QUINCY — The Quincy Fire Department kicked off its annual “Keep the Wreath Red” program Wednesday at Central Fire Station, 906 Vermont. The program will run from Nov. 23 to midnight Jan. 1, 2023. Each Quincy Fire Department station, along with program sponsors Ameren Illinois and Refreshment Services Pepsi, will have a wreath with red […]
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QUINCY — Chief Bernie Vahlkamp and Deputy Chief Steve Salrin with the Quincy Fire Department couldn’t convince the Quincy City Council not to make three changes to an ordinance to adopt the 2018 series of the International Code Council model code for the city’s building code. Aldermen voted at the end of the meeting to […]
QUINCY — Quincy firefighters responded Monday night to a fire in the second story of a home at 314 N. Eighth. Bernie Vahlkamp, chief of the Quincy Fire Department, said the call came into the Quincy Fire Department at 8 p.m. Firefighters with Engine 2 at Central Fire Station, 906 Vermont, were the first to […]
Quincy Police have arrested a juvenile male in connection with starting the fire at a vacant building Wednesday evening in Quincy’s Calftown neighborhood.
A building at 7th and State where three people died and a man was convicted for setting the fire and murdering them was ablaze again Wednesday evening.
QUINCY — A deceased male found by Quincy firefighters during a fire on Quincy’s north side in the early morning hours of March 29 has been identified as Dustin Willis. Detectives with the Quincy Police Department and investigators with the Quincy Fire Department investigated the cause and origin of the fire at 1021 N. Fourth, […]
QUINCY — Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley said his department is “drowning” and needs to hire 10 more officers during a Monday meeting in City Council chambers as aldermen reviewed the city’s proposed 2022-23 budget. Chief Bernie Vahlkamp said the fire department is proposing a $12.9 million spending plan, a 5.48 percent increase over the […]
QUINCY — Quincy firefighters responded to an apartment fire at 901 N. Ninth that displaced two families from their homes on Friday morning. The Quincy Fire Department was dispatched at 8:55 a.m. to the Frederick Ball apartment complex after it received a report of visible smoke and flames. Two trucks were on the scene. Fire […]
Quincy firefighters found a body during a fire on Quincy’s north side early Tuesday morning.
QUINCY — Fire Station 6 at 24th and Cedar was briefly closed twice in the past 30 days because of a lack of available firefighters. “A guy called in sick in the morning. We had four guys in Chicago training, and we had some guys taking vacation days,” Fire Chief Bernie Vahlkamp said of the […]
Deals get done in many forms and in many places. Lunches … golf … beers … board rooms … back rooms … They don’t get done when little work is done on the front end, and most of the people involved are blindsided. The idea of giving the mayor the sole power to hire the […]
QUINCY – Quincy City Treasurer Linda Moore gave a detailed report to the Quincy City Council Monday night that showed the City is on track to bring in more revenue than expected from the Food and Beverage tax. So far, the one-cent increase has brought in more than $716,000 to city coffers this year. City […]
QUINCY — As the Quincy City Council recognized the new, it also took an opportunity to say thanks to the old. Bernie Vahlkamp, who has been with the Quincy Fire Department since August 1997, was introduced as the next fire chief at Monday night’s City Council meeting. He was one of three finalists to meet […]
QUINCY — Assistant Fire Chief Bernie Vahlkamp has been recommended to city’s next fire chief, according to the agenda for Monday night’s Quincy City Council meeting. Vahlkamp succeeds Joe Henning, who is stepping down on July 15 to take a teaching position at Western Illinois University. Vahlkamp was one of three finalists for the position. […]
Jeff Bergman, right, tries to pry a car door off a vehicle with assistance from members of the Quincy Fire Department during the Citizen’s Fire Academy on Tuesday, June 15.
QUINCY — The members of Quincy Firefighters Pension Fund Board learned at a Monday meeting that the pension fund portfolio had a total value of $44,226,832, a 24.4 percent rate of return for the last 12 months and an 11.3 percent rate of return for the past five years. That’s the good news. But the […]
QUINCY — Joe Henning is retiring as chief of the Quincy Fire Department in mid-July. He has a new job lined up, but he will remain in Quincy close to his family and remain active in our community. He also was recently named as the winner of the Adams County United Way’s Joe Bonansinga Service […]