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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from the cityofevanston.org:

The Evanston Fire Department has achieved the highest possible rating for fire protection services from an insurance industry advisory company.

Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) awarded the department a Class 1 designation through its Public Protection Classification (PPC) program, which assesses communities’ fire protection efforts. The department’s new rating, which is an improvement from its previous Class 2 designation, will take effect on October 1, 2018.

ISO has evaluated the fire protection services of more than 46,000 fire departments across the nation. Only 305 nationwide, including 16 in Illinois, have achieved a Class 1 designation, placing the Evanston Fire Department in the top 1 percent of all fire departments in the country.

ISO’s Public Protection Classification review is conducted by expert ISO staff on a five-year cycle, and includes site visits, records examination and observation. Four major areas are evaluated: fire department operations, water supply, emergency communications and community risk reduction. Using its Fire Suppression Rating Schedule, ISO analyzes the data and then assigns a Public Protection Classification from 1 to 10. Class 1 generally represents superior property fire protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area’s fire-suppression program doesn’t meet ISO’s minimum criteria.

By classifying communities’ ability to suppress fires, ISO helps communities evaluate their public fire-protection services. The PPC program provides an objective, nationwide standard that helps fire departments in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment and training. And by securing lower fire insurance premiums for communities with better public protection, the PPC program provides incentives and rewards for communities that choose to improve their firefighting services. In general, the price of insurance in a community with a good PPC is lower than in a community with a poor PPC, assuming all other factors are equal.

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Technical rescue in Evanston, 7-21-18

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

A tree trimmer was critically injured after a large tree branch fell on him Saturday afternoon knocking him unconscious and leaving him hanging in a large tree at about 3 p.m. in the 2700-block of Princeton Avenue in Evanston.

Fire officials said he was trapped more than 20 feet in the air. He was transported to an Evanston hospital in critical condition.

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Skokie firefighters assisted Evanston firefighters rescue a tree service worker from a tree.

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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyNorthwestern.com:

Evanston aldermen approved agreements with the police and firefighter unions at a council meeting Monday, authorizing city manager Wally Bobkiewicz to execute the contracts.

The Fraternal Order of Police Sergeant Union and the International Association of Fire Fighters Union both called for 3 percent wage increases for the next fiscal year. The documents state that the increases are higher than last year to account for changes to health insurance plans that went into effect on Jan. 1.

In both contracts, the city agreed to return vacation time that had been deducted last year in exchange for each union withdrawing complaints they had filed with the Illinois Department of Labor and Illinois Labor Relations Board about that removal.

FOP members were also credited with 24 hours of compensatory time for agreeing to the contract and an increase in the annual education incentive. Employees who possess a bachelor’s degree or higher from a college or university will receive an additional $1,900 stipend.

Sergeants can also participate in a voluntary physical fitness exam administered by the Evanston Police Department and can receive $500 for passing as an incentive to maintain physical fitness.

IAFF members received 30 hours of compensatory time since they agreed to not have a wage increase in 2017. This year, the union will receive a 2.75 percent retroactive increase for last year, and a 3 percent increase for 2018.

According to city documents, the IAFF agreement largely remained the same as last year. Negotiations for the next contracts with both unions will take place in the fall.

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Building collapse in Evanston, 2-25-18

From Tim Olk at the building collapse at 1829 Simpson in Evanston 2/25/18

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Evanston Fire Department news

From the dailynorthwestern.com:

Aldermen at Monday’s City Council meeting approved an expansion of the city’s employment opportunities fund, allowing low-income firefighter applicants to be reimbursed for application and testing fees.

Reimbursements will come from a reserve account of deposits collected from construction companies that violate the city’s Local Employment Program — which requires that at least 25 percent of the company’s labor force consist of women, minorities, or area residents.

Evanston Fire Chief Brian Scott said the change will help the Evanston Fire Department diversify its force by eliminating a potential cost barrier: Application fees are roughly $25 and the physical agility test costs between $165 and $175. Applicants may receive up to $200 from the fund. Aldermen want to change how the fund works so that it can become a direct payment to the institution, instead of a reimbursement. This would prevent residents from having to come up with the funds while waiting for reimbursement. 

In the past, the pool was only available for union construction workers looking to be reimbursed for certificate training programs. The deposits currently total around $80,000.

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Fatal fire in Evanston, 1-23-18

Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

Evanston firefighters rushed to a home around 5 a.m. in the 1300 block of Oakton Street, where they found the three-story building in flames. The fire had started on the top floor of the building.

Firefighters struggled to make entry on the top floor and were forced to enter through the back of the building, though they noted that the fire was extinguished quickly. 

A 65-year-old man was pulled from the building and taken to St. Francis Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. Later, Evanston fire officials reported the man had died. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

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3-Alarm fire in Evanston, 1-4-18

Evanston firefighters went to a 3rd Alarm for fire in a large house at 2865 Sheridan Place.

 

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Of interest … Evanston Fire Department

Excerpts from the Chicago Tribune.com:

Evanston firefighters told stories of how they got into the profession and, for some, what they miss the most from their earlier firefighting days, all as they sipped coffee Thursday with residents.

“I went to school for fine arts, painting,” said Howie Lakin, an EFD fire apparatus operator.

Firefighting requires him to keep both his mind and body in shape, he said, and gives him time to practice art on the side.

The staff of Engine 23 joined with Evanston’s past and present fire chiefs for the “Coffee with a Firefighter” community socializing event at Berry Pike Cafe in downtown Evanston. A few residents sat down for conversation, asking things like what was so attractive about working as a firefighter.

Captain Tony Yee said he first worked as a hospital emergency room nurse before he gave firefighting a shot.

“I went to my first fire academy and thought, ‘hey, this is fun,'” Yee recalled.

Firefighter Luke Holthaus recalled that when he was growing up in Glenview, his neighbor two doors down was a fireman.

And Fire Chief Brian Scott said he comes from a family of police officers and iron workers, but decided to be a firefighter after an uncle, the only other firefighter in the family, took him for a ride in an engine when Scott was 14.

“I was hooked,” said Scott, who added that as chief, he misses riding on the engine every day.

The Evanston Fired Department has a current staff of 110, a head count that has “been the same for the past 30 years,” said former police Chief Greg Klaiber. He now works as director of emergency management for Northwestern University.

 

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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from the dailynorthwestern.com:

The Evanston Fire Department announced at a Tuesday meeting that it is considering the implementation of mobile healthcare as part of its community outreach program.

In its first ever community meeting, the fire department sought input from Evanston residents for a review of their 2014 strategic plan, which remains in effect until 2020. Division Chief Paul Polep said though EFD primarily interacts with community members at their worst moments, the department is trying to expand its outreach.

But four police department officials were greeted Tuesday night by an empty room at the Levy Senior Center.

In a discussion of their strategic plan, Fire Chief Brian Scott said the department was considering investing in a cutting edge mobile integrated healthcare program to Evanston.

The mobile healthcare program would allow residents to be treated in their own home instead of at the hospital. Under the new model, a nurse practitioner or physician assistant capable of making diagnoses and writing prescriptions would be sent to the patient’s home.

“It’s a better way to better serve the community,” Scott said. “It’s a better way to address people who have chronic health issues because sometimes 911 is all they have.”

This program could also be used by residents who suffer from serious illnesses like diabetes.

The mobile physician assistants and nurse practitioners would be provided by Presence Saint Francis Hospital and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Scott said he looked to the Rockford Fire Department for inspiration after it implemented the program in 2014 through a partnership with SwedishAmerican. The fire department saw a 54 percent decrease in emergency department visits, a 38 percent drop in ambulance runs and a 28 percent reduction in hospital admissions by patients enrolled in the program.

The department’s goals extend beyond the mobile healthcare program. Scott said he also foresees the potential use of drones in future operations.

Scott, himself a recreational drone owner, said the drones could be used for extended operations including lakefront rescues and surveillance of buildings damaged by large disasters.

There will be two more community meetings on Nov. 4 and Nov. 15 where residents will have the opportunity to provide feedback regarding the strategic plan, Scott said. There is also an online survey where residents can express their expectations for the department.

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House fire in Evanston, 9-19-17

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

At 12:27 a.m. on Tuesday, the Evanston firefighters were returning from an automatic fire alarm when they smelled something burning in the area of the 2300 block of Ridge Avenue.

The firefighters parked and walked around Ridge Avenue, finding a two-story, single-family home with activated smoke detectors that was full of smoke. The home was rehabbed and unoccupied.

Crews upgraded the alarm to a Box Alarm, and several other agencies helped extinguish the blaze within 24 minutes. An Evanston firefighter was treated and released from the hospital for heat exhaustion.

No other injuries were reported.

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