Congratulations to Michael Sunzere on his promotion to Lieutenant at the Crete Fire Department on Monday.
Thanks to a grant application submitted by Crete Fire Captain Jim Boehner, the department was able to secure funding for six Automated External Defibrillator (AED) units.
The base AED model is designed to be user-friendly and provide emergency care for individuals experiencing an irregular heart rhythm, which could result in cardiac arrest. This unit has been installed at Crete Village Hall, and staff have been trained to used it.
“If somebody comes in for Village business and something happens, the staff can start care before we get there, in case we’re out on a call,” Crete Fire Chief Michael Waterman said.
The grant also covers an additional five, more advanced devices:
“For our first line suppression equipment and utility vehicles, and it allows us to actually monitor the cardiac rhythm the patient is in. That will allow our first responders to get an idea what is happening,” said Crete Fire Captain, Jim Boehner.
AED equipment is typically only found in ambulances, which may not always arrive first at the scene. With AEDs available to first responders, precious minutes can be allocated to diagnosing and treating patients, according to Chief Waterman:
“Deploying defibrillation and CPR quickly, increases patient survival rate and that’s what we want to accomplish.”
From the Illinois State Fire Marshal, via Crete Fire Department:
“As the cold winter air has settled in across Illinois it’s important to make sure your furnace exhaust and intake pipes are clear or snow and ice. If there is ice blocking the pipe, this can cause CO to build up in your home. Take a few minutes, bundle up, and head out to inspect your home. A few minutes today could prevent a tragedy from occurring!”
The Crete Santa Sleigh Parade Fundraiser is coming Monday, December 6 and Tuesday, December 7, starting at 5pm each night.
Santa and his helpers will make their way around Crete to collect monetary and non-perishable food donations for the Crete Food Pantry and Angels on Assignment.
To learn more and see the route, visit https://cretecountrychristmas.com/activities-2021#special-events
A new Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, has been installed at the Village front office, according to Crete Fire Department Chief Waterman. The AED is a portable electronic device that diagnoses life-threatening cardiac related conditions and can treat them through defibrillation. Chief Waterman also extended a special thanks to Crete Fire Department Captain Jim Boehner for his work on this project.
Don’t forget: Crete Fire Department Open House is this Friday! Tour the station, check out the trucks, meet the firefighters, see the Superior medivac helicopter at 6PM (weather permitting) and feast on delicious pulled pork dinners. Oct 1st. 4-7:30PM at 524 W Exchange St. in Crete.
Crete Fire Department Open House & pulled pork dinner. Fri 10/1 4-7:30 PM. Tour the station, check out the trucks, meet the firefighters, see the Superior Medivac Helicopter at 6PM (weather permitting). Pulled pork sandwich, potato chips & water between 4-6PM. 524 W Exchange St.
Crete Fire Department has gained three new engineers this past year.
Engineer/Paramedic Bolda and Platt were promoted in April of last year, and Engineer/EMT Joyce received his promotion in late January of 2021.
Engineers are responsible for driving and placement of firefighting apparatus, finding hydrants and ensuring sufficient water supply.
“The engineers are the heart of the operation. It’s the most important job” Crete Fire Chief Michael Waterman said.
Bolda, Platt and Joyce bring the total of Crete FD engineers to seven.
(From left to right: Platt, Joyce, Bolda and Chief Waterman.)
The Village of Crete and Crete Fire Department is asking residents for their assistance in keeping the area around fire hydrants clear of snow. In the event of a fire, quick access to fire hydrants is critical to a favorable outcome. Below are examples of correctly cleared hydrants.
Crete Fire Chief Mike Waterman presented lifesaving awards to Captain Jim Boehner, Lieutenant Scott Kirkpatrick, FF/EMT Kelley Grzych and FF/EMT Matthew Briggs.
The four members of the Crete Fire Department responded to a call in July of this year, saving the life of an individual in anaphylactic shock after having received a bee sting.
Due to COVID-19, the Crete Fire Department was unable to host its annual pancake breakfast and open house events earlier this year, both of which help raise funds for training and equipment.
A substitute ‘Drive-Thru Dinner Fundraiser’ is now planned for Friday, October 30th, 5-8pm, at Crete Fire Station 1, located 524 W. Exchange St, Crete, IL 60417. See flyer below for more information.