Flossmoor Fire Department

Grant provides funds for two more Flossmoor fire captains

The Flossmoor Fire Department has an opportunity to add two new shift captains to its full-time staff thanks in part to a $348,992 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.

Funding is coming from a Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) grant program designed to provide funding to help increase or maintain highly-trained firefighters in the nation’s communities. 
 

District 161 kids get to see a firefighter’s view

What better way to end summer school than with a chance to sit in a fireman’s truck! After six weeks of learning, the Summer Academy for District 161 ended Thursday, July 26, for more than 400 kids pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. 

Flossmoor Fire Department looking for two new full-time captains

As its department faces increased calls and market pressures, the Flossmoor Fire Department is reorganizing its staffing structure. The department is eliminating three shift commander posts, currently held by contracted personnel, and replacing them with two full-time captain positions.
 

Man found dead after Flossmoor fire was dentist’s widower

The person found dead at the scene of a Flossmoor fire has been identified as Krzysztof A. Kasinski, 78. Kasinski was the owner of the home at 2010 Collett Lane that was gutted by fire on Feb. 28.
 
Cook County Medical Examiner spokeswoman Becky Schlikerman confirmed Kasinski’s identity after a long process of trying to locate his next-of-kin. It’s believed he had no next-of-kin in the United States.
 

Crews encountered ‘high heat and a large volume of fire’ at fatal scene

The Flossmoor fire on Feb. 28 in which the homeowner was found dead took almost an hour and multiple crews to extinguish after firefighters found the house fully ablaze.
 
According to Flossmoor Fire Captain Matt Berk, a report of the fire that came in at 12:47 p.m. initially identified Homewood as the location of the house, which actually is in the 2000 block of Collett Lane in Flossmoor. 
 

Body discovered following fire on Flossmoor’s Collett Lane

A body was found Wednesday after fire swept through a home in Flossmoor.

Firefighters discovered the body of a male on the lower level of a home in the 2000 block of Collett Lane, according to a news release issued by Flossmoor Fire Chief Chris Sewell. The man is still not identified, Sewell said.

The fire was reported at approximately, 12:45 p.m. on Feb. 28. Flossmoor police and fire units responded to a report of a residential structure fire.

Fire causes damage to garbage truck in Flossmoor

A garbage truck caught fire this week during a pickup run through Flossmoor.

No injuries were reported during the Jan. 9 fire, which extensively damaged the Homewood Disposal truck, Flossmoor Assistant Fire Chief Keith Damm said.

The fire, in the 1000 block of Evans Road, was reported at 7:34 a.m. Fire crews arrived minutes later and were finished at the scene by 8:14 a.m.

Flossmoor house is ‘total loss’ in New Year’s Day blaze

A Flossmoor house was destroyed on New Year’s Day as firefighters from several communities battled flames and below-zero temperatures.

The house, in the 1800 block of Oak Lane Road, was already in flames when firefighters arrived shortly after 10 a.m. on Jan. 1.

“The building was fully involved prior to our arrival as no one was home,” said Flossmoor Fire Chief Chris Sewell. “So the fire went undiscovered until it was through the roof.”

Firefighters train at two Flossmoor houses prior to demolition

For nearly two years, the two houses near Flossmoor’s southwest corner had been vacant and scheduled for demolition. But before they were torn down, the structures were used to provide valuable training for firefighters from Flossmoor and other area communities.

Early-morning blaze sends Flossmoor family to rooftop

Firefighters Monday rescued a Flossmoor family of four from their roof as their home was engulfed in flames.

The family members – the mother, father and two children – did not appear to be injured. They were taken by ambulance to Advocate South Suburban Hospital for observation, said Matt Berk, a captain in the Flossmoor Fire Department.

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