Showing posts with label Fire. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fire. Show all posts

Thursday, May 21, 2020

What's with Bridget Gainer?

used to like the police, until they gave her a parking ticket

A victory for the health & safety of first responders as the Cook County Board passes a resolution calling on public health officials to share COVID-19 positive address information with local first responder

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Good Idea

Burke, Quinn, Tabares, O'Shea, Curtis Want 'Line of Duty' Designation for COVID-19 Fallen First Responders


Five Southwest Side aldermen are joining forces to push a proposed ordinance designed to make certain that first responders who pass away from COVID-19 will be considered as fallen in the line of duty.

The aldermen are Edward M. Burke (14th), Marty Quinn
Ald. Edward M. Burke
 (13th), Silvana Tabares (23rd), Matt O'Shea (19th) and Derrick Curtis (18th).



“First responders are on the front lines battling an enemy that has already claimed thousands of lives,” Burke said.  “As members of the City Council, we have a moral obligation to support the loved ones of these heroes who have fallen in this fight against COVID-19.”


The ordinance, drafted with input from the representatives
Ald. Marty Quinn
 from the Fraternal Order of Police and Local 2 Firefighters, states the city will categorize any death of a first responder from COVID-19 to be “in the line of duty.”  Recipients of line-of-duty death benefits receive the responder’s annual salary for a year from the time of death; and pending approval of the City Council, the spouse and any children under 26 would get health care benefits.  


“First responders put their lives on the line every day, but the COVID-19 pandemic has added even more stress and uncertainty,” Quinn added. “This ordinance will help to honor the fallen and help the families who have lost their loved one.”


“There should be no question that if a first responder falls to
Ald. Silvana Tabares
 COVID-19 that his or her family deserves the recognition and support from the city,” Tabares said. “If we can pass an ordinance and ease some uncertainty for the heroes who are fighting on the front lines to keep us safe and healthy, we need to do it now.”



Chicago Police officers who pass away in the line of duty are also entitled to a full honors funeral.


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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

9/11 Firefighters

9/11 firefighter who found own brother in rubble dies of related illness

Two firefighters pay their respects during a commemoration ceremony for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks at the National September 11 MemorialImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionOver 200 firefighters have died from illnesses related to the attack
A firefighter who helped find victims of the 11 September 2001 attack on New York City, including his own brother, has died of cancer, aged 46.
Daniel Foley's pancreatic cancer was related to the months he spent assisting with recovery efforts at Ground Zero. 
He had "miraculously" been the one to find the body of his elder brother - also a firefighter - in the rubble.
So far, 221 firefighters have died from illnesses related to the attack.
Mr Foley passed away on 22 February. The Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) mourned the loss, tweeting: "This is becoming a living nightmare for all of us."
Mr Foley joined the city's fire department in 1998. His brother Thomas was among the first responders to the 2001 terrorist attack that devastated the city.
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When his brother went missing in the aftermath, Mr Foley joined the rescue efforts.
Lieutenant Mickey Conboy, who worked with Mr Foley, told CBS New York: "On the first night, Danny promised his mother and father he wouldn't come home until he bought his brother home with him." 
Eleven days later, Lt Conboy said Mr Foley "miraculously" found his brother in the rubble of the World Trade Center. He could have stopped working with the rescue company that day, Lt Conboy added.
Firefighter in rubble of World Trade CenterImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionHundreds of thousands of people were exposed to toxic materials in the rubble
"But Danny came back each day and joined the company working at the trade centre to find all the Americans that were killed that day. And he didn't stop until we all were done, on that last day in May of 2002."
Mr Foley is survived by his wife and five children.
Up to 80,000 people - including firemen, police officers, emergency workers,

Friday, February 14, 2020

Brotherhood of the Barrel

Brotherhood of the Barrel

Chicago Firemen go on strike (written 2010)

30 years ago today I went on strike along with 98% of the department against the City of Chicago. Most strikes happen for many reasons and not just for money. This strike happen because the city for many years treated us with contempt. 

The city was not replacing the firefighters that retired , resigned or died. My company like most ran with 3 men, one to drive, and two firemen. The national standard at that time recommended 6 men. When I first came on the job we had 6 men. One engineer, one officer and four firemen. The engine would run with a man acting as the officer (He was responsible for anything that happen that day but was not paid extra for this) A man would act as the engineer and not get paid for it. After the strike the city promoted over twenty-five percent of the department that is how many vacancies they had. 

The equipment was old and often broke down. The rule book required each company to test their hose twice a year, we did not because the hose would often break testing it and they had no hose to replace it with. The hose was years old and on two occasions I was in a building with a line on the fire and the hose broke making myself and the man next to me scramble to get out of the building

Thursday, January 30, 2020

In the city that works

Testing fiasco forces Chicago Fire Department to cancel oral exams for lieutenant and battalion chief

By Fran Spielman  Jan 29, 2020, 2:01pm CST

Chicago’s police and fire exams have been plagued for decades by a series of testing problems and bias claims that have triggered a seemingly endless string of lawsuits.

Now, there’s another chapter to add to that sorry saga.

Hundreds of candidates who had studied for months in hopes of being promoted to lieutenant and battalion chief were sent home from McCormick Place this week after a widespread computer failure

Thursday, January 2, 2020

A great retirement photo!

Detroit fire crews investigated for burning house selfie

the photo of firefighters posing in front of a burning buildingImage copyrightFACEBOOK/ DETROIT FIRE INCIDENTS PAGE
A Michigan fire department has launched an investigation after firefighters posed for a photo in front of a burning house.
"Crews take a moment to get a selfie on New Years!" said the caption on the image, report local media.
The picture of the crew members was posted on the Detroit Fire Incidents Facebook page.
City fire officials said the house and nearby homes were vacant and the crew was marking a colleague's retirement.
Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones called the photo "inappropriate and unprofessional" as he announced the internal investigation.
In a statement to WXYZ-TV, Mr Jones said: "There are a lot of ways to celebrate a retirement. Taking a photo in front of a building fire is not one of them."
The photo was later removed amid a backlash in comments on the post.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Horse runs back into wildfire to rescue other horses


Forbes– The fire was burning in an area home to a number of ranches, leading to a scramble to save horses and other livestock from the flames. In one dramatic example, CBS News cameras caught one horse appearing to run back towards the fire in order to connect with its family and lead them to safety.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

39 years.......Brotherhood of the Barrel

Today is the 39th anniversary of the day the Chicago firemen walked out on strike. 
My dad wrote this 9years ago.

Brotherhood of the Barrel Feb. 14, 1980 Chicago Firemen go on strike 
30 years ago today I went on strike along with 98% of the department against the City of Chicago. Most strikes happen for many reasons and not just for money. This strike happen because the city for many years treated us with contempt.
The city was not replacing the firefighters that retired , resigned or died. My company like most ran with 3 men, one to drive, and two firemen. The national standard at that time recommended 6 men. When I first came on the job we had 6 men. One engineer, one officer and four firemen. The engine would run with a man acting as the officer (He was responsible for anything that happen that day but was not paid extra for this) A man would act as the engineer and not get paid for it. After the strike the city promoted over twenty-five percent of the department that is how many vacancies they had.
The equipment was old and often broke down. The rule book required each company to test their hose twice a year, we did not because the hose would often break testing it and they had no hose to replace it with. The hose was years old and on two occasions I was in a building with a line on the fire and the hose broke making myself and the man next to me scramble to get out of the building because we no longer had the water to protect ourselves as any fireman would tell you.
The National Fire Standard recommend a pumper be replaced when they are 10 years old, only to be