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Peoria Fire Department news more

Excerpts from pjstar:.com

A clerical error could cost the city of Peoria upwards of $500,000 after an administrative law judge recommended nearly a dozen firefighters be reinstated and the two rescue trucks taken off line last year be reinstated.

And while those changes would be substantial, neither Peoria Firefighters Union Local 50 nor city hall believe the recommendation, handed down in late February, is the final say on the matter. In fact, the Peoria city attorney says the reasoning behind the decision was a clerical error — the city never responded to the unfair labor practice accusations from the union that sparked the case because the complaint and other documents were sent to an attorney’s old place of employment.

But, on the surface, the Feb. 27 ruling seems to be a total win for the union as it orders the city to:

– restore the staffing levels of the Peoria Fire Department to levels it was before May 21, 2018, when a series of brown-outs were instated to help with budgetary issues.

– compensate those who lost income by offering back pay to those who were eligible to work on the rescue squads.

– resume bargaining with the local over staffing and work conditions.

The city will, in essence, appeal and tell the state Labor Relations Board what it thinks the hearing officer got wrong. The ILRB will likely hear the case sometime later this year.

The union filed its complaint last summer in the wake of brown-outs that were ordered by city hall to help close a budgetary shortfall. Local 50 cried foul and said the brown-outs were an unfair labor practice in the wake of an agreement they had reached in late 2017 that eliminated some unfilled positions in return for keeping the fire apparatus online.

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New dive rescue unit for Chicago (more)

Updated production photos of a new truck being built for the CFD Scuba Team 687 at E-ONE so#142284

E-ONE so#142284 dive squad for the Chicago FD

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E-ONE so#142284 dive squad for the Chicago FD

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E-ONE so#142284 dive squad for the Chicago FD

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Mount Prospect Fire Department news (more)

Ground breaking for new Mount Prospect fire station

ground breaking for new Mount Prospect fire station

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As seen around … Burbank

This from Keith Grzadziel: 

Here is a shot of Burbank’s other new ambulance shown here assisting Bridgeview. 

Burbank (IL) FD ambulance

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Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District news (more)

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Cook County commissioners on the county’s zoning and building committee Wednesday voted 14-0 against granting a special-use permit and zoning variances the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District needed to build a new station at 36 E. Dundee Road near a middle school and early childhood center.

Fire district officials contended that the third station would have improved ambulance response times to parts of Inverness and elsewhere. But its planned location between Barrington Middle School-Prairie Campus and Barrington Area Unit District 220’s Early Learning Center drew opposition from school leaders and parents. District 220 Superintendent Brian Harris urged commissioners to vote against the plan, saying the schools never would have been built at that location had the fire station been there first. He said he hopes fire district officials instead follow a study’s recommendation indicating a need for a facility in the western part of the district.

Barrington Countryside officials released a statement calling the county board’s decision a setback for regional public safety. “It is also an overreaction to patently false information created and disseminated by a small group of individuals who seek shortsighted benefits for a select few at the expense of the long-term greater good,” the fire district said.

Barrington Countryside hoped to use the foundation of a house it bought for $500,000 in 2016 for the station. The new facility would have cost $900,000 to $1.1 million.

District 220 lodged a formal objection with Cook County, citing traffic concerns and the potential for reduced property values.

At a meeting last fall, school officials and teachers said noise from the firehouse could cause problems for the early learning center, where the most fragile children in the system are taught.

County Commissioner Kevin Morrison said his office received at least 50 calls and 70 emails against the project. Morrison said that while the county’s advisory zoning board of appeals recommended the station on the condition that no sirens be used, a site visit and feedback from both sides of the issue convinced him the project would be inappropriate.

Barrington Countryside Fire Chief James Kreher said work will resume to find another site to better serve Inverness and the eastern and southern areas of the district. District 220 has expressed interest in buying the district’s Dundee Road property, he said.

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New truck for Orland FPD (more)

This from Mike Lopina:

Sorry they are not ideal pictures. Orland took delivery of their new E-ONE Cyclone quint for Truck 4. It is scheduled to go in service around 3/27.
Orland FPD Truck 4

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Orland FPD Truck 4

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Orland FPD Truck 4

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Orland FPD Truck 4

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Orland FPD Truck 4

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Mattoon Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from wandtv.com:

In less than a year, Mattoon has gone from three ambulance services to one. Now, the city council is placing a moratorium on a new service trying to come to town for up to the next six months.

The city pulled the fire department out of ambulance business in July 2018, citing budget issues. Last week, Dunn’s Ambulance Service announced it was leaving the city due to staffing issues. Mitchell-Jerdan is now the only ambulance provider left.

The local firefighters union is still trying to get the city to reconsider the ambulance service as they also negotiate a new labor contract. Union president Bart Owen says Mitchell-Jerdan has had issues fulfilling the need on its own in the past.

“It hate to say ‘wait and see’ again, but we’ll have to watch this,” Owen said. “We are not staffing [our ambulances]. They are in storage…they are technically still an option here. But we’re being told they’re not an option at this time.”

But the mayor and city council have remained firm: the city-run ambulance service was cost this city money and wasn’t viable long term.

“Do you want us to cut police officers?” asked city commissioner Preston Owen. “Do you want us to cut ambulance services duplicated? Do you want us to stop filling potholes? That’s the choice.”

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Box alarm fire in Wheeling, 3-15-19 (more)

More photos from the Box alarm fire in Wheeling, 3-15-19 at 1702 Sienna Court

Townhouse fire at 1702 Sienna Court in Wheeling IL 3/15/19

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Townhouse fire at 1702 Sienna Court in Wheeling IL 3/15/19

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Townhouse fire at 1702 Sienna Court in Wheeling IL 3/15/19

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Townhouse fire at 1702 Sienna Court in Wheeling IL 3/15/19

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3-Alarm fire in Crystal Lake, 3-18-19 (more)

From the Crystal Lake Fire Department:

On March 18, 2019 at 2:54 pm, the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department responded for a reported structure fire at 6207 Commercial Rd in Crystal Lake. Initial arriving crews, at 2:58 pm, reported heavy black smoke coming from the business (Diesel Redemption).  The caller had reported the business was working with a cutting torch and that the building was on fire. Fire units quickly switched to a defensive mode, operating from the outside of the building using hose lines and three ladder trucks. There were no injuries to the occupants or firefighters.

Mutual aid agencies were called to assist Crystal Lake utilizing the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS). Crystal Lake command requested a third alarm.

A firewall in the center of the structure held the fire from spreading throughout the entire building which did not have fire sprinklers. A roof collapse and partial wall collapse were sustained in the area where the fire started.

The fire was deemed under control at 4:19 pm. Crews remained on scene extinguishing hot spots. Fire investigators from Crystal Lake and surrounding communities plus the Office of the State Fire Marshal are investigating the cause of the fire. A damage estimate is not yet available.

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Shed fire in unincorporated Palatine, 3-18-19 (more)

More photos of the Shed fire in unincorporated Palatine, 3-18-19

residents watch shed fire in back yard

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shed fire at 21100 Shirley Road in unincorporated Palatine

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