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MVA with extrication on I294, 4-28-21

From the Associated Firefighters of Oak Brook IAFF Local 4646 Facebook page:

This evening Oak Brook Firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident that involved a prolonged extrication. Due to recent cuts in manpower, Oak Brook only had 2 firefighters available to man our squad and 1 firefighter available in a suv to handle this technical extrication. This incident required assistance from Berkley, Hillside, Oakbrook Terrace and York Center. The patient was extricated and transported to Loyola Hospital via helicopter.

Oak Brook Firefighters are currently working a vehicle accident with extrication on SB I294 in the area of 22nd St. Please use caution in the area.

serious damage to truck hitting another truck

Oak Brook Fire Department photo

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Oak Brook Fire Department news (more)

From Associated Firefighters of Oak Brook IAFF Local 4646:

At 7:30 this morning fire department staffing has been reduced by 27% a day. These decisions were made based on the agenda of a few of the current Oak Brook Trustees and certainly not with the safety of the residents and visitors of Oak Brook in mind. As always, we will do everything we can to respond to and handle your emergencies. We just want to make everyone aware that we are no longer able to staff the same amount of ambulances and fire equipment today that we could staff yesterday. With this change you may be waiting a little longer for us to respond to your emergencies. As a matter of fact, it might not even be us responding at all. You might be waiting for an ambulance or fire engine from a completely different town!

Oak Brook Fire Department reduction in staffing

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Oak Brook Fire Department news

From Associated Firefighters of Oak Brook IAFF Local 4646:

On April 1st the Village will be terminating its contract with Paramedic Services of Illinois (PSI) and eliminating 9 paramedics from the fire department. There have been multiple elected officials and now candidates for Oak Brook trustee that have stated there will be no reduction of service.

We know that seconds matter when it comes to all the different types of emergencies we respond to and reducing daily minimum staffing by 27% will certainly affect those response times.

But, you don’t have to just take our word for it. Take a listen to the clip below where Dr. Gopal Lalmalani, prior to being elected to Village President, urges the Board of Trustees not to eliminate 6 paramedics. April 1st, his board is eliminating 9 paramedics.

https://youtu.be/6JHulzt_2dA?t=10652

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Oak Brook Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Oak Brook’s police and fire chiefs explained Tuesday that the village’s daytime population doesn’t directly impact their determinations of staffing needs, comments that came after a preliminary report from a village committee questioned the number that has been used for several years. The report, from Oak Brook’s Long-Term Strategic Planning Advisory Committee, contends that village staffing levels may be based on a mistaken daytime population that has been greatly overstated.

Oak Brook staff and officials have often referenced a daytime population, with many business and corporate offices in the village, of about 100,000 in a town with about 8,000 residents. But the committee’s research indicates the current daytime population to be considerably lower — 40,000 to 42,000. The committee also stated that Oak Brook’s daytime population is a key determinate of the size and scope of the village’s overall staff size, particularly with the police and fire departments.

But Police Chief James Kruger and Fire Chief Barry Liss said other factors should be considered. Kruger did say that factors such as call load and activity rate are impacted by the daytime population, which includes those working at any of the many corporate offices and retail businesses in the village and that staffing is based on a daytime population of about 30,000.

A board member said that while he respects Kruger and Liss, he found it disingenuous to hear them say the daytime population figure hasn’t been a significant factor in determining staff needs because the 100,000 number has been brought up in staffing reports and  contract negotiations over the past nine years, 

A resident and member of the Long-Term Strategic Planning Advisory Committee suggested that staffing for Oak Brook’s fire department should be compared to other communities, and that many in Illinois use an extensive number of all volunteer or paid on-call firefighters, which Oak Brook does not do and that the preliminary report from the committee includes information that neighboring Westmont, which uses some paid on-call firefighters, spends considerably less per fire call than does Oak Brook.

 

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As seen around … Oak Brook

Oak Brook FD Squad 93

Steve Redick photo

Oak Brook FD Rescue 93

Steve Redick photo

Oak Brook FD Rescue 93

Chi-Town Fire Photos

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Oak Brook Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

A new three-year contract for Oak Brook firefighters provides for 2.5 percent annual salary increases and 15 to 20 percent employee contributions toward health insurance premiums, depending on the type of coverage chosen. Those components are the same as was the case in the previous contract, which ran from 2013 through 2015.

The final year of the previous contract called for firefighters to have a salary range of $62,154 to $83, 907, and for lieutenants to have salaries ranging from 73,599 to $99,358.

While that contract was effective as of Jan. 1. 2013, it wasn’t executed until June 23, 2014, about 1½ years after the effective date.

The contract covers 28 Oak Brook firefighters and firefighter/paramedics, but not the fire chief or three battalion chiefs nor contracted personnel.

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New squad for Oak Brook

As seen on Pierce MFG’s Instagram page 

new fire truck for Oak Brook IL

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New area apparatus orders

  • Des Plaines Fire Department  – Pierce Arrow XT pumper,  2,000-gpm pump, 750-gallon water tank, 25-gallon foam cell. Delivery in October.
  • Oak Brook Fire Department – Pierce Enforcer PUC pumper, 1,500-gpm pump, 1,000-gallon water tank, 20-gallon foam cell. Delivery in September.
  • Plainfield Fire Protection District – Pierce Enforcer tanker-pumper, 1,250-gpm pump, 3,000-gallon water tank. Delivery in October.
  • St. Charles Fire Department  – Pierce Dash CF PUC pumper, 1,500-gpm pump, 750-gallon water tank. Delivery in September.

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Oak Brook Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The union representing Oak Brook firefighters had its first negotiations session for a new contract with representatives of the village Monday, nearly nine months after the previous deal expired. Dave Kornfeind, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local Union 4646, an Oak Brook firefighter/paramedic, said firefighters presented proposals for a new contract, but wouldn’t provide details. The next negotiations session is scheduled for Oct. 14.

Fire Chief Barry Liss said the contract covers all sworn firefighter/paramedics and lieutenant/paramedics, totaling 28 people.

The previous contract ran for three years — from Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2015 — and remains in place until a new agreement is reached. The final year of the previous three-year contract called for firefighters to have a salary range of $62,154 to $83, 907, and for lieutenants to have salaries ranging from 73,599 to $99,358.

While that contract was effective as of Jan. 1. 2013, it wasn’t executed until June 23, 2014, about 1½ years after the effective date.

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New ambulance for Oak Brook

This from Josh Boyajian:

Oak Brook Medic 93 – 2015 IHC Terra Star/Horton Type I so 17059

Oak Broof Fire Department ambulance

Oak Brook Medic 93 – 2015 IHC Terra Star/Horton Type I. Josh Boyajian photo

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