Carpentersville IAFF Local 4790
Welcome to the Carpentersville Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 4790 Web site. We are located in Kane County, IL. We are located 36 miles west of Chicago, IL with a population of 38,196 as of 2012. We have 3 fire stations, with 33 sworn members.
Fundraisers such as the MDA Fill-the-Boot, are ways that Local 4790 gives back to the community in which we serve. The International Association of Fire Fighters has been partnered with the MDA Organization since 1954..
Fundraisers such as our Annual DodgeBall Tournament are a fun way to get together, be competitive, and raise funds for great local charities. We hope you come out and support Local 4790's DodgeBall tournament for a great cause.
Local 4790 was chartered on February 1, 2010. We are proud members of the International Association of Fire Fighters & the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, with 33 sworn members serving Carpentersville, IL.
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Our next Union Meeting union meeting dates for 2016 (Feb 10, Apr 13, Jun 8, Aug 10, Oct 12, Dec 14) All meeting times are 1830 @ Station #91
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Our local will be hosting an event on May 12th to support our brothers who have been laid off. Continue to monitor our page for updates about the layoffs and details about the upcoming event.
Village of Carpentersville issues layoff notices to fulltime fire fighters, gives raises to other employees
Layoff notices will dramatically increase the Village’s overtime burden.
On March 23, 2016 the Carpentersville Professional Firefighters Union, IAFF Local 4790 was
served layoff notices for two members to take effect April 22, 2016. The Union had just begun
contract negotiations with the Village of Carpentersville and was notified minutes prior to the
second negotiation session. “This is very unfortunate news for our membership” President Rick
Nieves said. “We have put forth a good faith effort to reduce overtime costs by agreeing to
flexible scheduling to react to manpower shortages, but sadly the Village chose to use it
ineffectively. The Union does not control overtime that was approved and budgeted for during the
fiscal year.” President Rick Nieves also stated that “The swing shift, a concept agreed to by the
Village and Union in 2014 in which firefighters were moved from their normal assigned shift to
another shift that is short staffed, was an attempt to decrease costs during a time of need.” The
Village sent the Union notice that they were "opting out" of the swing shift the same day as the
layoff notices were issued. Nieves also stated “This is the second time firefighters have given
concessions to address a 'perceived' shortfall but we don't believe we should shoulder the entire
burden. The Village has not laid off any other employees and has given raises to other
employees this year. Both parties will have to try and work out their differences. We have to be
careful as layoff’s equate to more costs down the road when the manning levels the village
negotiated drop. It’s a wise move to build in a buffer and to maintain an adequate level of
firefighters on shift at all times”. “The Village seems to have made a practice of delaying
replacement of members due to injuries and retirements, it puts a strain on the already meager
overtime budget” negotiated in the last contract. The recent consolidation study paid for in part by
the Village of Carpentersville shows a need for increased staffing to 4 firefighters in each of the 3
Carpentersville stations. “We are making progress, but aren't quite there yet” Nieves said. Station
91 located at 213 Spring street covering the “Old town” section of Carpentersville still often
maintains only 3 firefighters to run an ambulance, an engine, and a truck. “We need to work
together to start adopting recommendations from a study the Village paid for. We have always
worked to manage any crisis the community has faced, including financial crises as well. With
the loss of a Deputy Chief, Administrative Assistant and now the Fire Chief, our membership,
many of whom are residents of Carpentersville feel there is not a financial need to layoff
firefighters as Village President Ed Ritter has previously stated. We hope this can come to a good
For more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Local President Richard
Nieves please call (224) 422-8042
Congrats FF Sutfin
We would like to Congratulate FF. Bill Sutfin on successfully making his probation and earning his black shield! Congrats Billy!
Fire Ops Citizens Fire Academy
***Attention Carpentersville residents***Sept. 10, 2015*** The Carpentersville Fire Department will be hosting our second Fire Ops citizens fire academy. This will be an 8 week class that meets every Wednesday night. The first class starts September 30th 2015. We are only accepting the first 10 applicants so get in quick. Please message us here or email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Custom murals for Stations 91,92 & 93. Thanks Coach Cruz!
FDNY Rescue 4
Here is a picture of retired FDNY Rescue 4 and our Carpentersville Engine 92. Squad 4 was the only FDNY Rescue to remain in service after 9/11 because it was parked two blocks away. Below is a picture of where it was parked right when the second tower came down. Rescue 4's company was in that tower as well.
Photo by Bill O'Neill.
Photo by Bill O'Neill
Carpentersville professional firefighters Local 4790 have brokered a deal that
will keep two career firefighters employed. Village officials indicated funding issues
led to the layoff notices given to two firefighters after a recent contract was settled.
"It was difficult news to here after we bargained a contract in good faith and heard nothing
about potential layoffs, but we had to the come to the table with an open mind" Nieves said.
Local 4790 did it's due diligence to offer solutions that would not affect our members or the
community as a whole. We found ways to significantly reduce overtime costs to the village
through scheduling flexibility for the next couple of years. "We think the solution is a
fair compromise and proves to the public overtime had nothing to do with our problems with the
village. Our goal has and always will be to inform the community on what is going on within the
fire department and how it will affect them. Maintaining these firefighters helps us work
towards maintaining service levels the community should expect. Local 4790 has expressed
concerns to village regarding reductions to levels not seen since 2000 of only 10 firefighters
per day in a worst case scenario. This is our next challenge, how can we add firefighters in
a budget that is being squeezed from all sides. It is the belief of Local 4790 that the current
trend of public safety reductions will have a negative impact on the community. "This now marks
the second consecutive contract that Local 4790 firefighters have been the only public safety
union to be threatened with full time layoffs and have responded each time with concessions to
the village to avoid these layoffs". Said Nieves. We hope this has proven to village officials
that it's not all about money for us, but that we care about our members and the community we serve.
Read this article from the Daily Herald by Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois President Pat Devany. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140429/discuss/140428222/
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