Archive for June 12th, 2017

Schaumburg Fire Department news

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Six fire-alarm monitoring companies have sued the village of Schaumburg over a recent law directing all of the approximately 1,200 businesses in town to the governmental agency Northwest Central Dispatch and its own private contractor for their alarm monitoring.

The plaintiffs argue that the law approved last August creates a government-backed monopoly for one business, as well as raising the costs for all its customers.

Schaumburg Fire Chief David Schumann said recent examples of unreliability among private monitoring systems exceed his comfort level. As Northwest Central Dispatch must be contacted for any emergency in the village, he came to conclude that the fewer steps involved in a 9-1-1 call, the more streamlined and safe the process is.

Over a 15-month period before last year’s policy change, the Schaumburg Fire Department documented 31 instances of unreliability among private alarm and sprinkler systems. Among the problems were systems that caused a 10- to 12-minute delay in contacting the fire department.

Elk Grove Village-based SMG Security Systems Inc. is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Its owner and president, John Reidy, said Schumann’s arguments can sound logical to a layman but less so to those in the industry. Purely from a financial perspective, the monthly cost to his current customers in Schaumburg will increase from $25 to $80 as a result of the policy change.

Also named as defendants in the suit are Northwest Central Dispatch and its contractor, Tyco Integrated Security.

John Ferraro, executive director of Northwest Central Dispatch, said the other 10 municipalities his agency serves  have had policies similar to Schaumburg’s new one for decades. He never heard any outcry or experienced any legal action until Schaumburg joined them.

Schaumburg’s Assistant Village Attorney Howard Jablecki said the village believes a home-rule municipality has even greater authority to make such decisions than the fire protection districts that have been sued in the past.

One Schaumburg stands alone on the village board in his belief that steep fines against the alarm companies could have handled the issues of unreliability as effectively as the policy change that was enacted. 

thanks Scott

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Of interest … The Aurora Regional Fire Museum

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Two of Aurora’s downtown museums will try night hours during the summer.

Aurora Museums After Dark welcomes visitors to two downtown museums on June 8, July 13, and Aug. 10. The Aurora Regional Fire Museum and SciTech Hands On Museum are staying open for an extra few hours those nights.

The museums will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month from June to August. Children are free with paid adult admission and members are free at those times.

Each month the Aurora Regional Fire Museum will feature an array of changing activities. In June, it will be called Be Safe, where children can create their own mini first-aid kit and learn some basic first-aid tips.

In July, the activity is called Cool Off, where kids can color their own fire helmet, enjoy an ice cream treat, and partake in educational demonstrations.

In August, Create will have kids create a mini collection to take home and learn about what a museum is and why they collect what they do. 

Brian Failing, executive director of Aurora Regional Fire Museum, is excited to boost museum offerings in downtown Aurora.

“This series seeks to bring families downtown to enjoy all that our great museums have to offer and allow us an opportunity to collaborate on new programming,” he said.

thanks Dan


New truck for Westmont (more)

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Village of Westmont, IL so# 30385

Westmont FD fire truck

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Working fire in Chicago, 6-9-17

This from Drew Gresik:

The 18th Battalion battled a working fire in a red-X building at 3849 on Flournoy. Chicago Police helicopter ‘PH1’ called it in on the Zone and reported that there was a house on fire and it was really cooking. Engine 95 deck-gunned it on arrival as they had heavy fire showing from the 2, and then companies led out (2) 2.5” lines while performing an exterior attack. A third line was led out as Squad 1’s Snorkel was set up and flowing water in the vacant lot on Side D. 
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night fire scene photo

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Chicago FD Engine 38

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Chicago FD Squad 1 at work

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Chicago FD Squad 1 at work

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Chicago FD Squad 1 at work

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