PLEASE NOTE*** The September Union Meeting have changed. The meetings will be held on Tuesday, September 16th(3D)(EMS 1) and Wednesday, September 17th(1D)(EMS 2). Please mark your calendars!!
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: Below is the link and information for the upcoming Firefighters/EMT Exam -The application period begins on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 and continues through September 16, 2014. Click on the link below for the official announcement. The test dates are scheduled for December 13th & 14th, 2014.
M-44-14 - Chicago Fire Department -CFD-Entry Level Firefighters-EMT Examination - FAQ & Fact Sheet
Additional information can be found at www.cityofchicago.org/careers
** FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL: If you know of anyone who is in the military and wants to take the test, they must sign up now during the sign up period. When signing up there is a tab on the application that they must choose for military, if they are on active duty. There will be 2 military make up tests in 2015 & 2016, and when we receive those dates we will blast them out. So please make sure that anyone you know who is in the military is given this information.
- Retiree Memorial Park Committee--The Chicago Fire Department Retiree Memorial Park Committee is in phase I of their project. Their goal is to erect an outdoor free standing granite monument in honor of retired and or deceased CFD uniformed members. To proceed with their project, and to secure a location for the monument, they need some bids from Union companies or individuals who are Union, Bonded, Insured and approved to work in the City of Chicago. They need some outdoor electrical work (lighting) and small tree removal done. If you work for or know of any company that has the above qualifications, please email Doreen Chambers/Eileen O’Connell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!!
- **For rehire information from Manpower Central, posted on Contract Enforcement page
Brothers and Sisters,
The Chicago Fire Department released information today regarding an upcoming CFD Entry Level Exam. The application period will be July 16th - September 16th. The test dates are December 13th & 14th.
Please pass the following information along to your family and friends. More information can be found under department memos.
Also additional information can be found on the City's website. www.cityofchicago.org/careers
Thomas E. Ryan, Jr.
If you are approaching Medicare age (65), make sure you and your spouse get any dental work or eyeglasses before the first day of the month in which you turn 65.
You become Medicare eligible the first day of the month of your 65th birthday. Once you become Medicare eligible you lose your dental and vision coverage, and the City will not pay those bills. If you have any questions, call Rich Ternes at the Union Office, 773-536-0450x310.
Employee Assistance Department
The Local 2 Employee Assistance Department (EAP) now has a confidential direct line: 773-358-3473
The uniformed members active and retired friends of Bill W are invited to the "What about us?" meeting every Monday evening at 7:30 p.m at the Union Office located at 440 W. 43rd St., enter through the front door.
Chicago Fire Fighters Local No. 2 History
Prior to the Civil War, the volunteer fire company was a private service in most American cities. The early "fire society" or "fire brigade" was an association of local citizens banded together for the purpose of protecting community lives and property. In 1831 the Illinois Legislature required any incorporated city or town to have a volunteer department. Chicago's first volunteer company was organized in 1835.
Firefighting soon became an established municipal service manned by a paid ful-time work crew. But this new organization also depended upon the generosity of local politicians for jobs, salaries, and working conditions. A civil service system did not exist. Firefighters were often dismissed when a new political boss gained control of the city. Firefighting jobs were treated as political gifts and men were not always hired for their skills, but for their political contributions at election time.
Like other labor groups, Firefighters contested with management over wages, hours and conditions. But because of their unique status and the community's dependence upon them, their opportunities to press for change were often severely constricted.
Firefighter History Link
Install and Maintain Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors warn you of fire in time to let you escape. Install them on each level of your home and outside of each sleeping area. Follow the manufacturer's directions, and test once a week. Replace batteries twice a year, or when the detector chirps to signal that the battery is dead. Don't ever take the battery out for other uses!
Plan and Practice Your escape
If fire breaks out in your home, you must get out fast. With your family, plan two ways out of every room. Fire escape routes must not include elevators, which might take you right to the fire! Choose a meeting place outside where everyone should gather. Once you are out, stay out! Have the whole family practice the escape plan at least twice a year.
Space Heaters Need space
Keep portable space heaters at least 3 feet (1 meter) from paper, curtains, furniture, clothing, bedding, or anything else that can burn. Never leave heaters on when you leave home or go to bed, and keep children and pets well away from them.