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Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District news (more)

Excerpts from the nwherald.com:

John Paul Kilanski, a firefighter/paramedic with the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District who died unexpectedly at his home over the weekend, is expected to received full honors for his public service and military experience. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves, where he served as a sergeant overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom for 435 days in the 300th Military Police Unit.

The visitation will be from 2 to  9 p.m. Sunday at Willow Funeral Home, 1415 Algonquin Road. At 6 p.m. Sunday, uniformed military personnel and firefighters will hold a walk-through.

The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, and Kilanski will receive full fire department and military honors, said Kilanski’s brother, James Kilanski.

About 10:15 a.m., John Paul Kilanski’s casket will be loaded onto a fire engine, which will pass by Algonquin fire stations 1 and 3 before arriving at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 111 S. Hubbard St. in Algonquin.

A GoFundMe page, www.gofundme.com/honoring-johnpaul-kilanski, has been set up. The community has raised more than $3,000 to help with funeral expenses and his three children.

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Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the nw-herald.com:

A 16-year veteran of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District, Firefighter/Paramedic John-Paul Kilanski, 38, of Algonquin unexpectedly died Sunday while off-duty.

Family members are awaiting a coroner’s report. Kilanski leaves behind his wife, Jennifer, and sons Hunter, 8, Gunnar, 6, and Cannon, 4. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served as drill captain with the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Honor Guard and was a member of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills department’s technical rescue team.

The visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Willow Funeral Home, 1415 Algonquin Road, Algonquin, with a fireman’s walkthrough at 6 p.m. The funeral Mass is set for 11 a.m. Monday at St. Margaret Mary Church, 111 S. Hubbard St., Algonquin.

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House fire in Crystal Lake, 4-15-17

Photos from Steve Redick of apparatus at the scene of a house fire at 4005 Illinois Street in Crystal Lake within the Nunda Rural FPD 4/14/17. A Box Alarm for tenders was called to provide a water supply.

Crystal Lake FD fire engine

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Cary FPD tender

Steve Redick photo

Nunda Rural FPD mini pumper

Steve Redick photo

Nunda Rural FPD Engine 41

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Grayslake FPD tanker

Steve Redick photo

Union FPD tanker

Steve Redick photo

Algonquin-Lake in the Hills fire engine

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McHenry Township FPD fire truck

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Round Lake FPD fire engine

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Mundelein Fire Department Truck 431

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Fox Lake FPD fire engine

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Fox River Grove FPD tanker

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Nunda Rural FPD Engine 45

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Nunda Rural FPD Engine 41

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Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from Mysuburbanlife.com:

To be proactive in training for [live-shooter] situations, about 150 members of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District and the Algonquin and Lake in the Hills police departments participated in rescue task force training throughout the past week.  It was the first time the three agencies from bordering communities trained together on such a large scale.

The training sessions took place over three days at the former Duralife building in Algonquin, and included classroom activities as well as practical training on equipment use, moving through the building where a threat has been located, and carrying wounded victims to safety. Owners donated the use of the building for training.

The relatively new technique practiced is called rapid deployment, where small groups of police officers and firefighters will enter an active scene, such as a school shooting, before the scene has been completely secured.

“Typically a fire department would stage, wait a bit away from the scene, until police were able to secure it and make it 100 percent safe for firefighter personnel,” Lake in the Hills Police Sgt. Lloyd Howen said. “Well, people are dying. People that can survive … need medical care right away.”

“Our whole mission of the rescue task force is to save as many lives as possible and get medical treatment to innocent victims as quickly as we can,” Howen said.

Typically, a rescue task force includes about two police officers and two firefighter/paramedics entering an active violence scene together. Police officers provide security while paramedics take care of the injured.

But working in groups requires the agencies to share their language and expertise with each other, which is where the training is important.

The fire department received a grant to help buy four ballistic vests and helmets for firefighters and police invested in medical equipment including portable transport units to carry wounded people from a scene.

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Algonquin-Lake in the Hills FPD history

This from Doug Hoyt:

Following up on the Alsip front-mount “bumper pumpers”, here are a few photos of some more Division 2 rigs from the early / mid 80’s.  Algonquin-Lake In the Hills Tanker 174, a Pierce/International.  Not sure of the year, but I’m reasonably sure the pump is a 750 gpm and the tank is a 3000 gal.  I’ve also included a close-up of that pump. Thanks for the chance to share these!

Doug Hoyt…
front mounted pump on a fire engine

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Algonquin-Lake in the Hills FPD history

Algonquin-Lake In the Hills Tanker 174, a Pierce/International. Doug Hoyt photo

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Algonquin-Lake in the Hills FPD news

Excerpts from mysuburbanlife.com:

The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District can start restoring services that have been cut and setting aside funds for long-term needs after an emergency and rescue tax was passed Tuesday, Fire Chief Peter Van Dorpe said. About 7,790 voters – or 54 percent – voted yes, and 6,593 voters – or 46 percent – voted no, according to unofficial results. The district, which serves about 40,000 residents in Algonquin and Lake in the Hills, is expecting the tax to generate about $800,000 a year.

The 0.1 percent tax will add about $65 on the property tax bill of the owner of a $200,000 house. District voters rejected the same referendum in the March primary by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent.

About half of the funds gained from the tax are expected to go toward the department’s vehicle replacement fund. The department also plans on putting an ambulance back in service that has been out of commission for about two years, taking care of deferred building repairs, waiving fees insurance won’t cover for patients being transported to the hospital and planning to set aside money for a dive team.

Some residents have questioned why the district needed the tax when it had a little less than $200,000 surplus in fiscal 2016, Van Dorpe said.

He said the district’s 2016 budget was prepared before the March referendum results were in, and the department anticipated it would get the money needed to make repairs at its stations. When the referendum did not pass, the projects were deferred, so the money set aside for them never was used, he said. The surplus also did not provide enough funds for long-term planning, he said.

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Algonquin-Lake in the Hills FPD news

fire department bike medic bicycles

Algonquin-Lake in the Hills FPD photo

Excerpts from the NWHerald.com:

Two bikes, worth about $1,300 each, were donated to the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District by Lake in the Hills American Legion Post 1231, said Matt Berg, president of Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Firefighters Local 3985.

The bikes will be manned by off-duty personnel hired to staff community events, such as the Algonquin Founders’ Days parade or Lake in the Hills Triathlon and are equipped with medical supplies, including a defibrillator, oxygen, IV and bandaging for traumatic injures.

The department realized paramedic bikes would be an asset when it borrowed one from the Algonquin police to use at the Founders’ Days parade. Berg, who rode the bike, said he treated about a dozen patients during the event. He said this is the only fire department in the area to implement the program.

The bikes also allow the public to interact easier with paramedics, and they give residents the ability to have a closer look at who paramedics are and what they do.

Training for about 12 paramedics who are interested in using the bikes will start in the spring,

thanks Dan

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Algonquin-Lake in the Hills FPD news

Excerpts from the NWHerald.com:

A referendum to add a new property tax for the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District will be back on the ballot in November after it failed in the March election.

Fire Chief Peter Van Dorpe said the referendum hasn’t changed, asking for a 0.1 percent emergency and rescue tax, which would add about $65 on the property tax bill of the owner of a $200,000 house.

District officials have said the money is needed because of a loss of revenue from the commercial fire alarm business and added costs from the Affordable Care Act.

Without more funds, the estimated 40,000 residents the department serves in Algonquin and Lake in the Hills will see reduced service, Van Dorpe said.

In March, the referendum was rejected by 53.2 percent of voters. If the tax is passed, it would generate about $800,000 a year, Van Dorpe said.

To keep a balanced budget, Van Dorpe said he’s already had to cut administrative staff in half and reduce equipment. The department also is not setting aside any extra money, he said, and has 15 on-duty personnel, lower than the National Fire Protection Association’s recommendation of 17.

Because the district is not a municipal department, adding a property tax is the only option it has to add revenue. The only other option the district has is to make more cuts.

Norm Bemis is leading efforts to spread the word about the referendum through Friends of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District. As an Algonquin resident and Palatine firefighter, Bemis said he realizes the importance of having timely emergency response intervention.

Information sessions on the referendum will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Oct. 27 and Nov. 2 at the fire department, 1020 W. Algonquin Road, Lake in the Hills. For information, visit http://www.alfpd.org/.

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Firefighters injured during house fire in Lake in the Hills

Excerpts from theDailyherald.com:

Two firefighters were injured Monday afternoon fighting a blaze in a townhouse in Lake in the Hills, fire officials said. Firefighters were called at 1:35 p.m. to the two-story building on the 0-100 block of West Acorn and arrived to find smoke showing from the roof and a small fire in the rear of the house.

The owners were home at the time but escaped uninjured. Two firefighters were taken to a nearby hospital with nonlife- threatening injuries. Six families were displaced by the fire.

No damage estimate was available. Fire officials continue to investigate. Assisting departments were Crystal Lake, Fox River Grove, West Dundee, Rutland Dundee, Hoffman Estates, Elgin, Huntley, Pingree Grove, Marengo and Cary.

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Algonquin-Lake in the Hills FPD seeks tax increase (more)

Excerpts from MySuburbanLife.com:

Officials from the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District said the district’s loss of funding from commercial fire alarms and added costs from the Affordable Care Act are behind the upcoming referendum to create a new tax fund for the district.

The proposed emergency and rescue tax, which will be on the primary ballot on March 15, would add a 0.1 percent tax on the equalized assessed value of property within the district. The tax would add about $61 to the tax bill for the owner of a $200,000 home who takes the homestead exemption. That would increase the fire district’s portion of that resident’s tax bill by about 10 percent, based on tax rates from last year.

In all, it would raise about $900,000 to the department’s tax revenue on top of the current projected revenue of about $8 million.

The numbers were presented during an information session Wednesday night. Additional information sessions are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20 and Feb. 10 at the fire district headquarters at 1020 W. Algonquin Road.

Van Dorpe said in his presentation the department needs a revenue boost because a federal court decision in 2015 forced the department to stop providing radio frequency fire alarms to commercial property in its district. Providing that service netted the department $407,000 at its peak in 2013.

The chief said the Affordable Care Act would require the district to provide health care to part-time employees at an estimated cost of $200,000. He also cited a long-term decline in property values, a low consumer price index and rises in medical insurance and workers’ compensation.

Van Dorpe’s presentation also said the department had reclassified and eliminated positions to try to make ends meet, but those measures would not be enough in the coming years.

The department is not currently setting aside any money to pay for the replacement of equipment, he said.

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