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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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As seen around … Tinley Park

This from Josh Boyajian:

Tinley Park Truck Co. 201 –

Grabbed a shot of their new truck on Monday. Its a 2013 Pierce Velocity 0/0 with a 100′ RM aluminum ladder.
Josh
Tinley Park FD ladder truck

Tinley Park T201 – 2013 Pierce Velocity 0/0 100′ RM. Josh Boyajian photo

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House fire in Tinley Park, 3/7/15

This from Kevin Griffin:

The tinley park fire department was called to a house fire at 17213 68th court.  engine 201 rolled up with smoke showing. Companies on scene were tinley’s battalion 201, engines 201, 202 (using213) and 203, and truck 204. Oak forest 900 and engine 12 plus Orland battalion 3 and truck 4.

 

Firemen in Tinley Park (IL) at the scene of a house fire 3/7/15

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Firemen in Tinley Park (IL) at the scene of a house fire 3/7/15

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Firemen in Tinley Park (IL) at the scene of a house fire 3/7/15

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Firemen in Tinley Park (IL) at the scene of a house fire 3/7/15

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Firemen in Tinley Park (IL) at the scene of a house fire 3/7/15

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Firemen in Tinley Park (IL) at the scene of a house fire 3/7/15

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House fire in Tinley Park, 1-8-15

This from Josh Boyajian:

1/8/15, a Box Alarm at 11625 Fairfax Court in Tinley Park

firefighter covered with ice and snow

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fireman with ice covered helmet

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firemen operate hose in snow storm

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Excerpts from the Chicago Tribune:

Two people including a firefighter who slipped on ice were injured during a Tinley Park house fire fought in frigid conditions Thursday afternoon, officials said.

Firefighters were called to the 16000 block of Fairfax Lane in Tinley Park about 12:45 p.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Kris Dunn. As they arrived, firefighters saw heavy fire coming from the first floor and attached garage of the residence, Dunn said. On the way to the fire, firefighters received a call that there could be someone trapped inside but that turned out not to be the case, Dunn said.

 

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Tinley Park receives huge bill from previous EMS provider

The Chicago Tribune has an article about a bill from Trace Ambulance to the Village of Tinley Park.

Tinley Park severed its 35-year relationship with a local ambulance provider this summer in a move that officials said will save the town money. But less than two weeks after the contract ended, the village received a final, shocking bill from Trace Ambulance for nearly $500,000.

The money was for fees the company typically waived in the past, Trace President Christopher Vandenberg said. “I think it’s clear as day that we’re owed the money,” he said.

The village has refused to pay, and officials have declined to comment on the dispute, citing the potential for litigation.

“We do not believe that Trace is or ever was entitled to any additional compensation for these claimed amounts,” Tinley Park Treasurer Brad Bettenhausen wrote in a letter to the company obtained by the Tribune through an open records request.

The financial standoff began in July, shortly after Tinley Park dropped its ambulance service provider and gave a contract worth $3.7 million through July 2018 to a competitor. The competitor, Kurtz Ambulance in New Lenox, had a bid 21 percent lower than what Trace had bid, officials said. 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.

That Aug. 12 invoice hasn’t gone over smoothly with town officials. In a written response to Vandenberg’s invoice, Bettenhausen said the village was surprised by the amount, “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 said. “No such notice or billing of such charges has occurred” before the bill.

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

On Sept. 5, Vandenberg wrote back to the village reiterating Trace’s demand for payment. Bettenhausen again denied the request, saying Trace has never claimed to have been entitled to any additional compensation for providing backup ambulances. Vandenberg said his company had agreed to “waive” the charge in the past as part of contract negotiations.

The first signs of conflict emerged at a public safety meeting in May, when village officials revealed that the Kurtz bid had come in “significantly” lower than Trace’s.

Vandenberg and Brian Dolan, an executive with Trace’s parent company, attended that meeting and took the uncommon step of warning the village at a public meeting that dropping the company could be risky. Trace served as the village’s ambulance provider since 1979, except for a brief interruption in the 1990s, Vandenberg said at the time.

Vandenberg also said Tinley officials had approached Trace during negotiations for the now-expired deal and asked for cost cuts because of the sluggish economy, which Trace accommodated.

The village’s decision to hire Kurtz, made at a July 1 Village Board meeting, proved controversial. Some residents and Trace employees slammed trustees for dumping a local business that knows the streets.

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Tinley Park FD Open House 10/11/2014

This from Martin Nowak:

Went to the TPFD open house on 10/11 and took photos of the apparatus and the room burns. More photos here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.479416472201081.1073741985.263644870444910&type=3&uploaded=83

 

fire department open house for Fire Prevention Week

Martin Nowak photo

fire department open house for Fire Prevention Week

Martin Nowak photo

fire department open house for Fire Prevention Week

Martin Nowak photo

fire department open house for Fire Prevention Week

Martin Nowak photo

fire department open house for Fire Prevention Week

Martin Nowak photo

fire department open house for Fire Prevention Week

Martin Nowak photo

fire department open house for Fire Prevention Week

Martin Nowak photo

fire department open house for Fire Prevention Week

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Working fire in Tinley Park, 9-4-14

This from Karl Klotz:

9/4/14

Tinley Park Working fire on 174th Street.

Engine Co. 203 was the first arriving engine reporting a working fire in a single-family home.  The main fire was in the first floor and extended to the second floor.

Companies on scene:

TPFD: E201, E201, E203, T204, BC201, Orland T7, Mokena E93

 

heavy smoke engulfs house

Heavy smoke conditions on arrival. Karl Klotz photo

firemen entering house with hose line and heavy smoke

Crews making entry with the 2nd line. Karl Klotz photo

thick smoke engulfs firemen and fire truck

Tinley Park Truck Co 204 was the first arriving truck. Karl Klotz photo

firemen cut roof to ventilate fire

Orland truck company opening the roof. Karl Klotz photo

firemen enter house through thick smoke

Front of the house. Karl Klotz photo

fireman on roof with flames

Fire venting from the 2nd floor. Karl Klotz photo

fireman on roof with flames

Fire venting from the 2nd floor area. Karl Klotz photo

fireman cuts garage door with saw

Mokena Engine Co 93 opening up the garage door. Karl Klotz photo

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MVA in Tinley Park, 8-31-14

This from Kevin Griffin:

The Tinley park fire department responded to a rollover crash with extrication at the cvs at 167 and Harlem

 

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Tinley Park updates

This from Kevin Griffin:

Engine 211 was renumbered 213 and had a logo added

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TInley Park Engine 213

TInley Park Engine 213. Kevin Griffin photo

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