Posts Tagged Oak Lawn FIre Department

As seen around … Maryland

Photos of Anne Arundel County FD Truck 31, formerly Oak Lawn FD Truck 3 found on Facebook

Photos of Anne Arundel County FD Truck 31, formerly Oak Lawn FD Truck 1 found on Facebook

Photos of Anne Arundel County FD Truck 31, formerly Oak Lawn FD Truck 1 found on Facebook

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As seen around … Oak Lawn

From chicagoland_fire_photos on Instagram:

A visit to oak lawn fd station 2 

Home to:
Engine 2 
Medic 2 
Spare engine 5 (not pictured) 
Spare medic 5 (not pictured) 
And an unknown chief (not pictured) 
Oak Lawn Fire Department Station 2

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House fire in Oak Lawn, 4-21-20

From Oak Lawn EMS-Fire-Rescue on Facebook

MABAS Division 21 Box 12- At 11:55PM, OLFD responded to a structure fire on S. 55th Ave in Oak Lawn with support from our mutual aid partners. The fire was extinguished. No one was home at the time of the fire. No injuries. Cause is under investigation. #YourLifeOurMission #ISOClass1
 

 

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As seen around … Oak Lawn

Oak Lawn Squad 1

Oak Lawn FD Squad 1

Oak Lawn FD Squad 1

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Oak Lawn Fire Department news

Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

A fire forced several residents out of their homes in Oak Lawn early Friday with some escaping by jumping out of windows.

The Oak Lawn Fire Department was called around 12 a.m. to an apartment building near the intersection of West 93rd Street and South Harlem Avenue. Fire officials said the fire was on the second floor and that a number of residents were hanging out of their windows.

“A couple of people actually jumped into their arms and had to be helped down the ladders,” Oak Lawn Fire Chief Mike Mavrogeorge said. “Two other residents were rescued from another apartment on the first floor. 

Fire officials said the cause of the fire was unclear and remained under investigation.

Excerpts from wgntv.com:

Several people had to be rescued and more than one dozen are displaced after a fire tore through an apartment building in Oak Lawn.

The fire started around midnight Friday in the 9300 block of South Harlem Avenue and when firefighters arrived some people were trapped on the second-floor. Crews used ladders to save at least seven people.

One resident was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene, but no serious injuries were reported.

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Oak Lawn Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Oak Lawn Fire Chief Michael Mavrogeorge is well aware of the contentious history that exists between his new employer and the rank-and-file members of the department he’s been charged to lead. The 47-year-old Mavrogeorge, who left his job as fire chief and emergency management director of St. Louis Downtown Airport to take over Oak Lawn’s fire department last month, said some very highly respected fire chiefs and firefighter union leaders even advised him against accepting the position for that reason. But after weighing the job offer for several weeks, he ultimately decided to take it, opting to embrace the challenge of leading a department whose relationship with village management has been rocky in recent years.

Oak Lawn and its firefighters have been at odds over minimum manning requirements since 2008, when the union filed a grievance against the village after it began staffing engines with three people, rather than four, as is stipulated in the contract. Unable to reach a compromise on contract language in the years since, the parties have relied on an arbitrator to adjudicate their labor disputes.

Despite offering $5.6 million to buy out the contested contract language and threatening to cancel a $1.35 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant awarded for the purpose of hiring seven new firefighters, the village again failed to win concessions from the union this past year before the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement. As a result, it appears likely that an arbitrator will once again settle the terms of the next contract.

In February, the village made good on its threat to abort the federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant — which officials said would have put Oak Lawn on the hook for $930,000 in matching funds — after the union declined to accept the village’s desired concessions, which involved the introduction of a new employee wage scale.

Union president Vince Griffin called the village’s decision to cancel the grant very unfortunate, both politically and financially for the village, and rejected assertions that the union had been intransigent and unwilling to compromise.

Mavrogeorge, who said he has experience getting groups with competing interests to work together, wasted little time wading into the minefield of labor relations in Oak Lawn. During a speech at the June 12 meeting where he was sworn in as chief, he told the village board and residents that change within the department was necessary.

“Today’s EMS and fire service is not the service of 50 years ago, 25 years ago or even 10 years ago. The most successful and effective departments across the nation understand this and the importance of innovating and changing to address new challenges and threats,” he said. “Evolution is the key. The reality of today’s EMS and fire service environment nationally is that approximately 75 percent of what we do involves medical care. Less than 3 percent of what we do involves working fires.”

“Let this department be as diverse as our community. Let us be the leader in recruiting women into the EMS and fire service, and cultivating them into the future leaders of this department,” he said. “Let us move forward from the past and into a new, brighter future. Let us understand what we were, what we are and most definitely and importantly what we can become with a new vision and willingness to evolve to address future challenges and threats. Let us work together to accomplish these goals.”

Mavrogeorge, who said he believes department staffing levels should be the purview of management, not a matter of collective bargaining, concluded his speech by promising to work with both sides to develop a sustainable staffing and deployment model that would balance the economic considerations of the village with the need to maintain safe operations for firefighters and the community.

He said that he wasn’t concerned if his speech had alienated some firefighters.

“You should be asking about the citizens of Oak Lawn and what is in their best interests, not focused on alienating the union,” he said. “These are all professionals who know that the status quo is broken. The years of labor strife have not been in the best interest of the citizens of Oak Lawn or the firefighters. I would hope that the members of the department will join me in finally putting an end to the labor strife and finding common ground that management and the union can agree on.”

Griffin, the union president, called it a misnomer to cite the proportionally higher number of EMS calls to which the department responds as a justification for downsizing the department.

“We go on a high number of calls,” he said, noting that Oak Lawn was one of the busiest departments in the state last year. “You still need personnel to respond to EMS and respond to any variety of calls we go on. To say fire service is now EMS-based and we don’t need personnel, I’d tend to say the more calls you go on, the more personnel you need to mitigate all emergency situations.”

“The only plan we currently have is to get to know everyone, understand what we were, what we are currently, and what we can become,” Mavrogeorge said. “Our goal is…to become the leader in providing pre-hospital emergency medical care; community risk reduction; and fire protection services with all employees being held to the highest level of ethical conduct, integrity, and public service.

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Oak Lawn Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Oaklawnleaf.com:

Oak Lawn Village Manager Larry Deetjen has hired Michael Mavrogeorge as the new fire chief and Zachary Riddle as deputy chief. A press release didn’t mention that the village plans to continue the same labor relations that have driven a wedge between management and the firefighters union but did mention that the two men have been briefed on the issues.

Mavrogeorge has served the last ten years as fire chief and emergency management director of the St. Louis Downtown Airport. He currently serves as vice president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Great Lakes Division. He is an instructor at the University of the Illinois Fire Service Institute in the Special Operations Training Program since 2005, and an instructor for the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training at Louisiana State University.

Deetjen called the fire department’s labor disputes the number one fiscal issue which is creating a negative impact for all departments due to the demands for funding. During this administration, he has successfully reduced the number of sworn personal in the department from 104 to 65.

The village manager, mayor, and the majority of the board have told the firefighter’s union that due to the reduced staffing, there are too many officers. The administration is expected to demand that the number of officers be reduced and that the starting salary for new firefighters be reduced.

According to sources within the fire department’s union membership and former membership, the village manager intends to push for a reduction in minimum manning in court once again. The village has been previously unable to reduce the number despite spending millions in legal fees.

Deetjen, perhaps in reference to outsourcing paramedic service, noted in the press release that the two men “…will exploit opportunities and partnerships  when such actions complement customer service and the Village’s million, values and fiscal constraints.”

Riddle has served as the deputy chief of operations for the Bloomingdale Fire Protection District No. 1. He rose through the ranks holding the positions of captain/acting shift commander in addition to other capacities for the Pleasantview Fire Protection District, serving the communities of Countryside, Indian Head Park, Hodgkins and parts of Burr Ridge, Willowbrook and LaGrange-Highlands. He is also a career officer achieving the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, and served as chief of staff in the 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade with assignments overseas.

Both men assumed their positions on Wedensday June 13th.

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Oak Lawn Fire Department news

Excerpts from the OakLawnLeaf.com:

Last year, the Village of Oak Lawn received public accolades for accepting a SAFER Grant to hire additional firefighters. Well, it turns out that the village administration’s acceptance was conditioned on the fire department members’ union, Local 3405, agreeing to a reduction in the minimum manning numbers that have been, and continue to be, the biggest disagreement since Governor Rauner met Speaker Madigan.  In any case, the village has notified the union that since there was no agreement, the village has cancelled the acceptance of the $1,347,000 federal grant. The union, which stayed out of the last municipal election because it didn’t want things to get worse if the mayor won, has recently filed another unfair labor practice against the village. One former firefighter told us, “There have been so many (Unfair Labor Practice complaints), we’ve lost count.”  The anti-union actions haven’t hurt the board politically so don’t expect any change in rhetoric or action.

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Oak Lawn Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the OakLawnLeaf.com:

Oak Lawn’s former Fire Chief George Sheets submitted his resignation recently after the mayor and board of trustees butted heads with the chief on questions of policy regarding the ongoing labor negotiations with the Oak Lawn Professional Fire Fighters Local 3405.

According to sources close to Sheets, the former chief vehemently disagreed with the board majority’s edict that he support a reduction in the minimum manning number as well as other hard line stances. The same sources said that he agreed that a reduction would be acceptable but the board’s number was  too low and other ideas were morale killers that wouldn’t be approved in arbitration or in a court case.

Sheets had been a stalwart supporter of the mayor and the board majority even allowing the mayor to use his name in a political mailer in which he disavowed his own public comments regarding the fire department. Despite that support, sources close to Sheets said that the pressure of working with a board that micromanages the department had gotten to him and the last year has been one in which he was seen as disloyal.

Sheets also served as chief of Chicago Ridge but recently questioned the arrangement noting that he had 15 bosses including two mayors, one village manager, and 12 trustees. In addition to the union negotiations, he reportedly disagreed with the board’s decision to rescind its SAFER Grant application.

Sheets told several individuals that he believes the members of the department need to be treated with respect during negotiations and the hard line demands of the village manager and the board are unreasonable.

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Oak Lawn Fire Department news

Excerpts from the oaklawnleaf.com:

Oak Lawn Fire Chief George Sheets, who has pulled double duty as chief of neighboring Chicago Ridge, is out as the fire chief of Oak Lawn. The specifics of how, why, when, and where are being sorted out but the who in the story so far is Sheets. Chicago Ridge’s Mayor sent a letter to Oak Lawn’s Village Manager Larry Deetjen last Thursday informing him that Chicago Ridge was ending the arrangement that has been in place since July of 2014 and which allowed both village leaders to pat themselves on the back for thinking outside the box. Tokar’s letter did not have an explanation although according to Chicago Ridge sources, Tokar met with Sheets and another employee of the village last week. Shortly thereafter, Sheets met with Oak Lawn’s village manager. Sheets has been chief in Oak Lawn for nine years and has 36 years of fire service in various fire departments.

Sheets appeared in a controversial piece of literature paid for by Mayor Sandra Bury’s campaign in 2017 and is considered a favorite of Deetjen. However, Sheets dropped the other shoe and announced to the fire department that he is retiring as of July 2018. But wait, there’s more because on Tuesday the village manager is asking the board to approve an agreement that removes Sheets as chief but places him in some kind of advisory role that doesn’t exist in the Illinois Municipal Code for a fire department employee. That’s a very long transition period and not standard operating procedure. If you’re confused, stay tuned because the village board will be asked to vote for this agreement even though it isn’t on the agenda for Tuesday. If you look at the agenda, it states, Action on Executive Session Items.  Who’s hiding what and where are they hiding it?

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