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Plainfield Fire District to Conduct Tornado Drills

Drills begin Monday in Plainfield subdivisions.

The Village of Plainfield announced that the Plainfield Fire Protection District will be conducting drills during the week of April 21 to test their response to incidents simulating a tornado touchdown. 

The drills will take place in the Marybrook, Eagle Chase, Pheasant Chase, and Quail Run subdivisions in the mornings.  Flags will be placed in the parkway to simulate damaged locations and the streets will remain open at all times.
Adam April 21, 2014 at 08:45 AM
Says the uninformed, uneducated public that has no idea what it takes to run a fire district or other government agency. They have had various things to try to educate the public but most people are too busy to do anything but complain. They have actually been pretty responsible with their tax dollars.
Ron Jidzny April 21, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Adam - why does the fire district always take the 'high' bids on apparatus purchases? Why is it that always a 'Pierce' product being selected? Is there anyone at the district that works for Global Pierce that also works for the fire district? If I'm so 'uneducated' please answer these questions to educate me.
Ericus Alanas April 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM
Tim, its not that hard to see how they view money, it apparently grows on trees for them by how they are able to budget. Off by 500k on a line item? no concern here... http://www.plainfieldfpd.com/files/12_0724_BUDGET_ORDINANCE.pdf
Tim April 21, 2014 at 01:44 PM
Ericus - Thanks for the link. The budget looks like it could be handled much better, but that is distinct from the guys pounding the pavement, which is who I was speaking so positively of... From what I can see, the budget is still running in the black, with no deficit spending dipping into contingency funds... (I'm looking at you, village and PD). Like I said, there is always room for improvement, and I have seen no reason to think that the FD wouldn't respond to CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. So run some numbers of your own, look for ways to better handle it, and make suggestions to the board at a public meeting. Unless they prove me wrong by their actions, they still have the public trust in that respect.
Blake April 21, 2014 at 06:34 PM
If you do decide to go to a fire district board meeting expect an inquisitive look from those seated behind the front table. They don't often have much of an audience at the meetings and I am sure they prefer it that way. Tim is right, the men and women that protect the residents of Plainfield do a fine job. Those in charge of spending the money do so freely. They do apply for grants which is good. I don't think they have ever uttered the phrase that we need to "do more with less". The budget appears to have alot of discretionary spending built in, such as expense accounts for the Chiefs etc.

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