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Tinley Park Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

James M. Patton, 69, a former firefighter and assistant fire chief in Tinley Park, was killed when his plane crashed into a field Saturday at the Chicago Glider Club in Minooka, according to Will County Sheriff Deputy Chief Tom Budde.

Witnesses at the club, told investigators they saw one of the wings of Patton’s plane dip after the glider detached from the tow plane. The glider then stalled and nose-dived into the field shortly after.

Patton’s wife Gwen, said her husband has held a pilot’s license for his Cessna plane for at least 25 years. He began flying the glider plane about 10 years ago.

He was a 25-year veteran of the Tinley Park Fire Department. He started out as a firefighter in 1967 and rose through the ranks to eventually be named assistant fire chief in 1976. He held that post until he retired in 1992.

He was involved in setting up MABAS. He also played a key role in helping computerize the fire department, Deputy Fire Chief Steve Klotz said.

Patton is survived by Gwen, his wife of 48 years; two daughters, Lisa (John) Ouradnik and Chris, and two granddaughters, Molly and Carter.

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Tinley Park Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Tinley Park has hired an executive search firm to find a replacement for former Fire Chief Ken Dunn, who retired at the end of June.

Trustees approved paying a firm $20,500 to conduct the search, which will include candidates from both within and outside the fire department.

Giving what is almost a guarantee to the village, the company said that if the chief selected as a result of the firm’s search were to leave the village for whatever reason during the first two years of his or her employment, the company would conduct a new search for the village and not charge a fee for the work, other than seeking reimbursement for expenses.

Mayor Dave Seaman said the village does not have a real set time frame for selecting a chief, and that speed isn’t a factor, so much as getting the right person in there. He expects the company would ultimately identify perhaps three or four top candidates for village officials to consider.

Daniel Riordan, the department’s deputy chief of fire prevention, was named interim fire chief last month, and although his term runs through the end of September, it could be extended by the village board if needed.

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Tinley Park FD history

This Mike Summa:

Hello,
This is Tinley Park’s 1971 IHC CO-8190/Darley 1000/500 with the then-popular Cincinnati cab.
Thank you,
Mike Summa
Tinley Park FD history

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Tinley Park Fire Department news (more)

This from Tim Olk:

Tinley Park Fire Chief Kenneth Dunn retires after 45 years

Tinley Park Fire Chief Kenneth Dunn with firefighters

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Tinley Park fire trucks

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Tinley Park fire truck

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Tinley Park Fire Chief Kenneth Dunn retires

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Tinley Park Fire Chief Kenneth Dunn retires

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Tinley Park Fire Chief Kenneth Dunn with Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago

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Tinley Park Fire Chief Kenneth Dunn with Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago and Steve Klotz

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Tinley Park Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Tinley Park trustees have approved naming Daniel Riordan interim fire chief once Chief Ken Dunn retires at the end of this month.

Riordan, 58, is deputy chief of fire prevention with the department, where he has served for 35 years. His term as interim chief begins July 1 and runs through Sept. 30.

Dunn, who has been the department’s chief since 1996, announced his retirement in March.

The department was founded in 1901 and currently has 121 part-time firefighters, with the department operating four stations and a fire training tower next to the village’s police station, according to the village’s website.

During the interim period, the village plans to use a search firm to find a replacement for Dunn, although a firm has not yet been hired. The search will consider candidates from within as well as outside the department.

Riordan, who is senior inspector in the department’s fire prevention bureau, said he had not yet decided whether to apply for the position.

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Tinley Park FD updates

This from Kevin Griffin:

Tinley Park switched around truck 204 and engine 203. Also have replaced some chief units

Chief 200 2015 Chevy Tahoe.. 1 of 3

Truck 203 2005 e-one X-204

Tinley Park FD Truck 203

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New car for the Tinley park FD chief

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Tinley Park FD decal

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Tinley Park Fire Chief to retire

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Ken Dunn has served as fire chief in Tinley Park since 1996 and will retire at the end of June.

He worked as the village’s fire inspector starting in 1972, and continued in that position until being named chief. It was during his tenure as fire inspector that the fire department started visiting schools to discuss fire safety with students.

Dunn served in the U.S. Army and spent 13 months in Korea and two years in Germany. Before joining the fire department, he worked in the village’s public works department.

The department was founded in 1901 and currently has 121 part-time firefighters, with the department operating four stations.

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Tinley Park FD update

This from Kevin Griffin:

New Fire Prevention truck for Tinley Park – 2016 Ford F-150

New pickup truck for the Tinley Park FD

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New pickup truck for the Tinley Park FD

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New pickup truck for the Tinley Park FD

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Tinley Park Annual Firefighter’s Benefit Dance

From the Tinley Park Firefighters Association:

Join with Tinley Park firefighters Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Odyssey Country Club, 19110 S. Ridgeland Ave in Tinley Park for a night of entertainment, dancing, raffles, giveaways, and silent auctions alongside mingling with neighbors and fellow firefighters with all proceeds going for great causes!

Doors open at 7pm and Chicago’s own Maggie Speaks Band will be providing the entertainment from 8pm until midnight.

Proceeds go to the Tinley Park Firefighter’s Benefit fund, where 100% goes towards community events and association functions such as Tinley Wish, Burn Camp 5K, Breakfast with Santa, plus other great causes, fundraising, and research.

Advance ticket purchases available until Saturday, January 23 through Eventbrite Event are $7.00 saving you 30%.  Tickets the night of the event will be $10.00.

We hope our friends, family, community members, and fire department neighbors will join the Tinley Park Firefighters Association for the 114th annual Firefighters Benefit Dance! Follow this link:

Tinley Park Annual Firefighter’s Benefit Dance

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Tinley Park receives huge bill from previous EMS provider (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Tinley Park is being sued over $492,000 its former ambulance contractor claims it is owed from the village.

Tinley officials have adamantly denied owing Trace Ambulance any money for past services while Trace previously billed Tinley for $492,000. A Will County court may end up deciding who is right in a controversy that has been simmering since summer 2014, when Tinley Park dropped longtime vendor Trace Ambulance for New Lenox-based Kurtz Ambulance.

Christopher Vandenberg, president of the company based in Tinley Park, said Trace “attempted for several months” to reach an agreement with the village, but Tinley “continued to deny that any amount was due to Trace.”

“Unfortunately, because the Village was unwilling to even acknowledge that any amounts were owed, we were left with no choice but to initiate the litigation to recover the amounts we were contractually due,” Vandenberg said in an email.

Dave Niemeyer, Tinley’s Village Manager, said the village is “vigorously defending this claim” but declined further comment.

In court documents, Tinley Park has denied owing Trace any money and denied that Trace complied with all its contractual obligations. The lawsuit was filed in Will County earlier this year. At a Friday hearing, a Will County judge scheduled status hearing in the case for Jan. 5.

The lawsuit asks for a judge to declare that Tinley “is obligated to compensate Trace pursuant to the contract,” Vandenberg said. The lawsuit does not specify how much Tinley allegedly owes, but $492,000 is what the company billed Trace last year, and Tinley refused to pay, Niemeyer said.

Vandenberg, whose relative Jake Vandenberg is a trustee on the village board, said he still hopes “that we can avoid the expense of prolonged litigation and resolve this matter amicably.” Jake Vandenberg said in an email that he has “zero financial interest” in the ambulance company and has not participated in any board discussions about Trace or any litigation it is involved in with the village.

The financial dispute began last summer, after Tinley awarded Kurtz a contract worth an estimated $3.7 million through July 2018. Tinley sought a new ambulance contract in spring 2014, and Kurtz and Trace were the only competitors.

Trace contends its expired deal with Tinley said the village would pay $200 for each hour the town required more than the number of ambulances stipulated in the contract. After Tinley Park dropped Trace, the company tallied those hours since May 2010 and sent the village a final bill totaling $492,206.

The village received its final bill from Trace less than two weeks after Kurtz took over. In a written response to Trace’s invoice last summer, Tinley Park Treasurer Brad Bettenhausen said the village was surprised, “as we had not been previously advised such charges existed.”

“It would be expected that had such charges arisen, they would have been brought (to) the village’s attention and billed at regular intervals over the course of the contract period, with such billing expected to occur no less than annually,” Bettenhausen wrote the company at the time. “No such notice or billing of such charges has occurred” before the bill.

The town denied Trace’s bill and also questioned its accuracy, saying it could find no record that it had requested the additional service.

Switching vendors was a contentious process for the village.

The first signs of conflict emerged at a public safety meeting in May 2014, when village officials revealed the Kurtz bid had come in significantly lower than Trace’s. Trace executives warned that the health care industry is undergoing many changes and changing vendors would be a risk.

Ultimately, Tinley officials said they made the switch because Trace’s proposal was 21 percent more expensive than Kurtz’s.

Trace shares a long history with Tinley, having served as the village’s ambulance provider since 1979 except for a brief interruption in the 1990s, officials previously said.

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