New engine for the Evanston FD (more)

From the Evanston Fire Department Facebook page:

The EFD will host a Push-In Ceremony for new Engine 22 on Friday September 25th at 7:15AM at Station 2 located at Madison and Custer. The new engine will be blessed by our Chaplain, wet down, dried off, and pushed in by our members, a tradition dating back to the horse drawn era. Please join us as we celebrate placing new Engine 22 in service.

 

new Pierce fire engine in Evanston

Evanston Fire Department photo

new Pierce fire engine in Evanston

Evanston Fire Department photo

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Evanston Fire Department news

From the City of Evanston:

Evanston Fire Department and Oakton Community College collaborate to create tuition-free firefighter apprenticeship program

The Evanston Fire Department in collaboration with Oakton Community College has established their first public service apprenticeship program, allowing residents of Evanston to gain a career path in fire service tuition-free. 

Evanston residents who are at least 17 years of age are eligible to apply for the three-year apprenticeship program. They will work, train and learn in preparation to test for a full-time appointment as an Evanston firefighter/paramedic. Students from Evanston Township High School are encouraged to apply.

Upon successful completion of the 3 year program, apprentices will have approximately 3,000 hours of work experience. Students that fulfill the firefighter apprenticeship requirements will receive a Basics of Fire Fighting Certificate, Fire Science Technology Certificate, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science Technology from Oakton. In addition, students will earn a Candidate Physical Ability Test Card and Ladder Climb Certification from a third-party provider. The City of Evanston will cover tuition and training costs.

Oakton’s partnership with EFD is just one example of the full range of cost-effective, high-quality training solutions developed by Oakton’s Workforce Solutions team that can be delivered at a variety of locations. Oakton has an experienced team of consultants, trainers and program managers who develop customized training programs enhancing employee skills and knowledge to drive business results.

According to Ruben Howard II, PhD., Oakton’s director of Workforce and Strategic Partnerships, one apprenticeship is expected to be offered before the end of the year.

“We’re proud to be relying on our community relationships to bring this innovative apprenticeship program to Evanston, while helping make a career in fire service a reality for those who may never have thought it possible,” Howard said. “Oakton is excited to expand on these types of relationships with business partners in our community.”

EFD Fire Chief Brian Scott added, “This program will help better educate, train and prepare Evanston youth for a career in the fire service while providing a more valid evaluation of a potential candidate compared to current testing models. Additionally, the program will promote diversity by providing an opportunity for Evanston youth to serve their community as they graduate from ETHS”.

He also stated, “It’s also our hope that at the end of the process, participants will be given preference points on any participating agency’s firefighter eligibility list, significantly increasing their chances for appointment to a fire department.”

Jobs for firefighters and paramedics are in demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for firefighters was $50,850 in May 2019. Employment of firefighters is projected to grow 5% through 2028. In addition, the BLS reports that the median annual wage for paramedics was $35,400 in May 2019. The need for paramedics is expected to grow 7% through 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.

Online applications for the program will be accepted from September 1st thru November 2nd at https://careers-cityofevanston.icims.com/jobs . An information session has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. To RSVP, email apprenticeships@oakton.edu

 

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House fire in Forest Park, 9-17-20

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

Firefighters battled a blaze at a Forest Park home Thursday afternoon that started shortly before 5:45 in the 1100-block of Elgin Avenue.

A teacher, her husband and their 12-year-old son lived in the top unit of the home. A relative said the fire started in the attic, and while all three were able to make it out safely, they lost everything in the blaze.  What caused the fire is not immediately known. 

Relatives have started a GoFundMe to help the family displaced by the fire. 

 

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New truck for Lake Village Indiana

This from Bill Schreiber:

Delivered September 18th to Lake Village, Indiana

Rosenbauer Commander, 78Ft. galvanized Viper ladder, 1500-GPM pump, 400-gallon water tank

 

2020 Rosenbauer Commander 78' Viper quint

Bill Schreiber photo

2020 Rosenbauer Commander 78' Viper quint

Bill Schreiber photo

2020 Rosenbauer Commander 78' Viper quint

Bill Schreiber photo

2020 Rosenbauer Commander 78' Viper quint

Bill Schreiber photo

 

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New home for Cicero FD tower ladder

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr:

Found on Facebook 

X-Cicero, Illinois 
former Cicero IL FD tower ladder

Patrick Shoop photo

2006 E-ONE Cyclone 95' tower ladder

Larry Shapiro photo

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Crestwood Fire Department news

This from Mike Summa:
Per the September 17th edition of the  Daily Southtown in the bid notice column I came across these items. Crestwood FD asking bids for one custom pumper fire apparatus, maybe two.  Also, a light duty rescue fire apparatus (non walk-in).
 

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Libertyville Fire Department news (more)

From the Libertyville FD Facebook page:

LT461 ready to serve the community for another 20 years….

refurbished Pierce tower ladder

Libertyville FD photo

refurbished Pierce tower ladder

Libertyville FD photo

 

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Waukegan Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Waukegan Fire Department received a donation of 100 new smoke detectors containing a 10-year sealed battery with installation kits which comply with a new state law that requires all dwellings built before 1988, or which do not have hardwired smoke detectors, must have the new detector with a 10-year sealed battery installed by Jan. 1, 2023. Smoke detectors have been required since 1988. There were 91 residential deaths in Illinois last year. Most occurred in homes without functioning smoke detectors.

Supplied by the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance during a press conference Wednesday, the arrival of the smoke detectors initiated an effort in which the city plans to make sure all Waukegan residences are compliant as soon as possible. The city will work with landlords, real estate agents, and the general public to communicate in English and Spanish, the necessity of the smoke detectors and their availability. The fire department will install the new alarms for any resident who needs assistance. A phone call is all that is required. Rental property owners, not their tenants, are responsible for installing smoke detectors. Anyone who needs one will get it, regardless of their ability to pay.

While the new smoke detectors may be more expensive, saving the expense of replacing batteries twice a year for 10 years yields an overall savings which can be between $150 and $250 a year. After 10 years, the new equipment must be replaced.

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Box Alarm fire in Sycamore, 9-17-20

This from Art Zern:

At 0353 on 9/17/20, Sycamore fire was dispatched to 126 E. State Street for a working structure fire that was “fully involved” fire per the PD.  E-1 and Chief 3 arrived to a two-story ordinary (75 X 125) with heavy smoke and fire in the first floor laundromat on the A/B corner.  C-3 pulled a Box and set staging at State (Rt 64) and Main (Rt 23).  The building contained the State Street Laundromat and World Famous Pizza on the first floor and Spider Tatooz and office space on the 2.

E-1 (with 4) pulled a 2 ½” to the B-side and a Mercury Monitor to the A-side and hit it with 800-900 GPM and secured their own water supply.  E-2 (with 4) backed in from Main St. hugging the north curb to keep the street open for Dekalb T-1. T-1 handled roof opening and the second truck (Hampshire) was set-up on the B-side and handled vent duties on that side.  After the bulk of the fire was knocked, E-1 and E-2 stretched a line to the second floor for searches and to check for extension with an assist by Elburn and Maple Park engines. Genoa Kingston’s engine backed down to T-1 and lead-out a supply line just in case.

Two engines and a truck were held in staging.  “Big Water” on arrival and solid efforts from all companies put an excellent stop on this well-involved commercial fire. 

There was heavy fire, smoke, and water damage in the laundromat, smoke and water in World Famous Pizza, and smoke on the second to Spiders Tatoozs and the other office space.  Spider is a great friend of the Sycamore FD, a city alderman and a retired Cortland captain.  Spider has been fighting hard against cancer and this is the last thing he needed, and if you know him, send your love and support his way!

Thanks to all of our Mutual Aid partners.

Art

Dekalb FD ladder truck at fire scene

Sycamore FD photo

Dekalb FD ladder truck at fire scene

Sycamore FD photo

Rosenbauer Commander fire engine at work

Sycamore FD photo

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Of interest … Fire Service, Inc.

Fire Service, Inc. the E-ONE and KME dealer for Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday (9-15-20) at their newest facility at 105 Industrial Drive in Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

Fire Service Inc owner Shawn Junker and family

Fire Service, Inc. photo

Wisconsin State Representative Barbara Dittrich and Fire Service Inc. owner Shawn Junker

Fire Service, Inc. photo

Wisconsin State Representative Barbara Dittrich and Fire Service Inc. owner Shawn Junker and employees of the Wisconsin facility

Fire Service, Inc. photo

sign for Fire Service Inc

Larry Shapiro photo

sign for Fire Service Inc

Larry Shapiro photo

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