Archive for July 13th, 2019

Woodstock Fire/Rescue District news

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With an extra $1.25 million a year from a voter-approved tax increase, the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District has big plans to add personnel and upgrade equipment, but until that property tax money starts rolling in about mid-2020, the Board of Trustees is sweating the small stuff.

At issue was how the district could find $5,250 to buy a barely used UTV from the Wonder Lake Fire District, an expense that wasn’t budgeted. Woodstock Chief Mike Hill wanted the vehicle as a brush truck, replacing a pickup truck mounted with a water tank and pump. The district’s brush truck was totaled in a traffic accident last winter, and insurance money went for a new pickup, but it’s not ideal for chasing field fires in muddy, swampy  fields in rural areas.

In the end, the board figured it could draw on the district’s contingency fund, which had about $10,000.

The previous month, the board approved 4.5 percent raises for the district’s mechanic and the chief’s executive assistant, which Hill said he had budgeted.

In other business, the board was told a year-long study, Community Risk Assessment & Standards of Cover, has been completed to prepare the district for creating a four-year strategic plan. The report includes a history of the fire/rescue service, an inventory of human and physical resources, and a risk assessment of more than 900 buildings throughout the district.

The 86-page report one of the biggest administrative projects ever taken on by the district. The goal was to use the information to improve response times for the fire and ambulance service.

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Buffalo Grove Fire Department news

From the Buffalo Grove Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Local 3177 Facebook page:

Congratulations to our most senior “blue shirt” Firefighter/Paramedic Randy Buttliere on his retirement.

Firefighter/Paramedic Randy Buttliere

Firefighter/Paramedic Randy Buttliere

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Buffalo Grove FD Firefighter/Paramedic Randy Buttliere

Buffalo Grove FD Firefighter/Paramedic Randy Buttliere

After 30 years of service to the citizens of Buffalo Grove, Firefighter/Paramedic Randy Buttliere is retiring on July 17, 2019. Randy began his career in the fire service in 1982 as an Explorer with the Niles Fire Department, was then a Paid-On-Call member of the North Main Fire Protection District in 1986 and went on to work part-time in the Glenbrook Fire Protection District (which was since absorbed by the Glenview Fire Department) before coming to Buffalo Grove in July of 1989. Randy held several positions in the Department including being a 20-year Dive Team member. Randy also trained and tested Department personnel in emergency driving and has been responsible for ensuring the safety of the fire hose carried on all Fire Department vehicles.

Randy received the Village ABCD Award in 2006 for an event that occurred during the summer of 2005 when a resident’s basement was flooding. Station 25, where Randy was stationed, was dispatched to assist. The sump pump in the home had failed and the homeowner needed a new pump. As it was late at night, Randy went to his own home, brought back his back-up sump pump, and let the resident use it until the morning when he could buy a new pump.

Randy has always been an aficionado of fire vehicles and will be a sales representative for a major fire apparatus manufacturer after he retires. Randy is the last active member of the Department to still live in Buffalo Grove.

The Village of Buffalo Grove wishes Randy and his family all of the best in their future! 


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North Chicago Fire Department news

From the North Chicago Firefighters IAFF Local 3271 Facebook page:

Our brother Keith Peacy has been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and has the fight of his life coming. Let stand together in Keith’s corner while he kicks cancers colon. Keith is a 16 year veteran with NCFD and has spend countless hours helping the less fortunate while on mission trips to Haiti. He is also a member of the WHFD. Now its time to help our brother out.

North Chicago Firefighter Keith Peacy



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Chicago FD Hazardous Incident Team 5-1-1

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:

Here are some updated shots of Chicago’s Hazmat Company 5-1-1. Quartered at Engine 16, HIT 5-1-1 also has 5-1-1A which is the support vehicle with extra equipment and 5-1-11, which is the mobile lab. 5-1-11 also has the robot for suspicious packages and what not.

Squad 5-1-1 – FDG534 – 2002 American LaFrance Eagle heavy rescue
Squad 5-1-1A – FDG555 – 2006 International Hackney 
Mobile Lab 5-1-11 – FDG569 – 2006 Ford F650 JC Supreme 
Coordinator 5-1-0 – FDB633 – 2018 Ford Explorer 
Chicago FD Haz Mat chief 5-1-0

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Chicago FD Haz Mat Unit 5-1-1

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Chicago FD Haz Mat Unit 5-1-1A

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Chicago FD Haz Mat Unit 5-1-11

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