Archive for May 30th, 2012

CFD union not happy with proposed city cuts

This from Willam Post:

A Sun-Times article today talks about a dispute with the city administration on proposals set forth during contract negotiations. The proposal to make engines that are located with trucks into 4-man companies would effect 60 out of 95 engine companies, assuming that it doesn’t include Engines 91 and 116 that are housed only with Squad companies.
It also includes a proposal to make all 15 of our BLS ambulances into ALS ambulances.
The article can be found HERE.

Nearly four months after losing the hero fire commissioner who championed their cause, Chicago firefighters finally know what cost-cutting concessions Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seeking when their contract expires on June 30.

In a plan the firefighters union calls “insulting” and “ridiculous,” Emanuel is taking aim at such treasured union perks as holiday and duty availability pay; clothing allowances; pay grades; premium pay; the physical fitness incentive and the seven percent premium paid to cross-trained firefighter paramedics.

One former union official estimated the proposed concessions could cost the average firefighter $7,000 a year.

The mayor’s plan does not include closing fire stations. But, it would alter the minimum manning requirement that triggered the bitter 1980 firefighters strike.

The current contract requires that every piece of fire apparatus be staffed by at least five employees. Emanuel’s plan calls for all “double houses” that include both engines and trucks to be staffed by nine firefighters instead of 10.

thanks Chris

The Chicago Tribune also has an article HERE.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday that a new contract for Chicago firefighters will need to include cost-cutting reforms to the way the department operates, but the union is vowing to fight the administration’s proposal.

The jockeying comes as the current firefighters’ contract lapses June 30. The firefighters union contends the city’s offer would eliminate several categories of additional pay and reduce the number of firefighters at some fire houses.

In a letter sent recently to union members, Firefighters Union Local 2 President Thomas Ryan called the proposals “insulting” and “ridiculous.”

Ryan’s letter states the city wants to eliminate various salary add-ons that increase firefighters’ take-home pay, including the clothing allowance and the 7 percent bump for employees cross-trained as firefighters and paramedics, along with the “duty availability” payments to firefighters, who are on call to work on their days off.

The city proposal also calls for cutting from 10 to nine the number of firefighters stationed in the “double houses” that have both fire engines and fire trucks, according to Ryan’s letter, which includes no mention of the city wanting to close firehouses.

My view is, I have a responsibility to all the people of the city of Chicago,” Emanuel said at a news conference to announce GE Transportation will move its headquarters here. “Not a few, not one part of the city, all the people of the city of Chicago. And I’ve got to make sure the taxpayers and the residents are represented. That’s my role.”

“I respect what Tom (Ryan) has to do, I respect what the members of the firefighters operations as a city employee have to do,” the mayor added. “But I’ve got to make sure we’re making the changes that are necessary for the future, and we’re not just doing things like we used to do them because we used to do them.”

Last year, then-Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff told aldermen he was “deathly against” reducing manpower and “adamant” about keeping truck staffing levels the same because lowering them would put residents and firefighters in danger.

But Hoff retired in February, and new Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago has taken a softer stance on the manpower issue. “There’s many, many different studies on what is safe and not,” Santiago said about staffing levels at his introductory news conference.

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2 extra alarm fires for DuPage County on 5-29-12

From John Tulipano:

Bloomingdale 2nd Alarm

On 5/29/12 approximately 15:00, Bloomingdale Fire District responded to a structure fire at 1839 Timber Lane, fire was in a 2-sty frame, 6-unit townhouse, 50X150. 2-units were involved, once fire was knocked down a gas leak continued and a 2nd alarm was called for manpower.

Townhouse fire in Bloomingdale 5-29-12

Firefighters apply water to the rear of a townhouse in Bloomingdale on Tuesday. John Tulipano photo

Townhouse fire in Bloomingdale 5-29-12

Bloomingdale Engine 3, their 2011 Pierce Impel pumper/tanker had lines off in front of the building. John Tulipano photo

Lombard Fire Department Tower Ladder 52

Lombard Tower Ladder 52 was staged down the block. John Tulipano photo

Townhouse fire in Bloomingdale 5-29-12

A Glenside firefighter goes through rehab at the Bloomingdale fire scene. John Tulipano photo

Townhouse fire in Bloomingdale 5-29-12

Carol Stream Deputy Chief Hoff at the Bloomingdale fire scene. John Tulipano photo

Additional images are HERE.

Villa Park Fire & EMS Box Alarm
On 5/29/12 at approxiamtely 18:30, Villa Park received calls for a fire at the Villa Park VFW hall, 39 East St Charles Road. First arriving companies found smoke coming from the building and multiple injured civilians. Two lines were stretched into the basement where there was a gun range and reported explosion. Ten civilians were transported, three were critical. Companies on the General were Elmhurst Eng 2, York Center Sqd 77, Lombard TL52, and Northlake Trk 804. An EMS box was called bringing ambulances from Lombard, Elmhurst, Downers Grove, Bensenville, Wood Dale, and Oakbrook Terrace. Fire was quickly knocked down in the basement.
Fire at the Villa Park VFW Hall 5-29-12

Firefighters prepare a line before entering the VFW Hall in Villa Park. John Tulipano photo

Fire at the Villa Park VFW Hall 5-29-12

A patient is taken to a waiting ambulance by Lombard paramedics. John Tulipano photo

Fire at the Villa Park VFW Hall 5-29-12

Firefighters mask up prior to entering the VFW hall in Villa Park to fight a basement fire. John Tulipano photo

Fire at the Villa Park VFW Hall 5-29-12

Paramedics take another patient to a waiting ambulance. John Tulipano photo

Additional images are HERE.
The Chicago Tribune has an article HERE.

Nine people were injured, two critically, in a fire and possible explosion at a Villa Park VFW post apparently ignited by a welder working in a basement gun range during the post’s weekly bingo night this evening, authorities said.

Firefighters were called to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2801, 32 E. St. Charles Road in the west suburb, about 6:30 for a report of a fire and an explosion in the building, said Lombard Fire Department Battalion Chief Ronald Rakosnik, who is set to become Villa Park’s fire chief next month.

Nine patients were taken to area hospitals, two in critical condition, three in fair-to-serious condition, and the rest in good condition, Rakosnik said.

When firefighters arrived, they found many of those who had been inside with faces blackened with soot, after the quick-moving fire spread through the one-story building, Rakosnik said. Heat from a fast-moving fire like that in the VFW can cause damage to the lungs, Rakosnik.

The fire luckily ignited before bingo had actually started for the night, so fewer people were in the hall at the time than would have been an hour later, said those who were inside at the time.

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Two departments move to DuComm

This from Drew Smith:

It was stated recently by firefighters from both Itasca and Wood Dale that both will soon be dispatched by DuComm with Wood Dale using new rig numbers of 68 and 69 and Itasca using 60-something.

I have confirmed that effective 5/31 at 0900 Itasca will switch to DuComm.  Itasca’s apparatus will use “66” for front-line units and “67” for reserve units.

Wood Dale is also switching to DuComm and will use 68 and 69 for their stations. Date of their switch is not confirmed.

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Chicago Fire Swap Meet


Chicago Fire Department 2012 Swap Meet

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