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Orland Fire Protection District MISSION STATEMENT The Orland Fire Protection District’s staff is dedicated to preserving life and property while valuing full accountability to each other and the people we serve.

2012 Annual Report

Orland Fire Protection District Annual Report

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Table of Contents

Page Board of Trustees


Board of Fire Commissioners/Command Staff


Message from Fire Chief


News & Events


Citizen Life-Saving & Action Awards


District Activities




OFPD By the Numbers


Major Incidents


Mutual Aid


Emergency Medical Services




Firefighter Academy 2012 Specialty Teams

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Fire Investigations


Fleet Maintenance Bureau


Fire Prevention Bureau


Public Education


Human Resources




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Orland Fire Protection District Board of Trustees

President James Hickey

Treasurer Christopher Evoy

Secretary Blair Rhode

As elected officials, the Board of Trustees are the executives of our District. Trustees meet a minimum of once each month to approve, discuss, and direct staff in the operation of our District. Through the direction of President Hickey and the Board of Trustees, our staff is held accountable to delivery of services for our residents. The accomplishments of our District in 2012 were the direct result of our Board’s dedication to the Orland Fire Protection District mission of serving our residents.

Trustee Marty McGill


Trustee Glenn Michalek

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Orland Fire Protection District Board of Fire Commissioners The Board of Fire Commissioners are appointed by the Board of Trustees. The function of this Board is to conduct the testing of new firefighter candidates, promotional processes and potential discipline process.

Chairman John Brudnak

Commissioner Mary Beth Casper

Secretary Craig Schmidt

Orland Fire Protection District Command Staff

Fire Chief Ken Brucki

Battalion Chief Ray Kay

Battalion Chief Dan Smith

Battalion Chief Bill Bonnar

Battalion Chief Nick Cinquepalmi

Battalion Chief Mike Schofield

Gold Shift

Red Shift

Black Shift

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Message from Fire Chief Ken Brucki President Hickey and Board of Trustees, I am proud to issue the 2012 annual report for the District. I would like to personally thank you for your confidence in me as I serve as the Chief for the Orland Fire Protection District. The Orland Fire Protection District has a proud history of serving our communities as innovative leaders in public safety, a tradition we will continue together. The focus of this administration is to reinforce the values and vision of our mission statement; dedication to preserving life and property while valuing full accountability to each other and the people we serve. Our primary mission is to be prepared and ready to respond for any call for service addressing the public safety needs for the communities we serve. I will ask the entire organization to recommit to a level of professionalism that our residents should expect from our dedicated personnel. Being prepared for any emergency is the main focus of our personnel who serve in the training division. They have worked very hard this past year to ensure the facilities and training aids are in proper working order and utilized to the fullest capabilities. We have begun initial planning to upgrade our training facilities and grounds to include additional buildings, props, and training aids to facilitate expanding training needs. The start of this process is needed to advance the training experience of our personnel, offer training courses regionally as an additional revenue source, and prepare for advances in technology and new challenges. We have been monitoring our response “turn-out� times to ensure that quality of service is provided by getting our highly trained personnel to the scene of an emergency in a safe rapid manner. A total response time is comprised of; alarm processing time + turn-out time + travel time. Travel is predominately not within our control. Traffic volume, time of day, day of the week, weather, and construction are some of the impediments effecting travel time. Alarm processing time and turn-out time are within our control and the responsibility of our personnel. We have been implementing measures to reduce both and are happy to report that our response times continue to decrease. Another thing that has a tremendous effect on our ability to respond in a safe rapid manner is staffing. This year we added 11 new firefighters to bring our staffing level to a number consistent with our operational goal for personnel, equipment, and vehicles to respond to any emergency. A consistent staffing level is the foundation for our operational readiness plan and our greatest opportunity to continue to provide excellent service in the shortest possible time throughout the District. Communications is an essential component to the success of any emergency incident. The Dispatch center continues to train and update the center to ensure a seamless complete communications process. These updates include full compliance of Federally Mandated Narrow Banding of all radios, a server upgrade, microwave radio servicing and replacement, as well as mobile computers fully supported with global positioning for accuracy and speed of response.


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Message from Fire Chief Ken Brucki Along with communicating internally, we upgraded our web site to connect more clearly with the public. Our belief in public transparency and sharing information from the District maintains a high priority. Our new web site will be easier to navigate, share important public safety messages, explain the functions and services of the District, and update current events and information on a weekly basis. We also added the capability of video conferencing between stations thanks to the hard work of our Informational Technology personnel. We will be able to share more information, conduct training sessions, and deliver more continuing education seminars while maintaining operational readiness throughout the District. We have continued a past initiative of building more community relationships with the Fire District. We have reestablished the Senior Advisory Council and Orland Fire Foundation. The Senior Advisory Council is designed to share District information and public education messages directly impacting our senior population. The council has a section on the new web site to post current events and Q and A from the senior community. The council is designed to have 1 to 2 representatives from the area around each fire house. The Fire Foundation has been reestablished to promote more involvement within the community and provide for another charitable contribution to the communities and the residents we serve. The Foundation has begun planning and fundraising for three initiatives; Community Care, Kids Summer Camp, and the Knox Box Entry Program. They also have a section on the new web site and have volunteer involvement from within the organization and the community. There is a kick off fundraising event on May 2nd 2013, please check the website for details. We have developed a very comprehensive strategic plan that incorporates short, mid, and long term goals with objectives. The plan remains flexible to accommodate fiscal responsibility within our budget and changing needs within our communities. We have been moving at a very rapid pace because the organization was ready for some change and many projects just needed a little assistance to launch. Some objectives like staffing and a comprehensive vehicle replacement program have already been implemented and others are in progress like the maintenance and remodeling of some of our older facilities. All of our stations are now 20 years or older and in need of some general maintenance and remodeling to contain the operating costs for each building. The process of updating has been well received by the staff and our shift personnel living in the stations. To future pace for the District and work towards long term goals, we will continue to train aggressively not only in skills but through strong character leadership training beginning with the officers. Role modeling is an essential part of skill building at any level. We want to continue to build on the examples of our strongest leaders both tactically and professionally. Again, thank you for your confidence and faith as I continue to navigate, with my knowledgeable and experienced leadership team, the strengths and challenges of running this Fire Protection District. I will continue to appreciate your support and feedback. Respectfully Submitted,

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News & Events Chief Brucki’s Swearing-In Ceremony - 6/04/12

President Jim Hickey and Fire Commissioner John Brudnak swearing Ken Brucki into the office of Fire Chief

Chief ‘s Helmet

Chief Brucki’s Keynote Address

Chief Ken Brucki & Family

Trustee McGill, Trustee Hickey, Chief Ken Brucki, Trustee Rhode and Trustee Evoy (Not pictured: Trustee Michalek)


B/C Bonnar, B/C Kay, Chief Brucki, B/C Cinquepalmi, B/C Smith and B/C Schofield

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News & Events Blue Card Grant Check Presentation—4/02/12

On April 2, 2012, Congressman Dan Lipinski presented a check in the amount of $302,400 to the District on behalf of FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The District requested the grant to fund its Officers Training for Excellence Program to provide incident management training for approximately 400 officers. These officers are responsible for managing emergency responses of more than 1,500 firefighters serving more than 750,000 people in Chicago’s south and southwest suburbs. The goal is to facilitate “inter-operability and efficiency” among participating emergency service agencies.

“Train the Trainer” Program—6/25-6/27

The Orland Fire Protection District completed a 3-day Train the Trainer program, an integral component of the Officers Training for Excellence Program (mentioned above) and directly supports the District’s MABAS needs. MABAS is the “Mutual Aid Box Alarm System” which networks the emergency response system for hundreds of emergency services. The Train the Trainer program was held at the District’s Training Center and included 21 fire professionals who were certified to provide instructions in the Blue Card Hazard Zone Management System. These instructors are assisting in facilitating certification for over 400 officers in the regional area.

Kids Fire & Life Safety Camp—July, 2012

This year marked our fourth Annual Kid’s Camp. Over 50 children between the ages of 7-12 attended. The children were taught subjects on: fire safety, train safety, first aid, pool safety, bicycle safety, weather preparedness, natural gas and electrical safety. Orland Fire Protection District Annual Report


News & Events IL American Water Grant Check Presentation—7/26/12

In the spring of 2012, the Orland Fire District applied for a grant from Illinois American Water. A need was identified for equipment that the Fire District did not have. The grant of $1,500 was approved, awarded and in June of 2012, 10 back pack pumps were placed in service. This equipment is designed to be worn like a backpack to carry 5 gallons of water used to extinguish grass fires and other outside fires away from the fire engines. These back packs had proven useful shortly after and throughout the rest of the extremely dry season with several larger grass fires.

September 11th Memorial Service - 9/11/12

On September 11, 2012, the Orland Fire remember those killed during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Protection District held a ceremony to This year’s ceremony marked the 11-year

Cubscout Flag Etiquette & Ceremony—9/16/12

On September 16, 2012 a local Cub Scout den and their families visited the Orland Fire Protection District for a lesson in American flag etiquette which includes the proper handling/folding of the flag. They also had a flag-raising ceremony with some of the sworn personnel.


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News & Events OFPD Open House—10/06/12 The Orland Fire Protection District hosted its annual Open House at the Training Facility on October 6, 2012, kicking off Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme was “Have Two Ways Out!” Over 500 people were in attendance. The event included: a live garage fire simulation, a fire sprinkler demonstration, a thermal imaging camera demonstration, tours of the facility, fire safety house and numerous displays from our community partners.

Live Fire Sprinkler Demonstration

Live Garage Fire Demonstration

Face Painting

Sparky made a visit

Lesson in use of fire extinguisher

CPR Hands-On Demonstration

The Annual Coloring Contest Award Ceremony was held at this event. The top three entries from pre-school to 8th grade were awarded trophies. Over 400 entries were received for this year’s contest.

Chief Brucki with one of the award recipients

Some of the other award recipients

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Another Winner—great job everyone! 8

Citizen Life-Saving & Action Awards Chief Brucki and the Orland Fire Protection District Board of Trustees honored the following citizens in 2012 for their selfless actions.

Silver Lake C.C. Cardiac Arrest B/C William Bonnar Sr. Citizen Life Saving Award Presented To: Drew Richards, Tim Murney, Jim Berttinardi, Michael Helsdingen, David Beveridge, Dan Brennan, Tom O’Mara, Jason Celauro, Robert Woycheese On December 7, 2011 a patron of Silver Lake Country Club, while playing racquetball, became unresponsive as a result of sudden cardiac arrest. Without hesitation, a sequence of events occurred that included immediate “911” notification, CPR, retrieval and use of an AED. The patron fully recovered from this event mainly due to early notification and interventions performed by numerous individuals.

Lake Sedgewick Water Rescue (5/29/12) B/C William Bonnar, Sr. Citizen Life Saver Award Presented to: Taylor Calzaretto, Meghan Carmody, Andrea Dunn, Mackenzie Smith

On May 29, 2012 a man in the water at Lake Sedgewick called out for help. The quick actions of the award recipients contributed to a successful rescue.

Royal Fox House Fire (10/03/12) Citizen Action Awards Presented to: Janice & Tom Hart In the early morning hours of October 3, 2012 after discovering their neighbor’s home on fire, the Harts quickly dialed 9-1-1 to report the fire, while repeatedly calling the neighbors to alert them to the fire, allowing them to escape the fire that was now over their heads. As a result of their quick and thoughtful actions, the fire department was alerted early to the fire and the occupants were able to get out of their burning home without injury.


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Citizen Life-Saving & Action Awards Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation (10/09/12) Chief Art Granat Sr. Award of Merit Presented to: Orland Park Police Officers Ken Kovac & Bob Piatenesi On October 9, 2012 at approximately 1p.m. the Orland Police responded to a citizen in distress. The citizen became unresponsive and police officers removed him from the vehicle. It was determined the citizen, a 53 year old male, was in cardiac arrest and CPR was initiated by Officers Piatanesi and Officer Kovac. Patient care was continued by Orland EMS companies and the patient was delivered to the hospital with a pulse and blood pressure. The actions of these officers contributed to the successful resuscitation of this citizen.

Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation ( 09/03/12 ) B/C William Bonnar Sr. Citizen Life Saving Award Awarded To: Matthew Weimar & John Weimar On September 3, 2012 a 61 year old husband and father suffered sudden cardiac arrest in his home. The patients’ family began a series of life sustaining actions that included calling 911, following the direction of the Emergency Medical Dispatcher, initiating CPR and providing history to the paramedics upon arrival. Paramedics continued care on arrival and because of the prompt actions of Matthew & John Weimar, their father was successfully resuscitated.

Riveria Country Club Incident (10/23/12) B/C William Bonnar Sr. Citizen Life Saving Award Awarded To: Larry Yakutis, Alexander Izguerra and Dave Carlson On October 23, 2012 a 48 year old male patron of the Riviera Country Club became unconscious in the spa due to a medical condition. Recognizing the seriousness of the situation Riviera Country Club employees and patrons began a sequence of events that included calling 911, removing the unconscious patient from the water and beginning CPR. Paramedics continued care and because of the unselfish actions of some employees and a another patron, the patron was successfully resuscitated.

Orland Bakery Incident (10/27/12) Chief Art Grant Sr. Award of Merit Awarded To: Officer Troy Siewert On October 27, 2012 Orland Police Sergeant Troy Siewert responded to an emergency at the Orland Bakery. On arrival he observed a woman unconscious on the floor, recognized the need for immediate action, quickly evaluated and began chest compressions. Patient care was turned over to paramedics on arrival. The patient, whose airway was occluded, subsequently regained consciousness, was transported to the hospital for evaluation and recovered fully. The successful outcome can be attributed in part to the actions of Sergeant Siewert.

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District Activities Chief Brucki Introduces Breast Cancer Awareness Shirts—10/03/12 Firefighters, administration staff, and families, wore special shirts during the month of October with the Fire District logo and the recognizable ribbon of the Breast Cancer Awareness community to show support for National Breast Cancer Awareness. The ambulances were also stocked with pink surgical gloves.

Lt. Scot Gorecki, Lt. Brian Martin, Eng. Ray Marquardt, Chief Ken Brucki, Eng. Dave Dutkiewicz, FF/Paramedic David Popp, FF/Paramedic Adrian Puente

OFPD Ambulance to Blue Island—10/03/12 The OFPD replaced a front line ambulance at Station 3, and an 8 year-old ambulance then became surplus, but remained in working order. Because our fire district has an outstanding vehicle replacement policy on high-mileage vehicles, we are able to assist other local communities in need of such vehicles. The Orland Fire Protection District worked with the Blue Island Fire Department to give this ambulance a new home. This ambulance has a new life helping save lives in a nearby community. Both organizations benefit from the ambulance move—Blue Island receives and upgraded EMS vehicle at a reasonable cost, and Orland has an opportunity to help a neighbor.

Chinese Delegates Visit—10/17/12

On October 11, 2012, the Orland Fire Protection District hosted seven exchange students from Guangzhou, China in a cultural exchange cooperative. Visiting members viewed ongoing hazardous materials response training, cutting edge emergency medical training using life-like simulators and mannequins, incident command training and communications systems over a three-hour period. 11

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District Activities BURN Documentary Fundraiser - 10/22/12 The Orland Fire Protection District was a proud co-sponsor of the premier showing of a new documentary on the challenges of firefighters in Detroit called “Burn: One Year on the Frontlines of the Battle to Save Detroit.” Burn follows the crew of Engine Company 50 – one of the busiest firehouses in America. The premier was held at the Orland Park Marcus Theater, in a 400-seat Ultra-Screen theater with two showings on Thursday October 18th that featured the documentary producers and stars.

Red Friday Honoring our Military—11/08/12

B/C Dan Smith, Chief Ken Brucki, Engineer Dave Nagel and Lieutenant Bill Leddin pictured with some of the Detroit firefighters featured in this documentary

From left: Eng. Steve Kovats (USAF), Lt. Tom Grossman (USMC), Chief Ken Brucki, FF/Paramedic Brian Agle (Il. National Guard, active), FF/Paramedic Kevin Frawley (Il. National Guard, active), Lt. Kevin Kitchen (US Army), and FF/P Brian Thompson (US Army Reserves, active).

The Orland Fire Protection District’s sworn personnel began wearing special red shirts designed to salute America’s active duty military men and women, and those veterans who have served or sacrificed their lives in past service to their country. Firefighters were given the option to wear the special red shirt as an alternative to their regular Class B uniforms every Friday in honor of Veteran’s Day and going forward, to recognize the sacrifices of veterans and those in active duty military service.

Toy Drive for Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation & Santa’s Visit—12/1/12

Chief Ken Brucki and Fire Prevention Supervisor Mike Ercoli get ready to present toy collection being picked up from the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation. As in the past, employees and residents were very generous in dropping off gifts for many weeks before Christmas at the various fire houses. On December 1, 2012 Santa made a visit to the OFPD to visit with Orland families. Orland Fire Protection District Annual Report


Response Times The performance of emergency responders is often measured by the time it takes personnel to arrive on scene of the emergency call. Many steps take place prior to the arrival of a paramedic at your side or a firefighter with a hose full of water. The steps include call processing time in the dispatch center, notification to the appropriate fire station, crews suit up and mount apparatus, response of apparatus from fire station to scene, arrival of personnel and assembling of equipment, and then intervention. Orland Fire District uses a national guideline as our benchmark of performance. The benchmark (NFPA 1710) is used throughout the country to measure performance of career fire departments. NFPA 1710 requires four-person companies on fire apparatus responding in a timely manner to both fire and EMS calls.

Three Segments of Response Time

Call Processing:




Time from alarm to responding

Active driving to the scene

NFPA 1710 Response Guidelines: ▪ One minute (60 seconds) for dispatch ▪ One minute (60 seconds) for turnout time ▪ Four minutes (240 seconds) or less for the arrival of the first-arriving engine company at a fire suppression incident and/or 8 minutes (480 seconds) or less for the deployment of a full first alarm assignment at a fire suppression incident (15-17 firefighters) ▪ Four minutes (240 seconds) or less for the arrival of a unit with first responder or higher level capability at an emergency medical incident ▪ Eight minutes (480 seconds) or less for the arrival of an advanced life support unit at an emergency medical incident, where this service is provided by the fire department ▪ The fire department shall establish a performance objective of not less than 90 percent for the achievement of each response time objective.


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Response Times Response time is a measure of how quickly we can respond to your emergency. Our goal is to be on the scene of an ambulance call in under 4 minutes and a fire call in under 6 minutes.

OFPD By the Numbers The Orland Fire District has continued to increase the number of incidents to which it responds over the past ten years. Incident volume has increased 17% from 2003 to 2012 and 3.4% over the previous year. The graph shows a decrease in 2008 and 2009 which was due to commercial building owners changing from a telephone line connection for their fire alarm to a radio alarm connection. This change has resulted in a reduction of false alarms as well as reduced expense for business owners.

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OFPD By the Numbers

153rd & West Avenue Rollover

Mayo Drive Fire


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OFPD By the Numbers

Currently the Orland Fire Protection District staffs a minimum of five ambulance crews, four engine companies and two truck companies daily, all staffed by paramedics with advanced life support equipment


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Staffed By 2 Paramedics Advanced Life Support

Fire Engine

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Carries Manpower Fire Pump, Hose, Water, Tools

Fire Truck

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Carries Manpower Ladders, Fire Pump, Water, Tools

12 Lead Cardiac Monitor Primary Function:

Primary Function:

Provide advanced life support medical service; Life-saving medications

Extinguish the Fire

Primary Functions: Rescue; Ventilation; Support the Fire Engine Crew

Why do we send an ambulance and a fire truck to medical emergencies? The Orland Fire Protection District utilizes a Computer Aided Dispatch system that identifies the closest available unit in order to respond as quickly as possible to each emergency. All of our units are staffed with paramedics and equipped to provide Advanced Life Support. This flexibility on response provides the best medical care to those in need. The dynamic response platform may result in a fire truck arriving before or in conjunction with an ambulance for medical emergencies. Regardless who arrives first, the combination of units brings up to five paramedics to each emergency. If the emergency does not warrant all of the paramedics, the extra paramedics return, leaving the appropriate amount of help needed to address the situation.


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Major Incidents Dog Ice Rescue — 1/12/12—GOLD SHIFT On the morning of January 12, 2012, a resident had called to report her dog fell through the ice on a lake in the subdivision and it was unable to get out. Orland Fire responded with Engine 3, Ambulance 1, and Battalion 3 to assess the situation and assist as needed. Upon arrival, crews reported a small dog in an open section of water surrounded by ice. It was apparent from the shore that the dog was in distress and there was indications the owner had attempted to go out to help the dog. Firefighters were unable to reach the dog from the shore and decided to retrieve it to prevent the owner or bystanders from attempting the rescue and becoming victims themselves. One firefighter was placed in a cold water surface rescue suit and entered the ice and water. The small dog was carried to shore and reunited with its owner. The dog was taken to the veterinarian by its owner and was released after being warmed.

MVC Rollover — 1/24/12—GOLD SHIFT On the afternoon of January 24, 2012, Orland Fire received a report of a two vehicle accident with injuries at 153rd and West Ave. Ambulance 3, Truck 1, and Battalion 3 were dispatched and advised that it was a roll-over. A pin-in response was started for additional personnel and equipment. 6201 was in the area, arriving within a couple minutes finding one vehicle on its roof still occupied. Crews accessed the patient who had been held in her seat upside down and were able to free her and transfer her to an ambulance for evaluation, treatment, and transport to a hospital. Occupants of the other vehicle were uninjured. Truck 1 stood by while the vehicle was up righted by a tow truck with-out further incident.

Auto Rollover Into Creek—2/23/12—GOLD SHIFT On February 23, 2012, the Orland Fire District was dispatched to a vehicle crash in the area of 158th and Orlan Brook. The response included a truck, an ambulance, and a chief. Dispatch advised responding units the vehicle had rolled over into a creek. Initial arriving units confirmed that report. Firefighters in cold water rescue equipment found the driver in her vehicle and removed her to an ambulance for evaluation and transport to the hospital. The driver reported loss of control of the vehicle in a neighboring parking lot. It went over a landscaping berm and came to rest upside down on the bank of Tinley Creek. After further investigation, firefighters noted fluids leaking from the overturned vehicle and protected the downstream environment by placing several skimming booms to filter out the vehicle’s fluids. Orland Fire’s Hazardous Materials Technicians notified the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District along with the Illinois EMA and EPA to evaluate conditions and the interventions taken. The vehicle was removed by a heavy duty wrecker. The area had been monitored for several weeks until the booms were removed and assured there was no down-stream environmental effect from this crash.

159th & Wolf Road Fire—4/13/12—RED SHIFT On April 13, 2012, the Orland Fire District responded to the area of 159th and Wolf for a reported structure fire. The initial fire response included two engines, two trucks, an ambulance, and a chief. Battalion 2 reported heavy smoke from the area while responding and upgraded the incident to a working fire for an additional engine, ambulance, and chiefs. The initial engine on scene reported it as an abandoned home fully involved. Battalion 2 ordered defensive operations only to protect any exposures and keep personnel safe as this building had been abandoned for many years. 159th Street was closed west of Wolf for approximately 2 hours due to fire equipment and hoses in the street. There were no injuries and no damage to anything else in the area. Orland Fire’s Fire/Arson investigators determined the fire to be intentionally set and then worked with Cook County Police to make an arrest several days later.

Stone Hill Drive Fire—4/26/12—GOLD SHIFT On April 26, 2012 Orland Fire received a 9-1-1 call reporting smoke coming from a garage in the 10500 block of Stone Hill Dr. A fire response of two engines, two trucks, one ambulance, and a chief responded. Police on the scene reported smoke showing and the incident was upgraded to a working fire response for an additional engine, ambulance and chiefs. Engine 6 arrived reporting smoke from the garage and a fire in the kitchen. Crews made entry finding a well involved fire on the first floor with heavy black smoke though out the home. The fire was controlled on the first floor while additional companies were assigned to search. Crews on the second floor found the floor to be burned through above the fire. There were no occupants home at the time of fire but there several pets were rescued. The home sustained significant damage due to smoke and fire but firefighters were able to salvage belongings by moving and covering them. Assistance was requested from several fire departments to cover Orland Fire stations during this incident.

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Major Incidents Auto Accident —2/22/12 — GOLD SHIFT On the evening of February 22, 2012 the Orland Fire District was dispatched with an ambulance, an engine, and a chief to the area of 14800 Wolf Road for a motor vehicle crash. Initial reports stated one of the vehicles had rolled over and trapped the occupant. Battalion 2 upgraded the assignment to a pin-in response for an additional two ambulances, heavy rescue truck, an engine, and chiefs. Initial units on scene reported a headon crash with four vehicles involved and one on its side with entrapment. The vehicle was supported to protect the rescuers and the roof cut-off to access and remove the patient within about twenty minutes. There were two persons transported to the hospital for treatment and two others had refused services.

Highview, Orland Hills Fire —4/05/12 — GOLD SHIFT In the pre-dawn hours of April 5, 2012 the Orland Fire District was dispatched for a house fire in the 16800 block of Highview Avenue in Orland Hills. The initial alarm response of two engines, two trucks, an ambulance and chief were sent. Tinley Park assisted on the initial alarm due to the proximity of their Station 3 to the scene. Truck 4 arrived and reported heavy smoke showing from the rear. Battalion 2 upgraded the response to the full still level for additional assistance and station coverage. The fire was located in the back of the house and extinguished. The fire was declared under control within fifteen minutes. Fire damage was contained to the area of origin but the home sustained heavy smoke damage throughout. The residents were alerted to the fire by smoke detectors and escaped without injury.

Lake Sedgwick Rescue—5/29/12—GOLD SHIFT On the afternoon of May 29, 2012, an emergency call was received from a person in Centennial Park of a person in distress in the water of Lake Sedgwick. The caller stated she could hear someone yelling for help and could see a head in the water. Orland Fire responded with Truck 1, Ambulance 1, Engine 2 and 6201. On the initial response Orland Fire’s Squad 5 responded with its underwater search and rescue equipment. Police reported several people in the water upon their arrival so Ambulance 3 and 6111 were dispatched to assist. Bystanders swam out to the victim and pulled him into shore. The area was difficult to access but crews were able to reach the victim and the citizen rescuers. ALS treatment was started on the shore and the victim was transported to a hospital for treatment. The citizens that heroically rescued the individual were recognized for their concerted effort to save a life.

Car Crash into Building —6/14/12—BLACK SHIFT On June 14, 2012, the Orland Fire District responded to a motor vehicle crash with injuries at the intersection of 143rd and Southwest Highway. 911 callers stated that a vehicle drove into the building. The Orland Fire District responded with an ambulance, engine, and chief. Due to the reports of it involving a building, a technical rescue response was also dispatched including a heavy rescue truck and squad with additional chiefs. Initial units arrived to find a couple cars in the intersection with damage and one car on the sidewalk that had damaged the North side of McCarthy’s Chicken. The driver of the vehicle was out of the car and attended to by paramedics. The building was evaluated for stability by technical rescue personnel


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Major Incidents West Avenue Fire —6/27/12 — RED SHIFT Just before noon on June 27, 2012, the Orland Fire District was called to the 14700 block of West Avenue for a house fire. The initial alarm was dispatched with two engines, two trucks, an ambulance and a chief. Battalion 2 arrived on scene and reported a working fire with smoke showing and a possible rescue seeing a man going back inside the home. The alarm was upgraded to the full still level for additional personnel and chiefs to the scene and also for neighboring departments to cover Orland Fire stations. Interior crews reported thick black smoke with heat and located the fire in the basement despite difficulty moving through the home due to storage. Several cats were located and transferred to the police department’s animal control. The fire was reported under control in about thirty minutes. There was heavy fire and smoke damage to the basement and significant smoke damage throughout the home. The fire’s origin was in the basement and the cause was determined to be unintentional. Three other incidents occurred during this fire which were handled by available Orland units and change of quarters departments.

Mayo Drive Fire —7/04/12 — GOLD SHIFT On July 4, 2012, several 9-1-1 calls were received reporting a building on fire in the 15000 block of Mayo Drive. Callers reported a resident still in her unit unable to get out. The alarm was escalated to a working fire while responding due to the amount of smoke seen from blocks away and multiple callers. Initial units arrived reporting fire showing from a four unit townhome with a rescue. Battalion 2 escalated to the Box alarm level bringing in additional units and covering Orland Fire stations. Initial companies attacked the fire while the elderly woman was removed safely from her unit. The fire was intensified by a propane tank on the balcony relieving causing a large torch like flame to be forced into the attic. The initial crews worked to fight the fire from inside until forced out by the rapidly developing fire conditions. Large water streams from outside were used on the fire unit while fire spread to the other units was extinguished and controlled with hand lines in each unit.. Additional alarms to the 3rd were needed to provide relief for firefighters on scene due to the temperatures at 104 degrees that day. Two firefighters were treated and transported for heat exhaustion while the woman rescued was evaluated on the scene. The fire was controlled in about an hour but caused extensive fire damage to unit of origin and some fire damage to the second floor unit with smoke and water damage to all three others. The fire originated on the 2nd floor balcony and was ruled unintentional.

Bog Fire —7/07/12 — GOLD SHIFT On the night of July 7, 2012, the Orland Fire District was notified of a grass fire in the area of 143rd and Creek Crossing Drive. The initial arriving engine reported about an acre of the wetland area burning. Orland’s brush unit was requested along with five additional crews to extinguish. The fire was contained to the North side of 143rd and burned approximately ten acres. Over the next week, crews were dispatched to the area about 8 times for fires in the same area. Typically this area is low lying and wet but had dried due to the drought conditions experienced last year. Oland Fire’s command staff developed a plan to locate the hot areas with a thermal imaging camera, mark them, and work one by one for a couple days to extinguish using high pressure water and its brush unit. That operation proved successful and eliminated further responses for that area.

Brush Fire—117tth Court—7/12/12 RED SHIFT Early afternoon of July 12, 2012, Orland Fire received a call from Cook County for a report of a possible fire in the woods in the area of 157th and Wolf Road. Engine 3 and 6101 were dispatched and noted smoke in the area while en route. 6101 requested Brush 1 respond from its detail on the lingering peat bog fire at 143rd and Creek Crossing. Battalion 1 was in the area and located the fire in the woods adjacent to a home in the 15700 block of 117th Ct. Battalion 1 reported a large brush fire with exposure to the home. Additional units, Truck 1 Engine 5, were requested along with a Brush unit from Homer and a Water Tender from Northwest Homer as the area does not have fire hydrants. The brush units were able to drive into the burned area and control the progress in about 20 minutes but crews remained for about an hour extinguishing hot spots to prevent re-ignition.

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Major Incidents Incidents Anne Drive Fire —8/07/12GOBLACK SHIFT Mid afternoon of August 7, 2012, Orland Fire was alerted to a house fire in the area of Anne Dr. Initial 9-1-1 callers reported it in the area with additional callers confirming it on Anne Dr. The Orland Fire District was dispatched on the still assignment with 3 engines, one truck, an ambulance, and a chief. While en route police confirmed the fire and smoke was visible from blocks away. The incident was upgraded to a working fire response adding two additional engines, an ambulance, and three chiefs to the scene and one to cover operations in the District. Neighbors had alerted the residents to the fire and assured all were out. Initial arriving units reported fire showing from the garage. Crews attacked the fire and searched the home to assure all were safe. The fire was confined to the garage area with moderate smoke and water damage in adjoining rooms. The fire was controlled in about 15 minutes with most fire crews clearing the scene in about an hour. The fire originated in the garage which sustained heavy fire damage including the loss of a vehicle parked inside. Orland Fire was assisted by the Tinley Park Fire Department on the scene and several others to cover Orland Fire stations. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.

Greencastle Fire —10/07/12 — RED SHIFT In the pre-dawn hours of October 7, 2012 the Orland Fire District was alerted for citizen reports of heavy smoke in the area of Greencastle and Lakeview Dr. The initial assignment of two engines, two trucks, an ambulance, and a chief were dispatched. Additional callers from the 9100 block of Greencastle reported a fire in the townhouse. Initial units arrived and reported fire in the walls on the first floor of a row of townhomes. Battalion 2 upgraded the incident to a working fire and then full still alarm for assistance on scene and station coverage. Interior crews located fire on the first and second floors in the walls and wood frame chimney. The fire was contained in about twenty minutes with fire damage contained to the wall areas adjoining the chimney. There was significant smoke damage to the fire unit and water damage to the basement. Both units on either side sustained moderate smoke damage as a result of the fire. The units were occupied at the time of fire and evacuated without injury with one dog rescued and given to the owner. The fire originated in the fire place chimney enclosure but the cause remains under investigation.

Major Incidents: The following incidents are confirmed working fires in the Orland Fire District – 2012.

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16100 block of 92nd Avenue 14631 La Grange Road 9000 block of 147th Street 9000 block of Kennedy Court 62 Orland Square Drive 16800 block of Highview 9200 block of 169th Place 11200 block of 159th Street 10500 block of Stone Hill Drive 10100 block of 159th Street 14459 La Grange Road 17200 block of Brookgate Drive 14700 block of West Avenue 15000 block of Mayo Drive 14600 block of Middle Pine Creek 8100 block of Anne Drive 15700 block of Chapel Hill Road 17300 block of Brook Hill Drive 15300 block of Royal Fox Hunt Road 9100 block of Greencastle Lane 16300 block of Terrace Court

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Mutual Aid

Orland Fire Protection District provides mutual aid to and receives mutual aid from other fire departments. Mutual aid received is noted in other areas of this report. Along with handling incidents within our own jurisdiction, Orland Fire is regularly requested to assist surrounding agencies with their incidents. The request may be to cover a fire station for subsequent incidents or to assist with personnel and equipment on the scene. A single incident can be taxing to the resources of any fire department which has resulted in mutual aid agreements pre-arranging the assistance prior to an incident and specifying who responds with what personnel, apparatus and equipment. The Orland Fire Protection District is a member of MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) Division 19.

2012 Mutual Aid includes: Palos Park Tinley Park Oak Forest Palos Heights Mokena

North Palos Crestwood Frankfort Oak Lawn Alsip

Roberts Park Blue Island Chicago Ridge MABAS New Lenox

Bridgeview Calumet City Dolton East Joliet Hazel Crest

Homer Lemont Lockport Manhattan Matteson

Northwest Homer Peotone Posen Romeoville South Holland


Assist to Frankfort: On May 23, 2012, Orland Fire assisted the Frankfort Fire Protection District, 8300 block of Brickstone Drive, with a house fire. Frankfort units arrived on the scene of a single family home well involved in fire and extending to the home next door. Initially Orland Engine 6 was dispatched at the full still alarm level to cover the Frankfort area. The incident escalated to the box alarm level sending Engine 6 to the scene along with Battalion 3. Orland companies were assigned by the incident commander to assist with fire control and to search for hidden fire at the house next door. Orland units were committed on this incident for approximately and hour and a quarter.

Assist to Dolton: In the early morning of July 11, 2012, Orland Fire assisted the Dolton Fire Department, 15300 block of Oak St, with a house fire. Prior to this incident, Dolton and many of the surrounding fire departments were operating at a 3 alarm fire at Ball Glass. Two hours into that incident it continued to escalate and a house fire was dispatched. Orland Fire Dispatch had been dispatching the initial and now second incident for MABAS 24. The incident commander on the house fire escalated that alarm to the Box level for assistance. Truck 7 and Battalion Chief 6101 were sent to the scene as the area resources were committed on the larger incident. Orland units were assigned by command to assist with the search for hidden fire upon extinguishment. Orland units were committed to this incident for about an hour and a half.

Assist to Tinley Park: In the evening of August 10, 2012, Orland Fire assisted the Tinley Park Fire Department, 18200 block of Murphy Circle, with a structure fire. Orland Fire Truck 7 and Battalion 1 were dispatched on Tinley’s initial alarm. Tinley Park units arrived with smoke and fire showing form a multiple unit townhome. Orland units were assigned by the incident commander to assist with fire suppression and search for hidden fire. The incident escalated to a full still then box alarm for manpower on scene and station coverage. Orland units were on the scene for approximately 45 minutes.

Assist to Oak Forest: On the morning of December 18, 2012, Orland Fire assisted the Oak Forest Fire Department, 15200 block of Central, with a reported house fire. Oak Forest units arrived with heavy smoke showing and reports of people trapped inside. Truck 4, Ambulance 2, and Battalion 2 were dispatched on the initial alarm. The truck and chief were assigned by incident command and removed one victim from the home. Ambulance 2 cared for and transported the victim to the hospital. Ambulance 5 was sent to the scene upon the request by command for additional ambulances. The incident escalated to a full still then box alarm with a total of two victims removed prior to fire control. Orland units were committed to the incident for approximately an hour.

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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) The EMS Bureau is responsible for the licensing and training of 110 paramedics and 6 EMT’s. All paramedics maintain certifications in Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP), Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), which exceeds the minimum required under Illinois state licensing. Advanced Life Support (ALS) equipment is maintained on six ambulances and six fire apparatus. New equipment and current technology is evaluated and recommendations are made for upgrades and purchases. Our goal is to provide consistently prompt and professional care by highly trained paramedics utilizing the most technologically advanced equipment.

Silver Cross Hospital Recognition Awards Banquet

Lieutenant Todd Schuneman, FF/Paramedic Mike Siefert, FF/Paramedic Matt Johnson, Lieutenant Keith Buhs, Engineer Rob Walsh

New Ambulance As part of the Vehicle Replacement Plan, a new ambulance was placed in service at Station 3 in March, 2012.

EMS Appreciation Week Our annual EMS Appreciation cookout in May, 2012 honoring our personnel that serve, by serving them lunch. Grillers: Communications Supervisor William Neumann, EMS Administrator Lt. Mark Duke and Battalion Chief Ray Kay


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EMS Supervisor Lieutenant Mark Duke

Training Mission: The Orland Fire Protection District Division of Training is organized to provide the highest quality training and education to all of our members. The division will provide realistic, relevant, and referenced training that will improve operational effectiveness and increase the safety of our personnel and the people we serve. Thus in return, we can provide a safer, more efficient emergency response to the customers we serve. Training Supervisor Lieutenant David Piper

Vision: The Orland Fire protection District Training Division has a vision to develop a training organization that provides the highest quality training for the Orland Fire Protection District as well as other departments throughout the region and state that utilize our Campus/Classes. Our training is structured to identify standard conditions, deploy standard actions to deliver standard outcomes. Our state of the art training props and facilities, virtual reality& scenario based simulation centers, and quality instructors will provide training and certification classes in all emergency services. This vision will serve as a guide to prepare our personnel to provide the highest quality service our customers are accustom to. The Orland Fire Protection District Training Division was able to train the current members of the organization in compliance with federal, state, and local government agencies is an underlying consideration in the development and implementation of the training program. Applicable standards and codes identified by the Orland Fire Protection District Training Committee will serve as reference in the development and implementation of the program. The program will meet or exceed the MANDATED required minimum levels of training as directed by Insurance Service organization (I.S.O.), Illinois Department of Labor (I.D.O.L), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (O.S.H.A.), as well as follows the National Fire Protection Association (N.F.P.A.) standards. The Orland Fire Protection District also hosted Illinois State Fire Marshall Certification courses in Vehicle Machinery Operations (V.M.O.) and Rope Operations (R.O.). The classes are used to train our current personnel as well as firefighters from around the area. The cook county bomb squad also hosted a drill at the Orland Fire District which allowed for their personnel to be trained as well as work with our members in dealing with potential bomb incidents. The Command Training Center (CTC) is in the process of certifying over 400 members from area departments in Blue Card Incident Command through an Assistance to Firefighters Grant received in 2011. The CTC is 3 to 4 certification classes per month to meet the demands of the grant. The class has been very successful in training Incident Commanders in managing different incidents. The training facility had a few changes. We continue to strive to provide the highest quality training aides to our members. The training tower passed the structural engineer inspection and inspection of the heat tiles as required by N.F.P.A. The 4 story tower had forcible doors added to assist in training our members in being able to gain access through locked door in reduced visibility environments (smoke filled areas). A construction trailer was donated and was converted into a self-contained breathing apparatus course (SCBA). The trailer will serve as a prop to help maintain proficiency in using our breathing apparatus. The Training Division will continue to be directed by its mission and vision to prepare our members to provide the highest quality of service to each and every one of our customers.

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Training Fire Department Training

Fire Attack

Engineer Training

Ladder Rescues

Extrication Training

Car on Victim

Car Under Semi Truck

Car into the side of an RV

Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus



Restricted Openings

Specialty Training

Trench Training


Diking/Diverting Orland Fire Protection District Annual Report

Ice Rescue

Firefighter Academy 2012 The Orland Fire Protection District also added 11 new firefighter/ paramedics to the organization. The new members participated in an eight week fire academy. The academy met all of Illinois State Fire Marshal Basic Operations objectives to ensure all of members are trained to a consistent level. The academy also included training in hazardous materials, driving, specialized rescue and emergency medical services. The academy prepared our new members for a wide variety of situations that they may encounter in our service organization.

Physical Fitness

Classroom Learning

Advanced Hosing Lines

Search & Rescue

Vehicle Machinery Operations

Bomb Class

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Rope Operations


Specialty Teams—Water Rescue & Recovery MABAS 19 Dive Team Overview: The Orland Fire District has 8 members that are part of the Mabas 19 Water Rescue and Recovery Team. Our team responds to all water related incidents involving Rescue or Recovery within the Mabas 19 Jurisdiction. Our primary goal for 2012 focused on general scenario based team training, maintaining current equipment thru annual equipment inspections, receivership of a new sonar unit to be used in conjunction of our sector scan sonar unit. Firefighter/Paramedic Edgar Tums

Ice Rescue Training

Year in Review: The following are some highlights for 2012: Responded to 2 incidents,:  Sonar response to MABAS 27 for missing person in a retention pond  MABAS 19 Dive team response to MABAS 7 for a missing person in the Kankakee river Training was conducted twice a month and consisted of the following:  Over 255 hours of training (Orland team members)  Annual Swim Test and SCUBA skills review  Scenario based training sessions (surface and subsurface)  Surface Supplied Air Training  Swift Water Technician Training ( Fox River)  Underwater Evidence recovery training  Ice Diver training  Sector Scan Sonar training (Kongsberg Sonar)

Goals for 2013: Continue with our training program team wide with surface and sub surface operations. Streamline our current equipment inventory, begin a replacement program to NFPA standards for our dry suits for subsurface operations.


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Specialty Teams—Haz Mat Notable Haz Mat Calls and Accomplishments for 2012: HAZ MAT RESPONSES FOR 2012: 3 Haz Mat Calls  Overturned car behind Orlan Brook—booms  Unknown Drum—fly dump on 163rd Place  Mixed Chemicals in the House 105 CO Calls 78 Gas Leaks  51 inside gas leaks  27 outside gas leaks

Lieutenant Joseph Moore

Boomers Used for Orllan Brook Drive Rollover

6 Fuel Spill Investigations 11 Investigation Calls 10 Calls for SWHMRT Advisors 1 Call fro SWHMRT Full Team Rollover Tanker of Acid on I-294

ORLAND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TEAM 4 Team Drills—119 man-hours of Orland Team Training (17 Active Team Members at Drills) NIAP Pipeline Meeting 6 Members to Haz Mat Incident Command Class SOUTHWEST HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESPONSE TEAM 7 Active Orland Fire District Personnel 12 Team Drills for 114 man-hours of SWHMRT Training 3 Members to Haz Mat Incident Command Class Foam Training at O’Hare

DEPARTMENT DRILLS  Recognition and Identification  Western Shelter  Radiation Monitoring  Mass Decon  Civil Unrest  Monitoring  Dam, Dike, Diverting  First in Operations  Pipeline Tabletop  Year Review

2012 SWHMRT Calls: 3/21/2012—Alsip: 1294 Acid Tankcar Rollover—Full Team 4/25/2012—Lockport: Unknown Chemical—Advisors 4/29/2012—East Joliet: Industrial Building Fire—Advisors 5/10/2012—Lockport: Unknown Chemcial—Advisors 5/21/2012—Crestwood: Gas Leak—Advisors 8/7/2012—Posen: Gas Leak—Advisors 8/27/2012—Palos: Jet Fuel Pipeline Leak—Advisors 10/2/2012—Dixmoor: White Powder on Tracks—Advisors 11/2/2012—Crestwood: Gas Leak in School—Advisors 11/9/2012—Blue Island: Gasoline in Sewers—Advisors 11/20/2012—Mokena: Pipeline Leak at Tank Farm—Advisors

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Foam Training at O’Hare


Specialty Teams—Technical Rescue Team Overview: The Technical Rescue Team responded to six technical rescue incidents in 2012. Five of the responses were in the fire protection district and one was a request for an advisor to the Tinley Park Fire Department. All of the responses in the district were for vehicles that had impacted structures. In all instances we assessed the structural damage and constructed the appropriate shoring system. These actions allowed the residents to continue to occupy the structure until permanent repairs could be made. The advisor response to Tinley Park was on December 2 for the children who were trapped in the excavation collapse.

Lieutenant Todd Schuneman

Using Technical Search Equipment on a Debris Pile

Trench Operations Class at OFPD

Year in Review: Obtained 128 hours of training in OSFM certification courses. These were ITTF funded courses and we were able to recoup tuition and salaries. Trained 562 hours. Training consisted of :  Constructed shoring systems for building collapse  Shored live trenches  Breeched concrete at the Lombard Company using electric and hydraulic hammers and saws  Performed Confined Space Rescue  Performed High Angle Rope Rescue  Trench vacuum and air knife  All Blue Team drills were mutual aid training exercises with the CART Black Team.  Mutual aid drill on technical search equipment with MABAS Division 21 Validated twelve team members in confined space rescue during annual C.A.R.T. validation. - The members of the Orland TRT provided equipment and 560 hours of training in Rope Operations to members of the district and the members of two surrounding departments. All students successfully challenged the State Fire Marshall’s Vertical II examination and were awarded Rope Operations certifications. The Orland Fire Protection District's technical rescue team and its members continue to be leaders in the area of technical rescue throughout state and Chicagoland area.


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Finance Operating expenditures budgeted for 2012 were $29,331,713. Budgeted expenditures by category are summarized in the chart below. Total budgeted revenue in 2012 was $29,153,470. Property taxes are the District’s main source of funding, representing 88% of budgeted revenue, or $25,517,646. Property tax levies were abated by $1,274,000 in 2012. This reduced the amount of taxes levied in 2012. The District seeks revenue sources in addition to property taxes to offset expenditures. These revenue sources include charges for services (ambulance service, dispatch service, tower leases, training classes, and fire prevention services), grant proceeds, and other miscellaneous sources.

Finance Director Kerry Sullivan

During 2012, the District used its outstanding credit rating and low debt ratio coupled with historically low interest rates to refinance the actuarial unfunded liability of its pension funds. To have an actuarial unfunded liability is common. This liability is paid back over a long term, essentially at the pension fund’s assumed interest rate which is 7% for the Firefighters Pension Fund and 7.5% for the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. In December 2012, the District issued taxable debt certificates in the amount of $26,715,000 to pay off these liabilities. The interest rate on the debt certificates was 4.42%; the term of the debt was reduced substantially. This transaction is beneficial to the District because it will result in long-term taxpayer savings and will help manage the impact of funding the District’s pensions in the future. The District retained its Aa1 rating from Moody’s Investors Service on its existing bonds and were assigned an Aa2 rating on this debt issuance.

GFOA Award The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) awarded the Orland Fire Protection District a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the third year in a row.

Congratulations to our Finance Department! Accounting Assistant Pat Stadnicki, Finance Director Kerry Sullivan and Assistant Finance Director Mary Coughlin

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Dispatch The Orland Fire Protection District operates a fire service only communications/dispatch center providing emergency medical, fire, and rescue dispatching service to the community it serves. Those same services are also being provided as a contracted service to the cities of Oak Forest and Calumet City. In 2012, emergency communications dispatchers for Orland Fire processed nearly 19,000 incidents for those two communities and the Communications Supervisor William Neumann Orland Fire District (Orland approximately 8400, Calumet City approximately 7000, and Oak Forest approximately 3300). Orland Central Dispatch is the primary dispatch center for three Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Divisions (19, 22, and 24) covering much of the South and Southwest suburban area. At the time these Southland communities request assistance for incidents beyond their resource capability, communications are passed to Orland Central and the alerts and requests for mutual aid to that agency along with incident communications are through Orland Central. In 2012, there were nearly 300 incidents for all three Divisions that required the activation of the MABAS system for assistance through Orland Central. As it is only one of two fire/EMS/rescue dispatch centers in the state, Orland Central is the back-up to the primary statewide MABAS Communication System operated out of Red Center in Northbrook. Activation for assets and specialty equipment/teams is done through these two centers in the event of a large incident or disaster in the State or those surrounding Illinois. Orland Central is also the back-up dispatch center for Chicago Fire Englewood (South) Communications. Orland Fire employs 11 full-time, including a supervisor, and 8 part-time personnel to operate the Dispatch Center with three staffed positions 24 hours a day.

WHAT IS NARROWBANDING? In an effort to promote more efficient use of spectrum, the FCC mandated all VHF [150174 MHz} and UHF (revised in April, 2012 to 421-470 MHz) Public Safety and Industrial/Business licensees using 25kHz land mobile radio (LMR) systems on Part 90 channels migrate to at least narrowband 12.5 kHz efficiency technology by January 1, 2013. Since the deadline has passed, you must ensure that the 25 kHz mode has by now been disabled via software on your dual mode 25/12.5 kHz radios. All radios only capable of operating at 25 kHz efficiency must have been replaced. On January 1, 2013, all public safety and business industrial land mobile radio systems operating in the 150-512 MHz radio bands must cease operating using 25 kHz efficiency technology, and begin operating using at least 12.5 kHz efficiency technology. This deadline is the result of an FCC effort that began almost two decades ago to ensure more efficient use of the spectrum and greater spectrum access for public safety and non-public safety users. Migration to 12.5 kHz efficiency technology (once referred to as Refarming, but now referred to as Narrowbanding) will allow the creation of additional channel capacity within the same radio spectrum, and support more users. After January 1, 2013, licensees not operating at 12.5 KHz efficiency will be in violation of the Commission's rules and could be subject to FCC enforcement action, which may include admonishment, monetary fines, or loss of license. 

Narrowbanding ensures more efficient use of the spectrum and greater spectrum access for public safety and non-public safety users


Will relieve congestion in and result in increased channel availability for public safety VHF/UHF systems


Narrowbanding has been consistently supported by the public safety community, including APCO, NPSTC, and other organizations

Orland Fire District took a positive stance on the warnings for the mandate 2 years ago. During the communications upgrade the district conducted. The communications division enacted a plan to be compliant with FCC License, coverage issues and radios not compliant. Due to the dedication of the communications department the changeover to narrowband was seamless and not noticed in the field.


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Fire Investigations The Orland Fire District Origin and Cause team is responsible for investigating all fires with in the fire district and determining the cause of all fires. Fires can be accidental or intentionally set and we work with the local police jurisdiction when a fire is determined to be suspicious or incendiary in nature. In 2012, the Orland Fire District Origin and Cause team investigated 12 intentionally set fires as well as 9 fires that are currently still under investigation at this time. Incendiary fires are suspicious in nature, set intentionally, and involve the crime of arson. The Orland Fire District Investigation Team works in conjunction with the Orland Park Police, Orland Hills Police, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, the Cook County Bomb Squad and the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF).

Fire Investigations Team Leader William Leddin

The Orland Fire District Investigation Team is a member of the MABAS 19 Origin and Cause Team as well as a charter member of the South Suburban Fire Investigation Task Force. All Orland investigators participated in the Office of State Fire Marshal recertification program in 2012. All investigators recertified after completing classroom and practical assignments. This was the first re certification held by the state. The Orland Fire District Team investigated over 75 investigations including significant or large loss fires in 2012. We also responded to 21 MABAS assists as well as 6 Task Force responses for investigators. Orland Fire District sponsored the Fourth Annual 40 hour Advanced Origin and Cause seminar in conjunction with the Task Force. 2012 marked the 10th anniversary of the South Suburban Fire Task Force Team training is held monthly throughout the year as well as specialty training conducted quarterly. Our investigators are currently working on certification through the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI).

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Fleet Maintenance Bureau

Fleet Maintenance Supervisor Jim Hynes

Overview: The Fleet Maintenance Program is responsible for the upkeep and repair of all Orland Fire Protection District equipment. To meet the many and varied needs of the OFPD, the Fleet Maintenance Program utilizes a comprehensive vehicle replacement strategy. Every one of our 53 different pieces of equipment is thoroughly evaluated based on need, condition, and age. These are the core components of the OFPD vehicle maintenance and replacement plan which has been specifically formulated to optimize usefulness, minimize life cycle costs, and maximize resale value.

Year in Review: In 2012 the Fleet Maintenance Program placed a new ambulance in service at Station Three, introduced a new Battalion Chief response vehicle into service, and purchased a new stake body utility vehicle to be used for emergency response as well building and fleet maintenance needs. This past year the Fleet Maintenance Program successfully retired and sold a 2002 Ford Explorer and a 2002 Ford Road Rescue Ambulance.

Accomplishments: In addition to our vehicle replacement program, Fleet Maintenance also practices an aggressive Preventive Maintenance Policy, designed to maximize the life of fleet equipment. Fleet Maintenance employs two highly skilled, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified technicians, whose formidable fabrication and welding skills save the department a considerable amount of time and money. A proactive stance on maintenance and repair, coupled with the skills and efforts of our ASE Certified Technician Mike Morgan puts his welding skills to good use technicians, resulted in a 9% reduction in operating costs in 2012. Even more impressive, this reduction was accomplished despite the significant increases in fuel, oil, and tire prices over that same period. The Fleet Maintenance Program is founded upon the principle of providing a high value service to the Department, while equally dedicated to providing this service at an exceptional cost. Our progress in 2012 is indicative of this goal, and a vindication of the efforts and performance of the entire Fleet Maintenance Program.


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Fire Prevention Bureau Fire Prevention Bureau Activities for 2012: 

The Fire Prevention Bureau inspected the commercial occupancies, multi-family occupancies, public/private schools, daycare centers and group homes within the district.


Fire Prevention Bureau members taught life-safety classes for several Condo Associations, businesses and senior groups.


Fire Prevention Bureau members participated in the planning and implementation of our Kids Safety Camp event.


Fire Prevention Bureau members participated in the planning and implementation of our annual Open House.


The Fire Prevention Bureau worked on getting business owners to convert problematic telephone fire alarms to the Keltron radio transmission system.


Fire Prevention Bureau personnel attended continuing education courses and seminars throughout the year.


Fire Prevention Bureau Personnel made 6,666 field contacts in 2012.


The Fire Prevention Bureau was successful in reducing the amount of fire alarm activations of commercial and residential fire alarm systems.


The Fire Prevention Bureau hosted an After Hours Event for the Orland Chamber of Commerce.

Fire Prevention Supervisor Michael Ercoli

Chief Kay addressing Chamber of Commerce members during an “after hours event held at OPFD

A Knox Box, known officially as the KNOX-BOX Rapid Entry System is a small, wall-mounted safe that holds building keys for Fire District personnel to retrieve in emergency situations.

FPB Statistics—2012 Inspection Breakdown: Less than 5000 sq. ft. commercial inspections: Greater than 5000sq. ft. commercial inspections: Restaurant Inspections: Multi-family Inspections: Re-inspections: Final occupancy inspections: Complaint investigations: School inspections: Rough inspections: Carnival inspections: Haunted House Inspections: Fireworks inspections: Kiosk inspections (Mall): Group Home Inspections Tent inspections: Total:

Total FPB Inspectional Activities for 2012: 1290 320 155 960 1593 281 116 31 202 4 1 3 10 10 5 4,981

Inspections: Problem fire alarm checks: Hydrostatic test of sprinkler systems: Fire alarm acceptance tests: Fire pump tests: Hood fire suppression system tests: Underground flushes: Knox Box issues: Plan review: Misc. events: Total:

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4981 658 52 72 5 10 4 463 300 121 6,666


Public Education The Public Education Division provides education on: fire/life safety, first aid/CPR, car seat installations, fire extinguisher training, senior citizen home safety, apartment/condo safety, fire drills, business evacuation planning and emergency preparedness.

Public Education Activities for 2012:             

Conducted numerous fire station tours. Conducted numerous car seat checks. Conducted numerous Safety Trailer events. Worked with the Fire District’s Senior Advisory Committee. Hosted the Chamber of Commerce meeting at our Administration Center. Conducted numerous safety lectures at the Public and Parochial schools within the district. Conducted numerous safety lectures for Senior Citizen groups. Participated in numerous Senior Citizen events. Participated in numerous Health and Safety Fairs. Applied for numerous Public education Grants. Received Home Sprinkler Council Media Grant. Received IDOT Car Seat Grant. Planned and conducted the Annual Open House.

Grants Received in 2012: 

IDOT Car Seat Grant


Home Sprinkler Council Media Grant

Fire Prevention Month (October):

Kid’s Fire & Life Safety Camp, July 2012

Public Education Statistics for 2012 Event Breakdown:

Fire Prevention Supervisor Mike Ercoli teaches fire safety to a group of school chidren

All 27 schools within the Fire District received fire/life safety education for the children in pre-school, kindergarten and first grade. Fire drills were conducted at schools and businesses.

Block Party: Car Seat Checks: CPR Classes: Fire Drills: Fire Extinguisher Class: Parade: Public Display: Safety House: Safety Lecture: Stand-by: Station Tour: Other: Total Events: Total Attendees:


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20 67 2 5 1 8 43 10 22 9 34 3 224 2,115

Human Resources Staffing SWORN STAFF Administration Fire Chief Administrative Battalion Chief Program Supervisors EMS Lieutenant Maintenance Lieutenant Training Lieutenant IT Manager Sworn Shift Personnel

1 2 1 1 1 1

Shift 1

Shift 2












Firefighter/ 16 Paramedic



Battalion Chief

Shift 3

Total Sworn

The Human Resources Department handles the recruitment, hiring and administration of the District’s employees. It coordinates insurance and other benefits, conducts testing for promotional opportunities and performs risk assessment for the department. Industrial accidents and injuries are also under the supervision of Human Resources. In 2012, the Human Resources Department managed the recruitment of 11 new firefighters for the training academy, hired 3 part-time dispatchers and a number of administrative positions. It also administered promotional processes for the positions of Fire Chief and Engineer.

Human Resources Director Lucy McGlynn

3 30 30 48 111

NON-SWORN STAFF Administration Human Resources Director Administrative Assistant Receptionist Administrative Clerk Finance Finance Director Assistant Finance Director Accounting Assistant IT IT Technician (full-time) IT Technician (part-time) IT Assistant (part-time) Fire Prevention Fire Prevention Supervisor Fire Inspector Fire & Life Safety Educator Fire Prevention Bureau Secretary Communications/Dispatch Communications Supervisor Telecommunicators Telecommunicators, Part-Time Maintenance Fleet Maintenance Technician Building Maintenance Technician Maintenance, Part-Time Probationary Firefighter Recruits Summer Employees

1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Employee Appreciation Night/Christmas Party

1 1 1 1 1 10 9 2 1 1 11 10

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Personnel New Employees Orland Fire Protection District welcomed its newest staff members in 2012: Administration

Zain Corral Admin. Clerk (PT)

Stephanie Koenig IT Assistant (PT)


Joe McGrath Dispatch (PT)

Mike Angel IT Technician

Probationary Firefighter Recruits

Don Anderson

Chad Erickson

Doug DePersia

Kevin Frawley

These 11 recruits began the Orland Fire Academy Training Program on September 10, 2012 and completed the 8 week course. They were assigned their shifts and rotated through all the firehouses in the District. They will be on probation for one year and sworn in in September, 2013.

Jim Karp

Dan Ritchie 37

Mike Neubauer

Isaac Salazar

Tim Sierazy

Jennifer Smith

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Jim Wooten

Promotions Firefighter Michael Haran to Engineer—July 12, 2012

On July 12, 2012 Firefighter/ Paramedic Michael Haran was promoted to Engineer.

Farewells Lieutenant Chris Smith

Engineer Bob Palermo

On March 14, 2012 Lieutenant Chris Smith retired after 31 years with the OFPD. Though he will no longer be doing shift work, he will continue to work part -time teaching CPR classes. On May 13, 2012 Engineer Bob Palermo retired after 28 years with the OFPD. Orland Fire Protection District Annual Report


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Orland Fire Protection District Annual Report

2012 Annual Report  

The Orland Fire Protection District's 2012 Annual Report.

2012 Annual Report  

The Orland Fire Protection District's 2012 Annual Report.