Archive for August 21st, 2016

Carpentersville Fire Department news

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The Carpentersville Fire Department’s new chief has a list of 10 objectives expected to be completed by mid-October — dubbed the “100 Day Plan” — to improve communication, training, risk management and personnel collaboration, said Chief John-Paul Schilling, who started his new position June 28.

 Since launching the initiative July 13, the fire department has tackled seven goals on the list. Village administrators, fire officials and executive board members from the full-time and part-time firefighters unions were in the midst of developing the plan before Schilling officially started, he said, making it easy for him to contribute ideas and jump headfirst into his leadership role.

The plan largely centers around the creation of committees — such as a safety committee, a training committee and an interdepartmental budget team — that will focus on reviewing past practices, revising guidelines and recommending improvements for specific areas within the fire department. With a large number of firefighters interested in being involved, Schilling said, committees will be re-evaluated annually.

Other objectives include establishing new procedures for recruiting and hiring part-time firefighters, as well as researching the feasibility of a project management software to improve efficiency and transparency — a process that could be implemented villagewide, Schilling said.

Additionally, Schilling has already begun holding regular labor-management meetings, as well as periodic meetings with battalion chiefs and lieutenants. Those sessions, he said, have prompted comments, concerns, suggestions and necessary discussions between staff members at all levels.

“Chief Schilling has done an excellent job reaching out to members and instilling the confidence in them that he will do everything in his power to ensure the most positive outcome,” Rick Nieves, president of the Carpentersville Professional Firefighters Union, IAFF Local 4790, said in a statement.

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Elgin Fire Department news

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Elgin firefighters retired the colors at Station One along Summit Street on Thursday afternoon, marking the retirement of Chief John Fahy.

After being presented the folded flag, Fahy said he was grateful and thanked his family, colleagues and the city for the opportunities that came from being a firefighter.

Fahy worked as a firefighter in Aurora for six months before coming to the Elgin department in February 1987. He was named chief by outgoing former City Manager Sean Stegall and took the post in January 2011.

Prior to that, Fahy led the fire union for six years. He also served on the Kane County Board from 2006 to 2010 as a Republican representing District 21, which covers West Dundee, where he and his family live.

Fahy noted that during his tenure, the department upgraded technology; doubled available paramedic service to the community; started a community outreach program with each station adopting a social service agency to support; upgraded its fleet with the purchase of several ambulances, ladder trucks and fire engines; remodeled stations; and began an Explorer program for youths.

Fahy retires from a job that paid him about $168,000 a year, and he now heads to Elgin Community College to become senior director of academic programming and public safety at the new ECC Center for Emergency Services in Burlington, a post that pays $85,000 annually.

Assistant Chief Dave Schmidt will be acting chief through early October, during what’s left of Fahy’s vacation time with the city. After that, Kozal will name Fahy’s replacement.

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Lombard Fire Department news

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Village of Lombard names Richard A. Sander as next Fire Chief

Sander_Rick145_thumb.jpgThe Village of Lombard has named current Naperville Deputy Fire Chief Richard A. Sander as its next fire chief beginning on October 3, 2016.

Sander has served the City of Naperville since 1998 as a firefighter paramedic, lieutenant, captain, and acting battalion chief, before being promoted to deputy fire chief in 2011. Sander’s career began as a firefighter and paramedic in 1979 with the City of Harvey, IL. Since then he has also worked for the City of Aurora and the Village of Oak Brook.

Village President Keith Giagnorio said the village staff was impressed by Sander’s qualifications and more than 33 years of experience in the fire service. Sander is scheduled to be sworn in at a regularly scheduled Village Board meeting on September 15, 2016.

While serving the City of Naperville, Sander oversaw 10 fire stations and served as the incident commander at major emergency incidents. Sander offers extensive knowledge of fire science as well experience serving as the President of the Sugar Grove Fire Protection District’s Board of Fire Commissioners and the Post Committee Chairman for Naperville’s Explorer Post Fire Cadet Program.

Sander received his EMT Paramedic Certification in 1983 and achieved his Bachelor of Fire Science from Southern Illinois University in 1993. He is a Certified Illinois State Fire Marshal Officer II and a Certified Illinois Office State Fire Marshal Fire Apparatus Engineer.

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Historic fire Hubbard Street fire with multiple LODD, 1-28-61 (more)

This from Steve Redick:

While looking through my dad’s scrapbook stuff I found this issue of Fire Engineering magazine with an excellent write up on the tragic Hubbard St fire. This incident has been well discussed over the years but I know this will be new to many of you.  This is a great example of what a good fire magazine article should be.



Vintage article from Fire Engineering Magazine on the Hubbard Street fire in Chicago

Vintage article from Fire Engineering Magazine on the Hubbard Street fire in Chicago

Vintage article from Fire Engineering Magazine on the Hubbard Street fire in Chicago

Vintage article from Fire Engineering Magazine on the Hubbard Street fire in Chicago


Vintage article from Fire Engineering Magazine on the Hubbard Street fire in Chicago

Click on any of the pages for a larger file.

More on this fire can be found HERE, HERE, and HERE.

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