The Barrington Courier Review has an article about a new assistant chief for the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District.

After serving the Barrington Fire Department for 24 years, Donald Wenschhof has been hired as the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District’s assistant chief. Wenschhof, a veteran firefighter and paramedic who joined the district last month, rose through the ranks at the village department from an on-call firefighter and paramedic to lieutenant and most recently assistant chief.

Wenschhof said he could not pass up the opportunity to help create an entirely new fire agency.

“The opportunities here for public service and professional growth far outweigh anywhere else,” said Wenschhof, who has lived in the district for 33 years. “Years from now, I want to look back and be able to say I helped build an operation that serves residents better than anything they had before.”

According to a fire district new release, Wenschhof was integral to the district board’s efforts to reduce emergency response times. In 2011, the district upgraded its alert system at its Barrington Hills and Lake Barrington fire stations. Wenschhof’s background in computer programming and system networking helped implement the new equipment online and synchronize it with emergency dispatch operations, fire district officials said.