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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyNorthwestern.com:

A law, signed on August 23 by Governor J.B. Pritzker, amends the Illinois Municipal Code and the Fire Protection District Act. The change will now allow qualified candidates to receive hiring preference if they have had the 600 hours of work within a 12-month period as part of a certified apprenticeship program.

These applicants can receive up to 20 points added to their firefighter eligibility list score, thus increasing their chances of employment.

The bill was sponsored by state Rep. Robyn Gabel in collaboration with the Evanston Fire Department. The bill was also developed with the help of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois as well as the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association.

The Evanston Fire Department is working with Oakton Community College to create a three-year apprenticeship program. The program would complement the Fire Explorer Program geared toward young adults.

The Fire Explorer Program currently helps men and women aged 14-20 learn the basic skills of firefighting and EMS. The program also offers ride-alongs and opportunities to assist with routine tasks around the fire department and in the community.

The three-year apprenticeship program is expected to launch in the fall of 2020.

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Apartment fire in Evanston, 8-20-19

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Two cats and two dogs were rescued from an apartment fire in Evanston Tuesday night after firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze which was confined to a rear, first-floor unit of a four-story, multi-family courtyard building in the 600 block of Sheridan Road. As firefighters conducted a secondary search of the premises, they discovered and removed four pets, three of which they had to resuscitate using pet oxygen masks. All four pets survived, and there were no other reported injuries.

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2-Alarm fire in Evanston, 6-20-19 (more)

more photos from the scene of the 2-Alarm fire in Evanston, 6-20-19

commercial building fire

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fire in a commercial strip mall

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Evanston fire trucks on scene

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Evanston FD Engine 25

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Evanston FD Truck 22

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Evanston FD Engine 23

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Evanston FD Truck 22

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Evanston FD Truck 22

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Evanston FD Engine 23

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Evanston FD Engine 23

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Evanston FD Station 24

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2-Alarm fire in Evanston, 6-20-19 (more)

Photos from Tim Olk at the 2-Alarm fire in Evanston, 6-20-19

Firefighters force entry at commercial building fire

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Firefighters force entry at commercial building fire

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Firefighters force entry at commercial building fire

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Evanston FD pumper at fire scene

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Evanston FD ladder truck at fire scene

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Evanston FD pumper at fire scene

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Evanston FD ladder truck at fire scene

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Evanston fire trucks on scene

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2-Alarm fire in Evanston, 6-20-19

Evanston pulled a 2nd Alarm Thursday evening for a fire at a laundromat at 838 Dodge Avenue. Battalion 21 reported a 1 story 125 x 125 bowstring truss with fire through the roof and defensive operations.

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Evanston Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the dailynorthwestern.com:

Evanston Fire Station 4 will remain open following the approval of the city’s 2019 operating budget, ensuring service levels and response times will be maintained at the current standard. Aldermen voted 6-3 to approve the city’s 2019 operating budget at a Nov. 19 council meeting, granting the city more than $319 million for the next year. The budget, which seeks to fill a projected $7.4 million deficit, was released at the beginning of October and includes a number of expense reductions and revenue increases.

The closure of the station was included in the city’s first draft of its budget which estimated a $1.2 million cut to EFD. The cut would have eliminated nine staff positions, the proposed station closure and the resulting elimination of its fire engine. Station 4 — located at 1817 Washington St. — is in the 2nd Ward and services the southwest region of Evanston.

Now, the department will hold some vacancies open and cut parts of its community engagement programming for the next fiscal year.

During a Nov. 5 council meeting, aldermen overwhelmingly opposed the possible station closure, referring to increased response times and also pointing out the fact that many residents rely on firefighters for medical care.

EFD’s call volume has increased by 51 percent over the past 35 years, and is expected to increase by 2 percent per year moving forward.

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Box alarm fire in Evanston, 11-26-18

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Evanston firefighters responded about 6:49 a.m. Monday to a single-family home in the 1100 block of South Boulevard and found heavy smoke and moderate fire conditions in the front of the building. Firefighters entered the home and put out the fire within 30 minutes. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries. Investigators say the fire was caused by candles used for Christmas decorations.

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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

For the past 16 years Evanston Firefighters Association IAFF Local 742 has funded a Thanksgiving charity event to provide all the ingredients for a Thanksgiving dinner for 12 Evanston families in need.

On Saturday, volunteers put rolls, boxed stuffing, cranberry sauce, veggies, a turkey, pie, and other edibles in 12 separate plastic containers and dropped them off to Family Focus social service agency in Evanston, which will deliver them to the families before Thanksgiving.

The idea for the Thanksgiving charity event started 16 years ago when some firefighters decided to piggyback on another giveaway where they collected toys to give to kids at Christmas. Thanksgiving and Christmas events are about the union and firefighters giving back to the Evanston community they serve.

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New ambulance for Evanston

From the Foster Coach Sales website:

new Evanston FD ambulance

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Evanston Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the chicagotribune.com:

Evanston aldermen signaled on Monday that they will not approve a proposal to eliminate nine firefighter positions and close and sell one of the city’s five fire stations in an effort to balance the 2019 budget. Aldermen said they see the importance of not reducing the fire department.

However, they did ask Fire Chief Brian Scott to think long-term about how the department could reduce costs, as city coffers are not expected to increase significantly anytime soon. The fire department expenses make up 22 percent of the Evanston budget’s general fund.

The fire department responded to 90 fires in 2017. About 65 percent of calls for service required a paramedic response. Almost all of Evanston’s firefighters are trained as paramedics, and all fire engines are ALS equipped. About 45 percent of calls occurred at the same time as another call in town, so engines regularly shuffle around the city to make sure all neighborhoods are covered in case of an emergency.

Since the early 1980s, “the department has lost staffing by 10 percent, call volume continues to increase and firefighters are asked to do more and more with the same amount of resources or even less,” Scott said.

Many of the calls for medical help come from repeat patients who don’t have insurance and depend on paramedics for care. The department is working with Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston to identify those people and get them into programs that could help them. Ideally that would ease the demand on the department and save taxpayers money.

The city council discussion comes as Evanston expects to face a $7.4 million deficit in the proposed $110 million spending plan for 2019. The anticipated shortfall comes from a $4.9 million shortage in the general fund, $1 million for bond payments for construction of the new Robert Crown Community Center and $1.5 million needed in the reserve fund, according to the budget proposal.

The reserve fund, which ideally should have 16.6 percent of the city’s annual operating expenses, ended 2017 at 12.8 percent. Aldermen are expected to vote on the 2019 budget later this month. The city’s new fiscal and budget year starts Jan. 1.

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