Archive for August 11th, 2016

Forest Park Fire Department news

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With the swearing in of Phil Chiappetta as deputy chief and Tim Conrad as lieutenant at Monday’s Forest Park Village Council meeting, the village fire department’s leadership team has been restored to full strength.

The appointments of Chiappetta and Conrad conclude a series of moves triggered in June when Fire Chief Steve Glinke announced his retirement and Bob McDermott was promoted from deputy chief to replace him. Although he retired as fire chief, Glinke continues to serve the village as director of public health and safety.

The final move will be hiring a new firefighter, which McDermott said he hopes to do by early September.

Chiappetta and Conrad are longtime members of the fire department with Conrad serving for 25 years and Chiappetta for 15.

Chiappetta started in the fire service as a contract paramedic in Berwyn in 1995. He switched contracts and came to Forest Park in 1997. The first firefighter/paramedic Forest Park hired in 2001, he was promoted to lieutenant in 2010.

Conrad started his fire service career as a paid-on-call firefighter in La Grange in 1990 and joined Forest Park in 1991.

Chiappetta has served the Fire Department in various capacities, including training officer and union president. State Fire Marshal’s Office certificates he holds include fire officer I and II, advanced firefighter III, hazardous materials technician A, and rescue specialist-vertical I, confined space operations.

Conrad’s duties include public education coordinator, fire inspector, CPR instructor and union president. He also earned an associate’s degree from Triton College in River Grove in fire science technology. State Fire Marshal’s Office certificates he holds include fire officer I; advanced firefighter III; hazardous materials technician A; and vehicle and machinery operations.

Chiappetta will be paid $117,379.67 annually and Conrad $97,208.42.

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West Dundee Fire Department & East Dundee and Countryside Fire Protection District news

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West Dundee Fire Chief Randy Freise is preparing to take on the added responsibility of overseeing day-to-day operations, training, personnel and other administrative duties for the East Dundee and Countryside Fire Protection District. The move comes at a convenient time for the East Dundee Fire District, as Chief Steve Schmitendorf plans to retire at the end of the year.

On Monday, the West Dundee village board unanimously approved a final agreement for joint management services, which will go into effect Jan. 1. The East Dundee Fire District board has also approved the concept.

“The main goal is to bring both departments together functioning as one department,” Freise said in a memo. “If successful, this could lay the groundwork for future cooperative efforts.”

Under the new agreement, the two entities will evenly split the cost of the shared chief position, which is set at $151,796.62 for 2017. That cost includes Freise’s $113,000 salary, he said, as well as benefits and other personnel expenses.

According to West Dundee documents, this is expected to result in cost savings of roughly $75,000.

Either department can opt out of the agreement at any time by providing 90 days notice to the other entity.

As a result of having one leader, Freise said, the two fire departments will likely share other resources, including vehicles and apparatus. He also anticipates combined training efforts, more cooperation between staffs, and in turn, better and more efficient responses to emergencies.

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Northbrook Fire Department news

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Kristin Schneider, her husband, and two children visited the Northbrook Fire Department Aug. 6 to thank firefighters who responded to the woman in labor call June 19 at the Northbrook Marathon.

The parents were on their way to Evanston Hospital. The 911 call came at 5:12 p.m. and Abigail arrived shortly after. The baby had the umbilical cord around her neck.

“Paramedics used quick judgment and took decisive actions to correct a nuchal cord complication,” Northbrook Fire Chief Jose Torres said.

Personnel to be recognized include Lt. Joel Eaton, Firefighter/Paramedic Jack Geiger, Craig Skala, and Mark Thompson, Fire Engineer Tom Schaul, and District Chief Daniel Quinn.

“They were able to reassure the patient throughout the delivery process and still had the situational awareness to offer the father an opportunity to cut the umbilical cord,” wrote Eaton in his July 21 award nomination email to Torres.

“A lot of calls that we respond to are the worst moments in a person’s life and so it’s really positive to go on a call that most would describe as the best moment in their life,” Eaton said.

A pink stork decal, a second one for that particular ambulance, was affixed Aug. 6 in honor of the birth.


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New engine for Berwyn

This from Josh Boyajian:

Wednesday I had the opportunity to shoot Berwyn’s new Pierce PUC that just entered into service. It is a short wheelbase, 2016 Pierce Enforcer PUC pumper with a 1,500-GPM pump and a 750-gallon water tank. Lots of thought and effort went into spec’ing this rig, with a lower hose bed and firefighter friendly compartments. Thanks to Lieutenant Tokarczyk and Crew! Enjoy

Berwyn Fire Department Engine 902

2016 Pierce Enforcer PUC pumper 1500/750. Josh Boyajian photo

rear of new fire engine

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Pierce Enforcer PUC

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Pierce law tag

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fire engine specifications

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fire department scramble

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fire engine lettering

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