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Barrington Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Four month old Scarlett Soeder was the star of Monday night’s Barrington village board meeting.

Two months ago Barrington firefighters and police rushed to Scarlett’s home when her mother called 911 to report Scarlett didn’t have a pulse and was not breathing. The first responders police officers and firefighter/paramedics who saved Scarlett were honored at the village board session.

Reading from an account by the Northwest Community Emergency Medical Services System, Barrington Fire Chief Jim Arie said a police officer started CPR on Scarlett just before firefighters arrived Nov, 20. The officer, John McGowan, then handed Scarlett to Assistant Fire Chief Bruce Peterson, who continued chest compressions. In the ambulance, firefighters continued the chest compressions and performed other lifesaving measures.

Once she arrived at the hospital, Scarlett, who didn’t have any previous medical problems, was moving all her limbs and breathing without assistance. Sher underwent emergency surgery for a heart defect and she’s now healthy. 

Arie said the outcome was an example of how Barrington firefighters and police — both headquartered in a public safety building on Northwest Highway — work well together. He said the firefighters and police interact daily in the same complex, sometimes sharing meals or just chatting.

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Dekalb Fire Department news

Excerpts from the daily-chronicle.com:

The Dekalb City Council will consider on Monday whether to begin a fleet leasing program. Funding for what city staff said are priority vehicles such as fire apparatus and large dump trucks for snow removal has been hard to come by, documents show. The fiscal 2020 budget accounts for a new fire engine expected to cost more than half a million dollars.

A 2017 look at the state of DeKalb’s police and fire vehicles, as well as equipment utilized by the Public Works Department, found that vehicles have been in a state of decline since 2006. Of the 173 vehicles in the city’s fleet, 95 of them were deemed to be beyond their useful life. Finding funds in the city’s capital budget has been a continuous yearly challenge. As an alternative, the city will consider options to lease new vehicles instead of buying them.

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

The city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications will pay $75 million dollars to upgrade the 911 center. The new system will accept texts, photos and videos, and it will be able to automatically pinpoint a cell phone caller’s location. That same technology will be able to find the nearest first responder police officer or firefighter.

The city’s current 911 system is almost 25 years old making it important to upgrade considering most calls come from cell phones. The new system will be able to handle all digital inputs. Both police and fire dispatch operations in the city will have access to the same information in real time. The transition to the new 911 center will take 3 years.

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New tanker for Troy FPD (more)

From the Ferrara Fire Apparatus Facebook page:

Thank you to Troy Fire Protection District for choosing #Ferrarafire. They recently accepted delivery on both a new pumper and tanker. Both trucks feature Hale pumps and custom extruded aluminum bodies.

Troy Fire Protection District, Troy, Illinois so#H6534
 
Type:   Commercial Tanker
Chassis:   Freightliner
Body:   Extruded Aluminum Body
Pump:   Side Mount – Hale QFLO 1000 GPM
Tank:   3000-gallon water

 

Freightliner/Ferrara fire tanker

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Freightliner/Ferrara fire tanker

Ferrara FIre Apparatus photo

3,000-gallon Ferrara tanker

Ferrara FIre Apparatus photo

3,000-gallon Ferrara tanker

Ferrara FIre Apparatus photo

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New engine for Evergreen Park (more)

Update pictures from E-ONE of the new engine for Evergreen Park

E-ONE fire engine being built so#142705

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E-ONE fire engine being built so#142705

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E-ONE fire engine being built so#142705

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E-ONE fire engine being built so#142705

E-ONE photo

E-ONE fire engine being built so#142705

E-ONE photo

E-ONE fire engine being built so#142705

E-ONE photo

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

Chicago taxpayers spent nearly $210 million on police and fire overtime last year — and another $33.7 million on lump-sum payments to departing employees, most of them police officers. One retiring officer walked out the door with $276,053 for stockpiled compensatory time and another $9,236 for unused vacation days. Records show scores of other six-figure checks and hundreds of payments that topped $20,000.

In private industry, employees are routinely required to use comp time within a defined period of time. They are not allowed to accumulate a career’s worth of comp time and cash it out when they leave. City tradespeople and members of AFSCME get cash only for overtime. Their most recent contracts do not allow for comp time. Chicago police officers are exceptions to that rule.

Five months ago, the Chicago Police Department spent $67.6 million on overtime through the first six months of 2019 despite a 10-year high in staff and an all-time high in technology.

The mayor said she was angry and frustrated and planned to hold then-Police Supt. Eddie Johnson personally accountable for reining in an abuse that Chicago taxpayers can’t afford. Johnson is gone, fired for lying to the mayor about an  incident in mid-October.

The mayor’s attempt to put the police and fire departments on the hot seat about runaway overtime has not yet produced tangible results. Through Nov. 30, the city spent $131.2 million on police overtime, matching the 12-month total for the year before. The fire department spent $78.7 million through Nov. 30, a 16 percent increase from the 12-month total the year before and a more than sixfold increase from the $12.8 million spent on overtime in 2011.

A budget spokesperson said the spike was principally driven by 456 vacancies in the uniformed ranks and by minimum manning requirements in the firefighters’ contract that specifies at least five members are required on all apparatus and the number of existing companies which all must be maintained. The minimum manning requirement triggered the 1980 firefighters strike.  As of 2019, the CFD has eliminated the use of mandatory overtime that was once relied on to staff the five new ambulances recently added into service.

A police department spokesman said major structural changes have now been put in place in an effort to control overtime going forward. Police personnel finally started swiping in and out of work in September. Each commander is now given an overtime budget to manage. Every two weeks, that overtime spending is“audited within the Compstat process.

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New Battalion 6 buggy for Glenview

This from Max Weingardt:

New Glenview Battalion 6 is A 2019 Ford Expedition Fully outfitted by Bredemann Ford

2019 Ford Expedition for a fire chief

Max Weingardt photo

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Box Alarm fire in Skokie, 1-21-20

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

A fire occurred in a house being renovated in the 5200-block of Fargo Avenue between Niles Center Road and the Edens Expressway in Skokie Tuesday morning. Just before 6 a.m. a police officer noticed the fire and called it in. The flames spread quickly.

The fire is under investigation. The cause is unknown.

smoke from house on fire at night

Tim Olk photo

house under renovation destroyed by fire

Tim Olk photo

Firefighters at scene of a house fire

Tim Olk photo

Firefighter after fighting a house fire

Tim Olk photo

house under renovation destroyed by fire

Tim Olk photo

house under renovation destroyed by fire

Tim Olk photo

house under renovation destroyed by fire

Tim Olk photo

house under renovation destroyed by fire

Tim Olk photo

house under renovation destroyed by fire

Tim Olk photo

house under renovation destroyed by fire

Tim Olk photo

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New engine for Lake Zurich (more)

From the Pierce Flickr site:

Pierce, Lake Zurich, IL, 33699-1

New Pierce Saber pumper for the Lake Zurich FD

Pierce composite

thanks AL

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Palatine Fire Department news

Palatine FD Press Release

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