Wednesday, January 13, 2016

DeKalb Receives New Pierce Tower Ladder Truck from Weston Fire Rescue (Florida)

After almost 26 years, the city of DeKalb, Illinois has replaced a ladder truck they call "Big John" with a 6-year-old used tower ladder truck from Weston Fire Rescue in Weston, Florida. The ladder truck was purchased with financial assistance from Northern Illinois University (NIU).

DeKalb Fire Department just picked up a Tower Ladder Truck from Weston Fire Rescue in Weston, Florida. The old ladder...

Posted by Emergencies Behind the Scenes on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

"Big John" was custom built for the city of DeKalb in 1989, and was named after captain John Isom, who died of cancer the year the truck was delivered.

Buying a new tower ladder truck would have cost about $1 million. Refurbishing Big John would have cost about $650,000.

The Weston tower truck was purchased in late 2008 or early 2009 with four new fire engines and five new EMS ambulances.

See also ...

The Daily Chronicle "Big John" fire truck ready to retire"

Friday, January 8, 2016

Firefighter Application for Orlando, Florida Due Today -- January 8, 2016

Orlando Fire Department job application and state requirements due today.

STARTING SALARY between $48,110 and $50,394 based on experience. Additional $3,259 per year for those employed as EMTs; $9,343 for Paramedics. Incentive pay for those assigned to special teams.


General job functions include; (1) Firefighting - Emergency; (2) Firefighting - Non-Emergency; (3) Emergency Medical Services; (4) Work Related Activities. This job is located in the Field Operations Bureau of the Orlando Fire Department and is under the general supervision of the Company Commander. Firefighters will perform individually and/or as a member of a firefighting team and will participate in fire suppression activities including firefighting, rescue, first aid, ventilation, forcible entry, salvage, overhaul, and inspection practices.

THE CITY OF ORLANDO is looking for highly motivated, professional individuals who are seeking a long-term career in fire/rescue. The City of Orlando Fire Department (OFD) provides the community a full range of fire suppression, emergency medical service, hazardous materials management, dive rescue, high angle/below grade tactical rescue, and airport rescue services. The OFD also offers fire prevention/inspection services, city-wide disaster planning and coordination, and public education. The department answers more than 50,000 alarms each year and operates 18 engines, seven tower-ladder trucks, eleven rescues, one heavy rescue and multiple other specialized units (dive, hazmat, arson/bomb, etc.).

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Last Alarm for Wauconda Fire District Retirements of Bill Hoover and Ted Weglarek

Last Alarm for Wauconda Fire District Retirements of Battalion Chief Bill Hoover with 32 years and firefighter/paramedic Ted Weglarek with 23 years.

Last alarm for two retiring members. Best of luck in retirement!
Posted by Wauconda Fire District on Monday, January 4, 2016
Congrats to the two of you! Thank you for your service.
Posted by Wauconda Fire District on Friday, January 1, 2016