Archive for October 7th, 2020

Mattoon Fire Department news

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During a meeting Tuesday night, the Mattoon City Council voted unanimously without additional discussion to approve a memorandum of understanding with Mattoon Firefighters Local 691 to reduce the minimum certification requirement for newly hired firefighters from EMT-paramedic to EMT-basic.

The union has called for the city to bring staffing back up to 30 firefighters as required by the current contract, which was set to expire in 2018 but is still in place until a new contract is reached. The Mattoon Fire Department currently has approximately 22 firefighters on staff. City officials have said that they are having trouble finding candidates who have paramedic certification.

Under the memorandum, there are provisions for new hires to obtain paramedic certification while they are working in the fire department. The temporary reduction in EMT requirements will expire when the city and union execute a new contract.

The two parties are also going through an Illinois Labor Relations Board hearing process, in which the city is appealing a recent ruling that the Mattoon Fire Department’s ambulance service should be reinstated. The city shuttered its service on July 25, 2018 as a cost-cutting measure and now relies solely on a private provider.

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Chicago Fire Department news

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A charred car is all that’s left in one garage after a string of arsons in one Chicago neighborhood, but a video of the arsonist at work has surfaced showing a man who set a series of fires walking down an alley. 

Surveillance of an alley shows a man apparently starting a fire then walking away from a trash bin. The fire burned hot and quick. One garage was engulfed.  Detectives said they’re looking for a man fitting the image on video is responsible for a string of arsons also in Logan Square back on August 25.

Chicago police are looking into the incidents, saying they are open investigations and could not comment any further. If a pattern can be confirmed, a community alert will be issued.


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New Engine for Prospect Heights (more)

Updated production photos of the new engine for Prospect Heights

stainless steel fire engine being built

Alexis Fire photo

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New engine for Batavia Fire Department

From the Legacy Fire Apparatus Facebook page:

Congratulations to the Batavia, IL Fire Department! This is going to be a beautiful new custom pumper. Thank you for your trust in the Sutphen Corporation and in Legacy Fire Apparatus. 
drawing of new Sutphen pumper for the Batavia Fire Department

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thanks Scott

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