Archive for April 8th, 2011

New Pierce PUC for Lisle-Woodridge

Martin Nowak spotted a new Pierce Arrow XT PUC engine for Lisle-Woodridge on the Pierce Flickr site HERE.

Reportedly, this new rescue-style engine will replace both a 2000 E-ONE engine and a 1984 E-ONE heavy rescue at Station 1.


Lisle-Woodridge FPD 2011 Pierce Arrow XT PUC

A new Pierce Arrow XT PUC for Lisle-Woodridge Engine 511 at Station 1 with Pierce Job #23953. Pierce photo

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Campton Hills asks residents about starting their own fire dept

An article HERE in the Kane County Chronicle outlines a vote on Tuesday’s ballot asking residents of Campton Hills if they wanted to create their own fire department.

CAMPTON HILLS – Residents do not want village leaders to research the possibility of establishing Campton Hills’ own fire and emergency services department.

According to unofficial results, nearly 55 percent of voters said no to an advisory referendum question asking residents whether the village should investigate the establishment of such a department. About 42 percent said yes.

A total of 1,691 residents responded to the question. Village President Patsy Smith said she would have preferred a larger turnout.

But, she said, “Basically the village board got the information we needed.”

The village is served by five fire districts: Elburn, South Elgin, Pingree Grove, Burlington and Fox River and Countryside.

Smith has said the referendum question was influenced by the Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District’s recent actions to terminate its service contract with St. Charles and establish fire stations of its own.

Under certain circumstances, Campton Hills could revisit the idea of developing its own fire department, Smith said.

“Something would have to happen to trigger the people to request to investigate this issue,” she said.

Shall the Village  of Campton Hills investigate the establishment of its own fire and emergency services department covering the entire village?

Yes – 735
x-No – 956

Source: Kane County Clerk’s Office

Thanks to Dennis McGuire, Jr for finding the article

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Federal grants for local departments

An article from the Associated Press outlines DHS firefighter assistance grants for Evergreen Park and Western Springs.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says two fire departments in the Chicago area will get nearly $180,000 in grants.

The funding comes through a firefighters assistance grant from the Department of Homeland Security and is to be used to strengthen the level of preparedness and ability to respond to fires.

The awardees are the Evergreen Park Fire Department, which will get about $147,000 and Western Springs Department of Fire and EMS, which will get about $32,000.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced the grants Wednesday.

He says firefighters are called upon each day to protect citizens and they need the best tool possible to do their jobs. He says the grants will help reach that goal.

In the 2010 fiscal year, the program awarded nearly $400 million nationwide.


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