Ladder and Forcible Entry Drills at the Training Site
Live Fire Training
EDFD Responds to Two Structure Fires within a Week
Late this past summer your East Dubuque Fire Department applied to participate in a Capstone Project sponsored by Northern Illinois University. After a couple of meetings we were notified that our department was selected as one of the projects. The Capstone Group project was to assist us in looking at ways we could improve our training program and make recommendations to do so. The fire department received the final project a couple of weeks ago and we are excited about the information that was provided to us from the group.
What we found out from interviews that were conducted by group was for the most part we are doing things well, but there is always room for improvement. Due to the make up of our department which is not much different than the majority of volunteer departments across the country, we have many newer members and many older members, just not too many in the middle area. What this means is we struggle sometimes ensuring all of our training is meeting each groups needs within the department.
The recommendations made from the group are:
1. Work on a mentoring program
2. Work on a train the trainer type program, where newer members can teach the older ones and vice versa
3. Utilize different media platforms a little better
4. Have a more formalized recognition program in place.
We are going to be forming a committee of all different members within the department to formalize a plan & set benchmarks to make these improvements. We know this will be a slow process, but one well worth our time and effort to make the department better!
East Dubuque Firefighters conducted live fire operations this evening that included the physiological monitoring of the members who participated. This is a huge opportunity for the department as it shows the thermal effects that firefighters face when operating on the fire ground. These monitoring devices measure heart rate, core body temperature, exertion, & distance traveled. The information gathered will be used to help improve firefighter safety. Thank you to Chief Craig Haigh for coming out and helping to facilitate the training & to FireHUD for allowing us to be in their pilot program. East Dubuque citizens can be proud of the fact that we are the first volunteer department in the country to do anything like this & more training will be forth coming in the next couple of weeks.
East Dubuque Fire Department SCBA Upgrade Project Complete
Preparation for the Dedication of the Training Grounds on October 11, 2015
Putting the finishing touches on the training site for next weeks Engine Ops class. Thank you to Captain Nick Williams & Lieutenant Dan Steines for taking the time out of your day to help get it ready!
Multiple mutual aid companies assisted the East Dubuque Fire Department with two structure fires within one week of each other in January.
East Dubuque Fire Department Hosts Basic Engine Ops Class
On December 5, 2020, the East Dubuque Fire Department hosted a Basic Engine Operations class with assistance from the Illinois Fire Service Institute. This class was attended by over 30 personnel from area departments and dealt with the basic operations to be conducted on the fire ground. The participants were divided up into groups and each group had a specific scenario to complete before rotating to the next evolution.
The East Dubuque Fire Department finished the SCBA upgrade project. This project consisted of installing an upgrade kit, purchasing new cylinders and face pieces. This project extended the life of our SCBA for another 15 years and also included a 10 year warranty. Total cost of the upgrade project was $98,600.
East Dubuque Fire Department becomes a learning partner with Columbia Southern University
As a learning partner our members and their immediate family are eligible for discounted learning towards earning a college degree!
EDFD Participates in Northern Illinois Capstone Project to Improve Training Program
The East Dubuque Fire Department hosted the 2nd Annual Light & Fight Tower Burn with instructors from the Illinois Fire Service Institute. We had a total of 35 Firefighters in attendance from Illinois, Iowa, & Wisconsin.
EDFD Hosts 2nd Annual Light & Fight Tower Burn with IFSI
The East Dubuque Fire Department is looking for men and women interested in joining our team of professionals. We are looking for individuals interested in helping out their community as a Firefighter, EMT, Paramedic, or part of our Fire Corp Program. For more information contact us at 815-747-6619 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
East Dubuque Fire Department Receives $35,000 From East Dubuque Chemical Plant
The fire department received the donation to purchase a power cot lift for our ambulance, a thermal imaging camera, two shipping containers for our training site, along with the ability to upgrade props at the training facility. Thank you for supporting the community!!!