Archive for April 25th, 2018

New Lenox Fire Protection District news (more)

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New Lenox Fire Station #2 was expected to reopen Wednesday after village trustees agreed to loan $450,000 to the area’s fire protection district. The station at 1205 N. Cedar Road was closed March 30 after a referendum for tax rate increase failed to pass in the March 20 primary by 212 votes.

The New Lenox Fire Protection District board approved the intergovernmental agreement at its April 16 meeting, and village trustees took action Monday.  The loan, which has no specific deadline for paying it back, will cover the cost of personnel from now until the end of this year and will keep the station open until Jan. 1, 2019. The station will be fully staffed, and many of the 12 firefighters who were laid off last month will return though some have found other jobs.

According to the agreement, the fire district will begin repaying the no-interest loan for $50,000 annually for nine years if voters approve a tax hike. The fire district plans to place another referendum on the November ballot, but Riegel said the amount has not been determined.

The chief also said fire officials are working with an accounting firm to determine what type of service the district can sustain at its current tax rate, how it can build up reserves and be able to buy new equipment, if needed.

At its March 19 meeting – the day before the primary election – the fire board voted to borrow $750,000 in Tax Anticipation Warrant to cover payroll and expenses until tax revenues arrive in June.

When village trustees discussed the loan at its April 9 meeting, officials said then that the public did not realize that a failed referendum would force the closure of a fire station.

The district was seeking to raise the tax from 38 to 59 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation for a four-year period – 2018-2021, adding about $70 per year to the tax bill of a $100,000 home. It was the fifth time it tried and failed to get voters to approve a rate hike.

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Hinsdale FD apparatus

Hinsdale FD Engine 84

Hinsdale Engine 84 – 2014 Pierce Saber 1500/750. Jeff Rudolph photo

Hinsdale FD Engine 85

Hinsdale Engine 85 – 2000 Pierce Dash 1250/750. Jeff Rudolph photo

Hinsdale FD Truck 84.

Hinsdale FD Truck 84 – 2008 Spartan Gladiator/Rosenbauer General/Metz 1250/300 105′ Raptor tower ladder. Jeff Rudolph photo

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3-11 Alarm fire & EMS Plan I in Chicago, 4-25-18

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4/25/18 CHICAGO – Fireground Radio Traffic from 3-11 Alarm/EMS Plan 1 High-Rise Fire 5 S. Wabash Ave. – Recording by RADIOMAN911.COM


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Two firefighters were injured and two people were rescued when an extra-alarm fire broke out in a Jewelers Row building in the Loop Wednesday morning. One firefighter suffered a minor leg injury and the other became overheated while battling the blaze in the Mallers Building at 5 S. Wabash. Fire officials said both were transported to a hospital. Two men were rescued by ladder after they were seen tapping on a window to get firefighters’ attention. 

The fire broke out shortly before 2 a.m. and was raised to a 3-11 alarm around 3 a.m. It was under control by 3:30 a.m. The 21-story Mallers Building was built in 1912 and is filled with more than 100 shops specializing in the design, manufacture and repair of jewelry. It was renovated in 1993.

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New ambulance for Northwest Homer FPD

From the Foster Coach Sales Facebook page:

Brand new custom Horton conversion on a Ford F350 Chassis

Northwest Homer FPD ambulance

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Northwest Homer FPD ambulance

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rear of new ambulance without chevron

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Northwest Homer FPD ambulance

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interior of new ambulance

Foster Coach Sales photo

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House fire in Hazel Crest, 4-22-18

This from Steve Redick:

 Hazel Crest Box 17715 Stonebridge Drive

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