Thursday, December 6, 2012
Members of the Buffalo Grove Fire Department participated in "Movember" last month. Here's a look at the mustaches they grew.
Buffalo Grove firefighters didn't just grow mustaches last month. Through their participation in the Movember initiative, they also raised nearly $1,200. This was the first year the department participated in Movember, an international effort to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues. The facial hair is intended to serve as a conversation starter about prostate and testicular cancer. Some of the participants shaved their mustaches off as soon as the month ended, while others have kept their new looks, said Fire Chief Terry Vavra. "A couple of the other guys, definitely not me, think they look good," Vavra said. Pictured, from left, are Bill Wagner, Jim Hauber, Clark Pound, Vavra, Frank Doll, Charlie Kolder, Rich Schiradelly and …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Classes teach the basics in CPR and the use of an AED
If you don't know CPR, now is the time to learn. The Buffalo Grove Fire Department is offering a class this week. The class will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, at the fire department, 1051 Highland Grove Drive. You'll learn both adult and child CPR basics in the class. You'll also go over the use of an AED and Choke Saving. The cost of the class is $50 and gives you a 2-year CPR certification. To register, call (847) 537-0995. If you can't make this class, the fire department will have future classes. The department also offers classes offsite, which you can arrange for your group. For information call (847) 537-0995 and ask for the CPR coordinator.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Is your Christmas tree a fire hazard? Are you lighting candles or stringing lights? Read these tips to keep your home safe this season.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The “Keep the Wreath Red” Program is a visual reminder to citizens to take additional safety precautions during the holiday season to make this a safe and happy holiday season. As the holiday season begins, each fire station in Buffalo Grove places in public view a holiday wreath decorated with red bulbs. The wreaths are illuminated constantly. If a fire is directly caused by holiday decorations, one red bulb will be changed to a white bulb. By following these tips you can help “Keep the Wreath Red.” Christmas Trees Consider an artificial tree; they are much safer and cleaner. Select only fresh trees that are deep green in color, have a strong scent of pine and do not lose their needles readily. Do not rely on chemical sprays to make your …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The department collected more than $24,000 this year for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The Buffalo Grove Fire Department was honored this week for being among the top fundraisers in the area for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The department’s annual “Fill the Boot” campaign, which sends firefighters and volunteers into Buffalo Grove roadways to collect donations from motorists and Buffalo Grove Days parade spectators, the department received $24,047.11 this year, said organizer Joe Alexander. Since the department began its efforts 20 years ago, it has collected more $300,000, Alexander said. Buffalo Grove was the first department in Illinois to surpass $300,000, he said. “It’s a wonderful cause and you do a great job,” Village President Jeff Braiman told Alexander Monday night, when the department was recognized by an …
The Buffalo Grove Fire Department is looking for the holders of two unclaimed tickets that were distributed in Halloween treat bags.
When Buffalo Grove firefighters passed out treat bags to children as they trick-or-treated in the village, five of those bags contained a “Golden Ticket” redeemable for a ride to school in a fire truck. As of Monday, three of the tickets had been claimed. The Buffalo Grove Fire Department is asking for the other two recipients to come forward so that the winners’ rides can be arranged. The Golden Ticket holders should call the fire department at (847) 537-0995. One of the winners, A.J. Perez, received his ride last week. View pictures from his experience on Patch. “The kids seem to enjoy it,” Fire Chief Terry Vavra said.
Friday, November 9, 2012
A.J. Perez was among five "Golden Ticket" winners on Halloween.
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, November 9, 2012
A.J Perez, a second-grader at Tripp School, was among five children who won a ride to school on a fire truck. The prizes were distributed in trick-or-treat bags from the Buffalo Grove Fire Department, which passed out 1,000 bags in the community on Halloween. These photos were provided by the Buffalo Grove Fire Department.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Firefighters from Buffalo Grove and Arlington Heights will hit the court to take on the Chicago Wheelchair Bulls Saturday, Nov. 10.
Buffalo Grove and Arlington Heights firefighters will join forces to face the Chicago Wheelchair Bulls in a charity basketball game in Arlington Heights this weekend. Local firefighters tipoff against the Wheelchair Bulls at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Miner Middle School. Doors open at 6 p.m. and there will also be silent auction table, raffle prizes, food and baked goods for sale inside the school. Tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the event, $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and $3 for children. Sponsored by the Commission for Residents with Disabilities, the event will raise money for the Wheelchair Bulls and awareness for the team’s cause. Made up of players from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, the Daily …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Members of the Buffalo Grove Fire Department are participating in "Movember," an initiative that raises awareness and funds for men's health issues.
A number of Buffalo Grove firefighters will soon sport new mustaches as the department participates in Movember, an international effort to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues. This is accomplished by growing mustaches during the month of November. The facial hair serves as a conversation starter, and participating Movember teams take the opportunity to discuss prostate and testicular cancer and raise funds for related initiatives. “It’s causing us to talk about something men generally don’t talk about,” Fire Chief Terry Vavra said. This is the first year that the Buffalo Grove Fire Department is joining the effort, Vavra said. The usually clean-shaven leader is among the Movember participants. “It’s kind of a fun thing for …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Six ways to make the most of Halloween this year. Have fun and be safe while trick-or-treating, enter Patch's costume contest and share your treats with the troops! While you're here, share your Halloween photos with us, too!
Happy Halloween, Buffalo Grove! We want you to share your Halloween pictures and stories with us! Is your house decked out for the holiday? Is your kid wearing a great costume? Upload your photos to this story! Are you taking the kids trick-or-treating? Here’s what you need to know to make the most of Halloween in Buffalo Grove this year.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Firefighters will pass out trick-or-treat bags to 1,000 children on Halloween.
Members of the Buffalo Grove Fire Department will distribute Halloween goodie bags throughout the village's neighborhoods as children trick-or-treat from 2-7 p.m. Oct. 31. The department will pass out 1,000 bags. Five bags will contain a "Golden Ticket" redeemable for a ride to school on a fire truck. Families are invited to stop and talk to the firefighters. They can also bring their cameras to have their pictures taken by a fire truck. "It also is a chance for the firefighters to have fun with the children but more importantly to be an extra set of eyes watching over the children as they go through the neighborhoods," the department said in a press release.