Archive for December, 2019

Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 12-15-19

This from Eric Haak:

Chicago had a still & box alarm fire in the 18th Battalion Sunday morning (12/15). The fire was at 4441 W Monroe and was in a vacant 2-story ordinary. The fire made it into the cockloft and a line was eventually stretched to the roof in order to finish the job.

fire scene in Chicago

Eric Haak photo

fire scene in Chicago

Eric Haak photo

fire scene in Chicago

Eric Haak photo

fire scene in Chicago

Eric Haak photo

fire scene in Chicago

Eric Haak photo

fire scene in Chicago

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New ambulance for the Plainfield FPD

From the Foster Coach Sales website:

New ambulance for the Plainfield FPD

Foster Coach Sales photos

thanks Ron

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New fire station for Chicago (more)

Excerpts from pbcchicago.com:

The new Engine Company 115 fire station will be the second-largest fire station in the city, with space for a Chicago Fire Department District Office, an Office of Emergency Management and Communications radio communication tower and three ambulances. The 27,000-square-foot, single-story fire station will be a home-away-from-home for approximately 20 firefighters/EMTs and eight officers: housing sleeping quarters, locker rooms, a workout facility, full-service kitchen with pantry and dining area, day room, laundry, and wellness room. A training space, conference room, and open office space will be shared by the EC 115 team and the CFD District Office. The facility will also feature a state-of-the-art emergency communications hub, watchtower, open office spaces, and a 4-bay apparatus room with a hose drying tower.

The new facility will replace the existing Engine Company 115 firehouse located at 11940 South Peoria Street.

Chicago FD Engine 115 fire station

from the pbcchicago.com

Chicago FD Engine 115 fire station

from the pbcchicago.com

Chicago FD Engine 115 fire station

from the pbcchicago.com

Chicago FD Engine 115 fire station

from the pbcchicago.com

Chicago FD Engine 115 fire station

from the pbcchicago.com

Chicago FD Engine 115 fire station

from the pbcchicago.com

thanks Dennis

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New engine for Waukegan (more)

Waukegan’s new Seagrave engine is in quarters getting ready to be put into service

new Seagrave engine in Waukegan IL

Larry Shapiro photo

Waukegan fire trucks

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Seagrave law tag

Larry Shapiro photo

new Seagrave engine in Waukegan IL

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Seagrave pump info tags

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

The CChicago Firefighters Union Local 2 filed a motion for an injunction in Cook County Circuit Court on Tuesday that seeks to stop the promotions of more than a dozen department members to battalion chief — set to take effect Dec. 16 — because 17 department members slated for advancement scored below 70% on the promotional exam.

“In order to be promoted to the rank of battalion chief, an applicant is required to achieve a passing grade of seventy (70) or better. This requirement is based on the parties’ mutually understood past practice” that has been “articulated” in prior arbitration awards, the union argues.

However, 17 test-takers who scored below 70% on the exam, given in 2016, are set to be promoted next week, according to the union. There are 112 battalion chiefs in the fire department.

In the past, the battalion chief test score was based on three sections; written and oral parts each accounted for 35% of the score, with the final 30% based on seniority. The promotional exam administrator’s scoring method was changed for the 2016 exam, allowing those who scored below 70% to still get promoted — a change that the union says is a violation of the department’s collective bargaining agreement.

“The City is willfully violating the Agreement by promoting applicants to Battalion Chief from a promotional list which ranks applicants improperly,” the union argued. An attorney for the union could not be reached for comment.

Though the union says the promotions are set to take effect Dec. 16, the first hearing on the motion is scheduled for Dec. 17. It’s unclear if the court date would render the motion moot.

Bill McCaffrey, spokesman for the law department, said the city plans to vigorously contest the union’s claims. “The city believes that the suit is without merit, as is the request for emergency relief,” he said in an email.

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Working fire in Des Plaines, 12-12-19

The Des Plaines FD responded to an apartment fire at 642 colonial Dr.Thursday afternoon 12/12/19.

Des Plaines Fire has a fire Thursday. This time it was  a solid stop by Firehouse 63’s at an apartment fire. They kept it outta the attic. Interior knockdown, roof, overhaul etc.  It was kept to a working fire response. No civilian injuries reported.
Firefighters overhaul after apartment fire

Des Plaines FD photo

Firefighters overhaul after apartment fire

Des Plaines FD photo

Firefighters overhaul after apartment fire

Des Plaines FD photo

Firefighters overhaul after apartment fire

Des Plaines FD photo

thanks Minas

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A request for patches

Can anyone be of assistance:
Good morning… my name is Sharon Doty and I live out in DeKalb IL. I’m inquiring about a Chicago Fire Department patch. Not certain if I’m connecting to the right place or if you can lead me in the right direction. My sons dad was a firefighter/chief in Sycamore local 3042 for 23 years. He’s now retired. My 10 year old has taken up collecting fire department patches. We go into Luries Children’s Hospital every 6 months for his Dr. appointments. On our last visit, we walked across to Harry Carays for lunch and passed Firehouse 98. The young man working that day was outside returning from a call and he was SO kind to take a few minutes to talk with my son and even asked if he’d like a picture next to the engine. Quin has talked about that every time we hear a siren go off. It made quite an impact. The firefighters name was Mohammed. Anyway, I would like to see about getting a patch either from Chicago or Firehouse 98. Not certain if they have different patches in the city. I want to put it in his Christmas stocking. Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated!!!
Thank you,
Sharon Doty
(815)751-8478
1523 Waterside Drive
DeKalb, IL 60115

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New engine for Huntley FPD (more)

updated production photos of the new engine being built for the Huntley FPD by Toyne

fire engine being built

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fire engine being built

Huntley FPD photo

fire engine being built

Huntley FPD photo

fire engine being built

Huntley FPD photo

fire engine being built

Huntley FPD photo

fire engine being built

Huntley FPD photo

fire engine being built

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Aurora Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Chicagotribune.com:

The Aurora City Council this week approved a $477 million budget for 2020 that includes new police officers and firefighters, a major increase for the Aurora Public Library and money toward a new Public Works building. The budget passed 11-1 with city staff and most aldermen saying the budget reflects solid financial management by the city.

The overall budget is about 9.3% higher than last year’s $431 million. Some of that is due to almost $35 million carried over from the 2019 budget for projects that did not get finished during the year. Meanwhile, revenues are projected to be $437.3 million, or about 6.4% higher than in 2019.

The general fund, which is the city’s main operating fund, is expected to increase from about $182 million to $195 million, or about 7.1%.  Most of the increase is in three areas: $5.1 million more for police, $4.1 million more for the fire department, and $1.3 million more for innovation and core services.

The city plans to add seven police positions – six patrol officers and a records clerk – and the fire department will add two. There also is more money budgeted for equipment, a direct reaction to the shooting at Henry Pratt Co. in February that killed five Pratt employees and injured five police officers and a Pratt worker.

One of the key expenditures that must come out of the general fund, which is funded largely by property taxes, is a $3.5 million payment into the public safety pension fund. Funding public safety pensions is mandated for local government by the state. It is a situation every municipality in the state faces, as well as the state government itself, Lyons said.

Aldermen will look at the property tax levy to support the budget later this week.

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Fire service history … Emergency One

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT-In the 1970s an upstart company decided to enter the fire apparatus field and challenge the establishment.  Here are some examples of their early apparatus.
Mike Summa
early Emergency One fire truck brochure

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early Emergency One fire truck brochure

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early Emergency One fire truck brochure

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early Emergency One fire truck brochure

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