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Gary Fire Department news

Excerpts from the nwitimes.com:

The Gary Fire Department plans to add five new engines to its fleet and could also start construction on a new fire station this year.

The city council has approved a resolution calling for the appropriation of $2.3 million for the lease/purchase of the engines.

The fire department currently has seven engines that are between 17 and 26 years old and in disrepair, while another three are relatively new. According to Fire Chief Paul Bradley, five of the older fire engines will be replaced with the new engines.

His goal is to have 10 fire engines in operation in the city once all the new engines have been delivered and some new firefighters are added to the department.

The trucks will be located throughout the city. Depending on how the bidding process goes, the first one or two trucks could be delivered in June with the rest delivered by the end of the year.

The new fire engines are expected to be paid for over the next seven years through a lease-purchase program. The money would come from fees collected through ambulance runs. Bradley said last year the city hired a new company that was doing a better job of collecting the fees. Some of the money was used to purchase new ambulances last year.

In addition, the city last year received a $758,044 grant for the purchase of 133 self-contained breathing apparatus devices, which supply oxygen to firefighters when they are battling fires.

Bradley also hopes the fire department can start this year on construction of a new fire station at 4900 Pennsylvania St. to house firefighters who currently are housed at the Calumet Township Multipurpose Center, 1900 W. 41st Ave.

The chief hopes the new Fire Station 5 can be completed next year. The last new fire house in the city was built in the 1990s.

The fire department is also in the process of hiring new firefighters. There are currently 182 firefighters in the city and Bradley said he would like to have a force of 200.

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Chicago orders new squads (more)

This from Niko Stefani:

Here is my video of the brand new Squad Co. 7 and 7A performing a quick demo with the snorkel. We then see all 4 rigs drive in a convoy to fleet where the old 7 and 7A will be spares. Enjoy!

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Schaumburg Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Schaumburg Fire Chief Dave Schumann has announced he will retire at the end of August after serving 42 years in the fire service, 38 of them spent in Schaumburg and 18 as the department’s chief.

Schumann was hired by the Schaumburg Fire Department in 1979, and he rose through the ranks by being promoted to lieutenant in 1986, captain in 1991, and deputy chief in 1993. When former Chief Ed Lacey retired, Schumann was appointed acting chief in October 1998 before being appointed chief in February 1999.

Throughout his tenure, Chief Schumann saw the department through a variety of capital building projects including the construction of two new fire stations, major reconstruction and expansion of two others, and construction of a dedicated Emergency Operations Center.

He increased education requirements for fire department applicants and firefighters seeking promotion; helped the department transition to a regional 911 Center at Northwest Central Dispatch; and expanded emergency medical services by implementing advanced life support capabilities on all firefighting vehicles.

Schumann also spearheaded fire code upgrades including mandatory fire alarm upgrades and sprinkler system installation in older high-rise buildings; mandatory sprinkler system installation in nearly all classifications of new buildings, including single family dwellings.

New programs that developed under his watch include fire company inspections of businesses in their response districts, mandatory fitness training for firefighters, and an expansion of public education programs, primarily for senior citizens. He also initiated the process currently underway for the department to receive agency accreditation by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.

The village will commence a comprehensive recruitment process to find Schaumburg’s new fire chief, which may span a period of several months. Schumann’s last day with the village will be Friday, Aug. 25.

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from dnainfo.com:

Contractors who do inferior work would face harsh penalties under a measure set to be considered by the Chicago City Council. The crackdown, ordered by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, was prompted by the death of Chicago Firefighter Daniel Capuano in December 2015.

The change is designed to streamline Building Commissioner Judy Frydland’s authority to penalize contractors who do not follow city building codes or get the proper permits. The new rules would increase punishment as multiple violations are found by inspectors, starting with a hold on permits and including the revocation of licenses of companies who fail to comply.

Capuano died while working to extinguish a warehouse fire at 92nd Street and Baltimore Avenue in South Chicago. He fell two stories down an unmarked elevator shaft while battling the smoky blaze.

The department of buildings determined that at the time of the fire that unauthorized work was being performed at the site, including complete removal of the elevator and other structural alterations.

The city demolished the warehouse a year after Capuano’s death.

The full City Council will consider the measure Feb. 22.

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New engine for Fox Lake (more)

Updated production photos from the Alexis Fire website of a new engine for the Fox Lake FPD

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Des Plaines Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

A 21-year-old driver with a history of speeding may have been traveling faster than 100 mph in a 40 mph zone when he slammed into another car in Des Plaines, killing himself and three members of a close-knit local family, officials said Friday.

After the wreckage cleared, a veteran suburban police chief called the crash the worst accident he has seen in 40 years.

“I can’t remember the last time I saw a quadruple (fatal) crash. It’s just horrific, the impact,” Des Plaines Police Chief William Kushner said. “Cars are safer now than they’ve ever been – seat belts, air bags – and it didn’t save anybody.”

Those killed in the crash were identified as Arlington Heights residents Anita Crawford, 50; her husband, Kevin Crawford, 52; and their eldest daughter, Kirsten Crawford, 20.

Piotr Rog, 21, of Des Plaines, the driver of a Mercedes that investigators said was at fault in the crash, was also pronounced dead.

Des Plaines police said Rog was driving the Mercedes at a high rate of speed west in the 100 block of East Northwest Highway around 8:55 p.m. Thursday when it slammed into a Chevrolet Impala driven by Kevin Crawford. The Impala was pushed into a Toyota Highlander traveling east.

A passenger in Rog’s Mercedes remained in critical condition Friday at Lutheran General Hospital with two people in a third car treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Kushner said the Crawford family’s car was so heavily damaged in the crash that it looked like a ball of aluminum foil, with the car’s transmission found by police officers more than 50 feet from the site.

“I can tell you, I was out at the crash scene from 9:15 p.m. to 2 a.m., and I could not find the front tire of their car,” Kushner said. “There were no skid marks on the road, and you don’t get that kind of damage unless (Rog) was driving at least double the posted 40 mph speed (limit), or more than 80 mph.” Kushner said in the news conference that Rog could have been driving even faster – more than 100 mph – at the time of the accident.

In the years since 2011, Rog had been ticketed for nine separate traffic-related offenses, including at least five times for traveling 15 or more mph over the speed limit, according to Cook County records. He was twice ticketed – once in Mount Prospect and another time in Glenview – for traveling 21 to 25 mph higher than the speed limit. His most recent Cook County ticket, the Glenview offense, was in August 2015, records show.

David Druker with the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office said Rog’s license had been suspended on three different occasions between April 2013 and October 2015 for moving violations, but Druker said Rog did have a valid driver’s license at the time of the crash.

Schmidt said the couple’s other two children, his 15-year-old granddaughter, Hailee, a sophomore at Prospect High School, and his 9-year-old grandson, Christian, a fourth-grader at Windsor Elementary School in Arlington Heights, are staying with him and his wife now.

 

 

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New tower ladder for the Morris FPD (more)

Excerpts from the MorrisHerald-news.com:

The Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District’s new ladder truck has the ability to save lives and property in a way no other truck on the fleet has before.

“The tower ladder truck was put in service less than a month ago and has already paid for itself in the property it has protected,” Chief Tracey Steffes said.

At a little more than $1 million, it replaces an old ladder truck which was nearly 20 years old. Morris responds to more than 6,000 calls a year.

“Every year, the ladder is tested and it’s never had a problem. … But for the past three or four years, we’ve had to look at whether we would replace it or refurbish it,” Steffes said. “We could sell it now to a station with fewer calls, where it could last them several years, and we could put that money towards the new truck.”

The minimum cost to restore the old ladder truck would have been $575,000 with only a one-year warranty. The fire department also could sell it for $150,000 and put that money toward the new purchase.

The Dwight Fire Protection District was able to buy the truck, which Steffes said should give them far more years out of it because of a smaller call volume.

The chief said that although the cost to the district may be substantial, the savings to the residents and business are large.

“We just had our (ISO) rating done and we went from a four to a three in town and from an eight to a five in rural areas. The ladder truck has a lot to do with that” Steffes said.

The tower ladder truck is being housed at station 1 because of its size. It also houses ground ladders and other supplies needed on calls.

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New engine for Sauk Village

New pumper/tanker for Sauk Village from US Tanker.com:

Spartan/US Tanker Heritage pumper 1500/2000

Sauk Village fire engine

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Sauk Village fire engine

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New tanker for Fox Lake (more)

Updated production photos of the tanker being built for Fox Lake by Alexis.

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Champaign Fire Department news

Excerpts from the news-gazette.com:

A $1.3 million Department of Homeland Security grant, awarded to the fire department last year, was formally enacted this week to hire six new firefighters.

The grant, called Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, will last for two years. City staff and the city council are now looking into their options for when the grant expires.

“We’re going to study this for two years to come up with a continuity plan,” said Fire Chief Gary Ludwig. “We want to figure out how we (keep the six firefighters) in the future without reducing city services.”

A proposition for the study, also being called a stainability plan, will have its first appearance at next Tuesday’s city council meeting. Ludwig said he’s not opposed to re-applying for the grant after it ends but he’s unsure if it will be made available again.

Champaign Budget Officer Molly Talkington said the study’s goal will be to “maintain the increased staffing level for Ladder 164 on a recurring basis after the grant expires.” Ladder 164 is located at fire station four on W. John street.

The increased staffing level at hand is 28 firefighters instead of 27. Whenever the station is short-staffed, which Ludwig said happens almost daily, firefighters are called back on mandatory overtime.

Over the past several years, that overtime has cost the department an additional $300,000 at minimum.

“Three years of data reflects that 3.25 – 4.00 firefighters are off each day for leave other than vacation or Kelly Days,” according to the report.

“A Kelly day is when each firefighter is given an average of 8.7 days off per fiscal year to compensate for working a 56-hour work week when a firefighter’s normal work week is 52 hours.”

In addition, Ladder 164 is currently staffed with two firefighters, which the report says causes safety concerns because the ladder can’t be fully operational.

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