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Tinley Park Fire Department news

Excerpts from theChicagoTribune.com:

In a bid to stay competitive in hiring and retaining firefighters, Tinley Park officials plan to overhaul how most fire department personnel are paid. For the largely part-time force, a 10-step pay structure would be implemented with the start of the next village fiscal year on May 1. The pay plan would offer 2 percent pay hikes for each step.

Currently, according to the village, firefighters have limited opportunities for pay hikes, which the new plan is intended to correct. Right now, personnel see pay increases once they complete their one-year probationary period or upon promotion, or through village board action in approving annual market wage adjustments.

The base rate for assistant chief, now at $25.96 per hour, would be boosted to $28.16, while the base hourly rate for deputy chief, now at $38.37, would go up to $42.47. Both are part-time positions. After that, assistant and deputy chief positions wouldn’t be on the step increase schedule, but would be eligible for annual merit-based increases that would need village board approval.

Over four years, the revised pay structure is expected to cost the village a bit more than $513,000.

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Harvard Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the Northwestherald.com:

Harvard Fire Protection District board Secretary Joe Clarke announced during Tuesday’s meeting that he will be stepping down from his secretarial role, but he said he will continue to serve the district through his current term. The board voted, 3-0, to accept Clarke’s resignation, effective immediately. 

An action item calling for Clarke to step down as secretary and be replaced by trustee Josh Kelnhofer appeared on the board’s agenda Sunday, but board President Tom Condon said that the item had been removed. 

Condon also announced Tuesday that he would not be seeking reappointment as the board’s president. He said that after serving 18 years as president, it was time for some new blood, change, and new ideas to come forward.

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Aurora Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Aurora City Council approved buying 60 bulletproof vests for firefighters who accompany police into dangerous situations. The purchase comes in the wake of the Feb. 15 mass shooting at the Henry Pratt Co. building that claimed the lives of five workers and injured six police officers.

The city will spend $86,349 to buy the vests, as well as helmets, accessories, goggles, and medical supplies. 

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New engine for Villa Park

This from Ron Wolkoff:

found this on facebook illinois fire apparatus from michael tenerlli post
 
Ron
Villa Park FD Engine 82

Villa Park FD Engine 82. michael tenerlli photo

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New engine for the Lisbon-Seward FPD

From B&P Fire Apparatus:

  • Year: 1994,
  • Chassis: Pierce Dash Seats 4,
  • Body: Pierce,
  • Engine: Detroit Series 60,
  • Trans.: Allison MD 4060,
  • Pump: Waterous 1500 G.P.M. Akron, Foam Pro, Foam
  • Tanks: 1-Class A- 20 Gallon, 1- Class B-40,
  • Tank: 750 Gallon,
new home for Minooka fire engine

New fire engine for the Lisbon-Seward FPD – X-Minooka FPD

thanks Ron

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Godfrey Fire Protection District LODD (more)

Excerpts from the telegraph.com:

Hundreds of firefighters representing departments on both sides of the Mississippi River and as far away as the Chicago area joined mourners at funeral services for Godfrey Fire Capt. Jake Ringering Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Henry Street and some surrounding streets were barricaded off at about 8 a.m. as mourners arrived, and more than 180 emergency vehicles ranging from cars to aerial ladder trucks were lined up for the processional.

Ringering was killed March 5 when a portion of brick structure collapsed at a Bethalto house fire. The Godfrey Fire Protection District was one of several departments providing mutual aid at the blaze, which is still under investigation.

Firefighter Luke Warner, who was also injured and underwent surgery in St. Louis for two broken legs, was among those attending visitation Monday and the service Tuesday.

For the firefighters attending the funeral from many different departments, it is about tradition and brotherhood.

The funeral mass began at about 10 a.m., and people started gathering at the intersection of Piasa and Broadway by about 12:30 p.m. A number of people were carrying flags.

The procession, which included more than 180 emergency vehicles ranging from police cars to aerial ladders, left the church at about 12:30 with Ringering’s casket on top Godfrey Pumper No. 1410, followed by other Godfrey Fire apparatus. They were followed by the East Alton and then the Alton Fire Department.

The procession made its way to Valhalla Memorial Garden for graveside services.

 

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New engine for Ford Heights FD

This from Martin Nowak:

Seen on 3/11/2019, Ford Heights Fire Engine that was donated by Niles out on a call with Buds EMS. 
former Niles fire engine in service in Ford Heights IL

Martin Nowak photo

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New ambulance for Schiller Park

Production photos of a new Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance being built for the Schiller Park FD

Production photos of a new Type III ambulance being built for the Schiller Park FD

Production photos of a new Type III ambulance being built for the Schiller Park FD

Production photos of a new Type III ambulance being built for the Schiller Park FD

Production photos of a new Type III ambulance being built for the Schiller Park FD

Production photos of a new Type III ambulance being built for the Schiller Park FD

Production photos of a new Type III ambulance being built for the Schiller Park FD

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Carol Stream FPD news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Over a span of about five hours Sunday, Carol Stream firefighters battled a grease fire in an apartment building and a garage fire that spread to a home and displaced a family.

The grease fire started in a kitchen and spread to the attic, living room and hallway leading to the bedrooms of a third-floor unit in an apartment building on the 100 block of Elk Trail. Firefighters were called to the three-story building at 3:32 p.m. and extinguished the blaze in less than 30 minutes. No injuries were reported but several apartments were left with smoke and water damage.

Then, shortly after 8 p.m., firefighters were called to a two-story house on the 1000 block of Oakwood Court where they found heavy fire in an attached garage. Two young children who were in the home with their mother were checked by paramedics, but were not taken to a hospital. Firefighters and paramedics rescued two dogs from the smoke-filled home. The fire damaged a sailboat parked in the driveway and an SUV and extended into the family room and walls of the second-floor bedrooms. The home was left uninhabitable. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

“This was just another example of firefighters encountering the many hazards of the profession,” Fire Chief Bob Hoff said. “There is no routine fire. Our troops did a fantastic job.”

thanks Ron

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New engines for Rockford

From the Global Emergency Products Facebook page:

We want to thank the City of Rockford Fire Dept. for the recent order of three (3) new Pierce Enforcer PUC pumpers! 

 

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