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Come out next Saturday October 12th from 9-12 at Fire Station 1 (city hall) and help us celebrate Fire Prevention Month.
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Today Illinois State Police lost another officer.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and the Illinois State Police.People ask us why we bring so many rigs to calls, and have traffic blocked for long periods of time.  The reason is for the safety of everyone working on the scene from the Fire Department, Police Department, and even the tow truck workers.  We use our rigs to give use a safe working area.  Scott's Law is a real thing.  If you see flashing lights, please pull over.  It will only be for a couple of seconds.
With the potential severity of storms today please be careful and know difference between these.
Don't forget to turn your clocks 1 hour ahead this Sunday for Daylight Savings, and also to change your batteries in your smoke detectors.
It's -23° out at 5:00 am in Crystal Lake and many businesses are closed today, Crystal Lake Firefighter are still responding to any and all emergencies.
Don't forget this helpful hint, especially since we have blowing snow from our storm last night
We would like to say Thank You to our brothers and sisters in blue today. We have a great working relationship with the Crystal Lake Police and also the McHenry County Sheriff's office.
It is very important for the health and wellness of firefighters to be top notch.  Eating healthy and working out are important.  Not only does our turn-out gear weight on average 45 lbs, then add our tools (75lbs), and now some firefighters have to advance hose lines through houses.
This is Brother Darrell out Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army.  Brother Darrell for the past +10 years has donated +40 hours of his personal time each year to raise money for this great cause.  He also organized Firefighter Ring the Bell Day, which is the Saturday before Christmas across the county and some surround counties.  Keep it up Brother!
On behalf of Crystal lake Professional Firefighters Local 3926 we send our condolences to  Algonquin-Lake in the hills Local 3985 brothers and sisters. Please know that we are here to support your organization in any way we can.
Don't forget our clocks move forward tomorrow, March 11 at 2am. Which also means to check your smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors also.The Nation Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states thats "3 out of 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms". Smoke detector alarm failures usually resulted in missing, disconnected, or dead batteries.
Crystal Lake Firefighters were told last week during a volunteers breakfast that during the 2017 Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign our group raised over $14,000.  Since 2006, we have raised over $130,000 for this great cause.The Red Kettle Campaign is a big part in yours and our community.  Monies raised during this campaign help families with hunger, sheltering the homeless, making christmas possible for those families that can not afford it, and etc.THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed.
According to the American Heart Association Strokes account for 1 out of every 20 deaths in the U.S.  Recognizing signs and symptoms can greatly improve survival and recovery. When recognizing these signs and symptoms call 911 IMMEDIATELY.
WEAKNESS: Sudden loss of strength or numbness to on side of your face, arms, or legs.
DIFFICULTY SPEAKING: Sudden difficulty speaking.
DROOPING OF THE MOUTH
SUDDEN VISION TROUBLE
SUDDEN UNEXPLAINED CONFUSION
SUDDEN SEVERE HEADACHES
DIZZINESS or LOSS OF BALANCE: Walking and coordination.
Here are some shoveling safety tips to prevent back injuries.  Keep your back straight, bend at the hips and knees.
It was another busy month for the Crystal Lake Firefighters.  Crews ran just over 530 EMS, and fire calls.
February is heart month. According to the American Red Cross, 22,000 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each year. That is an average of 1 every 40 seconds.  You cannot change your age or your family history but there are some healthy choices you can make. Diet and lifestyle changes can improve heart health.  Being active can have huge benefits on your overall health. Which include:
-Lowering your Blood Pressure
-Boost good cholesterol levels
-Improve blood flow
-Keep weight under controlSome signs and symptoms to watch out for are:
*Chest Pain
*Shortness of breath
*Pain radiating to your arm, neck, & back
*Dizziness
*Weakness without cause
*Sweaty "clammy" feelingIf you experience any of these symptoms, call 911 or seek medical attention.
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The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is a one-of-a-kind addiction treatment facility specializing in PTSD for IAFF members – and IAFF members only – who are struggling with addiction, PTSD other related behavioral health challenges to receive the help they need in taking the first steps toward recovery. It is a safe haven for members to talk with other members who have faced or overcome similar challenges.

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We consist of 59 full-time firefighters. We serve roughly 52,000 citizens within 46 sq. miles and respond to approximately 6,200 calls out of 3 stations.
Proudly serving the citizens of Crystal Lake Illinois and surrounding communities in the Northwest suburbs.