Plainfield Fire Department

Fire Union asking for $634,000 increase in three-year contract

September 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

Plainfield, union negotiations ‘distressed’ by BETH ALTENA Negotiations between Plainfield Township and the fire union are stalled at 25 proposals for the contract for the township’s 11 full-time firefighters. Fifteen of the proposals are from the union, and ten are from Plainfield Township. On Tuesday, August 5, Steven Girard, township attorney in the negotiations, outlined the financial ramifications should the union prevail in all of its 15 disputed requests. The union proposes a three percent wage increase for each of the three years. This request would cost Plainfield Township’s tax payers $28,000 per year. The second disputed request is a longevity bonus to be paid after five and 10 years with the department. There currently is no longevity benefit. The union is asking for an additional holiday for the firefighters, which would be an additional $3,000 per year and$9,000 over the course of the three-year contract. Another request is to change the titles currently held by equipment operators, firefighters and lieutenants. The proposal is to change the title of equipment operators to lieutenants to captains, and lieutenants to be captains or battalion chiefs. According to Girard, this might not cost the township any additional money during this contract, but would certainly be a basis for pay increases during arbitration in future contracts. In arbitration, pay by title would be

Plainfield Fire Department on life-saving streak

December 18, 2009 // 0 Comments

“I am very proud of them. These are the things that keep us going some days, the fact that we do save one.” Plainfield Fire Chief Dave Peterson was commenting on the actions of his firefighters. A 9-1-1 call brought firefighters Jerry Burk and Brian Stevens to a home where a resident was not breathing and didn’t have a pulse. The unconscious subject couldn’t be defibrillated because he had to heart rate. The firemen administered “old-fashioned CPR” and by the time the subject arrived at the hospital was breathing and had a pulse. That was Tuesday, December 8. That effort happened the same day the department received a letter from a woman in the state of Washington. She wanted to thank the department and share her belief that they saved her parent’s lives. A year ago the department installed a fire detector and carbon monoxide (CO) detector in their home. The CO detector sounded an alarm in the middle of the night and it turned out their furnace was leaking the deadly gas. Peterson said a similar incident had happened at a Leisure Village home earlier this year, and an elderly couple was likely saved because of the detector. On Thursday, December 10, Plainfield Fire responded to a medical call for help and found a 39-year-old female without pulse or respiration. Again, because defibrillators work by changing the electronic waves of the heart, one could not be used because the heart was not beating. The firefighters began CPR and the patient responded and is now doing fine. “This was the second save in two days for this shift,” Peterson said. If it has been a controversial year for the department, it has also been one of such milestone events. Earlier the department announced that Peterson had earned a recognition that very few fire chiefs ever receive. Peterson was nominated for, and received, the international professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer.” Peterson was voted to receive this honor by the Commission on Professional Credentialing. The designation makes Chief Peterson one of only 616 Chief Fire Officers worldwide. “This is very prestigious,” said Rebecca VerBeek, administrative assistant to the chief. The process includes an assessment of the applicant’s education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the […]