Archive for May 15th, 2020

Fire service news

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In the middle of a pandemic that has taken the lives of 26 firefighters, the nation is losing more firefighters. COVID-19 related budget cuts — in communities large and small – have resulted in the layoff or furlough of at least 935 fire department employees, including front-line firefighters, EMTs & paramedics. This new data comes from an International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) survey that also projects as many as 30,000 fire department jobs lost this year and next.

The pandemic’s impact goes beyond paid, career firefighters. Donations to volunteer fire departments are down due to high unemployment. Key fundraising events are cancelled because of stay-at-home orders. It’s expected COVID-19 cuts will force some volunteer departments to close, leaving entire communities without nearby fire and emergency medical services.

The IAFC is asking Congress and The White House to help offset these losses with a request of $10 billion that will go directly to the nation’s fire departments. Two very successful grant programs authorized by Congress years ago are the most efficient means to quickly get help to communities facing the loss of fire protection and emergency medical services.

One program, Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER), has been operating since 2003. SAFER helps career and volunteer departments maintain front-line firefighter staffing. Since 2000, Assistance for Firefighters Grants (AFG) has provided critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel. Each year, members of Congress proudly announce these grants for fire departments in their states and districts. It has never been more needed than now.

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Steve Redick:

I imagine that the rescue was from the early 60’s and it is interesting to see the old wooden aerial working next to what was a modern Snorkel

Chicago FD Snorkel 3

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New ambulance for Glenside FPD

From the Foster Coach Sales Facebook page:

Brand new custom Horton conversion on a Ford F550 

Horton Type 1 ambulance

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Horton Type I ambulance

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new ambulance for the Glenside FPD

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Mundelein Fire Department news (more)

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The Mundelein Fire Department will gain two shift lieutenants under a deal that settles complaints over a 2018 command staff restructuring. The deal, approved by the village board Monday and effective immediately, reverses the changes made in that controversial shuffling. The department will now have six lieutenants, up from four, and the number of full-time firefighters will drop from 20 to 18 as two firefighters will be promoted to lieutenant.

The village board enacted the 2018 organizational changes after officials said the fire department was top heavy. The changes left two officers to manage six firefighters per shift, as well as administrative officers. The reorganization was expected to save the village about $149,000 annually in salary and overtime cost reductions.

The International Association of Firefighters Local 4786 filed formal complaints with the Illinois Labor Relations Board in 2018 and 2019 over the command staff changes saying they violated a 2017 labor agreement between the union and the village. The changes approved Monday settle those complaints.

The board separately approved a four-year labor contract with the firefighters’ union that’ll last through April 2023. All firefighter-paramedics and lieutenants will receive .67% raises that are retroactively effective May 1. Additionally, they’ll receive 2.25% cost-of-living increases retroactive to May 1, 2.25% raises in May 2021 and 2.5% raises in May 2022. The new starting salary for a Mundelein firefighter will be $71,539 annually. The new average salary will be about $86,000 annually.

As part of the agreement, the fire department will be able to hire up to six additional firefighter-paramedics through an independent company, Metro Paramedic Services. The department employs six firefighters from that company now.

Hiring additional firefighters reduces departmental overtime costs. Hirings made over the last two years could save the village more than $500,000 in annual overtime costs, and it also saves the village nearly $3 million in lifetime pension obligations per firefighter.


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