Archive for February 28th, 2018

Mundelein Fire Department news

Excerpts from the

Despite opposition from residents and current and former firefighters, Mundelein officials are reorganizing the fire department’s command staff and reducing the number of lieutenants overseeing each shift. The change was proposed because administrators believe the department is top heavy. The reorganization will save the village about $149,000 annually in salary and overtime cost reductions.

The village board voted 4-1 late Monday to make the changes. Robin Meier was the only trustee who opposed the move. Trustee Dawn Abernathy was absent. Meier said she opposed the move because officials have received a lot of what she called conflicting information from people on both sides of the issue. She also said she would have liked more information on the proposal.

The department now has six shift lieutenants, two per shift. Under the village’s plan, one of those lieutenants will be promoted to a vacant battalion chief post, and another will be put in charge of training, public education, and other administrative tasks.

That will leave four shift lieutenants, one of whom is expected to retire soon and won’t be replaced. At that point, the department will have three shift lieutenants — and that’s the village administration’s goal. The changes return the department to a command structure it had in 2008.

“After the restructuring, it will be two supervisors per shift to manage six firefighters,” Lobaito said. “We are confident that our fire department supervisors are fully capable of managing three firefighters.”

Village leaders also plan to hire three additional firefighters over time to bolster the staff.

The board’s vote followed hours of public and closed-door discussion about the proposal. Several audience members voiced opposition before the votes, including former Chief Tim Sashko, former Deputy Fire Marshal Mark Gaunky. Firefighter Brett Clark, the president of the firefighters’ union, called the change needless and dangerous. The union has filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the state labor department.

Sashko, who oversaw the department from 2007 to 2015 and now is president of the Lake County Board of Health, said he wouldn’t have allowed the change if he was still chief.

Mayor Steve Lentz said the notion that the change will decrease public safety is absolutely wrong.

Mundelein Public Safety Director Eric Guenther, who oversees fire department operations, supported the moves. But he also said he understands how they can cause an emotional response.

“I am confident that these adjustments will not negatively impact the service provided to the citizens of Mundelein and will further stabilize the department as it continues to grow and move forward,” Guenther said.

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New engine for River Grove (more)

This from Keith Grzadziel:

These were pics I took last year when FSI brought this Typhoon demo over by us, which ended up being sold to River Grove

E-ONE Typhoon fire engine with Cyclone grill

Keith Grzadziel photo

E-ONE fire engine with low hose bed

Keith Grzadziel photo

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Working fire in Wheeling, 2-27-18

Wheeling firefighters were called to 30 Schoenbeck Road Tuesday morning (2/27/18) for a reported house fire. The first arriving engine reported light smoke showing and went to investigate. They found a portion of the rear wood deck burning near the house. The fire was extinguished quickly without damage to the home.

Rosenbauer Commander fire engine on scene

Larry Shapiro photo

Wheeling FD fire engine with hose attached

Larry Shapiro photo

Rosenbauer Commander Cobra tower ladder on scene

Larry Shapiro photo

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New engine for Elmhurst (more)

From the Pierce Flickr site:

Elmhurst Fire Department, IL 31390

Elmhurst FD Engine 1

Pierce composite

thanks Al

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