Archive for March 2nd, 2018

Oak Lawn Fire Department news (more)

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Oak Lawn’s former Fire Chief George Sheets submitted his resignation recently after the mayor and board of trustees butted heads with the chief on questions of policy regarding the ongoing labor negotiations with the Oak Lawn Professional Fire Fighters Local 3405.

According to sources close to Sheets, the former chief vehemently disagreed with the board majority’s edict that he support a reduction in the minimum manning number as well as other hard line stances. The same sources said that he agreed that a reduction would be acceptable but the board’s number was  too low and other ideas were morale killers that wouldn’t be approved in arbitration or in a court case.

Sheets had been a stalwart supporter of the mayor and the board majority even allowing the mayor to use his name in a political mailer in which he disavowed his own public comments regarding the fire department. Despite that support, sources close to Sheets said that the pressure of working with a board that micromanages the department had gotten to him and the last year has been one in which he was seen as disloyal.

Sheets also served as chief of Chicago Ridge but recently questioned the arrangement noting that he had 15 bosses including two mayors, one village manager, and 12 trustees. In addition to the union negotiations, he reportedly disagreed with the board’s decision to rescind its SAFER Grant application.

Sheets told several individuals that he believes the members of the department need to be treated with respect during negotiations and the hard line demands of the village manager and the board are unreasonable.

thanks Dan

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Three dead after recent area fires

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About 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday (2/28/18), firefighters responded to a residential fire in the 2000 block of Collett Lane in Flossmoor. After putting out the fire and searching the home, firefighters found a deceased male in the lower level. The age and identity of the victim were not released. No one else was injured in the fire which is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s office and the Flossmoor police and fire departments.

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A 58-year-old woman, identified as Therese Chenault, was found in a third-floor apartment in 7600 block of South Essex Avenue after firefighters were called a little after 8 p.m.  Wednesday 2/28/18. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:39 p.m.

The fire may have been related to the woman using an oxygen tank in the apartment and appeared to have been accidental, but fire officials were still investigating. The fire was contained to the woman’s apartment. Smoke detectors were working in the building.

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Chicago firefighters said a residential building in the 5200-block of West Chicago Avenue was fully engulfed in flames on the first and second floors when they arrived Friday morning.  The fire may have started on the first floor in the back of the building.

As firefighters were working to see if everyone got out, they found one man unconscious. He was taken the hospital and is now in critical condition. Firefighters also found a woman on the second floor and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have not released her identity.A firefighter also suffered a back injury, but is expected to be ok. 

It took firefighters nearly an hour to put the fire out and later a small flareup spread to the building next door. There were no working smoke detectors inside. Firefighters will return to the scene to hand out smoke detectors Friday.

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New ambulances for Lockport FPD

From the Foster Coach Sales website:

New ambulances for the Lockport Township FPD

New ambulances for the Lockport Township FPD. Foster Coach Sales photo

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Alsip Fire Department History

This from Mike Summa:

For TBT, I found this picture on the Alsip F.D. Facebook page.  Here is a picture of something I did not know they owned, a 1960’s Jeep FC-170.  Looks like a Chicago F.D. unit from the 1960’s.  Is it?  Anyone know?  Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa
Alsip Fire Department history

Alsip Fire Department Facebook

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