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Page Facilities Board of Trustees Fire Commissioners Command Staff Message from the Fire Chief District News Memorials Awards Grants Donations Years of Service Awards Unit Commendation Awards Awards Night BOT Meeting Awards OFPD By the Numbers Apparatus Staffing Incidents by Station Area Incidents Mutual Aid Emergency Medical Services Training Training Academy Specialty Teams Water Rescue & Recovery Technical Rescue Haz Mat Finance Dispatch/Communications Support Services Fire Investigations Senior Advisory Council (SAC) Fire Prevention Bureau Public Education Human Resources/Staffing Promotions Board of Trustees Honor Guard Cadet Program Retirements Apparatus
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Administration 9790 West 151st Street Orland Park, Illinois 60462 (708) 349-0074 Phone (708) 349-0354 Fax
Station 1 9790 West 151st Street
Station 2 15100 West 80th Avenue
Station 3 15101 West Wolf Road
Station 4 16515 South 94th Avenue
Station 5 8851 West 143rd Street
Station 6 17640 South Wolf Road
Training Facility 10728 West 163rd Place
Board of Trustees
Christopher Evoy President
Craig Schmidt Secretary
Jayne Schirmacher Treasurer
John Brudnak President Pro Tem
James Hickey Trustee
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 the Fire Chief in the operation of the District. Through the direction of President Evoy and the Board of Trustees, the Orland Fire Protection District staff is held accountable to the Board of Trustees for delivering the highest quality of services to our residents. The accomplishments of our District in 2017 were the direct result of our Boardâ€™s dedication to the Orland Fire Protection Districtâ€™s mission of serving our residents.
Board of Trustees 2018 Meeting Dates: January 23, 2018 February 27, 2018 March 27, 2018 April 24, 2018
Legal Counsel to the Orland Fire Protection District & Board of Trustees
May 22, 2018 June 26, 2018 July 24, 2018
August 28, 2018 September 25, 2018 Attorney James Roche James J. Roche & Associates
October 23, 2018 November 27, 2018 December 18, 2018
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. David Wagner Commissioner
Farewell to Commissioner Craig Schmidt
Matthew Rafferty Commissioner
Brian Oâ€™Neill Commissioner
Fire Commissioners 2018 Meeting Dates: January 8, 2018 February 5, 2018 March 5, 2018 April 9, 2018 May 7, 2018 June 4, 2018 July 2, 2018 August 6, 2018 September 10, 2018 October 1, 2018 November 5, 2018 December 3, 2018
Legal Counsel to the Board of Fire Commissioners On Monday, May 8, 2017, Commissioner Craig Schmidt attended his last Commissionersâ€™ Meeting. On May 16, 2017, he was sworn in as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Orland Fire Protection District.
Attorney Eric Stach DelGaldo Law Group, LLC
Command Staff Fire Chief Michael Schofield was appointed by and is held accountable to the Board of Trustees. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer and is the highestranking officer in the Fire District. He is responsible for aligning the entire Fire District with the vision of the Board of Trustees.
Battalion Chief (Day Shift)
Retired October, 2017
William Bonnar, Jr. manages the Orland Fire Protection Districtâ€™s Operational Services, which include: Suppression, Emergency Medical Services, Specialty Teams and Training; as well as the Districtâ€™s Administrative Services, which include: Fire Prevention, Dispatch, Information Technology and Officer Development. Each of the above areas is overseen by a Lieutenant who reports to Battalion Chief Bonnar.
Battalion Chiefs (Shift) Shift Battalion Chiefs are responsible for a shift of Firefighter/Paramedics. Each monitors and manages the day-today operations of his shift. Each station has one Shift Lieutenant who reports directly to the Battalion Chief.
Battalion Chief Daniel Smith Gold Shift
Battalion Chief Nicholas Cinquepalmi Red Shift
Battalion Chief Gregory Ferro Black Shift
December 31, 2017
Dear Board of Trustees & Residents of the Orland Fire Protection District, I am humbled and honored to serve as the Chief/Administrator for the Orland Fire Protection District. I began my involvement with the Fire District as a Cadet in 1977. We had a single station and a mostly volunteer department, which had great community pride and support. Throughout the years, as the community grew, the Orland Fire District never lost its’ community pride or the community’s support. The Orland Fire District was one of the first districts to have Paramedics and one of the first districts to provide full-time Firefighter/Paramedics 24 hours a day. The Fire District has grown from that single fire station to where we are today, a District with 116 Firefighters and Officers, 6 Fire Stations, a Regional Training Center, our own Fleet Maintenance Center and our own Dispatch Center. Even though the District has increased in size and complexity, we have never forgotten the volunteers who built that foundation of this organization and their commitment to the community. The Orland Fire Protection District has worked to provide the best service possible to an ever-changing community. We provide a lot more than firefighting these days. We have developed an Orland area Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) which trains community residents in assisting with a number of emergency situations if the need arises; Coffee & Conversations which is offered monthly to our senior residents discussing a number of relevant topics; public education in the area schools; summer Kids Camp; monthly CPR classes; change and check smoke detectors, and much more.
The Orland Fire Protection District is also a leader in the fire service in the Chicago area, providing Fire and EMS training to the region, as well as partnering with the Orland Park Police to provide specialized training in active shootings. Our success in EMS is shown by our 65% save rate in 2017 for heart attack victims in V-Fib, and on the fire side, achieving an ISO Class 1 rating in 2017. Achieving an ISO Class 1 and a 65% save rate is a testament to the Board of Trustees and men and women of the Fire District, but it does not end there. The Board of Trustees want to continue our pursuit of excellence by becoming an Accredited Fire District. This begins with the development of our Standard of Cover which identifies the risks in our community, establishes levels of service to address these risks and evaluates our performance. This becomes a living document that changes as our community changes. This is done through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. Our founding Firefighters were volunteers who protected the community with passion and pride. 124 years later we continue building on the foundation they laid with that same passion and pride— never settling for status quo. I would hope that those who came before us would look at what we are doing today and say “continue protecting our community and remember you can’t solve today’s problem with the same thoughts that created them.” Respectfully Submitted,
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.
Orland Fire Achieves ISO Class 1 On September 5, 2017, the Orland Fire Protection District was officially awarded the ISO CLASS 1 rating (effective December ’17)! This is the highest rating possible in the Country! Out of 46,042 Fire Departments nationwide, Orland Fire is proud to be one among only 242 in the entire Country to achieve this level! In Illinois, there are only 12 Class1 departments out of the 2,162 in the entire State! ISO Reviews & Rates:
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS FIRE DEPARTMENT WATER SUPPLY COMMUNITY EFFORTS
What is ISO? Insurance Services Office (ISO) is a leading source of information about property/casualty insurance risk. The organization provides statistical, actuarial, underwriting and claims data for a broad spectrum commercial and personal lines of insurance.
Why are ISO Ratings so Important? About every two years, ISO evaluates municipal fire protection efforts in communities throughout the United States using the Public Protection Classification (PPC™) program. PPC is used in several ways:
Helps insurance companies establish premiums for fire insurance.
Used by many communities to measure the effectiveness of their fire protection services.
Serves as a tool that helps communities plan for, budget and justify improvements.
Most U.S. insurers of home and business properties use ISO’s PPC in calculating premiums.
In general, the price of insurance in a community with a good PPC is lower than in a community with a poor PPC
What Does a Class 1 Community Look Like? To determine a community's Public Protection Classification (PPC™), ISO conducts a field survey to observe and evaluate features of the fire protection systems. ISO objectively evaluates four major areas:
FIRE DEPARTMENT Analysis of a community's fire suppression capabilities based on fire department's first-alarm response and ability to minimize potential loss.
Includes review of:
Engine companies / ladder or service companies Geographic deployment of fire companies Equipment / reserve equipment Automatic Aid Agreements Pumping capacity Personnel and training
Evaluation of a community's water supply system to determine the adequacy for fire suppression.
Residents and business owners should contact their insurance providers to inquire about how Orland’s Class 1 PPC rating may impact their premiums
Hydrant size, type and installation Frequency and completeness of hydrant inspection and flow-testing programs
Facilities for the public to report fires Staffing, training and certification of Telecommunicators Facilities for dispatching Fire Departments
Local efforts to reduce the risk of fire, including: Fire prevention codes and enforcement Public fire safety education Fire investigation programs
Cure It Foundation's “Fire Up a Cure" Orland Fire Protection District’s Team, along with other teams, helped raise nearly $30,000 to help fund pediatric cancer research and help area families affected by this disease. OFPD took 1st place in the obstacle course race, 3rd in dodgeball, 2nd in tug of war and 1st in the Engine Push for 2 years in a row! The team’s combined score from all events won them 1st place for the whole competition.
Orland Team Firefighters Matt Hoover, Kory Tuburan, Dan Ritchie, Brandon Klekamp, Tim Kirincic, Doug DePersia, Justin Dublin and Dan Frawley along with honorary Co-Captain Jack Winkler
Presentation of Trophy to Chief Schofield and Board of Trustees The Orland Fire Protection District’s Fire Up a Cure Team, along with their Honorary CoCaptains Jack Winkler and Izabella Marin, presented Fire Chief Mike Schofield with the 1st place trophy Team Orland brought home in the competition. It will remain on display at the Orland Fire Protection District until the next competition in 2018.
Team Orland also presented their Honorary Co-Captains, Jack and Izabella, with their own trophies to bring home, as a token of gratitude for teaming up with the Orland team and sharing their stories to help raise funding for the Foundation.
Honorary Co-Captains Jack and Izabella Visit Station 5 On Monday, December 18, 2017, Team Co-Captains Jack Winkler (7) and Izabella Marin (13) and their families joined firefighters at Station 5 for a holiday dinner. Guests were given a tour of all apparatus and allowed to have a hands-on experience with the tools and equipment firefighters use every day.
Battalion Chief William Bonnar, Sr. Memorial On February 25, 2017, the District held a memorial service for Battalion Chief William Bonnar, Sr., a beloved member of the Orland Fire District. This date marked the 19th anniversary of Chief Bonnar’s death in the line-of-duty. Battalion Chief William Bonnar, Sr. Line-of-Duty Death—February 25, 1998
Bill was born June 4, 1936 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He worked in the trucking industry and moved his family to Orland Park in the early 1960’s. On a chance remark, he volunteered for the Orland Fire District. He was one of the first Paramedics at Ingalls Memorial Hospital. He joined the Chicago Fire Department and was on some of the busiest ambulances for three years. Bill joined the Orland Fire District full-time in 1977. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant in 1981. He was a Shift Commander in 1989 and then became a Battalion Chief in 1990. He died in the line-of-duty, doing what he always enjoyed, training with his shift. Bill was known for a desire to learn and a unique passion for excellence and commitment to lead. He was proud of all his education and training, especially his Fire Officer III. Bill was a charter member of Local 2754 and its first President. In his 26 years at Orland, he saw the District change from rural to urban and volunteer to full-time. He loved his job, the Fire District and the fire service. A scholarship fund was established in his honor.
9-1-1 Remembrance Memorial On September 11, 2017, the Orland Fire Protection District held its annual memorial service to remember those who so tragically lost their lives to terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This yearâ€™s ceremony marked the 16th year.
Lieutenant Raymond Marquardt Memorial On September 14, 2017, the District held a memorial service for Lieutenant Raymond Marquardt, a beloved member of the Orland Fire District. This date marked the 8th anniversary of Lieutenant Marquardtâ€™s death from a line-of-duty illness. Lt. Raymond C. Marquardt Sr. November 16, 1938 to September 14, 2009
Ray was born in Blue Island, Illinois and graduated from Blue Island Community High School in 1957. He married Nancy Bomard at Salem Lutheran Church in Blue Island in 1959. Ray joined the Orland Fire District in 1967 and became full-time in 1977. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant and was in charge of the Fire Prevention Bureau for several years. He retired from the department in 1999 and died in 2009 from a line-of-duty illness. Ray was known for his love of Cushman Motor Scooters and fishing. He greatly enjoyed his time spent with his family and grandchildren. A scholarship fund was established in his honor.
GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
Pictured L to R: Mary Coughlin (Assistant Finance Director), Kerry Sullivan (Finance Director) and Mary Jane Christ (Finance Assistant)
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the OFPD Finance Director Kerry Sullivan by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by government and its management. The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story. Congratulations to the OFPD finance team for receiving this award for the 9th consecutive year!
American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline EMS Recognition Award On August 22, 2017, Art Miller presented EMS Coordinator Mark Duke and Fire Chief Mike Schofield the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Award. This marks the 4th year the Orland Fire Protection District has received this award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience a STEMI, or ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a type of heart attack caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication. Orland Fire District Paramedics can identify patients with STEMI’s utilizing cardiac monitors that can transmit your 12 Lead ECG to the hospital so the appropriate care may be assembled prior to your arrival.
Pictured L to R: EMS Coordinator Mark Duke, Fire Chief Mike Schofield and Art Miller of the American Heart Association
Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Silver Award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for the entire year and treat at least eight STEMI patients for the year.
State Fire Marshal—Recognition Award On September 22, 2017, Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez presented a congratulatory Plaque of Recognition on the occasion of the Orland Fire Protection District achieving an ISO 1 rating. In presenting this plaque to Fire Chief Michael Schofield and staff, he stated “This is an accomplishment that takes diligent work by your entire administration and is a milestone for your department.”
Pictured L to R: Battalion Chiefs Greg Ferro, Dan Smith, Nick Cinquepalmi, Fire Marshal Matt Perez, Fire Chief Mike Schofield, Lieutenant Dave Piper and Lieutenant Randy Reeder
The 100 Club Challenge The 100 Club Challenge is a special race within a race competition during the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon weekend, held each August in downtown Chicago. Originally known as the First Responders’ Competition, the program began in 2007 as a friendly wager among seven members of the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Office of the FBI. Since then, the competition has hosted more than 1,000 participants from more than 24 agencies across the country. A trophy is presented to the winning team (Police vs Fire). The 2018 trophy was won and presented to the Fire Team, Orland Fire Protection District Lieutenant Josh Girdick was a member of the winning team.
FEMA Assistance Firefighter Grant $278,182 Firehouse Subs Grant - $26,000 These grants provided funding for the purchase of an integrated communication system to ensure the safety and accountability of our firefighters. Orland Fire Protection District purchased 45 P25 compliant portable radios. These radios: 1. provide each firefighter with a portable radio 2. provide interoperability with other public safety agencies 3. increase firefighter safety 4. allow for continued personnel accountability at emergency incidents 5. assist in meeting the state mandated Public Safety Answering Point Consolidation as outlined in the Emergency Telephone System Act Funds awarded to purchase these two-way radios integrated with advanced technology improved the safety and efficiency of firefighters on the scene. This technology has the potential of saving lives. This system will achieve the USFA goals of: 1. reducing fire and life safety risk through preparedness 2. promote response, local planning and preparedness for all hazards 3. enhance the fire and emergency services capabilities for response to and recovery from all hazards The radios provide a consistent platform for each firefighter replacing older non P25 compliant radios that are beyond repair due to the aging technology. The new radios are compliant with area departmentâ€™s accountability system. The radios provide interoperability and accountability with the surrounding MABAS Divisions (19, 22, 24 total of 44 agencies) we dispatch and respond with.
IL American Water Grant â€” $1,000 This grant was used to purchase a Suction Assisted Laryngoscopy and Airway Decontamination (SALAD) Manikin which will allow personnel to provide simulation to practice airway and lifesaving techniques in a non-hazardous and repeatable environment. Effective suctioning can make quite a difference to the resuscitated patient and clears the view for executing the intubation. It removes materials that otherwise might enter the lower airway, which can cause pneumonia, slowing recovery or resulting in death.
Ambulance Donation to Dolton On January 24, 2017, Fire Chief Mike Schofield and B/C Bill Bonnar donated an OFPD surplus ambulance to the Village of Dolton. Mayor Riley Rogers and staff accepted this donation coordinated by Cook County 17th District Commissioner Sean Morrison, as part of an effort to pair communities in need with others that have apparatus/equipment no longer needed but still able to serve a very useful purpose for years to come.
SUV Command Vehicle Donation to Robbins On November 18, 2017, Chief Mike Schofield donated a surplus OFPD SUV to the Village of Robbins. Deputy Chief Mick Smith and staff accepted this donation coordinated by Cook County 17th District Commissioner Sean Morrison, as part of an effort to pair communities in need with others that have apparatus/equipment no longer needed but still able to serve a very useful purpose for years to come.
Sworn Personnel The following employees celebrated milestone anniversaries in 2017:
30 Years of Service
25 Years of Service
Sworn Personnel The following employees celebrated milestone anniversaries in 2017:
20 Years of Service
Sworn Personnel The following employees celebrated milestone anniversaries in 2017:
10 Years of Service
Sworn Personnel The following employees celebrated milestone anniversaries in 2017:
5 Years of Service
Non-Sworn Personnel The following employees celebrated milestone anniversaries in 2017:
January 11, 2017
January 20, 2017
On January 11, 2017, Paramedics responded to the Orland Hills PD for a 24 year-old male patient who was exhibiting signs of excited delirium and was combative. The patient began to have a seizure that resulted in cardiac arrest. High Performance CPR was initiated, along with ALS interventions and the patient was determined to be in asystole. After several minutes of CPR and medications, the patientâ€™s rhythm converted to VF and he was defibrillated twice that resulted in ROSC. The patient was delivered to Palos Hospital ER where further interventions and CPR were required. The patient did survive this unusual medical event. Responders: Garrett Flavin, Brian Paliga, George Schick, Mike Meyrick, Don Andersen
On January 20, 2017, Paramedics responded to the residence for the 89 year-old male that collapsed suddenly. The patient was found in cardiac arrest. High Performance CPR was initiated along with ALS interventions. The patient was determined to be in asystole and after several minutes of compressions and medication, obtained ROSC and spontaneous respirations. The patient was delivered to Palos Hospital ER with a pulse and blood pressure. Responders: Steve Prohaska, Mark Reichert, Zach Zweizig, Steve Pluth, Garrett Flavin, Jim Mazurkiewicz, Bill Leddin, Steve Kovats, Paul Pokorny
January 30, 2017
March 16, 2017
On January 30, 2017, Company 2 was dispatched for the possible structure fire with a victim trapped. While en-route, dispatch confirmed a possible victim still trapped within the structure but phone transmission was lost. Police were observed running from the front of the building to the rear. Entry was gained through the front door, smoke was noted about chest high and the first floor search began. A small fire was discovered in a back bedroom and a line was advanced to the fire room. A quick knock on the fire was conducted and the victim was found in a semi-crouched position, buried by her walker, clothes and other debris. The victim was quickly removed outside the structure where firefighters administered interventions including pain management and intubation, as the patient had suffered significant burns and smoke inhalation. While certain individuals played specific roles on this call, it was truly a team effort that allowed this victim to be saved from the fire.
On January 16, 2017, Paramedics responded to the residence for the 35 year-old female and found police performing CPR. High Performance CPR was initiated and the patient was determined to be in VF and was defibrillated. ALS care was continued and after the third defibrillation, the patient obtained ROSC. The patient was delivered to Palos Hospital ER with stable vital signs. Responders: Jason Postma, Justin Dublin, Keith Fontana, Tim Sierazy, Rob Walsh, Erick Johnson, Jim Karp, Brian Myhre
Responders: Scott Olinski, Rob Walsh, Bob Proctor, Jason Postma, Tim Sierazy, Mark Duke
March 23, 2017 On March 23, 2017, Paramedics responded to a residence for a fall injury. While en-route dispatch advised the patient was in cardiac arrest. The 87 year-old male patient was found in cardiac arrest and High Performance CPR was initiated. ALS procedures were performed and the patient was determined to be in asystole. The patient was delivered to Palos Hospital ER where he regained a pulse and blood pressure. Responders: Carl Jones, Joe Oram, Dan Turner, James Logan, Dan Koenig, Isaac Salazar, Brian Martin, Tom Eisel, Greg Ferro
April 18, 2017
May 17, 2017
On April 18, 2017, Paramedics responded for the medical emergency at a residence. While en-route, Dispatch upgraded the response to a cardiac arrest. The patient, an 83 year-old male, was placed from a chair onto the floor and High Performance CPR was initiated. The patient was determined to be in VF and after several defibrillations obtained ROSC. The patient was delivered to Palos Hospital ER with a pulse and blood pressure. Responders: Jason Postma, Tim Sierazy, Rob Walsh, Ed Dunne, Chad Erickson, John Purtill, Scott Olinski, Bob Proctor
On May 17, 2017, Paramedics responded to a call for a 62 year-old male passed out. The patient was assessed and found to be in VF at which time High Performance CPR was initiated, along with ALS interventions. After 2 defibrillations, the patient obtained ROSC with spontaneous respirations. Post resuscitation care revealed a STEMI and patient was delivered to Silver Cross Hospital with a strong pulse and blood pressure. Responders: Jerry Slisz, Zach Zweizig, Bob Winkelman, Russ Ricobene, George Schick, Mike Haran, Matt Giermala, Mark Reichert
May 29, 2017
June 19, 2017
On May 29, 2017, Paramedics responded to a call for a 74 year-old male with CPR in progress. High Performance CPR was provided and the patient was determined to be in VF. The patient was defibrillated several times, medications were administered and ALS procedures performed. The patient was delivered to Palos Hospital ER with a pulse and blood pressure. The patient subsequently was discharged for therapy and returned home neurologically intact. Responders: Nick Cinquepalmi, Bill Leddin, Steve Kovats, Mark Reichert, Jerry Bohne, Russ Ricobene, Eric Zielinski, Jonathan Kendra, Jeff Ruchniewicz
On June 19, 2017, Paramedics responded to the extended care facility for an 88 year-old female patient in cardiac arrest. CPR was being performed by facility staff and High Performance CPR was initiated by Paramedics. The patient was determined to be in asystole and after over twenty minutes of care, the patient obtained ROSC and was delivered to Silver Cross ER with a pulse. Responders: Garrett Flavin, Steve Prohaska, Steve Kovats, Mike Meyrick, John Purtill, Bill Leddin, David Popp, Mark Reichert, Nick Cinquepalmi
June 24, 2017
July 1, 2017
On June 24, 2017, crews responded for the 9 yearold in cardiac arrest. CPR was in progress on arrival. High Performance CPR and appropriate ALS interventions and cardiac medications were given. The patient was defibrillated 3 times after which he regained consciousness. The patient was delivered to Silver Cross Hospital responsive and talking in the ER. Responders: Matt Delestowicz, James Logan, Carl Jones, Ed Dunne, Joe Oram, Mike Copple, Brian McLaughlin, Jim Strzechowski, Bill Bonnar, Jr.
On July 1, 2017, Paramedics responded to the extended care facility for the 83 year-old female in cardiac arrest. Facility staff were performing CPR. The patient was determined to be in asystole and Paramedics initiated High Performance CPR, along with ALS interventions. The patient obtained ROSC and was delivered to Silver Cross ER with a pulse and blood pressure. Responders: Timothy Wopinek, Robert Griffin, Joseph Moore, Marc Ganz, Michael Meyrick, Michael Haran, Mark Reichert, Greg Ferro
July 17, 2017
July 26, 2017
On July 17, 2017, Paramedics responded to the 57 year-old male experiencing chest pain. Cardiac protocols for chest pain were initiated and the patient was transferred to the ambulance. Prior to transport, the patient became unresponsive due to cardiac arrest. The crew began CPR and quickly defibrillated the patient, who was in pulseless V-tach. The patient became responsive, was transported to Silver Cross ER and was subsequently discharged and returned home neurologically intact. Responders: Brian Paliga, Mike Meyrick, Joe Moore, Mark Hogan, Bryan Kluever
On July 26, 2017, Paramedics responded to an extended care facility for the 90 year-old female in cardiac arrest. Facility staff was performing CPR and Paramedics initiated High Performance CPR and ALS interventions. The patient was determined to be in asystole, but after several minutes of CPR, the rhythm changed to VF and after a defibrillation the patient obtained ROSC. The patient was delivered to Palos Hospital ER with a pulse and blood pressure and ventilations assisted by Paramedics. Responders: Chuck Murray, Jim Karp, Erick Johnson, Brian Agle, Matt Burke, Justin Dublin, R.J. Stachnik, Joe Mandekich
August 22, 2017
September 9, 2017
On August 22, 2017, Paramedics responded to the extended care facility for the 77 year-old male in cardiac arrest. CPR was being performed by facility staff and paramedics initiated high performance CPR and ALS interventions. Patient was determined to be in PEA and after further treatments, ROSC was obtained. The patient was transported to Silver Cross ER in a perfusing rhythm with a palpable pulse and blood pressure. Responders: R.J. Stachnik, Joe Mandekich, Matt Johnson, Erick Johnson, Brian Myhre, Dave Popp, Marc DeSardi, Brian Agle
On September 9, 2017, Paramedics responded to the residence for the 63 year-old female cardiac unconscious not breathing. On arrival, the patientâ€™s daughter was performing CPR on the patient that was on a bed. High Performance CPR was initiated along with ALS interventions. A narcotic overdose was determined as a possible cause. After Narcan administration, the patient obtained ROSC and was delivered to Silver Cross ER with a pulse and blood pressure. Responders: Joe Miller, Justin Dublin, Mark Hogan, Adrian Puente, Vince Piatak, Tom Rafferty, Nick Tufts, Bob Murphy III, Greg Ferro
October 11, 2017
October 12, 2017
On October 11, 2017, Paramedics responded to difficulty breathing and found the 73 year old male patient sitting outside his vehicle. Care was initiated when patient became apneic and pulseless and was discovered to be in asystole. High Performance CPR was started and after 4 minutes of CPR and assisted breathing, the patient regained a pulse and respirations. The patient was transported to Palos Health and was delivered to the ER. Responders: Jennifer Smith, Brian Thompson, Nick Pycz, Josh Girdick
On October 12, 2017, Paramedics responded to the extended care facility for the 90 year-old female in cardiac arrest. Facility staff was performing CPR and stated the arrest was witnessed. High Performance CPR and ALS interventions were performed and the patient was determined to be in VF. After the second defibrillation, the patient obtained ROSC and was transported to Palos Hospital ER with a pulse and blood pressure. Responders: Kory Tuburan, Dan Ritchie, John Purtill, Chad Erickson, Nick DeLuca, Mike Schofield
October 13, 2017
October 27, 2017
On October 13, 2017, Paramedics responded to the medical facility for the 45 year-old female in cardiac arrest. High Performance CPR was initiated and the patient was found in VF. Defibrillation resulted in PEA and CPR was continued. After several minutes of CPR, the patient regained a pulse and spontaneous respirations. The patient was delivered to Palos Health and was discharged neurologically intact. Responders: Mark Duke, Greg Ferro, Steve Kovats, Carl Jones, Dan Turner, Brian McLaughlin, Brian Martin, Isaac Salazar, Doug DePersia, Matt Giermala
On October 27, 2017, Paramedics responded to an extended care facility for the 70 year-old female in cardiac arrest. High Performance CPR and ALS interventions were initiated and the patient was determined to be in asystole. After approximately thirteen minutes of CPR and interventions, the patient obtained ROSC. The patient reverted to asystole enroute, but was delivered to Silver Cross ER with a pulse and blood pressure. Responders: Jim Wooten, Tom Rafferty, Erick Johnson, Mike Copple, Brian Myhre, Matt Johnson, Dan Koenig, Nick
October 30, 2017
November 28, 2017
On October 30, 2017, Paramedics responded to Riviera Country Club for the patient passed out. They found the 51 year-old male patient on the volleyball court in cardiac arrest. High Performance CPR was initiated and patient was determined to be in VF, requiring 6 defibrillations over 45 minutes. The patient obtained ROSC and post resuscitation care revealed a STEMI. The patient was transported to Palos Health and was discharged neurologically intact. Responders: Chad Erickson, Daniel Ritchie, John Purtill, Nicholas DeLuca, Kory Tuburan
On November 28, 2017, Paramedics responded to the residence for the 63 year-old male patient in cardiac arrest, with family performing CPR. High Performance CPR was initiated along with ALS interventions and the patient was determined to be in VF. After defibrillation, the patient obtained ROSC which was lost and regained twice more after defibrillation. The patient was delivered to Palos Hospital ER with a pulse and blood pressure. Responders: Mike Siefert, Dan Ritchie, Jerry Bohne, Bill Leddin, Bob Griffin III, Russ Ricobene, Jeff Ruchniewicz, Tim Wopinek
December 9, 2017
December 19, 2017
On December 9, 2017, Paramedics responded to the residence for the 72 year-old male with difficulty breathing. Patient assessment revealed the patient to be in cardiac arrest. High Performance CPR was initiated along with ALS interventions. After 36 minutes of COR and medications, the patient obtained ROSC. Post resuscitation care was performed and the patient was delivered to Palos Hospital ER with a palpable carotid pulse and measurable blood pressure. Responders: John Purtill, Nick DeLuca, Kory Tuberan, Mike Copple, Keith Fontana, Jim Pape, Chuck Murray
On December 19, 2017, Paramedics responded to the extended care facility for the 82 year-old female in cardiac arrest. Facility staff was observed performing CPR and ventilating with a BVM. High Performance CPR was initiated, along with ALS interventions. The patient was discovered to be in VF and was defibrillated after which the rhythm converted to PEA. The patient eventually obtained ROSC. Post-resuscitation care was performed and the patient was delivered to Silver Cross Hospital ER with a pulse and blood pressure. Responders: Brian Paliga, Matt Giermala, Joe Moore, Mike Meyrick, Don Andersen
December 21, 2017 On December 21, 2017, Paramedics responded to the residence for a 71 year-old male in cardiac arrest. High Performance CPR was initiated, along with ALS interventions and the patient was determined to be in asystole. After an extended period of CPR and medications, the patient obtained ROSC which was lost and regained enroute to Silver Cross Hospital ER. The patient was delivered with a pulse and blood pressure. Responders: James Logan, Carl Jones, Joe Oram, Ed Dunne, Dan Turner, Travis Herrin, Scot Gorecki, Erick Johnson, Randy Reeder, Mike Schofield
Dispatch/Communications Awards Award for Excellence in Fire Dispatching
Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Dispatch
Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Dispatch
Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Dispatch
Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Dispatch
Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Dispatch
Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Dispatch
Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Dispatch
Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Dispatch
Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Dispatch
Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Dispatch
Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Dispatch
Karen Gallo Jon Hultman Suzanne Dietz Jon Hultman William Donahue Kristine Wessel Gayle Enright Kimberly Coffou Timothy Neal Dawn Neehouse Dawn Kurry Dawn Neehouse Dawn Kurry Ryan Ellis Jon Hultman Kimberly Coffou Gayle Enright Ryan Ellis Dawn Kurry Lee Jones Joseph McGrath William Donahue Kristine Wessel Dawn Kurry Gayle Enright Timothy Neal Gayle Enright Dawn Kurry Ryan Ellis Dawn Kurry Timothy Neal Kimberly Coffou Dawn Neehouse Lee Jones Suzanne Dietz
Awards Night On July 19, 2017, the Orland Fire Protection District held its semi-annual Awards Night to honor those receiving a Unit Commendation for the period January through December, 2016; as well as those celebrating a milestone anniversary with the Orland Fire Protection District for the period July, 2016 through June, 2017.
Firefighter Joseph McNamara Award of Valor On Saturday afternoon, May 14, 2017, several bystanders stopped to render aide and to literally hold a car in place from completely rolling on its roof on 159th Street--east of Will Cook Road, after an auto accident. These people risked their lives to save a person they never met. This award is given to members of the community who knowingly placed themselves at great personal risk in order to help another.
B/C William Bonnar, Sr. Lifesaving Award
Chief Schofield and Award of Valor Recipient Robert Schiefelbein
On July 6, 2017, a 53 year-old male was observed having a medical event that resulted in cardiac arrest. LIFETIME employees Jason Fox, Jen Strickland and Jaqueline Otto (and member Shayla Garret -not pictured) administered CPR, called 9-1-1, applied an AED and defibrillated the patient. Their quick actions resulted in a successful resuscitation. Paramedics continued care and delivered the resuscitated patient to the ER with stable vital signs. This Life Saving Award is given for actions that directly saved a life. L to R: Fire Chief Mike Schofield, patient Ray Morrisey, Jen Strickland, Jason Fox, Jaqueline Otto and EMS Coordinator Mark Duke
Unit Commendations Crew was presented a Commendation at the 08-22-17 BOT Meeting regarding an incident on May 29, 2017, where Paramedics responded to a call for a 74 year-old male with CPR in progress. High Performance CPR was provided and the patient was determined to be in VF. The patient was defibrillated several times, medications were administered and ALS procedures performed. The patient was delivered to Palos Hospital ER with a pulse and blood pressure. The patient subsequently was discharged for therapy and returned home neurologically intact. Responders: Nick Cinquepalmi, Bill Leddin, Steve Kovats, Mark Reichert, Jerry Bohne, Russ Ricobene, Eric Zielinski, Jonathan Kendra, Jeff Ruchniewicz
L to R: B/C Cinquepalmi, Lt. Leddin, Eng. Kovats, FF Ruchniewicz, Barbara and Richard Rubas, Eng. Reichert
Crew was presented a Commendation at the 09-26-17 BOT meeting regarding an incident on July 17, 2017, where Paramedics responded to the 57 yearâ€“old male experiencing chest pain. Cardiac protocols for chest pain were initiated and the patient was transferred to the ambulance. Prior to transport, the patient became unresponsive due to cardiac arrest. The crew began CPR and quickly defibrillated the patient who was in pulseless V-tach. The patient became responsive, was transported to Silver Cross ER and was subsequently discharged and returned home neurologically intact. L to R: Lt. Moore, FF Paliga, FF Kluever, Mike Responders: Brian Paliga, Mike Meyrick, Joe Moore, Owens and sister, Eng. Meyrick, FF Hogan Mark Hogan, Bryan Kluever
The performance of emergency responders is often measured by the time it takes personnel to arrive on the 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. NFPA 1710 Response Guidelines: One minute (60 seconds) for dispatch
One minute (60 seconds) for turnout time for EMS; one-minute, twenty seconds (80 seconds) for FIRE
Four minutes (240 seconds) or less travel time for the arrival of the first-due engine company at a fire suppression incident and 8 minutes (480 seconds) or less travel time for the deployment of a full first alarm assignment at a fire suppression incident (15-17 firefighters)
Four minutes (240 seconds) or less travel time for the arrival of a unit with first responder or higher level capability at an emergency medical incident (with 5 personnel). *Note: all Orland Fire Companies and Ambulances are Paramedic/ALS equipped.
The fire department shall establish a performance objective of not less than 90% for the achievement of each response time objective.
Active driving to the scene
911 Call to Unit
Unit Notification to Responding
Time from alarm to responding
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 6 minutes and a fire call in under 6:20 minutes for 90% of all incidents.
ORLAND EMS Response Time vs National Standard
ORLAND FIRE Response Time vs National Standard
(90% of Incidents)
(90% of Incidents)
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 17.4% from 2007 to 2017. 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.
Ten Year Call History
FALSE ALARM 14%
Incidents by Type
CANCELED/GOOD INTENT 6%
SERVICE CALL 13%
EMS & RESCUE 63%
HAZARDOUS CONDITION 2% 100 - FIRE
200 - OVERHEAT, OVERPRESSURE
300 - RESCUE & EMS
400 - HAZARDOUS CONDITION
500 - SERVICE CALL
600 - CANCELED/GOOD INTENT
700 - FALSE ALARM
U ni t R e sponse s 3000
Incidents per Day of Week
Incidents per Month
863 852 752
801 834 800
WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
Total Incidents by Station
In ci d e nt s P e r H o u r o f D a y 700
1 2 3 4 5 6
600 500 400 300 200
1687 944 1933 1348 1286 0
INCIDENTS PER STATION
1 2 3 4 5 6
Incidents per Station by Type 1435 1072
368 EMSFIRE 1
The density charts below depict the locations of Fire, EMS and Other incidents throughout the District. Areas shaded in yellow and red represent an increase in call volume in that area of the District. The red shaded areas had the greatest number of emergency calls during the past year.
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.
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.
Staffed by 2 Paramedics Advanced Life Support 12 Lead Cardiac Monitor
Primary Function: Provide advanced life support medical service; lifesaving medications; transportation to hospital Staffed by 3 Firefighter/Paramedics Advanced Life Support
Carries Manpower Ladders, Fire Pump, Water, Tools
Rescues; ventilation; support the fire engine crew; vehicle extrication
Staffed by 3 Firefighter/Paramedics Advanced Life Support Carries Manpower Fire Pump, Hose, Water, Tools Primary Function:
Extinguish the fire; vehicle extrication; provide advanced life support
Working Fires 2017 01/07/17
15600 Block of Peachtree Drive
15500 Block of Peachtree Drive
15400 Block of Primrose Court
9200 Block of Cliffside Lane
9300 Block of Hunter Drive
14200 Block of 95th Avenue
9200 Block of 162nd Street
14200 Block of Wolf Road
7800 Block of East Sequoia Court
13500 Block of Lincolnshire Drive
8600 Block of West 144th Street
16200 Block of LaGrange Road
10800 Block of 143rd Street
14900 Block of El Cameno Real Drive 9200 Block of 159th Street
8000 Block of Anne Drive
9000 Block of West 147th Street
10300 Block of West 159th Street
On January 30, 2017, crews were dispatched at 3:30 p.m. to a report of a fire in the 15400 block of South Primrose Court. Caller reported to dispatchers that she was unable to get out. Crews arrived minutes later and removed her from danger, immediately beginning medical treatment just steps from the residence. She was then transported to Palos Hospital in critical condition with burns and smoke inhalation, and was later transferred to Loyola. The fire was contained to one bedroom of the single-level home and was extinguished with water from a nearby hydrant. A smoke detector inside the home was functional and sounding when crews arrived. Two police officers who entered the home in search of resident were also treated for smoke inhalation. Patient later succumbed to her injuries as a result of the fire.
RED SHIFT On January 23, 2017, crews were dispatched to a ranch home in the 15500 Block of Peachtree Drive around 7:30 p.m. The fire appeared to have started in a bedroom of the home. All four residents made it out safely after the blaze. One resident was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation. The cause is not yet known. Orland Fire Protection District is investigating.
Two Orland Hills families were displaced by a fire on Monday April 24, 2017. The Orland Fire District responded for a house fire in the 9200 block of 162nd St. at approx. 1:30 p.m. Orland Fire arrived on scene reporting two neighboring houses with fire showing through the roof of both. Firefighters quickly deployed multiple hose lines to control both fires. The fire originated outside at ground level between the houses and rapidly spread due to the siding and extended into the attics of both homes. There was extensive fire throughout both attics along with smoke and fire damage to the living areas of the homes. The fire did spread to the deck of a third home which was quickly extinguished by firefighters. Orland Fire was assisted by Tinley, Mokena and Oak Forest firefighters on scene while the District was covered be several other local fire departments. The cause of the fire was determined to be discarded ashes from a fire pit placed in a plastic trash bin. A gas line supplying one of the homes had also melted due to the fire and was burning. NICOR was on the scene to control the flow of natural gas. There were no injuries and both homes were uninhabitable.
On Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, crews responded to the early morning report of a vehicle fire up against the garage with fire extension into the house. Upon arrival, crews found a well involved pick up truck fire with extension into the garage and attic of the home. Fire companies began extinguishment of the truck while additional crews searched the home and began an attack on the fire in the garage. Crews were able to confine the fire to the garage and stopped forward movement into the living areas of the home. The homeowners were alerted of the fire by an unidentified driver that was driving by the home. The quick action of the driver helped contain the fire as well as allowing the occupants to get out safely.
On Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 12:48 p.m. crews responded to a fire call in Silo Ridge Subdivision. A volleyball net and garbage bag filled with fireworks were both partially melted during a grass fire put out by firefighters. Orland Park Police assisted firefighters in providing a drone to check for hot spots in a large grassy field behind Country Lane. Fire crews quickly put out the bulk of the fire. No one was injured.
BLACK SHIFT On August 20, 2017, at approx. 1126 hours, crews responded to a reported structure fire in the 13500 block of Lincolnshire Drive. When crew arrived, they found a gazebo on fire along with a hot tub adjacent to a two-story home. Crews immediately attacked the fire and went interior to check for extension into the two-story home. Fire was impinging the exterior of the home as crews checked for fire spread into the attic. Fire damage was contained to exterior of the home. The gazebo and hot tub were a total loss. The fire was under investigation and the cause was still listed as undetermined. Quick response from arriving fire crews kept the damage to a minimum and prevented further interior damage as a result of the fire.
May, 2017 Car Accident
August, 2017 car hits school bus
On Friday September 8, 2017 , crews were dispatched at 0143 am for a reported basement fire in the 8600 block of 144th Place. Caller reported hearing a loud banging noise coming from the basement and smoke coming out of the vents. Upon arrival, crews were greeted by the occupants who had escaped safely from the structure. Fire crews were met with smoke and heat coming from the basement. Companies reported a basement fire and immediately started extinguishment of the fire. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the basement of the structure. The cause of the fire was a defective dehumidifier that was running in the basement.
On October 9, 2017, at approx. 1:30 p.m., crews were dispatched to an extra alarm fire in a large vacant home in the 10800 block of 143rd Street. 2 firefighters were taken to the hospital with heat exhaustion. The fire is under investigation Both firefighters have been released and are doing well.
On October 24, 2017, an office building was evacuated in the 10800 block of 143rd Street just after 4 p.m. due to a medical gas leak. Orland Fire was dispatched to investigate a gas leak in the building. Initial arriving units found a large liquid nitrogen tank leaking due to a broken valve. Evacuation of the building was started prior to arrival and assured by firefighters checking both floors. The greatest hazard was the displacement of oxygen. Firefighters assured problem was isolated and checked both floors with meters to assure safe oxygen levels. The occupants were kept out of the building to assure their safety while firefighters removed the tank to the outside. The building was ventilated and monitored before letting the occupants return to their offices. A medical gas company was called to the scene to make the repairs to the tank. There were no injuries and no exposure to harmful gasses.
On October 29, 2017, crews were dispatched to a sub-basement fire in the 14900 block of El Camino Real Drive. No one was injured in the blaze.
BLACK SHIFT BLACK SHIFT On November 24, 2017, crews had responded to the 9000 block of 147th Street for a possible garage fire at 6:56 pm. Upon arrival, it was found that two detached garages were on fire with exposure to the houses. A â€œFull Stillâ€™ alarm was called and the fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes, using two hose lines. No one was injured and Orland had the assistance of the Oak Forest Fire Department on the scene.
On November 18, 2017, crews initially responded to a residential fire alarm on Anne Dr. While enroute, the homeowners called 911 and reported a fire in the house. Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke coming from the rear of the tri-level home. The initial attack crew found a fire in the walls of the bathroom that had extended to the attic area. The fire was extinguished with two hose lines in about 15 minutes with extensive damage to the bathroom and the attic/roof above. There were no injuries and the homeowners had exited the building prior to our arrival. The fire is currently under investigation.
Fire Incidents 2017 Dumpster or other outside… Outside rubbish fire, other Forest, woods or wildland fire Road freight or transport… Trash or rubbish fire, contained Chimney or flue fire, confined… Building fire
Mutual Aid Orland Fire Protection District provides mutual aid to and receives mutual aid from other fire departments. 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. Mutual / Auto Aid RECEIVED 2017
Mutual / Auto Aid GIVEN 2017
Mutual Aid , 123 140
120 100 80
Auto Aid, 38
506, 1 40 20
0 Mutual Aid
Mutual Aid Given Alsip Bridgeview Channahon Crestwood Frankfort Lemont Merrionette Park New Lenox Oak Forest Pembroke Tinley Park
Blue Island Calumet City Chicago Ridge Dolton Hazel Crest Lockport Midlothian North Palos Palos Heights Phoenix
Bourbonnais Country Club Hills Calumet Park East Joliet Homer Township Manhattan Mokena Northwest Homer Palos Thornton
Mutual Aid Received Country Club Hills Homer Township Manhattan Northwest Homer Palos
Crestwood Hometown Mokena Oak Forest Tinley Park
Frankfort Lemont Morris Palos Heights
Orland Fire District takes great pride in the services we provide to the communities of Orland Park, Orland Hills and Orland Township. Orland Paramedics may arrive at your emergency on fire apparatus and/or ambulances. The computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system sends the closest fire company and ambulance to guarantee help arrives as soon as possible. All of our fire apparatus carry Advanced Life Support (ALS) equipment, just like the ambulances, since 1996. Our Paramedic years of service range from 5 to 35 years, so you likely will be treated with combined medical experience totaling 50 to over 100 years. EMS Coordinator Lieutenant Mark Duke
In January of 2011, the Orland Fire Protection District committed to utilizing simulation to provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education.
Orland has the only EMS Simulation Training Center in the Southwest suburbs that provides high-quality educational programs that not only meet mandated training requirements, but more importantly, address patient quality care initiatives and patient and provider safety through the use of simulation training, education and research. Orland Fire District training is provided in a safe, non-threatening teaching-learning environment which will allows providers to:
Practice safely and effectively
Develop critical thinking and situational awareness
Implement psychomotor and communication skills
Encourage student role development to meet professional standards of care
The use of simulation in training promotes patient safety and quality pre-hospital care. Clinical competency is validated while improving the efficiency of EMS providers. Situational awareness and safety is enhanced through simulation of potentially hostile or otherwise dangerous situations. Critical thinking is promoted and team concepts in patient care are developed using realistic simulation scenarios. In 2012, Orland EMS was the first suburb in Illinois to begin the implementation of High Performance CPR similar to cities like Seattle, Washington, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona that have Cardiac Arrest saves rates of up to 50%. That is a stark contrast to most communities that do not utilize the High Performance model and have save rates in the single digits. Orland Fire District had a cardiac arrest save rate of 65% in 2017. Orland 9-1-1 dispatchers impact survival rates by giving CPR instruction over the phone. Every minute that CPR is not performed decreases the chance for survival by 10%. Our goal is to have every Orland resident trained in CPR and AED use. We provide CPR for the public free of charge. Our mission will permit us to continue providing the best EMS in the area even as call volume continues to rise. Our highly-trained and experienced Paramedics provide unequalled service utilizing the best technologies available. We are prompt, efficient and effective in bringing you the help you need and deserve when you call 9-1-1.
Community Care—Surviving Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) The Challenge A 2015 report from the American Heart Association suggests the incidence of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is 326,200 annually. Of those treated by emergency medical services only, 10.6 percent survived. Of the 19,300 bystander-witnessed cases in which individuals had a heart rhythm that could be treated effectively with a defibrillator (ventricular fibrillation-VF or ventricular tachycardia-VT), 31.4 percent survived. Nearly one in three victims survives when the arrest is witnessed by a bystander and CPR is performed prior to EMS arrival.
Orland Fire District has a 65% save rate for patients found in VF and an overall save rate of 44% in 2017 and 4 year save rate of 41.5%
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can be defined as cessation of cardiac mechanical activity, as confirmed by the absence of signs of circulation.
Approximately 23% of SCA victims present with an initial rhythm of Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) or Ventricular Tachycardia (VT) that is an unorganized heartbeat.
Survival rates of over 50% can be obtained with early chest compressions (CPR) and electrical shock (defibrillation) of VF or VT.
Every minute that CPR is not being performed and no defibrillator is available decreases the victims’ chance of survival by 10%.
Nearly 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the home where no defibrillator is available but CPR can be initiated while help is on the way.
The median age for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is 66 years of age.
In 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 19.1% of the Orland Park Community was over 65 years of age or older. Over the next 16 years, it is estimated that the over 65 population will make up over 30% of the Orland Park population. The Community Cardiac Arrest Rescue Enterprise (CARE) addresses the emerging trend, saving lives by engaging the entire community.
Chain of Survival What we know for certain is that successful treatment of cardiac arrest, and particularly VF, is associated with quick delivery of care. The chain of survival with its 5 links of early 9-1-1 access, early CPR, early defibrillation, early advanced care and early post resuscitative care illustrates the most critical elements of addressing sudden cardiac arrest.
OFPD EMS Week June 6—June 8, 2017 The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) was instrumental in establishing EMS Week when President Gerald Ford declared November 3 – 10, 1974 as the first “National Emergency Medical Services Week.” This annual observance continued for four more years and was then reinstituted by ACEP in 1982. Orland Fire District shows gratitude to the EMS providers by providing an annual cook out, for three consecutive days, for each of the shifts. We can never take a day off from providing service to our community, but providing a meal and acknowledging a job well done is a gesture of appreciation that is well received.
Cook County Overdose Prevention Program With the help of Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison, the Orland Fire Protection District has developed a policy which provides training to the police departments throughout Cook County. Commissioner Morrison and the Orland Fire District applied for a grant to help with the epidemic of overdoses throughout Cook County. Training is provided by Orland Fire Protection District and meets all guidelines. This program is recognized by the Illinois Department of Services Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. To learn more about the Public Act 096-0361 go to www.ilga.gov. Currently we supply 51 Police Departments and St. Xavier University with Evzio (Narcan). EVZIO is a prescription medicine used in adults and children for the treatment of an opioid emergency such as an overdose or a possible opioid overdose with signs of breathing problems and severe sleepiness or not being able to respond. EVZIO is to be given right away and does not take the place of emergency medical care.
On January 9, 2017, at Maine Township, EMS Coordinator Lieutenant Mark Duke and Prevention Program Coordinator for OFPD, employee Mike Angel, presented the Cook County Overdose Prevention Program to Harwood Heights, Park Ridge, Golf, Lincolnwood, Rolling Meadows, Skokie and Northfield Police Departments
Learn CPR for FREE! Early CPR is important in the Chain of Survival. Take time to attend a FREE CPR/AED class. Are you prepared to save someone you love?
Firefighters Mark DeSardi and David Popp with newly-rechassied Ambulance 4
The Orland Fire Protection District Division of Training is organized to provide the highest quality training and education to all of our members. We will provide realistic, relevant and referenced training to ensure skill proficiency in all facets of our profession
Lieutenant David Piper Training Officer
The Orland Fire Protection District Training Division has worked diligently to develop a training program to ensure that we provide an all-hazards training curriculum. Our program encompasses initial training and continuing education for our members, in many different areas, covering any type of incident we may encounter.
OVER 23,000 TRAINING HOURS Orland Fire Protection District has adopted the certification program offered through the Illinois State Fire Marshal Office (OSFM). The OSFM certification program outlines a standard curriculum to be delivered for each discipline or class. The Orland Fire Protection District has adopted a continuing education “3 year plan” — a programmatic approach to train our personnel to proficiency in all facets of emergency service. The Orland Fire Protection District logged over twenty-three thousand (23,000) hours in 2017.
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 and 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 accustomed to.
Incident Command Training The Command Training Center was very busy in 2017. The Training Center is utilizing the Blue Card Incident Management System to train incident commanders in hazard zone management. The program is composed of two parts: a fifty-hour online training program and a three-day practical training component. The Orland Fire District Command Training Center is the only one of its kind in the state and will continue to provide training to fire service personnel from many different departments. The training will greatly improve the safety and operation of the Orland Fire Protection District and fire service. The Orland Fire District utilizes the training scenarios on both the training ground and in the simulator, to maintain a high level of proficiency.
Illinois Fire Service Institute/ Cook County Department of Homeland Security The Orland Fire Protection District has partnered with the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI), the state fire academy, and Cook County Department of Homeland Security, to provide state-of-the-art training to the area. This partnership provides an avenue to deliver high quality training to the local area. The courses delivered at the Orland Regional Training Facility allow Orland Firefighter/Paramedics to attend certification courses and provide an opportunity for other local departments to train at our state-of-the-art training facility.
Over 1,100 emergency responders in over 40,000
Training Facility The Orland Fire Protection District Regional Training Facility is the instrumental piece to our professional training program. While our people are the backbone of our service, the training facility serves as the media for our instructors to deliver high-quality training. Our profession requires a high level of skill, and to maintain that skill level, we must be able to practice, demonstrate and learn skills to maintain a high level of
proficiency. In 2017, we worked to improve the facilities by adding confined space props, enhanced ventilation props and theater smoke capabilities. We are continuing to build out the training facility, following the master plan, to be able to deliver the most realistic relevant training to our emergency responders. The Orland Fire District continues to develop our training facility following a master plan to provide all of the necessary training props. The training props provide us with the ability to consistently practice our profession in an all-hazard approach to training.
The goal for the Orland Fire Protection District Regional Training Facility is to provide our people with the most realistic training environment while maintaining a high degree of safety. The District strives to provide our companies with the opportunity to train on all the hazards that might be encountered each and every day we respond to emergency incidents. The Orland Fire Protection District utilizes the Illinois State Fire Marshal Certification Program as a guide to develop and deliver our training program. Our training facility provides a means to maintain a high level of proficiency in our â€œAll Hazards Responseâ€? of service delivery. The Orland Regional Training Facility is continually looking to provide quality training in fire, rescue, emergency medical services, fire prevention and education and specialized rescue.
The Orland Regional Training Facility Provides the realistic training environment for First Responders to maintain their skills 44
MABAS 19 Training The OFPD and surrounding departments train together in the event there is an event that requires more than one agency to respond. The Orland Regional Training Facility was utilized for one of these training events. Each of the departments within our Mutual Aid Box Alarm Division 19 (MABAS 19) send one company to the training event. A scenario is developed and the company respond and work together to mitigate the incident. The ability to bring departments together enhances our inter-operability and cohesiveness in the event a real emergency incident happens.
Heavy Extrication Class The Orland Fire Protection District is continuously looking for ways to provide highquality training to all of its members and other local emergency responders. A heavy extrication class sponsored by Genesis Rescue Systems was an opportunity for area emergency responders to learn and train on various rescue emergencies.
Training Academy 2017 The Orland Fire Protection District hired 6 new Firefighter/Paramedics. The group began its orientation into the Fire District on March 31, 2017. Candidates began an intense 9-week academy to provide them with all of the skills necessary to be successful with the Orland Fire Protection District. The academy provided each candidate with the opportunity to learn and practice their skills in firefighting, rescue and emergency medical services. The academy was developed utilizing a blended learning approach and was comprised of three parts: an online component, a traditional lecture and a practical skills application. The new format of the academy allowed for a majority of the time spent demonstrating practical skills. The practical application allowed for each Firefighter to hone their skills necessary to meet the Orland Fire Protection Districtâ€™s expectations.
The fire service is a very physicallydemanding profession. Each day began with physical fitness training. The physical fitness training provided a focus on functional movement and necessary skills to perform tasks associated with our profession. The fitness training increases fitness levels of our candidates, as well as prevents injuries. At the completion of fitness training, the candidates covered a variety of topics using the Illinois State Fire Marshal and National Fire Protection Agency as a framework. All the candidates successfully passed the academy and were released as probat ionary Firefi gh t ers. T he probationary Firefighters function under the direction of a Company Officer. The Company Officer is able to continue the training of the new probationary Firefighter for the year following their start date. The Firefighter becomes a sworn Firefighter at the completion of the academy and one-year probationary period.
Water Rescue & Recovery MABAS 19 Dive Team
Firefighter Edgar Tums
The Orland Fire District has 10 members that are part of the MABAS 19/22 Water Rescue and Recovery Team. Our team responds to all water-related incidents involving rescue or recovery within the MABAS 19/22 jurisdiction and beyond, on an as-needed basis. This response area covers about 450 square miles which includes a variety of water, ranging from numerous retention ponds, rivers and navigational water ways.
Team training was conducted twice a month which consisted of:
Annual Swim Test and SCUBA skills review Ice Diver Training Scenario-based Training (surface and subsurface) Surface-Supplied Air Training Swift Water Technician Training Sonar Training Underwater Evidence Recovery Training Water Craft Training
Our team responded to 8 incidents in 2017. These incidents included drownings in the Cal-Sag Canal, utilizing sonar to clear bodies of water during a search for a missing child, and retrieval of a vehicle that crashed into a retention pond. Looking ahead to 2018, the team will be adding 3 new divers in preparation for future retirements. The team will expand training on our sonar units, which will include a newly-purchased high definition side scan sonar. These sonar units are utilized to help locate victims or objects of interest quickly, minimizing the amount of time a diver needs to be in the water. We will also be focusing on our swift / flood water training for all team members.
Water Rescue & Recovery MABAS 19 Dive Team
Dive call for the vehicle in the pond in Manhattan
Swift Water Training
Technical Rescue Team
Firefighter Tom Panzica
The Orland Fire Protection District Technical Rescue Team was dispatched to a couple of incidents in 2017. The remaining responses in the District were for vehicles that had impacted structures, causing a partial collapse of the structure. The services provided at the vehicle vs. structure incidents were to assess the structural damage and construct the appropriate shoring system. These actions allowed the residents to continue to occupy the structure until permanent repairs could be made. In 2017, there were multiple destructive hurricanes which left residents displaced from their homes. The CART Central Board team was placed on standby to go down to Texas, Florida or South Carolina in order to search Collapse Structures for surviving victims.
The Orland Fire Protection Districtâ€™s Technical Rescue Team faces many challenges logistically on an annual basis. The Technical Rescue Team is made up of multiple disciplines. Each of the disciplines requires an array of different tools and techniques to search for and rescue victims. All of the tools need to be maintained and updated both for efficiency and the safety of the operator. We have been very fortunate to be able to acquire a valuable cache of equipment to serve the citizens of the District and provide for the safety of the team members. A lot of the current members of our Technical Rescue Team are reaching a point in their career where retirement is in their near future. To be deployable to assist other rescue teams, Mutual Aid Box Alarm System has a standard of 20 members per color team, to be sent to assist these other rescue teams. As senior members retire, the team must replace members with younger members. It takes approximately three years to achieve all the certification to be deployable. One other challenge the Technical Rescue Team faces is the CART Central Board has developed a standard training program to assure that all Central Board technical rescue teams stay proficient in all disciplines at the Technician Level. This 4-year training program is based on achieving approximately 100 hours of training within each of the 10 disciplines. This is a very difficult challenge considering training for any discipline or department is financially driven. The Office of the State Fire Marshal is changing a lot of their curriculum for the disciplines. With this change, they are adding continuing education to maintain individual certifications. Research has proven that if a skill is not practiced within a 90-day period, the individual begins to lose proficiency. We, as a team, will have to be creative with our training and work with the District to increase our budget to achieve these requirements. As weather becomes more devastating, the more the need will be for technical rescue teams. A well trained team means a more efficient rapid search and rescue of a victim.
High Line Validation
Technical Rescue Team Our new members have obtained 680 hours of grant funded training through the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF). The training was in OSFM certification rescue courses. We were able to recoup tuition, salaries and any back-fill overtime. ITTF funds for training are becoming scarce, which is going to create another challenge in the near future. New team members will have to cover their own time off and will not get paid overtime. Therefore, teams will have to make sure that members are covered under the department’s insurance in case of any injuries. Training is very physical and demanding. The course instructors and the CART Central Board will have to assure that students will stretch and perform smart to prevent injury. This is a culture change for a lot of individuals, but the career of a Firefighter is very demanding. We need to make a conscious effort to assure change when it comes to stretching and mobility, to assure injury prevention which will lead to a healthy retirement.
Received 720 hours of training in OSFM Rescue Courses
Trained over 840 hours. Training consisted of:
Constructed shoring systems for building collapse Shored live intersecting trenches Performed Confined Space Rescue Performed Collapse Operations Rescue Trench vacuum and air knife use
We also had 3 scenario-based, multiple team trainings throughout the year
The CART Central Board hosted a multi-team response technical level trench drill at Local 150
Validated 22 team members in Rope Technical Rescue – Technician level trench during annual C.A.R.T. validation
Completed training and certified two members in various rescue courses to the technician level. These members are now trained to the technician level in all disciplines of technical rescue. This moves our organization to our objective of NFPA 1670 and NFPA 1006 compliance. The Orland Fire Protection District's technical rescue team and its members continue to be leaders of technical rescue throughout state and Chicagoland area.
HazMat The Hazardous Materials Bureau spent 2017 preparing for the changing hazards to the area. Time was spent on training members on equipment, best practices and new hazards. The challenge is to continue to prepare for response to Hazardous Material calls, small and large. From carbon monoxide calls to leaking tankers, the Haz Mat Bureau prepares the members of the department to identify and initiate the correct response. We continue to improve the equipment and 12 hours of continuing education of all members. Lieutenant Joseph Moore Those at the Technician level receive additional education and classes to improve the understanding of new hazards and equipment. The new technician class is 80 hours over two weeks. All Technicians need an additional 12 hours of training each year. A select few volunteer to be members of the Southwest Hazardous Materials Response Team and at least six more drills and classes to further develop their understanding to hazardous materials response. The classes were provided with the cooperation of the Cook County Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency and Illinois Fire Service Institute. Additional training and drills were with the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) for equipment updates and refresher training. Also, there are events with local pipeline companies and the Cook County Department of Public Health.
Orland Fire Haz Mat Responses for 2017
111 Carbon Monoxide Calls 102 Gas Leaks 12 Commercial Gas Leaks 51 Inside Residential Gas Leaks 39 Outside Gas Leaks 2 Fuel Spill Investigations 8 Odor Investigation Calls 4 Hazardous Situation Calls
Orland Hazardous Materials Team
Illinois Fire Service Institute Hazardous Materials Technician Class at Orland Training Center
Assisted Homer with Chlorine Meter 4 Team Drills – 97 Man hours of Orland Team Training 2 Members to Haz Mat Technician B Class (17 Active Team Members)
NIAP Pipeline Meeting Paradigm Pipeline Meeting Mobil Tank Farm Table Top Exercise Upgrade of Oxygen sensors for the 4 gas meters Assist with Open House – Haz Mat Display of Vehicle and Equipment
Decontamination Drill Foam Training First In Drills Monitoring Carbon Monoxide Incident Drill Global Harmonization System
Southwest Hazardous Materials Response Team
7 Active Orland Fire District personnel 12 Team Drills for 100 Man hours of SWHMRT Training 2 Members to the MES for the Area RAE and Mini Rae 3000 updates 6 Calls for SWHMRT Advisors: Including Assist Palos Community Hospital Assist Lemont FPD with the Ammonia Leak Assist Illinois State Police and other local departments
SWHMRT Training at Orland Training Center
SWHMRT assist Illinois State Police with unknown powder on I-80 SWHMRT Response for the Ammonia
Leak in Lemont
The Finance Department is responsible for all financial activities and financial functions of the District, including preparing the annual budget and property tax levy, paying employees, paying vendors, collecting revenue, investing funds, recording receipts, expenditures, and other financial transactions, and preparing financial reports.
Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting Kerry Sullivan Finance Director
In 2017, the District received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. This is the 9th consecutive year the District has received this prestigious award. The CAFR can be found on the Districtâ€™s website at www.orlandfire.org.
2018 Budget In Review The 2018 budget document, which serves as the financial plan for the upcoming year, was expanded from prior years to incorporate guidelines from the Government Finance Officers Association. The 2018 budget document can be found at www.orlandfire.org. The costs to achieve the Districtâ€™s mission are primarily offset by property tax revenue. Increases in property tax revenue are limited by tax rate ceilings and property tax caps. Other sources of revenue includes: ambulance service fees, grant revenue, dispatch service fees and fire prevention fees. The 2018 Budget gives priority to programs and services that provide the greatest benefit to District residents. The 2018 Budget represents the efforts of District staff in reviewing their operations, streamlining them when possible and investing in improvements to daily operations to benefit the safety of District residents and employees. In 2017, for the first time, the District received a sub-grant from Cook County for training; the 2018 budget assumes the District continues to receive this grant. As an overview, total revenue and expenditures for all funds combined for the 2018 Budget, 2017 Budget and 2016 Actual are presented below:
Total Revenue Cook County Grant Total Revenue Excluding Grant
Total Expenditures Cook County Grant Total Expenditures
2018 Budget $35,006,422 931,000
2017 Budget $33,420,266
2016 Actual $33,467,447 -
William Neumann Communications Director
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. These services are also being provided as a contracted service to the cities of Oak Forest, Calumet City, the Lemont Fire Protection District and Country Club Hills Fire Department. On November 13, 2017, Orland Central began dispatching for the Blue Island Fire Department. In 2017, Orland processed 30,715 alarm incidents for the center. This increase is due to the addition of Country Club Hills and Blue Island. Orland Central Dispatch is the primary Dispatch Center for three Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Divisions 19 covering much of the South and Southwest suburban area. At the time these southland communities request assistance for incidents beyond their resource capabilities, communications are passed on to Orland Central. Alerts and requests for mutual aid to that agency along with incident communications are through Orland Central. In 2017, Orland Central handled 58 requests through the MABAS system for these three divisions. 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 the Chicago Fire Department Englewood (South) Fire Alarm Office. Orland Fire employs a Communications Director, 10 full-time and 5 part-time dispatchers that operate the Dispatch Center with three staffed positions 24 hours a day. Orland Central conducts monthly training and continuing education for all dispatchers thru APCO and Target Solutions. Dispatchers participate in department drills as well as drills with RED Center on deploying resources during natural disasters. Dispatchers are also encouraged to attend classes given by APCO and MABAS. Orland Central dispatchers participated in over 600 hours of continuing education training. This included EMD, Blue Card, MABAS, Incident Command, CPR and call processing - taking. Additional CAD upgrades have proven to save seconds off call processing time. This saving is passed on to the responding departments for an overall better outcome on all incidents. With AVL equipped vehicles, Orland dispatches the closest emergency vehicle to the scene of an incident regardless what â€œstillâ€? district it may be. With these improvements, Orland was able to improve its ISO rating to a first class of one.
The Orland Fire Protection District’s (OFPD) Support Service Bureau consists of six specialized areas committed to aggressively maintaining the Fire District’s buildings, vehicles and equipment. Safety, reliability and readiness are priorities as well as running a cost-effective and efficient maintenance operation. Support Service encompasses the maintenance and repair of OFPD: Facilities, Fleet Vehicles, SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus), Tools, Equipment and Hose, as well as the procurement and distribution of various supplies. Support Services We take no shortcuts when working on any OFPD emergency vehicles, buildings or Lieutenant Jim Hynes equipment. Emergency equipment is very unique, extremely complex and quite challenging to maintain and repair. Given the nature of the fire service, this equipment is subject to extreme and less than ideal operating conditions, which not only result in significant wear and tear, but demand a very high and specialized level of technical skill. Orland Fire Protection District’s technicians possess a keen knowledge and understanding of auto and truck, mechanical, emission control and fuel injection systems, in addition to welding, fabrication, building maintenance, HVAC systems, multi-phase commercial electrical systems and communication systems. What sets our people apart is their level of expertise, with the technical intricacies specific to fire, EMS, emergency equipment and building systems and maintenance. All equipment is serviced regularly and thoroughly-maintained as part of the Orland Fire Protection District’s preventive-maintenance program. About the program: Reduces costly breakdowns and increases reliability Staffed with trained, certified, highly-skilled and very valued technicians Fleet of 60 pieces of fire apparatus, ambulances, specialty equipment and support vehicles
combined Six fire stations, Headquarters building, Fleet Maintenance building and three Training
buildings Utilizes a cost-conscious, cost-effective, common sense approach Ongoing initiative to exceed operational demands and increase efficiency Pride and professionalism are the expectation Safe work practices and safe equipment are a must
The Support Service Bureau provides behind the scenes services that are essential to effective Fire, EMS and Rescue Operations. Serving the community is the privilege of every Orland Fire Protection District employee— not only those responding to fires, EMS calls or other emergencies, but also those people behind the scenes repairing our facilities and fire apparatus, in addition to performing other essential functions. In the end, every Orland Fire Protection District employee fulfills a vital role that allows our organization to help others in times of need. Helping others is truly our privilege.
General Repairs – The OFPD employs building maintenance 1 full-time and 2 part-time building maintenance technicians with extensive backgrounds in HVAC, plumbing, electrical and building maintenance systems. Most repairs are handled in-house, which allows us to address issues in a prompt, efficient manner, which keeps costs down and minimizes any impact to operations. Repair/Replace Retaining Walls at Station 4 – There are two landscape retaining walls at Station 4 that required repair and replacement due to settling. The retaining wall that parallel’s 94th Avenue is approximately 6’ tall by 60’ long, making this a major repair.
Pour Concrete Slab and Walkway at Station 4 – This work was performed by OFPD personnel which resulted in significant savings to taxpayers. Construct Outdoor Storage Shed at Station 4 – This was purchased for the OFPD with Foreign Fire Tax Funds and constructed by OFPD personnel at a significant savings. This now allows lawn equipment to be stored outside of the fire station. Replacement of glass block windows along the East wall of the OFPD Training Center Numerous glass blocks had cracked, leaving equipment and supplies in the second floor mezzanine susceptible to water damage. Numerous bids in excess of $50,000 were received from contractors, but thanks to some hard-working and talented OFPD personnel, all glass block windows on both the East (2017) and West (2016) walls were replaced for less than $20,000.
Purchase of used/refurbished floor scrubber—to better maintain cleanliness of CTC due to an increase in scheduled classes. Purchase of new snow removal and ice control equipment. Purchase of Bulk Salt - Entered into inter-governmental agreement with the Village of Orland Hills for the purchase of bulk salt at a significant savings to the OFPD, compared with cost of bag salt purchased in previous years.
General Repair and Maintenance – The OFPD employs two ASE-certified technicians who maintain approximately 60 pieces of equipment. All OFPD fire apparatus, ambulances and support vehicles are serviced at regular intervals, in addition to annual certifications and testing. OFPD vehicles are extremely well-maintained, which is imperative, given the need for 100% reliability and the severe duty associated with emergency response. Delivery of 1Rechassied Ambulance – A rechassied ambulance utilizes the existing patient care module from an older ambulance with mileage upwards of 100,000 miles. The patient care module is removed from the older chassis, updated, refurbished and then placed on a new cab/chassis. This process saves approximately $40,000, when compared to the cost of an entirely brand-new ambulance.
Purchase of a Ford Transit Connect Mini-Van to be used by our Public Education Coordinator - This vehicle replaced a 2005 Ford Expedition with excess of 100,000 miles and will be used to transport educational materials and fire safety demonstration tools to schools and public events. Purchase of “Dump Body Trailer” - This piece of equipment was purchased by the Foreign Fire Tax Committee and will be used to transport various equipment and raw materials.
Shown are the latest ad v an c e m e n t s in v e hi c le extrication tools, battery powered “Jaws of Life”)
Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus – are worn by Firefighters to protect them from inhaling toxic and super-heated gasses found in fires and hazardous environments. Compressed air is stored at a pressure of 4500 psi in cylinders worn on each Firefighter’s back, similar to a backpack. Due to the extreme pressure and exposure to hostile environment, this equipment must be thoroughly-tested and maintained. The OFPD practices a regimented routine of daily, weekly and annual testing, maintenance and repair of each SCBA.
The OFPD utilizes thousands of various pieces of equipment used for anything from vehicle extrication to thermal imaging cameras used to find victims in smoke-filled, zero visibility environments. This equipment must also be extremely well-maintained and kept in a constant state of readiness, so that it can be reliably deployed in any emergency.
Each OFPD fire engine carries nearly 3000 feet of various diameter fire hose. These hoses are designed to operate at pressures ranging from 80 psi to as high as 250 psi. Each length of hose is tested annually and repaired in house by OFPD personnel.
OFPD Support Service maintains an inventory of basic cleaning supplies and paper goods, which are distributed to all facilities on a per order basis.
The Orland Fire District Origin and Cause Team is responsible for investigating all fires that occur within the jurisdiction of the Orland Fire Protection District. The Fire District is mandated to investigate all fires and determine whether these fires were accidental or incendiary in nature. These fires include structures (whether occupied or vacant), vehicle fires and all other types of fires (i.e. grass and rubbish ). The Orland Fire District partners with our local police departments (Orland Park, Orland Hills and Cook County) when a fire is determined to be suspicious or incendiary in nature. Intentionally set fires are criminal in nature and are set for a variety of reasons, such as personal or financial gain, as well as crimes against a person. Fire Investigations Lieutenant Bill Leddin
In 2017, the Orland Fire District Origin and Cause Team investigated over 100 fires within the Orland Fire District, including MABAS and Task Force call outs. In 2017, there were 5 intentionally set fires that include structures, vehicles and commercial vehicles.
Sadly, the Fire District had one fire fatality in 2017. The homeowner fell asleep while smoking in bed and succumbed to respiratory injuries and burns as a result of the fire. The victim was found in her bedroom, but was unable to escape the fire. The Orland Fire District Origin and Cause Team works closely with many local police jurisdictions within the Fire District. Depending on where the suspicious fire occurs within the Orland Fire District, the team can work with the Orland Park Police Department, the Orland Hills Police Department or the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department. The Orland Fire District also partners with the Illinois State Fire Marshal Office, the Cook County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). We are also members of the MABAS 19 Origin and Cause Team, as well as the WillCook- Grundy Fire Investigation Task Force. We currently have 13 certified fire investigators on the team. In 2017, our investigators continued to participate in the recertification program with the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office and continue to train monthly. Of our 13 fire investigators, 4 of them are currently certified Arson Investigators. The Orland Origin and Cause Team attends monthly in-house training, as well as participating in monthly task force and MABAS training. The Orland Fire District Origin and Cause Team trains to stay current on the latest techniques, as well as staying on top of recalls and safety alerts that we can relay to our residents. In 2017, team members logged over 1,500 hours to satisfy state and local team requirements. This included classroom, seminar and monthly team training, as well as online monthly training and fire investigations conducted by our team. In 2017, the Origin and Cause Team continued to see an increase in fires nationwide involving cell phones, computers and lap tops, which caused fires and explosions while charging. Many of these devices were left unattended and unsupervised while their batteries charged. Most of these batteries were lithium batteries that had overheated, exploded and caused fires, including structure fires. We continue to follow recommendations from the Consumer Products Safety Commission. In 2017, we have seen an increase in fires involving dehumidifiers left running in basements of homes. One fire alone caused over $400,000 in damage. The residents had working smoke detectors and were alerted of the basement fire because of their detectors. The fire occurred in the early hours of the morning while the residents were fast asleep. The Orland Fire District Origin and Cause Team also addressed other issues that we have encountered during the year that we felt were fire hazards and dangers. We continue to work close with manufacturers and insurance companies to gather the latest information involving potential fire and safety hazards. We continue to write articles warning residents on the dangers of bathroom exhaust fans as well as whole house fans. A rise in these fires continue to prompt the warnings. We also addressed dryer fires
and cleaning vents, as well as the dangers of trying to extinguish fires without notifying the fire department. The messages were always call 911 before attempting to extinguish a fire, no matter how small it may seem. We want our residents to get everyone safely out and located at their meeting place while calling 911, prior to attempting to extinguish any fireâ€”no matter how small it may seem. We will continue to address current issues and fire hazards and put these messages on the districtâ€™s website and social media so that our residents stay informed of these important safety messages. The Orland Fire District Origin and Cause Team is planning more in-house training in 2018 and has scheduled numerous team trainings throughout the year. We will continue to utilize our burn cells to conduct in house training for our personnel.
House fire caused by discarded wood embers into a plastic discarded waste container. Fire spread to two adjacent homes
Electrical fires continue to be a leading cause of home fires within the Orland Fire District
Orland Fire Investigation Team train monthly at the Training Tower
Car fire caused by mechanical failure
Juvenile Fire Setters Program The Orland Fire District Origin and Cause Team has two state-certified Juvenile Fire Setter Interventionist on our team. The goal of our interventionists is to work closely with law enforcement and parents, to assist juveniles when a fire is suspected of being caused as a result of a juvenile. The team responded to three call outs to assist parents and law enforcement this year. Our program participants can be recommended to the team by parents, law enforcement and the juvenile court system. The program involves educating the juvenile and their parents on the dangers of fire and promotes fire safety. Parents accompany the juvenile throughout the training process. Our goal is to help identify potential problems and help the family get additional help if needed. Our program is very successful and we have not had any reoccurrences involving juveniles that we have assisted. The team will be adding one additional interventionist next spring.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) CERT is made up of volunteers that are residents of the Orland Fire District. The class teaches various topics including first aid, fire extinguishment, scene safety and disaster preparedness. Members of the class also take a tornado spotter and severe storm safety class. The class participants have to take a written test, as well as a live practical before obtaining their certification. Our third CERT training class was held in the Fall of 2017. During this class, 22 more volunteers participated in the 9-week training class. The Orland Fire District’s CERT Team has logged over 750 hours of training in emergency management and are looking forward to adding additional hours in 2018. Our CERT members are awarded a Certificate of Completion at the end of the training program, and are recognized by Chief Schofield and the Orland Fire District Board of Trustees at a Board Meeting. The class is awarded a CERT backpack containing emergency equipment including a first aid kit and other tools to help mitigate an emergency, provided by the Board of Trustees of the OFPD. The Orland Fire District currently has 42 certified CERT team members and is looking to hold additional training classes in 2018. The CERT team continues to meet and hold additional trainings to better prepare the team for deployment in the event of an emergency within the Orland Fire District. The team will be able to assist the Fire District and perform many important functions. The CERT team can be used in the event of an emergency. The members can open and staff shelters within the Fire District and have training on District facilities. The team can also assist the Fire District in the event that we have a long-term incident and can assist in rehab of emergency personnel. Our volunteers are confident that they can and will be there in the event of any emergency within the Orland Fire District. Along with adding new members, we want to continue to participate in real life disaster scenarios. Our team members are working on their NIMS certification for volunteers and continue to train as a team with the addition of new members. The CERT team is looking to take the American Red Cross Shelter class and be able to assist in setting up and managing a shelter. The Orland Fire CERT team is looking to partner up with the Village of Orland Park, Village of Orland Hills and the Orland Township to assist them in the event of an emergency. CERT training that is scheduled for 2018 includes shelter management taught by the American Red Cross and severe weather spotting classes for early spring 2018. A full scale disaster drill is scheduled for summer 2018. Our members are taught to take care of their family’s first. We want our team to render their families safe before helping out their neighbors and residents. Our CERT members are ready and willing to help their neighbors and friends as well as neighboring communities. Requirements to become a CERT member with in the Orland Fire District consist of the following considerations; you must be a resident of the Orland Fire District, willingness to participate in the nine week training program, and completion of the written test and class practical. You must be willing to participate in an interview and simple background check. The Orland Fire District Board of Trustees and Chief Michael Schofield are very proud of all our CERT team volunteers and their continued efforts to come to the aid of their fellow residents. It is a very huge commitment to become a CERT member and be willing to volunteer in the event of an emergency. All team members are ready to respond in a moment’s notice.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Fall 2016 CERT Class receiving their Certificates of Completion in February, 2017
Senior Advisory Council Members Mane Pritza and John Meister participating in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training
CERT Program Director Lieutenant Bill Leddin and Senior Advisory Council Member Diana Husband distributing new CERT Team Members their emergency backpacks necessary in the case of an emergency
Fall 2017 CERT Class receiving their Certificates of Completion in November, 2017
Message from the Volunteers The Senior Advisory Council would like to thank the Orland Fire Protection District by providing its services to the local community and its senior residents. Our volunteers are grateful to be a part of the OFPD‘s mission to educate the public on fire safety. The SAC hopes to attract more volunteers and participate in various events.
About the SAC Members of the Senior Advisory Council assist at the OFPD’s annual Open House
The Senior Advisory Council’s mandate is to serve as a liaison between the District’s senior population and Fire District officials. The SAC also coordinates and sponsors educational programs for various groups of seniors including: homeowners’ associations, community groups and the public at large on issues that include safety tips, CPR training, Knox Boxes and 911 calls. SAC membe r s also se r v e as volunteers at various Fire District events.
Developed and provided Safety Presentations at meetings and district-sponsored events
We continue to create safety messages for seniors on topics such as: Residential Knox Boxes Exhaust Fans Smoke Alarms Dryer Fires Battery Recycling Oxygen use in the home Hoarding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
We now distribute SAC materials and safety messages throughout the District at the following locations: Orland Township, Sportsplex, Fitness Center, Orland Park Village Hall, Riviera, Library, Cultural Arts Center, Orland Hills Village Hall, Living Word Lutheran Church Communicate with on-duty OFPD staff, Paramedics, and fire house personnel to find out senior populations concerns/needs from their interactions
Coordinate and work with OFPD Public Education & Fire Prevention Bureau
Promote other OFPD Programs such as CERT, Community CARE and CPR
We continue to learn more about District operations by hosting speakers at our monthly meetings
Goals for 2018:
Do More Speaking Engagements/Safety Presentations Continue with Coffee and Conversation Monthly Presentations Explore a possible role in Community Risk Reduction Program if OFPD participates Participate in Night Out Against Crime Ride along for SAC members Create formal presentation Interact with seniors in community to get feedback Arrange for meeting with Firefighters at various stations with pre-approved agenda from the Fire Chief and e-mail to personnel ahead of time. The purpose would be to communicate with on duty OFPD staff, Paramedics and fire house personnel to find out senior populations concerns/needs from their interactions. Arrange for meeting with other senior advisory/task groups at other fire districts/ departments Continue Outreach with community organizations and increasing drop-off locations Continue supporting district-sponsored events Continue to coordinate with Public Education and Fire Prevention Bureau Increase participation of other OFPD staff/officials at SAC meetings In addition to these goals, SAC members continue to participate in the District’s CERT program, the Lions Club Parade, table at Taste of Orland, Township Mini Health Fair and District Open House
SAC members Carolyn Newkirk and Caryl Tietz helping out at the OFPD Fire & Life Safety Senior Christmas Luncheon SAC member Janice Pierhal, SAC Director Rosemaria DiBendetto and SAC member Rosemary Ihle helping out at the OFPD Fire & Life Safety Senior Christmas Luncheon
Join the SAC
SAC members Wayne Stuart and Sheila Dragovich assisting with Senior Christmas Luncheon
The Orland Fire Protection District would like to invite you to become a member of the Senior Advisory Council. To print an application, visit our website at: www.orlandfire.org. You will find the application on our “Senior Advisory Council” page, under the menu tab, Community Outreach. Send application to: Orland Fire Protection District 9790 W. 151st Street Orland Park, Illinois 60462
Fire Prevention Supervisor Mike Ercoli
It is the mission of the Fire Prevention Bureau to educate the community about the benefits of proper safety practices, and to identify and eliminate hazardous conditions which pose a threat to life, property and the environment.
The Fire Prevention Bureau protects people by eliminating potential emergency situations before they occur. We use the term “proactive firefighting” to describe how we analyze new building plans, in an attempt to anticipate potential life-safety issues. We also use this term to describe how we look for potential life-safety hazards while doing our annual inspections and bring them to the property owner’s attention. Our public education programs are designed to address current life-safety issues that we see occurring within the Fire District. Ultimately, the goal of the Fire Prevention Bureau is to keep emergencies from occurring; thus keeping people out of harm’s way.
We believe that Fire Prevention plays a crucial role in making our community safer. Inspection, enforcement and public education work together to not only identify and correct safety issues, but also to help change people’s attitude toward safety. Through the diligence and hard work of the members of the Orland Fire District’s Fire Prevention Bureau, we have been able to achieve our annual goals. We anticipate fiscal 2018 to bring greater challenges as we set loftier goals to ensure the safety of the public and our firefighters.
Fire Prevention Bureau Activities for 2017
The Fire Prevention Bureau inspected the commercial occupancies, multifamily occupancies, public/private schools, daycare centers and group homes within the District. The Fire Prevention Bureau members taught life-safety classes for several Condo Associations, businesses and senior groups. The Fire Prevention Bureau members participated in the planning and implementation of our Kids Safety Camp event in June. The Fire Prevention Bureau members participated in the planning and implementation of our annual Open House in June. The Fire Prevention Bureau personnel attended continuing education courses and seminars throughout the year. Fire Prevention Bureau Personnel made 4,418 field contacts in 2017. The Fire Prevention Bureau hosted a Senior Safety Luncheon in December. The Fire Prevention Bureau helped businesses with evacuation planning. The Fire Prevention Bureau conducted fire and evacuation drills with schools and businesses. The Fire Prevention Bureau installed smoke detectors and smoke detector batteries for senior citizens within the Fire District.
2017 Inspection Breakdown Less than 5000 sq. ft. commercial inspections:
Greater than 5000 sq. ft. commercial inspections:
Final occupancy inspections:
Haunted House inspections:
Kiosk inspections (Mall):
Group Home inspections
OFPD Fire Inspector Patrick Collier took time out of his busy day to read Polar Express to the 3rd Grade Class at Prairie School.
The Orland Fire Protection District participated in Walsh Constructionâ€™s National Safety Day at the Palos Primary Complex construction site. Firefighters demonstrated the rescue of an injured worker; while members of the Fire Prevention Bureau taught Walsh personnel the safe and correct use of fire extinguishers.
Fire & Life Safety Educator Betsy Dine
The Public Education Division delivers instruction throughout the District. The Fire & Life Safety Educator is responsible for coordination and implementation of the Department’s public safety mission. The Fire & Life Safety Educator is responsible for the effective supervision and education of different at-risk programs that are implemented throughout the District, and develops, coordinates, presents, oversees and evaluates each program throughout the District. Our goals and objectives are established each year and include curriculums and programs to reduce the risk of injury, harm or death. The District offers numerous classes and programs to help reduce the community risk. Some of the programs that we offer are: First Aid/CPR, station tours, numerous school visits, camps, open house, Show & Tell, car seat installations, fire extinguisher training, fire drills, safety trailer lessons, senior citizen home safety, Coffee & Conversation, apartment/condo safety, business evacuation planning and emergency preparedness. The District must follow the annual budget guidelines and all programs are approved by the Fire Chief and Board of Trustees.
Public Education Activities in 2017
Conducted numerous station tours for several schools, scout troops and community members Conducted numerous car seat checks Public/Parochial School safety lectures Conducted Fire Safety tours and weather preparedness in our safety trailer Senior citizen safety lectures and luncheons “Coffee & Conversation” Program Health and safety fairs throughout the town including the Orland Township and Sportsplex Planned, prepared and conducted the Children’s Fire & Life Safety Camp Planned, prepared and coordinated the annual Open House Collected and donated toys for the Treasure Chest Foundation Collected and donated toys to the Toy Box Connection Conducted fire drills for business and schools throughout the community Implemented and planned the First grade “Adopt A Firefighter” education program Planned and conducted the Third grade “Learn Not to Burn” education program Educated all pre-school and kindergarten classes in the Orland Fire Protection District “Safety tables” at different community events passing out safety information and give-aways Member of the Public Education Committee Conducted several Fire Truck, Engine and Ambulance Show & Tells Career Day talks Family walks/runs EMS Cure a Stroke event Fire Extinguisher training at numerous organizations in town Attended Public Education and Fire Safety Conferences
The Orland Fire Protection District teamed up with Cardinal Joseph Bernardin on a meaningful writing project. 6th graders wrote a persuasive essay in attempts to convince others to create and practice a fire escape plan. As part of the project, the students worked with their families to plan and practice their own fire escape plan. Pictured are students who received an award for doing an extraordinary job on their essay.
Coffee & Conversation
Public Education Statistics Block Party Car Seat Checks CPR Classes Fire Drills Fire Extinguisher Classes Parade Public Display Safety Lecture Station Tours Senior Events Stand By Career Days Family walks/runs Apparatus Show & Tell “Adopt a Firefighter” Lessons “Learn Not to Burn” Lessons Public Education Meetings Direct Marketing
11 86 20 20 5 4 40 46 18 13 2 3 4 37 170 59 20 40,000-50,000
This program is presented by Orland Fire Protection District and Aishling Companion Home Care. This is an ongoing community engagement program aimed at providing a space for open dialogue. Our different speakers talk about various topics related to our everyday living, health and wellness with our aging population.
Adopt a Firefighter Program
Total Public Reached in 2017: 40,000—50,000 people
Learn Not To Burn Art Competition
Firefighter Dan Ritchie was at Kruse Education Center as part of the Adopt-a-Firefighter program sponsored by the Orland Fire Protection District
Fire & Life Safety Educator, Betsy Dine, gave an assignment in her Learn Not To Burn Program, to draw and write about a safety message topic that the children thought was important enough to share with the community. The contest winner was Sarai, from Fernway Elementary School. She drew this picture and we added it to our new Fire Prevention vehicle. Thank you for doing a great job Sarai!
Our “Adopt-A-Firefighter” program teaches children about fire safety and injury prevention. Each class receives 5 visits from their firefighter and at the end of the year, each class gets a visit from a fire truck. The program promotes the importance of having a safety plan in case of an emergency. There is a review of the previous visit at each visit and assignments are given. Students ask questions about what they are learning as well as questions they have about their firefighter. It has proven to be a very educational, effective and rewarding program for students and firefighters alike.
Annual Open House, June 2017 Our annual Open House was held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Fire District Training Center, 10728 W. 163rd Place in Orland Park. The Open House featured a wide range of demonstrations showcasing how firefighters address various emergency situations. Major fire apparatus used for emergency responses were on display, along with fire equipment used for responding to emergencies. A side-by-side scenario was set up to show our community how quickly fire grows, how working smoke alarms can and will save lives, and how sprinklered buildings will stop the spread of fire. The event featured free give-a-ways, Cook County Sherriff displays, Orland Park Police, Walgreens, Home Depot, Aishling Companion Home Care, Bear Paddle, Operation Life Saver, K-9 Comfort Dogs, CPR Table, Advocate Children’s Hospital, Firehouse Subs, Orland Sportsplex, Superior Helicopter, Heartland Blood Drive and kid’s stations galore. Again, Marcus Theatre generously donated popcorn for our event. Our (SAC) Senior Advisory Council was on hand to help as needed and had a table with their own outreach information and material. Thank you to all who participated in this year’s event!
Kids Fire & Life Safety Camp June, 2017 The Orland Fire Protection District held their annual Kidâ€™s Fire & Life Safety Camp from June 20-23, 2017. Even with an earlier date this year, our registration filled up quickly and we met our goal of 40 participants in no time. The camp is for children ages 8-12 and is limited to a maximum class size. It is free of charge for Orland Fire District residents and a small fee for out-of-district residents. Each participant receives a Kids Fire & Life Safety Camp T-shirt, a certificate of completion, a CD containing pictures from the week, and a binder containing hand-outs and activities.
Our guest speakers this year included Advocate Childrenâ€™s Hospital, American Red Cross, Cyber Safety, Bear Paddle Swim School, Com-Ed, Operation Lifesaver, Cook County Sherriff Police and our very own Orland personnel. Thank you all for a great week. We hope that our campers went home with the knowledge to prevent unintentional injuries and had a great time!
February 9, 2017—Public Educator Betsy Dine pictured with CJB student who brought in sprinkler heads her grandfather taught her about to go along with the day’s lesson
May 4, 2017—3rd grade Centennial School student winner of a fire truck ride to school for completing all of her homework for the Learn Not To Burn Program
April 24, 2017 Public Educator Betsy Dine pictured with CJB 3rd Grade class after a Learn Not to Burn lesson
October 24, 2017—Centennial School Pre-School fire safety talk and firefighter in gear presentation
Winning poster in a Learn Not to Burn poster contest Centennial School's 1st grade "Adopt A Firefighter" final Show & Tell
Senior Safety Christmas Luncheon On Friday, December 1, 2017, the Orland Fire Prevention Bureau held its annual Christmas Luncheon. This luncheon is a way to bring relevant safety messages to our local senior population, while enjoying good food and games with a festive Christmas theme. Winston’s Market catered this delicious meal. Nothing Bundt Cake graciously donated a tasty cake sample to each of our guests. Our guest speaker this year was Alice Kelly from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office. She delivered some great information on the rules of the road and reviewed some valuable tools in refreshing knowledge of Illinois driving laws. Aishling, from Aishling Companion Home Care, also delivered a message to our seniors about her Home Care Facility. We also had Joe McNicholas out from the Illinois State Treasurer’s office. He was able to find unclaimed money for several of our guests. Fire & Life Safety Educator Betsy Dine led the group in many rounds of BINGO and prizes were awarded. Each guest left with some important safety information and a nice red Orland Fire Protection District umbrella. Thanks to our Public Life & Safety Educator, Betsy Dine, for all her hard work in planning and organizing this luncheon, as well as our staff and our Senior Advisory Council for all their help in serving.
Human Resources Director Lucy McGlynn
As Human Resources Director for the OFPD, I am committed to cultivating and embracing the District’s high performance culture, which emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity and standards, goal attainment, and the recruitment and ongoing development of a superior workforce. The Human Resources Director is responsible for overseeing all of the District’s HR functions, which include the following five key service areas: employment, benefits, health and safety (e.g. Workers’ Compensation), promotional exams, and administration/strategic support. The Human Resources Department strives to promote transparency, and working in partnership to create an environment where people can thrive and are enabled to deliver sustainable organizational performance. In line with this vision, the District has made good progress towards achieving a number of key HR priorities. One of these is the District’s gradual transition into the digital age, which not only affects products, processes and services, but has a profound impact on how we work. The way in which both the public we serve and our employees experience our Fire District today is a direct result of this change.
Our people agenda, which contributes significantly to the delivery of the District’s overall strategy, is particularly relevant in the context of digitalization. To achieve our strategic goals and enable change across the organization, we need the expertise, commitment and enablement of our employees. In 2017, we placed particular focus on reviewing and designing district-wide people processes from our employees’ perspective. This is based on the tenet that employee engagement increases when the employee experience is positive. The responsibility of the HR function in its role as enabler of the organization’s digital transformation thus extends far beyond the digitalization of its own internal processes. The Human Resources Department will continue to work to drive a change in perspective by increasingly setting our sights on digital training and internal career mobility. Placing a strong focus on our employees is in the best interest of the public we serve. Especially in the face of ongoing digitalization in the workplace, an organization’s efforts and strategy in the field of human resources take on a new and crucial importance. We need a fresh perspective on the challenges that lie ahead. In 2013, HR started out with the goal of creating more transparency for key HR metrics and our people, and year after year, we have continued to develop this goal, and to enhance the quality and quantity of personnel data and describe our work with increasing precision. The Human Resources Department will continue to promote transparency to help ensure employee and retiree satisfaction, which is essential to us. The HR strategy follows our District’s mission, which is also shaped by change. In just a few years, digital natives – namely those who grew up using the latest means and methods of digital communication – will comprise the majority of the workforce. This requires us to develop a new approach to collaboration across generations. In the future, work will look very different from what we experience today. We are introducing new job profiles and social media is increasingly used in day-to-day HR activities. People have grown accustomed to accessing information with the swipe of a finger across a screen and they expect an equally modern work environment from their employer. As part of our HR strategy, we have decided to focus on enhancing the employee experience through small, pragmatic changes and through larger investments, such as the future launch of our new HR management system, planned for 2019. In this way, our Human Resources vision evolves year after year and we will continue to strive for further improvements.
2017 kept HR very busy with THREE (3) promotional exam processes! Under the direction of the OFPD Board of Fire Commissioners, the Human Resources Department is responsible for the coordination and administration of all promotional testing processes for the purpose of creating promotional eligibility rosters for entry-level Firefighter/Paramedics, as well as the rank of Engineer, Lieutenant and Battalion Chief. These promotional processes are conducted in accordance with the requirements of the applicable Illinois State Statutes, the OFPD Board of Fire Commissioners Rules & Regulations, and the current CBA between the Orland Professional Firefighters Local #2754 and the OFPD.
Promotional eligibility testing for entry-level Firefighter/Paramedic occurs every other year; Promotional eligibility testing for the rank of Engineer, Lieutenant and Battalion Chief occur every three years as negotiated between the OFPD and the International Association of Firefighters Local #2754. Human Resources will continue to ensure the highest levels of integrity and fairness in all promotional testing processes for the OFPD, for all concerned. The Orland Fire Protection District is an equal opportunity employer and a proud member of the Firefighters Diversity Recruiting Council. The OFPD now has three new promotional eligibility rosters for entry-level Firefighter, Lieutenant and Battalion Chief.
Firefighter Exam 2017 On Saturday, October 14, 2017, the Human Resources Department administered the entry-level Firefighter Exam after an open application period for those wishing to pursue a career as a Firefighter. 266 candidates sat for the written exam at the Tinley Convention Center and after a lengthy, competitive process, the OFPD Board of Fire Commissioners successfully approved the 2017 OFPD Final Eligibility List for Firefighter/Paramedic. Scores from the written exam and oral interviews will be combined to establish an initial rank-order eligibility list. Candidates will then be able to apply for preference points based on military service, experience/fire certification, education and/ or residency. A final eligibility list is then reviewed for approval by the Board of Fire Commissioners. Firefighters may be selected from this list as vacancies occur during the next two years. Pay rate for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic is negotiated between the OFPD and the International Association of Firefighters Local #2754. Eligibility testing for Firefighter/Paramedic occurs every other year. As an equal opportunity employer, the Orland Fire Protection District encourages all potential candidates, regardless of race, gender, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, to apply for positions with the OFPD. Minorities and females are encouraged to apply.
Lieutenant Exam 2017 As outlined in the labor contract between the OFPD and Local #2754, eligible candidates who would like to take part in the promotional exam process for the rank of Lieutenant must currently be a full-time Firefighter who has successfully completed the following criterion: Four (4) years of full-time employment with the Orland Fire Protection District; hold the rank of Engineer (or placement on the current Engineer’s Eligibility Roster); earned at least 15 hours of college credit at an accredited university; and maintain certification as an OSFM Fire Officer I or Provisional Fire Officer I. Both the Lieutenant and Battalion Chief promotional testing processes include the following six (6) components, each of which are based on a 100-point scale, as listed in the Labor Contract between the OFPD and Local #2754: Administrative Review Commissioners Interview Assessment Center Seniority Ascertained Merit Written Exam Veteran's points added
Twenty (20) eligible candidates sat for the written exam on November 9, 2017, immediately followed by a review session with the agency’s administrator where they had the opportunity to challenge questions and find out their score. After the required 10-day waiting period where eligible candidates may c l a i m p r e f e r e n c e points, final scores were tallied and the OFPD Board of Commissioners certified the final eligibility list on December 1, 2017. The list is good for three years.
Battalion Chief Exam 2017 As outlined in the labor contract between the OFPD and Local #2754, eligible candidates who would like to take part in the promotional exam process for the rank of Battalion Chief must possess the following criterion: currently be a full-time Firefighter with the OFPD; successfully completed at least four (4) years in the rank of Lieutenant with the District; possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university; and be certified as an OSFM Fire Officer II or Provisional Fire Officer II. The Battalion Chief promotional exam process follows the same format and six (6) required components as the Lieutenant Exam process. The written exam was held March 16, 2017, and the final eligibility list was certified by the OFPD Board of Commissioners on April 5, 2017. The list is good for three years.
Hiring This year, the OFBD Board of Trustees instructed Human Resources to begin the background check process for nine (9) new Firefighter/Paramedic recruits from the brand-new Firefighter eligibility list. Eligible candidates must undergo a thorough background investigation process including criminal, State and Federal check, a polygraph exam, a full psychological exam, fingerprints, employment verification, candidate interview, personal reference verifications, a complete physical evaluation by the District’s physician and drug screenings. After successfully completing the background investigation, which typically takes about four months to complete, the 9 new recruits were welcomed at an orientation day held on Friday, March 2, 2018 for newemployee onboarding. On Monday, March 5, 2018, the new recruits began a 9-week training academy supervised by the OFPD Training Officer. The OFPD has a defined and supervised probationary process to evaluate new members. The Orland Fire Protection District utilizes a 12-month probationary period to evaluate new and promoted personnel. A formal performance evaluation based on demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities is conducted for each new Firefighter or promoted person after 12 months of employment or 12 months in the promoted position. Based on the Firefighter’s evaluation, the probationary period may be removed or extended. The probationary status for new-hire Firefighters lasts 12 months from their date of hire and ends with a probationary evaluation before they are cleared to regular Firefighter status.
Workers’ Compensation To help employees maximize health, Human Resources continues to offer annual health screenings, assessments and coaching to all Firefighters in an effort to provide early detection, a reduction of health issues and to motivate employees toward living healthier lifestyles. HR oversees and manages all aspects of workers’ compensation for employees of the District. Over the years, we have experienced much frustration in the amount of time and red tape it takes to coordinate efforts simply to get our Firefighters the treatment/tests they need after experiencing a work injury. One of HR’s goals in 2017 was to work with the District’s physician to come up with new ways to reduce injuries, and get our Firefighters back to work quickly while ensuring thate best medical treatment plan they need, followed by a clear path for them to transition back to full duty.
Together with Chief Schofield, Training Officer Dave Piper and Dr. Wilson’s wonderful team, we came up with new cost-saving measures such as reduced pricing for certain medical tests for District personnel in order to minimize costs associated with lengthy workers’ comp metrics, well known throughout the State of Illinois.
Harassment/Workplace Discrimination In 2017, the nation found itself in the midst of a cultural reckoning in terms of how we respond to sexual harassment in the workplace. The pervasiveness and long-term impact on women, in particular, became apparent in 2017, the year of #MeToo. The attention given to this issue of discrimination at the workplace has triggered organizations to enforce more than mere lip service to the longstanding issue of sexual harassment. Human Resources, together with the OFPD BOT have taken action in addressing this ignorance by working to create new measures to ensure accountability for the actions of our members while in the workplace. HR revised the District’s anti-harassment policy to include the provisions required of a newly mandated anti-harassment law passed in Illinois last November, Public Act 100-0554. We are currently drafting specific guidelines for dealing with complaints, and working with our diversity consultant to train and help District employees understand the long history of sexual harassment, what it is, and the psychological damage that often results from being routinely humiliated, belittled, ignored, excluded and overlooked at work. Human Resources and the OFPD will continue to work together to ensure an inclusive and safe work environment for all members and will maintain zero tolerance for any form of harassment inflicted upon any of its’ members.
2017 Staffing SWORN STAFF
Administrative Battalion Chief (retired 10/17)
Shift Battalion Chief
Shift 2 Shift 3
Human Resources Director HR Assistant Executive Assistant Receptionist Finance
1 1 1 1
Finance Director Assistant Finance Director Finance Assistant
1 1 1
IT Administrator IT Technician
Fire Prevention Fire Prevention Supervisor Fire Inspector Fire & Life Safety Educator Communications/Dispatch Communications Director Telecommunicators Telecommunicators, Part-Time Maintenance
Fleet Maintenance Technician Building Maintenance Technician Maintenance, Part-Time Part-Time Seasonal Employees Total Non-Sworn
1 1 1 1 10 5 2 1 2 2 35
Promotional Ceremony—January 30, 2017
The Orland Fire Protection District held a promotional ceremony on January 30, 2017 for the following
Engineer James Mazurkiewicz to the Rank of Lieutenant
Engineer Robert Winkelman to the Rank of Lieutenant
Firefighter Brian McLaughlin to the Rank of Engineer
Firefighter Vince Piatak to the Rank of Engineer
Engineer James Mazurkiewicz to the Rank of Lieutenant
Engineer Robert Winkelman to the Rank of Lieutenant
Firefighter Brian McLaughlin to the Rank of Engineer
Firefighter Vince Piatak to the Rank of Engineer
Farewell to Trustee-Secretary Blair Rhode Board Secretary Dr. Blair Rhode attended his last meeting on April 25, 2017, completing six years served on the Board of Trustees of the Orland Fire Protection District—from 2011 to 2017. During his years of service, Dr. Rhode was a valued and respected member of the Board and he was instrumental in making the following accomplishments possible:
The Board abated $6,200,000 of property taxes back to District
Property tax increases were limited to an average of 1%
The Firefighters Pension Fund funding increased from 70% to 98%
Ensured that staffing analyses included all legacy costs
Operating costs per call in 2015 were only 1% higher than in 2011, despite inflationary increases in wages and employee benefits
The Board of Trustees successfully negotiated two Labor Agreements with International Association of Firefighters Local 2754 and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134
Numerous capital projects were completed, including the renovation of Station 2 and the replacement of numerous apparatus
The Training Center was updated, helping to train firefighters from our region, as well as outside the State of IL
We thank Dr. Rhode for his years of dedicated service and wish him all the best going forward.
Swearing In of New Trustees On May 16, 2017, current Board President Christopher Evoy, was sworn in for his second term as a Trustee for the May, 2017 to May, 2023 6-year term. Former Fire Commissioner Craig Schmidt was elected as a Trustee for the May, 2017 to May, 2023 6-year term.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
MAY 19, 2017
L to R Trustee John Brudnak, Trustee Jayne Schirmacher, Trustee Chris Evoy, Fire Chief Michael Schofield, Trustee Craig Schmidt, Trustee Jim Hickey
There are 18 members in the Orland Fire Protection District Honor Guard. Eight are also members of the AFFI State Honor Guard. The mission of the Honor Guard is to preserve the honor of fallen firefighters, promotional ceremonies and special District functions. Memorial Services in 2017 included the Battalion Chief Bonnar, Sr., Lieutenant Raymond Marquardt, Sr. and 9/11 Remembrance. The Honor Guard posted colors at two promotional services on January 30th and April 18th. Other Fire District events included posting colors at Open House and Awards Night. To prepare for these events the Orland Honor Guard drilled 6 times during 2017. Those involved with the State Honor Guard participated in an additional seven drills. Some Honor Guard members also participated in the Illinois Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Springfield, the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Colorado Springs and the Line-of-Duty Death Honors for Dolton Firefighter Lawrence Matthews.
Battalion Chief Bonnar, Sr. Memorial - 2017
Posting Colors at the 1.30.17 Promotional Ceremony
Posting Colors at the Lt. Schick Promotion â€“ 4.18.17
Laying the wreath at the Battalion Chief Bonnar, Sr. Memorial - Feb. 2017
The year 2017 was again an exciting year for the Orland Fire Cadet Program. For the first time since the program began, cadets were granted preference points by the Board of Commissioners on entry-level selection for Firefighter/Paramedic positions within the Fire District. As a result, five former cadets are currently on the final eligibility roster awaiting positions as Firefighter/Paramedics with the Fire District. For the second year in a row, the program successfully had several cadets challenge and pass their State Certification for Basic Operations Firefighter through the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal. By providing the opportunity to obtain this certification to individuals between 16 and 21 years of age, the Orland Fire Cadet Program starts cadets on a path to a successful career in the fire service. Currently, the program has fifteen cadets that are diligently completing their didactic and practical objectives as they work towards obtaining their Basic Operations Firefighter certification. Cadets are responsible for completing their didactic learning on-line and then attending Saturday meetings held at the Fire District's Training Facility to complete their practical objectives. As we move into 2018, the Orland Fire Cadet Program is looking to build on its successes from 2017 and continue to improve the program that is offered to its cadets. The Cadet Program will be looking to take on new cadets in the spring or early summer of 2018, after doing recruitment in both the local high schools and community colleges. Overall, the Cadet Program will continually strive to achieve its mission of providing individuals with a strong foundation to build upon as they pursue a career within the fire service.
OFPD cadet demonstrating proper fire extinguisher use at our annual Open House
OFPD cadet being fire safety dog â€œSparkyâ€? for a day at our annual Open House
Farewell to Dispatcher Karen Gallo
Dispatcher Karen Gallo retired after 25 years of dedicated service to the Orland Fire Protection District
Lieutenant Nick Anastos 36 Years 03/27/17
Firefighter Steve Pluth 29 Years 12/13/17
Farewell to Lieutenant Nick Anastos & Firefighter Bob Proctor
Farewell to Firefighter Steve Pluth & Engineer Wally Quintanilla
Firefighter Bob Proctor 35 Years 12/02/17
Engineer Wally Quintanilla 27 Years 12/13/17
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Battalion Chief William Bonnar, Jr. Retirement Open House Before taking his final ride, the Orland Fire Protection District celebrated Battalion Chief William Bonnar, Jr.'s 39 years of service with the Orland Fire Protection District by holding an Open House luncheon on October 2, 2017, marking his official retirement.
Battalion Chief William Bonnar, Jr. Retirement Party On Thursday, November 2, 2017 a retirement party was held in honor of Battalion Chief Bill Bonnar, Jr. at Silver Lake Country Club. Many turned out to both events to thank him for all the great contributions he made to the Orland Fire Protection District and the fire service. He will be missed!
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Fire Trucks Fire trucks are equipped with a variety of aerial ladders and ground ladders of various types and lengths that help firefighters reach fires. Fire trucks also carry specialized equipment for forcible entry, ventilation, and search and rescue tasks. Trucks 2, 6, 7 Snorkel
1987 Spartan / Darley Truck went into service in 1988 At one time, it carried the designation “Rescue One” and responded to all major incidents Currently in reserve status for rescue and elevated fire streams
Equipped with 55 foot articulating boom and platform and Darley LDM single stage fire pump— pumps 1500 gallon per minute.
Fire Engines Fire engines, also commonly known as pumpers, are equipped with a variety of hoses of different lengths and widths that pump water. This water can come from either the internal tank of the engine or other outside water sources, such as hydrants. Engines 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
Ambulances Ambulances are used to deliver immediate advanced medical care to sick or injured patients and to transport these patients to the hospital. Ambulances 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Squad Vehicles Because some emergencies require special assistance, squad vehicles are provided to each specialty team in order to properly aid in these special situations. Squad 2, 3, 5, 7 Arson Vehicle
1998 Ford Converted Ambulance Went into service in 1998 as Ambulance 5 Reassigned in 2005 as Arson Squad and is equipped for fire investigations
Squad Boats Squad Boats are used to aid the Water Rescue & Recovery Team
Staff Vehicles Staff vehicles are provided to the Fire Chief, Battalion Chiefs and bureau supervisors. Command Staff, Fire Prevention Bureau
Support Vehicles Support vehicles are provided for the in-house maintenance crews. Building Maintenance, Fleet Maintenance, Utility
Orland Fire Protection District Administration Building 9790 West 151st Street Orland Park, IL 60462 (708) 349-0074 www.orlandfire.org