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Box Alarm fire in Wheaton, 1-17-19

Wheaton Box Alarm 1-17-19 at 206 S. Woodlawn

Firefighters at house 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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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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Wheaton FD fire engine

John Tulipano photo

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Wheaton Fire Department news

Excerpts from mysuburbanlife.com:

At their July 2 meeting, Wheaton City Council members unanimously approved a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with Wheaton Firefighters Union 3706. The contract covers Wheaton firefighters and fire lieutenants who will receive a 2.5-percent cost-of-living adjustment this year and 2.25 percent in both 2019 and 2020.

The new contract, which will be in effect until April 30, 2021, is retroactive to May 1. The union ratified the agreement June 14. The previous contract expired April 30. Firefighters will now be able to donate sick time to a fellow employee, as long as all eligibility requirements from the city employee manual are followed.

In addition, the maximum number of compensatory time hours that can be accumulated increased to 97 in the new contract, up from 73. Members of the collective bargaining unit can request a payout of their unused compensatory time for special circumstances one time per year. The payout must first be approved by the fire chief.

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Wheaton Fire Department news

Excerpts from source unknown:

Based upon the feedback from the city council after the July 2017 presentation, the fire department began researching available stock units within the fire apparatus industry. Manufacturers were requested to provide information on available units that had base capabilities like our existing vehicle (i.e. 300-gallon water tank, 2000 gpm pump, 100 ft. tower ladder, minimum ground ladder storage of 198 ft., 10 kW generator, and compartments configured closely to the existing vehicle to accommodate current equipment).

Six manufacturers that commonly sell aerial tower ladders were contacted and only two manufacturers responded with available vehicles. Several manufacturers made no effort to respond after multiple inquiries on our behalf and others indicated that they had no stock units available. The two responding companies with available units that meet or exceed our base needs were Pierce and E-One. The following are the vehicles that were quoted:

E-One provided two vehicles (Vehicle #1 – Sales price: $1,096,064.00 and Vehicle #2 – Sales price: $1,022,282.00) with a quoted trade-in value for our current vehicle of $225,000.00.

Pierce provided one vehicle (Sales price: $1,190,100.00) with a quoted trade-in value for our current vehicle of $400,000.00.

Based upon the information jointly reviewed by fire department administration and Fleet Maintenance Superintendent Sam Webb, it is recommended that the City of Wheaton purchase the stock tower ladder quoted by Pierce for $1,190,100.00 and trade-in the existing vehicle for $400,000.00 which would result in a net sales price of $790,100.00. The quoted vehicle is closely matched in design to our current vehicle and it will directly meet our operational needs. The delivery date is 60-90 days from execution of the agreement. 

thanks Ron

Per the memo they are ordering a Pierce Velocity 100′ tower ladder with 2000/300 as of Mar 2018

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Wheaton Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

About 8:30 a.m. a fire was reported at a home in the 1000 block of South Gables Boulevard, where Wheaton firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the roof of the home. Firefighters extinguished a fire in the living room area within minutes.

A resident of the home, 67-year-old Joseph Shimkus, was found dead inside. His death was believed to be caused by smoke inhalation, but an official cause of death is pending an examination by the DuPage County Coroner’s Office.

Firefighters were hampered by excessive storage in the residence. Several area fire departments assisted in battling the blaze. No other injuries were immediately reported and damage estimates were not available.

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New engine for Wheaton

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Pierce City of Wheaton, IL 30538

Wheaton FD fire engine

Pierce composite

pretty similar to the previous delivery 

thanks AL

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As seen around … Wheaton

This from Christopher Holmes:

Here is a photo of a Wheaton ambulance I saw. Do you know if it is the reserve?

Christopher Holmes
Wheaton FD ambulance

Christopher Holmes photo

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New area apparatus orders

  • Glenview FD: Pierce Arrow XT pumper; 1,500-gpm pump; 500-gallon water tank; 10-gallon and 40-gallon foam cells.  Delivery in April 2017.
  • Frankfort FPD: Pierce Enforcer pumper-tanker; 1,500-gpm pump; 2,500-gallon water tank; 20-gallon foam cell. Delivery in April 2017.
  • Minooka FPD: Pierce pumper, Arrow XT Cab and chsssis, 1,500-gpm pump; 750-gallon water tank; 40-galln foam cell. Delivery in May 2017.
  • Northbrook FD: Pierce Impel PUC pumper; 1,500-gpm pump; 500-gallon water tank; 30-gallon foam cell. Delivery in June 2017.
  • Wheaton FD: Pierce Impel PUC pumper; 1,500-gpm pump; 750-gallon water tank. Delivery in May 2017.

thanks Josh

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New tower ladder for Streamwood FD

This from the SST Emergency Products Facebook page:

Streamwood IL FD all Seagrave fleet including their new Apollo II tower ladder. Thank you Chief Chris Clark.

Wheaton Fire Department

Seagrave Marauder II Apollo tower ladder for Streamwood Truck 32. Zachary Cox photo

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Wheaton Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Wheaton Fire Chief Bill Schultz estimates his staff only sees one or two cases per year of animals overcome by smoke inhalation, and they are now equipped with six kits designed to help any pet with a snout breathe easier in the case of a fire. Each kit contains three sizes of masks for small, medium and large pets, including dogs, cats, ferrets and gerbils. The masks work just like a human oxygen mask.

Schultz said the department has had animal oxygen masks in the past, but they were outdated and losing quality over time from being mostly unused.

No official statistics on pet casualties are kept by the U.S. Fire Administration, but industry websites and sources estimate between 40,000 to 150,000 pets die in fires each year, mostly due to smoke inhalation.

Invisible Fence DuPage donated six pet oxygen mask kits to the fire department earlier this month, after a Wheaton firefighter with a soft spot for pets made the request.

The business is part of a national company that installs electronic dog fence systems and runs Project Breathe, which has resulted in 13,000 donated pet oxygen kits to fire departments in the U.S. and Canada in the past 10 years. Anyone interested in requesting pet oxygen mask kits for their community can do so at www.invisiblefence.com/why-invisible-fence/project-breathe.

thanks Dan

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Group reports on the Wheaton pension fund

Excerpts from the Dupagepolicyjournal.com:

The pension fund for Wheaton firefighters is now underfunded by more than $10 million, a deficit that’s nearly doubled over the past 10 years, according to a report released by the Illinois Department of Insurance. The Wheaton Firefighters Pension Fund had only $25 million in assets as of April 30, 2014 when it should have $35 million, the report says. In 2005, it held $11 million in assets but should have had $17 million.

The deficit equates to approximately $542 in firefighter pension debt per Wheaton household.

Wheaton’s 38 active police officers haven’t been contributing enough to fully fund their pensions, the report shows. Each firefighter saved an average of just $701 per month in 2014, yet they’ll each receive an annuity upon retirement worth millions. Total Wheaton firefighter compensation in 2014 averaged $118,869, including $24,864 in Wheaton taxpayer-funded retirement savings.

Wheaton’s Firefighter Pension Fund Board includes active police officers John Cochran and Jason Skilondz, retired police officer Rick Kammes, Wheaton investment adviser Charles Hartman, City of Wheaton Finance Director Robert Lehnhardt, and Wheaton insurance executive Michael Savegnago.

Cochran currently earns $134,343 in salary and taxpayer-funded retirement savings, and had contributed $126,734 to his pension as of the end of fiscal 2014, after 19 years and seven months of service. Skilondz earns $116,321 and had contributed $55,469 over eight years of service. Kammes retired from the Wheaton Fire Department in 2014 after 35 years and five months of service. He saved a total of $173,140 and is currently collecting $82,109 per year.  Kammes will collect more than $2.993 million over a 25 year retirement.

The Wheaton Fire Department includes 35 career firefighting personnel and 18 contract paramedics operating out of three fire stations.

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