Archive for January 30th, 2017

Cherry Valley Fire Protection District news

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Cherry Valley officially has a new fire chief. After a 28 year career with the Rockford Fire Department, Division Chief Joe Corl is leaving one role to accept another as the fire chief of the Cherry Valley Fire Protection District.

Chief Coral says the first things on the docket will be replacing some equipment, a maintenance program, and working hard on recruiting part time firefighters.

District Chief Michele Pankow a 24-year veteran of the Rockford Fire Department has been named the new division chief of operations for the Rockford Fire Department.

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House fire in Barrington, 1-29-17 (more)

Video from Larry Shapiro of the House fire in Barrington, 1-29-17

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Chicago Still & Box Alarm fire, 1-28-17 (part 2)

More photos from Tim Olk of the Still & Box Alarm fire at 4500 S. Ellis in Chicago 1/28/17.

heavy smoke from roof to townhouse on fire

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heavy smoke from roof to townhouse on fire

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heavy smoke from roof to townhouse on fire

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 37 at work

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firefighter after battling a fire

Tim Olk photo

firefighters after battling a fire

Tim Olk photo

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Niles Fire Department news

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Teamsters Local 700 members of the Niles Fire Department voted unanimously to ratify their contract on Wednesday, Jan. 11 with a 35-0 margin. The current contract between the Village of Niles and Teamsters Local 700 will expire on April 30, 2017, and the new contract will be effective on May 1, 2017.

The new four-year agreement includes a nine-and-a-half percent raise for all members across the life of the contract, with a two percent increase in the first year and a two-and-a-half percent increase the next three years. Members will also receive the same health care and sick time/duty injury benefits that were in the previous contract at no extra cost to them.

Negotiations between the village and Local 700 were held on Jan. 5 and a new contract draft was agreed upon a few days later. Niles Fire Department Steward Rich Scipione said everyone was pleased with how quickly the negotiating process took place.

“We have never signed a contract so quick,” said Scipione. “Last time, we had to go three years without a contract. This time, we were focused on maintaining our benefits and we continue to be a top paid fire department.”

An additional benefit that continues in the new contract is tuition reimbursement up to $3,050 per calendar year for full-time employees who are continuing their education.

Teamsters Local 700 represents more than 10,000 public employees across Illinois including firefighters at the Niles Fire Department, Roberts Park Fire Department, Summit Fire Department, and Prospect Heights Fire Department.

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