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Skokie Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Village of Skokie and its firefighters union agreed to a new three-year contract calling for annual raises beginning May 1. The agreement between Skokie Firefighters Local 3033 of the International Association of Fire Fighters and the Village of Skokie retains many of the same provisions as the previous contract with some changes in economic benefits.

Under the new contract, which includes a seven-step wage scale, the beginning salary for firefighters at the bottom of the scale is $70,515 and $93,365 for those at the top of scale as of May. That salary range on the scale increases to $72,278 at the bottom of the scale and $95,699 at the top of the scale in May, 2019 and $74,085 at the bottom of the scale and $98,091 at the top of the scale in May, 2020.

The Skokie Village Board approved the contract at its Feb. 20 meeting after the union ratified it the month before.

The wage scale range for lieutenants in May, 2018 is $84,487 at the start and $111,578 at the top of scale; in May, 2019, $86,599 at the start and $114,367 at the top of scale; in November, 2019, $87,032 at the start and $114,939 at the top of scale; and in May, 2020, $89,208 at the start and $117,812 at the top of scale.

The new contract calls for unionized employees to pay the same percent toward their health care costs as non-unionized employees over the life of the contract — with a maximum of 15 percent. Village employees currently pay 12 percent of their health care costs.

Another change in the contract allows firefighters and lieutenants with at least 10 years of employment with Skokie to become eligible for a $1,200 annual certification incentive if they possess and maintain multiple specialized certifications, which are outlined in the agreement.

The contract also provides longevity bonuses ranging from an annual payout of $800 for eight to 14 years of service; $1,100 for 15 to 19 years of service; $1,400 for 20 to 24 years of service; and $2,750 for 25 years or more of service.

Stipends for specialized service are also included in the contract.

The agreement was reached well over two months before the current contract expires.

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Commercial fire in Skokie, 3-6-18

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Oakton and Lincoln in downtown Skokie, 5041 W. Oakton. I watched this building burn down in the 70’s when it was DeWitts Shoe store. Originally I thought this was gonna be the Ace Hardware, an old truss roof joint with a big basement. Pretty much done when I arrived but got a few rig shots.

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House fire in Skokie, 2-17-18

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

Three people were rescued from a house fire in Skokie Saturday. Flames were shooting from the front windows of the Tripp Avenue home when firefighters arrived.

Investigators said the fire started at the front of the home, but the cause has yet to be determined. The three victims were taken to the hospital. Their condition remains unknown.

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New squad for Skokie

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Skokie Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Jason W. Brandt has been on the job as Skokie’s new fire chief since Jan. 19, but it was made official earlier this month when he was sworn in at a Skokie Village Board meeting February 5th.

Unlike recent major hires in the village, Skokie went outside the department to select a new fire chief. Brandt has spent his entire 20-year career with the Louisville Fire Department. He took over for former Chief Jim Walters, a 30-year veteran with the Skokie Fire Department.  

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Skokie Fire Department news

From the Village of Skokie – a new fire chief has been appointed

New Skokie Fire Chief Jason W Brandt

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Working fire in Skokie, 12-10-17

Photos from Steve Redick of a house fire at 9430 Terminal Drive in Skokie late Sunday night. Workers were reportedly in the house at the time of the fire.

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Skokie Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Five new firefighters were recently sworn in as members of the Skokie Fire Department at a crowded Skokie Village Board meeting.

Among those sworn in Nov. 6 were Thomas Vasis Jr., Steven Grothendieck, Rayburn Roybskie, Jacob Gasior and Patrick Herling. 

The Skokie Fire Department is without a permanent fire chief since the summer when Jim Walters stepped down to take a job as chief in Schaumburg. Since then, Ken Borre has served as acting fire chief, but no announcement about a permanent chief has yet been made.

In September, the department was re-accredited from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and the Center for Public Safety. According to village officials, Skokie is one of about 240 agencies worldwide to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status.

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Skokie Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Skokie Fire Department has received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAl’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program. The Skokie Fire Department is one of more than 200 agencies to achieve internationally accredited agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety.

Skokie was first CFAI accredited in 2001 and, in 1995 achieved a Class 1 rating for the Insurance Services Office.

CFAI is dedicated to assisting fire and emergency service agencies throughout the world in achieving excellence through self-assessment and accreditation to provide continuous quality improvement and the enhancement of service delivery to their communities. The CFAI process is voluntary, and provides an agency with an improvement model to assess their service delivery and performance internally, after which they work with a team of peers from other agencies to evaluate their completed self-assessment.

The process in achieving accreditation through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International is an ongoing process with a comprehensive review by a peer assessment team every four years. This year marked the department’s fourth time receiving this prestigious designation. Staff and several members of the department work together throughout the year to achieve and maintain this status, although all of the Skokie Fire Department’s personnel work hard each and every day to carry out this mission as they serve the community.

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Skokie Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Friends and family of police officers and firefighters packed Skokie Village Hall July 17, to see swearing-in ceremonies for new hirings and promotions.

Five officers — three with the Skokie Fire Department and two with the police department — were officially promoted to new positions after being sworn in.

William Endre was promoted from lieutenant to captain and firefighters Charles Demes and Anthony Scianna were promoted to lieutenant.

New hires sworn in included firefighters Wilfredo Ocasio, Michael Adams, and Christian Platt.

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