Illinois News

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Buffalo Grove, firefighters agree to new three-year deal

The Buffalo Grove village board approved a new three-year deal with its firefighters Monday that will give the union members a 2 percent raise next year. Fire Chief Mike Baker called the deal a "status quo" renewal of the village's contract with International Association of Firefighters, Local 3177 that expired at the end of April. The agreement contains a 2 percent pay increase for the firefighters, retroactive to May 1. Salary hikes in the last two years of the deal will be negotiated separately, according to village documents. The minimum and starting annual salary is $61,674. After seven years of employment, firefighters can earn more than $100,500. Baker said the number of available health plans dropped from three to two, one an HMO and another a PPO.
Illinois Daily Herald

Evanston Fire Department considers implementation of mobile integrated healthcare, drones

The Evanston Fire Department announced at a Tuesday meeting that it is considering the implementation of mobile healthcare as part of its community outreach program. In its first ever community meeting, the fire department sought input from Evanston residents for a review of their 2014 strategic plan, which remains in effect until 2020. Division chief Paul Polep said though EFD primarily interacts with community members “at their worst moments,” the department is trying to expand its outreach. But four police department officials were greeted Tuesday night by an empty room at the Levy Senior Center.
Daily Northwestern

Arlington Heights boosts ambulance fee, but only nonresidents pay

Arlington Heights will increase its ambulance transport fee by 275 percent, though officials say only uninsured nonresidents who use an ambulance while in town would actually have to pay the higher fees. As of Nov. 1, the village will charge $1,500 per transport and add a charge of $12 per mile -- though deductibles, co-payments, mileage or other associated costs for village residents would be waived under a plan approved by the village board this week. That means a nonresident who isn't covered by insurance, Medicare or Medicaid would have to pay the fee, though Deputy Fire Chief Bernie Lyons said the village would take a "compassionate approach" to the collection of fees. Officials say patients who claim a hardship would be directed to the village's emergency assistance program. Those who provide a hardship letter from their hospital could get a write-off, as is currently the case with homeless patients.
Illinois Daily Herald

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Grants will upgrade Tazewell fire departments

Among health and safety concerns facing firefighters, hearing loss doesn’t readily come to mind – except among firefighters. “It’s a big concern in the fire prevention business,” Pekin Fire Department Chief Kurt Nelson said Monday. Inside a racing fire engine with its siren blaring, “The noise is so loud you can’t hear yourself talk.” A grant from the Illinois American Water Co. will help address that issue in Pekin, while similar grants to three nearby fire departments will provide upgrades to their members’ safety and equipment.
Washington Times-Reporter

Morton paramedics respond to more than emergencies

The dozen full-time paramedics in the Morton Fire Department want to do more in the community than help people during a medical emergency. So in 2014, a year after forming a union, they established the Morton Paramedic Local 4952 Charitable Foundation. The paramedics’ next event is judging a chili cook-off Oct. 26 at Morton Terrace HealthCare and Rehabilitation Centre. Joe Yerly, a Morton paramedic since 2000 after serving for four years as a Morton volunteer firefighter, said the money raised by paramedics isn’t used for collective bargaining or other union-related business.
Washington Times-Reporter

Firefighter hurt, house badly damaged in Lisle blaze

Investigators from the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District are probing the cause of a Saturday blaze that sent one firefighter to the hospital and left a house uninhabitable on the 2000 block of Pebble Creek Drive in Lisle. Authorities said a passer-by reported the fire at 1:37 p.m. Saturday and the first firefighters arrived about four minutes later to find heavy fire in the roof and attic area. No family members were home at the time. Firefighters brought the blaze under control in about 35 minutes, but crews remained on the scene for several hours to perform salvage duties and overhaul burned areas of the structure. One firefighter was treated and released from a hospital for unspecified injuries. Lisle-Woodridge units were assisted on the scene by firefighters from Downers Grove, Darien-Woodridge, Lombard, Naperville, Warrenville and Wheaton.
Illinois Daily Herald

Tolono: Police, fire and EMS participate in mass casualty drill

Police, fire and EMS crews raced to Unity West Elementary School to participate in a mass casualty training drill Monday night. The Tolono Fire Department hosted the exercise, and created a crisis scenario where dozens of people were facetiously injured after the gym bleachers collapsed. "We're preparing for let’s say a Friday night football game where there's a collapse at the school,” Tolono Assistant Fire Chief Chris Humor said. “So at that point we have a lot of victims because everyone is in the stands. Those types of calls aren't as frequent, so it's good to practice those so we are prepared for that type of an event." The Tolono Fire Department brought in neighboring agencies to assist in the drill.
WRSP/WCCU-TV My Fox Illinois

Urbana Fire Department investigates Cureton Drive house fire

The Urbana Fire Department is investigating a house fire that happened on the 200 block of Cureton Drive. Fire crews responded to the call just after 3 p.m. Monday. Firefighters say the flames started on the outside of the house and made its way inside through the attic. The homeowner's daughter and two cats were home at the time, but all made it out safely.
WRSP/WCCU-TV My Fox Illinois

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