Archive for April 3rd, 2019

Warrenville Fire Protection District news

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Voters approved a property tax increase that will allow the Warrenville Fire Protection District to hire new firefighters, according to Tuesday’s unofficial election results. With 100% of precincts reporting, unofficial totals showed 1,189 (64%) votes in favor and 667 votes (36%) against a tax hike. The plan will increase the property taxes homeowners pay to the district by $33 per $100,000 of a home’s value. The median price of a home in the district is $245,100.

The tax increase will raise roughly $570,000 a year in additional revenue for the district that includes Warrenville and unincorporated areas near Wheaton and Naperville. District officials said that money will be used to hire more firefighters for the department, which has experienced a roughly 23 percent increase in emergency calls since 2014.

Currently, the department has six firefighters per shift. With the tax increase, the district will be able to increase its daily staffing to eight firefighters per shift.

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Loves Park Fire Department news

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The Loves Park Fire Department hosted a ribbon cutting event Tuesday to celebrate the arrival of its first advanced life support ambulance. For the last 50 years, the department has relied on neighboring departments for medical calls.

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5-11 Alarm fire and Haz Mat Level 1 in Chicago, 4-2-19 (more)

This from Larry Shapiro:

I arrived at the 5-11 Alarm fire almost two hours into it. The warehouse buildings had already collapsed and though there was still quite a bit of smoke, the bulk of the fire had been knocked down already. Nevertheless, here is what it looked like from that point on.

Chicago FD Squad 2A Rosenbauer Commander ACP-55

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Chicago FD Engine 44

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massive flames from building fire

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Chicago FD Engine 35

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flooded street at scene of massive fire

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Fox River and Countryside Fire Protection District news (more)

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The sixth time was not the charm for Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District officials who were seeking a tax increase. Unofficial results Tuesday show voters narrowly defeated the tax hike request by just nine votes; 951 against the measure to 942 in favor of it. Final tallies won’t be certified for a few weeks to ensure all mail-in ballots were received.

Fire district officials estimated the owner of a $250,000 home would have paid an additional $135 a year in property taxes if it had passed. The new rate would have generated roughly $1.1 million additional property tax revenue for the district, Chief John Nixon said.

Requests for a property tax hike also failed in 2006, 2009, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

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Bensenville Fire District news

This from Don Tessler:

New ambulance and utility truck for the Bensenville Fire District

Bensenville Fire District ambulance

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Bensenville Fire District Utility unit

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New ambulance for Calumet City

From the Foster Coach Sales website

New ambulance for the Calumet City Fire Department

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thanks Ron and Martin

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