New Threats Put Wildfire Fighters’ Health On The Line

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — As fires spread across Northern California last year, Capt. Matt Alba and Strike Team 2253A found themselves wading through a smoldering jungle of plastic and metal in search of bodies. As they worked through charred auto shops and trailers, Mr. Alba kept thinking about the poisons they were kicking up, and […]

Why Pressure On Property Taxes Is Growing In Illinois Amid Pension Burden

Across Illinois, in many of the small towns and larger cities that manage some 650 independent police and fire retirement systems, those funds have placed an increasingly tightening vise on municipal finances. Much of the focus on the pension problem in Illinois has been on the massive liabilities facing the five statewide funds as well […]

City: Firefighter Suspended Three Times

KANKAKEE — The Kankakee firefighter who received a one-shift suspension for allegedly attacking another firefighter during a fatal fire last year has been suspended twice since then, the city says. The city provided the information in response to a federal lawsuit filed by Kankakee firefighter Lt. Michelle Giese. Both she and the city say Lt. […]

Must Pay EMS Workers For Prep Time—Jury

It took a Federal jury just two hours to find that the city systematically cheated thousands of Emergency Medical Technicians out of millions of dollars in pay for the time they spend preparing for their shifts and later updating their colleagues who relieve them at the end of their tours. District Council 37 Local 2507, […]