Archive for June 16th, 2015

Fox River & Countryside Fire Rescue District … tough decisions

Excerpts from the Kane County Chronicle:

Officials at the the Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District are bracing for critical budget issues caused by the failure of its April referendum, they said.

Board President Jim Gaffney said the district would ask voters for an increase again, this time on the March 15 primary ballot in 2016. Voters defeated the rate hike request by a 3-1 margin in April, records show.

“If it doesn’t pass next March, then we will not meet payroll at all by 2017-18,” Gaffney said.

The board will consider a tentative 2015-16 budget that reflects reduced spending and deferring equipment replacment at its next meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, June 22, at Fire Station Three, 34W500 Carl Lee Road, St. Charles.

Gaffney said the district could be dissolved, but it would have to be by voter initiative.

“Then the state fire marshal comes in and breaks us up, and re-appropriates us into different districts (Elburn, South Elgin, Bartlett and West Chicago),” Gaffney said.

The Fox River district, which formed four years ago, covers parts of St. Charles, Campton, and Wayne townships in Kane and DuPage counties, and sections of Wayne and Campton Hills.

The unaudited 2015 year-end totals show the fire district had $47,877, while the original 2016 budget projections, without cuts, would put the district nearly $500,000 in deficit.

The district cannot replace staff when they leave for better-paying jobs, and has to defer replacement of fire trucks and ambulances, Gaffney said.

A captain, a lieutenant and three firefighter/paramedics left for better paying jobs, Gaffney said. None will be replaced, saving the district $240,000, Gaffney said. But that is not enough to cover the replacement cost of fire trucks at $450,000 and ambulances at $250,000 each, he said.

The fire district’s attorney, Ken Shepro, said equipment replacement is critical.

Starting Wednesday, the district will operate with its remaining 21 personnel, re-arranged in shifts so all stations are covered, with no layoffs.

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CFD reserve squad at the body shop (more)

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Chicago FD reserve squad after body work

Chicago FD reserve squad after body work at Fire Service, Inc.

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Working fire in Lyons, 6-14-15

This from Josh Boyajian:

6-14-2015: The Lyons Fire Department was toned out for a smoke investigation in the area of 4016 S Gage. Before going en route, dispatch advised that they were receiving multiple 911 calls for a house fire. The police arrived on scene and reported they a working house fire. Lyons Engine 1312 arrived first in and led out a line to the front of the home. The front room window was popped and members fed the line through the window to knock down the visible fire. They proceeded to make entry, extinguish the fire, and check for extension. Riverside Truck 1629 opened the roof. Here are some shots.
fireman masks up to enter a house

Josh Boyajian photo

firemen prepare to take a line into a burning house

Josh Boyajian photo

firemen prepare to take a line into a burning house

Josh Boyajian photo

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