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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Bill Carey
Wanted: Honest Discernment in Our Fire Service Discussions
Thank you Ed.
2014-10-22 14:26:50
Ed Hartin
Wanted: Honest Discernment in Our Fire Service Discussions
Excellent article Bill!
2014-10-14 12:47:14
Ron Ayotte
Complacency and Awareness: History Lessons from the Mog and Rangers
Bill.. I agree with Tony C. The situations we respond to sometimes reuire that we tune and tweak SOPs and SOGs "on the fly" in order to complete the tasks given. Fire doesn't care what is stated in our SOPs/SOGs.
2014-10-11 22:14:29
Bill Carey
Complacency and Awareness: History Lessons from the Mog and Rangers
Thanks Tony.
2014-10-06 11:06:34
Tony C.
Complacency and Awareness: History Lessons from the Mog and Rangers
A great read, Bill. I see so much of this in the fire service. I forgot to pull up my hood on the last fire and I didn't get burned. I didn't buckle my waist strap on the last fire and I didn't get tangled up. I didn't check my bottle before my last fire…
2014-10-05 15:37:05
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