Archive for August 28th, 2016

Chicago Fire Department news

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to sell a prime piece of property near Goose Island to try to spur development in an economically depressed South Side neighborhood by relocating the city’s largest maintenance garage to Englewood.

Under the plan, the Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management’s headquarters would move from an 18-acre site along the North Branch of the Chicago River on Throop Street to a similarly-sized parcel that served as the old Kennedy-King College campus at Marquette Road and South Wentworth Avenue.

The riverside parcel would be sold to a developer, who not only would redevelop the current garage site, but would be required to build the new maintenance headquarters on the South Side, according to the mayor’s office.

The Emanuel administration didn’t offer an estimate of how much the city expects to fetch for the Goose Island site, which is in an area where developers have been anxious to build residential, retail and high-tech space. But the mayor’s office did say the new fleet facility for Englewood would cost between $25 million and $30 million to build.

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State mandated consolidation of 911 dispatch centers

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A plan to transfer Winnetka’s 911 dispatch service to the Village of Glenview, along with those of Kenilworth, Northfield, and Glencoe, has moved forward, now that all four communities have officially directed their staff to begin negotiations with Glenview.

Winnetka Police Chief Patrick Kreis told Winnetka council members who approved negotiations at their Aug. 16 meeting that village residents would see no change to the service they get when calling a 911 dispatcher, nor would they see a change in their non-emergency communications with the department.

In fact, Kreis said, having access to a larger consolidated center with more staff could actually deliver emergency services faster, by allowing one dispatcher to take information while another dispatches officers.

A state law passed in July 2015 directs small communities across Illinois to consolidate 911 dispatch centers in order to help standardize 911 systems. In Cook County, consolidation is mandated for all communities with fewer than 25,000 people, and is supposed to be completed by July 2017.

Shortly after the legislation passed, Winnetka, Glencoe, Kenilworth, and Northfield, each of which has fewer than 25,000 people and all of whose police or public safety departments already operate on the same radio network, hired California-based Matrix Consulting Group to analyze the best way the municipal quartet could consolidate.

Matrix consultants narrowed the options to the communities creating their own so-called public safety answering point center, or PSAP, or contracting for dispatch services with another community.

Kreis said the study showed contracting with Glenview – which already serves several other communities, including Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Lake Bluff from two dispatch centers – would be the most efficient and least costly way to meet state requirements.

According to Matrix’s figures, the overall cost to start an independent four-town dispatch center, including one-time capital costs and hiring of extra personnel, would be about $2.6 million, compared to roughly $2.3 million to contract with Glenview. The operational portion of that would be about $1.5 million if the four communities went it alone, compared to about $1.2 million under a contract with Glenview, Kreis said and Winnetka’s annual cost savings would eventually be about $152,000.

Matrix’s report recommended a cost-sharing formula in which 20 percent of each year’s annual cost would come from a flat fee divided equally among the communities. Forty percent would be based on each community’s population, and a final 40 percent would be based on each community’s call and other service volumes.

The Matrix report states that under that formula, Winnetka would pay 34 percent, or $409,516 of the estimated $1.2 million in operational costs; Glencoe would pay 28 percent, or $346,144; Northfield would pay 25 percent, or $305,650; and Kenilworth would pay 13 percent, or $160,308.

One of the toughest parts of the changeover would be the loss of some highly skilled and respected dispatchers, Kreis said. Although some dispatchers will be retained to handle some administrative duties, he said “there will be job losses.”

Kenilworth Police Chief David Miller said he believes Glenview would need to hire as many as five new dispatchers if it takes on service to the four communities.”Our hope and belief is that Glenview would consider dispatchers from our communities.”.


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Orland FPD aerial for sale

Orland Truck 7 for sale

2004 Pierce Lance 105′ aerial
Seating for 6; 4 SCBA seats
Detroit Series 60 515 HP diesel engine
Allison EVS4000P automatic transmission
Harrison 10KW Generator
4-bottle high pressure cascade system
Engine hours: 7,349
Mileage: 56,561

Pierce ladder truck for sale

Orland FPD Truck 7 for sale. Bridle Mountain photo

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New engine for Cary FPD

This from Michael D. Douglass:

Here are a few pictures of our new Sutphen Engine 242 that’s currently being built.  It should arrive sometime in October.  This engine will replace our 2004 American LaFrance.  Once in service, this will be our 5th Sutphen apparatus (3 engines, 1 tower ladder and 1 squad).

Michael D. Douglass, Lieutenant / Public Education and Information Officer, Cary Fire Protection District

Sutphen fire engine being built

Cary Fire Protection District photo

Sutphen fire engine being built

Cary Fire Protection District photo

Sutphen fire engine being built

New Sutphen Engine 242 that’s currently being built for the Cary Fire Protection District. Cary Fire Protection District photo

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