This from John Tulipano:
Box Alarm Monday at 1119 – 1115 Daisy Lane at apporxiately 10:45amFire in (2) occupied homes
Excerpts from the abc7chicago.com:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Jose Santiago recognized 125 new graduates of the Fire Academy during a ceremony last Wednesday evening at Navy Pier.
The graduating class included 29 former or current members of the U.S. Military, 10 former police officers, 11 former CFD medics and two family members of those who lost their life during service as police officers or firefighters.
The graduates completed a six-month training course that included courses for certification as an EMT and Illinois firefighter.
Excerpts from the nwitimes.com:
The Gary Fire Department plans to add five new engines to its fleet and could also start construction on a new fire station this year.
The city council has approved a resolution calling for the appropriation of $2.3 million for the lease/purchase of the engines.
The fire department currently has seven engines that are between 17 and 26 years old and in disrepair, while another three are relatively new. According to Fire Chief Paul Bradley, five of the older fire engines will be replaced with the new engines.
His goal is to have 10 fire engines in operation in the city once all the new engines have been delivered and some new firefighters are added to the department.
The trucks will be located throughout the city. Depending on how the bidding process goes, the first one or two trucks could be delivered in June with the rest delivered by the end of the year.
The new fire engines are expected to be paid for over the next seven years through a lease-purchase program. The money would come from fees collected through ambulance runs. Bradley said last year the city hired a new company that was doing a better job of collecting the fees. Some of the money was used to purchase new ambulances last year.
In addition, the city last year received a $758,044 grant for the purchase of 133 self-contained breathing apparatus devices, which supply oxygen to firefighters when they are battling fires.
Bradley also hopes the fire department can start this year on construction of a new fire station at 4900 Pennsylvania St. to house firefighters who currently are housed at the Calumet Township Multipurpose Center, 1900 W. 41st Ave.
The chief hopes the new Fire Station 5 can be completed next year. The last new fire house in the city was built in the 1990s.
The fire department is also in the process of hiring new firefighters. There are currently 182 firefighters in the city and Bradley said he would like to have a force of 200.
This from Fleet Guy:
Apparatus in the yard around North Ave
E-251 motor removed put into E-265 more then like headed to auction
E-250 on going water way issues
E-264 & E252 ready for the street as spare tower ladder’s
3 spare engines going to auction
G-515 Squad 1’s box on going Electrical and structural issues more than likely going to auction.
Rust and body repair to spare ALS truck
Old Truck 51
E- 265 Tower Spare almost ready from the street again as a spare
New Squad 2 Box ready for the St.
Pictures by Fleet guy.
Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:
Schaumburg Fire Chief Dave Schumann has announced he will retire at the end of August after serving 42 years in the fire service, 38 of them spent in Schaumburg and 18 as the department’s chief.
Schumann was hired by the Schaumburg Fire Department in 1979, and he rose through the ranks by being promoted to lieutenant in 1986, captain in 1991, and deputy chief in 1993. When former Chief Ed Lacey retired, Schumann was appointed acting chief in October 1998 before being appointed chief in February 1999.
Throughout his tenure, Chief Schumann saw the department through a variety of capital building projects including the construction of two new fire stations, major reconstruction and expansion of two others, and construction of a dedicated Emergency Operations Center.
He increased education requirements for fire department applicants and firefighters seeking promotion; helped the department transition to a regional 911 Center at Northwest Central Dispatch; and expanded emergency medical services by implementing advanced life support capabilities on all firefighting vehicles.
Schumann also spearheaded fire code upgrades including mandatory fire alarm upgrades and sprinkler system installation in older high-rise buildings; mandatory sprinkler system installation in nearly all classifications of new buildings, including single family dwellings.
New programs that developed under his watch include fire company inspections of businesses in their response districts, mandatory fitness training for firefighters, and an expansion of public education programs, primarily for senior citizens. He also initiated the process currently underway for the department to receive agency accreditation by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.
The village will commence a comprehensive recruitment process to find Schaumburg’s new fire chief, which may span a period of several months. Schumann’s last day with the village will be Friday, Aug. 25.
This from Steve Redick:
The still and box last saturday morning at 2600 W 35th Street in the 15th battalion
Excerpts from dnainfo.com:
Contractors who do inferior work would face harsh penalties under a measure set to be considered by the Chicago City Council. The crackdown, ordered by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, was prompted by the death of Chicago Firefighter Daniel Capuano in December 2015.
The change is designed to streamline Building Commissioner Judy Frydland’s authority to penalize contractors who do not follow city building codes or get the proper permits. The new rules would increase punishment as multiple violations are found by inspectors, starting with a hold on permits and including the revocation of licenses of companies who fail to comply.
Capuano died while working to extinguish a warehouse fire at 92nd Street and Baltimore Avenue in South Chicago. He fell two stories down an unmarked elevator shaft while battling the smoky blaze.
The department of buildings determined that at the time of the fire that unauthorized work was being performed at the site, including complete removal of the elevator and other structural alterations.
The city demolished the warehouse a year after Capuano’s death.
The full City Council will consider the measure Feb. 22.