Why We Search: Oak Park, IL

After the previous owner left, six months ago, the home was “vacant.”


Sunday, in Oak Park Illinois, a 17-year old boy was rescued from a house fire. First arriving companies found “heavy smoke” pushing from the front of the two-story single-family dwelling. Firefighters located and removed the unconscious teen. Earlier neighbors had been in the rear, trying to get to the young man, where he was heard hollering “help me, help me!”

“Davis said the Whites had moved out “a while back.” Another neighbor, who did not know the family, said the house has been vacant for the past six months.”
“Teen injured in Oak Park house fire”, OakPark-Leaves.com

The Oak Park fire should remind all of us that “vacant” may not necessarily mean dilapidated and run down. Given the current economy and housing market, we should expect to find many good-looking vacant homes.





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Dave LeBlanc
Who Looks After The Victims?
Dave - I think the reason there is a debate is because the message is so contorted. From those that have chosen to manipulate the information to suit their position, the the ISFSI own website saying different things about what the tactics truly are. I agree 100% with giving everyone the information and letting them…
2014-11-20 22:06:56
Dave Skidmore
Who Looks After The Victims?
I'm glad you identified the "one issue no one is discussing, the lack of manpower on scene". My department runs a single apparatus, staffed with a minimum of 4 guys sometimes 5, with our second due being either our paid call or mutual aid - either option realistically being 10 plus minutes behind the first…
2014-11-19 22:01:40
Heath Smith
Who Looks After The Victims?
Great article Dave. I agree with your comment that "they became traditions because they work." And yes if you change the focus from life safety to your own safety how about holding a town meeting and letting those you swore to protect know whats going on, I am sure they will see your point!
2014-11-19 19:28:21
Ron Ayotte
Who Looks After The Victims?
Excellence as usual, Dave.
2014-11-19 03:39:35
Ron Ayotte
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David... excellent series.
2014-11-15 02:37:13
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