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Overseas request

From a reader:

Hi
 
I m over in England, do you have anyone i can ask questions about Chicago FD?
 
I m over in 2018.
 
Thanks
Mark.
markymatlk79@gmail.com
 

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Of interest … Evanston Fire Department

Excerpts from the Chicago Tribune.com:

Evanston firefighters told stories of how they got into the profession and, for some, what they miss the most from their earlier firefighting days, all as they sipped coffee Thursday with residents.

“I went to school for fine arts, painting,” said Howie Lakin, an EFD fire apparatus operator.

Firefighting requires him to keep both his mind and body in shape, he said, and gives him time to practice art on the side.

The staff of Engine 23 joined with Evanston’s past and present fire chiefs for the “Coffee with a Firefighter” community socializing event at Berry Pike Cafe in downtown Evanston. A few residents sat down for conversation, asking things like what was so attractive about working as a firefighter.

Captain Tony Yee said he first worked as a hospital emergency room nurse before he gave firefighting a shot.

“I went to my first fire academy and thought, ‘hey, this is fun,'” Yee recalled.

Firefighter Luke Holthaus recalled that when he was growing up in Glenview, his neighbor two doors down was a fireman.

And Fire Chief Brian Scott said he comes from a family of police officers and iron workers, but decided to be a firefighter after an uncle, the only other firefighter in the family, took him for a ride in an engine when Scott was 14.

“I was hooked,” said Scott, who added that as chief, he misses riding on the engine every day.

The Evanston Fired Department has a current staff of 110, a head count that has “been the same for the past 30 years,” said former police Chief Greg Klaiber. He now works as director of emergency management for Northwestern University.

 

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Overseas request

Hi
 
I’m over in England and am planning a visit to Chicago next year.
 
Do you have anyone i could correspond with re questions on my visit to photo apparatus?
 
Thanks
Mark Corfield.

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NIPSTA fire academy blood drive

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Of interest … Pancake Breakfast

thanks Dan

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49th Annual Houby Day Parade

This from Jeff Braun Jr:

Here are some photos of various departments attending the 49th Annual Houby Day Parade. The parade kicked off in Berwyn at Riverside Dr. and proceeded East on Cermak to Central Ave. in Cicero. This years parade was put on to honor all of the firefighters and EMS personnel serving our local communities. Thanks. -Jeff Braun Jr.

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Fire Museum of Greater Chicago fundraiser

TODAY!!!!

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Oak Lawn Fire Department news

Excerpts from an editorial at the ChicagoTribune.com:

I have come to expect the Village of Oak Lawn administration to twist any local challenge into an indictment of the firefighters who protect the citizens in the community. 

It’s become a predictable pattern due to Village Manager Larry Deetjen’s unhealthy obsession to slash the fire department staffing levels at any cost.

However, I must admit the latest maneuver by Deetjen did catch me by surprise because it flies in the face of common sense and sound financial stewardship. He recently announced the village might choose to walk away from the grant if he’s unsuccessful in extorting concessions from the Oak Lawn Firefighter’s Union.

First — kudos to the Oak Lawn Fire Department Administration for taking the initiative and being awarded a $1.35 million SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) Grant from the federal government. The grant to hire seven full-time firefighters was awarded in response to the department’s application for assistance to maintain nationally recognized staffing levels to best provide emergency services.

However, the real winners here are the Oak Lawn taxpayers. Despite Deetjen’s spin, the SAFER grant will save the village over $1.5 million dollars in existing overtime costs over the next three years. Period.

Despite what Deetjen might have you believe, the seven firefighters who stand to be hired using the grant will not be used to increase the daily fire department staffing at an additional cost. Instead, they will be used to backfill daily vacancies caused by a significant decrease in personnel over the past decade — an unfortunate result of Deetjen’s quest to reduce public safety levels in the village.

The only real decision is to pay for personnel using Oak Lawn taxpayer dollars or by bringing federal dollars back to Illinois. It’s that simple.

Although I would normally disagree with Deetjen’s recent statement to the village board that decisions regarding staffing a fire department are business and not about public safety, in this case it can be both.

I hope the village manager and mayor can temporarily set aside their animosity and take a win for the fire department, the village and its taxpayers.

Either way the Oak Lawn firefighters will continue to provide the exceptional emergency services you’ve come to know and expect.

Pat Devaney, president of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois

thanks Dan

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As seen around … Berwyn

This from Jeff Braun, Jr:

Here are some photos of an E-One Demo Quint (2017 E-One Cyclone 100′ RM Single Axle Quint) visiting the Berwyn Fire Department, this rig was brought to the fire station due to Berwyn’s interest in buying a new truck company to replace the current Seagrave. The department is leaning towards Pierce for the new truck, but still wanted to view all of their options. Thanks -Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY)

2017 E-One Cyclone 100' RM Single Axle Quint

Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY)

2017 E-One Cyclone 100' RM Single Axle Quint

Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY)

2017 E-One Cyclone 100' RM Single Axle Quint

Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY)

2017 E-One Cyclone 100' RM Single Axle Quint

Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY)

Berwyn FD Seagrave ladder truck

Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY)

2017 E-One Cyclone 100' RM Single Axle Quint

Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY)

2017 E-One Cyclone 100' RM Single Axle Quint

Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY)

2017 E-One Cyclone 100' RM Single Axle Quint

Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY)

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Of interest … Wyndmoor Hose Company No. 1 of Montgomery County

This from the Horrocks Fire and Rescue Apparatus Facebook page:

Horrocks Fire and Rescue Apparatus would like to say Thank You and Congratulations to the Wyndmoor Hose Company No. 1 of Montgomery County, for choosing us and Rosenbauer, to build your new 55’ ACP (Articulating Cobra Platform). The ACP will be built on a Rosenbauer Commander Chassis with an EXT 3/16? Extruded Aluminum Body. It will feature a transferrable lifetime body structural warranty, front bumper booster reel, 1,750gpm Hale pump, 500gal water tank and a Harrison 6kw hydraulic generator. The ACP comes with a 750lb dry/500lb wet tip load, a 13’ – 8” a-frame outrigger spread and uses the same SMART controls as the rest of our aerial product line. #BigRedR#HorrocksFire#RosenbauerRosenbauer GroupWyndmoor Hose

drawing of new fire truck from Rosenbauer America

thanks Josh

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