Archive for April 12th, 2023

Hinsdale Fire Department news

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Hinsdale trustees voted last week to buy a new pumper for $840,000, but an official questioned the village’s go-it-alone approach.

The cost would have been $550,000 two years ago, which is when the fire department first proposed replacing one of its two pumpers.

Before the vote, Village President Tom Cauley called for the fire department to share costs with departments in Clarendon Hills, Western Springs, and Oak Brook. Combined, he said, the four towns have seven pumpers.

“There must be some way we can share equipment. I’m just frustrated that we don’t do more of this,” Cauley said. “I don’t have any problems with spending this, but it’s just absurd that each village buys its own equipment for itself.”

He said pumpers are used only a few times a year for structure fires.

“We don’t live on an island,” Cauley said. “I think we should take advantage of the fact that we have surrounding communities that have lots of equipment.”

Fire Chief John Giannelli said the village had three pumpers until several years ago, with costs driving the decision to not replace one of them. He said pumpers were also needed to respond to hazardous material incidents and extrications.

The village’s vehicle policy advises replacing fire trucks after 16 years. Now, the village’s pumpers are 23 and 9 years old. Because of supply chain issues, a new pumper wouldn’t be built for at least two years.

Only one trustee voted against buying the $840,000 pumper.

“I feel strongly that we should continue to study what we can do,” he said. “I can’t believe that four small municipalities that have a total population of less than $50,000 have all these fire trucks. That’s just bizarre.”

In 2021, Cauley waded into a debate in Clarendon Hills about whether that village should replace its ladder truck, which was expected to cost more than $1 million.

Cauley said he wondered whether Clarendon Hills needed such a truck when Hinsdale had one.

Clarendon Hills officials were considering not replacing the ladder truck. But after a local outcry, they decided to buy one.

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Elmhurst Fire Department news

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Elmhurst Fire Chief Bill Anaszewicz has left after 27 years at the fire department.

In a brief news release Tuesday afternoon, the city announced the exit of Anaszewicz, calling him the former chief. It said Anaszewicz resigned from his position after finding a new employment opportunity, which the news release did not detail.

According to the release, Richard Dufort was appointed as the interim fire chief. He is a 30-year veteran of the department.

Anaszewicz became the permanent chief in October after a unanimous city council vote. He was the acting chief for a year and a half.

Anaszewicz’s predecessor, Tom Freeman, also left quickly. He gave four days’ notice before retiring in 2021, though he praised the city government in his resignation letter. 

In December, some city council members pondered scaling back the fire department.

In 2021, the city council majority clashed with the firefighters union over advanced life support equipment. Firefighters wanted such gear on city fire trucks, while aldermen said it was enough that the city’s private ambulance service had it.

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