Archive for January 27th, 2018

Huntley Fire Protection News (more)

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Former Huntley Fire Protection District Chief Ken Caudle’s retirement will leave him unable to collect a pension for 11 years. He was put on administrative leave in the summer  and continued to get his $119,240 salary until he retired from the district Jan. 5.

The 49-year-old had 17 years and eight months of credible service with the district, Fire Chief Scott Ravagnie said. According to Illinois pension law, if a firefighter serves less than
20 years, he or she cannot receive a pension until age 60.

Ravagnie said Caudle will not receive any benefits from the district in retirement, and his retirement agreement did not include any financial aspects.

?Before he stepped down, Caudle’s new contract took effect in May and was set to run through April 2020, district documents show. When he resigned as chief and asked to return to the rank of battalion chief, he set a retirement date for Nov. 10, 2019, according to documents.

Former Fire Chief Jim Saletta, who now is a district trustee, previously said the board would vote on Caudle’s retirement contract at its meeting Tuesday. Saletta said he was misled, and the district will not vote on the contract. The district’s attorney said the board is not required to vote on retirements.

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Barrington Fire Department news

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Barrington and Lake Zurich are demanding in a federal lawsuit that a Canadian trucking firm replace gear they say was ruined during cleanup of a hazardous chemical that spilled after a fiery crash last year.

Westbound Northwest Highway near Hart Road in Barrington was closed for three days while hazardous materials crews cleaned the area after a Xan Systems Inc. semitrailer truck rear-ended a pickup truck March 7, causing the chemical spill. 

The truck driver initially reported the substance that spilled was vegetable oil. Several hours later Xan Systems told officials it was methylene diphenyl diisocycanate. Barrington and Lake Zurich firefighters who worked the scene did not wear protective gear under belief they were handling vegetable oil.

Barrington and Lake Zurich seek more than $75,000 in damages to cover the equipment and cleanup costs.

“As a direct and proximate result of the gear and equipment exposure to methylene diphenyl diisocycanate, the gear and equipment were rendered unusable and without value,” according to the lawsuit.

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Evanston Fire Department news

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Aldermen at Monday’s City Council meeting approved an expansion of the city’s employment opportunities fund, allowing low-income firefighter applicants to be reimbursed for application and testing fees.

Reimbursements will come from a reserve account of deposits collected from construction companies that violate the city’s Local Employment Program — which requires that at least 25 percent of the company’s labor force consist of women, minorities, or area residents.

Evanston Fire Chief Brian Scott said the change will help the Evanston Fire Department diversify its force by eliminating a potential cost barrier: Application fees are roughly $25 and the physical agility test costs between $165 and $175. Applicants may receive up to $200 from the fund. Aldermen want to change how the fund works so that it can become a direct payment to the institution, instead of a reimbursement. This would prevent residents from having to come up with the funds while waiting for reimbursement. 

In the past, the pool was only available for union construction workers looking to be reimbursed for certificate training programs. The deposits currently total around $80,000.

thanks Dan

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As seen around … Chicago

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2000 Squad 1 Rigs are out to Auction

Chicago Fire Department HME Central States Squad 1 apparatus up for auction

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Chicago Fire Department HME Central States 55' Snorkel Squad 1 apparatus up for auction

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Chicago Fire Department HME Central States Squad 1 apparatus up for auction

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