2014 IN REVIEW
In 2014, the Jakeland Fire Dept. responded to 26,687 runs. There were 196 working fires. Of the 196 working fires, 54 were structure fires. There were 36 held to an All Hands assignment. There were 10 2nd Alarm jobs. And there were 8 3rd Alarm jobs. There luckily were no major incidents that occurred in Jakeland in 2014 that required more than 3 Alarms.
The busiest Engine in 2014 was Engine 6 with 2,683 runs.
The busiest Ladder in 2014 was Tower Ladder 2 with 1,845 runs.
There were 11 firefighters injured on duty.
Below are some important events that occurred in 2014.
Jakelands Bravest were kept busy "Mischief Night". They answered 37 runs between 8:00 PM 10/30/2014 and 8:00 AM 10/31/2014. Of those runs, 2 were structure fires, 3 were abandoned vehicle fires, 2 motor vehicle crashes with injuries but no pin, 1 pedestrian struck by a vehicle, 5 prank calls reporting fire/smoke in area, 3 smoke conditions in areas from smoke bombs/fireworks, 6 trash can/dumpster/mail box fires and 15 activated fire alarms. The picture to the left is of the Jersey Ave house fire. It was held to a 2nd Alarm assignment. No firefighters were injured while operating at any of the runs.
Firefighters fought a 3 Alarm fire at the Hudson St Laundromat on Hudson St. While Jakelands Bravest were battling the blaze, mutual aid from South Palm, Lego Twp, Buena Vista, North Lereado County, Portage and Riverwoods-Johnstown was needed to man empty firehouses. All occupants of the laundromat were safely evacuated and no firefighters were injured at this blaze.
Engine 7 and Tower Ladder 4 were requested by the Rochelle Heights Volunteer FD to assist them at a structure fire. A garage became heavily involved in fire after a classic car inside the garage burst into flames. Several containers storing flammable liquids exploded causing flames to rip though the roof of the garage and shoot into the air. The fire was finally doused after an hour of attacking the flames using two hoses and a tower ladder. No other structure was damaged.
Jakelands Bravest battled a 2+ Alarm blaze at the Immaculate Conception Church at 149 River Dr on 3/17/2014. The church was a total loss but luckily all occupants of the church were safely evacuated and no one was hurt. The cause of the fire was due to an overloaded electrical extension cord.
This fire on Ulysses Ave raged out of control gutting a house. Firefighters were advised when they arrived that there was a possible victim trapped inside. An aggressive interior attack was made on the fire as a search was made for the victim. While firefighters were inside the home, the fire flashed and caused the stairway inside the home to collapse. Firefighters on the second floor then became trapped and were forced to jump to safety. One firefighter was injured at this fire. The fire was held to 3 Alarms and mutual aid from Portage, South Palm Buena Vista, Leo Twp, St Lego, North Lereado County and Riverwoods-Johnstown was needed to stand by in firehouses across the city. Westbrick and St Lego also sent a cascade and rehab units to the scene. The possible resident that was reportedly trapped inside was luckily not home.
Rescue 1 was requested to assist the Riverwoods International Airport FD at the scene of a plane crash. A plane slid off the runway due to snowy conditions on the ground. Firefighter James Towns is pictured left with a Riverwoods firefighter rescuing a passenger from the plane to the ground via a tower ladder. For more information and pics go to the Riverwoods MOC page.