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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Cluchey named new chief of Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District


The Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District’s new chief, Joseph M. Cluchey, is looking forward to becoming an integral part of the community. Having previously worked his way up through the ranks to become the chief of the South Elgin & Countryside Fire Protection District, Cluchey has the experience and background that Elburn was looking for in a new leader. After a nationwide search that began with 49 applicants, Cluchey was the district’s top choice. He was sworn in as the new chief Nov. 14. “He caught everybody’s eye,” fire district board member Brian Schopp said. Schopp said that having dealt with the tremendous growth that has taken place in South Elgin since Cluchey joined the department in 1981, he feels Cluchey is well-prepared to shepherd Elburn through its upcoming growth and challenges.
Kane County Chronicle

Rock Falls and Sterling at odds over dispatch director hiring process


The emergency dispatch consolidation process in Whiteside County has hit a rough patch. Rock Falls Mayor Bill Wescott was at Monday's Sterling City Council meeting to voice his displeasure over the hiring process for a dispatch director. Wescott, a former emergency services professional, recounted the county's history with 911 services. "It was 24 years ago that emergency 911 came into being in Whiteside County, and at the time, we didn't do one center for Sterling and Rock Falls, as many thought we should have," Wescott said. Fast-forward to the present, and both cities no longer will be allowed to have public safety answering points. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill July 31, 2015, that allows no more than two emergency dispatch centers in counties with a population of 250,000 or less. Whiteside County now has dispatch units in Sterling, Rock Falls, and Morrison.
SaukValley.com

Edwardsville Fire Department in need of an ambulance fix


Following a recent ambulance collision, the Edwardsville Fire Department addressed the Public Safety Committee at Tuesday’s meeting to discuss the possibility of remounting or replacing the ambulance involved. Due to extensive damage, the ambulance was totaled. Edwardsville Fire Department Captain James Whiteford said currently the department and the insurance company are trying to figure out the best and cheapest solution. “We are still waiting on the insurance company to decide what they want to do about that. Their two options are to just pay to replace it or send it down to Alabama to the manufacturer, have them evaluate whether it can be repaired and added on to a new chassis. The insurance company has not made that decision yet. I suspect they’re trying to figure out how much it’s going to cost to send it to Alabama and get the information and weigh that against replacing the whole thing,” Whiteford said.
Edwardsville Intelligencer

Dixon firefighters see red for the holidays


If you drive by the Dixon Rural or Dixon City fire departments, you’ll see a wreath hanging above each department’s firehouse doors. The wreaths are adorned with red lights – and firefighters want to keep it that way. Members of both departments have again joined the Keep the Wreath Red Campaign to help raise awareness of holiday-related fires. While Christmas brings a lot of joy, it also brings an increased risk of fires, with extension chords snaking in and around homes, dry Christmas trees, and lights galore.
SaukValley.com

Property tax rates in Quincy to remain unchanged


The property tax rate in Quincy may not be going up after all after new numbers from the state show that the city may not need it. City officials planned to raise property taxes to help meet a state law requiring more money be put into police and firefighter pensions, but Mayor Kyle Moore now says the property tax rate will stay the same. Moore says state numbers came in lower than they expected. With property values going up in the city, the current tax rate will allow them to put in hundreds of thousands more towards then pension than targets set out by the Department of Insurance.
WGEM-TV Quincy


Monday, December 5, 2016

Schaumburg Fire Department Welcomes New Deputy Chief


The Village of Schaumburg Fire Department is pleased to announce that Capt. Dan Johnson has been sworn in as the new Deputy Chief of Operations effective immediately. Johnson most recently served the Schaumburg Fire Department as a captain and a shift commander. "The Schaumburg Fire Department has a proud 50-year history of leadership dedicated to professionalism and excellent service to the community, and I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the men and women of our department and our community," Johnson said.
Illinois Daily Herald

Oak Lawn settles with firefighter dismissed following on-duty phone-sex probe


An Oak Lawn firefighter who was dismissed in February after being accused of dialing phone sex providers while on duty has reached a six-figure settlement agreement with the village over his termination, officials said. Robert Lanz, a 15-year veteran of the Oak Lawn Fire Department, will receive a combined $100,000 — $42,040 for his accrued paid time-off benefits and an additional sum of $57,960 — and have all records of being disciplined over the phone sex allegations rescinded and removed from his personnel file, according to the terms of the agreement. He will be considered to have resigned Feb. 16, rather than terminated, and will be entitled to collect his accrued paid time-off benefits, which had been specifically designated for him, as a result, village officials said.
The Daily Southtown - Metered Site

Danville alderman sets public meeting over fire-station cuts


The Village of Schaumburg Fire Department is pleased to announce that Capt. Dan Johnson has been sworn in as the new Deputy Chief of Operations effective immediately. Johnson most recently served the Schaumburg Fire Department as a captain and a shift commander. "The Schaumburg Fire Department has a proud 50-year history of leadership dedicated to professionalism and excellent service to the community, and I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the men and women of our department and our community," Johnson said.
Champaign News-Gazette

Rockford firefighters help veteran battling cancer


Three months ago Anthony Johnson received a diagnosis of Stage 2 rectal cancer. Today he was given a promising outlook from his oncologist, along with a check for $3,600. The 58-year-old Rockford man served in both the U.S. Army and Marines and has undergone radiation and chemotherapy since August. He has been unable to find employment because of his condition but hopes to get back to work following his final treatments in January. The money comes as a donation from members of Rockford Firefighters Local 413, who did a T-shirt fundraiser for breast cancer awareness month to honor two of their own members who died from cancer.
Belleville News-Democrat

Fire strikes Evanston apartment building


Evanston fire units are on the scene of a fire in a large apartment building at 635 Sherman Ave. First units on the scene saw flames coming from a second floor apartment and called for fire crews from neighboring communities to respond to the scene. The fire spread from the second to the third floor on the alley end of the apartment building that occupies the northeast corner of Sherman Avenue and Reba Place. The apartment building is owned by the Reba Place Fellowship.
Evanston Now







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