New ambulances for Chicago (more)

Assignments for the new CFD ambulances

New CFD ambulance assignments

New CFD ambulance assignments

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Chicago Haz Mat Level 1, 7-11-18

This from Dave Weaver:

7/11/18 CHICAGO – CFD, Peoples Gas Control 2″ Gas Main Break – Video by Dave Weaver

A 2″ natural gas main was ruptured in front of 10124 S. Ewing Ave. by a construction crew. The Chicago FD was summoned with a Level 1 HazMat response. Workers from Peoples Gas scrambled to dig a hole next to the hissing rupture in order to clamp it off and get it shut down as quickly as possible. Residents of the building adjacent to the leak were evacuated. Truck 17 and Engine 46 stretched and charged hose lines. Special Operations team members on Hazardous Incident Team 5-1-1 (Using the squad rig formerly loaned to the ‘Chicago Fire’ TV show) and Squad 5 monitored the air quality above ground and in the sewer. It took workers about 45 minutes to stop the leak before Batt 24 could secure the Level 1.

 

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North Riverside Fire Department news

Excerpts from the rblandmark.com:

After a little more than seven months on the job, North Riverside’s fire chief and deputy fire chief are out after the Mayor Hubert Hermanek Jr. informed them of a change in direction during a brief meeting in the mayor’s office at the village commons on July 13.

According to Hermanek, Chief Tom Gaertner and Deputy Chief Patrick Schey resigned, but Gaertner told the Landmark he was fired and that he hadn’t submitted a letter of resignation. Neither man was offered a severance package; neither had an employment contract with the village.

“I’m shocked and I’m upset about it,” said Gaertner in a telephone interview with the Landmark. “There was no reason for it, because we weren’t doing anything wrong.” Gaertner said he believed the cordial relationship he and Shey had with union firefighters was frowned upon by Hermanek.

Gaertner said Hermanek would not specify the reasons behind the change, and that the meeting in the mayor’s office lasted about 10 minutes. “It’s all political,” said Gaertner. “I didn’t fit their political agenda. I think politicians need to put their personal agendas aside and do what’s best for the people in this town.”

Asked by the Landmark about the move, Hermanek said he could not publicly talk about his reasons for making the change. While saying the two men resigned, Hermanek admitted that he’d been conducting a secret search for a new fire chief for the past month. While Hermanek wouldn’t state any specific reasons for the departures of Gaertner and Schey, there are clear indications that the administration didn’t like the rapport the two chiefs had built with rank-and-file union firefighters.

Shortly after informing Gaertner and Schey of the change, Scott Bowman was hired as the fire department’s interim chief. Bowman most recently served as assistant fire chief for the Oak Lawn Fire Department. Hermanek called Bowman eminently qualified, more than any chief in our village’s history. “I’m satisfied [Bowman] will do things that are in the best interest of the village,” said Hermanek.

Bowman, who will officially be sworn in at the village board’s August meeting, moved into his office at the North Riverside fire station shortly after Gaertner and Schey collected their belongings and left. Bowman reportedly met with on-duty firefighters after arriving at the fire station to inform them of the situation.

Deputy Police Chief Christian Ehrenberg and Commander Dion Bobo accompanied Gaertner and Schey as they packed boxes in their offices. Police then drove the two men home from North Riverside.

Firefighter Chris Kribales, president of North Riverside Firefighters Union Local 2714, called Gaertner one of the best chiefs in the department’s history. Union firefighters have been working without a contract since May 1, 2014. Both sides are scheduled to appear before a labor arbitrator on July 24 and July 31.  Kribales said the chiefs’ ability to work with union firefighters could only have hurt them in the eyes of the village’s administration. “I believe the fact that these two worked with labor to move forward hindered them immensely,” Kribales said.

Asked if such an assessment of the situation was accurate, Hermanek responded, “That’s probably true. The chief and deputy chief work for the administration.”

For the past four years, the administration and the fire union have been engaged in a bitter battle over staffing, including a failed attempt by the village through the courts to privatize the fire department.

In the face of attempts to break the union, firefighters responded by publicly supporting rival candidates for mayor and trustee, including Village Trustee H. Bob Demopoulos, who has long championed union firefighters’ causes. During his 2015 run for mayor, Demopoulos dubbed his political committee “Save Our Firefighters.”

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

A $156,360-a-year deputy district chief has been demoted and faces a lengthy suspension along with a paramedic-in-charge for their participation in, yet another timekeeping scam in the Chicago Fire Department.

Sources identified the demoted deputy district chief as Edgar Ignacio Silvestrini, who was in charge of the fire department’s emergency medical services section. He is accused of looking the other way while the paramedic-in-charge under his command left early with regularity to attend medical education classes on city time without clocking out appropriately.

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

A Chicago Fire Department paramedic was injured Thursday afternoon when a man threw a brick at an ambulance about 12:45 p.m. near the intersection of 65th Place and Stony Island Avenue.

The ambulance was on its way to a call when a man hurled a brick through a window. There was no patient in the ambulance.

The ambulance was staffed by a commander and a paramedic candidate. It’s not clear which was injured. Both were taken by another ambulance to the hospital to be evaluated. One had minor cuts.

It’s not clear what prompted the man to throw a brick at the ambulance. He’s not in custody.

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2-Alarm fire in Streamwood, 7-12-18

Streamwood Fire Department went to a 2nd Alarm for a house fire yesterday (7/12/18) at 304 Huntington Drive.

aftermath of house fire

Michael Paige photo

aftermath of house fire

Michael Paige photo

Firefighters render aid to a dog rescued from a house fire

Michael Paige photo

Firefighters render aid to a dog rescued from a house fire

Michael Paige photo

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Working fire in Lincolnshire, 7-11-18

The Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD and automatic aid companies were sent to 600 Knightsbridge Parkway Thursday morning (7/12/18) for a fire. Units arrived to heavy smoke from a trash compactor and the response was upgraded to a working fire.

Firefighters at the scene of a trash compactor fire

Michael Paige photo

Countryside FPD ladder tower

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Mundelein FD fire truck

Michael Paige photo

Firefighters at the scene of a trash compactor fire

Michael Paige photo

Firefighters at the scene of a trash compactor fire

Michael Paige photo

Firefighters at the scene of a trash compactor fire

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Orland Park Volunteer Fire Department history (more)

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT- Here is a picture of a Orland Park Vol. Fire Dept. tanker.  Looks to be built on a IHC chassis, with overhead ladders.  Photo courtesy Orland Park Historical Society.
Mike Summa
Orland Park Volunteer Fire Department

From the Orland Park Historical Society

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

The Chicago Fire Department has dramatically altered its policy impacting pregnant employees and nursing mothers after the Illinois Department of Human Rights found substantial evidence that Paramedic Sarah Spriesch was the victim of discrimination. The settlement was reached, only after the ACLU followed the state investigation with a federal lawsuit that accused the fire department of discriminating against Spriesch before and after the paramedic gave birth.

Amy Meek, Women’s and Reproductive Rights Project staff attorney for the ACLU, said the first round of discrimination occurred when Spriesch was placed on paid administrative leave in June 2014, immediately after telling her supervisor that she was pregnant. She wanted to continue working for at least a few more months and was physically able to do so. But department policy was to immediately place pregnant women on leave, depriving them of work assignments and their ability to earn thousands of dollars of supplemental pay. Pregnant women were also required to use up all of their accumulated sick and disability leave. If they needed that time later, they didn’t have it to use.

“On her first day back she told the training instructor that she needed to pump. He didn’t know what a pump was and refused her break time until she was actually engorged. She was leaking through her shirt and in tears before they allowed her to take a lunch break to pump,” Meek said.

And because she lost her [permanent] assignment, she could be placed at any firehouse, based on whatever their operational needs were for each shift. And most of the firehouses didn’t have women’s locker rooms or any other private designated space for pumping. So, she had nowhere to pump but the dirty restrooms

The new policy was implemented late last year will guarantee a woman regular breaks and a clean, private, non-restroom space to pump breast milk.

Fire department spokesman Larry Langford said the CFD takes seriously its responsibility to provide all members with adequate, equal and dignified facilities and will continue to improve working conditions for all in a department where nine percent of the workforce is female. That’s the highest percentage of any big-city fire department, he said.

Langford openly acknowledged that the city faces challenges in upgrading historic firehouse, some built in the 1800’s. Any member who is not adequately served by available facilities may elect to be transferred to an upgraded firehouse. In addition, CFD has implemented a program that allows a member up to one-year of full-time, paid maternity leave.

Already, 61% of CFD employees have been trained in the new policies and procedures. The rest will be trained by the end of the year.

Two months ago, five female paramedics filed a federal lawsuit accusing their superiors of sexual harassment. The suit alleged that the Chicago Fire Department directly encourages the illegal behavior by failing to discipline, supervise and control its officers and by intimidating and punishing women who dare to report the harassment.

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Of interest … public safety message

Palatine FD press release

NFPA grilling safety tips

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