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Algonquin-Lake in the Hills FPD seeks tax increase

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Citing health insurance costs and aging apparatus, the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District will ask voters for a property tax hike on March 15 at a rate of 0.1 percent of taxable property value, as per state law.

If voters approve the additional tax during the March 2016 election, a home with a market value of $200,000 would pay an additional $67 in property taxes per year, Fire Chief Peter Van Dorpe said.

From the district’s roughly 40,000 residents, the tax would generate about $900,000 in additional revenue. The fire district is facing a $600,000 hole in its nearly $10 million budget, Van Dorpe said.

Though the district formerly operated a commercial fire alarm system, which generated $400,000 per year, a recent federal decision to prohibit such systems forced the district to shut down the operation.

Additionally, Van Dorpe said the district will soon have to provide health insurance to its nearly 20 part-time employees, which will cost about $200,000 per year.

He added that property values within the district have declined 34 percent since 2010, the village’s main source of revenue.

To save money, the district has already cut its administrative staff by 40 percent and reduced the number of firefighters in the station from 19 to 15 per day. An assistant chief position has been civilianized, and all information technology work is being contracted out.

In addition to filling the hole in the budget, the new tax would go toward capital improvement projects, such as purchasing new apparatus. A new ambulance, for example, costs roughly $260,000, a fire truck is $600,000, and a rescue ladder truck is upward of $1 million.

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Algonquin-Lake in the Hills tower ladder for sale

Found on the Brindlee Mountain website: Algonquin-Lake in the Hills FPD

Ferrara tower ladder for sale

This Algonquin-Lake in the Hills 2010 Ferrara tower ladder is for sale.

2010 Ferrara 100′ platform
Ferrara Inferno chassis
Cummins ISM 500 HP engine
Allison HD4000 automatic transmission
Hale 2,000-GPM pump
300-gallon polypropylene tank
6 KW diesel generator
Engine hours: 804
Mileage: 20,970

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New fire chief for Algonquin-Lake in the Hills FPD

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Peter Van Dorpe was in for a change when he was hired nearly two years ago as assistant fire chief of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District. He spent the first 33 years of his career at the Chicago Fire Department, where he eventually worked his way up to become chief of the training division.

In a fire department of 5,000 employees, his job description was carved out for him, he said. But when he moved to the fire protection district, which has about 70 people, he had to be a jack of all trades.

He was recently chosen to replace Fire Chief Patrick Mullen, who retires Aug. 7.

“He’s eminently qualified to take over the position,” Mullen said, adding that Van Dorpe’s extensive experience in the field was a big reason he originally was hired. “He’s very open and easygoing. He has a unique ability to make connections with people.”

Mullen was hired at the fire protection district only months before Van Dorpe during a large administrative turnover. Under Mullen, the organization also formed and adopted a strategic plan, which Van Dorpe said would likely set the groundwork for financial and organizational development.

The best part about the fire protection district, and a large reason Van Dorpe accepted the offer to become chief, is that positions are often filled internally, he said. Officials are in the process of hiring the next assistant fire chief, which will likely be announced next week.

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Algonquin-Lake in the Hills FPD promotes new fire chief

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The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District will get a new fire chief in August from within its own ranks.

The district’s board voted Wednesday to promote Assistant Fire Chief Peter Van Dorpe to fire chief. Van Dorpe said he agreed to replace retiring Fire Chief Patrick Mullen knowing that he has a strong team to lead and some financial hurdles to overcome.

Van Dorpe will be in charge of the approximately 66 part- and full-time firefighters and staff. He sees his biggest challenge as managing the fluctuating costs of health insurance because of changes in the Affordable Care Act. He said rates could change by 20 percent to 30 percent, which would affect the agency’s $9 million budget.

Trustees had Van Dorpe pegged as the next chief when he became assistant fire chief in October 2013 after 33 years with the Chicago Fire Department.

Van Dorpe’s salary for his first nine months on the job will be $93,517. His salary will increase to $127,300 on May 1 and will continue at that rate until April 30, 2018. At that point, Van Dorpe and district trustees can negotiate a new salary, according to his two-and-a-half-year contract.

Van Dorpe will receive five weeks of vacation time from August to May, and six weeks in 2016. Starting May 1, Van Dorpe will receive 10 sick days. He also is allowed three personal days a year. The district also will contribute 6 percent to a retirement health care account and pay for his health and life insurance, the contract states. The deal also provides Van Dorpe with a vehicle to use for official purposes.

Mullen announced he was retiring for personal reasons and has been chief for two years. Van Dorpe has started searching for his replacement within the department, and plans to promote from within the ranks.

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2-Alarm fire in Lake in the Hills, 4-14-15

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One person was injured and more than a dozen were displaced in a fire that broke out late Tuesday night at an apartment building in Lake in the Hills, fire officials said.

Algonquin-Lake in the HIlls Fire Protection District Chief Patrick Mullen said a call came in at 11:53 p.m. Tuesday from a passerby of a three-story apartment building on fire at 1363 Cunat Court.

[Firemen] initially arrived on scene to find the second and third floor balconies fully engulfed and started evacuation of the building, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Peter VanDorpe said. “The building has sprinklers, without [them] it would have been much, much worse.”

A man had to be rescued from the balcony of the burning building and was transported to Sherman Hospital for smoke inhalation.

The fire was declared under control about 1:10 a.m. … and …it appeared the bulk of the damage was on the outside of the building … 18 apartments were damaged.

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As seen around … Crystal Lake

This from Tyler Tobolt:

Here are a few photos of the two newest ambulances for Crystal Lake FD (Ambulances 351 and 354), Also a photo of Algonquin – Lake in the Hills FPD Tower Ladder 181 at the scene of a box alarm apartment fire in Crystal Lake on 1/14/15.
Thanks Tyler Tobolt.
Ferrara tower ladder

Algonquin Lake-in-the-Hills Tower 181. Tyler Tobolt photo

Type I ambulance photo

Crystal Lake Ambulance 351. Tyler Tobolt photo

Type I ambulance photo

Crystal Lake Ambulance 354. Tyler Tobolt photo

Type I ambulance photo

Crystal Lake Ambulance 354. Tyler Tobolt photo

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Barrington Countryside FPD updates

The Daily Herald has an article updating changes to the Barrington Countryside FPD.

Less than two months before they’ll be operating independently, Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District trustees Monday [added an] automatic-aid agreement … with the Fox River Grove Fire Protection District to ones they approved two weeks ago with the fire departments of Lake Zurich and Long Grove.

Still being pursued are auto-aid agreements with the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District, East Dundee, Palatine, Carpentersville and the village of Barrington. The 48-square-mile Barrington Countryside district will stop receiving service from the Barrington Fire Department by contract on Jan. 1.

Despite a request from Inverness Village President Jack Tatooles, Barrington Countryside is no longer pursuing an auto-aid agreement with the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District to provide first response to the west side of Inverness. Barrington Countryside board President Tom Rowan said three offers for a deal were rejected by Palatine Rural, which is seeking only a significant portion of property taxes in exchange for service to that area.

Earlier Monday, Palatine Rural board President Glen Grosch said he still expected a further meeting with Barrington Countryside to discuss the possibility of a deal.

Barrington Countryside trustees Monday did authorize Fire Chief Jeff Swanson to hire three part-time assistant chiefs from private contractor Paramedic Services of Illinois, to work a combined total of no more than 48 hours a week. Swanson said these assistant chiefs, who will work full-time jobs elsewhere, will provide the next level of management in the department below himself.

Though a full-time deputy chief position is being created on paper, it will be left deliberately vacant to see if the department can get by without it, Swanson said.

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Algonquin-Lake in the Hills FPD hires former CFD chief

The Northwest Herald has an article about a restructuring and new hires at the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District.

The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District this week completed the reorganization of its administration by hiring a Chicago firefighter with 34 years of experience as the new assistant chief.

Peter Van Dorpe, who is in charge of the training division for the Chicago Fire Department, is scheduled to start with Algonquin-Lake in the Hills on Oct. 1.

He is set to earn $111,750 a year.

According to fire district documents, 20 people applied for the position and four were interviewed.

Van Dorpe’s responsibilities will include strategic planning, budget administration, data analysis, policy development and emergency preparedness coordination, among other things.

Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Chief Patrick Mullen said Van Dorpe has broad experience in the fire protection industry, including in fire suppression, firefighter training and budget management.

The fire district also recently hired Cristiane Randall as the management services director. Randall started work Aug. 26 at an $84,818 annual salary.

Her job includes human resources responsibilities, managing employee benefit programs and risk management, worker’s compensation administration, informational services and data management, supervising occupational health, processing payroll, and participating in labor-management and contract administration.

Randall previously worked for the village of Hanover Park in the human resources department. She also has experience in network administration, programming and web design.

“We expect great things from them,” Mullen said.

The additions of Van Dorpe and Randall were the final moves of an administrative restructuring at the fire district.

Mullen was the permanent replacement for former Fire Chief Kevin Rynders, who resigned January.

John Gaughan, former assistant chief of administration, did not have his contract renewed at the end of April and was replaced by Randall.

The assistant chief position has been vacant since the middle of last year. The position was held by Tim Littlefield, who now is the administrative captain.

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