort bags' to Pekin Fire Department
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 04:04:26 -0800
Aiden Ashby, 15, knows firsthand the anxiety that children feel when a loved one is the subject of a 911 emergency call. About two-and-a-half years ago, Ashby’s mother, Shelley Ashby, who had recently had a thyroidectomy, experienced a drastic drop in her calcium levels. The Pekin Fire Department was the first responder to his father, Jason Ashby’s 911 call.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 4:04:26 AM - SOURCE: Woodford Times
Marion firefighter contract approved by city council
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 19:00:50 -0800
A new three-year labor contract with firefighters in the Marion Fire Department was approved on Monday night by the Marion City Council, which also gave the nod to the bidding process on the fire station addition and accepted the appointment of a new firefighter and promotions for others. The firefighters' labor contract and the bidding process for the station addition were discussed in a 75-minute closed session.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 7:00:50 PM - SOURCE: Marion Daily Republican
Aledo family loses everything in fire
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 18:11:02 -0800
A Mercer County family lost everything when a fire broke out in their rural Aledo home Monday night. No one was injured at the Rourke residence, according to Aledo Fire Chief Dennis Litwiler. One son was home and escaped unharmed. The family lost several pets including six German shepherd puppies, a Chihuahua and a cat.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 6:11:02 PM - SOURCE: Aledo Times Record
First responders take part in hazmat training held by Illinois Fire Service Institute
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 18:29:13 -0800
The Illinois Fire Service Institute is holding a two-day hazmat training session for first responders in the region. The class kicked off Tuesday morning at the at the West City Community Center and will continue to Wednesday afternoon. Matt Bryan, Field Instructor for the Illinois Fire Service, says the program teaches participants how to teach others in their department about hazardous material incidents.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 6:29:13 PM - SOURCE: WSIL-TV ABC 3
'Criminal investigation' underway after Mattoon fire
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 16:13:00 -0800
Mattoon and Charleston fire crews responded to two working structure fires on Monday. Crews arrived to the fires off of Lake Land Boulevard just before 4:30 a.m. Mattoon Fire Chief says, when crews got to the scene they saw smoke and flames coming from the building. Flames were showing from a north apartment complex and smoke was showing from the southwest apartment complex.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 4:13:00 PM - SOURCE: WAND-TV NBC Channel 17
Oak Forest fires former fire chief accused of theft, forgery
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:38:52 -0800
Oak Forest terminated a veteran fire department lieutenant and former chief who faces multiple felony charges related to theft of city funds, officials said. The Oak Forest fire and police commission moved to fire David Griffin, 46, following a Feb. 5 hearing where Oak Forest officials presented information they had gathered against him, City Administrator Troy Ishler said.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 2:38:52 PM - SOURCE: The Daily Southtown
Scout delivers 'comfort bags' to Pekin Fire Department
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 01:49:36 -0800
Aiden Ashby, 15, knows firsthand the anxiety that children feel when a loved one is the subject of a 911 emergency call. About two-and-a-half years ago, Ashby’s mother, Shelley Ashby, who had recently had a thyroidectomy, experienced a drastic drop in her calcium levels. The Pekin Fire Department was the first responder to his father, Jason Ashby’s 911 call.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 1:49:36 AM - SOURCE: Washington Times-Reporter
Appellate court: Chicago fire pension board wrong to deny disability pension to paramedic with PTSD
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 21:50:36 -0800
A state appeals court has ordered a Chicago firefighters' pension board to award a paramedic a duty disability pension equal to 75 percent of her salary after a little over five years on the job, because they said the board ignored evidence the paramedic had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 9:50:36 PM - SOURCE: Cook County Record
Belvidere firefighters train in frigid temps for ice rescues
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 17:26:51 -0800
VIDEO: Firefighters need to train for any possibility, never knowing when a life might depend upon it. Ice rescue training involves firefighters rescuing each other in freezing or near-freezing temperatures, which teaches them how to save lives and save themselves. "It's a skill that we don't do very often, and the public expects us to be on the top of our game when we get called, so the training helps us be ready for that," said Lieutenant Chris Letourneau of the Belvidere Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 5:26:51 PM - SOURCE: WTVO/WQRF-TV Rockford
Harvard fire district OKs use of loan to fund new engine
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 02:50:46 -0800
With one of its engines not operational and one that recently sustained damage during a house fire, the Harvard Fire Protection District’s board decided Tuesday to secure a bank loan to fund a new pumper truck. Over the past few weeks, board president Thomas Condon and trustee Josh Kelnhofer met with a number of banks to secure financing for the engine.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 2:50:46 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Herald
Edwardsville Fire Department seeks to regulate food trucks for fire safety
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:51:08 -0800
Whether it’s a taco truck, donuts-on-the-go or a mobile version of your favorite brick-and-mortar restaurant, Edwardsville wants to ensure the vehicles meet the city’s fire safety standards. During its Public Safety Committee meeting Monday, Fire Chief Rick Welle asked the committee to approve an ordinance amending Chapter 46, Article IV of the city’s ordinances to establish fire safety guidelines for food trucks operating in Edwardsville.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 1:51:08 PM - SOURCE: Alton Telegraph
Champaign firefighters practice ice rescue skills
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 16:37:11 -0800
VIDEO: Champaign Fire Department braced the snowy conditions Tuesday to practice their ice rescue skills. Crews were stationed at Kaufman Lake working on techniques to save people who fall through ice. Lt. J.P. Childers, who ran the training, said they have had issues on that lake before. He said even though people falling through ice is rare, there are more bodies of water in Champaign than people think.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 4:37:11 PM - SOURCE: WRSP/WCCU-TV My Fox Illinois
House a total loss after fire in Decatur, fire chief says
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 08:21:29 -0800
Barely 12 hours after responding to a house fire Monday night, the Decatur Fire Department found itself battling a second blaze Tuesday morning. Firefighters arrived on scene about 6 a.m. Tuesday to battle a blaze in the 800 block of West Decatur Street, according to Fire Chief Jeff Abbott. When firefighters arrived the east side of the house was entirely engulfed from the front of the home to the back of the home, and it was spreading through the walls, he said.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 8:21:29 AM - SOURCE: Decatur Herald & Review
Illinois firefighters learn to wrangle more than blazes
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800
It might not occur to many men and women who sign up to be firefighters that they could have to rescue a horse, a pig or a cow in addition to dousing flames. So the Illinois Fire Service Institute in Champaign, based at the University of Illinois, wants them to have the skills to succeed and to know who to contact for help in emergencies involving livestock.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Neighbor
Arby's hosts first responders night to honor Cherry Valley Police & Fire Departments
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 19:20:35 -0800
One fast food chain is giving back to our local heroes by hosting a first responder’s night to honor those who risk their lives for our safety every day. Arby’s on Charles Street brought both the Cherry Valley Fire and Police Departments together for a special night. Firefighters and officers helped bus tables and interact with the community and talk about safety and fire prevention.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2019 7:20:35 PM - SOURCE: WIFR-TV CBS 23 Rockford
Fire in Peoria duplex displaces two adults, two kids
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 09:56:25 -0800
Peoria Firefighters responded to a structure fire on Wiswall Street in Peoria early Tuesday morning. As crews arrived, heavy smoke and flames were coming out of a second floor bedroom, but crews were able to put out the fire before it spread to the neighboring duplex. Two adults and two children safely exited the structure while crews remained on scene extinguishing hot spots.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 9:56:25 AM - SOURCE: WMBD-TV Peoria
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