Archive for September 23rd, 2011

Mt Prospect Fire Department Open House

The Mount Prospect Fire Department will host their eighteenth Open House on Saturday, September 24 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Police and Fire Headquarters building located at 112 East Northwest Highway.

A hot dog lunch will be provided by the Mount Prospect Kiwanis. Fire prevention activities, demonstrations and information for all age groups will be available.

Open Houses provide an opportunity for the community to see “up-close” the fire department activities, apparatus, and operations, as well as offering an opportunity to ask questions and talk with the Mount Prospect Fire Department personnel. Also visit for more information.

Mount Prospect Fire Department Open House

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Chicago mayor looks at police and fire cuts

An article in yeserday’s Chicago Tribune mentions that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is beginning to look at cuts to both the police and fire departments to help bridge a budget shrtfall.

… And the once sacrosanct Fire Department also is being scoured for ways to cut costs, according to several City Hall sources.

The Emanuel administration isn’t saying which police stations might be in its sights. And it is unclear how far along officials are in exploring ideas, though a high-ranking administration source confirms “everything is on the table” when it comes to bridging an overall $636 million budget gap next year.

“The police and fire are the biggest part of our budget. If we don’t look at them, we will never get to the kind of savings we need to,” O’Connor said. “To the extent that public safety isn’t compromised, we can look for ways to save money that we haven’t done in the past.”

… Touching firefighters may be even more difficult.

The firefighters union contract, which expires next June, stipulates the number of personnel assigned to rigs and fire companies that must be maintained. It also spells out shift hours.

Firefighters work 24 hours on and 48 hours off. In the past, there have been conversations about moving to eight-hour shifts. Tom Ryan, president of the Chicago Firefighters Union, said Wednesday that he hasn’t heard such talk during Emanuel’s budget process.

“As of my conversation with the International Association of Firefighters last week, there are no paid fire departments in the country, large or small, that run with eight hours,” Ryan said. “It’s not economically efficient” because the city would have to hire more firefighters to cover three shifts.

Ald. George Cardenas, 12th, has suggested that consolidating police and fire stations, libraries and schools could save $50 million a year. “We have to look at the ones that are logistically easy to get (first),” he said.


The entire article is HERE.

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Fire Department Open House

The following fire departments are hosting their annual open house on Saturday, September 24.

  • Buffalo Grove
Join the Buffalo Grove Fire Department for their Annual Open House. The event will be at Station 26, 1051 Highland Grove drive from 10AM – 2PM.
  • junior firefighting challenge
  • fire extinguisher demonstration
  • house of hazards
  • puppet shows
  • vehicle demonstration demonstration
  • fire equipment and vehicle displays
  • junior fire pole
  • hot dogs and chili
For more information call 847-520-1522.
  • North Maine FPD

The event is at the fire station, 9301 Potter Road, in unincorporated Maine Township, and will run from 11AM-3PM.  Various municipal agencies will host displays and the MESS Canteen will serve hot dogs, chips and refreshments.

Highlights include:

  • a presentation by the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Canine Unit
  • a side-by-side burn unit demonstration which shows how residential fire sprinklers save lives
  • an auto extrication
  • a Kids Corner sponsored by Home Depot.

The open house commemorates 42 years of service to the area. For information, call 847-297-5020.

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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation – Bells Across America


National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Bells Across America

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