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Aurora Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Aurora aldermen are likely to approve the one-year agreement with the Aurora Fire Officers Association at the regular city council meeting Tuesday night. The agreement would continue a contract between the city and the fire officers that expired Dec. 31, 2020. It would run until Dec. 31, 2021. According to the city’s human relations director, both sides decided on the rollover because of uncertainties caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The city would likely be in a more stable position later in 2021. The union approved the rollover Feb. 25.

The fire officers would get a 2% wage increase for the year, and in return agreed to up their employee insurance contribution to 16.5%. They also agreed to a higher deductible for the health care plan. The rollover agreement also lowers the amount of time a fire officer commits to a special team when joining. The commitment will go from five years to four years. Special teams include: the Hazmat Team; the Scuba Team; the TRT Team; a team that focuses on juvenile fire setters; the Arson Team; car seat installers; and the TEMS team.

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3-Alarm fire in Aurora, 3-2-21

From Aurora -IL Fire Department Facebook:

Release Date: March 2, 2021
NEWS RELEASE

Structure Fire

On March 2, 2021, at 06:58 a.m., Aurora Central Dispatch received multiple calls from bystanders stating that smoke was coming from a house in the 200 block of West Downer Place. A Box Alarm structure fire was dispatched that consisted of two engine companies, one truck company, two battalion chiefs, and a paramedic unit. Additional chief fire officers responded and, while en route, could see a large column of smoke in the distance and requested a 2nd Alarm.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a 3 ½-story, wood frame, multi-unit dwelling with heavy fire and smoke showing. Firefighters initially received a report that there was a person trapped on the upper floor. Firefighters from the engine company quickly deployed hose lines to attack the fire while the truck company’s fire crew made entry to search for victims.

The alarm was upgraded to a 3rd Alarm due to the structure’s size and heavy fire conditions. As other fire companies arrived on the scene, more hose lines were deployed to all building levels. While conducting a primary search for victims, they encountered high heat conditions and fire on all floors. During the search, no victims were found, and later it was confirmed by the homeowner that the building was vacant and is for sale.

Firefighters remained on the scene for 2 ½ hours fighting the fire. The fire was challenging to extinguish due to the building’s construction (balloon-frame). The fire easily traveled through the inside of the walls and quickly spread to all levels. Two separate times, interior fire crews were evacuated, and a defensive exterior fire attack began. Due to below freezing temperatures, icy conditions around the building caused a few firefighters to slip and fall. The fire was very labor-intensive due to the amount of overhaul needed to search for and extinguish the fire within the walls and ceilings.

A total of 40 firefighters responded to the incident. The building was deemed uninhabitable, and the cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters.

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New ambulance for Aurora

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Thank You to the City of Aurora Fire Department for their loyalty to Fire Service, Inc. and Wheeled Coach, on the order of their latest ambulance. Since 2013 we have been extremely proud to partner with the second largest fire and EMS agency in Illinois.

2022 Ford F550 7.3L gas Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance.

Full aluminum interior, highly sought after curbside forward design. With the Cool Bar HVAC system, Per4Max controlled decelerator restraints, extended module, Stryker Power Load and Whelen LED lighting and warning systems the safety and comfort of the occupants are realized. Compounded with the patented Anti Cor and Tough Coat Paint processes and True Form and Safeguard construction, this, like all Wheeled Coach ambulances, are “Trusted by the Toughest”.

Drawing of 2021 Ford F550 Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance

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Fatal fire in Aurora, 1-25-21

Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

After a passerby called 911 about 3:45 a.m. on Monday, Aurora firefighters arrived outside a two-story home in the 500 block of Spruce Street and found three young children who said their mother was still inside.

One firefighter was hurt as they moved the mother out a window of a second-floor bedroom, which suddenly caught fire. The 51-year-old captain was treated for burns to his upper back, neck, and ear. The 39-year-old mother was taken by paramedics to Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, where she was pronounced dead. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The home was deemed uninhabitable, and there was no working smoke detector. The estimated loss was $85,000.

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New engines for Aurora (more)

From the Fire service, Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations Aurora -IL Fire Department on the delivery of their new TWIN 2020 E-ONE engines! With 9 stations equipped with ALL E-One apparatus, we appreciate your loyalty. It is a pleasuring serving you & your community!

Specs: Typhoon chassis, Cummins L9 330 HP engine, Hale QMAX pump 1500-GPM, Allison transmission, 730 gallons water /50-gallon foam tank, overhead ladder rack, storage for high-rise packs on pull-out trays for easy deployment.

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E-ONE Typhoon fire engines

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New ambulance for Aurora

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations to Aurora -IL Fire Department Illinois on the order of their 2020 Wheeled Coach Type 1 Ambulance!

We are eager to begin the process of building an emergency vehicle your community can depend on! Thank you for your continued loyalty!

Specs: curbside forward design, squad bench action tower, IMMI retractable 4 point harnesses for occupant safety, Patented Cool Bar HVAC system, Stryker Power Load and Power Cot system and Whelen M series warning lights.

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New engine for Aurora

From the FIre Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Check out the progress of Upcoming Engine 7 & Engine 8 of Aurora -IL Fire Department from the E-One factory! These will be a great addition to your fleet!

E-ONE Cyclone fire engine

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E-ONE Cyclone fire engine

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E-ONE Cyclone fire engine

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E-ONE Cyclone fire engine

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E-ONE Cyclone fire engine

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E-ONE Cyclone fire engine

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E-ONE Cyclone fire engine

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As seen around … Aurora

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

It’s #MedicMonday !!!

Credit: Aurora Fire Dept. of Illinois

Want to see YOUR Department’s truck showcased on here next week? Direct Message us your best photos of your Wheeled Coach, Road Rescue, and FrontLine Ambulances as we will be posting a new selection every Monday!

Let’s see what awesome trucks we’ve got out there in Indiana/Illinois!

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Aurora Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Chicagotribune.com:

The Aurora City Council this week approved a $477 million budget for 2020 that includes new police officers and firefighters, a major increase for the Aurora Public Library and money toward a new Public Works building. The budget passed 11-1 with city staff and most aldermen saying the budget reflects solid financial management by the city.

The overall budget is about 9.3% higher than last year’s $431 million. Some of that is due to almost $35 million carried over from the 2019 budget for projects that did not get finished during the year. Meanwhile, revenues are projected to be $437.3 million, or about 6.4% higher than in 2019.

The general fund, which is the city’s main operating fund, is expected to increase from about $182 million to $195 million, or about 7.1%.  Most of the increase is in three areas: $5.1 million more for police, $4.1 million more for the fire department, and $1.3 million more for innovation and core services.

The city plans to add seven police positions – six patrol officers and a records clerk – and the fire department will add two. There also is more money budgeted for equipment, a direct reaction to the shooting at Henry Pratt Co. in February that killed five Pratt employees and injured five police officers and a Pratt worker.

One of the key expenditures that must come out of the general fund, which is funded largely by property taxes, is a $3.5 million payment into the public safety pension fund. Funding public safety pensions is mandated for local government by the state. It is a situation every municipality in the state faces, as well as the state government itself, Lyons said.

Aldermen will look at the property tax levy to support the budget later this week.

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Aurora Fire Department news

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

The abandoned Lincoln Masonic Temple in Aurora has been destroyed by a fire that broke out after 10 p.m. Monday night. The structural integrity of the building was a challenge as the building quickly began to crumble. Some of the building collapsed onto power lines knocking out power for some homes.

The longtime historic landmark in downtown Aurora hasn’t been used in over 10 years.  The Masonic Temple built in 1922 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The 50,000 square foot building has been empty since 2008 when it was being used as a banquet hall. Neighbors say homeless people and teenagers often break in the building. The old structure continues to present challenges for firefighters.

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