Daily Dispatch: Illinois News
Illinois Labor Relations Board Upholds Peoria Fire Dept. "Brownout" Ruling
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 08:43:53 -0700
The Illinois Labor Relations Board has upheld a summary ruling against the city of Peoria earlier this year restricting "brownout" of fire department engines. In February 2019, Administrative Law Judge Matthew Nagy summarily ruled in favor of International Association of Firefighters Local 50, the union representing Peoria's firefighters, after the city failed to respond to an unfair labor practice complaint filed by the union.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2019 8:43:53 AM - SOURCE: WCBU-FM Public Radio
Montclair fire station may close in Edwardsville
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 13:04:35 -0700
Despite a protest from the fire department’s union, city officials opened a discussion about shuttering the Montclair station and slashing two firefighter/paramedic positions. During Thursday’s public safety committee meeting, Rodney Hall, president of Edwardsville Fire Fighters’ Local 1700 spoke against the notion.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2019 1:04:35 PM - SOURCE: Edwardsville Intelligencer
Good Samaritan pulls driver from flaming car after Chicago crash
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 19:46:39 -0700
A county worker is being hailed as a hero after pulling a man out of a burning car, saving his life early Sunday morning. Around 3 a.m. Sunday, Chris Cammon was waiting for a bus at the corner of 79th Street and Jeffery Boulevard in South Shore, heading to work the early morning shift at the Cook County Forest Preserve, when he says he heard the vrooms and screeches of cars drag racing blocks away.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2019 7:46:39 PM - SOURCE: CLTV Chicagoland Televsion
Dog rescued from Round Lake Heights fire
Sat, 17 Aug 2019 19:45:58 -0700
A home in Round Lake Heights was significantly damaged by a fire Saturday evening, officials said. Firefighters were called to the home on the 2300 block of Iroquois Lane at about 5:02 p.m., according to Battalion Chief Bill Rohrs of the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District. Five other departments also responded, and crews had the fire nearly under control within about 20 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2019 7:45:58 PM - SOURCE: Illinois Daily Herald
Scene cleared after pickup, grain truck catch fire in Effingham
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:52:55 -0700
A dually flatbed pickup truck pulling a gooseneck trailer and a semitruck tractor-trailer hauling asphalt caught fire Thursday morning near the intersection of U.S. Route 45 and the Interstate 57/70 off-ramp after the two vehicles collided, according to Effingham Assistant Fire Chief Matt Kulesza. The Effingham Fire and Police departments responded to the call placed around 10:05 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 1:52:55 PM - SOURCE: Effingham Daily News
Dog rescued, firefighter taken to hospital after Hoffman Estates fire
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 19:41:41 -0700
A home in Hoffman Estates caught fire Thursday morning, officials said. Hoffman Estates fire was called to a home in the 1600 block of Glen Lake Road at about 8:55 a.m. after the front of the two-story property caught fire, according to a news release from the Hoffman Estates Fire Department. Firefighters searched the home, which was clear of people, and rescued a dog, the release said.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 7:41:41 PM - SOURCE: Illinois Daily Herald
70th Anniversary of Atkinson Fire feted
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 02:13:00 -0700
Bob Floming refers to his department as “one of the best in the area.“ Floming, director of public works for the Village of Atkinson, also serves as Fire Chief of the Fire Protection District which is celebrating its 70 th anniversary at the 2019 Heritage Days festivities on Friday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 2:13:00 AM - SOURCE: Orion Gazette
Fire crew rescues man trapped in North Peoria storm drain
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 15:38:55 -0700
Firefighters had to use pry-bars and rope to rescue a man trapped in a storm drain Thursday afternoon in North Peoria. Shortly after 2 p.m., they were called to the 800 block of West Trailcreek Drive, just south of the intersection of Knoxville Avenue and Pioneer Parkway for a man unable to get out of a storm drain, according to a Fire Department news release.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 3:38:55 PM - SOURCE: Peoria Journal Star
Chicago area firefighters to appear on 'American Ninja Warrior' TV show Aug. 19
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Chicago area residents Brandon Mears (St. Charles) and Dan Polizzi (Oswego), also known as "The Towers of Power," are a firefighting duo competing on the hit TV show "American Ninja Warrior." On July 8, 2019, we saw Mears and Polizzi compete in the city qualifying round in Cincinnati where they competed against more than 100 athletes.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Daily Herald
FEMA, IEMA surveyed Galesburg and Knox County storm damage Wednesday
Wed, 14 Aug 2019 16:45:11 -0700
Federal and state officials toured Galesburg and Knox County homes for storm damage Wednesday. Galesburg Fire Chief/Knox County Emergency Management Agency coordinator Tom Simkins said officials from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency were both in the area for the visit.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 4:45:11 PM - SOURCE: Galesburg: Register-Mail
Fire heavily damages Glenarm house roof
Wed, 14 Aug 2019 15:46:47 -0700
VIDEO: Firefighters are on the scene of a house fire in Glenarm Wednesday evening. The fire happened at an address in the 1700 block of Covered Bridge Road. A WAND-TV crew went to the scene and saw what appeared to be heavy roof damage, to the point where most of it was destroyed. Chatham firefighters confirmed they were involved in the response to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 3:46:47 PM - SOURCE: WAND-TV NBC Channel 17
Du Quoin city council mulls proposed hiring policy
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 01:45:19 -0700
The Du Quoin city council is mulling a new hiring process for some city jobs that would rely on a committee -- instead of a single commissioner -- to recommend a hire to the entire council. Police officers and firefighters are not part of the new policy, because those professional employees have specific rules that govern their fitness.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 1:45:19 AM - SOURCE: Du Quoin Evening Call
U.S. Reps Demand To Know Why Fire Crews Are Stretched Dangerously Thin At Great Lakes, Other Naval Stations
Tue, 13 Aug 2019 21:00:27 -0700
VIDEO: They’re exhausted. We told you Monday night about the shortage at the federal fire department tasked with keeping Naval Station Great Lakes safe, and how that shortage is affecting surrounding communities. On Tuesday, CBS 2’s Tara Molina took concerns to our elected officials. She learned that members of Congress are also asking the Navy why the shortage, and the issues it is creating, are not being addressed.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 9:00:27 PM - SOURCE: CBS 2 Chicago
Peoria City Council buys body armor for police, firefighters
Tue, 13 Aug 2019 19:45:34 -0700
Voting as one, the Peoria City Council on Tuesday approved spending nearly $50,000 to buy tactical body armor for its firefighters and police officers. Without any discussion, the council voted 10-0 to spend the $47,547 that buys 35 plate carriers, 20 ballistic vest and 16 ballistic helmets. The Fire Department, which currently has no body armor, would get the 20 vests and 16 helmets.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 7:45:34 PM - SOURCE: Peoria Journal Star - Metered Site
Chicago: Man killed, 3 injured in South Side apartment fire
Wed, 14 Aug 2019 05:45:37 -0700
A man was killed and three others were injured after a fire on the city's South Side. Fire crews responded to a fire around 5 a.m. Wednesday at a two-story apartment building 70th Street and Wabash in Greater Grand Crossing. Upon arrival, the second-floor of the building was fully engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 5:45:37 AM - SOURCE: WGN 9 Chicago
Homeless man sentenced to 30 years for fatal Kankakee arson fire
Wed, 14 Aug 2019 04:57:46 -0700
Alex Sawyer has received a 30-year prison sentence for setting a fire to a two-story building in Kankakee that resulted in the deaths of two young brothers in April 2016. The 65-year-old Sawyer agreed to plead guilty last April to one count of first-degree murder. He entered a blind plea, allowing Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott to determine his sentence.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 4:57:46 AM - SOURCE: Kankakee Daily Journal
Galesburg Fire Department highlights dehumidifier recalls after two fires
Tue, 13 Aug 2019 20:23:05 -0700
After two recent fires that occurred within a week of each other, Galesburg fire officials are warning area residents about dehumidifier recalls. Galesburg Fire Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal Randy Hovind said approximately 3.4 million dehumidifiers sold under the Midea brand alone have been subject to recalls going back to 2002.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 8:23:05 PM - SOURCE: Review Atlas.com
Cause Not Found for Deadly Waukegan Factory Explosion
Tue, 13 Aug 2019 05:15:51 -0700
Investigators haven't been able to determine what caused an explosion at a Chicago-area silicone factory that killed four workers in May. Waukegan Fire Marshal Steve Lanzi tells the Lake County News-Sun that he's confident investigators located the point of origin for the explosion at AB Specialty Silicones and are ruling out intentional causes.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 5:15:51 AM - SOURCE: NBC Chicago
Person, three dogs rescued from South Peoria house fire
Sat, 10 Aug 2019 14:42:13 -0700
A South Peoria house fire late Friday resulted in one person transported to a hospital, according to authorities. The blaze began about 11 p.m. at 2218 W. Lincoln Ave. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames emanating from the rear of the one-story house, a news release stated. It took them about 10 minutes to bring the fire under control.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2019 2:42:13 PM - SOURCE: The Southern Illinoisian
Park Ridge firefighters surprise student, 17, with scholarship for efforts saving another student’s life
Tue, 13 Aug 2019 01:46:13 -0700
Michael Frazier, 17, wasn’t nervous before starting CPR on a fellow Maine South High School student who collapsed while jogging around the school’s track in April. But Frazier, a recent Maine South High School graduate, was racked with nerves when the Park Ridge City Council honored his life-saving actions at an Aug.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 1:46:13 AM - SOURCE: Park Ridge Herald-Advocate
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