Archive for August 19th, 2019

Peoria Fire Department news

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The Illinois Labor Relations Board has upheld a summary ruling against the city of Peoria earlier this year which restricts the brownout of fire department engines. In February 2019, an administrative law judge summarily ruled in favor of International Association of Firefighters Local 50 after the city failed to respond to an unfair labor practice complaint filed by the union.

The union said the city refused to provide a signed copy of a memorandum of understanding it was using to justify the brownout policy, which took apparatus out of service on certain days in a cost-cutting measure. The union said it had made other consessions with the understanding all companies would remain in service.

The city claimed the decision was issued by the judge without notice or participation by the city, and said the substantial cost to taxpayers imposed by suspending the brownouts was prejudicial. It requested a variance.

But earlier this month, the Illinois Labor Relations Board (ILRB) disagreed. The board provided a timeline of the the communications between the ILRB and the city of Peoria, saying the city had multiple opportunities to respond and take part in the investigation of the allegations, but failed to do so.

The city said the initial notice was mailed to the wrong address, and claimed it was likely mailed to the wrong address again when re-mailed in January 2019. The city did not respond to an order to show cause it didn’t receive the second mailed notice, and it did not comment on whether or not it received e-mailed notices, the ILRB found.

Indeed, the city’s lack of activity in the investigation of the charge, a charge which the city clearly had notice of, belies its contention that allowing the default to stand would come at a substantial cost to taxpayers. If this case was so significant to the city and its residents, it stands to reason that the city would have been more vigilant during the investigation and in responding to communications from the Board. – ILRB ruling

The ILRB upheld the judge’s order to revert to the pre-brownout status quo, reimburse impacted employees with back pay, and head back to the bargaining table. The city can now take the case to an appellate court, if it so chooses.

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Of interest … passerby pulls crash victim from car

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Around 3 a.m. Sunday, Chris Cammon was waiting for a bus at the corner of 79th Street and Jeffery Boulevard, when he heard the sounds of cars drag racing blocks away. As two cars raced towards the intersection, one clipped the other and crashed into a traffic light pole erupting in fire.  With help from others, he pulled a 24-year-old man from behind the wheel of the burning vehicle, and dragged him across the street to safety.

By 3:15 a.m., emergency responders firefighters were on the scene and put out the flames. The victim survived, and was taken in critical condition to the University of Chicago Medical Center.


House fire in Glenwood, 8-11-19 (more)

This from Eric Haak:

Here are a few images of South Suburban rigs that were at Glenwood’s fire last week

HME Central States fire engine

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Pierce Enforcer fire engine

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Pierce Arrow XT fire engine

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E-ONE Typhoon fire engine

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Glenwood FD Engine 21

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Spartan Metro Star fire engine

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