Archive for March 2nd, 2014

Layoffs coming to Carpentersville

The Daily Herald has an article about a budget shortfall in Carpentersville and subsequent layoffs:

Carpentersville officials have announced villagewide layoffs and other cost-cutting measures to help plug a projected $400,000 deficit.

The village intends to lay off two full-time firefighters, a part-time records clerk in the police department, a community service officer and a part-time ambulance billing clerk in the fire department, Village Manager J. Mark Rooney said Thursday.

“At this time, this is all that I foresee,” Rooney said of the layoffs, adding that things could change depending on the state’s financial situation and declining sales tax revenues in the village. Carpentersville officials have not laid anyone off since 2011.

There is a chance the village could hire the two firefighters back, depending on the outcome of a federal grant for four additional firefighters. The village is amending its application by asking for two extra firefighters and money to keep the other two, Rooney said. Moreover, the union that represents the firefighters will fight to keep them employed, said Lt. Rick Nieves, president of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4790.

In addition to the layoffs, the village will not fill three part-time positions in the finance, IT and fire departments, Rooney said.

Two code enforcement officers in the community development department will be cross trained for two community service officer positions and do both jobs as a hybrid, Public Safety Director Al Popp said.

The two firefighters have eight years of combined service and are the least senior of the 32 in the department, Nieves said. Their last scheduled day is March 28.

The village expects to save between $235,000 and $245,000 with these moves and more money in subsequent years, Rooney said. Declining property values, the economy and increasing costs of union contracts are the reasons Carpentersville finds itself having to cut staff, Rooney said. The pending layoffs in the fire department come almost two months after the village and its full-time firefighters settled a contract dispute that primarily focused on staffing levels at the three stations.

If the union is unsuccessful at retaining those two employees, there would be 30 full-time firefighters and 28 part-timers in Carpentersville. “They claim that there’s a budget shortfall and we’re meeting with them again the seventh (of March) to look at the issues, like how this is going to actually affect the fire department,” Nieves said. “We’re very surprised (about the layoffs) after the recent (contract) issues we’ve had with them. We didn’t see this coming.” Rooney said the union had two chances during negotiations to save the firefighters on the verge of being let go, but instead chose to “protect the lieutenants’ pay and hours over protecting their two junior members.”

Nieves said he thought the language in the contract was already enough to protect the two firefighters.

Rooney said the layoffs will have no impact on the community’s safety, pointing to the current complement of fire personnel, mutual aid and the village’s capacity to use as many part-timers as they see fit.

thanks Dan

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CFD Still & Box – 3/1/2014

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr.

Engine Co. 115 arrived at 12021 S. Eggleston and found a basment fire in a 2-story brick apartment building. Batt. 22 called for the Still & Box alarm because the fire had quickly extended to the 2nd floor. Hydrants in the area might have been frozen as there was a delay in getting a positive water source. Truck Co. 27 set up in the 1/4 sector with their main to the roof. The fire was handled by the companies with approx. 4-5 handlines.
Also of interest is while the companies were inside the building, a neighbor decided he didn’t want to wait any longer and he had to leave. He drove his car over a few hose lines but was quickly blocked in by 6-7 fireman and a cop. Needless to say he didn’t move much more.
Dennis McGuire Jr.
Chicago fire scene

12021 S. Eggleston, Smoke can be seen on the sector 2 side. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Chicago fire scene

A company pulling another line into the building. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Chicago fire scene

Looking south on Eggleston from 120th, This part of Eggleston is a dead end street. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Chicago fire scene

Overall view of foreground. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

car on hose at fire scene

The car. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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The rear of 12021 S. Eggleston. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Chicago fire scene

Truck Co 27 with the main on the roof. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

car on hose at fire scene

Finally stopped. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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Two guys from Squad Co 5. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Chicago fire scene

Two guys from Truck Co 27 coming off the roof. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Chicago fire scene

You do what you have to do. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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McHenry Township FPD apparatus

This from Tyler Tobolt:

New Mchenry Township FPD Engine 44 at Crystal Lake 2nd alarm a couple days back.


Pierce Impel fire engine

New Pierce Impel for McHenry Township FPD Engine 44. Tyler Tobolt photo

previous new McHenry TWP engine

another post of a new engine for McHenry TWP


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