Posts Tagged Chicago Fire Department
Excerpts from FirehouseSubs.com:
In 2005, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety FoundationFirehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was created with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to emergency personnel and public safety organizations. Many make do with older equipment and have limited or no access to needed resources, but the Foundation has given $13 million to hometown heroes in 43 states and Puerto Rico, benefiting more than 1,000 public safety organizations in communities across the nation. In the state of Illinois, more than $417,000 has been donated since 2012, and in almost all instances, the awarded tools would otherwise be unavailable.
Continuing its mission of supporting local heroes, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation [awarded] $190,000 worth of equipment to nine Chicago public safety organizations during a press conference on May 19, 2015 … at the Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy.
The following nine departments were awarded equipment.
• Chicago Fire Department received two off-road ambulance vehicles worth more than $55,800.
• Chicago Police Department 17th District received two automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) worth more than $2,000.
• Chicago Police Memorial Foundation received 41 bulletproof vests worth more than $20,000.
• Mokena Fire Protection District received an all-terrain vehicle worth more than $16,700.
• Waukegan Fire Protection District received eight sets of firefighting turnout gear worth more than $19,600.
• Lemont Fire Protection District received an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) worth more than $19,800.
• Frankfort Fire Protection District received an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) worth more than $14,600.
• Tri-State Fire Protection District received a water rescue boat worth more than $19,900.
• Mount Prospect Fire Department received 27 automatic external defibrillator (AEDs) worth more than $21,000.
To raise money for the Foundation, Firehouse Subs restaurants participate in a number of fundraising efforts. Each restaurant recycles leftover, five-gallon pickle buckets and sells them to guests for $2. Donation canisters on register counters collect spare change, while the Round Up Program allows guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar. Grant allocations are made possible thanks to the overwhelming support of Firehouse Subs restaurants and generous donors.
From Dan McInerney:
Chicago officials have issued more than $1.2 million in penalty payment checks to hundreds of paramedics who a federal court judge determined had been shortchanged on overtime pay.
In addition to the penalty payment checks, the city also issued checks totaling nearly $2.5 million for the overtime it owed to paramedics but had not paid — for a total of more than $3.7 million to more than 700 paramedics, according to court documents and city officials. Paramedics recently began receiving those checks.
U.S. District Judge John Darrah ordered the payments to make up for underpaid overtime wages dating as far back as 2004. Four separate class-action cases filed between 2006 and 2012 led to the order.
The cases relate to the odd hours worked by the paramedics in the Chicago Fire Department Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. Paramedics work 24-hour shifts, with days off between, often logging 48 hours a week. For all hours that exceed 40 per week, they get paid overtime, at a rate of 1 1/2 times their salary.
For years, the city was paying that overtime but erred in its calculations of base pay, the court said. Before figuring the base pay on which overtime was calculated, the city improperly deducted the cost of duty availability pay — a stipend for always being on call — and other nontraditional wages paid out to paramedics, according to court documents.
Other nontraditional wages included stipends for passing an annual fitness exam, filling a role above their designated assignment and having specialty training qualifications. The city also failed to include pay for taking part in continuing education training, the court documents show.
Darrah ruled last year that those amounts should not have been deducted from the base pay and ordered the city to make payments for prior miscalculations and also pay penalties. The city earlier this year changed the way it calculates overtime to avoid the problem in the future, according to court documents and city officials.
The city has the money on hand to cover the recent payments and does “not anticipate having to borrow for it,” city spokeswoman Libby Langsdorf said.
The $3.7 million in payments won’t break the bank at City Hall, with its $7.3 billion annual budget, but they come as Mayor Rahm Emanuel and aldermen are trying to find ways to close next year’s projected 2016 budget gap of nearly $1 billion.
Most of that gap is the result of a state requirement that the city dramatically step up payments to the police and fire pension funds, which are a combined $10 billion short of what they need to cover required retirement future benefit payments.
This from Eric Haak:
Here are some images from a Still & Box Alarm in Chicago that came in shortly after 4:00 pm on Thursday (7/2). The structure was on the 500 block of South Millard and was a vacant “Red X” building. Battalion 13 reported he had a large volume of smoke coming from the second floor and was concerned about communication to the “D” side exposure which was a 3-story vacant. My images are from about 45 minutes in. Engine 38 was also pumping at Central Park and Congress and Tower Ladder 14 was working in sector “C”.
This from Eric Haak:
The outbound lanes of the Bishop Ford Freeway (I94) were closed at 137th Street for nearly three hours due to a semi that crashed into the median and damaged the saddle tank. One other vehicle was involved in the incident. The accident happened on the incline leading up to the Steel Bridge which caused the diesel fuel to roll downhill towards the shoulder. Engine 80 and Truck 62 were first up and dropped one line and began diking the spill. Engine 75 took a position on the off ramp to Beaubien Woods and dropped a second line. The wreck occurred at about 4:55 and companies remained on the scene until 7:45 when the State Police finally reopened the expressway.
This from Steve Redick:
Had ocasion to shoot old 70’s house and the new house for 102.