New Ambulances for Chicago

Fire Service, Inc. posted these images of two new CFD ambulances for O’Hare

Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance for Chicago

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Wheeled Coach Type III ambulances for Chicago

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Wheeled Coach Type III ambulances for Chicago

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Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance for Chicago

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New contract for Buffalo Grove firefighters

The Daily Herald has an article about a new contract for firefighters in Buffalo Grove.

After more than a year of working under an expired contract, Buffalo Grove firefighters have reached agreement with the village on a new four-year labor deal.

The village board Monday ratified the agreement with the Buffalo Grove Professional Firefighter/Paramedic Association Local 3177, for the period beginning May 1, 2013 and ending April 30, 2017.

The contract gives fire department employees represented by the union a 2 percent pay hike retroactive to May 2013 and another 2 percent raise retroactive to May 2014. The deal also allows either side to reopen the contract in March 2016 to renegotiate future salaries.

Fire Chief Terry Vavra said most of the changes in the new contract simply provide clarification of language in the old one. For example, the drug and alcohol policy was tightened to bring it more into line with the provisions for other village employees. The old policy had become “very cumbersome and very labor intensive,” he said.

The agreement also clarifies the rules for secondary employment — if, for instance, a firefighter works for another department. “Before they come to work, they have to be off any secondary employment for at least eight hours,” Vavra said.

The raises are consistent with those offered to other village employees, he said.

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CFD Mobile Simulation Lab

Found on the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page are theses images of a CFD Mobile Simulation Lab 1510

Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance for Chicago

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Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance for Chicago

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New area apparatus orders

This from the Fire Service, Inc FaceBook page:

Congratulations and Thank You to Village of Glencoe Public Safety Department in Glencoe, IL for the purchase of a E-ONE Typhoon rescue pumper. Delivery in 300 days.

Congratulations and Thank You to Argonne Laboratory Fire Department in Lemont, IL for the purchase of a E-ONE Typhoon rescue pumper. Delivery in 60 days.

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Tinley Park receives huge bill from previous EMS provider

The Chicago Tribune has an article about a bill from Trace Ambulance to the Village of Tinley Park.

Tinley Park severed its 35-year relationship with a local ambulance provider this summer in a move that officials said will save the town money. But less than two weeks after the contract ended, the village received a final, shocking bill from Trace Ambulance for nearly $500,000.

The money was for fees the company typically waived in the past, Trace President Christopher Vandenberg said. “I think it’s clear as day that we’re owed the money,” he said.

The village has refused to pay, and officials have declined to comment on the dispute, citing the potential for litigation.

“We do not believe that Trace is or ever was entitled to any additional compensation for these claimed amounts,” Tinley Park Treasurer Brad Bettenhausen wrote in a letter to the company obtained by the Tribune through an open records request.

The financial standoff began in July, shortly after Tinley Park dropped its ambulance service provider and gave a contract worth $3.7 million through July 2018 to a competitor. The competitor, Kurtz Ambulance in New Lenox, had a bid 21 percent lower than what Trace had bid, officials said. Trace contends its expired deal with Tinley said the village would pay $200 for each hour the town required more than the number of ambulances stipulated in the contract. After Tinley Park dropped Trace, the company tallied those hours since May 2010 and sent the village a final bill totaling $492,206.

That Aug. 12 invoice hasn’t gone over smoothly with town officials. In a written response to Vandenberg’s invoice, Bettenhausen said the village was surprised by the amount, “as we had not been previously advised such charges existed.” “It would be expected that had such charges arisen, they would have been brought (to) the village’s attention and billed at regular intervals over the course of the contract period, with such billing expected to occur no less than annually,” Bettenhausen said. “No such notice or billing of such charges has occurred” before the bill.

The town denied Trace’s bill and also questioned the accuracy of the charges, saying it could find no record that it had requested the additional service.

On Sept. 5, Vandenberg wrote back to the village reiterating Trace’s demand for payment. Bettenhausen again denied the request, saying Trace has never claimed to have been entitled to any additional compensation for providing backup ambulances. Vandenberg said his company had agreed to “waive” the charge in the past as part of contract negotiations.

The first signs of conflict emerged at a public safety meeting in May, when village officials revealed that the Kurtz bid had come in “significantly” lower than Trace’s.

Vandenberg and Brian Dolan, an executive with Trace’s parent company, attended that meeting and took the uncommon step of warning the village at a public meeting that dropping the company could be risky. Trace served as the village’s ambulance provider since 1979, except for a brief interruption in the 1990s, Vandenberg said at the time.

Vandenberg also said Tinley officials had approached Trace during negotiations for the now-expired deal and asked for cost cuts because of the sluggish economy, which Trace accommodated.

The village’s decision to hire Kurtz, made at a July 1 Village Board meeting, proved controversial. Some residents and Trace employees slammed trustees for dumping a local business that knows the streets.

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MVA with extrication in Morton Grove 10-23-14

Images from Tim Olk of Morton Grove and Niles firefighters working at a wreck this morning (Thursday, 10-23) on Golf Road east of Waukegan Road.

firemen work to free trapped driver from car

Tim Olk photo

firemen work to free trapped driver from car

Tim Olk photo

firemen work to free trapped driver from car

Tim Olk photo

wrecked car after firemen cut out the driver

Tim Olk photo

rotator heavy wrecker at crash site

Tim Olk photo

rotator heavy wrecker at crash site

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Chicago 2-11 Alarm fire 10-22-14

Images from Josh Boyajian from the 2-11 @ 4618 w Huron

chief fire officer directs fire scene

Josh Boyajian photo

black smoke and flames from commercial building fire in Chicago

Josh Boyajian photo

black smoke and flames from commercial building fire in Chicago

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heavy smoke from commercial building fire

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Driver killed in head-on crash in Long Grove 10-22-14

This from Larry Shapiro:

Firefighters were called to the scene of a head-on crash this afternoon on Old McHenry Road north of Cuba Road in Long Grove. First arriving companies reported one car vs a semi  with a fire and the car’s driver trapped. The driver was extricated in short order and transported to Condell Hospital … the fire, reported to have encroached into the passenger compartment was quickly contained.

The semi was parked on the shoulder (northbound on the southbound side of the road) as the driver was delivering building materials up a long driveway with a piggyback truck mounted forklift. He reported seeing smoke as he approached the street having never heard the impact of the crash. He attempted to fight the fire with an extinguisher as did a Lake County Sheriff’s deputy prior to the arrival of the fire department.

Here are some images from the scene.

 

car fire with trapped driver

Firefighters work to extinguish the fire and free the driver. Larry Shapiro photo

car fire with trapped driver

Two Long Grove firefighters work to free the driver from the car as another fights the fire. Larry Shapiro photo

car crashes head-on with semi

The airbag did not deploy during the crash. Larry Shapiro photo

More images are at shapirophotography.net

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New patch for CFD Engine 63 and Truck 16

This from Asher Heimermann:

Chicago FD patch

To view all 42 Chicago Fire Department patches, visit http://www.publicsafetypatches.org/IL/CFD

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Recall directed at IHC 4800 chassis

An article at RavalliRepublic.com outlines a recall regarding fire trucks built on International chassis:

A company that manufactures drivetrains for International fire engines has issued a recall after Montana authorities concluded a faulty drivetrain was responsible for a fatal crash that killed six people outside Helena.

The recall notice says the driveshaft may separate and cause the axle to lock if a double Cardan joint seizes up. The recall by Navistar Inc. is for International 4800 trucks built between June 1999 and May 2002 that are equipped with Fabco TC-200 transfer cases.

A remedy for the problem is still under development, the recall notice said. Dealers will disconnect the joint and owners will be notified when a permanent solution is available.

Three Forks Fire Chief Todd Rummel was driving a 2002 International fire engine from Helena to Three Forks on U.S. Highway 12 on June 19 when the drivetrain, which powers the wheels, failed, Montana Highway Patrol investigators said in August. The failure caused one of the wheels to lock up and the fire engine veered into an oncoming pickup truck carrying a family of five, striking it head-on in a fiery collision. There were no survivors. Killed in the pickup truck were Matthew Boegli, Crystal Ross and their three young children.

The Navistar recall was issued two weeks after the highway patrol released its findings. The company found five other incidents besides the Montana crash since 2008 that prompted them to issue the recall, he said.

Boegli was found to have methamphetamine in his system at the time of the crash, according to toxicology reports. Montana authorities said the drugs did not play a role in the crash, and that Boegli had attempted to swerve from the fire engine’s path.

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