Archive for May 2nd, 2015

CFD applicants awaiting lottery for selection

Excerpts from

About 18,000 people who passed a firefighter exam in December are awaiting word on when they might be selected in a lottery as the Chicago Fire Department’s newest recruits.  Some 25,300 people applied to take the exam and were ruled eligible to do so in December at McCormick Place. According to Human Resources, 4,769 never showed up for the test, and 2,583 failed.

According to the city’s Human Resources Department, 17,948 passed the test, the first given by the city since 2006. Yet no one seems certain when the call might come for new recruits or how many might be selected at first.

“At this time the [department] does not know when or how many will first be called,” Mulaney added, although the list of those who passed the test should be the source of new recruits for years to come.

According to the Fire Department, the initial pool of those taking the test found 44 percent were white, with 24 percent Hispanic and 22 percent African-American. The department was hopeful a random draw from that pool would help correct racial imbalance in the rank-and-file.

Santiago testified during last fall’s budget hearings that the department was 65 percent white, 18 percent African-American and 15 percent Hispanic. Just over 300 new recruits were hired last year, but they did not correct the imbalance.

thanks Dan

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Highwood may supplement manning with contract personnel (more)

As a followup to the recent post where we noted that Highwood may supplement manning with contract personnel, a web site apparently created by the Highwood firefighters was brought to our attention with the following information as the first blog post:

On April 5, 2015, the Highwood Fire Department received a letter from the Highwood City Council informing us that they were considering replacing the city’s full-time, union firefighters with contractors. They informed us in both the letter and at a Council Planning Meeting on April 8 that they would decide on the future of the Highwood Fire Department by May 8, 2015.

In order to make sure that there is no confusion in the community as to what’s actually happening. we’ve set up this site to explain to the residents we’ve proudly served for more than 100 years why Highwood needs a full-time, professional fire department dedicated to serving this unique community.

Through a series of posts over the next few weeks, we will detail the unique skills and firefighting experience that we bring as full-time Highwood firefighters.

We look forward to hearing from you.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 847-432-7622, or stop by the firehouse at 428 Green Bay Road, Highwood, IL. We are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and would be happy to answer any questions you have about what will definitely be a life-altering decision for us, as well as the residents of Highwood.

If you support us, we’d appreciate you sharing our facts and our story with other members of the community, as well as your friends on Facebook, Twitter, etc..

We have been proud to serve Highwood, and we look forward to continuing to serve you for years to come.


The men and women of the Highwood Fire Department

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Glenview FD updates

This from Larry Shapiro:

New units recently added to the Glenview Fire Department:

Battalion #6: 2014 Ford Expedition (shop ID 806)

fire department Ford Expedition

Glenview Battalion 6 – 2014 Ford Expedition. Larry Shapiro photo

Ambulance #7: 2015 Freightliner/Horton (shop ID 815)

Freightliner ambulance

Glenview Ambulance 7. 2014 Freightliner M2106/Horton Type I. Larry Shapiro photo

Horton Type I ambulance

Larry Shapiro photo

Horton ambulance specs

Larry Shapiro photo

Dive 8: 1999 Freightliner Dive Vehicle (just painted and striped, bought used from the Point Pleasant FD, Pennsylvania) (shop ID 830)

Freightliner MT-45 fire truck

Glenview FD Dive 8 – 1999 Freightliner MT-45/Union Body (X-Point Pleasant, PA) Larry Shapiro photo

Freightliner MT-45 fire truck

Larry Shapiro photo

fire department dive rescue vehicle

Larry Shapiro photo

Freightliner MT-45 fire truck specs

Larry Shapiro photo

2014 Ford Super Duty pick-up (shop ID 810) – not photographed

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