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Firefighting family works along the North Shore

Excerpts from the DailyNorthShore.com:

When Jerry Kluchka was honored during a Lake Bluff Village Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 14 for 30 years of service to the Lake Bluff Fire Department, his three firefighter sons were there to share the honor with him.

Tim Kluchka, 30, is a member of the North Chicago Fire Department; Matt Kluchka, 25, works for the Lake Forest Fire Department; and Russell Kluchka, 23, fights fires in Highwood.

Lake Bluff’s department consists entirely of volunteers, and all four Kluchkas serve in their hometown. They said when a call goes out to multiple towns, they head to the blaze but not always from the same place.

“It’s definitely interesting,” Russell Kluchka said. “One time there was a fire in Lake Forest, I got there from Highwood and we all saw each other. People give us a hard time. They say ‘it’s you again.”

Jerry Kluchka, who has lived in Lake Bluff since elementary school, joined the department just before Tim was born.

“I had friends whose fathers were firemen,” Kluchka said. “We got to go inside the fire station when I was a little guy. In Lake Bluff they blew the siren to call the volunteers. We lived nearby and ran down to the station to see the fire trucks leave.”

Using his mechanical skills, Jerry started volunteering. He said he worked on the equipment and it was not long before he was a firefighter. As his family started to grow, the next generation of Kluchka men hung around the firehouse like their father did as a youth.

All four are paramedics. Tim, Matt and Russell said they all took EMT courses while in high school and were volunteering in their teens.

“There were times I ditched school to go on an ambulance call,” Tim Kluchka said. “I’d come in for the last periods (of the day) and got some looks.”

“My wife got some calls about that,” Jerry Kluchka added.

Though the younger generation of Kluchkas are full-time firemen, Jerry Kluchka is a volunteer.

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MVA in North Chicago with extrication, 9/21/15

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Firefighters needed more than an hour Monday afternoon to remove an injured woman from her SUV after a crash with a dump truck on northbound Route 41, south of 137 in North Chicago just before 1 p.m.

The woman was then airlifted by  Flight for Life.

“It was an extremely difficult extrication,” said Cmdr. Joshua Rickabaugh of the North Chicago Fire Department. “The way that the victim was pinned inside the car, it was difficult to remove the car around her.”

Libertyville, Knollwood, and Great Lakes fire departments assisted at the scene.

helicopter at scene of horrific crash

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firefighters work to free a driver after a crash

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EMS personnel at crash site

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medevac leaving crash site with patient

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car after being cut apart by firefighters

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firefighters work to free a driver after a crash

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firefighters work to free a driver after a crash

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firefighters work to free a driver after a crash

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firefighters work to free a driver after a crash

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firefighters work to free a driver after a crash

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firefighters work to free a driver after a crash

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Funeral for Retired North Chicago FF Roger M Belski

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Funeral For Retired North Chicago FF Roger M Belski

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Area ambulances from AEV

This from Josh Boyajian:

From the Alexis website –

New Ambos

  • North Chicago FD
  • McHenry Fire Dist
  • Long Grove FD
  • Elk Grove Township FD
  • Beech Park FD
  • Zion FD
  • Bloomingdale FD

 

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Bloomingdale Fire District ambulance. Alexis photo

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Zion FD ambulance. Alexis photo

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North Chicago FD ambulance. Alexis photo

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McHenry Township FPD ambulance. Alexis photo

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Long Grove FPD ambulance. Alexis photo

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Elk Grove Township FD ambulance. Alexis photo

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North Chicago receives federal grant

From the Lake County News-Sun:

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.

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North Chicago Fire Department receives state grant

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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New contract for North Chicago firefighters

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.

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North Chicago FD updates

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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North Chicago Gets Grant for New Hires

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.

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4th Alarm house fire in Wadsworth 4-30-13 (pt 4)

More from Scott Peterson:

Not an inclusive photo gallery but many of the apparatus at Newports 4th alarm.

Beach Park FPD Tender 1265

Beach Park FPD Tender 1265. Scott Peterson photo

Bristol, WI Tender 5214

Bristol, WI Tender 5214. Scott Peterson photo

Countryside FPD Tender 411

Countryside FPD Tender 411. Scott Peterson photo

Grayslake Tender 2761

Grayslake Tender 2761. Scott Peterson photo

Gurnee Engine 1311

Gurnee Engine 1311. Scott Peterson photo

Libertyville Engine 463

Libertyville Engine 463. Scott Peterson photo

fire engines at fire scene

Engine and tender from Newport Township. Scott Peterson photo

Newport Engine 1458

Newport Engine 1458. Scott Peterson photo

Newport Township FPD

Newport Tender 1411. Scott Peterson photo

North Chicago Engine 4

North Chicago Engine 4. Scott Peterson photo

Pleasant Prairie WI Tender 5612.

Pleasant Prairie WI Tender 5612. Scott Peterson photo

Somers WI Tender 6361

Somers WI Tender 6361. Scott Peterson photo

Town of Salem Tender 5868

Town of Salem Tender 5868. Scott Peterson photo

Twin Lakes WI Tender 6565

Twin Lakes WI Tender 6565. Scott Peterson photo

Winthrop Harbor Truck 1731

Winthrop Harbor Truck 1731. Scott Peterson photo

Zion Fire Department

Zion truck. Scott Peterson photo

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