Archive for October 4th, 2021

New truck for Highland Park (more)

From Tim Olk:

Highland Park FD Tower Ladder 33

Pierce Arrow XT Ascendant mid-mount platform aerial

Tim Olk photo

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Peoria Fire Department news (more)

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Peoria firefighters are calling for the resources cut to the department to be restored.

On Oct. 1, 2020, Peoria Fire Station 4 on SW Jefferson Street was closed due to COVID-19 budget projections, but that decision was reversed about six weeks later.

“So many calls come from that area of town and that’s when we made the decision as an administration that we probably need to reopen station 4,” said Chief Jim Bachman of the Peoria Fire Department.

As Station 4 reopened, Station 8 on West Hurlburt street, along with Engine 2, were put on the chopping block.

Due to cuts made dating back about 18 months, Ryan Brady, the president of Peoria Firefighters Local 50, said the city has lost nine firefighters on the streets.

“Trying to respond to multiple emergencies [while] keeping fire to room of origin honestly has become a daunting task,” Brady said.

Brady is calling on city officials to restore Engine 2, which he said was included in a balanced 2019-2020 budget.

One councilwoman said she agrees that the city should go back and review cuts made to public safety.

The city has earmarked COVID-19 relief funds to address job cuts, but the city council has not decided which areas would be impacted.

“If the end result comes at the loss of a civilian, another civilian, because we’ve had four civilians that have died as a result of fires this year, or even a firefighter, we’re going to have some serious problems,” Brady said.

A new Fire Station 4 is being built on Western Avenue and though the new location will be better to serve the community, they still expect response gaps.

The Peoria Fire Department is on pace to answer 22,000 calls this year, which would be the most in the department’s history.


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Bartlett & Countryside Fire Protection District news

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The Bartlett Fire District responded to a structure fire in the area of Lambert and Spaulding at 6:15 p.m. where an auto repair shop was on fire along with the 20 cars that to the building.

37 firefighters from South Elgin, Elgin, Streamwood, Hanover Park, and Fox River Countryside assisted in the fire that was brought under control at 8:42 p.m. The building has been deemed uninhabitable. Nobody was hurt in the fire.