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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from Evanstonnow.com:

Evanston aldermen are scheduled to approve modifications to the city’s contract with the International Association of Fire Fighters Tuesday that will postpone raises in return for a no-layoff guarantee. The agreement was reached as part of efforts to deal with the multi-million dollar revenue shortfall the city is facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It calls for the firefighters to forgo scheduled 2.25% raises on Jan. 1, 2021, and on Jan. 1, 2022, but instead receive a 5% wage increase on Dec. 31, 2022, the last day of the current contract. In return, the city agrees to maintain the current minimum staffing level of 26 firefighters per shift, rescind the layoffs of three firefighters that had been imposed late last month, and to not impose any additional layoffs for the duration of the contract.

Under the deal firefighter/paramedics will receive annual salaries starting Dec. 31, 2022, that range from $62,477.63 to $110,425.74 depending on their level of experience.

Earlier this year AFSCME-represented employees of the city agreed to take 10 unpaid furlough days as a cost-cutting measure. 

The city reportedly is still negotiating with the union representing police officers about possible cost reductions.

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Peoria Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from pjstar.com:

One of the two shuttered fire houses in the city could come back online until March 2021 under a proposed agreement by the local firefighters union, but whether city hall, which took two engines offline as a way to save money during the pandemic, accepts the deal is unknown.

Peoria Firefighters Union Local 50, said the they would drop an unfair labor practice lawsuit and use the anticipated $500,000 judgment they had won to help replace one fire engine. The deal would also call for the addition of seven firefighter positions which could be staffed through overtime or the hiring of new employees. 

The two sides have been in a series of negotiations since April over how many fire trucks would remain in service. The negotiations kicked into high gear after the council voted in late August to cut the two engines and shutter Stations 4 and 20.

The estimated cost to staff a fire engine is about $1.1 million. The union’s decision to forego the $600,000 is about half that, or six months, which would push a final decision out to March. The deal, however, still has to get council approval, which could come at a special meeting since the budgetary cuts are supposed to take effect on Oct. 1.

It wasn’t clear which engine would come back as part of this deal. Station 4 was to close on Oct. 1, while Station 20 was to close at some time yet to be determined. The union had been bargaining with the city for weeks to save jobs and keep fire houses open. The elimination of a fire truck often results in the closure of a house.

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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-26-20

From CFD media on Twitter:

S&B @ 0047, 211 @ 0119 4712 -14 W Chicago 1 story auto body shop 100 X 150 partial Bow truss roof. 211 struck out @ 0158. No injuries no transports at present. Fire is out companies doing salvage and overhaul

Update 4712 -14 W Chicago. Companies picking up at present no injuries no transports. Companies returning in service.

2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago

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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago

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New Engine for Prospect Heights (more)

Updated production photos of the new engine for Prospect Heights

stainless steel fire engine being built

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New ambulance for Elgin

From the Fire Service, Inc Facebook page:

Congratulations Elgin Fire Department on the recent delivery of a new 2020 Wheeled Coach Type I! 

We are proud to provide an emergency vehicle your department community can depend on! 

Specs: Ford F-450 4×4 chassis, CoolBAR HVAC, DuraSeam doors, liquid spring suspension, Whelen LED warning light package, Stryker Powerload, & marine-grade plywood cabinets.

Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance

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Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance

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chevron striping on back of ambulance

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Stryker Powerload system in ambulance

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New engine for the Evanston FD (more)

Friday morning the EFD placed in service our new Engine Co. 22 with a traditional wet down and push in ceremony. Fire Chaplin Monte Dillard also blessed our new rig. Our thanks to all who supported the purchase and spec design of this outstanding apparatus that will serve the City of Evanston for decades to come! 
 
Engine 22 is a 2020 Pierce Enforcer. 450 hp,  Waterous midship 1500-gpm pump with 500-gallon tank.
Firefighters push-in new fire engine

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new fire engine for Evanston FD

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New engine for the Troy FPD (more)

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:

Troy FPD new Rosenbauer engine 

Rosenbauer Commander fire engine

Chi-Town Fire Photos

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Mattoon Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the jg-tc.com:

The City pf Mattoon will likely appeal a state panel’s ruling that the Mattoon Fire Department’s ambulance service should be reinstated. The three ambulances have been in storage since the city shuttered its emergency medical service on July 25, 2018, but officials have said that new equipment would be needed before the service could resume.

An Illinois Labor Relations Board State Panel ruled on Aug. 18 that the service should be restored because the city violated firefighters’ collective bargaining agreement by the way it was eliminated.

The city administrator said the ruling hinges on differing interpretations of the Illinois Substitutes Act’s scope and that the city maintains that it did not substitute unqualified contractors for firefighter-paramedics, but instead exercised its right to eliminate the municipal ambulance service and rely instead on the certified paramedics in existing private service in Mattoon.
 
The case stems from the city council adopting a resolution on July 18, 2017 to eliminate the ambulance service as a cost cutting measure. City officials reported then that this service was too costly and was duplicating the work of private providers. Mattoon Firefighters Association Local 691, which subsequently filed grievances, has maintained that the service provided essential community care and city revenue.

Following rulings in favor of the city and the union on various points, the ambulance dispute reached a new stage with the state panel’s recent ruling.

“The city implemented the change in the firefighters’ working conditions under the parties’ current agreement without bargaining to impasse or submitting the matter to interest arbitration,” the panel wrote. “Because the parties’ collective bargaining agreement requires the parties to provide ambulance services, the cessation of city-operated ambulance services and the resultant transfer of firefighters’ work responding to emergency medical calls changed the existing conditions of employment.”

Firefighters union President Bart Owen said the appeals process can take up to a year. He noted that the union’s civil contempt filing from last year in Coles County Circuit Court is still pending. This filing calls for the city to be held in contempt for not bringing contracted staffing levels back up to 30 firefighters as called for by a Dec. 9, 2019 court ruling.

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Peoria Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from peoriapublicradio.org:

An attempt to reverse the planned budget-related cuts of two Peoria Fire Department engines fell short Tuesday night, after the city council unanimously agreed to issue $4 million in working cash bonds to keep the Peoria Civic Center afloat.

A District 2 council member proposed increasing the city’s borrowing to $15 million as a way to save fire department engines 4 and 20, and 22 associated positions. That $15 million figure represented an additional $1 million beyond the $10 million proposed earlier this month and the $4 million for the Civic Center. The proposal contingent on the firefighters’ union agreeing to a $500,000 settlement of a pending unfair labor practices appeal.

After firefighters’ union president Ryan Brady said he would need seven days to hear from his members on the willingness to agree to a settlement, the legality of that contingency raised some question, with one suggesting it might be a quid pro quo. The council eventually consulted with the city attorney in a 30-minute executive session prior to the vote. But those who opposed the plan said the issue already had been decided.

Money to repay the $4 million, 10-year bond for the civic center will come from hotel, restaurant, and amusement tax dollars. The civic center does not have the authority to issue its own bonds.

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Lockport FPD news

From the Lockport FPD Facebook page:

The Lockport Fire Foundation is sponsoring a fundraiser selling masks to raise money to support the Fire District. Attached you will see a sample of the Lockport Fire mask. The mask comes in three different sizes: Men’s, Women’s/Teen and Youth and is 100% polyester. Please share with family and friends! Masks are available for purchase on our website www.lockportfire.org All masks are $10 each. If you are needing your order shipped a $5 fee will be added. Once the masks are in, I will send an email out. You will be able to pick up your order at DAC (station 6). Payment must be received before your order will be released. Some of the Fire Foundation’s previous purchases for the District include the Gator, car seats for the ambulances and thermal imaging cameras. Currently we are working on raising money for a new digital sign for Station 2.

fire department selling face masks during pandemic

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