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Elk Grove Village Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the JournalTopics.com:

Elk Grove Village trustees approved a $45,000 contract with ModSpace of Elgin to provide temporary quarters for firefighters while the Meacham Road fire station undergoes a major renovation.

Although renovations for the firehouse at 676 Meacham are in the design phase, the building could be raised as early as January. Exact costs for the approximate 18-month projects are not yet known, according to Fire Chief Richard Mikel.

The Meacham firehouse sits on the same campus as the public works facility on Biesterfield Road, which is currently being renovated. As soon as that facility is complete, work should begin on the firehouse.

The ModSpace trailer firefighters would live in as temporary quarters, is 24 feet wide, about twice the width of a typical residential trailer. Firetrucks and ambulances would operate out of the adjacent public works facility.

Niles firefighters used the same trailers when they renovated one of their fire stations in late 2016 and early 2017.

The renovation of the Meacham firehouse, consolidation of two other fire stations, renovation of the Biesterfield public works facility and construction of a new west side public works facility are all part of the Elk Grove 2025 Plan, which is investing $106 million into village infrastructure.

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Huntley Fire Protection District news (more)

Excerpts from the NWherald.com:

The Huntley Fire Protection District’s acting fire chief remained tight-lipped on the status of former Fire Chief Ken Caudle after a closed session meeting Tuesday.

Trustees, along with acting Fire Chief Scott Ravagnie, Deputy Chief Albert Schlick and district lawyers, met for an hour in closed session to talk about the “appointment, employment, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees,” according to the meeting’s agenda. They did not take any action after the closed session.

Ravagnie said he was unable to comment on the status of the investigation, when the district will make a decision regarding Caudle’s employment and what was discussed during Tuesday’s meeting.

Caudle submitted a letter of resignation as chief to the Board of Trustees on Aug. 11, stating that after a long discussion with his family, he set a retirement date for Nov. 10, 2019. Caudle’s current contract expires April 30, 2020.

He returned to his last commissioned rank of battalion chief and was placed on paid administrative leave “pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation,” according to Huntley Fire Protection District documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Caudle’s contract stipulates giving the department two weeks’ notice, and he wrote that he was willing to stay on as chief until a replacement could be found.

“I assure you that my decision did not come lightly, especially since my tenure as Chief with the District has been both fulfilling and rewarding,” he wrote in the letter. “It has been my greatest honor to serve as Fire Chief to the community, the members and the Board.”

Officials have not said what they are investigating and Caudle continues to receive a salary of $119,240 while on leave. He has been with the district since 1998 and served as chief for five years.

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New engine for Forest Park (more)

This from Jeff Braun Jr:

Here are a few photos of the new Forest Park Engine 401 in full service at the HOBO Grand Opening. Thanks. (9/12/17) -Jeff Braun Jr (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRPAHY)

Forest Park FD Engine 401

Jeff Braun, Jr. photo

Forest Park FD Engine 401

Jeff Braun, Jr. photo

Forest Park FD Engine 401

Jeff Braun, Jr. photo

Forest Park FD Engine 401

Jeff Braun, Jr. photo

Forest Park FD Engine 401

Jeff Braun, Jr. photo

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from the rrstar.com:

The Rockford City Council approved an agreement that will expand the Rockford Fire Department’s mobile integrated health program, could reduce congestion in area emergency rooms, and decrease the number non-emergency ambulance rides.

Chief Derek Bergsten said under the program, Rockford firefighter paramedics will provide will conduct home visits with Medicare patients focused on preventative care, chronic disease management, and post-hospital discharge follow-up.

Humana at Home of Chicago will reimburse the city for the visits which will utilize existing staff and equipment. The cost to the city for fire department personnel and the vehicle for the program is an estimated $133,559 per year. Payments from Humana to the fire department are expected to total up to $8,400 per month and cover most of the cost.

While conducting a home health visit that can help reduce re-admissions into hospitals, fire department personnel also will conduct a safety check of the home or apartment. Those checks could include looking for trip hazards, making sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are operational, and providing residents with fire prevention information.

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New engine for Schaumburg (more)

This from Tyler Tobolt:

Schaumburg took delivery of their new Engine 51 this week, the engine won’t be in service for atleast two weeks. Thanks Tyler Tobolt.

Schaumburg FD Engine 51

Tyler Tobolt photo

Schaumburg FD decal

Tyler Tobolt photo

Schaumburg FD fire engines

Tyler Tobolt photo

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New ambulance for Rolling Meadows (more)

From the Horton Emergency vehicles Facebook page:

Nice to see this Ford F-650 being delivered to the Rolling Meadows Fire Department courtesy of our dealer Foster Coach Sales, Inc. We hope this unit serves you well. Thank you for your business.

Rolling Meadows FD Ambulance 16

Rolling Meadows FD Ambulance 16

Rolling Meadows FD Ambulance 16

Rolling Meadows FD Ambulance 16

Rolling Meadows FD Ambulance 16

Rolling Meadows FD Ambulance 16

Rolling Meadows FD Ambulance 16

Rolling Meadows FD Ambulance 16

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Huntley Fire Protection District news (more)

Excerpts from the NWHerald.com:

The Huntley Fire Protection District has released little information more than a week after Huntley Fire Chief Ken Caudle resigned from the district’s top spot and was put on administrative leave.

Caudle resigned as fire chief Aug. 15 and returned to the rank of battalion chief before being placed on paid administrative leave “pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation,” according to Huntley Fire Protection District documents received through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Officials have not said what they are investigating.

Caudle continues to receive his $119,240 salary while on leave, acting Fire Chief Scott Ravagnie said in an email. Ravagnie said he had no comment on the length of [Caudle’s] leave.

As fire chief, Caudle’s salary was $149,074 for the 2017-18 budget year.

Ravagnie and trustees have declined to comment further on the personnel matter.

?Caudle, who has been with the district since 1998 and served as chief for five years, declined to comment Tuesday.

A new contract for Caudle in his role as fire chief took effect in May and was set to run through April 2020.

The Northwest Herald filed a FOIA request Aug. 17 for documents regarding Caudle’s leave or resignation. The request was denied by the department because the records relate to the “public body’s adjudication of employee grievances or disciplinary cases.”

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New engine for Western Springs

This from Josh Boyajian:

Western Springs Engine 1721 – 2017 Pierce Saber 1500/750

Western Springs FD Engine 1721

Western Springs FD Engine 1721 – 2017 Pierce Saber 1500/750. Josh Boyajian photo

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Kankakee Fire Department news

Excerpts from the dailyjournal.com:

After 26 years of fighting fires in Kankakee, Damon Schuldt now is the city’s fire chief for the long haul.

The city council approved his appointment on a 13-1 vote, with Ald. Tyler Tall Sr. casting the only nay vote. Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields, recited the oath for Schuldt, who has been in the fire industry for 33 years, having previously served five years on Milford’s department.

Schuldt had been the department’s interim chief since Phil Perkins retired at the end of April. The department has been without a permanent chief since Ron Young retired last November.

The city spent $19,500 to have the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association assist with a search. Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong interviewed another captain and Schuldt before making him interim chief. 

In his concluding comments, he praised his department.

“To all the men and women of the Kankakee Fire Department, I can tell you that you guys have one of the best fire departments in the state of Illinois and probably the nation,” he said. “I would stack them up against anybody for their courage, their dedication, the hourly training they put in and the customer service they provide.”

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Decatur Fire Department news

Excerpts from WANDtv.com:

A fallen firefighter’s children were honored on their first day of school.

Micah Wakeman died in a tractor accident on June 12. The 43-year-old spent a long career working for the Decatur Fire Department as a firefighter, leaving behind a wife and four children. 

On Wednesday, other firefighters gave two of them an escort to school.

People who knew Wakeman say he carried a strong presence in the Decatur community. DFD Firefighter Doug Neff previously told WAND-TV the man was “full of life” and “didn’t know a stranger”. Decatur school leaders echoed the sentiment.

“He helped us out a little bit with EMT training for the teachers several times,” said Mt. Pulaski Elementary School Principal Gene Newton. “He was in the office quite a bit. Anything we needed, he’d help out. He was very active in the local church that a lot of our kids are involved in, so all the kids knew him … he was just a very prominent person in the community.”   

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