Archive for July, 2018

Mundelein Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

On July 21, Mundelein will conduct candidate testing for three new firefighter positions created last month as part of an ongoing series of changes in the department.

In the last few months, village trustees have approved the hiring of a deputy fire chief, the elimination of the public safety director position in favor of a dedicated fire chief, the sale of a 100-foot ladder truck, and a reduction in the number of lieutenants.

One new firefighter was approved in February as part of the decision to eliminate a lieutenant position. The previous total of 15 full-time firefighters now rises to 19 after trustees approved adding three more positions on June 25. In addition to the career firefighters, the department also uses six contract firefighters from a private firm.

Fire Chief Bill Lark made the request and gave a brief explanation during the June 25 board meeting. Lark said some employees are out of the rotation due to injuries, military deployment or paid time off.

There have been rising tensions at the fire department between the village and Mundelein Professional Fire Fighters Local 4786. A letter sent by the union to trustees referenced an internal memo that allegedly informed employees of a plan to eliminate three of the department’s six lieutenant positions through attrition. The union expressed concerns over safety and urged trustees to vote against the plan. Union leaders filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Illinois Labor Relations Board against the village of Mundelein in late January.

Following a lengthy public debate, trustees on Feb. 26 voted to eliminate one lieutenant position and transfer duties previously listed under a vacant fire prevention job into the building department, while creating one new firefighter position.

At that time, Lark said the longterm goal was to eventually have four lieutenants instead of six and to hire two new firefighters this summer. He said one lieutenant would staff each 24-hour shift — instead of one at each station — and an administrative lieutenant would then substitute when other employees are injured or on vacation.

The eliminated lieutenant and fire prevention bureau job were vacant. Mundelein officials on numerous occasions said they had no intention of laying off employees.

Overtime spending reached more than $800,000 in 2017.

Now having committed to four new firefighter positions, Mundelein has gone beyond its previously disclosed plan.

Lark said the village still has five lieutenants and the village board has not formally voted to eliminate any other positions.

thanks Dan

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Plainfield FPD news

Excerpts from the herald-news.com:

The Plainfield Fire Protection District recently received a plaque from State Fire Marshal Matt Perez for achieving an Insurance Services Office 1 rating – something only 0.5 percent of fire departments across the nation are able to accomplish. It is the best rating a department can receive. The district is the 17th department in the state to receive the rating.

The rating was determined through an evaluation process that focused on the district’s fire suppression capabilities, emergency communications capabilities, municipal water supply capabilities and the district’s efforts in community risk reduction.

Numerous insurance companies use the rating to determine property insurance rates for residential, commercial and industrial properties.

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New command van for Chicago FD (more)

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos

Caught the new Command Van for 2-7-4 at Air Mask

Chicago FD Command Van 2-7-4

Chi-Town Fire Photos

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New ambulance for the Park Forest Fire Department

From the Foster Coach Sales Facebook page:

Brand new custom Horton conversion on a Ford F550 chassis.

Park Forest FD Ambulance 61

Foster Coach Sales photo

Park Forest FD Ambulance 61

Foster Coach Sales photo

Park Forest FD Ambulance 61

Foster Coach Sales photo

Park Forest FD Ambulance 61

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chevron striping on rear of ambulance

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new ambulance interior

Foster Coach Sales photo

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Cancer in the fire service

Excerpts from nj.com:

President Donald Trump on Monday signed legislation to set up a national registry for firefighters to help track links between exposure to fumes and cancer. The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to set up a database in order to study possible links between cancer and the fumes and toxins firefighters are exposed to. The idea is use the information to develop better equipment and other techniques to protect firefighters from cancer-causing chemicals.

The lawmakers cited a 2015 study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health that found that a greater incidence of certain cancers among firefighters compared with the general population.

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As seen around … Champaign

Photos from Steve Redick:

Kirsch antique fire engine

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Champaign FD Engine 151

Steve Redick photo

Champaign FD Engine 1513

Steve Redick photo

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Wheaton Fire Department news

Excerpts from mysuburbanlife.com:

At their July 2 meeting, Wheaton City Council members unanimously approved a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with Wheaton Firefighters Union 3706. The contract covers Wheaton firefighters and fire lieutenants who will receive a 2.5-percent cost-of-living adjustment this year and 2.25 percent in both 2019 and 2020.

The new contract, which will be in effect until April 30, 2021, is retroactive to May 1. The union ratified the agreement June 14. The previous contract expired April 30. Firefighters will now be able to donate sick time to a fellow employee, as long as all eligibility requirements from the city employee manual are followed.

In addition, the maximum number of compensatory time hours that can be accumulated increased to 97 in the new contract, up from 73. Members of the collective bargaining unit can request a payout of their unused compensatory time for special circumstances one time per year. The payout must first be approved by the fire chief.

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Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

A Kane County judge has ordered a do-over for the Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District referendum for Nov. 6 because the early voting and election day ballots in the spring were incomplete.

The rescue district’s tax increase question was rejected by 32 votes in the March 20 primary election, but Ken Shepro and other residents filed a lawsuit arguing the Kane County clerk failed to include a sentence on the ballot explaining what the tax increase would cost homeowners. That sentence is required by state law for tax increase questions and the clerk’s office failed to fix the problem after being notified, the suit says. In this case, it should have informed voters their taxes would increase $53 a year for every $100,000 in equalized assessed value of a home.

According to the lawsuit, Kane County Clerk John Cunningham was informed during early voting that the ballot question was incomplete. The remedy was to have election judges hand applicable voters a slip of paper explaining the tax increase’s effect for each $100,000 value of a home. Some voters got the slips but many did not.

Fire officials have said the tax increase was needed to avoid closing one of the district’s two fire stations every other day. Since the ballot effort failed, officials have cut several firefighters.

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Austin Lawler:

Good Morning,

I came across another gem from the Vintage Tribune Instagram account, about the CFD. I find it interesting that Quinn was out there to start the race, which is pretty neat. Anyway hope you enjoy.

 
Austin
Chicago Fire Department history

Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Quinn, left, blows the whistle to start rookie firemen on a marathon from Devon and Cicero Avenues to Lake Michigan on June 23, 1967. After six miles the field of runners had been reduced by a few dropouts. Photo by Harold Norman.

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New ambulances for Chicago (more)

Assignments for the new CFD ambulances

New CFD ambulance assignments

New CFD ambulance assignments

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