Archive for August 2nd, 2017

Chicago Fire Department news (more)

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The $95 million public safety training campus ?in West Garfield Park that will replace Chicago’s police and fire training academies will be bankrolled in part by proceeds from the sale of the valuable fleet facility site near the Chicago River on the North Side.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is fleshing out financing for the long-awaited West Side project after entering into a letter of intent to buy the 30.4-acre site at 4301 W. Chicago Ave.

A developer agreed earlier this year to pay the city $104.7 million — $133.53 per square foot — for the lucrative site near the Chicago River, where city vehicles now are maintained. The deal also requires Sterling Bay to build a new city maintenance facility in Englewood.

Now, city officials say the mayor is planning to use at least $20 million from the North Side sale to buy land for the new public safety training campus and get work started.

The remaining $75 million to build it is to come from the sale of other surplus property including the police and fire academies the new campus will replace.

Emanuel’s 2017 budget already assumes the use of proceeds from the sale of the West Town fleet site to finance a previously shelved, $31 million overhaul of Chicago’s 311 non-emergency system.

City Hall also released the first architectural renderings of the new training facility, which is expected to provide an economic boost to impoverished West Garfield Park. The campus is meant to improve training, which the Justice Department found lacking in its examination of the Chicago Police Department.

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Mundelein Fire Department news

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Mundelein’s police officers and firefighters will receive modest pay raises under newly approved labor contracts

The rank-and-file members of both agencies will get 2.25 percent salary bumps in each year covered by their respective agreements, except for the current fiscal year. That’s because all village employees received 2.5 percent raises when the current fiscal year started May 1.

The village board approved a four-year pact with the union representing the town’s police officers and a three-year pact with the union representing the firefighters. Union representatives have approved the deals, too. Both contracts are effective immediately.

The previous labor contracts for employees in both departments expired April 30.

The police department contract covers 42 officers represented by the Metropolitan Alliance of Police. The starting salary for new officers will continue to be roughly $67,394 this year, but that sum will increase to more than $68,911 in May 2018.

In addition to the pay raises, officers now will be able to bank up to four days of compensatory time annually instead of receiving overtime pay.

The fire department contract covers 15 firefighters represented by the International Assocation of Firefighters. The starting salary for new firefighters will continue to be roughly $66,475 this year, but that sum will increase to more than $67,970 in May 2018.

In addition to the pay raises, the firefighters agreed to health insurance language changes that bring their plans in line with those of all other village employees. The firefighters’ previous contract didn’t allow flexibility or changes in insurance plans.

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New engine for Pontiac

This from Bill Fricker:

Here’s a photo of the new Pierce Enforcer rescue/pumper for Pontiac, IL.
Pontiac, IL   Squad Co. 66 ’17 Pierce Enforcer PUC (30704)  1500gpm / 750gbt / 30gal foam
Vin: 4P1BAAFF9HAG80144
Pontiac FD Squad 66

Pontiac, IL Squad Co. 66 ’17 Pierce Enforcer PUC (30704) 1500gpm / 750gbt / 30gal Foam
Vin: 4P1BAAFF9HAG80144. Bill Fricker photo

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Cary Fire Protection District news

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