Woodstock Fire Rescue District news (more)

Excerpts from the WoodstockIndependent.com:

The first of several changes to come for the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District has been announced since the village of Lakewood declined to renew its emergency services contract with the department.

WFRD Chief Ralph Webster said the deputy chief position will be eliminated by April 30 in an effort to save money and ultimately restructure the department. Eliminating the position, currently held by Deputy Chief Terry Menzel, 59, of Woodstock, will save the district about $150,000.

WFRD employees have been aware future potential cuts and decreased work hours are likely since the department lost the Lakewood contract. “We’re facing a significant loss of revenue,” Webster said. “When we took the Lakewood contract, we told the department that there would be changes if we ever lost the contract. It’s not like this was dropped on everyone at the last minute.”

WFRD was contracted to provide fire rescue services to Lakewood for the past five years. During that time, WFRD staffed Lakewood’s only fire station, at 6570 Haligus Road, independent of its staffing at its Woodstock stations. The Lakewood Village Board voted Nov. 24 not to renew a $750,000 annual contract with the WFRD, opting instead to sign a slightly cheaper agreement with the Crystal Lake Fire Department.

Woodstock’s proposal contained set 1.5-percent increases for each of the subsequent four years. The CLFD cost about $744,000 the first year and had subsequent increases built in based on a formula using the village’s property tax base. CLFD will continue working from its own Bard Road station – built years ago when it previously was contracted to provide fire services for Lakewood – but will not use the Haligus Road station.

The two contract proposals were close in cost. That factor, combined with closing a fire station on Haligus Road, left Webster questioning the move.

In restructuring for the future, the WFRD will create two battalion chief positions to serve under the fire chief. Webster has been working with union leaders to address the reduction in staff and work hours. It is possible longtime, part-time employees of the district could lose their jobs.  At the same time, WFRD leaders are trying to restructure the district to align with future needs. WFRD is the result of the 1993 merging of Woodstock Rural Fire Protection District, the Woodstock Rescue Squad and Woodstock City Fire Department.

“We’re trying to push the organizational structure along,” Webster said. “Internally, it makes a lot of sense. We may be reducing some of the part-time positions. We don’t know which ones yet, and there may be a reduction in wages. We’ll be meeting with people in those groups soon. We’re kind of seeing an end of an era.”

Webster said more changes will be announced as decisions are made. The WFRD Board of Trustees next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Station 3, 2900 Raffel Road.

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Stronger penalties for assaulting police, fire, and EMS workers (more)

Excerpts from WGNtv.com:

 It comes with the job, you never know what the next call will bring, Chicago Firefighter Kelly Begley says. She recalls how on one early morning in October 2014 in the 200 block of west Jackson, she and other CFD first responders firefighters and paramedics were helping Brandon Pinder. He was in need of medical care when he turned on them and attacked. He lunged at the lieutenant, fell to the ground and then bit paramedic Begley in the leg. Both had to be hospitalized.

The pain of the tissue and the damage was one thing, the mental anguish of “what if?” was another. Pinder was charged with multiple felonies and on Wednesday in a courtroom filled with any fellow first responders firefighters and paramedics he received his sentence 6 years in the state penitentiary.

This isn’t the first time she’s been assaulted on the job and too often she says she’s not alone. She said it was her third time being assaulted and this past Halloween weekend, five to seven department members were assaulted and incidents like these happened on a regular basis.

CFD union officials in recent days met with State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to impress upon her that when assaults to first responders firefighters and paramedics happen, they don’t want them watered down to misdemeanors to make room on the docket or in prison for more so-called serious crimes.

Begley says her enthusiasm for her job hasn’t waned, she and her colleagues just want to send a clear message that they didn’t sign up to be assaulted, they signed up to help people.

thanks Dan

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Still & Box Alarm in Chicago, 2-4-16

This from Larry Shapiro:

Chicago had a Still & Box Alarm Thursday afternoon (2/4/16) in a vacant 1 1/2-story frame at 6125 S Justine. The fire communicated to exposures on either side of the original fire building, one was vacant and the other was occupied. I arrived as the fire was declared out and  stayed for some of the overhaul. Squad 5A is down and they’re using the spare squad that was striped for the television show.

Chicago FD Engine 101

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Pierce ladder spotted through a tree to reach house

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Chicago FD mobile command board

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Chicago FD Squad 5 captain at fire scene

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firefighters vent peaked roof with axe

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firefighters overhaul after house fire

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firefighters overhaul after house fire

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Chicago FD spare squad

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More photos are at shapirophotography.net

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Crash in Long Grove, 2-3-16

This from Larry Shapiro:

Long Grove firefighters were called to the scene of a near head-on crash Wednesday night at the intersection of Lake-Cook Road and IL Route 53 and Hicks Road. A late model Ford Excursion with six occupants collided with a Toyota sedan with one occupant. Five were transported to area hospitals including the driver of the Toyota to Lutheran General via Long Grove Ambulance 55. Palatine Ambulance 82 and Lake Zurich Ambulance 4 each transported two patients. Here are a few shots from the scene.

crash site in Long Grove IL

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Toyota Corolla after serious crash

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Ford Excursion after serious crash

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Long Grove FPD Squad 55

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Lombard orders new engine and ambulance

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Historic 1967 McCormick Place fire

This from Steve Redick:

January 16, 1967

This was arguably the most famous alarm in recent history. At one point the commissioner asked for any and every available company. Rumor has it some engine companies drafting from the frozen lake were nearly submerged. Many stories abound from this event. There are very few photos of this that are in the public domain.
Steve

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed mcCormick Place in Chicago on January 16, 1967

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed mcCormick Place in Chicago on January 16, 1967

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed mcCormick Place in Chicago on January 16, 1967

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed mcCormick Place in Chicago on January 16, 1967

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed mcCormick Place in Chicago on January 16, 1967

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed mcCormick Place in Chicago on January 16, 1967

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed mcCormick Place in Chicago on January 16, 1967

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed mcCormick Place in Chicago on January 16, 1967

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed mcCormick Place in Chicago on January 16, 1967

Warren Redick collection

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Fox River & Countryside Fire District opposes treatment center

Excerpts from the KaneCountyChronicle.com:

 If a proposed alcohol and drug treatment center is permitted at a former boys’ school, the ambulance calls to a local fire district would increase by 120 to 150 a year, according to recent testimony.

Maxxam Partners LLC is seeking a special-use permit from the Kane County Zoning Board of Appeals to convert the former Glenwood School for Boys, at 41W400 Silver Glen Road, into a 120-bed private pay, luxury treatment center.

At the continued hearing, Robert Handley, board president of the Fox River and Countryside Fire Protection District, said he based his estimate by comparing similar facilities in other areas.

“We are out-of-quarters for at least three hours from the time of dispatch to time of arrival” at the hospital, Handley said. “We can’t just drop them [patients] off and say, ‘Goodbye.’ There is a transfer of patient care.”

In 2015, the fire district had 896 calls for emergency medical service and 489 calls for fire service.

Handley said one ambulance down for three hours would strain the district’s ability to serve other residents and the district would have to rely on other departments, which would charge out-of-district fees. The additional calls also cause added wear and tear on the ambulances.

“And presumably the response time would be increased.” Handley said. “They would have to wait for an ambulance. It has a ripple effect.”

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Midlothian Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

Hello again,
Nowadays, everything on four wheels is Pierce.  When I started collecting pictures, everything was Seagrave.  The following pictures are:
1) a 1947
2) a 1957
3) a 1952
4) a 1973 (rehabbed in the late 1990s)
I’m sorry that I don’t know the specifics concerning these trucks.  I hope you enjoy,
Mike S.
1947 Seagrave fire engine from Midlothian, IL

1947 Seagrave fire engine from Midlothian, IL. Mike Summa photo

1957 Seagrave fire engine from Midlothian, IL

1957 Seagrave fire engine from Midlothian, IL. Mike Summa photo

1957 Seagrave fire engine from Midlothian, IL

1952 Seagrave fire engine from Midlothian, IL. Mike Summa photo

1973 Seagrave/Squrt from Midlothian, IL

1973 Seagrave/Squrt from Midlothian, IL. Mike Summa photo

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New engine for Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD

Here is the drawing of E53 if that’s where it’s assigned. The only difference is the siren will be in the front bumper like our other apparatus not in the grill. It will also have an American flag grill the same as the rest of our apparatus.

Battalion Chief Steve McCaughey, Lincolnshire Riverwoods Fire Protection District

Drawing of a new fire engine for the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD from HME.

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St. Charles purchases new engine

Contract for new fire engine for the St Charles, IL Fire Department Contract for new fire engine for the St Charles, IL Fire Department

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