This from Tim Olk:
Funeral For Retired North Chicago FF Roger M Belski
This from Tim Olk:
Funeral For Retired North Chicago FF Roger M Belski
This from Josh Boyajian:
From the Alexis website –
- North Chicago FD
- McHenry Fire Dist
- Long Grove FD
- Elk Grove Township FD
- Beech Park FD
- Zion FD
- Bloomingdale FD
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The oxygen tanks firefighters use to enter burning buildings or when smoke conditions outside are dangerous are essential — and North Chicago’s Fire Department is celebrating because it can finally replace its old ones.
“Our old equipment was from 2002 and it was so obsolete that we couldn’t repair it. They no longer made the parts for it,” Fire Chief Dell Urban said.
This week the department announced it had obtained 30 new self-contained breathing apparatuses, a significant upgrade over the old equipment, with the help of a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant. They also got a new Cascade system, which refills the bottles.
“The new ones have built in safety provisions and they increase our air from 30 minutes to 45 minutes so we have more time for search and recovery,” Urban said.
They will also have emergency oxygen bottles for when a firefighter gets trapped inside a structure that gives rescuers 60 minutes of air time.
The equipment cost $195,000. The federal share is 90 percent or $175,500, while the city has to cover 10 percent of the cost or $19,500. The North Chicago City Council approved its share last week.
The grant money came from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, administered by FEMA in cooperation with the department’s United States Fire Administration.
Each breathing apparatus bought with the grant money will include a high-pressure, 45-minute air bottle, breathing regulator, frame, harness, full face piece, and a spare bottle. The new equipment is expected to have a 10-year service life.
The Lake-County News Sun has an article about the North Chicago Fire Department receiving a grant for new air packs:
The North Chicago Fire Department has been selected to receive a grant from the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office in the amount of $26,000. Officials said the funds will assist in the purchase 30 new self-contained breathing apparatus units.
In the world of firefighting, the equipment is essential when entering hazardous atmospheres to control fire quickly and prevent loss of life, according to North Chicago Fire Chief Dell Urban. The equipment includes cylinders, harnesses and face masks that feature heads-up displays and rapid intervention crew universal air connections.
These funds provide a benefit outside of the city as well, because the North Chicago Fire Department shares district borders with the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center and Naval Station Great Lakes. The North Chicago Fire Department is also dedicated to responding alongside neighboring communities through its commitment to the Northern Illinois Mutual Aid Box Agreement System.
“I am sincerely excited for this opportunity, which affords our firefighters the fundamental and critical equipment we use on a daily basis,” Urban said. “This state-of-the-art protective gear gives us the ability to safely perform aggressive interior attacks, accomplish rescues of trapped and injured occupants, and provide protection from the obvious hazards of firefighting.”
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The Lake County News Sun has an article about a new contract for the North Chicago firefighters.
The North Chicago City Council on Monday unanimously approved a new five-year contract with the city’s firefighters’ union.
The agreement calls for an 11.5 percent wage increase over the life of the contract, which ends in 2017.“I think it was a fair contract for both sides,” Mayor Leon Rockingham said on Tuesday, Jan. 7. “Neither side got everything they wanted. But it’s an agreement we can both live with.”
The agreement contains other changes to compensation. Firefighters will now reach the top of their pay scale at nine years, faster than the previous 10 years. Under a new sick leave policy, an incentive of 72 hours pay will be awarded to firefighters who reach an excess of 560 hours with no hours used. Firefighters may accrue up to 1,440 hours of sick leave.
Illinois Association of Firefighters Local 3271 President Josh Monroe, a lieutenant in the North Chicago department, said the new agreement was ratified by the 30-member union on Dec. 10. The vote was 15-8.
“We, of course, want to work with the city, but at the same time, the economy is tough for everybody,” said Monroe, an 11-year veteran of the department.
Bargaining for the new contract, which replaces a four-year agreement that ended last year, began in May 2013.
The Lake County News-Sun has an article about the North Chicago Fire Department receiving approval for a new ambulance.
Dell Urban, the first full-time female career fire chief in Lake County, was formally appointed to the post in August 2012. … the council voted this week to unanimously approve requests, including a new ambulance and an increase in the department’s number of lieutenants from six to seven … When Urban, 44, took over the department which hired her in 1991 as its first female firefighter paramedic, her crew numbered 25. By next month, sworn officers will total 34.
Urban on Monday, Oct. 7, asked [for] and received a reversal on a 2011 council decision to decrease by one the number of department lieutenants which, she said, caused an imbalance of command staff on work shifts. “Now we’ll have a shift commander, lieutenant and nine paramedic/firefighters on each shift,” she said.
The increase in personnel came after the department, under Urban, landed $832,741 in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to hire six trained “front-line” firefighters. The grant pays the first two years of salary for the new hires.
Urban is also psyched about the approval for the purchase of a new, $140,000 [ambulance], a replacement for one of the department’s three.
The council also approved, … a tentative intergovernmental agreement that will allow the department to bill for mutual aid ambulance calls. The agreement, which must also be approved by participating departments in Gurnee, Waukegan, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, Winthrop Harbor, Zion, and the Newport and Beach Park fire protection districts, will allow for billing at the home community’s rate. In North Chicago, that’s $400 for basic first aid service and $900 … for advanced life support
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The North Chicago Fire Department received a FEMA grant allowing for the hire of five new firefighters. The Lake County News-Sun has a brief article HERE with a photo now that the personnel have been hired.
Five new North Chicago firefighter/paramedics were sworn in on Monday, May 20, and the new hires aren’t costing the city a cent.
Their salaries for the first two years of employment will be paid for through $832,741 in federal grant money, an amount that will also pay the first three years for a sixth firefighter, a veteran of the U.S. Army, who will be sworn in at a later date.
Previous mention of the grant is HERE.
More from Scott Peterson:
Not an inclusive photo gallery but many of the apparatus at Newports 4th alarm.
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Another series from Scott Peterson:
Pics of the water supply operation and panoramic pictures.
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According to the City of North Chicago website:
Federal Grant sparks hiring initiative at North Chicago Fire Department
$764,000 FEMA grant to aid in hiring of up to six firefighters
North Chicago, IL (March 20, 2013) – North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham announced … it will bolster the ranks of the city’s fire department by adding as many as six new firefighters. The hiring initiative, which will allow the Department to more fully staff each shift, comes thanks to a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant.
The grant, which is funded through the Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program, provides the North Chicago Fire Department with $764,000 to hire and train six firefighters/paramedics.
Mayor Rockingham thanked US Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Brad Schneider for supporting efforts to secure the funding, which is part of a Department of Homeland Security program to help local fire departments maintain 24-hour staffing and ensure that they are able to adequately provide emergency services to communities.
The City applied for the grant in August 2012, citing attrition of experienced firefighters and EMS professionals in the department as a need to bolster staffing.
“Our nation’s firefighters are called upon day after day to protect America’s citizens,” Durbin said. “As these brave men and women put themselves in harm’s way, we must ensure that our fire departments have enough trained firefighters and that they are equipped with the best resources possible to do their jobs well.”
“I am so happy that North Chicago has earned grants that will allow them to enhance operations and hire more critically-needed firefighters,” Schneider said. “Our dedicated first responders put their lives on the line to protect us every day from harm, and it’s essential we provide them with the resources they need to keep our communities safe.”
The City maintains a list of eligible, potential employees based on an entrance exam it administered last fall. Candidates for the positions will be individuals whose names are on that list.
North Chicago Fire Chief Dell Urban said news of the grant was welcomed enthusiastically by members of the Department, who can now look forward to more robust coverage on shifts and emergency calls.
“We’re doing a great job with the resources we have, but any firefighter or paramedic will tell you that having more men and women in the department makes us all safer and better equips us to respond to emergencies and serve North Chicago residents more effectively,” said Urban. “Our firefighters are always working hard to secure available resources so that we can perform our jobs at the highest level possible. They should be commended for their work to secure this funding.”
Rockingham has asked Urban to move quickly to begin the hiring process. Both expect to bring new professionals on board within the next two months.
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