Tuesday, March 26, 2013
City workers took an average of 3.84 hours of sick leave per month last year.
Evanston city employees took more paid sick leave in 2012 than in 2011, taking an average of 3.84 hours per month or about 21 percent more from 2011, when workers took an average of 3.17 hours of sick leave, Evanston Now reported. The City of Evanston’s police, fire and parks departments, the largest departments, saw the biggest percentage increase in terms of paid sick leave time, while some smaller departments showed modest decreases, according to city manager Wally Bobkiewicz. Nationally, state and local government workers took an average of 3.6 hours of paid sick leave per month, based on a 2010 report by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the New York Times reported. Even with the increase in Evanston city workers taking sick …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Only 23 percent of police and 35 percent of firefighters who responded to the survey said they would live in the City of Evanston.
The majority of Evanston firefighters and police surveyed say they don’t want to live in the community, citing housing costs and high taxes as barriers, Evanston Now reported. About half of the 224 police and 69 percent of the 110 firefighters that the City of Evanston employees responded to the survey and only 23.3 percent of police and 35.5 percent of firefighters who responded to the survey say that they would live in Evanston if they could—the survey didn’t distinguish between employees who live in the city and those who don’t, Evanston Now reported.
Friday, February 8, 2013
The Evanston Fire Department responded to 9,330 calls for service in 2012, with 60 percent of those calls for emergency medical services.
Evanston firefighters responded to a record number of calls in 2012, according to the fire department’s annual report. The department responded to 9,330 calls for service last year, marking the highest total call volume in the department’s history. That compares to 9,063 in 2011 and 8,917 in 2010. The number of total calls has steadily increased over the last 20 years, from 6,766 in 1992. Of the 9,330 calls for service in 2012, some 5,824, or 62.4 percent, were for emergency medical services (EMS)—a number that also marks the highest EMS call volume for Evanston firefighters. Another 3,506 calls were related to fires, according to the report. The department fought 154 fires in 2012, which resulted in an estimated loss of $831,852. In …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Evanston firefighters responded to a blaze in the 2100 block of Emerson Street early Monday morning. One man was taken to the hospital for evaluation due to smoke inhalation.
No one was seriously injured in a fire that broke out at 2111 Emerson Street early Monday morning, according to Evanston Fire Chief Greg Klaiber. The blaze started in the living room/dining room of the first floor unit in the two-flat building, Klaiber said, and was confined to that area. A man who lives in the unit where the fire broke out was taken to the hospital for evaluation due to smoke inhalation. Occupants of the first and second floor flats, as well as the basement, have been temporarily displaced due to smoke and water damage, according to Klaiber. Red Cross volunteers have been called in to assist with the residents, he said. Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze, according to Klaiber.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Willard Thiel Sr. was born Nov. 13, 1915 in Evanston and served the Evanston Fire Department for 36 years, rising to the position of Fire Chief before he retired. He died Jan. 4, 2013.
Monday, January 7
Willard M. Thiel, Sr. age 97 of Northbrook formerly of Evanston, who served the Evanston Fire Department for 36 years, retiring as Chief. Mr. Thiel was born November 13, 1915 in Evanston. Beloved husband of 69 years of the late Ruth R. Thiel; loving father of Marilyn (the late William) Knilans, Willard M. Jr. (Jacqueline) Thiel and Susan (Mark) Pelletier; cherished grandfather of David (Jana), Jeffrey (Kimberly), Timothy (Melissa) Pelletier and Edward (Jessica) Thiel; devoted great grandfather of Delaney, Olivia, Benjamin and Elsa Pelletier; fond uncle of many; also survived by many dear friends. Visitation Tuesday, January 8, 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Blvd. at Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077…
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Young peoples ages 14-20 can sign up for the program that gives them a birds eye view of what it takes to be a firefighter; hands on activities and classroom lectures are included.
A brand new program has been formed for Evanston youth ages 14-20, who are interested in learning about firefighting and emergency services. The new Explorer Program, sponsored by Evanston Fire and Life Safety Services, will be showcased in an open house a week from today on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Participants in the program will meet twice a week, and practice real-life circumstances faced by firefighters and emergency personnel through mock situations and classroom lecture. The program is co-ed, an will include proper protocol for emergency call, firefighter equipment usage, policies and procedures and team building. An introduction to the program will be given at the open house, along with the opportunity for questions and a walk-through…
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Until noon today, Evanston will be participating in the statewide simulation of a communications grid breakdown due to severe thunderstorms and 100 mile winds, "Evanston Now" reports.
A statewide simulation of the aftermath of a super derecho, severe thunderstorms and 100 mile winds that knock out virtually all communications, is currently underway this morning in Evanston, Evanston Now reports. The article reports the simulation assumes a complete breakdown of landline, cell phone and internet service, in addition to complete electrical power loss and a shutdown of all nuclear power plants in Illinois. Evanston police and fire, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and ham radio operators are taking part in the test that lasts until noon, according to Evanston Now. Ham radio users would be the only individuals besides emergency personnel, to be able to communicate with the outside world during such a disaster.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Evanston’s Fire Department reported a record number of 911 calls during the month of July, citing unusually high temperatures as one of several factors.
Evanston firefighters handled a record number of calls this July, when temperatures reached record highs as well. Some 911 people called the fire department last month, according to a press release from the fire department. Of that number, 565 people requested emergency medical services. Fire officials cited July’s record-setting temperatures as a potential factor in the record number of calls. Temperatures on July 4, 5 and 6 were the highest since the city began recording them 117 years ago, at 99, 101 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively. “Our firefighters and dispatchers did a tremendous job maintaining professional service delivery to our residents during July’s heat wave,” Fire Chief Greg Klaiber said in the release. “In spite …
Saturday, July 28, 2012
A 12-hour 'Tweet along' Friday let followers see pictures and hear updates on what department staff do during their shifts.
Evanston firefighters treated Twitter followers to an inside view of their work day Friday with a 12-hour “Tweet along.” Followers learned, for example, that firefighters pay part of the grocery bills for their shift meals, and got to see photos of the inside of a truck and the obligatory firefighter sliding down the station poll. The goal of the 5-Alarm Tweet Along was to introduce residents to their firefighters and allow them to interact with the department staff. There wasn’t a ton of interaction as of early evening, but at least one firefighter dad tweeted in to say hello. As of early evening, there also weren’t any blazes or major accidents that the department rushed off to. Instead, followers got a glimpse into the every day …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
With a high of 102 degrees, this year's Fourth of July was the hottest on record in Evanston since 1911.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Thursday, July 5, 2012
By Debbie Mosley Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute One-man watering station Mike Hasanov shoots a burst of water toward a group of children in the street. Soaked, they dance in the cloud of cool droplets before thanking Hasanov and moving onward. The children were from one of many organizations with floats in Evanston’s 91st annual Fourth of July parade. “Do you want to get wet?” Firefighter Hasanov asks the next group of performers. The dancers give him the affirmative, then yelp as he blasts them with cool water. His gleeful smile echoes the dancers’ as they prance away. Hasanov turns his head to give his colleagues a knowing look. Although he was not in uniform and was technically on vacation, he showed that he takes his job …