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Elgin Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Water rescues near dams can be harrowing as churning waters pull in people and rescuers. The Elgin Fire Department is painfully familiar with that, after two of its own died in 1974 during a rescue near the city’s dam in the Fox River.

The department now has a Waterwog 3 rescue boat made by Creature Craft, a new boat to enhance safety. Its most salient feature is an overhead roll cage. The nearly 14-foot boat has backup safety in the form of a rope about 300 feet long that can be pulled from shore. The total cost was $33,800 including training, but the city spent $14,910 after a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The new boat replaced a 20-year-old dam entry watercraft, one of three Elgin Fire Department boats.

Elgin’s water rescue and recovery team has responded to 69 calls in the last decade, mostly in Elgin but also in Algonquin, Carpentersville, St. Charles, Bartlett, Gilberts, South Elgin, and Wilmington. The team also receives requests for trainings.

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19, Elgin Fire Department

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

A third Elgin firefighter tested positive for COVID-19. One firefighter is under quarantine at a hotel where the city reserved a block of rooms for personnel that allows them to keep their family safe from any possible exposure.  Two other firefighters chose to isolate at home.

Over the last few weeks, the Elgin Fire Department has had seven firefighters who’ve been isolated due to possible exposure to COVID-19. Only those who showed symptoms were tested.  The test results are available within 24 hours, and the positive cases came back April 23, April 30, and May 1.

The fire department has notified its employees and has recommended that they stay home should they begin to feel ill. Shifts are being covered with overtime if needed.

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New ambulance for Elgin FD

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations to Elgin Fire Department on the order of their 2020 Wheeled Coach Type 1 Ambulance!

We are eager to begin the process of building an emergency vehicle your community can depend on and is familiar with! Thank you for your continued loyalty!

Specs: Patented Cool Bar HVAC system, 4-point IMMI restraints, Stryker PowerLoad System, Whelen warning lights, Change Notice 11 Compliant, and 6 “ drop skirt design to help maximize storage and ease of entrance.

new ambulance for the Elgin FD

new ambulance for the Elgin FD

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Elgin Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Interim Elgin Fire Chief Robert Cagann has been appointed on a permanent basis. Cagann has been with the city since 1993. He served as assistant fire chief since 2017, worked as a firefighter for eight years before being promoted to lieutenant in 2001, captain in 2008, and then battalion chief in 2015. He led the department’s training division for 15 years.

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New quint for Elgin

From CityofElgin.org:

Elgin City Council exhibit for purchase of Pierce quint fire truck

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Elgin City Council exhibit for purchase of Pierce quint fire truck

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Elgin City Council exhibit for purchase of Pierce quint fire truck

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Elgin City Council exhibit for purchase of Pierce quint fire truck

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Elgin City Council exhibit for purchase of Pierce quint fire truck

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Elgin Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Elgin Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Robert Cagann, a 27-year veteran of the of the department, has been named interim chief until a replacement is found for retired Chief David Schmidt. Cagann started his career as an Elgin firefighter in 1993 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2001, captain in 2008, battalion chief in 2015, and assistant chief in 2017. During his time as assistant chief, he distinguished himself as a leader in implementing department efficiencies and advancements. He will run a department of 133 fire and emergency personnel at seven fire stations that cover 38 square miles. The department’s annual operating budget is nearly $30 million.

 

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Elgin Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the Dailyherald.com:

When now-former Elgin Fire Chief Dave Schmidt started his career in Elgin in 1989, he was like a kid in a candy store whose only goal was to make a difference. Thirty years later, during his retirement ceremony Friday afternoon, he said he was honored to have worked for what he called the best fire department in the country.

Family members, residents, and colleagues showed up to say goodbye during the open house and retirement flag ceremony held at Fire Station 1.

Schmidt starts Monday as fire chief in Carrboro, North Carolina, which will allow his family to be closer to his son who lives in Tennessee. 

After the ceremony, the city manager announced that Assistant Chief Robert Cagann will serve as interim fire chief, effective immediately.

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Elgin Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

After 20 months at the bargaining table, the City of Elgin and the firefighters union have agreed on a contract that largely mirrors the previous one.

The contract, approved by the city council without discussion Wednesday night, is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018, and calls for 2.5% pay increases across the board for the 127 members of the International Association of Firefighters Local 439. That’s the same pay increase received by other city employees, both union and nonunion. The new contract ends Dec. 31, 2021.

Starting Jan. 1, the salary range for firefighters will be $72,347 to $96,426. The range for lieutenants will be $103,934 to $113,035, and for captains it will be $123,109 to $142,514.

The city wanted to impose a cap on unused vacation days that firefighters can roll over into the next year. In return, the union mainly wanted the city to give the firefighters more notice — currently it’s 30 days — about any cuts to daily staffing, and also wanted more time — currently also 30 days — for the union to respond to such notices. In the end, both parties agreed to walk away without those changes.

The new contract has the same salary increases and health insurance provisions as the last one, and minor changes about things like assignments that the firefighters are pleased with.

Union members have voted to accept the contract.

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Elgin Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Elgin Fire Chief Dave Schmidt will leave Jan. 3 after 30 years with the department and start Jan. 6 as chief of the Carrboro Fire Department in North Carolina .

Schmidt became a lieutenant in 2000, captain in 2005, and assistant chief of operations in 2011.

He is particularly proud of the changes in technology he helped implement. When he started, he was teaching firefighters what a personal computer was and how to use it. Now all Elgin fire vehicles are equipped with mobile computers and Wi-Fi hot spots. Cardiac monitors, for example, can send reports wirelessly to paramedics’ tablets for importation into reports rather than having to print out long strips of paper that would be taped to a piece of copy paper.

He is also proud of his 15 years of work with the department’s academy, which trained firefighters for Elgin and other cities.

Asked for an example of how he learned from a bad call, Schmidt recalled the April 2001 mass shooting at JB’s Pub, in which a man shot 18 people, killing two of them. His ambulance was the second on the scene and ended up taking the shooter to a hospital for treatment.

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Elgin Fire Department news

Excerpts from the chicgaotribune.com:

The Elgin Fire Department’s 911 notification system to alert firefighters to calls, is becoming automated. The software and hardware improvements will get call information to firefighters seconds earlier. Elgin’s seven fire stations receive more than 12,000 dispatch calls a year.

When someone makes a 911 call, a tele-communicator enters the location and nature of the incident into a computer-aided dispatch system and then manually alerts the fire stations by setting off an alarm and giving a verbal dispatch over the radio with details on the nature and location of the incident.

While the tele-communicator is getting information, he or she may have to mute the emergency call to start the alert process, which can cause callers to hang up or get upset about having to wait.

It’s also a problem when call takers need to perform multiple tasks, like assisting callers with basic first aid instructions, and can’t always put callers on hold during those critical moments in order to enter information into the alert system.

Using the automated system, operators essentially click a button and a computer voice will alert fire stations and dispatch firefighters. The 911 operators will be able to stay on the call to get more information.

Monitors will be in stations to provide visual cues when a call is received as lights will flash to let firefighters know the type of emergency, which will give them more time to respond.

Elgin is receiving a $20,000 donation for the interfacing software from the Village of South Elgin, which gets 911 dispatch services from Elgin, and the remaining $5,000 will be paid by the city of Elgin.

The $445,000 cost of the software will be funded through the area’s E-911 Emergency Telephone System. The purchases will save the department about $375,000 over a five-year period.

The Elgin City Council approved both expenditures Wednesday. The system should be operating by 2020.

 

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