Chief George Sheets to oversee a 2nd FD

Oak Lawn Fire Chief George Sheets is getting a new job, but he’s not leaving his current one.

Under an agreement unanimously approved Tuesday night by the village board, Sheets will remain as chief while also overseeing the Chicago Ridge Fire Department through 2016.

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Congratulations Chief Griffin!

Oak Forest aldermen on Tuesday night approved the appointment of David Griffin as fire chief, replacing retiring Chief Terry Lipinski.

Griffin, who became the interim deputy fire chief last month, has served 14 years with the Oak Forest Fire Department and was in charge of training. He said Lipinski ran the department well, and “it’s going to be a fairly easy transition for us. I don’t think anything needs to be remodeled.”

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Village and Fire union reach settlement


Hoffman Estates, Ill., March 17, 2014 – The Village of Hoffman Estates and the Hoffman Estates Professional Firefighters Association Local 2061 union are pleased to announce the settlement of the most recent collective bargaining labor agreement. The previous contract expired on Dec. 31, 2011. The new agreement is effective Jan. 1, 2012, lasting through Dec. 31, 2017.

Most significant about this contract renewal is that it settles the pending appeal to the arbitration award filed by the Village in 2013. The parties continued negotiating during this appeal process and were able to reach a voluntary settlement resolving the outstanding issues. Union leadership understands the difficult economic times and its negative impact upon the Village budget, and they worked with the Village on the new contract terms. The highlights of this renewal contract include an extension of the term through Dec. 31, 2017. The union agreed to forgo a salary increase in 2013 and increases to health insurance contributions and benefit plan changes. The Village agreed to additional personal leave benefits and set wage increases through 2017 of one percent in March, 2014; one percent in Jan. 1 and July 1 for years 2015, 2016 and 2017. This settlement also resolves all outstanding grievances and unfair labor practices between the parties.

Hoffman Estates Mayor William D. McLeod stated, “While this agreement took time to reach, I want to thank both negotiating teams for working so hard to reach a mutual agreement by keeping the lines of communication open.”

Local 2061 Union President Dean Slater remarked, “The union membership wanted an agreement that served the membership while saving the Village and the taxpayers’ money. I want to thank the Village President and Board of Trustees for working with us to reach this agreement.”

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Officer McEvoy released from the hospital

GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!!

Arlington Heights police officer shot in face released from hospital

By Sally Ho, Tribune reporter

About two weeks after he was shot in the face in a domestic situation that would lead to the fatal shooting of the suspect, the injured Arlington Heights police officer has been released from the hospital, officials announced Wednesday.

Officer Michael McEvoy was released from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge on Dec. 27, according to Arlington Heights police.

McEvoy since has been recovering under the care of his family and professional caregivers at an unnamed private location, said Capt. Andrew Whowell.

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Fatal Crash on Northwest Highway After Car Falls from Route 53 Bridge, Palatine

From the Arlington Cardinal:
Palatine police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 9:05 PM Monday to a report of a crash with entrapment at Northwest Highway under Route 53 Palatine, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report that at least one person was trapped in a vehicle involved in a crash.
Police were first on the scene and confirmed a person trapped in a rollover vehicle.
Firefighter/paramedics on the scene reported one victim in the vehicle was dead at the scene.
Firefighter/paramedics were working on extrication and checking for possible additional victims, as they realized the vehicle plunged about 50 feet over the side of the bridge from the southbound lanes of Route 53. The vehicle landed upside down on the median and westbound left lane of Route 14 (Northwest Highway). Police and firefighter/paramedics immediately searched the area on the bridge and on embankments to make sure no victims were ejected from the crash.
Firefighters stood by as A-Express Towing rolled over the car.
Palatine police left the scene and Illinois State police took over the scene. At least one Illinois State Police Crash Reconstruction Officer also responded to the crash scene. Cook County Sheriff’s deputies were also on the scene.
Tire tracks were visible near the middle of the bridge on the right shoulder near the outside wall barrier. Snow that was not cleared yet possibly acted as a ramp that caused the vehicle to launch over the side of the Route 53 bridge. In normal conditions, the outer barrier wall would have probably held the vehicle on the bridge.
Northwest Highway was closed in both directions near the crash scene from about 9:10 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Illinois State police were investigating the crash scene at least until 1:00 a.m.
Weather conditions were difficult for police and rescuers as the air temperature at midnight was -11 degrees with a wind chill of -21.

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Cook County Warming Centers – STAY WARM

Township Hours of Operation Address City Trans Office # After Hours
Barrington Township Sun-Thur 7:00 am-11:00pm                              Fri. & Sat. 24 hours 201 Spring St. (Metra Depot) Barrington No (847) 304-3300(PD) (847)270-9111 (PD)
Berwyn Township Mon-Fri. 9:00am-9:00pm       Sat-Sun: 9:00am-5:00pm 2700 S. Harlem (Library) Berwyn No (708)788-2660 (708)795-5600 (PD)
Berwyn Township Mon-Fri. 7:00am-10:00pm       Sat 9:00am-6:00pm                 Sun-9:00am-5:00pm 6401 W 31st St. (Police Department) Berwyn No (708)788-2660 (708)795-5600(PD)
Bloom Township 8:00am -4:30pm M-F 425 S. Halsted Chicago Hts. No (708)754-9400 (708)756-6400 (PD)
Bremen Township 9:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F 15350 S. Oak Park Oak Forest No (708)687-8220 (708)687-1376 (PD)
Bremen Township 9:00am-5:00pm M-F 16361 S. Kedzie Parkway Markham No (708)333-9530 (708)687-1376 (PD)
Calumet Township 8:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F 12633 Ashland Calumet Park Yes (708)388-6606 (708)385-0264 (PD)
Cicero Township 8:00 am – 8:00 pm M-F 4949 W. Cermak Cicero No (708)656-3600 (708)652-2130 (PD)
Cicero Township 8:00 pm – 8:00 pm M-F 5444 W. 34th St. Cicero No (708)656-3600 (708)652-2130 (PD)
Cicero Township 8:00 am – 8:00 pm M-F 2250 S. 49 Ave Cicero No (708)656-3600 (708)652-2130 (PD)
Elk Grove Township 9:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F 2400 S. Arlington Hts. Rd. Arlington Hts. No (847) 437-0300 (847)368-5300 (PD)
Evanston Township Dial 311 when in Evanston Township and the City of Evanston       311  
Hanover Township 8:30 am – 4:30 pm M-F 250 S. Rt. 59 Bartlett Yes (630) 837-0301 (630)837-0846 (PD)
Lemont Township 5:00 am -10:00 pm M-F          7:00 am-6:00 pm Sat-Sun 16050 W. 127th St. Lemont Yes (630) 257-6787 (630)257-2229 (PD)
Leyden Township 6:00 am – 9:00 pm M-F    9:00am-3:00pm Sat. 2620 N. Mannheim Franklin Park No (847) 451-5144 (847)455-0180 (FD)
Lyons Township Closed for remodeling 6404 W. Joliet Road Countryside No (708) 482-8300 (708)352-2171(PD)
Maine Township 9:00 am – 5:00 pm M-F 1700 Ballard Road Park Ridge No (847) 297-2510 (847 547-3966 (EMA)
New Trier Township 9:00 am – 5:00 pm M-F 739 Elm St. Winnetka No (847) 446-8202 (847)501-6034 (PD)
Niles Township 9:00 am – 5:00 pm M-F 5255 Main Street Skokie No (847) 673-9300 (847)982-5900(PD)
Northfield Township 8:30am – 4:30 pm M-F 3801 W. Lake Ave. Glenview No (847) 724-8300 ( 847)729-5000(PD)
Norwood Park Township 9:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F 7833 W. Lawrence Norridge No (708) 453-0861 (708)453-7880 (PD)
Oak Park Township 9:00 am – 5:00 pm M-F 520 S. Maple Rush Oak Park Hosp./ West Suburban Hospital 3 Erie Ct. Oak Park Yes (708) 383-8060 (708)383-3800 (PD)
Orland Township 8:00am-4:30 pm M-F 14807 Ravinia Ave. Orland Park Yes (708) 403-4222 (708)349-4111 (PD)
Palatine Township 8:30 am – 4:00 pm M-F 721 S. Quentin Road Palatine No (847) 358-6700 (847)359-9000 (PD)
Palos Township 8:30 am – 4:30 pm  M-F 10802 S. Roberts Rd. Palos Hills No (708) 598-4418 (708)448-0369 (FD)
Proviso Township 9:00 am – 5:00 pm M-F 4565 Harrison St. Hillside No (708) 449-4300 (708) 344-2124(PD)
Rich Township 9:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F 22013 Governors Hwy Richton Park No (708) 748-6722 (708)748-5131 (PD)
River Forest Township 7:00 am – 9:00 pm M-F 8020 W. Madison River Forest No (708) 771-6159 (708)366-7125 (PD)
Riverside Township 9:00 am – 3:00 pm M-F 27 Riverside Road Riverside No (708) 442-4400 (708)447-2123 (FD)
Schaumburg Township 8:30 am – 10:00 pm M-Th      Friday until 5 pm One Illinois Blvd. Hoffman Estates No (847) 884-0030 (847)882-3586 (PD)
Stickney Township 8:30 am – 4:00 pm M-F 7745 S. Leamington Burbank No (708) 636-8850 (708)499-0440 (PD)
Thornton Township 9:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F 333 E. 162nd St. South Holland No (708) 596-6040 ex 3122 (708)331-3131 (PD)
Wheeling Township 9:00am-4:00pm M-F 1616 N. Arlington Hts. Rd. Arlington Hts. No (847)259-7730 (847)368-5300 (PD)
Worth Township 8:30am – 4:30pm M-F 11601 S. Pulaski Rd. Alsip No (708) 371-2900 (708)385-6131 (PD)
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Northlake FPD is hiring


Detailed Description

Agency Profile

The Northlake Fire Protection District was organized in 1941 and is located in suburban Northlake approximately 18 miles west of the City of Chicago and 4 miles south of O’Hare Airport. The service area is approximately 4 square miles.  The District is considered a special district (not a department of the City of Northlake) and is supported primarily by the property owners within its boundaries, serving an estimated population of 7500 The District is governed by a three member elected Board of Trustees and a three member appointed Board of Commissioners.

Quick Stats:

·         Ranks: Chief, Deputy Chief, Lieutenants, Firefighter/Paramedics
·         Union: IAFF Local 3863
·         Staffing Levels: One Lieutenant, Four Members per shift.
·         Rotating Shift: 24 hours on/48 hours off
·         Station: One
·         Apparatus: One Ladder Truck, One Engine and Two Ambulances
·         Average Annual Emergency Response Call Volume: 2000+
·         ISO Rating: Class 4
·         Salary (six step program: Starting Salary $49,406.09, Top Scale $77,581.28.
·         Pension Funding: 74% Funded Ratio
·         District Debt: $0
·         Benefits: Pension, 457 and PEHP Plans, Health, Dental, Life and Vision Insurance
·         Paid Time Off: Kelly, Vacation and Sick Days
Note: At the time of this publication there are no available positions.


Eligibility Requirements

The Board of Fire Commissioners is charged with the appointment of all firefighters. To be considered for employment, candidates must meet the following requirements:

·         At least 21 years of age and under 35 years of age as of March 15, 2014, unless the individual falls under one of the exceptions to the statutory maximum hiring age detailed in 70 ILCS 705/16.06b(c). Proof of date of birth is required;
·         No Felony or Disqualifying Misdemeanor Convictions;
·         High School Diploma or equivalent (GED);
·         A United States citizen at time of filing, formal application or must meet requirements of Illinois Human Rights Act for citizenship status;
·         Valid Driver’s License;
·         Current Illinois or National Registry EMT-P (Paramedic) Certification at time of application deadline;
·         Successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test with Ladder Climb Certification conducted by a licensed agency within 12 months PRIOR to February 14, 2014. (CPAT cards and Ladder Climb Certification considered valid ONLY if dated between 02/14/2013 and 02/14/2014. No Exceptions.)o   NIPSTA (Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy) – Glenview, IL – or 847-998-8090.
o   SUFD (Southwest United Fire Districts) – Darien, IL – or 708-579-2064.
·         Must be of sound mental and physical health and meet all established standards;
·         Must be able to pass written test, medical examination and drug testing, polygraph examination, background investigation and psychological examination.

Process Overview

1.     Online Application-Process begins January 3, 2014.
2.    Written Exam and Situation-Based Styles Assessment-March 15, 2014
3.    Written Exam Scored- (Passing grade is a score that is at or above the median score for all applicants participating in the written test).
4.    Situation-Based Styles Assessment Scores added to passing written exam score
5.    Initial Eligibility Register established
6.    Preference Point Application Process: Begins on the release date of the Initial Eligibility Register
7.    Preference Point Deadline – 10 days after posting date of Initial Eligibility Register
8.    Final Eligibility Register determined after application of preference points
9.    Final Eligibility Register Effective Date – Target date, April 26, 2014.


Selection Works is managing the application process on behalf of the Northlake Fire Protection District. Applicants will be required to purchase the application for a nonrefundable fee of $35. Please review this document carefully prior to purchasing the application. Should you have any questions, contact Selection Works at or (630) 812-0400.


Applications will be available from JANUARY 3, 2014 to FEBRUARY 14, 2014.  All applications and required documents must be submitted to Selection Works prior to 2:00 p.m. on FEBRUARY 14, 2014 OR YOU WILL BE CONSIDERED INELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE in the testing process.  You are wholly responsible for ensuring the completeness and accuracy of your application. 


You will purchase your application from Selection Works by clicking “add to cart” for the Northlake Fire Protection District Job Application above, and then by following the check-out screen prompts. The application package will contain instructions for completing the application and supplying all necessary documents. The application will be delivered via the website as a PDF document. We strongly recommend that you save this document to your computer or data storage device. You will be able to complete the application using ADOBE READER® by typing in the necessary information.


Testing Process      

The initial testing process will consist of two primary components: a traditional firefighter examination and a situational judgment test.  Both will be administered in a paper-and-pencil format.  The firefighter exam will assess job-related cognitive abilities, personality characteristics and behavioral traits.  The situational judgment test will assess job-related skills associated with interpersonal and problem-solving interactions similar to those you may have on the job.  The combined weighting of the examinations will be 60-40 in favor of the written exam.  You do not need to have any firefighter experience, training or knowledge to successfully complete these tests.  An orientation will be provided immediately prior to the administration of the tests to provide further information regarding the testing process.


The written exam and situational judgment test will be conducted on Saturday, MARCH 15, 2014 at Midwest Conference Center, 401 W. Lake St., Northlake, IL 60164.  You are required to arrive at the testing location no later than 9:00 a.m. to sign-in. Doors will open for sign-in at 8:30 a.m. and the orientation will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.


Firefighter Preference Points

Preference points will be offered for the following:

·         Military service – at least one (1) year of active duty with honorable discharge or are on inactive or reserve duty – 5 pts.
·         Education – Associate’s Degree or higher in Fire Science from a nationally or regionally accredited college/university – 5 pts. 

Final Eligibility Register

The Board will prepare a Final Eligibility Register which shall include approved preference points.  The Final Eligibility Register will be in effect for a two year period beginning 12:01am on April 26, 2014. 

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