Archive for December 17th, 2021

Chicago Fire Department news (more)

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An arbitrator has ruled that several unions representing Chicago firefighters and other city employees must follow Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s COVID-19 vaccination policy. The ruling means that the union employees will lose pay if they do not receive a first shot by Dec. 31. They must get a second shot by Jan. 31 if they choose a two-dose vaccine.

The ruling issued Wednesday applies to the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 21, Service Employees International Union Local 73, Teamsters Local 700, and Coalition of Unionized Public Employees.

The ruling does not apply to members of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, which has been engaged in a bitter battle with the mayor over the mandate. A Cook County judge suspended the Dec. 31 vaccination deadline for police and sent the issue to arbitration, which begins Dec. 27.


The city’s law department praised Wednesday’s decision, which comes after dozens of firefighters and paramedics who defied the reporting requirement were placed on no-pay status and sent home.

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House fire in Milwaukee, 12-16-21

This from Asher Heimermann:

Milwaukee firefighters responded to a house fire on North 35th Street near West Auer Avenue just before 11 PM on Thursday, December 16th. The fire spread to two other homes.

According to early reports, children were trapped and trying to exit from second floor windows.
Six children were transported to Children’s Hospital and two adults went to Froedtert Hospital.

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Cicero firefighter injured battling fire, 12-17-21

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A Cicero firefighter was injured Friday morning while battling a fire that broke out in a two-story house in the 5400 block of 30th Place at 5:45 a.m.

Firefighters were entering the house when the first floor collapsed, causing a firefighter to fall into the basement. The firefighter, identified by officials as 30-year-old Patrick Phillips, was transported to Loyola Hospital with second degree burns to his neck and first degree burns to his back and chest. Phillips joined the department about a year ago and is expected to make a full recovery.

No other injuries have been reported at this time.

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New home for South Elgin engine

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr.

Found this on Facebook. 

This is from South Elgin originally. Then it went out to the Penn forest VFD in Pennsylvania. 
Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Company donates fire engine to Mayfield-Graves Fire Rescue in Kentuckt
former South Elgin Fire District fire engine

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