Archive for July 12th, 2018

Orland Park Volunteer Fire Department history (more)

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT- Here is a picture of a Orland Park Vol. Fire Dept. tanker.  Looks to be built on a IHC chassis, with overhead ladders.  Photo courtesy Orland Park Historical Society.
Mike Summa
Orland Park Volunteer Fire Department

From the Orland Park Historical Society

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Chicago Fire Department news

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The Chicago Fire Department has dramatically altered its policy impacting pregnant employees and nursing mothers after the Illinois Department of Human Rights found substantial evidence that Paramedic Sarah Spriesch was the victim of discrimination. The settlement was reached, only after the ACLU followed the state investigation with a federal lawsuit that accused the fire department of discriminating against Spriesch before and after the paramedic gave birth.

Amy Meek, Women’s and Reproductive Rights Project staff attorney for the ACLU, said the first round of discrimination occurred when Spriesch was placed on paid administrative leave in June 2014, immediately after telling her supervisor that she was pregnant. She wanted to continue working for at least a few more months and was physically able to do so. But department policy was to immediately place pregnant women on leave, depriving them of work assignments and their ability to earn thousands of dollars of supplemental pay. Pregnant women were also required to use up all of their accumulated sick and disability leave. If they needed that time later, they didn’t have it to use.

“On her first day back she told the training instructor that she needed to pump. He didn’t know what a pump was and refused her break time until she was actually engorged. She was leaking through her shirt and in tears before they allowed her to take a lunch break to pump,” Meek said.

And because she lost her [permanent] assignment, she could be placed at any firehouse, based on whatever their operational needs were for each shift. And most of the firehouses didn’t have women’s locker rooms or any other private designated space for pumping. So, she had nowhere to pump but the dirty restrooms

The new policy was implemented late last year will guarantee a woman regular breaks and a clean, private, non-restroom space to pump breast milk.

Fire department spokesman Larry Langford said the CFD takes seriously its responsibility to provide all members with adequate, equal and dignified facilities and will continue to improve working conditions for all in a department where nine percent of the workforce is female. That’s the highest percentage of any big-city fire department, he said.

Langford openly acknowledged that the city faces challenges in upgrading historic firehouse, some built in the 1800’s. Any member who is not adequately served by available facilities may elect to be transferred to an upgraded firehouse. In addition, CFD has implemented a program that allows a member up to one-year of full-time, paid maternity leave.

Already, 61% of CFD employees have been trained in the new policies and procedures. The rest will be trained by the end of the year.

Two months ago, five female paramedics filed a federal lawsuit accusing their superiors of sexual harassment. The suit alleged that the Chicago Fire Department directly encourages the illegal behavior by failing to discipline, supervise and control its officers and by intimidating and punishing women who dare to report the harassment.

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Of interest … public safety message

Palatine FD press release

NFPA grilling safety tips

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Of interest … ISFSI Fall Conference – Tinley Park IL – Sept. 2018

This from Brian Kazmierzak:

Here is a flyer for a VERY low cost, VERY high quality training officer conference this fall in Tinley Park, IL sponsored by the ISFSI.

Please consider sending your training officer, your chiefs, etc as I have attended the last 6 six years that conference is 2nd to only FDIC.

Very low cost as well – hope to see some of you there!

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding it!

ISFSI Fall Conference - Tinley Park IL - Sept. 2018

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