Monday, November 19, 2012
A truck that lost its gas tank at Weber and Normantown resulted in more than 100 gallons of fuel being spilled and an all-day cleanup process, officials said.
A semi-tractor truck that leaked about 100 gallons of diesel fuel onto Weber Road at Normantown forced the closure of two lanes of traffic for more than nine hours Monday, Romeoville Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Mike Flaherty said. The leak was caused by the truck losing one of its fuel tanks while it was in the southbound turn lane waiting to turn east on to Normantown Road, Flaherty said in a news release on the incident. A Romeoville Level 2 Hazmat response team was called to the scene at about 8 a.m. to contain the fuel while a clean-up company removed the substance, he said. The work took all day, finishing after 5 p.m. and causing major traffic congestion in the area, he said. The Romeoville Police and Public Works …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
No injuries reported at home on Newland Avenue
A home in the 700 block of Newland Avenue near the A. Vito Martinez Middle School in Romeoville was damaged by smoke and fire Thursday morning. Romeoville Assistant Fire Chief Mike Flaherty said all members of the family – including their pet Chihuahua, exited the home without injury. The homeowners called 911 at 8:54 a.m. after smelling smoke and seeing flames in the stairwell of the home’s lower level, Flaherty said. Firefighters determined a problem with the electrical system caused electricity to arc, igniting a fire in the finished lower level of the raised-ranch home. Romeoville firefighters extinguished the flames and cleared smoke from the home. ComEd was called in to shut off electrical service and determine what may have caused …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Romeoville adds two new officers to its ranks.
“This is monumental,” said Romeoville Fire Chief Kent Adams of the swearing in of the department’s first two full-time lieutenants, Marty Henry and Scott Padilla, at last week’s meeting of the village board. Henry, 34, has served as a firefighter/paramedic for six years and, according to Adams, is “very involved” in EMS. Adams described Padilla, 31, who has been with the department for 10 years as a firefighter/paramedic, as “very active in technical rescue and training other firefighters.” The chief said both men have earned numerous certifications from the office of the State Fire Marshall and have taken additional classes to prepare them as officers in the department. “Firefighters never stop training,” Adams said. “In fact, we train…
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Village Hall.
A Romeoville car wash could soon get an overhaul. Trustees are slated to vote Wednesday on a proposal for a special use permit that would allow Laserwash, 641 N. Independence Blvd., to add a free vacuuming station, as well as a $3 car wash lane. Under owner Bill Klump’s proposal, modern equipment would be installed in the southern wash lane, allowing the business to offer a $3 wash lane. Klump is also seeking permission to replace the existing pole sign with a monument sign with a multicolored LED message board. According to village documents, Klump believes Laserwash requires a larger sign due to the speed of traffic along Route 53 and the angle at which vehicles pass the car wash. Ambulance purchase on the agenda Local livesavers could …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Sebert Landscaping building, employee's apartment destroyed in Jan. 16 blaze. Though no people were hurt, the fire killed two pets.
A local business owner is vowing to rebuild after a structure fire claimed the Sebert Landscaping location in a Romeoville industrial park. The intense heat and flames consumed the pole building at 667 Parkwood Ave., destroying the business, along with an upstairs apartment. Owner Jeff Sebert said the company, which also has locations in Bartlett, Elk Grove, Naperville and Marengo, will operate out of a satellite location until it can rebuild in Romeoville. “The whole intent here is that we’re going to rebuild one of the first LEED-certified buildings in Romeoville,” Sebert said. “At the end of the day, we would like to take it the next level,” he added, saying the plan is to build a facility similar to Sebert’s corporate office in …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Four firefighters, two battalion chiefs recognized.
The Romeoville Fire Department officially welcomed its newest firefighter during a swearing-in ceremony at the Jan. 4 village board meeting. The event recognized the department’s four newest members, as well as two new full-time battalion chiefs, Fire Chief Kent Adams said. The event was the first for Romeoville since 2008. Four firefighter/paramedics were sworn in, including latest recruit Robert Rymsza Jr., who graduated in 2011 as valedictorian of the Romeoville Fire Academy’s Basic Operations Firefighter program. Also recognized were firefighter/paramedics Andrew Clow, a full-time Romeoville firefighter since 2008; Barbara Dibbern, who was hired as a part-time Romeoville firefighter in 2006 before becoming a full-time staffer in 2009…
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Executive Assistant Diane Michalec has been with the Romeoville Fire Department since 1991.
She may work with a bunch of local heroes, but to them, she’s the real lifesaver. Romeoville Fire Department Executive Assistant Diane Michalec was recently named the Illinois Fire Service Administrative Professionals 2011 Administrative Professional of the Year. The honor came after her coworkers worked together to submit her nomination, which was chosen as the top pick by a panel of Illinois fire chiefs. “It was pretty much a grassroots effort,” Romeoville Fire Chief Kent Adams said, adding numerous fire department employees, including firefighters and EMTs, were part of efforts to secure the award for Michalec, who has worked for the department since 1991. “We all think so highly of her here,” Adams said. “Without her, our organization …
Monday, November 28, 2011
Celebrate safely: The Romeoville Fire Department urges residents to use caution this season to prevent fires related to holiday decorations.
Monday, November 28, 2011
The Romeoville Fire Department will be participating in our annual “Keep The Wreath Red” program. This is an event designed to increase fire safety awareness during the holiday season. A wreath covered in red light bulbs is located at our Fire Stations #1 (18 Montrose Drive) and #3 (698 N. Birch Lane). In the event of a holiday-related fire, firefighters will replace one of the red bulbs to a white one. Our goal is to keep all of the bulbs red on that wreath. This program will run from December to Jan. 1, 2012. Listed below are some fire safety tips: Brandon Street Public Education Officer Romeoville Fire Department
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Changes add two full-time battalion chiefs, create rank for part-time captain and candidates.
In September, village trustees gave the OK to add two full-time battalion chiefs to the Romeoville Fire Department. On Wednesday, the village made the staffing changes official by amending a village ordinance that outlines the department's staffing ranks. “This is a continuation of our reorganization of firefighters,” Chief Kent Adams said Wednesday, adding that under the restructuring, two part-time positions became full time. The changes also add the position of captain to the part-time ranks, along with creating a rank for candidates, or probationary firefighters/EMTs. “It recognizes that [position] more formally,” Adams said. Under the amended ordinance, the following full-time positions are authorized: Part-time positions are as …
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Cedar Court blaze leaves home uninhabitable.
A late-night fire destroyed a townhouse in Romeoville’s Meadowalk subdivision, displacing residents and affecting an attached home, fire officials said. Battalion Chief Robert Michalec said firefighters responded to a call that came in around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday to find the garage and front of the home at 620 Cedar Court engulfed in flames. Several occupants of the townhome were able to escape without injury, Michalec said. A resident of the adjoining unit suffered minor smoke inhalation and was transported to a hospital for observation, he said. The blaze left the townhome uninhabitable. “It will probably have to be rebuilt,” Michalec said, noting that aside from damage to the siding, the attached home remains intact. “This is a good …