Archive for August 9th, 2011

Buffalo Grove receives flag flown in Afghanistan

Buffalo Grove Fire Department accepts flag from Afghanistan

Marine Sgt Adam Chapman escorts an American flag that was flown in Afghanistan in honor of the Buffalo Grove Fire Department. Larry Shapiro photo

On Monday evening at a village board meeting, the Buffalo Grove Fire Department received an American flag which had been flown over the Base Defense Operation Center, 3rd Battalion 25th Marines Forward Camp Leatherneck, in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, in honor of the Buffalo Grove Fire Department. The flag was presented to Buffalo Grove Chief Terrence Vavra by Marine, Sgt. William Adam Chapman. Adam is the nephew of Buffalo Grove FF/PM Kevin Hauber and FF/PM James Hauber, both of whom with Adam escorted the flag into the village board meeting where the flag was accepted by Chief Vavra and other members of the Buffalo Grove Fire Department.

Buffalo Grove Fire Department accepts flag from Afghanistan

Surrounding Sgt. Chapman are his uncles FF/PM Kevin Hauber and FF/PM James Hauber both of the Buffalo Grove Fire Department. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department accepts flag from Afghanistan

Buffalo Grove Fire Chief Terry Vavra accepts the flag from Sgt. Chapman. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department accepts flag from Afghanistan

Marine Sgt. Chapman and attendees look on as Chief Vavra shows the flag to the village administrative staff. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department accepts flag from Afghanistan

Buffalo Grove FF/PM Kevin Hauber, Marine Sgt. William Adam Chapman, Buffalo Grove Fire Chief Terry Vavra, and Buffalo Grove FF/PM James Hauber. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department accepts flag from Afghanistan

Members of the Buffalo Grove Fire Department attended the village board meeting to witness the presentation of the flag to the fire department. Larry Shapiro photo

The Daily Herald covered the story and has an article HERE.

After the flag was presented, Buffalo Grove Fire Chief Terry Vavra addressed the village board.

“It may seem like a fairly ordinary occurrence that the Marines would fly an American flag over their base, and that is true,” he said.

“What is striking to me is that this soldier thought about his uncles and the Buffalo Grove Fire Department while on his tour of duty. Sergeant Chapman took time out of his duty to request that the Base Commander and First Sergeant gave their approval for this honor.

“They show their dedication to all of us by thinking of us first.”

Vavra said Chapman’s action has touched “many of us who hold the military in the highest esteem.

“When you look at this flag you cannot help but feel proud of these men and women and the sacrifices they are making for us,” the chief said.

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Local 2 calls out the city inspector general has an editorial HERE entitled Local 2 to I.G. – “Butt Out!” where Firegeezer outlines some history involving CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, INSPECTOR GENERAL Joseph Ferguson and his recent public outcries which go beyond the scope of his office and position. These include offering budget options to the city council which among other things called for a reduction in Chicago Fire Department manning and then recommending specific disciplinary actions for members of the CFD Fire Prevention Bureau apparently caught padding mileage summaries for usage of their own vehicles followed. Then he states that the bureau should be closed and combined with other city inspection services.

Commissioner Hoff advised Fergie that he (Hoff) will be making the decisions on what disciplinary action will be taken and to forget about putting fire inspections in the purview of plumbers and electricians.

The editorial includes a letter to the public which was sent to the media by Tom Ryan, President of the FF union Local 2.

Excerpts include:

Last October, Mr. Ferguson provided an unsolicited Budget Options Report to the City Council in the form of a press release. Included in that report was an “option” for the City to reduce staffing on fire apparatuses from five firefighters to four. His report stated that this option was based on the National Fire Protection Association’s recommendation for “a minimum of only four personnel on each fire apparatus.” What Mr. Ferguson omitted from his report was the very next sentence of the NFPA Journal interview from which the recommendation was cited: “For special service vehicles, the standard states the apparatus must be staffed with the appropriate personnel to accomplish the tasks that the company will be expected to perform in a safe manner.” Additionally, the NFPA makes it clear in the same article that the staffing standard “is currently based on a fire in a typical single-family, two-story, 2000-square-foot house without basement or exposures.” The NFPA also states that in areas with “high target hazards” such as large manufacturing districts, skyscapers, hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and special needs facilities there should be a minimum of five firefighters, and in some cases, even six. This High Target Hazard designation of course applies to virtually every one of Chicago ’s 50 wards.

This week the Inspector General’s Office leaked details of an internal report recommending the dismissal of Fire Prevention Bureau personnel to the media before a disciplinary review could be conducted by the Fire Commissioner. As such, the Inspector General may have again compromised the integrity of his report. Thankfully, Mayor Emanuel has publicly stated his expectation of the Commissioner to deal with these allegations. The Fire Prevention Bureau provides critical reports and hazard warnings for the buildings first responders are often rushing into. Their work is essential to the safety of rank-and-file firefighters specifically and to the public-at-large, and requires expert training in fire science. The IGO’s recommendation to “fold” this Bureau into the Building Department is a flagrant disregard for public safety. Furthermore, by covertly publicizing this report and recommendation, the Inspector General’s Office has effectively poured gasoline onto a fire. Hopefully these new flames will not jeopardize the abilities of the Fire Prevention Bureau in consistently and continuously executing their obligations to the fire safety of our city.

The entire letter can be found HERE.

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