Archive for September 29th, 2020

New squad for the Lockport Township FPD

From the Lockport Township FPD Facebook page:

On September 23rd, 2020, the Lockport Fire District placed Special Operations SQUAD #6 in service. This vehicle carries all of the Technical Rescue Team equipment for high angle, confined space, trench, and structure collapse rescues. It will be housed at Station #6 and respond along with Truck #6 for any special operations in the fire district and when called by any mutual aid departments. This vehicle replaces a 1990 Fargo trailer.

IHC/Hackney fire truck squad

Lockport Township FPD photo

thanks Dennis

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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from

Evanston aldermen are scheduled to approve modifications to the city’s contract with the International Association of Fire Fighters Tuesday that will postpone raises in return for a no-layoff guarantee. The agreement was reached as part of efforts to deal with the multi-million dollar revenue shortfall the city is facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It calls for the firefighters to forgo scheduled 2.25% raises on Jan. 1, 2021, and on Jan. 1, 2022, but instead receive a 5% wage increase on Dec. 31, 2022, the last day of the current contract. In return, the city agrees to maintain the current minimum staffing level of 26 firefighters per shift, rescind the layoffs of three firefighters that had been imposed late last month, and to not impose any additional layoffs for the duration of the contract.

Under the deal firefighter/paramedics will receive annual salaries starting Dec. 31, 2022, that range from $62,477.63 to $110,425.74 depending on their level of experience.

Earlier this year AFSCME-represented employees of the city agreed to take 10 unpaid furlough days as a cost-cutting measure. 

The city reportedly is still negotiating with the union representing police officers about possible cost reductions.

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Box alarm fire in North Chicago, 9-28-20

This from Jeff Rudolph:

9/28/20 – North Chicago 0504 hrs
Box 15-1 to the Box level for a well-involved house at 2330 Lewis Av. The house appeared to be vacant, and for sale.
Jeff Rudolph
Firefighters with hose line at night

Jeff Rudolph photo

smoke from vacant house on fire

Jeff Rudolph photo

heavy smoke from vacant house on fire

Jeff Rudolph photo

Pierce fire engine on scene

Jeff Rudolph photo

Firefighter silhouette with hose line on a ladder

Jeff Rudolph photo

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