Archive for November 7th, 2018

Arlington Heights Fire Department news

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Arlington Heights Fire Chief Ken Koeppen is set to step down next week and take a new job as deputy chief of administration with the Schaumburg Fire Department.

Koeppen joined the Arlington Heights Fire Department in February 1980 as a firefighter, and worked his way up to become a lieutenant in 1995, then battalion chief in 1998, deputy chief in 2005, and chief in 2014. He is Arlington Heights’ fifth chief since the department changed from a volunteer to a full-time paid department in 1958.

His retirement takes effect Thursday, Nov. 15. Deputy Chief Andrew Larson was appointed as acting fire chief, overseeing a department of 110 employees and four divisions. Officials say they will conduct a search for a permanent successor by evaluating both internal and external candidates.

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New engine for Hoffman Estates (more)

This from Michael Maida:

I was able to get a look at the new engine for Hoffman Estates Engine 24.

Hoffman Estates FD Engine 24

Michael Maida photo

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Fox River and Countryside Fire Protection District news (more)

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The Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District could be facing more budget cuts after voters Tuesday shot down a request to increase the property tax rate by 60 percent.

The binding referendum question received 4,694 “no” votes and 4,351 “yes” votes with all precincts reporting in Kane and DuPage counties, according to unofficial tallies. The tax hike would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $53 per year, bringing in at least an extra $1 million for the district.

This is the second time voters denied the fire district’s request for a tax hike. The cash-strapped agency now will likely have to cut more firefighter positions and potentially brown-out one of its two stations on a rotating basis, Chief John Nixon said.

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Elk Grove Village Fire Department news

This from Keith Grzadziel:

I was in Elk Grove Village Monday morning and have a couple current pics. The first is of Station 7 with the new bay doors. The second pic is of Station 10 showing its latest progress with construction. 

Elk Grove Village Fire Station 7

Keith Grzadziel photo

Elk Grove Village Fire Station 10

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