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New ambulance for Riverside FD (more)

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:

Riverside Ambulance 1614 – 2018 Ford F-550/Horton Type I Ambulance

2018 Ford F-550/Horton Type I Ambulance

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New ambulance for Riverside FD

From the Foster Coach Sales Facebook page:

Brand New Ford F550 Chassis on a Custom Horton Conversion

Riverside FD Ambulance 1614

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Riverside FD Ambulance 1614

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new ambulance interior

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chevron striping on rear of new ambulance

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As seen around … Riverside

This from Josh Boyajian 

Riverside FD Engine 1621 – 2003 E-ONE Typhoon 1250/1000/40. 

Riverside FD Engine 1621

Riverside FD Engine 1621 – 2003 E-ONE Typhoon 1250/1000/40. Josh Boyajian photo

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Working fire in Lyons, 8/4/16

This from Jeff Braun, Jr:

The Lyons Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 8155 W. Ogden Ave. at approximately 1830 hours on August 4th, 2016. The first unit on scene (Engine 1312) reported they had a fully-involved apartment unit fire on the second floor  a fire on the second floor balcony which was knocked before it reached the structure. The fire was quickly knocked, as Riverside Truck Co. 1629 was positioned on the Bravo side of the building, with Lyons 1312 positioned in front of them. I arrived on scene as overhaul was being conducted. Other units that were on scene were: Lyons Rescue Engine 1316, Engine 1311, and Medic 1314, Riverside Chief 1618, McCook and Brookfield both had engines on the scene, but they were returned upon arrival. Thanks. -Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY) “

Riverside Fire Department shift commander

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firefighters at apartment building after fire

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aerial ladder truck to apartment building roof after fire

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aerial ladder truck to apartment building roof after fire

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aerial ladder truck to apartment building roof after fire

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Lyons Fire Department fire engine

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Lyons Fire Department ambulance

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Lyons Fire Department fire engine

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Lyons Fire Department fire engine

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Lyons Fire Department fire engine

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aerial ladder truck to apartment building roof after fire

COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

firefighter on apartment building patio after fire

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aerial ladder truck to apartment building roof after fire

Josh Boyajian photo

aerial ladder truck to apartment building roof after fire

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Riverside FD aerial ladder truck to apartment building roof after fire

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Lyons fire engine at fire scene

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Riverside FD deputy chief

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firefighter on apartment building patio after fire

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House fire in Lyons, 5-27-16

This from Drew Gresik:

Lyons companies had a working fire in a bungalow 5/27/16 at 4236 Leland Avenue. First engine had heavy smoke showing from the attic on arrival. Two lines were dropped, and the roof was opened by Riverside Truck 1629. Some birds were rescued during searches, and the fire appeared to be mostly in the attic. Great job by companies on scene.
-Drew Gresik
fire chief at fire scene

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Lyons firefighters at fire scene

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Riverside FD Truck 1629

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Lyons FD Engine 1312

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ladders to roof of house fire

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Lyons FD Engine 1312

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Bedford Park FD Truck 709

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firemen on roof after house fire

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Towns plan to consolidate emergency dispatch

Excerpts from the RBLandmark.com:

The Illinois General Assembly has given small towns all across the state an order to consolidate their emergency police and fire dispatch centers by mid-2017, forcing municipalities to scramble to either join existing dispatch centers or form their own.

And by July 1 the state wants written plans for just how such consolidation is going to be handled — a task that has brought Brookfield, North Riverside and Riverside together to form a joint dispatch center.

Tentatively called WC3, the joint dispatch center for all three villages will be located inside the North Riverside Police Department and will be governed by a board of directors that will hire an executive director to manage operations.

Earlier this month, all three villages signed off on a consulting contract to hire Northbrook-based GovHR USA for $25,000 to assist them in implementing the plan.  Representatives from all three villages, including village managers, police and fire chiefs, and dispatch supervisors have been meeting weekly with GovHR USA consultant Paul Harlow, who formerly served as village manager and public safety director of Glencoe.

Last summer, the General Assembly passed the consolidated dispatch law bill which  mandates that all towns with populations less than 25,000 consolidate services to reach that population. The cost to create the joint dispatch center would be borne equally by all three municipalities.

There are many moving parts to the consolidation process. In addition to physically upgrading the North Riverside dispatch center to include a third position and some new equipment, Brookfield is not presently on the same dispatch radio frequency as Riverside and North Riverside, and Brookfield belongs to a different fire department mutual aid division.

In addition, the records software used by North Riverside and Brookfield is not used by Riverside, and all dispatchers will need to be trained to provide what’s called Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD), which is a higher level of dispatch service that’s being mandated along with the consolidation. While some of the dispatchers currently employed have been trained in EMD, none of the three villages presently provides EMD service because it requires a second dispatcher to be on hand 24 hours a day.

All three towns say the full-time dispatchers they currently employ will be retained, but the future of part-timers is not so clear. Eventually, however, the dispatchers will go from being municipal employees to being employees of WC3, and a new collective bargaining unit will be created for those employees, who are now members of three separate units.

One of the other changes that will come as dispatch services consolidate is that Brookfield and Riverside police will no longer have personnel at their front desks 24 hours a day. During the overnight hours, North Riverside will have dispatch personnel available to handle walk-ins, but some sort of phone/video system will need to be installed at Brookfield and Riverside to allow anyone walking up to the front doors of those departments to reach a dispatcher in North Riverside.

In June, all three municipalities will sign an intergovernmental agreement to set up the WC3 board, which will include officials who have already been meeting informally with the consultant. 

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Riverside Fire Chief terminated

Excerpts from RBLandmark.com:

Spencer Kimura was quietly fired from his job as chief of the Riverside Fire Department last week, shortly before the village board’s meeting on July 16. The village has not announced Kimura’s termination, but it was confirmed by village officials on Monday after a reporter noticed Kimura’s name scrubbed from the village’s website.

Village Manager Jessica Frances, who terminated Kimura in the late afternoon on July 16, had little to say about his removal as chief. Village President Ben Sells also was tight-lipped about the removal of Kimura as chief, saying, “It’s an internal personnel matter, and I’m not going to comment.”

According to Frances, the village is not providing Kimura with a severance package and there is no separate agreement. Kimura — hired in 2011 to steady the department after a tumultuous couple of years that ended when his predecessor, Kevin Mulligan, was fired — did not have a contract. His annual salary was $80,371.

Matthew Buckley, who served as Kimura’s deputy fire chief, has been named interim fire chief. Buckley, whose full-time job is deputy police chief in neighboring Lyons, will also serve part time in the fire chief’s role.

The move, said Frances, will allow her to assess the command structure of the fire department and whether any changes need to be made structurally with regard to the department, which traditionally has been staffed by a part-time chief and paid-on-call firefighters. Kimura worked 32 hours per week, according to Frances.

Frances has not launched a search for a new fire chief at this time.

A resident of the north suburbs, the 57-year-old Kimura, never entirely meshed in Riverside. A retired battalion chief with the Glenview Fire Department, Kimura was brought in to smooth the waters after Mulligan’s termination, which had split the department into factions.

Mulligan ended up suing the village and Buckley, winning a $350,000 settlement to drop the suit.

But the resentment didn’t end there. In 2014, four Riverside firefighters — including three fire lieutenants — filed a federal lawsuit against the village and Kimura, claiming they were disciplined unfairly in part because of their loyalty to Mulligan. That suit was dismissed completely by a U.S. District Court judge earlier this year.

Buckley, whose concerns over Mulligan’s on-the-job behavior triggered the village’s termination action, said he is working collaboratively with all members of the command staff.

“I’m utilizing the officer corps in a collaborative effort to make sure projects and services are maintained at the highest levels,” Buckley said. “Every one of the supervisors are on board with working collaboratively to make sure everything gets accomplished properly,” Buckley said. “We are all looking to move beyond the past and move forward.”

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Box Alarm in Brookfield, 3-17-15

This from Steve Redick:

Took a ride to this job Tuesday (9129 Washington Avenue in Brookfield) … nothing left for me to see when I finally got there … mainly rig shots.

Steve

North Riverside FD fire engine

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E-ONE aerial ladder truck at fire scene

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E-ONE aerial ladder truck at fire scene

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Lagrange Park FD fire engine

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Western Springs FD fire engine

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Riverside FD fire truck

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Lyons FD fire engine

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McCook FD fire engine

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fire trucks at fire scene

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E-ONE aerial ladder truck at fire scene

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Riverside firefighters file suit (more)

The Riverside Brookfield Landmark has an article about four firefighters in Riverside filing a lawsuit against the village.

Four Riverside firefighters, disciplined earlier this year for their actions during an incident at a North Riverside tavern in December, are now demanding punitive cash damages from the village, claiming they were specifically targeted by Fire Chief Spencer Kimura because they supported his now-fired predecessor.

Lt. Thomas Bensfield, Lt. William Ruska, Lt. Ray Williamson, and Firefighter A.J. Ruska in April filed suit against Kimura and the village in Cook County Circuit Court, asking a judge to vacate disciplinary measures taken against them and compensating them for lost wages following a Dec. 14, 2013 off-duty incident at a North Riverside tavern.

On July 14, the case was moved to U.S. District court after the firefighters in June filed an amended lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court, claiming that Kimura’s disciplinary actions violated their First Amendment rights — that Kimura disciplined them because of “their actual or perceived political association with former Fire Chief Kevin Mulligan.”

The amended lawsuit, in addition to reversing the disciplinary measures taken against the firefighters, demands “compensatory damages, attorney’s fees, costs of suit and exemplary damages as warranted.”

In March and April, Kimura suspended the three lieutenants for three days each and suspended Firefighter A.J. Ruska for 21 days, giving him a “last chance” warning in the process.

A.J. Ruska was disciplined for violating the department’s code of conduct: “behavior unbecoming a Riverside firefighter.” The lieutenants were disciplined for failing to “issue discipline to a subordinate.”

The subordinate in question, identified in the lawsuit as Firefighter Michael Rerucha, is not a party to the lawsuit.

Rerucha, according to a police report filed in North Riverside following the incident, got into a scuffle with an off-duty Cicero police officer, allegedly punching him in the head. The police officer refused to file charges against Rerucha, according to North Riverside police.

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Firefighters file suit in Riverside

MySuburbanlife.com has an article about a lawsuit filed by a Riverside firefighter and several officers:

Four Riverside firefighters are asking the Cook County Circuit Court to reverse a disciplinary decision against them stemming from an incident that occurred after a firefighter Christmas party at a local bar in December last year. Firefighter A.J. Ruska, Lt. Thomas Bensfield, Lt. William Ruska and Lt. Ray Williamson are named as plaintiffs in the suit, which was filed Tuesday.

The suit alleges that the firefighters were disciplined for “not engaging in official business while consuming alcohol while off duty at a bar.” Further, the suit alleges that Lt. William Ruska was not at the bar at the time of the incident.

According to media reports, the firefighters were celebrating at the Sweet Spot, 2531 Desplaines Ave., North Riverside, on Dec. 14, 2013 when one of the firefighters named as a plaintiff in the lawsuit allegedly inappropriately touched a female patron of the bar. An altercation followed and William Ruska, Bensfield and Williamson were each give three-day suspensions on March 26 for not intervening.

According to a memo from Fire Chief Spencer Kimura included in the suit, the firefighters were suspended for failing to discipline a subordinate employee when required. A.J. Ruska received a three-day suspension April 17. He received a 21-day suspension for conduct unbecoming of a Riverside firefighter, a violation of the fire department’s code of conduct. The lawsuit alleges that the language of the village’s code of conduct is unconstitutionally vague and that Ruska received enhanced discipline because he allegedly did not disclose a license suspension in February 2013. The suit said another firefighter did not receive a similar punishment after failing to disclose a conviction for driving under the influence and license suspension.

Additionally, the suit alleges the firefighters named in the lawsuit were not afforded the right to counsel at a disciplinary hearing.

The firefighters are seeking for the disciplinary charges to be reversed, compensation for lost wages and attorney’s fees, as well as invalidation of the department’s code of conduct.

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