Posts Tagged Skokie Fire Department

New home for Wilmette fire engine

The Skokie FD purchased this engine from the Wilmette FD to supplement their reserve fleet of apparatus.

former Wilmette fire engine now in Skokie IL

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As seen around … Skokie

The Skokie Fire Department is currently running this 2000 Pierce Saber pumper as Engine 18 while the regular apparatus undergoes repair and refurbishment. This unit, originally from Clayton, NC is a service loaner.

(Skokie Engine 18R – 2000 Pierce Saber 1250/500 so 11692 X-Clayton, NC)

2000 Pierce Saber fire engine

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Skokie Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Skokie Fire Department (SFD) was honored by two state agencies this month for it’s effort to educate residents on fire safety and smoke alarm installation. The SFD was recognized by the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance and the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal for outstanding contributions.

Skokie worked with both offices to launch the Be Alarmed! smoke alarm installation program last year. The two groups distribute fire safety educational materials and 10-year smoke alarms to participating Illinois fire departments who then distribute them to residents. All the educational materials and smoke alarms are paid for by the IFSA and OSFM offices. In 2018, the fire department installed 168 alarms in 50 homes.

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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

This from Steve Redick:

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.

commercial fire in Skokie

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Skokie FD Squad 18

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Skokie Firefighters at work

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Skokie Firefighters on scene

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Skokie FD Engine 17

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commercial fire in Skokie

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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

From the Pierce Flickr site:

Pierce Dash CF PUC for Skokie Squad 17 so 31285

Skokie FD Squad 17

Pierce composite

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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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