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Arlington Heights Fire Department news

From Village of Arlington Heights; #ArlingtonHeightsFD; #BillDressel; #TJLiebetrau;The Arlington Heights Fire Department recently presented its first-ever Bill Dressel Workhorse Award to Firefighter TJ Liebetrau, who ran the most calls in 2022. This new award was named after Bill Dressell, who served as an Arlington Heights Firefighter for 41 years before retiring in 2010. He attended the first paramedic class at Northwest Community Hospital in 1972, and this annual award will recognize his many years of service to our community. Recently, Bill stopped by the fire station to present the first Bill Dressell Workhorse Award to Firefighter Liebetrau, who responded to 783 calls in 2022. We look forward to continuing this new tradition in the Arlington Heights Fire Department and carrying on Bill’s legacy for generations to come. Congratulations to Firefighter Liebetrau for this impressive accomplishment!

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Crash with entrapment in Buffalo Grove, 7-31-23

Buffalo Grove police officers and firefighters were dispatched to the intersection of Dundee Road and Arlington Heights Road Monday evening (7/31/23) for a child on a bicycle that was trapped underneath a van. Once on scene the incident was upgraded to an entrapment response for additional personnel. Firefighters from Buffalo Grove and Arlington Heights raised the van from the victim’s leg and removed the child who was conscious.; #larryshapiro;; #BuffaloGroveFD; #entrapment;

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Arlington Heights Fire Department news

From Arlington Heights Firefighters L-3105 on Facebook:; #ArlingtonHeightsFD; #PhillipPalczynski;

Arlington Heights FD FF/PM Phillip “PhilPal” Palczynski

It is with great sadness and regret that we must announce the passing of FF/PM Phillip “PhilPal” Palczynski. Yesterday morning, Phil passed away unexpectedly at his home in Downers Grove. Phil served the Arlington Heights Fire Department and was a proud member of Local 3105 for 23 years. He was currently assigned to Fire Station #3. Please keep Phil and his family in your thoughts and prayers as they try to navigate through this difficult time.

Details about arrangements will be released soon.
Details for FF/PM Phil Palczynski’s services are as follows:
Wake: Monday, June 12th Starting @ 3:00 PM – Adams, Winter & Sullivan Funeral Home – 4343 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Fire Dept Walkthrough: Monday, June 12th @ 7:00 PM. FD Personnel muster in the parking lot at 630 PM.
Funeral: Tuesday, June 13th @ 10:00 AM – St Joseph Catholic Church – 4801 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL
Thank You to everyone for your overwhelming kindness and support for Phil and his family.

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Arlington Heights FD selling surplus pickup

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1998 Chevrolet C/K 2500 REGULAR CAB PICKUP 2-DR, 5.7L V8 4 WHEEL DRIVE

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Working fire in Arlington Heights, 1-11-23

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A man suffered life-threatening injuries after a fire in an Arlington Heights apartment complex at 2315 E. Olive St. about 11:52 p.m. Wednesday night.

Firefighters found heavy smoke in one unit where the man was found on a couch. He was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Residents in 48 units in the complex have been displaced. The fire has displaced 48 residents of the complex.


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Arlington Heights Fire Department news

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A new three-year contract with the Arlington Heights firefighters union was negotiated in a day and a half and without lawyers present, village and union officials say.

The labor agreement, ratified by the union in December and unanimously approved by the village board this week, awards the 99 members of Arlington Heights Firefighters Association Local 3105 raises of 3.5% this year, 3% in 2024 and 3.2% in 2025.

Annual base salaries range from $74,290 for a new firefighter on the first step of the salary schedule to $133,010 for a fire lieutenant on the seventh step.

“I’ve been doing this a long time, and the (union) … has been the utmost professional local that I’ve ever worked with,” Fire Chief Lance Harris told the village board Tuesday night. “The support that you give us, the support that the village gives them, and the support that I try and provide them, we’ve earned their trust. And I can tell you, talking to the fire chiefs on a monthly basis, nobody settles their contracts on a day and a half of negotiations.”

Steve Schwartz, president of the local union, said the brief period of negotiations “speaks volumes to where we’re at,” describing a relationship of mutual trust and respect with the village staff and the fire department administration.

For agreeing to a new contract before the old one expired Jan. 1, firefighters received a $600 signing bonus. They also got a onetime $500 bonus in recognition for working diligently during the pandemic.

The new contract also comes with one more paid holiday, a revised fire lieutenant promotion testing process, and a new employee-only contribution retiree health savings account, in light of impending retirements.

The agreement runs through 2025.

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Arlington Heights Department news

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Fire Chief Lance Harris is proud to announce that the Arlington Heights Fire Department was again approved as an ISO CLASS 1 organization, following a thorough evaluation by the Public Protection Classification Insurance Services Office. Additionally, the Arlington Heights Fire Department received one of the highest scores recorded at 97.21.  This is the fire departments second consecutive evaluation receiving this honor.

ISO ratings are designed to score a fire department’s ability to protect their community, with ISO CLASS 1 ranked as the highest possible class. Currently, out of approximately 40,000 fire departments nationwide, there are just over 400 departments to hold an ISO CLASS 1 rating, with only 29 in Illinois. 

Key factors that contributed to the fire department improving its CLASS 1 rating score were improved record keeping, training, the fire department’s Community Risk Reduction Program, the accredited dispatch agency Northwest Central Dispatch, and the village’s water distribution system in combination with maintenance and testing of the villages fire hydrants.  

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Arlington Heights Fire Department news

From the Village of Arlington Heights:

Village Manager Randall Recklaus has announced that Lance Harris has been named the new chief of the Arlington Heights Fire Department. Harris has served as fire chief for the Village of West Dundee, and the deputy chief of fire for the Elk Grove Fire Department, where he worked for 25 years in various roles. Harris is a long-time resident of Arlington Heights and will begin his role effective June 27, 2022.

Lance Harris earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Lewis University and his Chief Fire Officer Certifications from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshall and the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Chief Harris is a member of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association and the Metro Fire Chiefs Association.

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Working fire in Arlington Heights, 1-16-22

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A few scene photos from a fire at 2619 N. Ridge Road in Arlington Heights Sunday night (1/16/22). It came in as fire in a bathroom and the first engine reported fire visible from the roof. Units on scene were from Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, and Palatine.

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Apartment fire in Arlington Heights, 1-7-22 (more)

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The 80-year-old Paul C. Strusiner who authorities say started a Jan. 7 fire that damaged several units in an Arlington Heights apartment complex was charged with aggravated arson and ordered held on $75,000 bail Tuesday. Police say he is being treated at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights for medical reasons unrelated to the fire.

The fire broke out at 12:22 a.m. Friday. Police officers and firefighters arrived to find flames coming from a first-floor unit which had a car parked in front of it. Later, officers noticed the car circling the parking lot and they approached the car, which was being driven by the defendant, and noted the front seat appeared to be melted.

The defendant told authorities he started the fire by lighting a piece of paper and leaving it on a table, prosecutors said, adding that the statements he gave police amounted to nonsensical ramblings.

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