Posts Tagged Barrington & Countryside Fire Protection District

Barrington Countryside FPD news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

At the beginning of the month, The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District left CenCom 9-1-1 to join  Northwest Central Dispatch System.

Deputy Fire Chief Donald Wenschhof III said the switch provides stronger, wider-ranging radio coverage throughout the district.

Barrington Countryside serves portions of Barrington Hills, South Barrington, Lake Barrington and Inverness; and portions of unincorporated Cook, Lake and McHenry counties.

The district used CenCom’s services since its split from the Barrington Fire Department in 2014.

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Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District entered into an automatic aid agreement with the Huntley Fire Protection District this week.

Under the terms of the agreement, Huntley will send an ambulance to a structure fire that happens within Barrington Countryside’s borders. In exchange, Barrington Countryside will send a fire engine to all fires that happen within Huntley’s borders.

Barrington Countryside now has automatic aid agreements or partnerships with 12 Northwest suburban fire service agencies.

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4-Alarm house fire in Barrington Hills – 1-30-17 (part 3)

Video (part 2) from Larry Shapiro 4-Alarm house fire in Barrington Hills – 1-30-17

gallery of photos can be found at Shapirophotography.net

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4-Alarm house fire in Barrington Hills – 1-30-17 (part 2)

Video (part 1) from Larry Shapiro 4-Alarm house fire in Barrington Hills – 1-30-17

Excerpts from Chicago.cbslocal.com:

A large house that was being expanded was a total loss Tuesday morning, after an immense fire in west suburban Barrington, while the family was overseas on vacation. An addition being built onto the 3,800-square-foot home appeared to be about 2,000 square feet.

By the time neighbors saw the fire, it had already grown quite large.

The fire started around 2 a.m. at a home at the end of a quarter-mile driveway on Cuba Road between Old Barrington Road and Route 59. A total of 30 suburban fire departments were called to the scene with more than 100 firefighters.

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4-Alarm house fire in Barrington Hills – 1-30-17 (part 1)

The first in a series of posts from the 4-Alarm fire at 26161 W. Cuba Road in Barrington Hills 1-30-17.

E-ONE Typhoon e-MAX drafting from water tank during fire

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firefighters battle fire that destroys a huge mansion

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firefighters battle fire that destroys a huge mansion

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mansion destroyed by flames

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E-ONE Cyclone engine at fire scene

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firefighter silhouette with fire

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using a tower ladder as an engine at fire scene

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E-ONE e-MAX pumper at fire scene

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portable tanks for tanker shuttle at fire scene

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House fire in Barrington, 1-29-17

This from Larry Shapiro:

Barrington firefighters were called to 218 Russell Street this afternoon (1/29/17) after a neighbor reported flames coming from the vacant house. Units arrived to find the first floor involved with fire communicating to the second floor and attic of the two-story home with ballon-frame construction.

Mutual aid companies came from Barrington Countryside, Fox River Grove, palatine Rural, Long Grove, Cary, Palatine, and Wauconda.

Firefighters at house fire with heavy smoke

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Firefighters with hose line battle house fire

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E-ONE fire trucks at fire scene

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Firefighters battle house fire with heavy smoke

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Firefighters battle house fire with heavy smoke

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heavy smoke from attic during house fire

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Firefighters use pike poles to ventilate house on fire

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Firefighters battle house fire with heavy smoke

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utility worker cuts electric lines during house fire

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heavy smoke from house on fire

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multiple lines off E-ONE quint af fire scene

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Firefighter with hose line battles house fire

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Barrington FD E-ONE quint with lines off at house fire

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Barrington Countryside FPD news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The location of a proposed third station for the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District has officials at Barrington School District 220 concerned about traffic congestion and loud noises.

For $500,000, the fire protection district purchased an acre of land, which includes an existing home, at 36 E. Dundee Road, located between Barrington Middle School — Prairie Campus and the Early Learning Center at District 220.

The fire district has said it plans to turn the home into its third fire station but run limited operations there.

But with the close proximity to District 220 schools, officials said they are working with the fire district to address their concerns about increased traffic and noise if the station opens.

School officials are concerned about traffic congestion when parents drop their children off in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. The sounds of sirens also could disturb younger students in class. District 220 officials intended to buy the property to help improve traffic flow between the two buildings.

The proposed third station for the fire district wouldn’t feature fire trucks but could include administrative offices and beds for firefighters on shift at the facility, officials with the fire district have said.

The location would help improve response times throughout the area, particularly with medical calls involving heart attack and stroke victims, said Keith Hanson, board president at the fire protection district. Those make up about 85 percent of the district’s calls.

Instead of a fire truck, the district would look to house an SUV that could be used as a rapid response unit. It would be outfitted with life support equipment for heart attack and stroke victims.

“The key to responding to heart attacks and strokes is getting two people on scene very quickly and starting (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) or appropriate stroke treatment,” he said.

Addressing some concerns of the school district, the fire protection district would limit the use of the SUV to about two calls a day, Hanson said. Firefighters also will use the sirens in select instances where traffic needs to be moved.

Fire Chief Jim Kreher said the third station would help improve response times throughout the district’s territory.

“We cover 48 square miles and this station will help us respond to residents more efficiently,” Kreher said. “We also help out the fire department in Barrington and the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District.”

Hanson said the fire district could conceivably expand operations at the third station in the future, bringing in more personnel and equipment. But for now, district board members have budgeted $2 million to upgrade and open the station by the spring.

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Barrington Countryside FPD news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

A house between Barrington Middle School’s Prairie Campus and the Barrington Area Unit School District 220 Early Learning Center on Dundee Road could soon be a small fire station, according to Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District officials.

Fire Chief James Kreher said the fire district is in the process of closing on the house fairly soon.

Representatives from the fire district and the school district have met a few times since September to talk about how the two can work together so their facilities can coexist and maybe even collaborate in the future.

One of the things they’ve discussed is working together to make it easier for the school district to move their buses around on the property. There are about 1,500 students between Prairie Middle School and the Early Learning Center, making the busing operation the second largest in the district.

Kreher said options range from leaving the house there and modifying the garage so it can house a fire truck or two, or leveling the structures and building new ones.

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Box Alarm brush fire in Gurnee, 9-6-16

This from Jeff Rudolph:

09/06/16 Gurnee,IL

MABAS Wildland box for the brush fire along the Bittersweet Golf Course

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brush fire in Gurnee

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brush fire

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former Forest Service brush engine in Lake County IL

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Newport Township FPS tracked ATV for brush fires

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Barrington Countryside FPD Humvee

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Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District news

From the Barrington and Countryside FPD website:

The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) Board of Trustees has established a team of experienced officers to lead an orderly transition of fire department operations before Fire Chief/Administrator Jeffrey A. Swanson’s three-year employment agreement ends in July 2016, Fire District President Thomas C. Long, M.D., announced.

The resolution approved at the Board’s December 21st meeting establishes a Transition Team of Deputy Chief James Kreher, Deputy Chief Donald J. Wenschhof, Assistant Chief Nick Asta, and Assistant Chief Scott Motisi to work closely with Chief Swanson over the next several months.  It also outlines specific department functions each member will take the lead in overseeing:

  • Deputy Chief Wenschhof – Operations.
  • Deputy Chief Kreher – Administration.
  • Assistant Chief Asta – Vehicles and equipment.
  • Assistant Chief Motisi – Training.

“My fellow trustees and I have been extremely impressed by the professionalism and dedication shown by the officers who comprise the Transition Team,” Dr. Long said.  “This represents an opportunity to leverage their experience for the benefit of our residents while we begin the process of finding our next fire chief.”

Chief Swanson was hired by the Board of Trustees in 2013 on a three-year employment contract to establish a new fire department that provides higher levels of service to district residents.  The BCFPD began independent operations in January 2014, after years of purchasing fire and emergency medical services from a neighboring community.

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