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  • Station Gossip Did everyone remember to replace their batteries in their smoke detectors and CO alarms when you set your clocks forward? Did you also remember to set your clocks forward in your digital cameras and video equipment? Our prayers and wishes are with Ike Schoonover’s wife Diane for a speedy recovery after her knee surgery. Hey, Tom Lake, Christi wants me to ask if you lost something? I walked into the kitchen of Station One the other day and found out how many fi refi ghters it takes to change a light bulb. There was an IC, Ops, Sector Offi cer, and the fi refi ghter that actually was changing the light bulb. :) DC John Presley writes, “I recently had been researching my new job title as Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention & Safety. I had looked online and found some leads. I then looked through magazines and IFSTA Manuals. Well, I fi nally called the Offi ce of State Fire Marshal-Div of Personnel Standards (OSFM –PSE) to get some direction. They told me to check with the Illinois Fire Inspectors (IFIA) Association. They sent me to Illinois Fire Service Institute for information who in turn sent me back to IFIA - this time with a phone number. I called, and the person at the other end gave me a phone number …….back to the OSFM ……this time to the Fire Marshal’s secretary! She graciously passed me back to OSFM-PSE. I was advised that the classes I inquired about are not available currently, but rather are under development. Did I mention this was over three days? Government at its best!”


    Station Funnies

    Megan never let go of the hose line!

    Almost deep enough to bring out the boats?

    John’s new hood ornament

    the firehouse scene Is a monthly publication of the

    Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District Fire Chief Don Shoevlin

    Postage Harlem-Roscoe Fire PO Box 450 Roscoe, IL 61073

    The Firehouse Scene - Page 12

    Vol. 13 No. 4 harlemroscoefi April 2008

    Dangerous Car Fire It was a wake up call when a pneumatic shock on the front of the burning car above exploded and blew out into the crowd of onlookers in the parking lot of the local Wal-Mart. Luckily no one was hit by the fl ying projectile. . . . See page 2 for more on how dangerous car fi res can be.

    Photo by Sheryl Drost

  • Mutual Aid Fire Photos by DC Kirk Wilson

    Harlem-Roscoe Fire sent an engine, an ambulance, and a Chief to a house fi re in Rockford in response to a MABAS call for help from Northwest Fire. Chief Shoevlin says he was put in charge of staging. Lt. Alms says the ambulance took care of rehab and the crew on the engine helped fi ght the fi re and the overhaul.

    Crews work on ventilating the roof.

    Harlem-Roscoe Fire’s ambulance was used for rehab.

    Smoking Rooftop A/C Photos by Sheryl Drost

    Workers arriving for their shift at Gordmans found smoke in the building and called 9-1-1. Firefi ghters tracked the culprit to a roof top A/C unit that was smoking.

    A crew headed up to the roof top in the bucket of the aerial truck.

    Traffi c was blocked as the truck put a crew on the roof.

    Freeport Disaster Drill By Ramona Baldoni-Lake

    The tones rang out for several fi re departments across the state line requesting multiple search and rescue teams from around that area to respond. A terrorist attack had caused the explosion of a car bomb next to a structure and there were several people trapped beneath the rubble pile.

    The drill began around 3:00 in the afternoon with Freeport Police and Fire responding followed by teams from Jo Daviess, Winnebago and Rock Counties. We responded

    in Tech Rescue 747, and met up with members of the Stateline Technical Rescue Team in Beloit.

    Staging began at the Travel Lodge parking lot in Freeport. There we joined up with MABAS 8 team members from Rockford, Rockton, and Belvidere fi re departments. After a short waiting period, our team was called to the scene. Pulling up we could see the skeleton of a car next to a building. The police, military, and FBI were all actively searching for “suspects” and a reported secondary device.

    The police secured the scene, and a recon team of three rescue personnel were sent in to do a preliminary search and size-up of the situation. The report came back that there were several people trapped in a pile of rubble. Our team of 12 members went to work shoring and tunneling through wood, concrete and debris to reach and free the trapped victims. Other teams began their search from the other side of the pile. We met up within the mess, joining forces together at times. We freed approximately 20 mannequins in total that had been placed within the pile - tagged with the injuries that they had sustained in the explosion.

    The drill provided us the opportunity to train and practice the skills that we have been working on over the years at monthly trainings.

    Training Snapshot

    March 11 - Table top exercises.

    The Firehouse Scene - Page 2 The Firehouse Scene - Page 11

    Car Fires Are Dangerous! Story by Ramona & Tom Lake Photos by Sheryl Drost

    Firefi ghters Tom Lake and Rob Gonia approach the burning car properly.

    Harlem-Roscoe Firefi ghters were dispatched to the parking lot of the local Wal-Mart for a report of a vehicle on fi re on March 19. As crews arrived, they saw a fi re in the engine compartment of a two- door sedan. Flames were blowing out from under the hood on each side. The crew approached from the rear corner of the vehicle with a charged line to push the fi re back into the engine compartment. All of a sudden, a pneumatic hood strut blew out through the front of the vehicle. Luckily, it missed the crew members, as well as the crowd that had gathered to watch.

    There are many potential hazards we face today fi ghting vehicle fi res such as blowing tires, pneumatic shocks, pressurized bumpers, airbags, gas tanks, hybrid vehicles and more. Auto makers strive to develop the safest vehicles for consumers that present as potential hazards to rescue and fi re personnel. Harlem-Roscoe has been fortunate to avoid injury from these dangers over the years while fi ghting car fi res, but to continue this safety record in the future, we need to be proactive. AirBag Systems.Org is an excellent resource to educate and update. ( Look under “vehicle fi res and the dangers of new technology” on the sidebar to fi nd photo galleries, Power Point presentations, forums and more. Then share what you’ve learned.

    Out of our archives - another dangerous car fi re was back on July 22, 2001. Firefi ghters Dan Gunderson and Neil Roe begin to pull hose to fi ght a fully involved car fi re on I-90 mm72. They started to hear a loud hiss then fi re shot over 30 feet out the gas line at the rear of the car as the rear gas cap blew off.

    Firefi ghters Save Apartment Building Story & Photo by Sheryl Drost

    Improper storage of a combustible liquid seems to be the cause of a fi re around 4am, on April 6, in a 4-family apartment building on Talcott Drive in South Beloit. The resident called 9-1-1 after trying to put the fi re out himself. The fi re and smoke damage was contained to one of the four apartments. “The initial crew did an excellent job in locating the seat of the fi re and extinguishing it with minimal water usage and damage!”, reported Harlem-Roscoe Fire Chief Don Shoevlin.

    Firefi ghters Randy Lovelace, Mike Morrison, and Jeff Brandenburg were on the fi rst in hose line, and were able to quickly hit the seat of the fi re.

    The kitchen received extensive damage from the fi re.

    Investigators Captain Mike Drost and Debbie Rykowski investigate the fi re. It is believed improper storage of a fl ammable liquid was the culprit.

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    From the Chief’s Desk By Fire Chief Don Shoevlin

    Congratulations to our 2008 recruit class. On Sunday, April 6, we issued the fi re department oath to 18 new fi refi ghters. This is the largest class we have had for a couple years. They all completed well over 100 hours of training and will

    continue working towards their Firefi ghter II certifi cation. We welcome all of them to our fi refi ghting family.

    Thank you to everyone that came to the dinner. It was a pleasure to be able to meet you. Those that I did not get to talk to, I look forward to seeing you again in the upcoming months of activities.

    As we fi nally get the warmer weather and begin to clean the yards from the long winter, please remember there are burning ordinances. (See page 3) When burning, please be cautious. Even though the ground is wet, the top growth is dry, and it burns quickly.

    We greatly appreciate all of your continuous support. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call me. Don’t forget to keep up on the progress of your fi re department by visiting our website. www.harlemroscoefi

    If I’m not back in fi ve minutes.. wait longer - Jim Carrey

    Even a clock that does not work is right twice a day - Polish Proverb

    Don’t take life too seriouly because you’ll never get out alive - Josh Shippe

    Whatever you are, be a good one - Abraham Lincoln

    Fire Prevention Update By Deputy Chief John Presley

    Hello, everyone. The inspection bureau is going strong; Virgil and Jerry have been out checking several new bus