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La Grange Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

La Grange welcomed a new fire chief Monday as Terrence Vavra was sworn in to the position. Vavra, who replaces the retiring Donald Gay, was selected after the village employed the services of GovHR, who narrowed the search down to six individuals, who were then assessed and evaluated by village staff and at least one village board member.

His starting salary will $118,500 per year, and he will receive the same medical/health insurance and retirement benefits as other village employees. He has no contract, and is an “at will” employee who serves at the pleasure of the village, meaning his employment might be terminated at any time, providing the reasons aren’t discriminatory.

Vavra holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Western Illinois and a Masters Degree in Management and Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University. 

His most recent position was the fire chief of Norwood Park. He has also served in leadership positions with the Buffalo Grove and Lisle-Woodridge fire departments.

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La Grange Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The La Grange Fire Department has been awarded $309,000 through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The grant will be used to help purchase new portable radios. Their current radios are well past their service life, with some models no longer supported for service or repairs.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program provides needed federal funds to fire departments and emergency medical service organizations in order to improve the response capabilities of our nation’s first responders emergency personnel and the safety of our communities.

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La Grange Fire Department receives grant

Excerpts from theChicagoTribune.com:

The La Grange Fire Department is slated to receive a $122,000 grant to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus … the village board unanimously approved moving forward with the purchase.

The funds are provided through the Department of Homeland Security, Assistance to Firefighters grant program. The grant will pay about $122,000 of the cost and the village will pay another $7,000.

The existing equipment is about 15 years old and the end of its useful life, said Fire Chief Donald J. Gay.

Gay said a committee helped put together the application for the grant, which they had not received on prior attempts.

thanks Dan

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La Grange Park Live-Fire Training, 10/4/15

This from Eric Haak:

I had the privilege of attending live-fire training in La Grange Park Sunday morning (10/04).  Crews from the La Grange and La Grange Park fire departments did multiple evolutions simulating fires on the first and second floors of the frame structure.  The home was being torn down in order to make way for a new residence on the lot and was the oldest house in that part of La Grange Park.  The granddaughter of the original owners was on the scene and told me that she remembered when cows used to make their way down the dirt road in front.  While things were smoking up early in the evolutions, a raccoon surprised everyone by emerging from the eaves and making a run for it before things got too hot.  Thanks to all companies on the scene for their hospitality.

firefighters burn a house for training

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female firefighter receives instruction from an instructor

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firefighters burn a house for training

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firefighters burn a house for training

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firefighter emerges from a house on fire during a training exercise

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firefighter looks out from a house on fire during a training exercise

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firefighter emerges from a house on fire during a training exercise

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a raccoon scurries from an abandoned house

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LaGrange Full Still Alarm, 6-16-15

This from Josh Boyajian:

La Grange was toned out for a garage fire Tuesday evening to 102 Blackstone. They arrived on-scene and had a 25×25 garage fully-involved. The first engine lead out a line and applied foam while Pleasantview’s quint led out a second line. Here are some shots.
garage fully engulfed in flames

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firemen battle a garage fully engulfed in flames

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firemen battle a garage fully engulfed in flames

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Ferrara fire engine in la Grange IL

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Fire departments discuss combining services

Dennis McGuire, Jr. found an article discussing a possible merger of sorts between three suburban fire and police departments.

La Grange officials voiced unanimous support to pursue a program of shared services with Western Springs and LaGrange Park in the first of three presentations Sept. 26 on the concept.

The study, sponsored by the Metropolitan Mayors and Managers Caucus and funded in part by a grant, was designed to examine similarities between the three villages regarding community characteristics and public safety operations.

The three towns have very similar populations, number of square miles and financial resources. Differences lie in emergency services with LaGrange Park and Western Springs employing paid, on-call firefighters and a private paramedic service, compared to La Grange, which has full-time firefighters.

The project also identified opportunities to share public safety services and made seven recommendations in a three-phase approach, beginning with combining emergency dispatch services.

The analysis of calls for emergency services suggests the total call volumes could be met from a single dispatch center with a potential savings of three full-time and four part-time workers. Other communities may be invited to join the system in time.

Departments could also share a record and reporting system.

Fire department trucks could be shared, and police services could be combined with overlapping responsibility between the communities for the supervising shift sergeant. Eventually, policing districts within and between the communities could be consolidated into larger ones.

Read the complete article from TheDoingsWestern Springs HERE.

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