Archive for July 5th, 2014

Chicago Ridge fire chief resigns (more)

Excerpts from a Reporter Onlin article about the resignation of the Chicago Ridge fire chief:

The resignation last week of Chicago Ridge Fire Chief Robert Muszynski is the latest salvo in a heightening conflict between village officials and the fire department. Muszynski resigned citing personal difference with the village’s elected officials.

Mayor Chuck Tokar confirmed that he asked for Muszynski’s resignation. “Obviously, it’s a mayoral appointment. So I pretty much had to be the bearer of bad tidings and ask him to submit his resignation,” Tokar said Tuesday.

Firefighters are livid and are campaigning for Tokar to rehire Muszynski. Posts on the union’s Facebook page were critical of Tokar and the administration and is asking for Chicago Ridge residents to urge officials to bring him back.

“Call the village hall and tell your mayor and trustees to bring back Chief Muszynski. He was a great chief and person. He didn’t deserve to lose his job or forced to retire. He was great with the guys at the firehouse and loved by many residents. This is just not right,” one poster wrote.
“Total hypocrisy. It seems these ‘men’ are on the ‘do as we say, not as we do’ plan. Sounds like a certain mayor can’t play fair and honor the contracts, so pan his firemen off to another village. I’d love to see him go through the rigorous training and drills you all had to in order to get your firefighter and medic licenses and degrees, then do your jobs,” another poster commented.

Muszynski, who took over as chief in early 2011, supported the hiring of an additional seven or eight firefighters/paramedics who would be based at the fire station at 107th Street and Lombard Avenue, Tokar said. That station currently is used for training and to store equipment, the mayor said. However, some residents have asked the village to consider having a second ambulance and possibility a fire truck at that station, which would reduce the response time to a large number of homes in the village.

The village’s main fire station is located in an industrial park and is not located near much of the village’s residential area. Tokar said the village cannot absorb the costs of staffing a second station.

Tokar, who was elected April, 2013, said he has explored “other options” for fire protection in the village, including obtaining services from a fire protection district or another community, such as Oak Lawn. Worth, which previously had its own fire department, signed a contract with the North Palos Fire Protection District a few years ago. Whatever decision the village makes, Tokar said he does not intend to “disband or dissolve” the fire department, which currently has 13 full-time firefighter/paramedics, the mayor said.

… Tokar was directed by trustees to “investigate and report to the board cost-saving measures that might save our taxpayers money while increasing the level of fire and ambulance service.” Dissolving the fire department and contracting with a private ambulance service are not under consideration, [according to a letter to residents from the village]  The village’s letter also pointed out that village and the union are in the midst of contract negotiations and noted that none of the Chicago Ridge firefighters live in Chicago Ridge.

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Cary FPD fights two fires in 12 hours

From Michael D. Douglass, Lieutenant / Public Education and Information Officer, Cary Fire Protection District



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Car backs into grocery store in Buffalo Grove 7-4-14

This from Larry Shapiro:

A Lexus SUV smashed backwards into the glass doorway of the Garden Fresh Market at 770 S. Buffalo Grove Friday afternoon. The driver was evaluated and signed a release as did one store employee that was hit with flying glass while working inside the store.

Lexus SUV backs into grocery store

A Lexus SUV smashed into the entrance of a grocery store inBuffalo Grove July 4, 2014. Larry Shapiro photo

Lexus SUV after driving into a store

The car is winched from the doorway. Larry Shapiro photo

damage to store after car drives through door

A view from inside after the car was removed. Larry Shapiro photo

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House fire in Long Grove, 7-4-14

This from Larry Shapiro:

Shortly after 9PM on July 4th, firefighters in Long Grove and neighboring departments responded to a call for fire on the roof of a large house at 5421 Tall Oaks Drive in an unincorporated portion of the district. First arriving units found heavy fire along the peak of a three-story house and made a quick external attack before taking lines inside. After knocking down the bulk of the fire, they chased spot fires inside and along the peak as they had trouble accessing the affected area from the inside. The area was without hydrants. Tanker 55, a 3,000-gallon tanker, nursed the attack engine and a supply line was dropped over a the distance of a long block to the main road where two portable tanks were setup initiating a tanker shuttle to supply additional water.

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A ladder brought to the rear would assist firefighters in gaining access to the rear peak that was burning Larry Shapiro photo

large house at night with roof fire

A small flame at the roof peak is visible from the side of the house as firefighters deal with trying to access the area. Larry Shapiro photo

small fire at roof peak

Small flames persisted at a hard to access roof peak. Larry Shapiro photo

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Long Grove Tanker 55 nursing Squad 55. Larry Shapiro photo

fire department tanker nursing an engine

Long Grove Squad 55 gets water for the initial attack from Tanker 55. Larry Shapiro photo

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Long Grove Tanker 56 working at it’s maiden fire. Larry Shapiro photo

rural water supply operation at fire scene

Prospect Heights Tanker 9 drafting from a portable tank on Route 22 at Tall Oaks Drive. Larry Shapiro photo

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Chicago Still & Box at 4547 S Wolcott, 7-4-14

Images by Tim Olk from a Still And Box at 4547 S Wolcott on July 4th

firemen vent roof at house fire

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firemen leave roof after venting flames

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firemen leave roof after venting flames

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flames through the roof of a house

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flames through the roof of a house

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chief officer observes flames through the roof of a house

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fireman with dirty face at fire scene

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Chicago Spartan fire engine

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