Archive for August 15th, 2018

North Riverside Fire Department news

Excerpts from the

Members of a local progressive political group, along with many North Riverside residents, packed the Aug. 13 meeting of the village board to protest the hiring of an interim fire chief, with the mayor stating that a search for a permanent replacement is ongoing.

Typically routine affairs that last 20 or 30 minutes at most, the board meeting featured calls for a new chief and pleas to female elected officials to take seriously the sexual harassment allegations in a lawsuit, settled in 2009 by the village of Oak Lawn, against Interim Fire Chief Scott Boman.

Meanwhile, others, including former North Riverside Mayor Richard Scheck and his wife, Judith, defended Boman, claiming he was innocent of the allegations and the target of a smear campaign launched against him by a disgruntled female employee.

At the time Boman’s appointment was announced a month ago, Mayor Hubert Hermanek Jr. announced that Boman would be formally sworn in Aug. 13. That, however, did not happen, though he was present at the meeting. Asked following the meeting when or if Boman would be sworn in, the mayor said he was “interim until he’s not interim” and that he was still interviewing candidates.

Regarding the search process, Hermanek said he was tapping the resources of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association and accepting resumes from individuals who have expressed interest in the job.

Members of Indivisible West Suburban Action League organized a protest of the swearing-in, and its members — predominantly women from Riverside and North Riverside — jammed the council chamber in North Riverside Village Commons and loudly applauded the handful of women who stepped up to ask that Hermanek find another candidate for fire chief.

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New engine for Tinley Park (more)

This from Kevin Griffin:

Here’s a shot of the new Tinley Park Engine 47 2018 Pierce enforcer

Tinley Park FD Engine 47

Tinley Park FD Engine 47. Kevin Griffin photo

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Still and Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 8-12-18

This from Eric Haak:

Here are a few images from a Still & Box alarm fire in Chicago Sunday evening (08/12). The fire at 117th and Michigan came in shortly after 7:00 and was in the basement of a vacant apartments over commercial structure. Companies eventually went defensive and I arrived way after most of the fire was out.

ChicAgo FD Engine 75 and Squad 5A

Eric Haak photo

Chicago firefighters at fire scene

Eric Haak photo

Chicago FD Squad 5A

Eric Haak photo

Chicago FD Engine 62

Eric Haak photo

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Palatine Fire Department news

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