Posts Tagged St Charles Fire Department

Box Alarm in Geneva, 10-26-16

This from John Tulipano:

I’ve attached a few images and a video from a

box alarm Wednesday (10/26/16) at 702 Redwing in Geneva

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Geneva fire engine at fire scene

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house fire with white smoke

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fire chief at fire scene

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firefighters overhaul after house fire

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firefighters overhaul after house fire

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firefighters overhaul after house fire

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firefighters overhaul after house fire

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firefighter overhauls after house fire

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St Charles fire truck at house fire

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St Charles Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

St. Charles aldermen unanimously approved a new, four-year contract with the St. Charles Professional Firefighter’s Association I.A.F.F. local 3322. The agreement is retroactive to May 1. It expires April 30, 2020. The deal locks in raises of 2 percent each of the first three years. The final year calls for a 2.5 percent raise.

 The department has about 50 full-time employees — around 18 percent of the city’s 269-person workforce. A new, $29,640 study will help determine if all those employees receive a competitive wage.

The city first put its current compensation philosophy in place 20 years ago. The idea is to pay wages higher than 75 percent of comparable communities within 20 miles of St. Charles. The study will determine who the city’s competitors are and what current best management practice is for employee wages.

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Area apparatus orders

Crete Township – Alexis pumper with a Spartan Metro Star cab and chassis; 1,500/1,000/30. Delivery in August.

Lombard – Pierce Impel pumper; 1,500/750. Delivery in August.

Midlothian – Pierce Enforcer pumper; 1,500/750. Delivery in June.

Morris – Pierce Velocity 100′ tower ladder. Delivery in November.

St Charles – Pierce Dash CF PUC pumper; 1,500/750. Delivery in October.

Wonder Lake – Pierce Enforcer pumper; 1,250/1,000. Delivery in May.

East Chicago, IN – Pierce Arrow XT 100′ tower ladder; 2,000/300. Delivery in December.

East Chicago, IN – Pierce Saber pumper; 1,500/750. Delivery in July.

Downers Grove, IL – Ferrara Igniter MVP pumper; 1,500/500. Delivery in February.

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St. Charles purchases new engine

Contract for new fire engine for the St Charles, IL Fire Department Contract for new fire engine for the St Charles, IL Fire Department

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St Charles to relocate memorial

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Standing in St. Charles’ Baker Park, the monument to the members of the city’s fire department is easy to dismiss without much attention. The stone memorial is surrounded by a flower garden. It’s almost more reminiscent of a subdivision entry sign or a well-tended gravestone in an unusual place.

Now there’s a movement to give the monument a more prominent place in the city, a standing worthy of the people it memorializes.

“Baker Park was much different in 1974 than it is currently,” said Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet. “We would like to take a much greater opportunity to use the monument to have gatherings such as 9/11 remembrances, retirements and other fire department functions.”

The plan is to move the monument to the redeveloped green space between city hall and the police station, which is now known as Volunteer Plaza. The location also stands directly across the street from the downtown fire station.

Fire department officials plan to contract with the original stoneworker to move the monument, add a new base and have the Firefighter’s Prayer inscribed on the rear.

There would also be new benches, lighting, a flagpole and brick pavers added to a triangular section of the plaza where the monument would stand.

The positioning would allow for viewing of all sides of the monument and an ideal assembly location for the fire department members. The brick pavers will be inscribed with names of former members of the city fire department and future retirees.

The cost of the project is estimated at $29,500. All of the money, except for a small contingency, will come from funds outside the city budget.

When the city slashed paid-on-call firefighters from the budget during the recent recession, it left $7,500 in the fund. That money will be used for the project. The Foreign Fire Insurance Board will kick in up to $25,000. And the local firefighters’ union is contributing $1,500 to the cause for a total potential pool of funds of $34,000.

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Townhouse fire in St Charles General Alarm, 5-30-15

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Two men who were trapped on the second floor of a burning townhome unit Saturday night — one of whom is confined to a wheelchair — were rescued by firefighters from the St. Charles Fire Department, Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet said Sunday.

Firefighters responded at 11:47 p.m. to the 1700 block of Cumberland Green Drive in St. Charles, where they found heavy fire conditions and an older man confined to a wheelchair unable to get out of a bedroom, while his son was hanging over the balcony struggling for help. “Heavy smoke was pushing over him from the sliding glass doors — the father was still in the building,” Schelstreet said.

Firefighters used a portable ladder to immediately rescue the men, he said. “A fireman accessed the balcony and carried the father down the ladder,” Schelstreet said. They then assisted the son out of the unit, he said.

St. Charles firefighters were assisted by firefighters from Geneva, Batavia, West Chicago and South Elgin.

This from John Tulipano:

At approximately 23:45 on May 30th,2015, St Charles was dispatched to a reported fire at 1742 Cumberland Green with a report of  people trapped. First arriving Eng 102 reported heavy fire from the second floor of a 10-unit, two-story frame (condo/apartment complex) with a person hanging from a balcony. Engine 102 rescued one person from the 2nd floor balcony and found a second subject in a wheel chair in a first floor bedroom.

Companies made a very quick knock down of the fire with no extension to attached units.  Fire was well under control when I arrived. One civilian was transported and another was treated on scene.

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fire truck at fire scene

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aftermath of house fire

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fireman on fire truck

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St Charles FD receives ISO Class 1 rating

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The City of St. Charles has been awarded a Class 1 rating for fire protection from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), designating St. Charles as one of only 99 cities out of 45,000 surveyed in the United States to earn the elite ISO Class 1 status. This ranking could translate into lower fire insurance rates for St. Charles residents and businesses.

The St. Charles Fire Department is one of only 23 fire departments in the country to hold both the ISO Class 1 rating and International Accreditation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

ISO’s Public Protection Classification ratings are utilized to help establish appropriate fire insurance premiums for residential, commercial and industrial properties. The program provides an objective countrywide standard that helps fire departments plan and budget for facilities, equipment and training. ISO’s evaluation program includes 10 classifications, with 1 being the highest and 10 being the lowest.

The City of St. Charles scored 93.81 points out of 105.5 possible points during an ISO audit in January of this year. The rating is based upon a comprehensive review of fire department capabilities and efforts (50 percent), the water supply system (40 percent) and the emergency communications system (10 percent).

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House fire in St Charles, 4-15-15

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At approximately 23:36 hours on 4-15-15, St Charles was dispatched to a reported house fire at 2901 Royal Fox Dr. Eng 102 arrived to find a large, two-story brick home with the attached garage well-involved. Companies made a very aggressive attack and quickly knocked the fire down and were able to keep it form extending into the house. The fire was under control in approximately one hour using three hand lines.

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scene of house fire at night

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firemen with hose line at house fire

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house fire scene at night

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firemen with hose line at house fire

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firemen with hose line at house fire

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fireman with hose line at house fire

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firemen overhaul garage after fire

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Car fire in St Charles, 11-6-14

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Yesterday (11/6/14) at approximately 09:00 St Charles dispatched Eng 103 to an automobile fire at 208 S. 15th. Caller reported a Buick on fire close to the garage with some small explosions. I was about 7 blocks to the east and headed that direction. I arrived about 30 seconds before Engine 103.

After the fire was extinguished the engineer pointed out that the hood shocks had embedded themselves into the garage door. (See last photo)
Fire under the hood was extinguished in a few minutes.
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car fire in driveway

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car fire in driveway

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car fire explodes shocks

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General Alarm in St. Charles, 8-27-14

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This was the 3rd fire of the day for St Charles, Came in as smoke in the area of Fox Chase and Persimmon, once companies went it route police reported the fire at 850 Persimmon Ct, fire was on the roof. 

Companies made a very quick knock on the fire.
firemen hydrating after fire

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Seagrave fire engine at fire scene

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aerial ladder truck to the roof of a house

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Pierce Arrow XT ladder truck at fire scene

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firemen on aerial ladder at house fire

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