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Rolling Meadows Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Terry Valentino has been officially sworn in as Rolling Meadows’ new fire chief.

Valentino, who was hired as deputy chief in 2014, spent 33 years with the Arlington Heights Fire Department and about two years in Schaumburg. He replaces Scott Franzgrote, who retired Sept. 29 after 27 years with the department.

At this week’s city council meeting, the mayor swore in Valentino and other recently promoted fire department personnel, including Deputy Chief Jeff Moxley, Battalion Chief Evan Dolinsky, and Lieutenant Dan Kusek.

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York Center Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

A fire Thursday morning caused extensive damage to a vacant townhouse on the 2S700 block of Avenue La Tours West near Oak Brook.

York Center Fire Protection District firefighters were called to the scene in unincorporated DuPage County at 5:25 a.m. and found the townhouse completely engulfed in flames. The townhouse was being renovated at the time and no one was inside.

Firefighters from York Center, Oak Brook, Lombard, and Villa Park responded. The cause of the blaze is under investigation by the DuPage County Fire Investigation Task Force.

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Merrionette Park Fire Department news

From the Merrionette Park Fire Department Facebook page:

“This morning Truck Company 2664 and Deputy Chief 2610 Richard C Musil
assisted the Robbins Fire Department with a residential structure fire.”

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North Riverside considers privatizing the fire department (more)

Excerpts from the rblandmark.com:

Despite an assurance from the North Riverside mayor in October that the village was through trying to privatize firefighting services through the courts, on Nov. 3 the village’s law firm filed a petition asking the Illinois Supreme Court to hear the case.

In the petition, the village’s attorney argues that the Illinois Court of Appeals created significant constitutional issues by ruling that an apparent contract impasse had to be resolved through an Illinois Labor Relations Board arbitrator.

The ruling, according to the village granted constitutionally prohibited special privileges and gives labor arbitrators power the Illinois General Assembly never intended.

The village continues to claim, as it has throughout the more than 3-year-old court case, that it has the unilateral right to terminate its contractual relationship with union firefighters, whose most recent deal ended April 30, 2014. The village attorney also argues that it has the right to outsource work performed by union members, based on an appellate court ruling concerning a school district that outsourced bus-driving jobs formerly held by union members.

That appellate ruling creates a conflict with the North Riverside ruling, the village argues, which necessitates intervention and clarification by the state’s Supreme Court.

The mayor admitted that it’s unlikely the Supreme Court will accept the case and said he expects the dispute between the village and the firefighters’ union to wind up before an arbitrator, as directed by the appellate court.

“We’ll go full-blown arbitration to dissect the contract and start from scratch,’ the mayor said. “The arbitrator can hopefully meet in the middle ground and come up with something that’s fair to both sides.”

Why petition the Supreme Court at all, and incur additional expenses? The mayor says that the village’s law firm pledged to file the petition without charge.

According to a spokeswoman at the Chicago office of the Supreme Court clerk, the soonest the court may announce a decision on whether to hear the case is the end of January 2018.

The attorney representing North Riverside Firefighters Union Local 2714 said he will file a response to the motion before the Nov. 27 deadline and that the village’s theory of how to interpret the Illinois Labor Relations Act turns decades of accepted law on its head.

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Mundelein and Libertyville Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Mundelein and Libertyville will share a tower ladder in what officials says is a common-sense way to improve efficiency and lower costs for taxpayers in both towns.

Under terms of an agreement approved Monday by the Mundelein village board and expected to be accepted in Libertyville, the Libertyville tower ladder would be available to Mundelein for an annual fee that will offset maintenance and future replacement costs.

Mundelein’s tower ladder is not past its prime and doesn’t need replacement, but the move will provide the department and village with options, according to Deputy Chief Chief Bill Lark.

The agreement depends on Mundelein’s ability to sell, lease, or trade their ladder truck.

Under terms of the five-year pact, Mundelein would pay $14,000 for the first year with an annual increase of 3 percent thereafter. Libertyville’s truck and trained personnel would be needed about five times a year. The villages provide automatic mutual aid for structure fires through a separate 2015 agreement.

Libertyville Fire Chief Rich Carani said the villages have been talking about a number of options for about two years in an era of tight budgets and desire to make tax dollars stretch.

 Ladder trucks have fairly long life spans because they don’t drive as many miles as engines. But a new one costs $1.3 million or more.

“When looking at operational use versus cost, fuel, and associated maintenance to keep a vehicle like this operational, it makes more sense to share these types of assets,” said Eric Guenther, Mundelein’s public safety director.

Libertyville is only 2 miles farther from the Mundelein’s primary high-rise, most commercial properties and can access the east side of the village without being blocked by railroad tracks.

Libertyville’s truck is 18 years old and on a 25-year rotation to be replaced. But the village is considering refurbishing it to add up to 10 years to its life at a considerably lower cost than buying new.

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House fire in Deerfield, 11-13-17 (more)

 

Deerfield-Bannockburn FPD Press Releasephotos can be viewed HERE

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House fire in Deerfield, 11-13-17

Deerfield-Bannockburn firefighters were called to 1131 Osterman Avenue Monday morning for a report of smoke coming from the second floor of the two-story house. First arriving units confirmed smoke and upgraded the alarm to a working fire. The fire appeared to originate on the first floor and was extinguished quickly.

Units at the scene were Deerfield-Bannockburn Engine 20, Squad 19, Truck 20, Battalion 20, 2000, and 2001; highland Park Battalion 33 and Truck 33; Northbrook Battalion 11, Ambulance 11, and Engine 10; Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Ambulance 52, Engine 52, and 5201; and Lake Forest Truck 421.

Highland Park FD Truck 33

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Deerfield Bannockburn FPD fire trucks

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Deerfield Bannockburn FPD Battalion 20

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Deerfield Bannockburn FPD Truck 20

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Deerfield Bannockburn FPD Truck 20

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Deerfield Bannockburn FPD Engine 20

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Deerfield-Bannockburn FPD Deputy Chief Ray Larson

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Deerfield Bannockburn FPD Squad 19

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Hoffman Estates Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Hoffman Estates Fire Chief Jeffrey Jorian will retire this month after 35 years with the village.

Jorian joined the Hoffman Estates Fire Department as a firefighter in September 1982 and moved steadily through the ranks over the years. He was sworn in as fire chief in September 2013.

Among Jorian’s accomplishments under his various ranks was managing the department’s transition to Northwest Central Dispatch, leading the Dive Rescue Team, serving as the department’s first full-time training officer, and coordinating the first multiagency training among Hoffman Estates, Streamwood, Schaumburg, and Palatine.

Deputy Chief Patrick Fortunato will be the acting chief when Jorian retires on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

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New squad for Schaumburg (more)

updated production photos of the new Squad 55 being built by Pierce for Schaumburg

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New engine for the East Joliet Fire Protection District (more)

This from Scott Matthews:

Update on our new Ferrara Cinder MVP Rescue Pumper

Photos are from Ferrara Fire Apparatus.

Production: H-6138
Ferrara MVP Rescue Pumper

Cinder chassis
Extruded aluminum body
Waterous CSU 1750 pump
750-gallon water tank
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