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5-Alarm fire with multiple Special Alarms in Barrington Hills, 4-18-15 (more)

Images from Bill O’Neill/ElginNet Media from the Barrington Hills house fire on Saturday (4/18/15).

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fireman pulling hose

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drone footage of mega mansion engulfed in flames

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fire department water tenders filling portable tanks

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Fox Lake Fire Department fire engine

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5-Alarm fire with multiple Special Alarms in Barrington Hills, 4-18-15 (more)

More from the 5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials at 245 Rolling Hills, Drive in Barrington Hills (4/18/15)

Images from Mary Klebba

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house fire scene

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firemen at house fire

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5-Alarm fire with multiple Special Alarms in Barrington Hills, 4-18-15 (more)

Tis from Tyler Tobolt:

I took in the Barrington – Countryside house fire Saturday (4/18/15). I made it when it was well over an hour into the fire. Here are more shots of the apparatus on-scene since there are already some awesome shots of the house fire.
Thanks Tyler
Alongquin Lake in the Hills fire engine

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fire trucks lined up at fire scene

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fire department water tenders filling portable tanks

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fire trucks lined up at fire scene

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ambulances at fire scene

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Countryside FPD fire truck

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Elgin fire engine

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Schaumburg fire engine

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fire department chief car

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Fox River Grove fire engine

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Hanover park fire engine

Tyler Tobolt photoDozens of fire departments assisted the Barrington Countryside FPD battle a massive house fire in Barrington Hills, IL 4-18-15.0Tyler Tobolt photo

fire department water tanker at fire scene

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Hoffman Estates fire truck

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West Dundee Fire Department Engine 32

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5-Alarm fire with multiple Special Alarms in Barrington Hills, 4-18-15

The first of what will be several posts on the 5-Alarm fire with multiple special alarms at 24 Rolling Hills Drive in Barrington Hills Saturday (4/18/15).

From a radioman911.com listener:

Barrington – Countryside FPD – House Fire – 24 Rolling Hills Drive

Full Response List:
Battalion 38, 3801, Engine 381, Engine 382, Engine 383, Tanker 381, Tanker 382, Palatine Rural Engine 36, Barrington Engine 361, Long Grove Tanker 55, Cary Squad 255, Carpentersvile Engine 91, Hoffman Estates Truck 22, East Dundee Tanker 41, Long Grove Battalion 55, Fox River Grove Engine 641, Buffalo Grove Ambulance 25, Palatine Rural Chief 701, Lake Zurich Engine 2, Algonquin Engine 141, Bartlett Tender 2, Rutland-Dundee Tender 52, Prospect Heights Tender 9, Wauconda Tender 341, a McHenry tender, a Barrington truck, Palatine Truck 85, a Bartlett chief, a Cary chief, a Lake Zurich chief, a Fox River Grove chief, Mess Canteen 5, Hanover Park Engine 361, Schaumburg Engine 54, West Dundee Engine 31, Fox Lake Tender 222, Crystal Lake Tender 371, Round Lake Tender 261, Countryside Truck 412, Libertyville Squad 462, Mundelein Ambulance 431, a Wauconda chief, ATV 5, South Elgin Tender 22, Nunda Rural Tender 1371, Grayslake Tender 271, Huntley Tender 973, Woodstock Tender 72, Hampshire Tender 1431 (unavailable), Elk Grove Township Tender 11.

COQ: Wheeling Ambulance 24 / Deerfield Engine 19 to Station 1 – Rolling Meadows Ambulance 16 / Streamwood Engine 33 to Station 2

Interdivisional requests from Division 1,2,4,5. There was a speical request for a brush truck from Lake Villa.
UCP 13 was also out there

This from Larry Shapiro:

Occupants that are currently renting the house were burning leaves this afternoon and the fire communicated to a tree sending embers onto the house. The wind caused the fire to spread rapidly. A 2nd Alarm was requested on arrival of Barrington & Countryside units followed quickly by an upgrade to a 4th Alarm for tenders only. The 5th Alarm was requested later and then Interdivisional Alarms for a Tender task Force from Divisions 2 and 5. The previous alarms were later filled out for the suppression companies which brought more personnel to the scene. Four counties were represented at this incident which included units from 6 MABAS Divisions.

The wind carried embers into the grass area behind the home igniting a prairie fire which spread to a large area near the electric transmission lines. This prompted a Special Alarm for brush fire assets.

In addition to the units listed above, there were engines from Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Rolling Meadows and Elgin.

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mega mansion engulfed in flames

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mega mansion engulfed in flames

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mega mansion engulfed in flames

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E-ONE fire engine at house fire scene

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E-ONE e-MAX fire engine drafting from port-tanks

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E-ONE fire engine with multiple hose lines off

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Barrington & Barrington sign auto-aid agreement

The Daily Herald has an article about an automatic aid agreement that has been signed between the Village of Barrington Fire Department and the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District.

Nearly six months after their acrimonious breakup, the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District and the Barrington Fire Department have reached an automatic aid agreement governing when, how and where each will respond to emergencies in the other’s jurisdiction.

The deal, ratified by both sides Monday evening, calls for the district to respond to all commercial fire alarms in the village of Barrington that occur west of Route 59. In return, the Barrington Fire Department will provide fire and emergency medical service coverage to sections of the district that are in the vicinity of the village’s fire station at 400 N. Northwest Highway.

The agreement was negotiated by district Fire Chief Jeff Swanson and Barrington Fire Chief Jim Arie.

“We are confident that (the agreement) improves public safety for residents of both the district and village, and ensures that the aid we provide will be reciprocated when we need it,” Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District board President Thomas C. Long said.

Prior to Jan. 1, the fire district paid the village of Barrington to provide fire protection services to its 48-square mile jurisdiction, which includes the towns of Barrington Hills, South Barrington, Lake Barrington, Inverness and unincorporated Cook, Lake and McHenry counties. But after disputes over staffing and equipment needs, the fire district ended the relationship and launched its own department at the start of the year.

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An excellent article describing the use of auto-aid

The Courier-News has an article which discusses the physical growth of the City of Elgin and describes how, through automatic-aid agreements the fire department provides service to all areas of their district.

If you live or travel at the edges of Elgin’s boundaries and you’re involved in an accident, need an ambulance or have a fire at your home, there’s a chance the Elgin Fire Department might not be the first responder on the scene.

And there are good public safety reasons for that.

The Elgin department has a number of agreements with other departments and fire protection districts to help ensure that the response to the emergency in question is as prompt as possible.

Elgin Fire Chief John Fahy explained that automatic-aid agreements are approved by the city council and allow for the closest unit, regardless of jurisdiction, to be dispatched to calls for services involving the fire departments or fire districts in question, along with the units from the area of jurisdiction.

Some automatic agreements have been long-standing, such as one between Elgin and the South Elgin & Countryside Fire Protection District. Elgin’s need for them grew as the city and other local towns expanded their boundaries farther out and in sometimes geometrically odd shapes.

That left public safety and public works departments with new areas to cover that could be a good distance from existing stations or headquarters.

In Elgin’s case, the city spread west in patches, as far north as Randall Road and Route 72 between West Dundee and Gilberts; as far south as Silver Glen Road near South Elgin and St. Charles; and northwest toward Pingree Grove. At the same time, to its east, new subdivisions in Bartlett and Hoffman Estates were built closer to Elgin.

As such, Fahy said, “We can’t cover things the way we used to do.” Automatic-aid agreements “are the future of meeting such community needs.”

Elgin now has automatic-aid agreements that are reciprocal in nature with no fewer than six other fire protection agencies, some Elgin has sought, some other entities have initiated.

Examples of automatic-aid agreements initiated by other departments with Elgin include one with the East Dundee Fire Protection District to cover the area north of Interstate 90 and off Route 25. That includes Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation and the Milk Pail Restaurant that are in fire district’s boundaries and Elgin’s area that includes the Lexington Inn and business sites off Brandt Drive.

Another is with the South Elgin district, in part so that a pocket of the district near Elgin Community College that is closer for Elgin to handle has faster initial responses.

Farther west, “Crawford and McDonald roads coverage is with South Elgin, as they have a station on McDonald,” Fahy said.

In recent years, Elgin has initiated automatic-aid agreements with the village of West Dundee and its fire department to handle the area north of Interstate 90 along Route 31. It includes hotels and an apartment complex that are in West Dundee, and a gas station and industrial and office space near St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin.

An automatic-aid agreement with Rutland-Dundee Fire Protection District is set up in part to cover north of I-90 off Randall Road. The area includes The Grove business area with its numerous restaurants and the Northwest Corporate Park behind it in Elgin. The village of Sleepy Hollow is just across Randall to the east, and the busy intersection of Route 72 and Randall Road is on the north end.

“We respond to Rutland-Dundee in Sleepy Hollow as well as to the Gilberts subdivision off of Big Timber in return for their 72 and Randall coverage,” Fahy said.

“Our automatic-aid agreement with the Pingree Grove & Countryside Fire Protection District is strictly west on Highland Avenue to cover Highland Woods and along Plank Road where the city annexed the Jack Cook Park.”

An agreement with the Huntley Fire Protection District “is exclusively for response on the tollway during construction. With the inability to cross over or the loss of exit entrance ramps, we respond westbound into Huntley’s district, and they respond eastbound into Elgin’s district. The construction is a two- to three-year project, so we will revisit that agreement once the job is complete,” Fahy said.

Fahy said another automatic-aid agreement may be in the works with the Bartlett Fire Protection District for the area around Bartlett and Spaulding roads, where there are industrial sites in Elgin and subdivisions in Bartlett.

On top of all that, local fire departments and districts also have mutual-aid agreements. Those involve major incidents in which extra units are needed. There is a predetermined set of responses, and such aid has to be requested as the emergency situation is happening, Fahy said.

The formal agreements have been set up since the late 1960s through the statewide Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS). Elgin is part of Illinois MABAS Division 2 (www.mabas2.org), which includes 15 fire departments or districts.

A prime example of MABAS in practice was the September fire caused by lightning at Village Pizza and Pub in Carpentersville, where at least eight fire departments or districts wound up assisting.

All this also points toward the difference between departments and districts.

Fire departments are part of a city or village government and are funded through municipality budgets. Fire districts levy their own taxes to pay for their operations and cover not only municipalities but also surrounding land that most often is unincorporated and/or undeveloped.

Complicating the issue are “paper districts,” Fahy said. Those exist only on paper and contract out for services, most typically from an adjacent body that has a fire department. They also are independent taxing bodies, with that money going to pay for the services provided. An example would be areas near West Dundee served by the village of West Dundee Fire Department.

In recent years, some paper districts have moved to become actual brick-and-mortar districts with their own staff and buildings. Those include areas that had been served by departments in Palatine and St. Charles that are now independent, Fahy said, noting that on Jan. 1, the Barrington and Countryside Fire Protection District began operating in an area that had been served by the Barrington’s village department.

Who gets paid

Either way, for someone who winds up in an ambulance, Fahy said, “Regardless of where the incident is, the department that transports the patient is the one who gets paid.”

In 2011, Elgin updated city ordinances, raising the rates for various fire services, including ambulance charges. It was the first change for the ordinances in 10 years.

“Prior to the 2011 ordinance change, the rates were adjusted annually as Medicare rates changed,” Fahy said.

For those transported who have third-party insurance, charges not covered by that insurance remain the responsibility of the patient. People who are covered under Medicare and Medicaid are not responsible for the unpaid balance, with the difference “written down,” Fahy said.

In 2010, revenue collected for Elgin Fire Department ambulance service was $1.4 million; in 2011, $1.431 million; and in 2012, $1.854 million. The estimate for 2013 is $1.85 million.

The charge for basic life support transport rose from $355 to $442.74 for Elgin residents and from $444 to $692.75 for nonresidents. Advanced life support Level 1 went from $422 to $525.75 for Elginites and from $528 to $900 for outsiders. Advanced life support Level 2 went from $611 to $760 for Elgin residents and from $764 to $1,135 for nonresidents.

The city also began to charge for ambulance mileage, measured from the location of the emergency to the hospital, at a rate of $10 per mile for anyone transported. Any such charges not covered by insurance remain the responsibility of the patient, as it had been in the 2001 ordinance.

Fahy noted that Naperville conducts an extensive survey each year comparing area ambulance service rates.

“Our resident rates are well below the average, and our nonresident rates are slightly above the average. This was by design,” Fahy said.

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