Archive for March 15th, 2019

Mattoon Fire Department news (more)

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Taylorville-based Dunn’s Ambulance has given notice that it plans to close its Mattoon operation sometime on or before May 31, which would leave Mattoon based Mitchell-Jerdan Ambulance Service as the sole provider of ambulance services in Mattoon. Dunn’s has been operating in Mattoon since 2008 and has an ambulance station at 1821 Marshall Ave.

The city ended the Mattoon Fire Department’s ambulance service on July 25, but the department has retained advanced life support equipment on its fire trucks to provide backup service as needed. The fire department operated an advanced life support ambulance service from 2010 to 2018. City officials have said that the department’s ambulance service lost money and duplicated the work of private providers. Firefighters countered that their service generated needed city revenue and provided essential coverage for Mattoon.

Mitchell-Jerdan has increased its ambulance and staffing levels since the fire department’s ambulance service ended and it has provided backup for Dunn’s as needed. There have been a few instances in recent months of Charleston Fire Department ambulances needing to be dispatched to Mattoon for backup.

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Tinley Park Fire Department news

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In a bid to stay competitive in hiring and retaining firefighters, Tinley Park officials plan to overhaul how most fire department personnel are paid. For the largely part-time force, a 10-step pay structure would be implemented with the start of the next village fiscal year on May 1. The pay plan would offer 2 percent pay hikes for each step.

Currently, according to the village, firefighters have limited opportunities for pay hikes, which the new plan is intended to correct. Right now, personnel see pay increases once they complete their one-year probationary period or upon promotion, or through village board action in approving annual market wage adjustments.

The base rate for assistant chief, now at $25.96 per hour, would be boosted to $28.16, while the base hourly rate for deputy chief, now at $38.37, would go up to $42.47. Both are part-time positions. After that, assistant and deputy chief positions wouldn’t be on the step increase schedule, but would be eligible for annual merit-based increases that would need village board approval.

Over four years, the revised pay structure is expected to cost the village a bit more than $513,000.

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New home for Downers Grove tower ladder

This from Luke Whalen:

Downers Grove’s old truck from

new home for former Downers Grove fire truck

new home for former Downers Grove fire truck


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Fire & Police Swap Meet


7th Annual Peotone Firefighters Swap Meet

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