Archive for December 22nd, 2018

Pingree Grove & Countryside Fire District news (more)

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The board of the Pingree Grove & Countryside Fire District delayed a vote on placing a referendum question on the April election ballot to hear details regarding a cost analysis and alternate proposal by one trustee. Trustee Todd Harris said an architectural/engineering estimate he obtained on his own shows construction costs would exceed the projected amount by several million dollars. He favors an alternate plan of building only one new station, on Dittman Road, and remodeling Station 4 on Plank Road asking to delay the vote until a special meeting can be held sometime the second week of January, and the board agreed. Jan. 14 is the deadline for local governments to adopt resolutions regarding binding referendum questions.

The plan would be to close and sell Station 2 on Rippburger Road and Station 4 on Plank Road, and build new stations on Highland Avenue just east of Coombs Road, and on Dittman Road about one-third mile south of Plato Road. The land on Dittman Road was purchased earlier this year.

Voters rejected a request in November to approve borrowing $8.5 million to replace two of the district’s three fire stations. Voters also said no in March 2018 and April 2017.

The board was scheduled to discuss Tuesday night placing the referendum question on the April 2 ballot with a lower amount of $6.5 million, with the rest of the money, or $2 million, coming from reserves, Fire Chief Mitch Crocetti said.

Crocetti and board members supportive of the original plan say it’s about optimal locations for fire stations based on response times, increase in calls for service, and population growth. The chief said there are inaccuracies in the estimate obtained by Harris, such as the acreage needed for one of the new fire stations.

Board President John Payson said his main objection to keeping Station 4 in its current location is that it will be poorly positioned to serve district residents, particularly as Elgin continues to build westward.

The district, which has a $3.6 million budget, currently employs five full-time firefighters/paramedics and 38 on-call or part-time firefighters. Several firefighters left this year, many to take full-time positions, and they are recruiting to replace open positions.

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Working fire in Des Plaines, 12-15-18 (more)

From a reader:

Here’s a better photo of first arriving DES PLAINES Eng. 63 & Twr 63 interior fire fight of course

Arrival photo of a House fire at 625 Millers Road in Des Plaines, IL12/15/18

Arrival photo of the house fire at 625 Millers Road in Des Plaines 12/15/18

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Box Alarm fire in Maywood, 12-21-18

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Here are some shots from Maywood’s Box this Friday morning at 1200 Orchard. Fire was in a small, 1-sty wood frame house. Also attached is a shot of Maywood’s new E-One demo ladder truck. It isn’t marked up yet but is in service. 

Maywood FD Engine 506

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Maywood FD Engine 507

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house fire scene in Maywood IL

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African American and white Firefighters together

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Firefighter on roof of a small house

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Maywood FD Engine 506

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new E-ONE aerial ladder quint in Maywood IL

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