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Homer Township Fire District news

Excerpts from the Herald-News.com:

The Homer Township Fire District will be purchasing new rescue tools thanks to a grant from Illinois American Water. The IAW 2018 Firefighter Grant Program provides financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities in its service areas. This year, approximately $77,000 will be awarded to 78 Illinois fire departments.

Illinois American Water’s Firefighter Grant Program awards grants to provide personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training materials, and classroom programs.

Natalee Cedillo, Fire Chris Locacius, Tom Harrell, Battalion Chief Troy Essenburg, and Division Chief Dave Bricker

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Fire service news

Excerpts from the herald-news.com:

Over $77,000 will be shared by 78 Illinois fire departments through Illinois American Water’s 2018 Firefighter Grant Program.

Since the program was created in 2010, more than 500 grants totaling over $493,000 have been awarded to fire and emergency organizations serving customers in Illinois American Water’s service area. American Water’s Firefighter Grant Program helps provide personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training materials and classroom programs.

Illinois American Water is providing grants to the following local fire departments: Homer Township Fire Protection District, Lemont Fire Protection District, Northwest Homer Fire Protection District, Orland Fire Protection District, and Plainfield Fire Protection District.

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Homer Township FPD news

This from Hunter Klinger:

New Homer Township Battalion 2017 Ford Expedition

Homer Township FPD Battalion Chief

From the CAMZ Communcations Facebook page

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Homer Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the News-Gazette.com:

About 11:45 a.m. Monday, an emergency alert tone for the Homer Fire Department came over the radio.

“This is the final call for Firefighter Mike Cummins, who dedicated 31 years to the fire service,” said a dispatcher from METCAD, her voice reverberating from the radios of firefighters standing at attention outside the Homer New Life Church of Faith.

“The Homer fire chief and department members thank him for his service to the community,” the dispatcher continued. “We’ll never forget his honor, courage and duty. May he rest in peace.”

Dozens of fire, police, and emergency medical personnel from Champaign, Vermilion, and Piatt counties gathered at the church to say goodbye and pay their respects to Mr. Cummins, who was remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather; an avid fisherman; and a dedicated volunteer firefighter for Homer and other communities.

The 46-year-old Homer man was on his way home from a medical call when he suffered his own medical problem and died early Wednesday morning. He was 46.

Firefighters filed into the sanctuary and took their seats across the aisle from Mr. Cummins wife, Cindy, and friends and relatives. Mr. Cummins’ black helmet, bearing No. 17, and his turnout gear sat at the front of the room.

Pastor Dave Ashby, the chaplain for the Champaign and Urbana firefighters and senior pastor of Trinity Community Fellowship in Farmer City, officiated the service with Pastor C.W. Greer of the Homer church.

Ashby confessed that he never had the privilege of meeting Mr. Cummins. But after talking with his loved ones over the weekend, he said it became apparent that a few words could best describe him — fisherman, family man and firefighter.

On their last night together, the minister said, Mr. Cummins “bounced up and down in their bed,” then repeated to his wife, “Hello, beautiful.”

Then a tone from his radio sounded late at night.

“Mike jumped up at the tone,” Ashby said. Before he left, he said to his wife one last time, “Hello, beautiful. I love you.”

On Monday, a large American flag hung from ladder trucks from the Savoy and Tuscola fire departments.

At the end of the service, two bagpipers played Amazing Grace and then Going Home, as fellow firefighters placed Mr. Cummins’ casket in the back of the Homer Fire and Rescue truck, draped with black cloth. After his last call, a funeral procession made its way from the church through town down Main Street and under the large flag.

There, more firefighters stood at attention and saluted Mr. Cummins’ casket as it drove by. A number of residents also stood at both sides of the road.

Firefighters put one last message for their fallen brother on their sign out front: “RIP, Firefighter Mike Cummins. We got it from here.”

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Homer Township FPD news

Excerpts from MySuburbanlife.com:

A new fire chief has been chosen to lead the Homer Township Fire Protection District.

Battalion Chief Christopher Locacius was picked by the board on Nov. 7 as the district’s new fire chief, effective Jan. 1, according to a news release from the fire protection district. The district services an area between the Northwest Homer Fire Protection District and the Mokena Fire Protection District.

He started his fire service career in 1992 and obtained a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on public administration in 2010. Last year, he obtained his chief fire officer certification, the highest certification offered by the Illinois State Fire Marshal.

With Locacius’ appointment, promotions of a replacement battalion chief, captain, and lieutenant will also become effective at the start of a new year.

Since last September, Deputy Fire Marshal Dave Bricker, a 34-year fire service member, has served as acting chief, after Robert Tutko, who was hired as the first full-time chief in 2012, resigned from the fire protection district.

Bricker, of Lockport, obtained a bachelor’s degree in fire service management and will become the fire prevention division chief at the start of next year.

A formal swearing-in ceremony will take place on Jan. 10. Along with the promotions, the fire protection district officials will swear in five firefighters who have successfully completed their one-year probationary period.

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New engine for Homer Township (more)

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations to the Homer Twp. Fire Department, Lockport, IL, on their recent delivery of a 2016 Stainless Steel E-One Rescue Pumper. We thank you for your continued business

Homer Township FPD Engine 32

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Homer Township FPD Engine 32

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Homer Township FPD Engine 32

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Homer Township FPD Engine 32

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Homer Township and Northwest Homer FPD news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Illinois American Water is partnering with the Homer Township Fire Protection District and Northwest Homer Fire and Ambulance Protection District to improve emergency communications for residents in the Southwest region.
Illinois American Water is donating space on the elevated water storage tank in the Village of Homer Glen to both fire protection districts who will have public safety communication devices installed.

According to Robert Tutko, fire chief for the Homer Township Fire Protection District, both districts had been experiencing radio communication issues in the area. In cooperation with WESCOM, it was determined an additional receiver site was needed along Bell Road between 143rd and 159th Streets.

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As seen around … Fire Service, Inc.

This from Karl Klotz:

Here are some (cell phone) photos from the Fire Service Inc. open house on a cloudy September 9th in St. John Indiana.

Homer Twp will be taking delivery soon of the new Engine 32. University Park will be taking delivery of the new E-ONE engine with a 2nd E-ONE engine still in production. There were a few other demo rigs on display as well as the old Lincolnwood Truck 15
Demo E-ONE fire truck

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old Chicago Pierce ladder truck

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Former Lincolnwood FD fire truck

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New fire engine for the University Park FD

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New fire engine for the University Park FD

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used fire trucks

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new fire engine for the Hoemr Twp FPD

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new fire engine for the Hoemr Twp FPD

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new fire engine for the Hoemr Twp FPD

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Demo E-ONE fire truck

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New engine for Homer Township (more)

Updated production photos of the new engine being built for Homer Township by E-ONE

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Homer Township FPD news

Excerpts from the Herald-News.com:

The Homer Township Fire Protection District union is working to get a referendum on the November ballot that would allow district residents to elect their fire trustees.

Homer Township Professional Firefighters President David Curtis said union members voted unanimously in favor of the referendum. They would like to see trustees run for office so the union and taxpayers can communicate directly with those seeking a seat on the board and the union can endorse candidates, he said.

“We don’t have a voice with the current trustees,” Curtis said, clarifying that the union must communicate to the board through the fire chief and would like to be able to work with trustees directly.

The role of the district’s Board of Trustees is to supervise the chief, hire administrators, manage administrative accountability, and oversee finances and equipment purchasing, Curtis said. The fire trustees, who meet once a month, are appointed by the Homer Township Board of Trustees.

In order for the referendum to be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot, its proponents must get about 1,200 signatures – representing 10 percent of the district’s registered voters – supporting the change.

“So far, we haven’t met with any resistance,” he said, adding that many of the district’s neighboring fire agencies – including New Lenox, Lemont and Orland – have elected fire boards.

But according to Homer Township fire board Secretary Mark Lobes, there are also 11 appointed fire boards in Will County. He doesn’t have a stance on the referendum, but he would like to communicate directly with the firefighters union. He said the board learned of the referendum effort several weeks ago from Chief Bob Tutko, but has not yet spoken directly with a union representative about it.

“I’m just hoping for some communication from the union,” he said.

Lobes also said voter interest is represented in the appointee system, as the township trustees who choose the fire board are elected. He said the fire board is diverse and its members have a range of different jobs and backgrounds and always include residents of Lockport, Homer Glen and Homer Township to represent the geographic scope of the district.

According to Lobes, because the board is appointed, it is not politically motivated.

Homer Township Supervisor Pam Meyers said the township always has been open to public input about fire board appointees. “It don’t see anything wrong with the way it is,” she said. However, she also said she wouldn’t necessarily be opposed to a change.

Should the referendum be placed on the November ballot and approved by voters, residents would begin voting for fire trustees in 2017.

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