Archive for October 20th, 2014

CFD relocates special-duty units

This from a reader:


       6-1-2 (Hose Wagon) will be relocated from Engine 26 to the quarters of Engine Company 23.  

       6-2-5 (Chemical / Foam Unit) will be relocated from Engine 46 to the quarters of Engine Company 16.

       8-8-3 (Triage Unit) will be relocated  from Engine 47 to the quarters of Engine Company 121.  

       8-8-12 (Ambulance Bus) will be relocated from Engine 60 to the quarters of Engine Company 84.

       5-7-2 (Rehab Unit) will be relocated from Engine 68  to the quarters of Engine Company 76.

       9-2-1 (Smoke Ejector) will be relocated from Engine 107 to the quarters of Engine Company 109. 

       9-2-2 (Smoke Ejector) will be relocated from Engine 123 to the quarters of Engine Company 116.

       6-8-7A (Reserve Dive Unit)  will be relocated to 1201 South Campbell, City Warehouse

Effective October 20, 2014  

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Old CFD ambulance for sale

Kevin Griffin found this link to an X-CFD ambulance for sale



Consolidation of fire districts in DuPage County

The Daily Herald has an article about talk of consolidating fire districts in DuPate County:

DuPage County Board candidate Jeremy Custer says county officials are “moving too fast” to consolidate fire districts and fire departments. But his opponent in the Nov. 4 election — District 4 incumbent Grant Eckhoff — insists he’s already waited five years to see progress made on the fire consolidation issue.

Both candidates have lauded DuPage’s efforts to explore consolidating local units of government as a way to save taxpayers money.

Custer, however, claimed this week that county officials have been putting undue pressure on fire protection districts and fire departments to consider consolidation. Earlier this year, a group of mayors and fire chiefs suggested that firefighting agencies in the county voluntarily work together to save money and improve service.

Custer said that plan by the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference Fire Services Stakeholders group doesn’t need agencies merging to be successful.

Eckhoff insists consolidation is inevitable because every government entity in DuPage is dealing with budget challenges. “The person who says we’re going too fast doesn’t ever want us to do it,” said Eckhoff, who has been publicly pushing for fire consolidation since 2009. In order to keep existing levels of fire protection and emergency medical services, Eckhoff said there wouldn’t be a reduction in the number of firefighters if two departments are merged. Taxpayers would save money because there wouldn’t be a need for separate fire chiefs, finance departments, human resources departments and legal teams. He said administrative positions would be reduced through retirements and attrition.

Still, Eckhoff acknowledges that consolidation ideas have received pushback from some chiefs. “We knew some people didn’t want to do it,” he said. “If people wanted to do it, Illinois wouldn’t have more units of government than any state in the country. But the bottom line is, we should do it.”

Custer said the fire chiefs he’s heard from are concerned with the direction Eckhoff is taking. “They fear that this is going to be a march toward cutting head count and lowering the quality of service that the residents are used to getting,” Custer said.

If elected to the county board, Custer said he would pursue “a more deliberate and more thoughtful process” — not a push to consolidate for the sake of making it happen.

thanks Ron

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