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New ambulances for Chicago (more)

Assignments for the new CFD ambulances

New CFD ambulance assignments

New CFD ambulance assignments

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

A $156,360-a-year deputy district chief has been demoted and faces a lengthy suspension along with a paramedic-in-charge for their participation in, yet another timekeeping scam in the Chicago Fire Department.

Sources identified the demoted deputy district chief as Edgar Ignacio Silvestrini, who was in charge of the fire department’s emergency medical services section. He is accused of looking the other way while the paramedic-in-charge under his command left early with regularity to attend medical education classes on city time without clocking out appropriately.

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

A Chicago Fire Department paramedic was injured Thursday afternoon when a man threw a brick at an ambulance about 12:45 p.m. near the intersection of 65th Place and Stony Island Avenue.

The ambulance was on its way to a call when a man hurled a brick through a window. There was no patient in the ambulance.

The ambulance was staffed by a commander and a paramedic candidate. It’s not clear which was injured. Both were taken by another ambulance to the hospital to be evaluated. One had minor cuts.

It’s not clear what prompted the man to throw a brick at the ambulance. He’s not in custody.

thanks Dan

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

The Chicago Fire Department has dramatically altered its policy impacting pregnant employees and nursing mothers after the Illinois Department of Human Rights found substantial evidence that Paramedic Sarah Spriesch was the victim of discrimination. The settlement was reached, only after the ACLU followed the state investigation with a federal lawsuit that accused the fire department of discriminating against Spriesch before and after the paramedic gave birth.

Amy Meek, Women’s and Reproductive Rights Project staff attorney for the ACLU, said the first round of discrimination occurred when Spriesch was placed on paid administrative leave in June 2014, immediately after telling her supervisor that she was pregnant. She wanted to continue working for at least a few more months and was physically able to do so. But department policy was to immediately place pregnant women on leave, depriving them of work assignments and their ability to earn thousands of dollars of supplemental pay. Pregnant women were also required to use up all of their accumulated sick and disability leave. If they needed that time later, they didn’t have it to use.

“On her first day back she told the training instructor that she needed to pump. He didn’t know what a pump was and refused her break time until she was actually engorged. She was leaking through her shirt and in tears before they allowed her to take a lunch break to pump,” Meek said.

And because she lost her [permanent] assignment, she could be placed at any firehouse, based on whatever their operational needs were for each shift. And most of the firehouses didn’t have women’s locker rooms or any other private designated space for pumping. So, she had nowhere to pump but the dirty restrooms

The new policy was implemented late last year will guarantee a woman regular breaks and a clean, private, non-restroom space to pump breast milk.

Fire department spokesman Larry Langford said the CFD takes seriously its responsibility to provide all members with adequate, equal and dignified facilities and will continue to improve working conditions for all in a department where nine percent of the workforce is female. That’s the highest percentage of any big-city fire department, he said.

Langford openly acknowledged that the city faces challenges in upgrading historic firehouse, some built in the 1800’s. Any member who is not adequately served by available facilities may elect to be transferred to an upgraded firehouse. In addition, CFD has implemented a program that allows a member up to one-year of full-time, paid maternity leave.

Already, 61% of CFD employees have been trained in the new policies and procedures. The rest will be trained by the end of the year.

Two months ago, five female paramedics filed a federal lawsuit accusing their superiors of sexual harassment. The suit alleged that the Chicago Fire Department directly encourages the illegal behavior by failing to discipline, supervise and control its officers and by intimidating and punishing women who dare to report the harassment.

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Working fire in Chicago, 7-9-18

This from Steve Redick:

Fire in an auto repair shop, looked kinda doubtful for a few minutes but was under control in short order. This location is directly across the street from the scene of a fire fatal to 2 members in 1972. More images can be seen here:
 
Steve
 

auto bodyshop fire in Chicago

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RIT at Chicago fire scene

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auto bodyshop fire in Chicago

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auto bodyshop fire in Chicago

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 23

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Firefighters battle auto bodyshop fire

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auto bodyshop fire in Chicago

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Chicago FD Truck 55

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Chicago FD Squad 2A

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Chicago FD Squad 2

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Chicago FD Engine 79

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news clipping of fatal fire at 6117 N Elston Ave in Chicago

click on the new clipping for a larger file

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New tower ladders for Chicago (more)

Updated production photos of the tower ladders for Chicago in production at E-ONE so#142015

new tower ladder being built for the Chicago FD

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new tower ladder being built for the Chicago FD

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New tower ladders for Chicago (more)

Updated production photos of the tower ladders for Chicago in production at E-ONE so#142016 

new tower ladder being built for the Chicago FD

E-ONE photo so#142016

new tower ladder being built for the Chicago FD

E-ONE photo so#142016

new tower ladder being built for the Chicago FD

E-ONE photo so#142016

new tower ladder being built for the Chicago FD

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new tower ladder being built for the Chicago FD

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New ambulances for Chicago (more)

As seen around the Chicago FD radio shops – more  new ambulances for Chicago – Ambulance 20 and Ambulance 34

Chicago FD Ambulance 20

Chicago FD Ambulance 20

Chicago FD Ambulance 34

Chicago FD Ambulance 34

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New command van for Chicago FD (more)

As seen around the Chicago FD radio shops: Command Post 2-7-4, Command Post 2-7-5, and a new Command Van

Chicago FD Mobile Command Van

Chicago FD Mobile Command Van

Chicago FD Command Post 2-7-4

Chicago FD Command Post 2-7-4

Chicago FD Command Post 2-7-5

Chicago FD Command Post 2-7-5

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Chicago Level 1 Haz Mat, 6-30-18

This from Tim Olk:

Chicago Fire Dept Level 1 Haz-Mat 111th And Spaulding For The Natural Gas Leak

Firefighter takes gas reading in sewer

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Firefighter takes gas reading in sewer

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Firefighters at gas leak

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Chicago FD Haz Mat 5-1-1

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