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Prospect Heights Fire Protection District news

Retirement, Promotion, and Appointment Ceremony

On Thursday, January 3 the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District conducted ceremonies for BC Alan Grzeslo, BC Kelly Cossman, LT Kevin Hedman, and FF Will Thomson. These members spent a great deal of their personal time off-duty attending educational programs that prepared them to succeed in a very competitive testing process. Retiring BC Grzeslo performed an inspection of the members, was presented with a ceremonial axe commemorating his service and an American Flag that was flown over Station 9 that day in his honor. Al then offered some personal remarks reflecting on his 26 years of service with the PHFD.  BC Cossman and LT Hedman took the oath of office and were presented with their badges and helmets. Each had their wife pin their new badge on. Will Thomson took the oath of office and was presented with his badge that was pinned on by his father. The event was well attended by PHFD members, trustees, and commissioners as well as several members of other FDs and RED Center, many of our police officers, and the family and friends of those retiring, being promoted, and appointed.

Prospect Heights FPD Battalion Chief retires

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Prospect Heights FPD Battalion Chief Alan Grzeslo retires

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swearing in of new Prospect Heights FPD officers

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Prospect Heights FPD FF Will Thomson is sworn in

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Cary Fire Protection District news (more)

Retirement of Cary FPD Chief Jeff Macko 01-08-2019

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Frankfort FPD news (more)

Updated photos of the Frankfort FPD ambulance being worked on at Alexis

Frankfort FPD ambulance being rebuilt

Alexis Fire Equipment photo

Frankfort FPD ambulance being rebuilt

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Frankfort FPD ambulance being rebuilt

Alexis Fire Equipment photo

Frankfort FPD ambulance being rebuilt

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West Dundee Fire Department & East Dundee and Countryside Fire Protection District news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

West Dundee is forging ahead with efforts to consolidate local fire departments. Trustees voted 4-1 to continue discussing a possible intergovernmental agreement with the Rutland-Dundee Fire Protection District that would have both departments working under one management team.

Monday’s discussion follows on the heels of the East Dundee and Countryside Fire Protection District’s decision to terminate an intergovernmental agreement with West Dundee that was approved in 2016 and had West Dundee Fire Chief Randy Freise taking the helm of both departments which began Jan. 1, 2017.

The agreement called for the cost of the chief position to be shared equally by each village. In terms of hierarchy, the East Dundee Fire Protection District’s deputy chief began reporting to Freise, and Freise reported to both the West Dundee village manager and the East Dundee Fire District board. West Dundee officials had hoped the two agencies could then work with Rutland-Dundee in coordinating joint fire management services.

But citing budget concerns, the East Dundee and Countryside Fire Protection District board voted in September to give 90 days notice of its intent to opt out of the agreement.

The proposed structure for the new joint fire management services concept would include utilizing the existing management staffs of the two departments, as well as the creation of a three-member board, with one member from Rutland-Dundee, one from West Dundee, and one to be agreed upon by the respective elected officials of both organizations, to serve as an oversight committee.

The chief and deputy chief would report directly to the board in regards to operations and day-to-day management issues, and the individual board members would report back to their respective full boards. West Dundee’s village manager would also serve as an ex-officio member to aid the fire staff in its day-to-day responsibilities.

The discussion does not exclude Carpentersville, which has been part of the effort in recent years to share resources and standardize operations. Carpentersville has expressed its desire to further evaluate the concept and leaders from both villages plan to meet in the coming weeks to discuss it.

Several West Dundee board members expressed their support for moving the concept forward for discussion.

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Springfield Fire Department news

Excerpts from the statejournalregister.com:

Springfield aldermen are weighing whether to spend $1.2 million to buy two new fire engines before the next budget year starts in March so the city can get a reduced price. The two engines, and the refurbishment of a third engine for about $227,500, were included in a proposal for the budget that begins March 1. However, Pierce, who sells the engines the city uses will increase the price of the new rigs and the refurbishment after Jan. 31.

By putting the purchase on a fast track, the city can save $73,000, Fire Chief Allen Reyne said. Much of the fire department’s spare fleet is more than 20 years old. The last Springfield engine was purchased four years ago.

The mayor proposed $4.3 million worth of equipment upgrades across the fire, police, and public works departments, all of which would be funded through short-term loans. To pay for the engines up front, the city would float a loan from its general revenue fund until the new budget is approved. Most of the aldermen expressed support for buying the engines early.

Aldermen also forwarded ordinances for final approval to purchase two fire department staff vehicles for a total of $74,000. The money was initially budgeted last year to buy a cardiac monitor for firefighters to use on medical calls. However, Reyne said the department found out the monitor it wanted to buy could not be taken in for repairs at HSHS St. John’s Hospital.

While the department worked on finding a new type of cardiac monitor, the chief proposed switching the funding to staff vehicles, which are similar to what the Springfield police use.  In years past, many of the fire department’s staff vehicles have been sold. The newest vehicle on hand is a 2007 Ford Taurus.

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Plainfield Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the Herald-News.com:

Jon Stratton, the new Plainfield Fire Protection District chief, was officially sworn in Tuesday at the district headquarters. Stratton served as deputy chief since 2005 and has been with the district since 1994. At the ceremony he talked about the number of his family members, including his father, who worked in the fire service industry. Stratton is the ninth chief of the district going back to 1935.

The Plainfield Fire Protection District operates four stations in the village of more than 40,000 residents.

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Bolingbrook Fire Department news

From the Bolingbrook Firefighters Association IAFF Local 3005 Facebook page:

Bolingbrook FD Station Statistics for 2018

From Bolingbrook Firefighters Association IAFF Local 3005

Bolingbrook FD Station 2

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Bolingbrook FD Engine 2

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Bolingbrook FD Medic 2

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Clinton Iowa Firefighter LODD (more)

Lieutenant Eric Hosette Service information:

Visitation: January 11, 2019 from 2:00PM to 8:00PM, Zion Lutheran Church, 439 3rd Ave S., Clinton, Iowa 52732.   

Memorial Service: 11:30AM Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 500 Riverview Drive, Riverview Park, Clinton Iowa next to the band shell. All fire department personnel are welcome to attend. Please make plans to arrive early due to the estimated attendance.  A luncheon for fellowship will take place at Vista Grande, 2142 16th St. N.W., in Clinton immediately following the service.  

Any department sending fire apparatus needs to contact Camanche Fire Chief Dave Schutte (camanchefire@yahoo.com) for rig placement, staging, and accountability for the procession.  Mapping for the route will be provided prior to arrival.  For all Illinois apparatus there will be staging at the Fulton fire station at Il. Rt. 84 and Rt. 136.  The procession will leave at 10:30AM sharp and proceed to the Clinton staging area as one group.

Donations: There have been accounts set up for both firefighters at the Clinton National Bank, 235 6th Ave South, Clinton, IA 52732 (563) 243-1243 for those that would like to make a donation to the families.

Nearest Accommodations:

Wild Rose Casino

777 Wild Rose Dr.

Clinton, IA 52732

563-243-9000

Country Inn & Suites

2224 Lincoln Way

Clinton, IA 52732

563-244-9922

Hampton Inn

2781 Wild Rose Circle S

Clinton, IA 52732

563-243-5555 

There will be more details on parking, routes the procession will take, and final internment, in future press releases.

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Clinton Iowa Firefighter LODD (more)

Excerpts from our quadcities.com:

After a social media push, residents of Clinton, Iowa and beyond started illuminating the outside of homes in red and wearing crimson to show support to the Clinton Fire Department and the family of Lt. Eric Hosette along with Firefighter Adam Cain and his family as he recovers. 

The red at Fulton High School Monday goes beyond school pride. The River Bend School District Superintendent said he got a call during the weekend from a staff member about donning red in support. It was after seeing plans for Clinton schools and businesses to do the same. In the sea of red at Fulton High School, students express their strong bonds to the fallen and injured firefighters. On a day when even the clouds shed tears, homes in Fulton, Illinois send their sympathy to neighbor Clinton, Iowa.

Through Fulton High School’s Community Involvement work-study program, seniors spend time at the Clinton firehouse as part of a classroom to learn and work toward a career as a firefighter.

Senior Larson Barnett said, “Eric [Hosette] taught me everything on the truck and what it does, and it was a really great experience, and I went on a lot of calls with Adam, and he’s just a great guy and helped me a lot.”

The wear red campaign also happened in Goose Lake and Columbus Junction, Iowa, and Morrison, Illinois.

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Clinton Iowa Firefighter LODD (more)

Dinges Fire Company fundraiser for Clinton Firefighters Dinges Fire Company fundraiser for Clinton Firefighters

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