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Fire Service news … Former Phoenix Fire Chief Alan Brunacini

Excerpts from azcentralcom:

Former Phoenix Fire Chief, Alan Brunacini died Sunday.

Brunacini joined the Phoenix Fire Department in 1959 and served as fire chief for 28 years. Prior to becoming fire chief in 1978, he held every sworn position in the organization including a firefighter, engineer, captain, battalion chief, and assistant chief. 

Brunacini was the pioneer of the current National Standard on Firefighter Safety, NFPA 1500 and had also co-authored nine books pertaining to fire service. 

Brunacini served as the Fire Chief from 1978-2006.

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Of interest … on the Supreme Court’s docket

Excerpts from the Pekintimes.com:

Its conservative majority restored, the Supreme Court said Thursday it will return to an issue with the potential to financially cripple Democratic-leaning labor unions that represent government workers.

After the justices deadlocked 4-4 in a similar case last year, the high court will consider a free-speech challenge from workers who object to paying money to unions they don’t support.

The court, with conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch on board, could decide to overturn a 40-year-old Supreme Court ruling that allows public sector unions to collect fees from non-members to cover the costs of negotiating contracts for all employees.

The union fees case is among nine new cases the justices added to their docket for the term that begins on Monday. Others deal with a defendant’s right to direct his own defense, police searches of vehicles and overtime pay for service advisers at car dealerships.

Labor unions have been under sustained attack at the high court in recent years. The latest appeal is from a state employee in Illinois. It was filed at the Supreme Court just two months after Gorsuch filled the high court seat that had been vacant since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.

The stakes are high. Union membership in the U.S. declined to just 10.7 percent of the workforce last year, and the ranks of private-sector unions have been especially hard hit.

About half of all union members now work for federal, state and local governments, and many are in states like Illinois, New York, and California that are largely Democratic and seen as friendly toward unions.

Labor leaders criticized the court for taking up the case. “This case is yet another example of corporate interests using their power and influence to launch a political attack on working people and rig the rules of the economy in their own favor,” said Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

But National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation president Mark Mix said the court was poised to protect employees’ rights.

“With the Supreme Court agreeing to hear the Janus case, we are now one step closer to freeing over 5 million public sector teachers, police officers, firefighters, and other employees from the injustice of being forced to subsidize a union as a condition of working for their own government,” Mix said.

The Illinois case involves Mark Janus, a state employee who says Illinois law violates his free speech rights by requiring him to pay fees to subsidize AFSCME, which represents tens of thousands of Illinois workers. About half the states have similar laws covering so-called “fair share” fees that cover bargaining costs for non-members.

Janus is seeking to overturn a 1977 Supreme Court case, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. It said public workers who refuse to join a union can still be required to pay for bargaining costs, as long as the fees don’t go toward political purposes. The arrangement was supposed to prevent non-members from “free riding,” since the union has a legal duty to represent all workers.

A federal appeals court in Chicago rejected Janus’ claim in March. Gorsuch was confirmed in April and the appeal was filed in June.

Scalia died in February 2016, just a month after the justices heard a similar case from California. The court seemed ready to overrule the 1977 case, and the 4-4 tie the court announced in March of that year almost certainly meant that Scalia, not typically a friend of unions in high court cases, would have been part of the majority ruling against them.

The justices will hear argument in the winter.

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the southern.com:

Illinois-based companies and emergency responders personnel are helping with the relief effort in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday that the city’s fire department will send nearly two dozen firefighters, paramedics, and engineers to Puerto Rico this week with stretchers, defibrillators, and other supplies. They’re expected to spend 10 days there to help.

Emanuel and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez have coordinated with Chicago-based United Airlines to deliver supplies. The city also welcomed evacuees arriving last week at O’Hare International Airport.

Gutierrez’s family is from Puerto Rico. He returned Sunday from a visit there and said there’s still an immediate need for help from the federal government.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says over 550 Illinois National Guardsmen are on alert and ready for deployment if they’re needed.

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Aurora Regional Fire Museum news

Excerpts from the Dailyherald.com:

 The Aurora Regional Fire Museum will kick off Fire Prevention Week a few days early as part of Aurora Downtown’s First Fridays event from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. The museum will feature a variety of activities for children to partake in, information for parents on safety, as well as a variety of local artists and vendors. All activities are free, while supplies last.

Special this month will be a variety of activities in honor of Fire Prevention Week. Activities include:

• Children can color their own fire helmet and fire safety bookmark to take home.

• New York Life Insurance will be on hand to provide child safety ID kits for all parents to have in case of an emergency. New York Life’s Child ID Program is designed to help children in our

community learn how to stay safe in the home, at play, or wherever they happen to be. In only 3 to 5 minutes, a child ID kit is printed for each parent or guardian free of charge. These include a child’s photo, fingerprints, contact information, and other pertinent data needed by the police in case of an emergency.

• First Alert, the leading brand in fire safety, will be providing educational materials and fun activity sheets on the importance of whole home safety. Also included, will be a raffled basket of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers and other safety products.

In addition to these special activities, the museum will feature a variety of local artists and vendors as part of their Pop-Up Shops. This month will feature everything from jams and baked goods to handmade signs. Vendors include: Splinter and Things, BoogieBean Boutique, Kiddie Capes, A Little Something Sweets, Ursula Naturals, Moondragora, Young Living Wellness, Short Bench Woodworks, The Cookie Garden, and Covered in Chocolate.

“Collaborations like this with local artists and area businesses allow the Museum to engage with the community in new and exciting ways. First Fridays provides the perfect platform and audience to try new concepts and forge new relationships,” said Executive Director Brian Failing.

Fire Prevention Week runs from Oct. 8-14. It has been sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association since 1922, when the commemoration began. It is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began Oct. 8, 1871, and did most of its damage Oct. 9.

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum preserves the history of the Aurora Fire Department and fire service in our region through our collections and exhibits while educating visitors about fire safety and prevention. For more information about this event or the Museum, contact Brian Failing, executive director, at (630) 256-4141 or ed@auroraregionalfiremuseum.org.

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As seen around … Alsip

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr:

Mabas Division 19 & 22 Haz Mat Unit being housed in Alsip – 1990 Simon-Duplex/Saulsbury. (X-?)

Simon-Duplex Saulsbury HDR

Mabas Division 19 & 22 Haz Mat Unit being housed in Alsip – 1990 Simon-Duplex/Saulsbury. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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Cancer in the fire service

Excerpts from kobi5.com:

The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act passed this week. That act makes it possible for the government to collect data about the effects firefighters suffer, due to smoke inhalation. Ultimately, the registry could help save lives.

In addition to the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act. The Energy and Commerce Committee marked up four other bills to promote public health – including the Soar Act of 2017, the Mission Zero Act, the Action for Dental Health Act of 2017, and the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017.

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Frankfort FPD news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The State Fire Marshall was on the scene of a house fire Thursday afternoon with Frankfort fire officials as they tried to determine the cause of a blaze that left a gaping hole in the roof of a single story home in the 8600 block of W. Lincoln Highway.

The owner smelled smoke and called the fire department at about 3 pm Thursday.

Emergency responders Police closed U.S. 30 between 84th and 88th Avenue, sending a long line of cars through the nearby Windy Farm subdivision.

Several fire departments responded to the blaze, including New Lenox, Mokena, Manhattan, Matteson, Orland, Crete, and University Park.

At the same time, Frankfort firefighters also were on the scene of another house fire in the 7400 block of Quail Circle.

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Palatine FD host 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

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Of Interest … College of Lake County

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The  College of Lake County is the only community college in Illinois to offer an associate degree in firefighter basic operations that includes an internship with a local fire department. And since the internship program began in August 2016, the practical, real-world experience has proven to be invaluable, say CLC’s fire science technology students.

Of 10 CLC students who have completed a two-semester, unpaid internship with the Grayslake Fire Protection District, three have been hired by the department as part-time firefighters. Another four have landed part-time firefighting positions with other local departments, and one is a wildland firefighter in Oregon.

A major strength of CLC’s program is that graduates not only earn an A.A.S. degree, they are eligible for certification at the Fire Basic Operations level by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal. Additionally, they receive licensure as emergency medical technicians by the Illinois Department of Public Health. 

The internship program was created under an inter-governmental agreement between CLC and Grayslake fire officials. Both CLC instructors and Grayslake fire administrators collaborate on areas ranging from interviewing candidates to evaluating student performance.

Grayslake Fire Protection District Chief John Christian said, “CLC students are well-prepared for their roles as interns. They know our equipment, procedures and policies. We’re excited to have a strong partnership with CLC.” The Grayslake district serves 37,000 residents and answers 4,000 calls per year.

For those interested in applying to CLC’s program, the process has several steps and requirements. All prospective students must complete the Introduction to Fire Science class as a prerequisite. Students also must agree to earn the degree within two years.

For more details on the application process, contact Justus at rjustus@clcillinois.edu or (847) 543-2928. Learn more about the college’s fire science technology program at www.clcillinois.edu/programs/fst.

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As regards … Tropical Storm Harvey

This from FighterCloseCalls.com:

This is an immediate request for unused fire/rescue/EMS department or company t-shirts of any and all sizes to be distributed to Texas Firefighters (and their families) who have suffered property losses. The shirts will provide them with something new to wear after losing so much, and it also allows them to wear the logo of those departments, locals, associations and fire companies that were able to help.

If your fire department, EMS or rescue squad, association or local is able to help, by sending some of YOUR DEPARTMENT T-SHIRTS, please send them to:

Fire Shirts
c/o Texas State Fire Marshals Office
333 Guadalupe Street
Austin, TX 78701

The t-shirts will be provided specifically to firefighters, EMT’s and medics who have suffered losses over the last few days. This is the same that was done for Firefighters impacted by Katrina and it was very helpful and appreciated.

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