Archive for September 27th, 2010

More on Oak Brook

A letter to the village president from the Associate Fire Fighters of Illinois.

Oak Brook Fire Department Union letter to mayor

Oak Brook Fire Department union letter to the village manager

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Oak Brook FD

Firegeezer posted the following:

AFFI Brothers and Sisters, Illinois Fire Service members and the family of Hinsdale Deputy Chief Mark Johnson:

The members of IAFF Local 4646 are ashamed of the irresponsible behavior and comments made by officials and citizens at a recent Oak Brook Citizens Financial Advisory Committee meeting.

We are extremely grateful to all of you for your support. Some of you alerted the media, others created websites, and even more expressed their desire to attend Tuesday’s Oak Brook Board of Trustees meeting to express your outrage directly.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could delay attending a trustee meeting until our local finishes consulting with our executive board, Local 4646 membership, the AFFI and the IAFF on the proper course of action.

Thanks again brothers and sisters. We’ll keep you informed of further developments.


George Grodek, President
IAFF Local 4646


If you have not already seen the original Firegeezer article, it has an in depth look at the committee and those who spoke. Check it out HERE

The Firegeezer article has a link to a Daily Herald article about the library issue HERE involving the person who does all of the talking on the FD issue. Note in that article how the city needs to provide police and firefighters and building inspectors as a primary obligation.

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Winnetka receives new quint

The Winnetka Fire Department has recently accepted their new Spartan/Smeal quint … rumored to be black over red! As soon as we have more information and photos we’ll post an update.

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MABAS Division 3 bi-annual training

Deputy Chief Drew Smith from Prospect Heights tells us that …

MABAS Division 3 is holding their annual fall company drills at NIPSTA.  Sessions ran 0900-1200 and 1330-1630 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this past week September 21, 22 and 23 and will continue on the same schedule for the next two weeks September 28, 29, 30, October 5, 6 and 7.  Each session has 10 companies and three chiefs (plus about 10 instructors) participating in three evolutions:

1) Live fire multi-company operation;

2) Pitched roof ventilation skills on prop;

3) Classroom session on “taking care of our own.”

In these three weeks, 34 engine companies and 16 truck companies (times three shifts) with more than 500 firefighters will participate.  Division 3 has been performing this type of division-wide company training each spring and fall for 20 years.

Lockport updates

Lockport Lt. John Matthews keeps us current and up-to-date with his department. He recently sent us pictures of Lockport‘s new 2010 IHC/Medtec ambulance at station1 and the new brush unit as well. John informs us that the old ambulance 1 has become reserve ambulance 1 now at station6, and the previous reserve unit is gone.

Lockport Township FPD ambulance 1 Medtec

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