Flossmoor Fire Department

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.

Ambulance hydraulic lifts reduce first responders’ back problems

Emergency response can be backbreaking work.

Until recently, there was only one way to move a patient, on a cot, into an ambulance — the two-man lift. Since switching to a hydraulic system Flossmoor has seen a dramatic reduction in back injuries, Damm said.

Flossmoor pays tribute to John Ratko’s 40 years of fire service

During his 40 years as a volunteer firefighter and paramedic in Flossmoor, Ratko repeatedly found himself in situations where he literally saved someone’s life. And he kept tabs on people who’d been on the receiving end of his lifesaving efforts. Flossmoor Village Board members paid tribute to Ratko at their Nov. 7 meeting for his four decades of service to the village.

Flossmoor initiates program to save time during emergency calls

Saving your own life has never been easier. Flossmoor firefighters say their free File of Life program can save valuable minutes by providing first responders – usually paramedics or police – with a mini-medical history when they make emergency calls to homes in the village.

Agreement will allow Flossmoor to reduce number of fire trucks

Flossmoor has agreed to a partnership with a neighboring community that assures proper fire department staffing while reducing vehicle costs in the years to come.

Flossmoor village board members agreed this month to a partnership with Park Forest that allows the fire departments in both communities to share an older pumper truck that has been moved to reserve status.

Flossmoor fire truck renovation takes center stage on TV this week

  Flossmoor's antique Engine No. 4 makes its first public
  appearance at the 2016 Fourth of July parade in
  Flossmoor soon after returning from restoration work.

Venerable Flossmoor fire truck returns home for Fourth of July parade

Engine No. 4 returned to Flossmoor Friday after months of restoration on the East Coast. A semi  tractor-trailer carrying the historic fire truck pulled alongside the Flossmoor station shortly after 9 a.m.


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