Archive for August 21st, 2020

Palatine Fire Department news

house fire at 1065 N. Smith St in Palatine 8-18-20

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Fatal plane crash in Rockford, 8-20-20

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One person has died after a twin-engine airplane crashed Thursday while attempting a takeoff at the Chicago Rockford International Airport. There was only one person aboard the Beechcraft Super King Air, which burned after impact. The flames were extinguished within about 10 minutes by Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Services crews.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, which happened about 3:40 p.m. shortly after the plane left the runway. The FAA said it will release the aircraft’s tail number after investigators verify it at the crash site.

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Fire Service News

Alexis Fire Equipment Company now available on HGAC


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There are no annual membership dues required to purchase thru HGACBuy.

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Mattoon Fire Department news

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The Illinois Labor Relations Board has ruled in favor of the Mattoon Fire Department over a dispute about privatizing ambulance service. In a 21-page ruling, the board says the ambulance service should return as it operated in 2018.

The fire department operated an advanced life support ambulance service from 2010 to 2018 and the Mattoon City Council voted to eliminate it as a cost savings measure. The Mattoon Firefighters Association, Local 691 ?filed a grievance, saying the adoption of the resolution violated its collective bargaining agreement.

The city can appeal the ruling. Read the full ruling here.

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