Over the past few months, the Marengo Fire/Rescue District has seen an increase for emergency services We have responded to several fires, motor vehicle accidents, and EMS calls. Chimney fires are one of the most common types of fires we see during the winter months. Homeowners should have their chimneys cleaned and inspected on a yearly basis to ensure creosote build up is removed from the chimney walls. Wood burners and fire places should never be left unattended while in use. Another common cause of fires during the winter months is the use of space heaters. While using space heaters, homeowners should keep them clear of any combustibles including near walls and furniture. One of the common failures with space heaters is the electrical cord. Homeowners should only utilize space heaters for short time use and never leave them unattended. At the last city council meeting, the Marengo Fire/Rescue Districts had the pleasure of awarding three life safety awards to members of the Marengo Police Department. Sgts. Paul Fritz, Adam Boyce, and Ofc. Andy Scheldgren responded to a fire at the corner of Rt. 20 and Locust. When they arrived, they were informed that a male resident was possibly inside the burning structure. The officers forced entry into the residence where they found the victim lying on the floor suffering from smoke inhalation and several burns. The officers removed the victim from the residence where they rendered care until emergency personnel arrived on scene. The actions of these three officers not only saved the life of the victim but are an example of the professionalism and dedication of the Marengo Police Department. We want to congratulate and thank these members for their service to our community. The Marengo Fire/Rescue Districts in February will also be starting are 13th Fire Academy. There are a few openings left in this year’s academy. Anyone interested in attending should apply by filling out an application and returning it to the station at 120 E. Prairie St. by February 10th. Any questions please contact us at 815-568-8912.

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