Archive for November 9th, 2018

Peoria Fire Department news

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After many comments, complaints, and dire warnings, members of the Peoria City Council voted 7-4 in a non-binding, advisory vote that approved the cuts to the police and fire departments as city hall tries to claw its way out of a $6 million budget shortfall.

During the four plus hour-long special meeting, council members spent hours discussing and debating ways to plug holes without crippling day to day operations. Cutting 22 firefighter positions and taking $1.1 million out of the police budget would have a definite impact, said the chiefs of both departments.

Fire Chief Ed Olehy said that adjustments that have been proposed would place Peoria’s fire department at its lowest staff in 30 years and mean longer response times for citizens in the southern valley, downtown, and the Bradley University area. He said that computer studies indicate a two-minute difference in travel time without Engine 2. Fire safety and educational programs will be reduced and insurance costs are likely to increase if the cuts are approved.

Interim Police Chief Loren Marion III said a police force that currently has 212 employees would have 205 at the end of the year. Fewer tickets will be issued, fewer seizures of drugs and contraband, and a longer wait for officers to reach an accident site would result.

That 7-4 vote wasn’t the final vote and there are several hours of discussion and debate left before the final vote occurs later this year. Still, the vote did signal where some stood.

Revenue recommendations that were previously approved in an advisory vote included a public safety pension fee that would place a $50 fee on property owners of under 5,000 square feet and $300 for properties of over 5,000 square feet. That measure, if formally approved, would raise an estimated $2.2 million. A 2 percent package liquor tax would raise $700,000 and EMS billing by the fire department would raise an estimated $200,000.

The city manager said that the city has been cutting other departments in recent years and sparing public safety positions. “We can no longer afford to do that. Public safety costs (police and fire pensions) are growing faster than anything else in the budget,” he said.

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Elk Grove Rural Fire Protection District news

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Voters in the Elk Grove Rural Fire Protection District have again refused to trim the size of the district’s governing board to five members from seven. According to unofficial results from Tuesday’s election, a referendum proposing the change failed by a vote of 200 to 142.

Advocates have been trying for years to get voters to approve a smaller board for the tiny fire district, which covers just one square mile. Voters have consistently rejected the proposal, turning it back in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Supporters say that the board’s meetings tend to have a light agenda and attract little attention from the public, and add that it’s difficult to find enough interested, knowledgeable trustees to fill all seven positions on the board.


Area apparatus orders

  • Aurora Fire Department; E-ONE  Typhoon pumper, 1,500780. Delivery in June 2019.
  • Elburn Countryside Fire Protection District; E-ONE Typhon pumper, 1,500/1,030/30. Delivery in May 2019.
  • Joliet Fire Department; E-ONE Typhoon pumper, 1,500/780. Delivery in May 2019.
  • Leyden Fire Protection District; E-ONE Typhoon 75-foot quint, 500-gallon water tank. Delivery in March 2019.
  • Wauconda Fire Protection District; Rosenbauer Commander pumper, 1,500/750. Delivery in October 2019.

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Rockford Fire Department news

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Aldermen on Monday agreed to buy the Rockford Fire Department three new quints for $3.2 million under terms of a 4.2 percent loan. The loan will cost the city $479,529 a year for eight years.

The vehicles are expected to provide front-line response to fires, rescues, and medical emergencies for about seven years before moving to a reserve truck capacity, Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten said.

“We got rid of the typical ladder trucks four years ago,” Bergsten said. “Now they’re multipurpose so they can go to any emergency.”

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New ambulance for Evanston

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new Evanston FD ambulance

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