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New engine for Park Ridge (more)

From the Pierce Flickr page:

New engine for Park Ridge

Park Ridge FD Engine 35

Park Ridge FD Engine 35. Pierce composite

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New engine for Park Ridge (more)

Photos of the new Park Ridge Engine 35 from Bill Smaha:

Pierce Enforcer with 500-gallon tank. 2,000-gpm single-stage Hale pump. 
 
1995 Pierce Dash will leave the fleet. 
 
As of now the 1996 Dash will stay as Engine 36 (unmanned) and the 2005 E-One will go into reserve as E35R. 
Park Ridge FD Engine 35

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Park Ridge FD Engine 35

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Park Ridge FD Engine 35

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Park Ridge FD Engine 35

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New engine for Park Ridge

Production photos of a new engine being built for Park Ridge by Pierce so #30894

fire engine being built

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fire engine being built

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fire engine being built

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fire engine being built

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fire engine being built

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fire engine being built

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thanks Paul

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Apartment fire in Park Ridge, 5-16-17

Park Ridge firefighters made quick work of fire in a first floor apartment at 2300 Windsor Mall on Tuesday (5/16/17). Units arrived to find residents evacuating and reporting fire in one unit. The alarm was upgraded to a Code 4 for the working fire but the additional companies were released shortly after arriving.

fire engine with hose off the rear

Larry Shapiro

Park Ridge Firefighters at fire scene

Larry Shapiro

Norwood Park FPD Engine 101

Larry Shapiro

open windows after apartment fire

Larry Shapiro

fire department hose lines going into building

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Park Ridge FD Ambulance 36

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more photos at Shapirophotography.net

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New area apparatus orders

Mundelein Fire Department, Pierce Enforcer pumper, 1,500-gpm pump, 750-gallon tank. Delivery in August.

Park Ridge Fire Department, Pierce Enforcer pumper, 2,000-gpm pump, 500-gallon tank. Delivery in June.

Schaumburg Fire Department, Pierce Velocity heavy-duty rescue, 1,500-gpm pump, 500-gallon tank, 25.5-foot walk-around rescue body. Delivery in December.

Schaumburg Fire Department, Pierce Impel pumper, 1,500-gpm pump, 500-gallon tank. Delivery in August.

thanks Josh

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MVA involving CFD Ambulance 39, 1-6-17

Park Ridge firefighters were called to the scene of a crash Friday morning (1/6/17) involving Chicago FD Ambulance 39 at Belle Plaine and Cumberland. The ambulance was transporting a patient at the time of the accident.

Chicago FD ambulance involved in crash

Park Ridge FD at t he scene of a crash involving CFD Ambulance 39 1/6/17.

Excerpts from theChicagotribune.com:

 No injuries were reported in a crash that involved a Chicago Fire Department ambulance and a sport utility vehicle Friday morning in Park Ridge.

The ambulance, which was transporting a patient, was headed north on Cumberland Avenue around 8:30 a.m. when it hit the SUV at Belle Plaine Avenue, said Park Ridge Deputy Police Chief Lou Jogmen.

The SUV was headed east on Belle Plaine and it ended up on the lawn of a home at the northeast corner of the intersection, which is four-way stop for traffic.

Jogmen said he was told the ambulance had its lights and sirens activated at the time of the crash. Park Ridge paramedics responded to the scene and completed the transport of the ambulance’s patient.

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Park Ridge Fire Department news

Media Release 08-30-16 AFG Grant for Engine.doc

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Park Ridge Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Journal-Topics.com:

What started as a discussion about upcoming eligibility tests for the Park Ridge Fire Department, evolved into a discussion on how salary compression at the highest levels in several departments could jeopardize retaining senior staff.

Fire Chief Jeff Sorensen said tests must be administered in July for firefighter, lieutenant, and battalion chief, because the old lists expire after two years. Should a vacancy occur, he would have to wait until there is a new list to fill the position. With three battalion chief positions, he needs at least three qualified candidates if promotions become necessary before 2018.

The union contract for personnel below that level was settled in the last year, allowing some increases in pay. Union members, up through lieutenant, qualify for overtime pay if they have to work longer hours. Battalion chiefs get no overtime.

The differential between lieutenants and battalion chiefs has been shrinking, a situation which Mike Suppan from Human Resources calls salary compression. He said that the situation of wage compression for non-union staff, and the resulting concerns on employee retention, has been a problem for seven or eight years.

Sorensen said more than half his lieutenants already have enough seniority to make close to battalion chief pay.

Retention, especially of employees with seniority and leadership experience in the department, needs to come with incentive for promotion. Two years ago there were only two who tested for battalion chief.

Sorenson appointed an executive officer (a civilian post) and promoted one lieutenant to training captain, while eliminating positions for deputy chief, senior administrative assistant, and a part-time emergency preparedness coordinator. Salaries for chief and the executive officer have dropped since the fiscal 2014 budget by $95,177.

Efforts to economize, to streamline operations, and to get grant money to cover expenses have helped the city’s bottom line, but have not been returned to the fire department budget.

Suppan said he had talked to both Sorensen and Police Chief Frank Kaminski about the situation. Kaminski estimates he has 11 or 12 non-union employees not covered by union contracts.

Aldermen asked whether they should try to address the fire situation immediately, or wait and address non-union salaries for all the departments at once. While they agreed this type of discussion should have happened in the 2014 or 2015 strategic planning sessions that never occurred, a consensus of the council concluded 4-3 in favor of not trying to solve the fire department situation that night.

thanks Dan

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Park Ridge Fire Department news

This from Bill Smaha:

2016 F 350. Primary use is for the training division. Will also serve as the back up BC vehicle and a secondary utility vehicle as needed.

Park Ridge Fire Department

2016 Ford F-350 pickup for the Park Ridge Fire Department. Bill Smaha photo

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Park Ridge increases ambulance fees

Excerpts from theChicagoTribune.com:

The Park Ridge City Council on May 2 approved new ambulance fees for residents and nonresidents who use their services within the city’s boundaries. According to documents provided by the city, the resident rate for basic life support service will increase from $500 to $650, while the rate for advanced services will increase from $700 to $800.A higher level of advance life support will remain at $950 for residents, while the mileage charge of $15 per mile also will not increase.

The nonresident rate for basic life support will increase from $650 to $825, while forms of advanced life support service will increase by $25.

Patients with Medicare coverage will pay different rates, in accordance with fees that are published each year by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, the city’s ordinance on ambulance fees says.

Paul Lisowski, executive officer for the Park Ridge Fire Department, told the city council on April 25 that non-Medicare ambulance fees have not been raised since 2011. The increases were determined based on a survey of 107 suburban fire departments. Park Ridge’s new rates now hover around the average fees charged by these departments, the survey shows.

The fire department does not currently charge for treatment that does not result in transport to the hospital, Lisowski said.

Through an intergovernmental agreement with the Des Plaines Fire Department and North Maine Fire Protection District, residents of Park Ridge will still be charged resident rates even if they are treated in the city by paramedics from these other two communities, Lisowski’s memo to the City Council said.

But residents can be charged different rates if they receive mutual aid service from other neighboring departments, like Niles or Rosemont.

“We are currently in discussions with our other immediate neighboring fire departments to see if we can enter into an agreement with them as well,” he said. “If these discussions lead to any tentative agreements with any other departments, we will bring them to council for their approval.”

thanks Dan

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