West City House Fire
Kat

Enfield, IL

#1 Nov 1, 2013
The news says that the tone didnt go out because the dispatcher didnt dispatch the fire fighters properly. Probably Amos Abbott!
curious

Bourbonnais, IL

#2 Nov 1, 2013
is Richard Dale still over this dept? He's a frickin joke!
Dennis

Bourbonnais, IL

#3 Nov 1, 2013
is Richard Dale still over this dept? He's a frickin joke! He only knows how to stab people in the back, and talk about them, that's about it.

“Common sense isn't common”

Since: Dec 12

Sesser IL

#4 Nov 2, 2013
I'm an early riser and have a scanner, so I heard the whole thing. It was funny, but NOT funny, that when the FCSO dispatcher toned Benton FD out, they acknowledged the tone out and responded in a matter of seconds, as did Coello's FD. The truly sad part of the whole thing is that the house that burned is DIRECTLY across the street from the WC village hall.
Kat

Enfield, IL

#5 Nov 2, 2013
You heard it on your scanner? This makes me wonder if it really was toned on the wrong requency.

Since: Aug 10

Du Quoin, IL

#6 Nov 2, 2013
the fire department didnt show up because of laziness ,, and then someone called coello because west city has a beef with buckner !! now how does that look for our illustrious fire dept now along with the our village government ?? pretty crappy i think
LOL

Herrin, IL

#7 Nov 2, 2013
There was a house fire several years ago. The house was across the street from the fire dept in West City and it burned down. A family lost everything, I think it was right around Christmas.
Dennis

Bourbonnais, IL

#8 Nov 2, 2013
That's funny that they're having beef with Buckner. Years back Richard Dale requested they changed the recruitment boundaries, so he could have all his Buckner buddies join WCFD.
wildchildfan

Enfield, IL

#9 Nov 3, 2013
wild child 71 wrote:
the fire department didnt show up because of laziness ,, and then someone called coello because west city has a beef with buckner !! now how does that look for our illustrious fire dept now along with the our village government ?? pretty crappy i think
West City does not have a "beef" with Buckner. Richard Dale and his crippled boy-toy minion Troy Surf, have a beef with Buckner. And they do everything that they can to brain wash as many people as they can, to feel the same way. I'm sure you've all heard the phrase of dont drink the "corporate Kool-Aid." Well as far as WCFD goes, dont " lick the corporate ice-cream cone." Illinois now recognizes civil unions, people. How many guys do you think, go to Mc'Donalds to have ice cream together? Yup, thats right, all the gay ones, on date night.

Since: Aug 10

Du Quoin, IL

#10 Nov 3, 2013
wildchildfan wrote:
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West City does not have a "beef" with Buckner. Richard Dale and his crippled boy-toy minion Troy Surf, have a beef with Buckner. And they do everything that they can to brain wash as many people as they can, to feel the same way. I'm sure you've all heard the phrase of dont drink the "corporate Kool-Aid." Well as far as WCFD goes, dont " lick the corporate ice-cream cone." Illinois now recognizes civil unions, people. How many guys do you think, go to Mc'Donalds to have ice cream together? Yup, thats right, all the gay ones, on date night.


i have got to say .. ur great !! lol u made me laugh ! the wcfd has screwed the pooch on 7 fires in the last few years . and as far as i can see they will never get any better .
wildchildfan

Enfield, IL

#11 Nov 3, 2013
wild child 71 wrote:
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i have got to say .. ur great !! lol u made me laugh ! the wcfd has screwed the pooch on 7 fires in the last few years . and as far as i can see they will never get any better .
Oh they can get better.. ship AD1 out the door to his geriatric home in Florida. I heard through a very reliable source, that his partner in gay crime,(or was it gay partner in crime? I get it mixed up, either way same thing) AD1.5,(Troy "Have you seen my Oxycodone pills" Surf), is going to pay rent to Richard Dale, and live in RD's garage in the retirement village in Florida. Where they will live out the rest of their days, performing puppet shows for blind catholic priests.
JesusIsLord

Enfield, IL

#12 Nov 3, 2013
Please pray for this family. And the firefighters. They have to be feeling the lowest of lows right now.
well

Marion, IL

#13 Nov 4, 2013
IF it was toned out incorrectly, then it was a dispatch problem. Not a FD problem. Also, they are VOLUNTEERS. They do not get paid for it so if they don't show up, you call someone else. They were at home or working I'm sure & if they were at home & it wasn't toned properly then like I said it was a dispatch problem. It doesn't matter if the FD is right across the street..if they're not there, then the building isn't gonna help you. ;) Maybe the family should have a fire extinguisher. Just sayin!

What is the beef with Buckner by the way?
Lifelong WC Resident

Semora, NC

#14 Nov 5, 2013
Having the village attorney, Mr. Giacone, answer the media's questions and oversee the investigation was a smart move. Now, firing the idiot dispatcher who toned out the fire on Coal Belt's frequency would ALSO be a good move, Mr. Cockrum.

You can either get a handle on this thing or get run over by it. As a taxpayer and resident, I'd prefer you do the former.
Disappointed

Murphysboro, IL

#15 Nov 12, 2013
Tj gray lives right across the street and his house caught fire and thank god jamie got chase out because it took an hour for them to show up and it's a rocks throw away . They lost everything . Thank god they are ok
Curious

Enfield, IL

#16 Nov 14, 2013
Who was the dispatcher?
friend

Pinckneyville, IL

#17 Nov 19, 2013
Where was Mr Cockrum himself? he is a fireman and says he does so much for the town. well that shows how much he really does doesn't it, "friends" Our town has not had a fd in a long time face it! you better have good insurance, because it will all be a loss, sad to say, but true. We need a complete change in this town, half the pd gone, all the fd changed, the gossip queen at the water dept gone, mayor OUT!!!, board members and the st workers oh and has the one ever past his test the street supervisor just checking for the residents fyi bit they all need out!

“Common sense isn't common”

Since: Dec 12

Sesser IL

#18 Nov 20, 2013
Kat wrote:
You heard it on your scanner? This makes me wonder if it really was toned on the wrong requency.
Yes, I have a nice little Uniden 10-bank, 500-channel scanner, programmed to receive all EMS channels in Franklin County, including pager frequencies for the various fire departments.

A few things struck me as being very odd that morning: 1.) the WC dispatcher repeatedly toned out he volunteers, but sounded very UN-concerned when no one responded; in my decades of listening to the scanner, it's VERY unusual for not even ONE WCFD firefighter to respond by or after the second tone. 2.) the homeowners called REPEATEDLY, according to the dispatcher herself, but she apparently didn't bother phoning anyone at WECFD, not even the chief. 3.) after several attempts to tone out WCFD, a Benton FD firefighter, maybe even the chief, asked the WC dispatcher if she had had ANYONE respond, and upon being told 'no', HE asked HER to tone out Benton and Coello FD's, and told her that he would be responding immediately to the residence with an engine.

If a fireman from another department ( Benton ) is concerned enough to contact the WC dispatcher because of a lack of response to repeated tone outs, why wasn't the dispatcher herself at least that concerned? Given the very early hour, I can understand that the WC volunteers may well have all been asleep and, since their pagers never went off, they likely remained so. There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind where the fault lies here: it rests 100% with the dispatcher, and not with ANYONE from either WCFD of Buckner FD.
SNES

Du Quoin, IL

#19 Nov 22, 2013
Who was the dispatcher?

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