Archive for January 3rd, 2018

Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District news (more)

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

With a mission to close what trustees view as an information gap, the Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District will host a public meeting Wednesday to form what officials hope will be a critical mass of public support for a March tax increase.

The previous three attempts to get residents to support equipment replacement and emergency responder firefighter pay increases failed.

With each question the margin of defeat shrank. More than 60 percent of voters turned back the district’s request for a 95 percent tax increase last April. District President Bob Handley said the improved referendum results stem from an increasing number of residents learning they’ve been getting a bargain on fire and ambulance service for years.

At 27 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation, the percentage of the property tax bill the district represents is just above the township cemetery district. The district is unaware of another fire district in northern Illinois with a lower tax rate. That’s great for taxpayers. It hasn’t been great for the district’s equipment or staff.

The district fields more calls (1,345 in 2016) than officials anticipated when breaking away from St. Charles. That’s caused more wear and tear on equipment, much of it purchased used. And the staff is in a continuous state of training thanks to rampant turnover.

“Our pay scale … to say it’s subpar would be an understatement,” Handley said. “They love to come and get trained here. But they’d be foolish to stay once they get an offer with a full-time department.”

District officials cut 10 employees after the failed April tax increase. The district has two stations, but can only afford to keep one station open at a time without more money. The planned brownouts will mean nine firefighters will lose their jobs. Residents might also experience longer response times depending upon which station they are closest to and if it is in operation when their emergency occurs.

The district has not had a tax rate increase in 12 years. A successful March referendum would increase the tax rate to 44 cents per $100 of equalized assessed value. That’s an increase of about $216 for the owner of a $400,000 home.

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Chicago Still & Box alarm fire, 1-2-18 (more)

This from Steve Redick:

Very cold conditions, low single digits. Companies reported what I thought was a kitchen fire with extension into concealed spaces. I arrived about 10 minutes after the box was transmitted and companies had been ordered out of the building. Interesting to watch the small wheelbase snorkel squad maneuver into a very tight area in the front of the building. Many large trees made access for any aerial device very difficult. A tough job for all concerned. All the images and video can be seen here:

Steve

house fire scene in Chicago

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Chicago FD Engine 125

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firefighters battle Chicago house fire

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Chicago FD Squad 2A

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Chicago FD Squad 2A

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Chicago FD Squad 2A

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Chicago FD Squad 2A

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firefighters battle Chicago house fire

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Chicago FD Engine 125

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Chicago FD Engine 68

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firefighters battle Chicago house fire

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firefighters battle Chicago house fire

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firefighters battle Chicago house fire

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Electrical fire in Wheeling, 1-3-18

Wheeling firefighters responding for a report of smoke in an apartment found the outdoor electric box engulfed in flames on arrival. The call to 950 Lexington Court came in just after 3AM. As firefighters awaited the arrival of Com Ed, they stretched lines and evacuated the building. Approximately one hour on the scene,  the box was de-energized. Water and then foam was used to extinguish the remaining fire. Power was rerouted and restored to the building and residents were then allowed back into their apartments.

 

electric utility box engulfed in flames outside apartment building

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electric utility box engulfed in flames outside apartment building

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electric utility box engulfed in flames outside apartment building

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electric utility box engulfed in flames outside apartment building

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electric utility box engulfed in flames outside apartment building

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firefighters attack electric fire with extinguisher

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firefighter at fire engine panel in the winter

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ground ladders to multiple balconies at apartment fire

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firefighters attack fire in electric box

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flames flare up as firefighters attack fire in electric box

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flames flare up as firefighters attack fire in electric box

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Wheeling FD Engine 42 Rosenbauer Commande3r

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Chicago Still & Box alarm fire, 1-2-18

Video by Steve Redick of a Still & Box Alarm at 2204 Newland 1/2/18

 

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