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Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s also hopes to hammer out a new firefighters’ contract that eliminates treasured union perks and outdated staffing requirements that cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.

Sources said she delivered her cost-cutting message in a recent face-to-face meeting with Jim Tracy, president of Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2. The mayor asked for help and cooperation from a union that gave her a pivotal endorsement during the runoff campaign against Toni Preckwinkle. Sources said the answer was no, setting the stage for contentious negotiations.

Another city hall source noted former Mayor Rahm Emanuel had been close to a new firefighters’ contract that would have traded health insurance concessions for a reduction in daily variances from the minimum manning requirement that triggered the bitter 1980 firefighters strike. That rule requires every piece of fire apparatus to be staffed by at least five firefighters. But time ran out before the deal got done.

“If the union was smart, they would have grabbed that deal. But they got greedy. They wanted 15% over five years,” the source said.

Emanuel took office in 2011 talking even tougher than Lightfoot is now. He vowed to take a hard line with firefighters — though his own fire commissioner opposed closing fire houses or reducing the minimum staffing requirement. Four months later, then-Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff abruptly resigned, leaving firefighters without a champion.

Emanuel infuriated Local 2 by taking aim at such treasured union perks as holiday and duty availability pay; clothing allowances; pay grades; premium pay; the physical fitness incentive and the 7% premium paid to cross-trained firefighter/paramedics. The plan did not include closing fire stations, but it would have allowed all fire houses with an engine and truck to be staffed by nine firefighters instead of 10. Rookie probation would have doubled to 18 months.

In a letter to the rank and file, then-union president Tom Ryan declared Emanuel’s plan horrendous, insulting and ridiculous. Ryan dug in for what he feared would be a long and bitter battle that never happened. Emanuel backed off and settled for a vanilla agreement with no cost-cutting concessions.

For years, Inspector General Joe Ferguson has urged the city to revisit the minimum staffing requirement and eliminate a host of contract sweeteners. Ferguson had estimated annual savings of $57 million if the number of firefighters on each piece of fire apparatus was cut from five to four, and that another $14.3 million could be saved yearly by eliminating“duty availability pay — compensation for being on 24-hour call.

The mayor’s city council floor leader argued Tuesday that every option now must be on the table, including closing firehouses, to chip away at the city’s $838 million shortfall. “If the need for firefighters vs. EMTs has changed, we need to change the formula. There are no sacred cows anymore. They’ve all gone out to pasture.”

Excerpts from cltv.com:

Mayor Lori Lightfoot stood surrounded by firefighters at a solemn 9/11 remembrance Wednesday, an image in stark contrast to her reported private fight with them. She used the event as a backdrop to slam a Chicago Sun-Times report claiming that she went to the Union Local 2 demanding cost-cutting, and the union said no.

“That reporting was wildly inaccurate and I’m personally offended that it came out on 9/11. This is a day of unity. This is a day that we should be standing together,” Lightfoot said. “I’m disturbed at the inaccuracies in that reporting.”

She is in the process of negotiating contracts with unions representing Chicago’s firefighters, police officers, and teachers. Each powerful group is likely to secure pay raises as a condition of signing new deals.

Facing a staggering $838 million budget deficit, the mayor is looking for savings and efficiencies. This week she said the city can’t afford police overtime expenses, which soared to $67.6 million the first six months of the year.

She may also comb through the fire department’s budget, and costly minimum staffing requirements.

The city council floor leader says the unions must partner with the city.

There’s no comment from the firefighters’ union, but former firefighter and Alderman Nick Sposato said minimum staffing requirements are essential. But he admitted there could be room for some cuts.

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Working fire in Chicago, 9-8-19

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Early Morning Still & Box Alarm in Edison Park Around 1AM of 9/8/19

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Chicago fire scene at night

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Chicago fire scene at night

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Chicago fire scene at night

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New engine for Chicago FD (more)

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The 2nd of the 3 new engine going to Engine 74 FDD-673

 
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Working fire in Chicago, 8-20-19

Photos from Tim Olk of a working fire in Chicago 8/20/19

aerial ladder to roof of house fire

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Firefighter vents roof with a saw

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Firefighter vents roof with a saw

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Chicago Fire Department paramedic a t fire scene

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African American Firefighter with PPE carrying tools

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CFD Air Sea Rescue Training 8/14/19

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:

Here are some shots I took of the Chicago Fire Department Helicopter 6-8-1 deploying their divers into Lake Michigan for a training exercise the other day. We were aboard the X-Chicago Fire Department fire boat Engine 41 taking a tour when this was happening.

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New engines for Chicago

From the E-ONE Hamburg Facebook page:

Check out the City of of Chicago’s newest E-ONE stainless steel side mount pumper (1 of 3)! The details: Cyclone II X long cab with 67.5? CA and 12? Vista, Cummins X12 455HP engine, Hale QTWO 1500-GPM two-stage pump, 530-gal water tank, 30-gal foam tank. Thank you to the City of Chicago for continuing to allow E-ONE to serve you! #EONEstrength #EONENY #EONE #firetruck #pumper

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Chicago Fire Department news

Chicago FD engine 1`26

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parking deck collapses under fire engine

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parking deck collapses under fire engine

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parking deck collapses under fire engine

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parking deck collapses under fire engine

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Chicago FD commissioner and chief officers

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Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

A Chicago fire engine was on the top floor of a parking garage at a city health facility Tuesday morning when the garage partially collapsed underneath it.

Engine 126 was responding to a medical run at the Symphony of South Shore and the vehicle was left parked on the top floor of a two-story parking garage as firefighters went inside the building. While they were inside, the deck failed and collapsed. The engine went into a hole but the front bumper kept it from falling to the ground level.

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Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 8-2-19 (more)

Excerpts from Chicago.cbslocal.com:

A firefighter was seriously injured Friday evening when the roof fell as a fire raged at at 8739 S. Aberdeen St. in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

The attic was on fire, and crews went into the house to search for residents who were possibly trapped inside. The roof collapsed while the firefighters were in the house, and one firefighter was taken from the scene in serious-to-critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

All eight residents inside the home did make it out safely.

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Still and Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 8-4-19

This from Steve Redick:

Still & Box Alarm 11809 Michigan August 4, 2019

Chicago FD Squad 5A at work

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Chicago FD Squad 5A at work

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Chicago FD tower ladder at work

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Chicago FD Engine 115

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Chicago FD Engine 75

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Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 8-2-19

Photos from Tim Olk of a Still & Box Alarm with an EMS Plan 1 at 8739 S. Aberdeen 8/2/19

flames through roof of Chicago bungalow

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smoke from a  Chicago bungalow on fire

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smoke from a  Chicago bungalow on fire

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flames through roof of Chicago bungalow

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