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New ambulances for Carol Stream

From Alexisfire.com:

TYPE I AMBULANCE #A282 – CAROL STREAM FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT – CAROL STREAM, IL

2018 Ford F550

Carol Stream Fire District Medic 28

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Carol Stream Fire District Medic 28

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Carol Stream Fire District Medic 28

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chevron striping on rear of ambulance black and red

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new ambulance interior

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Carol Stream Fire District Medic 28

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TYPE I AMBULANCE #A287 – CAROL STREAM FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT – CAROL STREAM, IL

2018 Ford F550

Carol Stream Fire District Medic 27

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interior of new ambulance

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chevron striping on back of ambulance black and red

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Carol Stream Fire District Medic 27

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Carol Stream Fire District Medic 27

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Box Alarm in West Chicago, 3-10-18 (more)

More photos of the Box Alarm in West Chicago, 3-10-18 from Steve Redick

Carol Stream Fire District Squad 27

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Carol Stream Fire District Truck 28

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Carol Stream Fire District Truck 28

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West Chicago FDP Tanker 5

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Firefighters at house fire

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Carol Stream Fire District Truck 28

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St Charles Fire Department tanker

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Carol Stream Fire District Squad 27

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West Chicago FPD tower ladder

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Warrenville Fire Protection District tower ladder

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York Center FPD tanker

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Carol Stream Fire District Engine 29

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Carol Stream Fire District news

Excerpts from wgntv.com:

Several suburban paramedics were hailed as true lifesavers Monday after they saved the life of a man suffering from a heart attack—and they got a critical helping hand from a civilian who started CPR before they arrived.

Wayne Stringham, 64, suffered a heart attack at the Community Fellowship Church. His friend, Joe Gomilar, and another man were right there with him. Stringham had no pulse and wasn’t breathing Gomilar immediately started CPR. Gomilar was able to get Stringham breathing again.

That’s when the first responders firefighter/paramedics arrived from the Carol Stream Fire Protection District. Jeremy Roman, Rusty Grenier, Chad Grandgeorge, and Chris Debold shocked his heart back to normal and administered drugs.

The first responders firefighter/paramedics and Gomilar were meritoriously recognized by the department for their life-saving efforts.

Stringham believes divine intervention played a role.

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Carol Stream Fire District news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Carol Stream firefighter-paramedics will receive 2.5 percent annual salary increases under a tentative three-year contract agreement union members have ratified, which also would give lieutenants 2.75 percent pay raises in each year of the deal, retroactive to June 1.

Carol Stream Fire Protection District trustees are expected to approve the proposed contract on Aug. 8.

Earlier this month, 41 of the union’s 46 members voted in favor of ratifying the agreement, said Lt. Rick Bonk, president of the Carol Stream Firefighters Association Local 3192.  Bonk called the proposed contract a fair agreement that also would increase an education allowance — by $500 to $1,500 — for training seminars and classes.

Negotiations began in March and a federal mediator later facilitated a bargaining session in early July that got the bulk of economic issues settled.

The board also signed a three-year contract with newly appointed Fire Chief Bob Hoff that awards a $135,000 base salary. Each year of the agreement, starting next June, trustees will review his pay and consider adjustments.

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New fire chief in Carol Stream (more)

This from John Tulipano:

A few images from Monday night’s swearing in of Robert Hoff as the new Carol Stream fire chief 
Carol Stream Fire Chief Robert Hoff and his wife

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Carol Stream Fire District

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Carol Stream Fire District Chief Officers

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Chicago FD Chaplain Fr Mulcrone

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Carol Stream Fire Chief Robert Hoff being sworn in

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Carol Stream Fire Chief Robert Hoff

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New fire chief in Carol Stream

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The Carol Stream Fire Protection District board agreed to promote Deputy Chief Bob Hoff to the top post Monday night. Trustees are expected to approve a contract with Hoff at their meeting Monday, July 11. The length of Hoff’s contract will likely run three years. The board is still ironing out the terms of the deal, including Hoff’s salary.

Hoff will oversee a district with three fire stations and about 60 sworn employees. He joined Carol Stream in 2012 — less than two weeks after he stepped down as the head of the nation’s second-largest fire department. At the time, he aimed to spend more time with family, but got the job offer to become deputy under his longtime colleague, former Chief Rick Kolomay.

“The pace was set here when I got here, and we’re going to keep that pace up,” Hoff said shortly after the promotion. “The pride and the professionalism that this group has — it’s like when I was in the city. I love the fire service,” he said. “It’s my whole life. It’s my entire life other than my family.”

Including his son, his family has four generations of firefighters.

“He inspires me,” said Hoff, gesturing to a framed picture in his office of his father, a Chicago Fire Department battalion chief killed battling a blaze in an apartment building on Valentine’s Day 1962. Hoff was 5 years old at the time. “To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die,” reads a message below the image of his dad, Thomas, and his mom, Eleanor, who died eight years later.

The other finalist for the job was Perry Johnson, a 38-year veteran with the district. At the time of Hoff’s hiring, Johnson, then deputy chief, moved to a newly created civilian position — chief administrative officer. Together, they  have been handling the day-to-day operations of the district since Kolomay had shoulder surgery, went on paid leave, and officially retired June 1.

The two also have sat on the district’s negotiating team in ongoing contract talks with the firefighters union. Both sides are expected to meet with a federal mediator later this month. Pay raises are one of the issues that remain on the table, Hoff said. Negotiators are considering increases that would align firefighters’ salaries with those of employees in surrounding departments.

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Carol Stream FPD terminates battalion chief

From The Daily Herald:

After months of disciplinary proceedings, Carol Stream Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Joseph Gilles has been terminated.

On Monday, the district’s board of trustees voted unanimously to confirm the board of commissioners’ earlier recommendation to terminate Gilles.

Gilles’ hearing had centered on Fire Chief Richard Kolomay’s allegations that Gilles failed to follow orders to sign a performance improvement plan. The plan outlined core issues with Gilles, including that he does not have the proper management and leadership skills, as well as goals for the battalion chief. By not signing the plan, Gilles violated four rules of conduct, according to the allegations.

During the hearing, Gilles’ attorneys argued that Gilles was never ordered to sign the plan, and that even if he was, that order would have been unlawful. But the district’s board of commissioners upheld the charges of misconduct earlier this year. Among its findings, the commissioners found that the chief did order Gilles to sign the performance plan and that the plan was a lawful order, according to board documents.

Although the board of commissioners recommended Gilles to be terminated, the district’s board of trustees had to confirm the recommended decision. After the board’s decision was announced, some attendees, many of whom were Gilles’ family members, spoke up on his behalf. “The (Carol Stream Fire Protection District) says…pride, duty and tradition are key attributes of the organization,” his sister, Theresa Gilles, said. “Yet today you terminated a member, a leader, of your team, who is ethical, has integrity, shows respect for others, is dedicated to the team, the community, to learning and to teaching.”

Karl Ottosen, an attorney for Kolomay, said Joseph Gilles decided to not follow orders. “As far as the public comment part of this, (Joseph) Gilles made the decision to refuse to follow orders, no one else,” Ottosen said. “And the chief begged him to sit down and talk to him about how to save his career and (Joseph) looked at him and said no.”

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Carol Stream FPD conducts termination proceedings (more)

The Daily Herald has a recent article about the ongoing termination proceedings in Carol Stream:

The Carol Stream Fire Protection District’s board of commissioners on Wednesday recommended terminating Battalion Chief Joseph Gilles, who faced charges of misconduct.

Commissioners found that Gilles’ misconduct is a “substantial shortcoming” that makes his continued employment in the district “in some way detrimental to the discipline and efficiency of the department and fire service,” according to a statement read by the board’s attorney.

Although the commissioners recommended firing Gilles, the district’s board of trustees still must vote on the matter.

The commissioners’ recommendation comes after a monthslong disciplinary hearing for the battalion chief, which centered on Fire Chief Richard Kolomay’s allegations that Gilles failed to follow orders to sign a performance improvement plan, known as a PIP. By not signing the plan, Gilles violated four rules of conduct, according to the allegations. The plan outlined core issues with Gilles, including that he does not have the proper management and leadership skills, and also lists seven goals for him.

During the disciplinary hearing, Gilles’ attorneys argued that Gilles was never actually ordered to sign the plan, and that even if he was, that order would have been unlawful.

They have also argued that Gilles fell out of favor with district superiors when he was asked to investigate possible acts of negligence by a paramedic involved in a 2012 call for a woman choking. The woman was taken to a hospital and died three days later.

The commissioners previously had upheld the charges of misconduct against Gilles at a hearing last month. Some of their findings included that Kolomay did order Gilles to sign the improvement plan, and that it was a lawful order.

The board of commissioners announced their decision Wednesday after Kolomay again took the stand, and attorneys on both sides made closing statements.

“It’s never fun to pursue termination of anybody — no one likes to do that,” said Karl Ottosen, one of Kolomay’s attorneys, after the commissioners’ recommendation was announced. “But you have the right to expect employees engage in conduct of a certain level. And when they fall below that, you look to impose discipline to either improve performance, not just to punish but to improve performance. … Challenging that authority of the chief, to say you need to improve in these areas and I am not even going to try, brought on the charges,” Ottosen added. “And so unfortunately, this is where we’re at.”

Aldo Botti, an attorney for Gilles, said they will be appealing the decision if confirmed by the trustees, and they are also “considering other actions that are related to this incident.”

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Disability pension for former Carol Stream medic

The Daily Herald has an article about a disability pension award to a former Carol Stream paramedic:

A former Carol Stream Fire Protection District paramedic, who is the subject of a lawsuit regarding a patient’s death, has applied for and will receive non-duty disability pension benefits.

Carey Zabran’s benefits were approved Thursday by the fire district’s pension board. The benefits will total 50 percent of her pensionable salary.

The base salary for her position in 2013 was $85,099.60, according to the district’s chief administrative officer, Perry Johnson. That means Zabran will receive at least $42,550 a year as part of the non-duty disability pension.

If permanently disabled, Zabran can convert the pension to a service pension when she is 50 years old, Johnson said.  Zabran’s pension is the result of a psychological disability, Cary J. Collins, the attorney for the district’s pension board, said. Collins [also] said three doctors found Zabran “suffers from a psychological problem.” She will undergo yearly evaluations to determine if she is fit to return to duty. Zabran was last active with the district in July 2013. She will get pension payments retroactive to Aug, 1, 2013, Johnson said.

Earlier this year, Zabran was named in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed in connection with the death of 81-year-old Armida Nonneman. When filed in February, the lawsuit claimed that on Aug. 25, 2012, paramedic Zabran responded to a Carol Stream party where Nonneman was choking on food and unable to breathe. The suit alleges Zabran mishandled care for Nonneman, who died three days later at Central DuPage Hospital.

Zabran also is a key player in the separate ongoing termination hearings for Carol Stream Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Joseph Gilles.

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Family files suit against Carol Stream Fire District

The Daily Herald has an article about a lawsuit filed recently against the Carol Stream Fire District.

A Carol Stream family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Friday against the village and a former paramedic, claiming negligence in the choking death of an 81-year-old woman.

The lawsuit claims that on Aug. 25, 2012, the village “willfully and wantonly breached its duty” when Carol Stream Fire Protection District paramedic Carey Zabran, who is no longer with the district, responded to a call at a Carol Stream party involving Armida Nonneman, who was choking on food and could not breathe.

The suit claims Zabran initiated intubation while the food was still lodged in the woman’s throat, despite being informed by licensed off-duty paramedic and former Melrose Park Fire Chief Rick Beltrame that the food needed to be expelled or suctioned out before intubating.

It further claims Zabran was aware that “attempting to intubate a person with food still lodged in the airway can worsen the situation by pushing the food further into the airway.” Also, the paramedic failed to provide necessary treatment and to consult with other medical personnel in a timely manner, the suit alleges.

The woman was taken to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, where she died three days later.

Battalion Chief Joseph Gilles, whose termination hearings began on Wednesday, claimed in October 2013 that his bosses were trying to fire him because he refused to participate in a cover-up of possible negligence by the paramedic — allegations attorneys for the fire district claim “have no validity.”

It was only when termination proceedings were being brought against Gilles that James Nonneman, a son of the deceased, said he learned of an investigation into possible negligence — 14 months after his mother’s death.

“Mr. Nonneman and his brother have been looking for the truth on this the entire time,” said attorney Paul McMahon, who is representing the family along with attorney Rick Murphy. “It’s become clear they were not told the truth. They’ve asked us to pursue this to get them the truth. If the truth ultimately leads to someone taking responsibility, that should happen, too.”

As for the amount of damages sought, McMahon said: “We won’t know until we get into the case what we would ask the jury for. There are very few cases for wrongful death that are less than $1 million.”

Fire district attorney Karl Ottosen said he would not comment on specific litigation, “but in general terms if it’s wrongful death with respect to district service, I think ‘disappointed’ would be the right thing to say.”

“In the near future, we’d expect the testimony of the Gilles trial to show there is no real basis for the lawsuit,” Ottosen said. “I do understand the family’s right to a lawsuit. From a legal standpoint, we will address the issue in court.”

“The first responder did not do proper procedures and essentially froze,” said John Botti, Gilles’ attorney.

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