Park Forest Fire Department Reports: August 6-12, 2017

Tracy Natyshok and Bruce Ziegle, fire department reports
Assistant Fire Chief Tracy Natyshok (left) and Fire Chief Bruce Ziegle. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- During the week of August 6-12, 2017, the Park Forest Fire Department reports 80 responses total. Of these, 25 were fire/service calls, 55 were EMS calls.

Training Activities

On Monday, August 7, career members completed pre-plan training. This training included a site visit to familiarize themselves with a building in Park Forest.

Tuesday, August 8 thru Thursday, August 10, members trained on trench rescue. In this training, members reviewed equipment and demonstrated the ability to use the equipment. This included reviewing a new piece of equipment called a “Rescue Shield”.

On Friday, August 11, the duty shift and the POC division completed a combined drill. This drill was a live fire scenario conducted at the training site.

Other Activities

On Wednesday, members of the administrative staff met with the Village’s new Finance Director, Mark Pries, in an informational give and take. Director Pries is meeting with all Village departments to assure he has a complete understanding of their needs and to answer questions for the various departments.

On Thursday and Friday, members of the NCCC were at the fire training site doing some landscape clean-up to keep the site looking its best. This group had already done some work along the creek bed in front of the training site, removing unwanted growth and overgrowth. The NCCC work group took down overgrowth on the training site grounds and worked to provide stone around the various hydrants to prevent wash outs during usage.

Thursday through Sunday, members of the Paid-On-Call Division supplemented the on-duty staff related to the annual Youth Commission carnival. These members provided additional staffing during carnival hours to be better prepared in the event of any emergency associated with the carnival. Thankfully no such incidents occurred from the FD perspective.

On Saturday, the fire department assisted the Park Forest American Legion with some of its overall fundraising efforts related to a Tim Jones fundraiser. A waterball tournament was held at the Park Forest training site for all interested teams. Though the turnout was light, the fire department provided a fire engine, hose and personnel to assist in this activity. This tournament was followed up by an all-day entertainment and food event at the American Legion hall on Western Avenue. From the looks of the activities, the event was successful in their efforts to raise funds to support injured police officer Tim Jones.

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