Archive for August 31st, 2016

Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from

The Rockford Fire Department has racked up $1.2 million in overtime costs through July of 2016.

This comes as crews battled 18 house fires this year, which is just two shy of the 20 that is the year to year average. Chief Derek Bergsten says that’s not the main reason his department is projected to go nearly $1 million dollars over budget. He says unforeseen things like medical leave or even military leave are the biggest reasons, as many firefighters are working overtime to meet staffing requirements.

“We do reports on a weekly basis of what’s driving the overtime then we address it as best we can, if it’s something that is addressable,” Bergsten said at Monday night’s special city council meeting where aldermen were updated on the state of the 2016 budget. “When you have individuals that are injured our number one goal is to make sure they get healthy and they get back to work in a safe manor.”

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Park Ridge Fire Department news

Media Release 08-30-16 AFG Grant for Engine.doc

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As seen around … O’Hare Airport

This from Larry Shapiro:

I saw CFD Engine 12 during a medical run on the ramp outside Terminal 2 at O’Hare last night.

Chicago FD Engine 12

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Engine 12

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Engine 12

Larry Shapiro photo

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Area apparatus orders

This from Josh Boyajian:

Melrose Park – 2017 Pierce Impel pumper – 1250/750/30/30. Delivery in February

Westmont – 2017 Pierce Velocity 105′ RM quint – 2000/500. Delivery in June

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