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Monté Dillard and Heath Howe have both become Evanston Fire Department chaplains since the summer of 2020. Their work is multi-faceted, but centers around building relationships with members of the Evanston Fire Department. Along with other responsibilities, this requires visiting the firehouses and arriving at the scene during crises.

Part of their role as chaplains is also to comfort victims. This isn’t a task naturally built into the jobs of other fire department members. It’s common for the chaplains to follow up with members of the fire department and victims of situations, at times even making hospital visits.

While fire department staff and victims know about the chaplain’s support network, they can choose how much to engage with them. The chaplains said they seek to provide support to whoever needs it across all cultures. 

Dillard and Howe filled a vacancy left by Howe’s late husband, David Jones, who served as the department’s chaplain from 2011 until his passing in 2020.

After Jones’ passing, former fire chief Brian Scott asked Howe if she would be interested in taking up the role. While Jones performed the work as a retiree, Howe worked full time as an Episcopalian priest, which made her nervous about the time commitment.

Howe is the rector of Church of the Holy Comforter in Kenilworth and Dillard serves as senior pastor at First Church of God Christian Life Center in Evanston. Dillard said working together allows them to best serve the fire department, their congregations, and each other. 

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Evanston Fire Department enws

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The Evanston Parks and Recreation director announced in October that the lifeguard program would move departments, pending city approval of a new fire department lifeguard supervisor position with oversight of their training. The department proposed the new position to the city council as part of the lifeguard budget and is awaiting approval. 

The merging of the lifeguard program with the fire department has been a point of discussion since late summer. Evanston will be the first municipality in Illinois to move its lakefront program to the fire department, though many west coast cities like San Diego established this pairing long ago. 

The change is one of many that has followed reports in summer 2021 of sexual harassment and a hostile work environment among lakefront staff.  Supervision by the fire department will help create a better work environment the lifeguards. 

Recent summers have also hampered recruitment of new lifeguard staff.  Hopefully the switch will provide more career-building opportunities for young lifeguards and therefore help with recruitment. 

The fire department also plans to create their own curriculum for their lifeguard certification. The lakefront management currently certifies the lifeguards through the United States Lifesaving Association, but the fire department plans to use the American Red Cross curriculum instead and include more Evanston lakefront-specific training.

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Evanston Fire Department news

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Eight people were rescued near the Clark Street Beach and the Dempster Street Boat Launch in Evanston Thursday evening after five boats capsized on Lake Michigan. Some people were able to get back to shore on their own. 

A sudden change of weather around 5 p.m. caused roiling waves that caught boaters off guard. Winds howled, sending a windsurfer flying through the air and into the lake. A lifeguard directed rescue boats to where people needed help.

While some people were evaluated at the scene, none needed to be taken to hospitals for treatment. Given the height of the waves, officials said it was fortunate no one was hurt.

A spokesperson from Northwestern University said two of the boats that capsized were from the Northwestern Sailing Club.

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Evanston Fire Department news

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In September 2020, in the face of COVID-19 and the city’s budget, members of the Evanston Firefighters Association Local 742 union agreed to amend their collective bargaining agreement, foregoing salary increases instead of the 2.25% increases that had been negotiated for 2021 and 2022.

At the a recent council meeting, a recommendation was made that firefighters receive a one-time payment, a compensation for their sacrifice. The council approved the payment to firefighters for the income losses – using $494,059 for 105 employees from federal American Recovery Protection Act funds.

As part of the revised agreement in 2020, firefighters were able to retain their current operational deployment model, maintaining 26 firefighter per shift, “sufficient to ensure that companies responding to emergency calls had the staffing necessary to be effective and respond within the department’s average response time.”

The city saved at least $680,000 from the firefighters’ concessions in 2021 and 2022 and that the average member gave up approximately $6,500 in base pay compensation.

The city “has seen higher than expected revenue as economic activity continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. State income tax, building permits, real estate transfer tax, sales tax, and state use tax all show revenue higher than budgeted through mid-year 2021.”

In the 2020 negotiations, AFSCME Council 31, which represents employees in the public works department and the library, joined with the firefighters and agreed to forego wage increases after previously bargaining for increases.

However, the Evanston Police Department held out against agreeing to the 0% increase. The union noted that it had worked with the city in pre-COVID 2019 when officials expressed concern about future economic issues and had agreed to a 0% increase then.

Council members approved a series of other actions at the meeting, rewarding city employees and staff, drawing on reserves in the city’s General Fund. The council approved:

  • A retention “Thank You” bonus of $500 for all city employees;
  • A retention bonus of $2,500 for the non-union employees of the Evanston Police Department;
  • A 3% wage increase for all exempt employees of the city.

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Evanston Fire Department news

From the Evanston FD Facebook page: 

Our “new” used reserve engine is close to being delivered. This engine served the Lisle/Woodridge Fire District previously and will enter our reserve pool of apparatus for when our front line apparatus go out of service for repairs and maintenance.; #FireTruck; #EvanstonFD; #LisleWoodridgeFPD;

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Evanston Fire Department Fire Apparatus Operator Robert Byrne retired Saturday after more than 20 years of service. 

Beginning his career in Evanston in September 2001 as a firefighter and paramedic, Byrne became a fire apparatus operator in August 2009. 

As a member of EFD Local 742, Byrne also coordinated holiday charity events to raise money and supplies for organizations like Family Focus and the Salvation Army. Byrne also served as a union steward and as a treasurer to Local 742’s political action committee, which has historically lent support to local candidates. 

As the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award, Bryne was honored by the department for his dedication to duty. He also received the Chief’s Letter of Commendation, which acknowledges outstanding fire and paramedic work. 

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Fatal fire in Evanston, 3-10-22


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EVANSTON, IL – On Thursday, March 10, at approximately noon, Evanston firefighters responded to 1516 Brummel St. for reports of smoke coming from a residential structure.

Upon the arrival of first responding fire companies, heavy black smoke was coming from the basement of the single-family residence. First arriving crews encountered heavy fire conditions on the lower level of the structure. The response was quickly upgraded to a Box Alarm with fire conditions requiring three hose lines and neighboring fire departments to assist with extinguishing the blaze. 

The property owners discovered the fire after arriving home to find smoke coming from their residence. Prior to the arrival of firefighters, one of the property owners, an 87-year-old male, entered the structure to investigate the source of the smoke. When firefighters arrived, they quickly found and extricated the man from the bottom of the basement stairs. Life-saving measures were initiated with transport immediately provided to a local area hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

Family notifications were made, with condolence care services offered by Evanston Fire Department Chaplain Monte Dillard and the American Red Cross.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. 

Smoke detectors were operational at the time of the fire. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least once or twice a year, unless the manufacturer suggests otherwise. If smoke or CO detectors activate, residents need to immediately leave or stay out of the building and call 911 to investigate.

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Apartment building fire in Evanston, 2-21-22

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12 residents & several animals were displaced during a multi-residential fire on the 1600 blk of Monroe St. One FF suffered a minor injury. Outside agencies called to assist with overhaul & investigation. Avoid the area to allow crews to gain access. Great work by all involved!

#EvanstonFD; #firescene; #fireaftermath

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New engine for Evanston FD

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We’re excited to announce that Northwestern University has provided an $800,000 donation to fund the purchase of a new fire engine! The university’s donation will cover the entire cost of a 2022 Pierce Enforcer pumper and the equipment to outfit the vehicle, including hose, tools, a cardiac monitor, self-contained breathing apparatus, and radios. On December 13, the Evanston City Council approved the purchase of the vehicle which is expected to be delivered in late 2022. 
In 2009, the University donated $550,000 to the city for the purchase of a new pumper which is still in service.

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