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Chicago FD Engine 73 from Dennis McGuire, Jr. 

Chicago FD Engine 73

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Working fire in Chicago, 7-24-17

This from Steve Redick:

9737 Farragut. This is I believe technically Chicago, but Rosemont arrived initially. Seemed to be an auto fire inside a repair business. Chicago units were initially returned but then responded back to the scene.
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firefighters on roof with smoke

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Rosemont FD Engine 156

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firefighters at commercial building fire

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firefighters at commercial building fire

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firefighters at commercial building fire

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firefighters at commercial building fire

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firefighters at commercial building fire

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firefighters at commercial building fire

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Rosemont FD Engine 156

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Des Plaines FD Truck 61

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Chicago FD Squad 7A

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Chicago FD Engine 86

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Chicago FD Squad 7

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Chicago FD Truck 9

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Rosemont FD Squad 159

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This photo from Jeff Rudolph shows the new CFD fast boat on the lake

Chicago FD fast boat on Lake Michigan

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Chicago Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

Inspector General Joe Ferguson concluded the Chicago Fire Department hired only seven of the 32 civilians it agreed to hire to fill administrative jobs that have nothing to do with firefighting or emergency medical service.

The process of hiring civilians to fill nine other administrative jobs is in the works. It was slowed by legal impediments in the union contract and by the CFD’s claim that civilians can be hired only after uniformed members vacate those positions.

“CFD reported that it was not able to civilianize 15 of the 32 positions it had previously committed to converting because of the barrier to those cost and efficiency reforms potentially imposed by the recently expired” firefighters contract that remains in force, Ferguson said in a written follow-up to his original audit.

“As a result, CFD continues to employ trained firefighters in mail delivery positions, for example.”

Ferguson acknowledged what he called the potential constraints posed by a union contract that expired on June 30, but remains in effect until a new agreement is reached. But he urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration to seize the opportunity posed by collective bargaining to civilianize jobs that have nothing to do with firefighting or emergency service.

The inspector general pointed to the blueprint he gave the mayor nearly two months ago to renegotiate union contracts to cut costs and improve city services. Firefighters and paramedics would be impacted by those changes and Ferguson’s renewed request to take a fresh look at the minimum-manning requirement that triggered the bitter 1980 firefighters strike.

Ferguson also recommended that Emanuel rein in side-letters that tie the city’s hands. There are 51 side letters in the firefighters contract and 42 more in the police contract.

“The city and its union partners have a generational opportunity to right-size labor contracts to reflect contemporary operations,” Ferguson wrote, noting that public safety takes up more than half the city’s workforce and operating budget.

Eighteen months ago, Ferguson concluded the fire department could save at least $1.2 million a year and potentially millions more in overtime by hiring civilians to perform 34 administrative jobs that have nothing to do with firefighting or emergency medical service.

After analyzing the duties and responsibilities of 555 uniformed firefighters and paramedics within the $576.7 million-a-year fire department bureaucracy, he recommended that Chicago hire civilians to perform 34 of those jobs and eliminate the job of commissary liaison altogether.

That would save Chicago taxpayers at least $1.2 million a year, cut fire department overtime that topped $50 million last year, improve public safety and reduce response times, Ferguson said.

Two firefighters whose jobs were targeted for civilians actually served as mail carriers, though their jobs were “not always documented in position descriptions or titles,” the inspector general concluded. The others were assigned to administrative duties, such as making certain fire department scheduling complies with minimum staffing requirements mandated by the firefighters contract.

The city makes a “substantial investment” in training firefighters and paramedics, Ferguson said then, but “does not make the most effective and efficient use of that specialized, taxpayer-subsidized training and expertise when it assigns a segment of its skilled ranks to administrative functions that could be performed by civilians.”

At the time, the Fire Department embraced Ferguson’s recommendation on 32 of the 35 targeted positions. Commissioner Jose Santiago further agreed to follow the recommendation to “assess all positions … and ensure that job descriptions reflect actual responsibilities of uniformed positions.”

Such a periodic review could save even more money, but only if Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 goes along.

In Thursday’s follow-up audit, the Fire Department stated that regular reviews have identified no other jobs that could be performed by civilians. But the department acknowledged the review process was informal and not documented and that more formal reviews may be warranted.

During the January 2016 audit, the fire department tried to get a head start hiring civilians for some jobs including the two mail delivery positions. But Local 2 filed a grievance, saying the job had been in the union for decades and demanding that it stay there.

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This from Josh Boyajian:

Chicago FD Engine 125

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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 7-15-17

This from Eric Haak:

Engine 47 landed at 6416 S. Cottage Grove Avenue at about 4:50 Saturday morning (7/15) and reported heavy fire on the second floor and through the roof and asked for the box. Ten minutes later, Battalion 5 reported they had heavy fire through the roof and that they were completely defensive. It was elevated to a 2-11 a few minutes later. There was a 2-11 in the building next door on July 8, 2012 and pictures of that incident can be seen in the archives of this site.

Chicago fire trucks at a 2-11 alarm fire

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Chicago FD Engine 84

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 37

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Excerpts from ABC7chicago.com:

Chicago Fire Department Captain Patrick Ward is retiring after 43 years of serving the city. Since he was 19, Ward has dedicated his life to helping others. Ward started out as an ambulance attendant, then became an EMT and paramedic. In 1996, he fulfilled his dream of becoming a firefighter.

Ward spent the last 19 years in and out of a firehouse, saving lives and teaching the next generation of paramedics and firefighters, including his son.

For Ward, Thursday was a bittersweet end to a career of doing what he loves. Ward will be celebrating his 63rd birthday on Monday.

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Excerpts from dnainfo.com:

A 71-year-old woman and a dog were rescued from a fire in south Chicago on Thursday.

Around 6:45 p.m., firefighters were called to the fire at a bungalow in the 8300 block of South Luella Avenue, said Chicago Fire spokesman Larry Langford. A woman was stuck inside, shaking the door, and firefighters forced their way inside.

The woman, 71, was hospitalized after the fire and was in serious to critical condition. A dog who was inside the home was given oxygen and rescued.

The fire was put out within 20 minutes.

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This from Josh Boyajian:

Chicago FD Engine 28

Chicago FD Engine 28. Josh Boyajian photo

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