Dan Shevlin video from a working fire at Polk and Karlov, 1/30/15
Archive for January, 2015
This from Brad Steinweg:
Photos and video from Highland’s house fire @ Wildwood AV & Bluebird LN on Friday (1/30/15). I arrived about 6 minutes in and very little smoke was showing. A couple of minutes later, smoke began pouring out from the eaves and mutual aid was requested from Munster and Griffith.
Martin Nowak found these ambulances for area fire departments:
Model: Type I Superliner 171″ Mod 74″ HR
2015 F550 4WD with Liquid Spring
Type III Ambulance to Country Club Hills Fire Department of Country Club Hills, IL – This Type III Ambulance was delivered to Country Club Hills Fire Department of Country Club Hills, IL. It is a 2015 Chevrolet G4500 Type III Super Warrior.
Excerpts from a Southtown Star article about changes in Chicago Ridge:
For the first time in many years, the Lombard Avenue fire station in Chicago Ridge soon will be staffed with full-time firefighters and also will provide ambulance service, now that the village and fire union have agreed to hire several part-time firefighters.
The agreement means the station, 10658 Lombard Ave., will be staffed at all times by two full-time firefighter/paramedics, starting in about three weeks, along with a yet to be determined number of part-timers, who also must be certified as paramedics. Sheets said response times for calls east of Ridgeland Avenue will be shorter through the new staffing at the Lombard Avenue station, which for years has not been manned.
Fire Chief George Sheets said using part-timers will enable the village to provide better fire and emergency medical services that it otherwise could not afford while also give the fire department more flexibility in handling multiple calls.
Chicago Ridge has 13 full-time firefighter/paramedics with a median salary of $65,000, and using part-timers will be much more cost-effective because of reduced overtime and … not paying health benefits and pensions.
The staffing of the Lombard Avenue station means the fire department will have two stations operating. The other station, 10063 Virginia Ave., opened in 2009.
This from the Fire Service, Inc FaceBook page
Fire Service,Inc. would like to thank the Aurora Fire Department on their order of a 2015 Wheeled Coach Type 1 Ford F450 ambulance! This is the third Wheeled Coach for their fleet, featuring the Cool Bar HVAC system, Whelen LED lights and warning systems, and custom interior cabinetry. Delivery is anticipated mid summer. We appreciate the loyalty of City of Aurora to our products. Thank you!
This from Brad Steinweg:
Photos from Cedar Lake’s box alarm at 144th & Riskin. There were no hydrants anywhere in the area so multiple tankers were called. I was in Beecher and arrived about 30 minutes in.-Brad S.
The police and firefighter unions in Matteson officially have responded to the village administration’s request to negotiate over recently announced plans to lay off half of the police force and a quarter of the firefighter-paramedics by Feb. 20.
The unions’ contracts with the village give them the “ability for critical input,” village administrator Brian Mitchell said last week in citing Matteson’s $8 million budget deficit as the reason for the proposed layoffs. He said the village plans to save $1.5 million by laying off 13 police officers and $1.2 million by laying off eight firefighter-paramedics.
Ray Violetto, the Metropolitan Alliance of Police representative for the Matteson officers, said the union responded to the village Friday, while Scott Gilliam, president of the Associated Firefighters of Matteson, said it responded Monday. Gilliam said the firefighters’ union wants more information about the village’s financial situation in advance of any meeting. Violetto said he wasn’t authorized to elaborate on his union’s strategy but hoped village officials would get back to the unions soon on the next steps.
The village’s Tuesday deadline for the unions to respond followed Monday night’s village board meeting where many in a large crowd questioned the need for the layoffs and urged trustees to find areas of the budget other than public safety to make cuts. The planned layoffs were not on the meeting agenda.
… a major unanswered question is “why are firefighters and police the first to be cut?” No one in the administration has explained what other cutbacks, if any, are planned.
Gilliam and Violetto said the public works department hired Trustee Bridget Dancy’s husband two weeks ago. A call seeking comment from that department was directed back to Mitchell’s office.
Gilliam said he didn’t understand the village’s logic in cutting its first responders because it “goes against common sense.”
“If these layoffs take place, there will be a snowball effect,” said Violetto, who has more than 28 years of law enforcement experience. “You’re going to have slower response times and officer fatigue because they’ll be doing a lot more work than they had in the past.”
Village officials sought voter approval Nov. 4 for home-rule authority, which would give them more taxing powers, such as adopting a local sales tax, to raise revenue. They warned that defeat of home rule would force them to make layoffs, including in public safety, but voters rejected the change by a vote of 3,322 to 3,121.
Matteson’s failed attempts in recent years to save Lincoln Mall, which closed this month, and the steadily declining sales tax revenue from the mall, also contributed to the rising budget shortfall.
This from Erik Hajkowicz:
These are from the Pierce Flickr page. New engines for Orland Park FPD. Station 4 has been running a Pierce quint for several years. It’s interesting they’re are getting an engine again. Hopefully someone has more info on the new assignments.
And from Al:
These look sharp…
Pierce Orland, IL 27726-01
Pierce Orland, IL 27726-02
Batavia Fire Department New DeliveryBy Fire Service, Inc. · Updated on FridayCongratulations and Thank You to the Batavia Fire Department, Batavia, IL on their purchase/delivery of a new 2014 E-One pumper.
My name is Hannes and I’m a firefighter in Austria near Graz.
I visit the fire engine 18 in chicago while I was at training in the Chrysler technologies center.
I forgot to ask the guy [that] showed me your trucks if it is possible to buy two old helmets if you don’t use anymore.