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Clarendon Hills Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from patch.com:

The Clarendon Hills village manager expressed frustration Monday with members of the fire department in the continuing controversy over whether the village should buy a new ladder truck. For months, he has looked at the possibility of sharing a ladder truck with another town, mostly likely Hinsdale. As a result, he said, department employees, family members, and other interested residents have conducted a public relations campaign to convince the village board to end the debate and buy a new ladder truck. Meanwhile, the fire chief said he is not allowed to talk to media about the issue.

The expected price of a new truck has soared to $1.4 million, from $1 million and the current one is nearing the end of its useful life.

In a memo, the village manager listed seven communities with populations similar to the combined population of Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills. Each of them have one ladder truck, unlike the two in Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills. The other towns are Batavia, Glen Ellyn, Melrose Park, Oak Forest, Westmont, Wilmette, and Elmwood Park, plus there are 16 towns about the size of Clarendon Hills that a ladder truck including Calumet Park, Hillside, Princeton, River Forest, Riverside, and West Dundee.

La Grange, which is nearly double the size of Clarendon Hills, has been without a ladder truck for more than a decade. Last month, La Grange fought a fire in a three-story house with Hinsdale and Westmont providing ladder trucks. Usually, La Grange relies on the Pleasantview Fire Protection District for a ladder truck, but they weren’t available.

Last fall, Clarendon Hills officials met with La Grange’s fire chief to discuss operations, and learned that La Grange has seen no notable negative results being without a ladder truck and that they have an informal relationship with neighboring departments to provide support if needed. 

For this year’s budget, the village has earmarked $30,000 for a consultant to look at the issue of fire department vehicles.

Proponents of a new ladder truck say the village’s insurance rating would likely drop without one in town, increasing residents’ insurance premiums. At a Public Safety Committee meeting in November, the chief was concerned about the impact on the department’s staffing model if it were provided with inferior equipment.

A former village trustee in favor of a new ladder truck suggested the village eliminate the assistant village manager’s position and the $50,000-a-year contract with the local chamber of commerce.

Last fall, the Hinsdale village president their village board that the two towns have an intergovernmental agreement that calls for sharing fire personnel, equipment, and vehicles. He wondered whether Clarendon Hills needed to spend so much money on a ladder truck when Hinsdale had one.

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New engine for the Manhattan FPD (more)

From Bill Schreiber:

Manhattan FPD rescue pumper update

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#BigRedR; #rosenbaueramerica; #FireTruck

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#BigRedR; #rosenbaueramerica; #FireTruck

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#BigRedR; #rosenbaueramerica; #FireTruck

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New buggies for Chicago battalion chiefs (more)

More on the New buggies for Chicago battalion chiefs

new Ford Explorer for the Chicago FD

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new Ford Explorer for the Chicago FD

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New home for South Elgin engine (more)

More on the New home for South Elgin engine from Danny Nelms:

Engine that formally belonged to the South Elgin Fire Department and has spent the last several years in Pennsylvania was was listed for sale several weeks ago. In light of the devastation from the tornado in Mayfield/Graves County Kentucky, Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Company #2 decided to donate the rig to the Mayfield/Graves County Fire and Rescue Squad whose firehouse was destroyed along with several pieces of apparatus.
 
The Seagrave engine was loaded on a flatbed trailer and departed for Kentucky in the late evening hours of December 16th. 

In light of the devastation from the tornado in Mayfield/Graves County Kentucky, Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Company #2 decided to donate the rig to the Mayfield/Graves County Fire and Rescue Squad whose firehouse was destroyed along with several pieces of apparatus.

A similar South Elgin engine from our files:

South Elgin & Countryside FPD Engine 1 - 1987 Seagrave fire engine

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Protecting America’s First Responders Act (PL 117-61)

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Excerpts from wgntv.com:

A cancer diagnosis is enough to darken anyone’s spirit but, thanks to some special volunteers, a number of Chicago area families may have a brighter outlook this holiday season. 

At Rachel Clark and Eric Anderson’s home in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood, there were no Christmas lights Friday afternoon. The couple has six children and this has been an exceptionally challenging year.  Their 4-year-old daughter Georgianna “Georgie”  was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. 

So between, work, parenting, chemo, and blood draws, holiday decorations were an afterthought this year.

Enter the Lights and Ladders Brigade. More than 60 area firefighters rolled up in trucks and spent the next hour decorating the home for free. They gave help and in many ways also gave hope to this household and made the burden a little lighter. 

This was one of six homes the lights and ladders brigade decorated on the South Side of Chicago and in some of the south suburbs Friday.  

The Lights and Ladders Brigade is a volunteer group and all of the decorations come from donations. It is a partnership between the charities Finley Forever FoundationChristmas Without Cancer and The Tom Hopkins Foundation – all with the common goal to light up the lives of people battling cancer during this holiday season.

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Fire Service news – Storm Lake, IA

Excerpts from kicdam.com:

A change of leadership is underway at the Storm Lake Fire Department as long time Chief Mike Jones enters into retirement. Jones joined the fire service in the mid-1990s climbing the ladder of command until becoming fire chief in 2001. 

Incoming Chief Glenn Schlesser has been a firefighter for more than 20 years and most recently served the Chicago area. He says it is important for a community like Storm Lake to continue having a full-time leader serving on the fire department.

Chief Schlesser wants to focus on recruitment now that he is in Storm Lake along with continuing practices that keep firefighters safe in a constantly changing industry.

Excerpts from the StormLakeTimes.com:

The City of Storm Lake has named a Chicagoland fire captain and 911 dispatcher as its next fire chief, according to documents from a civil service commission meeting.

The commission named Glenn Schlesser, a former fire district chief in Northwest Indiana and full-time employee of Navy Pier fire squad in downtown Chicago, as the only eligible candidate to succeed Chief Mike Jones, who’s retiring after 38 years with the SLFD. 

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Chicago Blackhawks Firefighter Appreciation Night

2021 Chicago Blackhawks Firefighter Appreciation Night

Hello,

I’m excited to share that Firefighter Appreciation Night is now on sale! 

The game is on December 13 against the Calgary Flames and this special offer includes a limited edition Challenge Coin with every ticket purchase and donation to the 100 Club of Illinois and Chicago Widows and Orphans Fund.

We’d love to help you save some money and sit together with groups of 10 or more! Just give me a call and we can make it happen. 

Thank you,

AJ

 

2021 Chicago Blackhawks Firefighter Appreciation Night

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2-Alarm fire in Oak Park, 11-23-21 (more)

More from the 2-Alarm fire in Oak Park, 11-23-21  from Chi-Town Fire Photos

Oak Park, IL had an extra alarm fire at 1034 Lake Street. A big old 3.5-sty ordinary taxpayer building. Sounds like fire started in the rear on the first floor, and just took off. First-in companies Boxed it on arrival and found heavy fire throughout the 3-sty enclosed back porches. Fire had already entered the building on the upper floors and in the cockloft. Companies made numerous attempts at an aggressive interior attack but were pushed back by high heat and smoke on the 3rd floor. The incident ended up going to a 2nd Alarm and went completely defensive. I arrived about 10 minutes into the fire. 

Firefighters with hose lines battle a fire

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Oak Park FD fire engine at fire scene

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massive smoke from building fire

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massive smoke from building fire

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Firefighters climb ladder immersed in heavy smoke

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massive smoke from building fire

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E-ONE super tiller battles fire

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E-ONE super tiller battles fire

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Stickney fire engine at fire scene

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heavy smoke and flames from building roof

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Firefighters climb E-ONE tower ladder immersed in heavy smoke

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Firefighters climb E-ONE tower ladder immersed in heavy smoke

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Firefighters climb E-ONE tower ladder immersed in heavy smoke

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Box Alarm fire in Lockport, 11-23-21

This from Mike Lopina:

Still alarm for a reported fire in a 3rd floor apartment at 1000 S State St in Lockport. Engine 1 arrived and found a fire in the wall on the 3rd floor D side and in the cockloft. The fire was upgraded to a full still and then to a Box alarm on Box 1H. 

Still: E1, 2, 4, 5 T6 A5, 6 BN11
 
Full Still: E3 A3 Homer E32 Romeoville Eng 21 New Lenox TL61 NW Homer Amb 1714 Mokena Amb 93 Lemont BN 9, Homer DC 3001
 
Box: Darien Woodridge Eng 90 Plainfield Eng 1941 Bolingbrook Eng 5 Lemont TL 949 Manhattan Sqd 81 Bolingbrook Amb 2 Romeoville Amb 22 Orland BN 1 New Lenox BN61
fire trucks on scene at night

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