Archive for April 8th, 2014

Oak Lawn EEC Director leaves

An article last week announced the resignation from the Oak Lawn Emergency Communications Center:

Kathy Hansen abruptly retired from her post as director of Oak Lawn’s emergency communications center, after helping to implement a third-party staffing agreement amid the glare of village politics. The village announced her departure Friday afternoon. Hansen cited family obligations as the reason for her decision to leave the village, according to village news advisory.

Hansen rose through the ranks to director of Oak Lawn’s 911 call center and was a 20-year employee of the village. As a member the village’s public safety management team, she was involved in a controversial decision to outsource the union 911-dispatchers to a private vendor.

Former dispatchers publicly blamed Hansen for the department’s growing budget deficits, but she was always backed by Oak Lawn’s village manager and most village board members.

Hansen’s second in command, Richard Bessette, was immediately appointed as emergency communications center director. Bessette is a nine-year information technology specialist and worked often for Hansen as a project manager.

Village Manager Larry Deetjen praised Hansen as a “true public servant” who embraced technology and commitment to serving the village’s municipal 911 customers.  No one on the village’s executive team or village board forced her to leave, Deetjen said. He described Hansen’s exit as a retirement and not a resignation, even though she is too young to retire.  “Kathy walked out of here on her own terms. She didn’t ask for severance” Deetjen said.

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Tinley Park 5K run


‘Run for Your Life’ Safety 5K Run/Walk

The Tinley Park Fire Department and the nationally accredited Tinley Park Fire Prevention Bureau will host the second annual Run for Your Life Safety 5K at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 4 at the 80th Avenue Metra train station, 18001 S. 80th Ave., Tinley Park.

The event will again raise money for the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s Camp I Am Me, which is the first accredited burn camp in the United States for children ages 8 to 16 who are burn survivors. Last year, the event raised more than $13,000 for the camp through sponsorships and participation.

The run begins promptly at 8:30 a.m., and race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. Participants can park and register in the station’s south parking lot. Packets will be given prior to the start of the run.

Preregistration costs $20 and closes at 3 p.m. April 25. Registration after April 25 costs $25, and family registration costs $50. Completed registration forms must be submitted for each participant. T-shirts and a commemorative fire patch will be given to all preregistered participants.

To register, click here or download the registration form here and send it to:

Tinley Park Fire Prevention Bureau

Attn: Life Safety 5k Run/Walk

17355 S. 68th Court

Tinley Park, IL 60477

Participants also can drop off their registration forms in person from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the above address.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, click here.

For more information, call (708) 444-5200.


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New ambulances for Bartlett

This from Martin Nowak:

Bartlett Fire from the Foster Coach website

Medic 1 – Ford E-series

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Bartlett Medic 1. Foster Coach Sales photo

Medic 2 – Ford F-series 

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Bartlett Medic 2. Foster Coach Sales photo


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