Archive for October 29th, 2013

New engine for Palos Heights FPD

From Karl Klotz:

Engine Co. 6423
2013 E-ONE Traditional Typhoon
1,000-gallon tank
Assigned to station 1
 The following changes have been made:
  • Engine Co. 6403 (American LaFrance) is now frontline at station 2
  • Engine Co. 6413 (1996 Pierce) now in reserve status
  • Former-Engine Co. 6423 (1992 Pierce) is gone
Palos Heights Fire Protection District

New Palos Heights FPD Engine 6423. 2013 E-ONE Typhoon 1500/1000 Tradition series. Karl Klotz photo

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Mount Prospect FD budget/apparatus concerns

The Daily Herald has an article about the Mount Prospect Fire Department:

The Mount Prospect Fire Department is taking extraordinary measures to keep its response times low since budget cuts have eliminated six full-time firefighter jobs since 2010, Chief John Malcolm says, but both he and the village board are concerned about the department going forward. Most alarming, trustees indicated, is the department’s policy of running the tower ladder on every call so as not to have to go back to the station to get it.

In 2010, as a result of the 10 percent villagewide reductions, the fire department saw its number of full-time sworn firefighters decrease from 72 to 66.

Malcolm said he first tried to adjust by relying more on a “jump” company. “We had three people, a lieutenant and two firefighters, who would jump on the engine or the tower ladder, depending on the nature of the call,” Malcolm said. “So we were basically staffing two vehicles with three people.”

One of the consequences, in terms of response time, was seen in July 2011, when the fire department faced a fire at a three-story, 39-unit apartment building that had been hit by lightning. The fire grew to the point where flames were going through the roof. Meanwhile, the tower ladder was sitting at the station unstaffed.

“So I had no ladder truck at three o’clock in the morning,” he said, adding that he could get no mutual aid at the time either. “So the crew had to leave there, drive all the way back to the station, jump off that rig, jump onto the tower ladder and respond,” he said.

Eventually, Malcolm said, he decided they would just run Tower 13 on all calls — [which] tripled its responses since the department retired the engine, responding to 1,894 calls in 2012. Malcolm said the department received 5,777 calls in 2012.

Trustees at Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting expressed particular concern about the needs of the fire department … about the wear and tear on the tower unit … the risk that the tower truck may be needed when it is on an ambulance call … about the mutual aid numbers.

  • In 2011, Mount Prospect received mutual aid on 314 calls and gave mutual aid on 142 calls.
  • In 2012, it was 300 to 235.
  • So far in 2013 the numbers are 185 calls given, 218 received and in 2014, it is projected Mount Prospect will receive 338 mutual aid calls, as opposed to giving 150 calls.

Thanks Ron & Chris

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