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Fire Service News

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An existing federal tax deduction for health care expenses can now be used by more police, fire, and EMS personnel nationwide, including in Illinois, and may help to reduce taxable earnings by up to $3,000.

The Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA) encourages retired public safety officers to take advantage of the Healthcare Enhancement for Local Public Safety Retirees Act, or the “HELPS” Retiree Act. This act allows retired law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency services personnel across the United States to lower their taxable pension income by excluding premiums for health insurance. These retirees may reduce their taxable earnings by up to $3,000 for medical insurance premiums paid during a calendar year.

“There was previously a requirement that the premium had to be deducted from the retiree’s pension check in order to qualify for HELPS credit,” said IPPFA President James McNamee. “That is no longer the case following the adoption of the federal Secure 2.0 retirement law. Any premium paid for health, accident or long-term care insurance qualifies for the credit.”

The $3,000 deduction does not appear on the annual 1099R form that is sent out by the pension or retirement fund. The retiree must claim the deduction on his or her personal 1040 tax form on line 5B. Instructions on claiming the deduction are included in IRS Publication 575, page seven, General Information / Insurance Premiums for Retired Public Safety Officers.

Since claiming the deduction is not a simple matter, it is recommended that pensioners consult with their tax preparer to properly make the claim. If pension benefits are administered by a pension administration company, retirees may obtain additional information by contacting that company. Note that married couples where both the parties are retired police/fire/EMS may take a reduction in income of up to $6,000.

The IPPFA was founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit organization whose mandate was to educate public pension fund trustees. In 2009 the IPPFA became the primary education provider for public pension fund trustees in the state of Illinois, and its members manage benefits for more than 40,000 active and retired fire and police personnel with more than $18 billion in pension assets.

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Chicagoland Fire Department run totals for 2023 (more)

Updated listing of Chicagoland Fire Department run totals for 2023 from Denis McGuire, Jr.

Thank  you to all those who helped complete this project. 
Special Thank you to: 
Tyler Tobolt
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Area ambulances on order

This from Tyler Tobolt:

I will provide a running list of ambulances currently on order that I’ve gathered either from word of mouth or board meeting minutes. Ambulances are much harder to find information about when compared to  fire apparatus. These are also between 2022-2024 

Algonquin LITH – Freightliner/Horton Type 1
Aurora – Ford F-550 Type 1
Bensenville – (2) E-450/AEV Type 3
Berwyn – (2)  unknown specs
Bolingbrook – Ford F-550/Wheeled Coach for M3 & M4 
Chicago Heights – (2) unknown specs
East Joliet – 2023 Ford F-550/Horton Type 1
Elburn – Ford/Horton
Elgin – (3) Ford F-450/Wheeled Coach Type 1 
Elk Grove Village – Ford F-550 Type 1
Evanston – Ford F-550/Horton  Type 1
Evergreen Park – unknown specs
Fox Lake – AEV Traumahawk Type 3 
Glen Ellyn – (2) unknown specs
Hampshire – unknown specs
Inverness – unknown specs
Lisle – (2) Ford F-550/Demers Type 1
Long Grove – RAM/Horton Type 1
McHenry – (2) AEV unknown specs due Oct 2024
McHenry – (2) Wheeled Coach unknown specs due Oct 2025 
Minooka – Ford/Horton 
Mundelein – unknown specs
Naperville – (2) Freightliner/Horton Type 1
Niles – unknown specs
North Aurora –  Wheeled Coach
North Maine – unknown specs
Orland – Horton unknowns specs
Plainfield – Ford unknown specs
Pleasantview – approved, not officially ordered
River Forest  – unknown specs
Rockford – (3) Ford F-550 Type 1 
Rockton – Ford E-450 Type 3 unknow specs
Westchester – 2026 F-550/Wheeled Coach Type I
Westmont – Ford F-550/Horton Type I 

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Joliet Fire Department News

From December memos for two new engines. 

Budget Amending Ordinance 2 New Fire Engine Purchases (003)


WHEREAS, after holding a public hearing and giving notice thereof in the manner provided by law and ordinance, the Mayor and City Council have examined and approved an Annual Budget for the City of Joliet for the fiscal year 2023; and

WHEREAS, the 2023 Annual Budget did not include a recommended expenditure of $ 200,000 for the additional purchase of the 2 Fire Engine Purchases; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council hereby find the 2023 Annual Budget should be amended to include said unforeseen expenditures; and

WHEREAS, funds are available to effectuate the purpose of the amendment; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council hereby find that the proposed amendment to the Annual Budget is fiscally sound and adoption is in the best interests of the residents of the City of Joliet.


SECTION 1: The 2023 Annual Budget for the City of Joliet, Will and Kendall Counties, Illinois is hereby amended to include a $200,000 expenditure (Org 30070020, Object 557500) utilizing General Funds for the additional purchase requirements of the 2 new Fire Engines.

SECTION 2: The Annual Budget and amendment approved by this Ordinance shall collectively constitute an “Annual Budget” for the purposes of Section 8-2-9.1-1 through 8-2-9.10, inclusive, of the Illinois Municipal Code (65 ILCS 5/8-2-9.1 et seq.), as amended, and as an annual appropriation ordinance as set forth in Section 8-2-9.4 thereof.

SECTION 3: This Ordinance is adopted pursuant to the home rule powers granted the City of Joliet by Article VII, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of Illinois. In addition, this Ordinance is adopted pursuant to the authority and in accordance with the procedures set forth by law. To the extent that this Ordinance conflicts with any provision of law, this Ordinance shall be construed so as to preempt such law pursuant to the home rule powers of the City of Joliet. This Ordinance shall be deemed severable.

SECTION 4: This Ordinance shall be in effect immediately upon its passage.


(partial) Meeting Minutes – Final Tuesday, December 5, 2023 5:30 PM City Hall, Council Chambers Public Safety Committee


Ordinance Amending the 2023 Budget for the Two New Fire TMP-6707 Engine Purchases

Attachments: Budget Amending Ordinance 2 New Fire Engine Purchases (003)

Jeff Price briefly explains Ordinance Amending the 2023 Budget for the Two New Fire Engine Purchases

Councilwoman Quillman, and Councilwoman Reardon ask questions about price difference.

Jeff Price explains difference.

Councilman Clement questions why if original contract was signed would there would be any price increases.

Jeff Price explains price difference from original contract is because of changes they made not because they increased original contract.

A motion was made by Councilman Joe Clement, seconded by Councilwoman Sherri Reardon, to recommend for approval COUNCIL MEMO #TMP-6707: Ordinance Amending the 2023 Budget for the Two New Fire Engine Purchases.

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