Details outlined in Oak Lawn/Chicago Ridge fire chief-sharing deal
Oak Lawn Fire Chief George Sheets will have full responsibility over the Chicago Ridge Fire Department, but staffing remains the job of the Chicago Ridge mayor and trustees, according to an agreement approved by each village board. The SouthtownStar obtained copies of the agreement through Illinois’ freedom of information law.
Under the unusual arrangement, approved by Chicago Ridge on July 15 and Oak Lawn on July 8, Sheets will have “all of the traditional powers and authorities” and will be in charge of “all personnel, equipment, apparatus and staff vehicles” for the Chicago Ridge department through 2016.
Its staffing “shall continue to be the sole and exclusive responsibility” of the mayor and trustees, but Sheets is in charge of discipline of fire personnel, the agreement states.
It says Chicago Ridge, which has 13 firefighter/paramedics, will pay one-third of Sheets’ annual salary because he is expected to spend “no less than one-third of his time at the Chicago Ridge Fire Department providing managerial and administrative duties.” Sheets became Chicago Ridge’s fire chief July 15, so the village this year will pay one-third of his salary over 5.5 months, or $37,695. Chicago Ridge will continue to pay a third of his salary during 2015 and 2016, the length of the existing contract.
Under the agreement, Sheets’ job in Chicago Ridge can be “discontinued at any time and for any lawful reason’ by the mayor. However, if that were to happen, Chicago Ridge would be liable for paying Sheets through 2016.
Sycamore Fire Department to get new fire engine
The Sycamore Fire Department will use a $384,750 grant to buy a fire engine. The fire engine will become a front line engine, and the current front line engine will replace an engine that is more than 35 years old, according to a news release from Sycamore.
The grant makes up about 95 percent of the total cost of the fire engine, $405,000; the city will pay the remaining cost, according to Sycamore.
The city will advertise for bids or requests for proposals within the coming months and expects that once a contract is awarded, it will be about nine months before the new engine is received, according to the city.
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North Chicago replaces fire departments outdated breathing equipment
The oxygen tanks firefighters use to enter burning buildings or when smoke conditions outside are dangerous are essential — and North Chicago’s Fire Department is celebrating because it can finally replace its old ones. “Our old equipment was from 2002 and it was so obsolete that we couldn’t repair it. They no longer made the parts for it,” Fire Chief Dell Urban said.
This week the department announced it had obtained 30 new self-contained breathing apparatuses, a significant upgrade over the old equipment, with the help of a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant. They also got a new Cascade system, which refills the bottles.
“We have the 2002 edition now and it [new equipment] came in the nick of time,” she said.
“The new ones have built in safety provisions and they increase our air from 30 minutes to 45 minutes so we have more time for search and recovery,” Urban said.
They will also have emergency oxygen bottles for when a firefighter gets trapped inside a structure that gives rescuers 60 minutes of air time.
“I’m really excited. We have to do some mandatory training and then they should be in service in a couple of weeks,” she said, adding firefighter Brett Clark was instrumental in researching the equipment that was purchased.
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Fire destroys Mattoon business
Fire tore through an insulation business Sunday night. It started around 10:30 pm, on Dewitt Avenue. It took several crews more than four hours to get the flames under control. No one was seriously hurt, but a firefighter got debris in his eye while working and was sent to the hospital. Authorities say he'll be okay.
Officials say the fire possibly started next door at a storage facility to the west, and strong winds pushed the flames over to Insulation Services. The State Fire Marshal is now investigating.
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Galesburg: Live fire sprinkler simulation unit
Smoke detectors save lives. Now city leaders in Galesburg are considering making another fire fighting tool. Sprinklers, mandatory in all new homes. The Galesburg fire department showed how installing sprinklers in homes could make a difference between life and death.
"By adding sprinklers, you increase your chance of surviving a fire by seventy percent,” said Dan Foley, Galesburg Fire Marshall.
Monday night Galesburg city council will hold a work session to discuss changing building codes to require sprinklers in one and two family homes
"The only debate is… is it worth it. And that's an important public debate to have 90 communities already have the required in one and two family homes, all of California requires it and we just see that that's the future,” said Foley.
Galesburgs fire department is using this simulator to show just what a difference sprinklers can make saying there is no question adding sprinklers would save lives.
“Statistics show we're only got about 3–4 minutes to get out of the house now which isn't a lot of time. It’s in homes. That's where we fall through constriction going to the basement and this would dramatically if we could flip a switch and have everybody sprinklered we would reduce the number of deaths and injuries to firefighters and civilians.
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Chicago-area fire departments ’Fire Up A Cure’ for Pediatric Cancer
Local firefighters will raise money to help fight pediatric cancer at The Cure It Foundation's third annual Fire Up A Cure event on Sat., July 26. The event, which is open to the public, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Saint Xavier University's Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. To purchase tickets, please visit the Cure It Foundation's website or contact 872- 222-5437. Fire Up A Cure will bring together firefighters from across Illinois to compete in a series of challenges to raise awareness and funding for pediatric cancer clinical trials and for local children who are battling this illness. Events will include a fire truck pull, a hot wing eating contest sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings, an obstacle course, inflatable jousting, tug-of-war, and more. Pediatric cancer patients will serve as honorary coaches for each team.
In addition to the firefighter competitions, the event features concessions and entertainment for the entire family. Children's activities will include an inflatable fire truck slide, an obstacle course, a kids' fire pole to slide down, real fire trucks for children to explore, face painting, a photo booth and a balloon artist.
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