Archive for October, 2019

Cortland Fire Department news

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New engine for Joliet (more)

From the Fire Service, In. Facebook page:

Final inspection of Joliet Engine 1 at E-ONE.

new E-ONE fire engine

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East St Louis Fire Department news

Excerpts from stltoday.com:

The city of East St. Louis announced Tuesday it would lay off nine firefighters at the end of the month and temporarily shut down a fire station Nov. 1 at 1700 Central Avenue.

The city manager said in a letter to a firefighter that the city had to make difficult decisions amid a $5.5 million deficit in the city budget. In the layoff notice, the manager cited the city’s handbook for firefighters, which says the city may separate any employee because of lack of funds. The affected firefighters were told to turn in their uniforms and other city belongings at the end of the month.

In a city of about 26,000 people in 14 square miles, the fire department has long been troubled by layoffs and budget deficits. Following a 2013 ruling from the Illinois Labor Relations Board, the city was ordered to pay firefighters a total of $382,259.82 for lost wages, pension contributions, medical contributions, and more.  The labor board found the city to have violated its contract by reducing the number of total staff and not offering the same wage increase as it did to the police bargaining unit.

East St. Louis announced in 2013 it would lay off about a third of the department, but a month later the city avoided cuts after coming to an agreement with the union.

“This is a very difficult decision that had to be made in order to sustain city operations for the next few months,” a statement said Tuesday. “Unfortunately, with 100% of the city’s state revenues being redirected to the police and fire pensions, we are faced with the difficult task of strategically reducing some services in order to continue to meet our financial obligations for the next few months.”

The firefighters’ union contract ended in 2015, and the union and city have not come to terms on a new one. However, the old agreement, which both the city and union still honor, says the city must maintain 58 firefighters.  A memorandum agreement passed in 2015 allowed the department to reduce staff by 25%, but that memorandum expired in 2016.

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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 10-14-19 (more)

More from Steve Redick on the 2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 10-14-19

I was late getting to this job and even so as I arrived they declared an emergency evacuation and sounded the horns as an internal collapse had just occurred. Got some decent shots but was shooting into the sun quite a bit and the low hanging smoke made photos difficult. This was an unusual building with some difficult access issues.
All the images can be seen here:
fire engine on a hydrant

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Chicago fire truck at scene

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Chicago fire truck at scene

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Chicago Firefighters battle a fire

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Chicago Firefighters battle a fire

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fire engines with hose on the ground

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Chicago Firefighters battle a fire

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Chicago FD Squad 1A

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Chicago Firefighters battle a fire

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Chicago Firefighters battle a fire

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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 10-14-19 (more)

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

Chicago fire officials said a blaze started shortly after 3 p.m. Monday afternoon in the 800-block of West Gunnison Street and was struck out around 6:30 p.m., though crews remained at the scene to battle hot spots. The damage to the building is such that relocation of residents will be required.

“Our companies had a hard time getting water on the fire due to the fact that it was in the rear of the structure, and we couldn’t get right up on it,” said Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner of Operations Barry Garr.

Residents said someone was working on the building’s plumbing in the basement. Firefighters smashed top floor windows, temporarily feeding the fire to then try and contain it. Hours into the losing battle fire ate away at the roof.

“That’s when you heard the horns sound and everything indicating to the firemen, ‘Drop what you’re doing and get out. I don’t like what I see,'” Garr said.

A CFD battalion chief was hit on the head by falling debris, he was wearing a helmet at the time, and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in stable condition. No residents were injured.

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New home for Elmwood Park fire truck

The former Elmwood Park toweled ladder was sold and is now Bondurand (IA) Tower 413

new home for Elmwood Park fire truck

Former Elmwood Park FD (IL) fire truck is now in Bonduarant, IA

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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 10-14-19

Chicago fire scene

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Some quick video from Steve Redick at the 2-11 Alarm fire 10-14-19 at 817 W Gunnison Street in Chicago

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Niles Fire Department news

Excerpts from the journal-topics.com:

The Niles Arts & Culture Advisory Council is overseeing efforts to install at least three and possibly four murals in prominent locations around the village including one on the wall of Fire Station No. 2: a 12-ft. by 50-ft. mural dedicated to firefighters.

The same day firefighters hosted an open house and pancake breakfast at Station No. 3 on Jarvis Avenue last month, large aluminum panels were installed on Station No. 2’s exterior wall along Cumberland. The artist got to work crafting an image depicting firefighters’ missions of saving lives, education and firefighting which includes an ambulance, a firefighter in turnout gear holding a smoke detector and talking to children, and a pair of boots as they typically are lined up ready to step into at a moment’s notice.

Artists are being paid $1,000 for design and $1,500 for labor for murals at the three sites.

Mural being created at Niles Fire Department Station 2

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As seen around … Chicago

This from Danny Nelms:

Heres a few photos of  rigs at the Truck 36 100th anniversary on saturday 10-12-19 as well as Tower 23 and Engine 79 out and out the same morning.
Chicago FD Tower Ladder 23

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Chicago FD Engine 79

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Chicago FD EMS Field Chief 452

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Chicago FD car

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Chicago 5-11 Club Support Services Unit 1

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Chicago FD Ambulance 64

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Chicago FD Engine 44

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Chicago FD Engine 44 at fire station

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14 decal

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Chicago FD Battalion 17

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Buffalo Grove Fire Department news

From the Buffalo Grove Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Local 3177 Facebook page:

The Buffalo Grove Fire Department is currently seeking applicants for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic. There will be multiple hires from this list. Please spread the word. Here is the application portal. Good luck!

 

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