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Congratulations to the following Local 439 members on their continued service as full time, professional firefighters for the Elgin Fire Department, Elgin, Illinois!

FF. Barreto 9 years of service 03/07/11
FF. Johnson 9 years of service 03/07/11
FF. Soderberg 9 years of service 03/07/11
Lt. Hopp 32 years of service 04/04/88

#ElginIL #cityofelgin #Local439atWork #AFFIatWork
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Here are just a few snapshots of how Local 439 members work daily to disinfect our apparatus. Whether it's first thing in the morning, or after transport of a potential COVID-19 patient, our members take the appropriate steps to ensure our apparatus are safe for both the patients and our members. #ElginIL #cityofelgin #Local439atWork #AFFIatWork Elgin Fire Department, Elgin, Illinois ... See MoreSee Less

Here are just a few snapshots of how Local 439 members work daily to disinfect our apparatus. Whether its first thing in the morning, or after transport of a potential COVID-19 patient, our members take the appropriate steps to ensure our apparatus are safe for both the patients and our members. #ElginIL #CityofElgin #Local439atWork #AFFIatWork Elgin Fire Department, Elgin, IllinoisImage attachmentImage attachment
Tune in tonight at 7:30pm for a bedtime story with Firefighter Tim! #ElginIL #CityofElgin #Local439atWork #AFFIatWork Elgin Fire Department, Elgin, Illinois School District U-46

Shout out to TJ's Bar and Grill for providing lunch for our members at Station 7 earlier this week! We deeply appreciate the kind gesture and the food was delicious! ... See MoreSee Less

Shout out to TJs Bar and Grill for providing lunch for our members at Station 7 earlier this week! We deeply appreciate the kind gesture and the food was delicious!
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Following a large fire in 1867, the Elgin Fire Department was founded. In the beginning, the Elgin Fire Department was fully staffed by volunteers. The Elgin Hook and Ladder Company ran out of a small wooden firehouse located on Spring St. In 1869, two additional Hose Companies were founded, the Ed Joslyn Hose Company, and the James T. Gifford Engine Company. At this time, the city also purchased their first steam fire engine. This fire engine was named James T. Gifford, after the city’s founder, and went on to fight many fires, including the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

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Tune in tonight at 7:30pm for a bedtime story with Firefighter Tim! #ElginIL #CityofElgin #Local439atWork #AFFIatWork Elgin Fire Department, Elgin, Illinois School District U-46
Shout out to TJ's Bar and Grill for providing lunch for our members at Station 7 earlier this week! We deeply appreciate the kind gesture and the food was delicious!
For this week's #TalkaboutEmTuesday, we are pleased to introduce you to Firefighter Dave Carver! Dave has been a member of the Elgin Fire Department, Elgin, Illinois for 12 years and is currently assigned to Ambulance 7, 1st Shift. Currently, Dave is in charge of the Fleet Division, is on the Elections Committee, and also serves as a Local 439 Trustee. When asked why he wanted to become a firefighter, Dave said that the trades were always appealing to him as he had always wanted to work with his hands. Once he was introduced to firefighting, he knew it was the job for him. Dave is proud to be a member of Local 439 as he experienced first hand what it was like working in the private sector and being on your own as an employee. "I like being a part of a group that advocates for ourselves and has the leverage to do so." While Dave is not working, he enjoys hanging out with his family, camping, riding his motorcycle and grooming his mustache! #ElginIL #CityofElgin #ExploreElgin #Local439AtWork #AFFIatWork
Today, the International Association of Fire Fighters is 102 years old. 102 years of fighting for better working conditions, collective bargaining rights, better wages and benefits, and increased safety. They have spearheaded advancements in firefighter safety, cancer awareness, and mental health treatment. 102 years of simply making the job better for the next person. We’re extremely proud of our organization and are looking forward to the continued advancements for professional firefighters! #ElginIL #cityofelgin #IAFF #affiatwork #local439atwork #solidarity
For this week's #MeetOurMembersMonday, we are pleased to introduce you to Firefighter Kellen Smith! Kellen has been a member of the Elgin Fire Department, Elgin, Illinois for 3 years and is currently assigned to Ambulance 2/ Shift 3. Kellen is currently involved with the training division, explorers, and a member of the water rescue and recovery team. From a young age, Kellen looked up to his Uncle and cousin who are firefighters in Scotland. Once Kellen moved to the United States, he started pursuing a career in firefighting. Kellen wants you to know this about being a Union member. "Unions have historically and continue to make the workplace safer. They improve worker safety by reducing working hours and negotiating for worker benefits while championing improved skill levels and education for their workforce." When Kellen is not working, he enjoys refurbishing his older home with his wife and spending time with their rescue dogs. #CityofElgin #ElginIL #ExploreElgin #Local439atWork #AFFIatWork
For today's #TalkAboutEmTuesday, we are pleased to introduce you to Local 439 member Lt. Steven Hillgoth. Steve has been with the Elgin Fire Department, Elgin, Illinois for 13 years and is currently assigned as the officer on Ambulance 2/ Shift 2. Steve is currently the Training Officer and recently had the opportunity to participate in Fire Ops 101. When asked why he chose the profession, he stated that he learned the love of the job from his childhood neighbor who was a Chicago Firefighter. One thing Steve would like you to know about being a firefighter is this. "Firefighting is a very challenging profession. Fires burn hotter, buildings collapse faster, and EMS protocols are constantly evolving. Call volumes consistently increase as staffing decreases. We have to work hard to be prepared for the unknown, as we are on the front lines of so many different calls, having to make split-second decisions on little sleep. Although challenging, Firefighting is an incredibly rewarding career." #ElginIL #CityofElgin #ExploreElgin #Local439atWork #AFFIatWork
Please join us at the Center of Elgin on Feb. 19th, from 7pm-9pm for the Saving Those Who Save Others, Family Edition workshop. This is a free, open workshop available to members and their significant others throughout the state and has been highly attended in the past. Please contact Mike Murtagh to register for this event @ murtagh_m@cityofelgin.org or 773-510-0763. #AFFIatWork #IAFF #BehavioralHealth
Did you know Local 439 members also perform maintenance on our own rigs? Every shift has a firefighter who is also trained as a mechanic to take care of our apparatus in case it breaks down unexpectedly. They also perform preventative maintenance, minor to major repairs and have a role in the building and purchasing of new apparatus! #Local439atWork #CityofElgin #ElginIL #AFFIatWork
Congratulations to the former “Probies”! Firefighters Nathan Yucius, Krzysztof Ziemianczyk, Jorge Ochoa, Megan Kilgore, and Evan Rhule all successfully passed their probationary period! #CityofElgin #ElginIL #Local439atWork #ExploreElgin
Wishing you all a safe and Merry Christmas!
This past weekend, members of Local 439 upgraded Santa’s sleigh and delivered him to the tree lighting in style! #ElginIL #CityofElgin #Local439atWork #AFFIatWork
The Elgin Association of Firefighters would like to congratulate Tim Drea on his appointment to the position of President of the Illinois State AFL-CIO. We would also like to congratulate our very own AFFI President Pat Devaney who was just appointed to the number 2 position within the IL AFL-CIO as the Secretary-Treasurer. It is our understanding that this is the first time in the history of the Illinois AFL-CIO that a firefighter has served as a Principal Officer of the IL AFL-CIO. To say we are extremely proud of Pat is an understatement. His and President Drea’s advocacy for the working people of Illinois will ensure we continue to have a voice at all levels of government. We are with you Pat, Congratulations!
From our extremely busy crews to their families missing them at home, We wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! #cityofelgin #elginIL #Local439atWork #Thanksgiving
Every year, Elgin Firefighters in conjunction with the Community Crisis Center collects new and lightly used winter coats, gloves, mittens, hats, boots, snow pants and scarves for men, women, and children. Used items need to be clean and not have missing buttons or broken zippers. This year, We are in particular need of adult coats, especially larger sizes. Donations will be accepted through December 25 at all seven of Elgin’s Fire Stations. #CityofElgin #ElginIL #Local439atWork
Read about the featured #U46AlumniSunday LHS Alum Michael Oine! Mike is currently a Captain with the Elgin Fire Department. In between responding to emergency calls, Mike is in charge of running the department’s Emergency Medical Services. http://bit.ly/2PKifLj #ElginIL #CityofElgin #Local439atWork #ExploreElgin
Thank you to all of the Veterans who make this day possible. Your sacrifices and efforts shall never be overlooked. #ElginIL #CityofElgin #Local439atWork #VeteransDay
Members are collecting today at the intersection of Big Timber and N. McLean. Come out to help us reach our goal of $25,000 and support MDA Chicagoland and Northern Illinois! #ElginIL #Local439atWork
Round 2 of #FillTheBoot is today! To date, Local 439 has raised over $7,000 towards our $25,000 goal! Come stop by the intersection of State and Highland and help us reach our goal for MDA Chicagoland and Northern Illinois. #Local439atWork #AFFIatWork Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois
After 18 years, the tremendous loss of life on September 11, 2001 still affect us to this day. Remember the victims, the brave souls who gave their lives while saving others, and all of the individuals who have since passed due to complications from ground zero. The sacrifices made will never be forgotten.
Come out to Summit and Liberty today and help us Fill the Boot for MDA. We're here till 6:00pm! Last year we raised over $25,000 for MDA! #Local439atWork #AFFIatWork #ElginIL #CityofElgin MDA Chicagoland and Northern Illinois City of Elgin-Government, City Services and Community News
These pictures represent what we as a labor union have to be thankful for today. The Firefighters labor movement in Illinois paved way for better working conditions and safe guards that better the working conditions of firefighters across the state. Let us not forget the sacrifices of the firefighters that fought hard to earn these benefits. Being locked out of their fire stations and being arrested for striking are just a few of the anti union tactics that were used against these individuals; but they stood strong. #MakeHistoryMatter
The crews on Engine 5 and Ambulance 5 training on ground monitor operations. Our members are constantly training and sharpening their skills so that they can provide the highest level of service to the residents of Elgin. #ElginIL #CityofElgin #Local439atWork
Yesterday, members at Station 2 put the new Ambulance 2 in service! Ambulance 2 is amongst our busiest ambulances, and is the first responding ambulance to all of District 2, as well as large portions of District 3 and District 6. Last year, Ambulance 2 responded to over 2,500 calls. #ElginIL #CityofElgin #Local439atWork #AFFIatWork Elgin Fire Department, Elgin, Illinois
Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy 4th of July!! #ElginIL #CityofElgin #Local439atWork #AFFIatWork #4thofJuly Elgin Fire Department, Elgin, Illinois
Earlier today while sitting on a downed power line, members on Truck 2 gave an impromptu tour of the truck. We are always willing to give a tour of our equipment and station; if you see us out and about just ask! #ElginIL #CityofElgin #Local439atWork
Engine 3 giving a tour of the Engine at Harvest Bible today. #ElginIL #CityofElgin #Local439atWork
Engine 3 giving a tour of the Engine at Harvest Bible today. #ElginIL #CityofElgin #Local439atWork
Happy Fathers Day!
On this day, 75 years ago, members of the U.S., British and Canadian military bravely stormed the beaches of Normandy, changing the course of history forever. We salute you. #DDay75thAnniversary #ElginIL #CityofElgin
Happy #ArmedForcesDay! We want to thank all of the men and women in the armed forces who are currently protecting our freedoms.
Shout out to all of the firefighters making #coponarooftop possible today😁#elginil #cityofelgin #local439atwork #affiatwork #eatmoredonuts Illinois State Police
May 12-18, 2019 is National Police Week and May 15 is Peace Officers Memorial Day. We are grateful for the amazing working relationships we have with the Elgin Police Department, the Kane County Sheriff's Office, the Illinois State Police and the Cook County Sheriff's Office (Official). These brave men and women put their lives on the line daily and we are extremely thankful for their service and dedication. #ElginIL #CityofElgin #Local439atWork
From all of the members of Local 439, Happy Mothers Day! #CityofElgin #ElginIL #MothersDay #Local439atWork
How our usual work day looks. Pictured below are 4 out of 5 ambulances that cover the City of Elgin-Government, City Services and Community News at the hospital. #ElginIL #CityofElgin #Local439atWork #AFFIatWork
Happy #NationalNursesWeek! We appreciate all of the long shifts, sleepless nights and the time away from your families you spend caring for those in need. From all of the members of Local 439, Thank You! #ElginIL #CityofElgin #Local439atWork #NursesRock
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