Archive for April 28th, 2017

Lisle-Woodridge and Darien-Woodridge FPD news (more)

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The Lisle-Woodridge Fire District board of trustees on Tuesday gave final approval for an automatic response agreement with the neighboring Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District. The pact takes effect Monday and will go through a trial period that ends Dec. 31, 2018.

“We believe it’s a positive move for both districts, and we think it’s a positive move for anyone needing services in either district. We will be functioning as one big unit instead of two separate units on the street. We’re still separate organizations, but operationally, we’ll be functioning as a group.”Lisle-Woodridge Fire Chief Keith Krestan said.

Starting Monday, the districts will share equipment and personnel and use seven fire stations. One existing station — Darien-Woodridge Station 88 at the southeast corner of Belmont Road and 59th Street — will be closed.

The intergovernmental agreement is the culmination of discussions that began in January 2016 when the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association completed a consolidation study of the districts. The study was commissioned by the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois.

The study concluded that an operational consolidation of the fire protection districts should occur and that consolidation would benefit both entities.

Tim Capua, president of the union that represents Lisle-Woodridge’s firefighters, said there have been two failed attempts to consolidate the districts since the mid-1990s. Still, firefighters wanted to have the study done.

Despite the findings, officials decided that seeking consolidation at this time would be a daunting task. So they chose to pursue a plan of functional cooperation.

Lisle-Woodridge and Darien-Woodridge also are expected to save money on overtime costs. In May alone, Lisle-Woodridge is projected to see a 40 percent reduction in overtime.

Officials said the arrangement could lead to other cost-saving moves related to joint purchasing, training, IT services and vehicle maintenance.

Lisle-Woodridge and Darien-Woodridge officials will decide by December 2018 whether to continue the arrangement. In the meantime, other departments will be watching to see how it works.

thanks Dan and Ron

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Glencoe Public Safety Department history

This from Larry Shapiro:

While digging through some old images, I came across these three shots spanning thirty years or more of Glencoe engines at fire scenes.

American LaFrance 900 Series engine on scene

Glencoe Engine 87, a 900 Series American LaFrance at a fire scene with Winnetka’s mid-ship American LaFrance aerial. Larry Shapiro photo

Glencoe Fire Department Public Safety Department fire engine at work

Glencoe Engine 30, a Pierce Saber on scene. Larry Shapiro photo

Glencoe Fire Department Engine 30 at a fire scene

Glencoe Engine 30, a Pierce Saber using a deck gun at a fire in 2013. Larry Shapiro photo

Glencoe FD engine 30 E-ONE Typhoon

Glencoe FD Engine 30, an E-ONE Typhoon at a fire scene in 2016. Larry Shapiro photo

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Aurora Fire Department news

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The Aurora Fire Department has launched a new fire cadet program and is recruiting young adults who are interested in pursuing a career with the fire department.

The Aurora Fire Cadet Program is an opportunity that provides paid employment and hands-on experience with the Aurora Fire Department while exploring firefighting and paramedic careers.

Working 20 to 30 hours per week, fire cadets are official Aurora Fire Department employees who assist in the day-to-day operations of the department while attending paramedic school and completing EMT basic training courses, according to a release.

Upon completing a minimum of two years of service in the program – and the successful completion of the paramedic program – cadets will earn preference points that can be applied to their score on the Aurora Fire Department firefighter eligibility list.

Applicants to the program must:

• Be between the ages of 17 and 19, and at least 18 at time of hire

• Have a high school diploma, GED, or be a senior in high school at time of hire

• Have a minimum 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale

• Possess a valid driver’s license with the ability to earn a Class B driver’s license

• Pass a polygraph, psychological exam, background check, and interview

• Be eligible to work in the U.S. at the time of hire

To apply, go to or contact the City of Aurora Human Resources Department at 630-256-3430.

Deadline to apply is May 5.

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Alsip Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

This was Alsip Truck 2004, a 1970 Sutphen tower ladder.  Specs unknown.  Please comment and enjoy.
Mike Summa
Alsip Fire Department history

Alsip Truck 2004, a 1970 Sutphen tower ladder. Mike Summa photo

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