Archive for February, 2020

Fire districts to seek increase in tax levy

Excerpts from the daily-journal.com

Last fall, the board of trustees for the Bourbonnais, Grant Park, and Limestone fire districts all approved measures for the March 17 primary ballot asking voters to raise the tax levy to the maximum amount allowed by law.

A state law increasing minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025 played a major role in all three districts’ decisions to seek additional funding. The wage increase would see each of the three districts paying wages of more than $200,000 per year. Firefighters working full time are paid $9 per hour, with paramedics earning $15. Volunteer firefighters currently receive a flat rate per call but that changes with the minimum wage increase to an hourly rate of $15.

Other mandates include the Federal Drug Administration’s requirement that fire departments replace their current cardiac monitors in ambulances. Bourbonnais has replaced monitors in two of their ambulances at a cost of $37,000. All three departments must replace ambulance stretchers that are 20 years old with electric models that can be operated by one person.

The number of volunteers is dwindling because of the amount of time needed to complete required training and certification. It takes six months (250 hours) to be certified as a firefighter and another six to become an EMT. Then after certification is received, personnel must complete mandatory training each year. Certification that at one time was good for life is being replaced by recertifications per the State Fire Marshal’s Office

For a median house in Bourbonnais valued at $100,000, the owners would see their tax bill go up to $283.33 per year, from $135.33. The Bourbonnais district covers 36 square miles and 36,000 people. Last year, they responded to 4,182 calls — the second-highest call volume in the county behind Kankakee with 6,756 calls. According to numbers run by accountants when researching whether or not to ask voters for a tax rate increase, the district would go in the red by 2021.

Their station is staffed 24/7 with seven people. The goal is to add three more to each shift. The district, which was formed in 1948, used a referendum in 1975 to start its ambulance service.

For a median house in Limestone Township valued at $172,800, the owners would see their bill go up 66 percent to $564 per year, from $338. The tax increase would expire in four years. This is the first time the district has had to seek such an increase since it was founded in 1951.

Currently, firefighters are paid $9 per hour and paramedics $12. In response to the minimum wage increases, they will each increase $1 per hour every year until 2025, when firefighters and paramedics will start at $15 and $18 per hour, respectively. Because of this, the board approved asking voters to approve a property tax increase.

For a median house in Grant Park valued at $180,000, the homeowner would see their bill increase 66 percent to $623 per year from $415. The additional $260,000 in revenue would allow the department to address  apparatus replacement, staffing, and equipment replacement. According to industry guidelines, fire apparatus should be replaced between 20 and 25 years. The average age of Grant Park’s fleet is 27 years. In the past three years, maintenance costs have become a bigger issue. On top of that, the department must replace all its air packs at a cost of $150,000.

Grant Park’s district covers more than 60 square miles and 5,000 people. They have been able to secure grant money to replace some equipment.

thanks Dennis

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New engine for the Troy FPD

From the Rosenbauer-America Facebook page:

Troy Fire Protection District is doing a final on their very first Rosenbauer apparatus. This truck is a sharp 3/16″ alum Commander FX pumper which should fulfill all of their future needs. It has a 1500-gal. tank, comes equipped with a 1500-GPM Waterous pump and a 450 hp L9 Cummins engine. This truck features a distinct paint job, top mount pump panel, and a 2600w Vanner Patriot Inverter. With overall dimensions of 35’4″x 8’x10′ 4″ it will fit snug in their station.
Thank you to the Troy Fire Protection District for choosing Rosenbauer Group to build this new apparatus for you!
Sentinel Emergency Solutions

Rosenbauer Commander FX pumper

Sentinel emergency Solutions photo

Rosenbauer Commander FX pumper

Sentinel emergency Solutions photo

Rosenbauer Commander FX pumper

Sentinel emergency Solutions photo

Rosenbauer Commander FX pumper

Sentinel emergency Solutions photo

Rosenbauer Commander FX pumper

Sentinel emergency Solutions photo

Rosenbauer Commander FX pumper

Sentinel emergency Solutions photo

Rosenbauer Commander FX pumper

Sentinel emergency Solutions photo

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Chicago.cbslocal.com:

A fire broke out just after midnight Sunday at Biondillo’s Bakery, at 4900 W. Division St. in the Austin community.

Two Chicago firefighters were hurt. One was sent to Stroger Hospital in serious condition after he was struck by debris. The other was sent to West Suburban Medical Center in good condition.

The bakery was deemed a total loss. Investigators had not determined the cause of the fire Sunday afternoon.

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from cbs.local.com:

A fire broke out Sunday night in a three-story apartment building at 4820 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. in Bronzeville. Three Chicago police officers were hurt. The officers rushed in before Chicago firefighters arrived. They knocked on doors to wake people sleeping inside before the smoke and flames overwhelmed them. One of the officers collapsed at the scene. All three officers and four residents suffered smoke inhalation and were transported to hospitals.

A 5-year-old boy was in good condition and being treated at Mercy Hospital Saturday morning. The officers were still recovering late Sunday, but were in good condition at the emergency room.

The building, which was built in 1905, was reduced to a burned-out shell. Firefighters were not saying Sunday what triggered the extra-alarm blaze, but they said it is not suspicious.

Despite a massive amount of smoke, witnesses said the officers ran into the burning building trying to get people out.

Firefighters believe the fire started in the basement before quickly spreading to the upper floors.

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New Chicago Fire Department replica models

This from Fire Replicas:

Preview of Chicago’s 1948 Mack L Sedan Cab Pumpers

Die-Cast replica of Chicago FD Mack Sedan cab pumpers

Die-Cast replica of Chicago FD Mack Sedan cab pumpers

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A request for assistance

This from a reader:

Hello

My name is Odd Jakob Haaland from Norway . I hope  you can help me  identifying a fire station 🙂 . My father was in Usa from 1952 to 1956 , I have a super 8 movie clip from 1952 , but I’m not sure where the movie was recorded but i know he was in Chicago and other places , My father is passed away so i cant ask him . I use Google street view and i found a similar fire station with railroad track behind the building  The attached screenshot can it be from Chicago Fire Dept Eng 69 ? There is also a picture of a trolley buss ? The sign on the buss says Irving Park ? Can anyone confirm that the pictures are from the Irving park – Chicago area and Fire Dept Eng 69 ?
 
Thank you in advance
 
Best regards Odd Jakob haaland
still frame from 1952 from movie showing Chicago firehouse
still frame from 1952 from movie showing Chicago firehouse
still frame from 1952 from movie showing Chicago firehouse
still frame from 1952 from movie showing Chicago firehouse
still frame from 1952 from movie showing Chicago firehouse
still frame from 1952 from movie showing old Chicago transit bus
  still frame from 1952 from movie showing old Chicago transit bus
Google Maps Street View of Chicago FD Engine 69 firehouse

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Newport Township FPD squad for sale

Found on govdeals.com:

1985 Mack MR686P Saulsbury Rescue – Tow Away Or Flatbed Required

1985 Mack MR686P LCF, 11.0L L6 DIESEL.
Starts
5980 engine hours
Maintained every 300 hours
Engine runs excellent. Instant start, good power, engine brake
Allison 4 speed automatic transmission. Needs repair
Rear drive shaft is broken, rear axle is broken, rear leaf spring is broken. Axle is separated from truck.

Tires flat

Comes with:
Large PTO generator
7 ton crane
Extensive electrical cord reels
Numerous ground lights
Ladder storage
Prepiped Hurst extrication reels
Rear walk-in squad body, with heater
Seating for 4
Lights and storage

former Lutherville VFC squad for sale

Newport Township FPD photo

former Lutherville VFC squad for sale

Newport Township FPD photo

interior of Saulsbury rescue for sale

Newport Township FPD photo

thanks Tom

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New engine for Lake Forest (more)

From the Marion Body Works Facebook page:

Final Inspection for Lake Forest Fire Department

Spartan/Marion Body Works fire engine

Marion Body Works photo

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New home for Glen Ellyn fire engine

This from Danny Nelms:

One of the old engines from Glen Ellyn is currently  serving the Manchester KY FD as their squad 5 

Manchester, KY –  Squad 5 (x-Glen Ellyn, IL) – 1994 Spartan Silent Knight/3-D 1500/750
Greg Stapleton photo
former Glen Ellyn FD fire engine

Greg Stapleton photo

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New engine for Argonne National Labs FD (more)

From the Legacy Fire Apparatus Facebook page:

Coming to Chicagoland soon. Argonne National Labs new pumper is starting to take shape. Love this black out package!

fire engine being built

Legacy Fire Apparatus photo

fire engine being built

Legacy Fire Apparatus photo

fire engine being built

Legacy Fire Apparatus photo

fire engine being built

Legacy Fire Apparatus photo

fire engine being built

Legacy Fire Apparatus photo

fire engine being built

Legacy Fire Apparatus photo

fire engine being built

Legacy Fire Apparatus photo

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