Archive for November 13th, 2016

North Riverside Fire Department news

Excerpts from the

Brian Basek could never say his three-plus years as fire chief in North Riverside were dull. Promoted shortly after the election of Mayor Hubert Hermanek Jr. in 2013, Basek’s tenure was challenging almost from the start and marked with resentment from firefighters hostile to the village’s attempts to crush their union and privatize the department.

Now, with firefighters and village officials back at the negotiating table and the relationship between firefighters and the village administration slowly repairing itself, Basek is retiring. The 55-year-old Basek, downplayed the role of more than two years of labor strife in his decision to retire now.

After nearly 32 years as a full-time firefighter and three more as a paid-on-call firefighter in the early 1980s, his last day on the job will be Nov. 30. Basek was hired as a paid-on-call firefighter in 1981 and became a full-time firefighter in 1985. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1997 and served in that capacity until he was named chief on May 13, 2013. He succeeded Ken Rouleau, who is also Basek’s brother-in-law.

His father Charles, a longtime machinist for Commonwealth Edison, was a paid-on-call firefighter in the village before the department went full time and stayed on as a paid-on-call firefighter until his death in 2006.

Charles Basek’s commitment to the department served as an example for both of his sons, Brian and David, who is retired from his position as battalion chief for the Tri-State Fire Protection District. 

Hermanek said finding a replacement for Basek will be a bit of a challenge, because he can only ensure the job through April 4, 2017, which is Election Day. Hermanek is running for a second term as mayor. He’s unsure whether he’ll face a challenge; so far, no one has stepped forward.

“It’s going to have to be a six-month solution,” Hermanek said. “I’m keeping all of my options open, but the best solution is probably to get someone from the outside.”

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New apparatus for Wheeling (more)

This from Larry Shapiro:

Wheeling Engine 42 and Truck 24

Wheeling FD Engine 42

Wheeling Engine 42. Larry Shapiro photo

Wheeling FD Truck 24

Wheeling Truck 24. Larry Shapiro photo

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New ambulance for Orland FPD

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations to Orland Fire Protection District in Orland on the delivery of their 2016 Road Rescue Type III Ultra Medic E-450. We thank you for your purchase and look forward to working with you again

Orland FPD ambulance

Fire Service, Inc. photo

Orland FPD ambulance

Fire Service, Inc. photo

Orland FPD ambulance

Fire Service, Inc. photo

Orland FPD ambulance

Fire Service, Inc. photo

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New tower ladder for Schaumburg (more)

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Pierce Schaumburg Fire Dept, IL 29540

Schaumburg FD Truck 53

Schaumburg Truck 53. Pierce composite

thanks AL

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