As seen around … Chicago

Chicago FD Engine 73 from Dennis McGuire, Jr. 

Chicago FD Engine 73

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Wilmette Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Ben Wozney

Ben Wozney named as chief of the Wilmette Fire Department.

Wilmette officials announced Ben Wozney, a fire department veteran named deputy chief just last year, will take over for retiring Chief Mike McGreal when the latter retires Aug. 2.

Wozney, who joined the department as a firefighter and paramedic in 1995. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2010 and duty chief in 2015 before being named deputy chief in 2016. He has served as director of the MABAS Division III water rescue team, overseeing a team of 86 divers from area fire departments.

As deputy chief, he has been responsible for managing the daily operations of the department’s staff and has worked with McGreal on the department’s strategic plan and employee development.

Wozney is a graduate of New Trier High School, holds a bachelor of arts in psychology, and is also the recipient of the executive scholar award from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School for Nonprofit Management. 

McGreal was hired in 1988 as a firefighter and paramedic and was promoted to lieutenant in 2000, before serving as fire marshal in 2001 then being promoted to deputy chief in 2007. During his tenure, he was a site peer assessor for the Center for Fire Accreditation International, and as an instructor and committee member for the Northern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy.

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New ambulance for Kankakee

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations to Chief Damon Schuldt and the members of the Kankakee Fire Department on the delivery of their new 2017 Wheeled Coach, Type I ambulance. This new unit is built on a Ford F450 4×4 chassis and comes equipped with Liquid Spring suspension system, Whelen LED emergency lighting and our custom “Coolbar” HVAC system. This is KFD’s first Wheeled Coach unit. We appreciate the business, and want to welcome them to the Fire Service family. We will post additional pictures once the unit is lettered and ready for service.

Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance

New ambulance for the Kankakee Fire Department. Fire Service, Inc. photo

Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance

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Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance

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As seen around … Osceola, WI

Part of a former Munster, IN engine was seen Facebook currently residing in Osceola, WI

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Working fire in Chicago, 7-24-17

This from Steve Redick:

9737 Farragut. This is I believe technically Chicago, but Rosemont arrived initially. Seemed to be an auto fire inside a repair business. Chicago units were initially returned but then responded back to the scene.
More photos

Steve

 

firefighters on roof with smoke

Steve Redick photo

Rosemont FD Engine 156

Steve Redick photo

firefighters at commercial building fire

Steve Redick photo

firefighters at commercial building fire

Steve Redick photo

firefighters at commercial building fire

Steve Redick photo

firefighters at commercial building fire

Steve Redick photo

firefighters at commercial building fire

Steve Redick photo

firefighters at commercial building fire

Steve Redick photo

Rosemont FD Engine 156

Steve Redick photo

Des Plaines FD Truck 61

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD Squad 7A

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD Engine 86

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Chicago FD Squad 7

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Chicago FD Truck 9

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Rosemont FD Squad 159

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East Joliet FPD news

This from Scott Matthews:

After 21 years of service, Monday Engine 52 (a 1996 Pierce) was decommissioned after finding out recently her pump gave out. Chief Kelly wanted me to post some final pictures as many current and former members have fond memories of her as Engine 531 & Engine 52.

East Joliet FPD fire engine

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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East Joliet FPD Engine 531

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Mundelein Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Dailyherald.com:

Mundelein Fire Department Deputy Fire Marshal Mark Gaunky, who’s been with the fire department for 28 years, is joining the University of Illinois at Chicago as its assistant director of fire and life safety.

Gaunky joined the department as a paid-on-call firefighter in 1989. He worked for the village’s public works department for a while and became a full-time firefighter in 1994. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2007 and to deputy fire marshal in 2014.

During his tenure, Gaunky twice helped rewrite the village’s fire prevention codes and revamp the curriculum for the state fire marshal’s inspector program, among other accomplishments.

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As seen around … Chicago

Chicago FD Engine 121 from Dennis McGuire, Jr. 

Chicago FD Engine 121

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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Of interest … Gary Fire Department

Excerpts from the nwitimes.com:

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson had a starring role as the CBS television series “Undercover Boss” made its eighth season premiere. The series follows executives as they slip anonymously into the rank and file of their own organization.

She saw her appearance in the show as an opportunity to highlight the city and the opportunity to acknowledge the entire group of employees, especially the ones who appeared on the segment.

Shooting of the episode took place in early August and on the show she is shown working alongside employees at the Gary Sanitary District, the city’s park department, the fire department, and the police department. A well-known and often photographed mayor, Freeman-Wilson was disguised with the help of her staff and a local beautician. It took about an hour each morning for the disguise to be applied.

She said none of the employees recognized her, although she did veto working with one employee who she thought would see through the disguise. Employees were told that she was a contestant on a game show called Tough Jobs. 

Clips show Freeman-Wilson raking sludge at the sanitary district, helping to pick up trash by tossing a large container of trash into a large, 25-year-old beach cleaning vehicle at the city beaches, getting into a firefighter’s gear, and undergoing some police training. The job at the sanitary district was the worst, she said.

Based on what she learned, Freeman-Wilson said it was decided that a payloader would be a better piece of equipment to use for that on the beach. The city is also going to rehab the firehouses, beginning with the one she worked at, and obtain more police vehicles than originally intended.

The mayor said the experience with the employees left her with a real sense of pride and gratitude. The employees she worked with are underpaid and overworked, but were some of the most dedicated people she ever worked with.

 

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Of interest … McHenry County College Fire Science Program

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Firefighter candidates and instructors from McHenry County College were among 50 firefighters from 15 departments who recently participated in more than eight hours of live fire exercises at the Illinois Fire Service Institute in Champaign. Firefighters practiced search and rescue, fire extinguishment, and searching for hidden fires in this structure.

This training, for firefighters from McHenry, Lake, and Kane Counties, was made possible by $5,475 in Perkins grant funding allocated to the MCC Fire Science Program.

The Perkins grant is a federal grant that provides funding for career and occupational training.

“The grant that was awarded to the McHenry County College Fire Science Program not only benefitted firefighters from McHenry County, but also firefighters from surrounding counties,” said Wes Crain, instructor and fire science department chair. “Firefighter candidates had an opportunity to gain live fire training experience that they otherwise would have not been able to attain.

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