Niles Fire Department news

Excerpts from the journal-topics.com:

Niles Police Chief Dennis McEnerney and Fire Chief Steve Borkowski are both retiring in June.

At a special Niles Village Board meeting on June 13, Mayor Andrew Przybylo appointed former Broadview Police Chief Luis Tigera and current Niles Fire District Chief Marty Feld as the village’s next police and fire chiefs.

Village trustees awarded Borkowski and McEnerney severance agreements … which include three years of continued village health insurance in exchange for making themselves available as consultants to assist the new chiefs in their transitions.

Feld joined the Niles Fire Dept. in September 1986 as a firefighter paramedic, working his way up to lieutenant in 1996, and district chief in 2004. He recently ran the department for two months while Borkowsky was on temporary leave with a medical issue. During that time, Firehouse No. 3 was being renovated and firefighters were working out of trailers at the public works garage.

McEnerney joined the Niles force as an auxiliary officer in 1976 while holding another civilian position with the village. He became a sworn patrol officer in December 1978, working his way up to deputy chief in charge of the investigations division before being named acting interim chief and then chief.

Borkowski has 35 years on the job, joining the department as a firefighter paramedic in 1981. He worked his way up the ranks, was named interim chief, and then chief after former Fire Chief Barry Mueller retired in 2010.

The mayor praised Borkowski’s work representing Niles on the board of RED Center and working to lay the groundwork to see an eventual joint Niles-Morton Grove fire station.

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Of interest … Chicago FD Engine 78

Excerpts from iamcubsessed.com:

The firehouse was originally a single-story built in 1884. The firehouse on Waveland avenue the two-story structure, was built in 1915 it is home to the firefighters of Engine Co. 78 and the paramedics and EMTs of Ambulance Co. 6. That means they have been with the Cubs since the beginning when the Cubs played their first home game at the park on April 20, 1916. In 1994 Manager Tom Trebelhorn had vowed to meet fans outside the ballpark for what he called a “Firehouse chat” if the Cubs lost another home game and he was true to his word when the Cubs lost again. A crowd of over 200 angry fans waited for him at the fire station on Waveland Avenue just outside Wrigley’s left-field wall.

The men and women of this company are always going above and beyond to save lives and greet people around the firehouse. Ballpark visitors and fans watching on TV or listening on the radio have heard the sirens during Chicago Cubs games. This firehouse is probably one of the most popular in America just based on its proximity.

The firefighters and paramedics are always gracious with their time. On a nice sunny day you will see them out in the driveway talking to Cubs fans and posing for pictures. The door is also always open to anyone looking to tour the over a century old facility. The firehouse is important for safety and especially to the Cub fan firefighters and paramedics that work there who have dedicated their lives to keeping Wrigleyville and their city safe. The thing I enjoy the most about this firehouse is the Chicago Cub/ firehouse shirts they produce and sell. Each year they revise them whether it’s the design or just adding the new year. The newest shirt proclaims the Chicago Cubs World Series champs.

These brave men and women risk their lives everyday. So if you are attending a Cubs game or ever in the area stop in and grab a shirt or just say hello, Go Cubs!

thanks Dan

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East Joliet Fire Protection District news

From the East Joliet FPD:

We are selling our 2002 IHC/Alexis squad in a bidding process. 

click on either page for a downloadable file

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Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Camp for burn victims

Excerpts from ifs.org:

From June 18-24, nearly 70 burn-injured children between the ages of eight and 16 will attend Camp “I Am Me.” The 27th annual week-long camp is hosted by the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance at YMCA Camp Duncan in Ingleside, Illinois, featuring a wide array of typical camp activities as well as special activities that deal with the specific needs of burn survivors. Generous donations from various groups statewide fully fund Camp “I Am Me,” which would otherwise cost approximately $2,400 per camper.

It is a truly unique camp that allows young children who have been burned by scalding water, chemicals, fire, or electricity to be in a judgment-free environment with others who have shared similar experiences,” says Philip Zaleski, executive director of the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance. “Through our work with hospital burn units, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, and fire departments statewide we hope to reach all burn-injured children in Illinois so they can benefit from the free camp.”

Campers can participate in nearly 50 activities, including horseback riding, swimming, and archery. But the activities that may have the biggest impact are those designed specifically for emotional healing. Through character development, journaling, and therapeutic sessions that help build self-esteem, they are able to take advantage of resources often not available in their hometowns.

“When the children attend camp, they find that they are not alone. The physical and emotional recovery from their burns is taken on from a community approach in which everyone helps and learns from each other. They don’t have to hide or be afraid to be themselves. Instead, they learn how to become more confident and bring that confidence back home,” notes Zaleski.

The positive impact of Camp “I Am Me” is evident as over one-third of camp volunteers each year are former campers. In addition, members of the fire service and medical community, as well as educators and members of the private sector, volunteer their time for a total of nearly one volunteer for each camper.

For more information about Camp “I Am Me,” please visit www.ifsa.org/programs/camp

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Chicago Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

Thirty-two members of the Chicago Fire Department’s top brass resigned their exempt positions Monday and returned to the rank-and-file in a fight over pay and benefits that will cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The chiefs will return to their career service ranks of battalion chief and, in one case, paramedic field chief, but continue to act up in their exempt positions. That means they will now be eligible for overtime, holiday pay, duty availability, haz mat and other forms of supplemental and specialty pay afforded to members of the rank-and-file.

The 32 who resigned en masse effective at 8 a.m. Monday represent more than half of the chiefs on the fire suppression side of the CFD and just one of roughly a dozen bosses overseeing EMS.

The highest-ranking member is First Deputy Fire Commissioner Richard Ford II. Others include Mark Nielsen, deputy commissioner of the Fire Department’s Bureau of Operations, Michael Callahan, who oversees logistics, and Don Hroma, district chief of training.

The fire chiefs are seeking pension changes, expanded health insurance benefits and pay raises … which city officials say would require a change in the state pension code.

Fire officials must retire at age 63. But exempt officials must pay for their own health insurance until they hit 65. They also lose pay perks, including vacation time, when they become exempt staff members.

In addition, the state pension code doesn’t allow exempt fire officers to earn pension benefits based on their current salary. Instead, their pension benefits are based on the lower salary of their most recent union-covered job. That can result in a loss of thousands of dollars in pay each year. 

Pending state legislation known as a “brass bill” would allow exempt fire employees to earn a pension based on the pay for their current jobs. Many exempt officers are nearing retirement age and have signed a letter to the city warning they may return to the rank of battalion chief to improve their pensions and health insurance benefits before they leave the department.

Some rank-and-file members questioned why Mayor Emanuel didn’t just let the bosses quit and replace them instead of allowing them to return to their career service ranks in an arrangement with the potential to cost Chicago taxpayers a fortune. 

All 32 are closing in on the mandatory retirement age of 63. They have to self-demote two-to-four years before they retire to rebuild their pension before turning 63,” a source said.

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Fire Muster and Flea Market in Chicago (more)

a brief video from the muster on Saturday (6/17/17)

 

several Chicago Fire Department companies were at the muster and positioned for photos

Chicago FD Squad 1

Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago FD Squad 1A Rosenbauer Commander ACP-55

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Truck 19

Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago FD Engine 14

Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago FD Collapse Unit 522

Larry Shapiro photo

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Palatine FD offers loaner life jackets

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Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 6-16-17 (more)

This from Steve Redick:

I left the “3 bagger” to take in this job.  Engine 49 from a change asked for a box right away after they arrived. The building was undergoing some renovation as indicated by the scaffolding so a defensive stance was taken initially. Squad 1 wiggled the new rig into a tight spot. Not much to really see but a changing smoke condition based on the prevailing winds. I can’t think of the last time I left one job to take in another (except for Detroit).

All the photos and video from the two fires can be seen here:
Steve

Chicago Firefighters and fire trucks at fire sene

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Chicago fire trucks at fire scene

Steve Redick photo

smokey conditions during building fire

Steve Redick photo

Firefighters battle building fire

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD Engine 49

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Chicago FD Engine 5

Chicago FD Engine 59

Steve Redick photo

Chicago fire trucks at fire scene

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD Squad 1A

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Dive Box in Blue Island, 6-18-17

This from Eric Haak:

Here are some images I took at Blue Island’s Dive Box at Ashland Avenue over the Calumet River on Sunday morning (6/18). Don’t know if the original call was someone who had jumped in from the bridge or just someone who fell in. Companies worked the area for several hours but came up with nothing at the time of me writing this. Thought I would share images of some rigs and equipment that were on scene.

FD divers looking for a body in the water

Eric Haak photo

Blue Island FD boat and diver rescue

Eric Haak photo

Palos FPD boat and diver rescue

Eric Haak photo

Lemont FPD Water Rescue Unit

Eric Haak photo

Frankfort FPD dive team unit

Eric Haak photo

fire department dive rescue units

Eric Haak photo

Mokena FPD Squad 91

Eric Haak photo

Crestwood FD Ambulance 2312

Eric Haak photo

FD divers looking for a body in the water

Eric Haak photo

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As seen around … Manhattan

This from Eric Haak:

I took advantage of a slow Saturday (6/17) to go see some rigs that I do not normally get an opportunity to see. Far south suburban Manhattan Fire Protection District was training in a fairly large late-1800’s farm house which is currently owned by the park district. Once the training was over, the old house was burned to the ground. It was kind of an interesting setup as there was a historic round barn which needed to be protected so they had Peotone’s Truck 14 set up and ready just in case of an emergency.

old museum burns to the ground

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building fully engulfed in flames

Eric Haak photo

Peotone FPD fire truck

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Peotone FPD fire truck

Eric Haak photo

fire trucks at fire scene

Eric Haak photo

Frankfort FPD fire truck

Eric Haak photo

Manhattan FPD fire engine

Eric Haak photo

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