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Barrington Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Four Barrington volunteer firefighters with nearly a century of service between them have retired. John Matlachwski, Tim Tuffy, Brian McCarthy, and Eric Jopp answered their final call Sept. 13 in front of the Public Safety Building, but will remain engaged in other careers.

Matlachwski, 60, retired as a full-time firefighter, and the other three answered their final call because the department is eliminating the paid on-call program where part-timers are paid for the shift they work. Fire Chief Jim Arie said the program is over because fire insurers are requiring all firefighters, volunteer or full-time, to have the same training and that is not feasible for the paid on-call staff.

Matlachwski had wanted to be a firefighter since he was a youngster, but had to wait until he was 18 to apply. He was then voted in by the department as a volunteer and eventually became a full-timer. He also is an electrician and will continue in that business.

McCarthy is now a double retiree. He said he is also retired from Cook County, where he did maintenance work at the Rolling Meadows courthouse. He also wanted to do something good for his community, so he joined the fire department.

Arie led the ceremony, explaining sounding the final general alarm for the four men, the gift to them of flags which once flew over the firehouse, and handing them their retirement badges.

The four firefighters did a final inspection, reviewing their colleagues who stood at attention. The ranks broke for handshakes and hugs.

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Barrington Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Barrington Fire Chief Jim Aire and Barrington School District 220 Superintendent Brian Harris remember the time a teacher collapsed at Barrington High School and the instructor’s colleagues, the school nurse, and fire department paramedics all had a role in saving a life. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health gave the fire department the Ron W. Lee, MD — Excellence in Pediatric Care Award in community service May 21 during a Board of Education meeting.

Dr. Charles Nozicka, a physician at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge who presented the award, said the department has a strong commitment to children. Not only has the department worked with students, teachers, and staff during fire and active shooter drills, it has conducted special training for faculty and other workers in the event they need to help in those situations. Members of the Barrington Fire Department taught over 500 teachers and staff how to provide emergency first aid bleeding control.

Preparation is also part of the effort as it was when the collapsed teacher’s life was saved. There are AEDs in every school in the district. The nurses and teachers know how to use them, as well as how to administer CPR. Along with training teachers and staff, the department works with students on what to do during an evacuation drill – whether for fire or something else.

The award is named for Lee, who was the emergency department medical director at Loyola University Medical Center. Lee worked with the IDPH more than 20 years ago to help obtain federal grants for emergency medical services for children.

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Barrington Fire Department news

Excerpts from the dailyherald.com:

Barrington firefighters responded to a fire Tuesday morning at a three-unit apartment building in the 300 block of East Russell Street. One person was treated and released at the scene.

A resident called the fire department at 7:49 a.m. after seeing smoke coming from the first floor where a sauna was located. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke and fire and did not immediately know whether other residents were home. They brought the fire under control within 27 minutes.

One unit sustained heavy fire damage while the other two units had smoke damage. The entire building was declared uninhabitable and residents are being assisted by the Red Cross with relocation and other immediate needs. The cause of the fire remains under investigation but is not being considered suspicious.

Assisting Barrington were firefighters from the Barrington Countryside FPD, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Long Grove, Buffalo Grove, and Wauconda.

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Barrington Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus will provide $10,000 for the village of Barrington’s purchase of two Lucas CPR mechanical assist devices. The battery-powered units enhance paramedics’ efforts for cardiac arrest patients through automated chest compressions, allowing paramedics to concentrate on more advanced resuscitative skills, such as IV access, medication delivery, defibrillation and advanced airway management.

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Barrington Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Ten years ago, Barrington residents predicted that running enormous CN trains on the EJ & E tracks through town would clog traffic, and slow emergency personnel and ambulances.

On June 12 at 4:41 p.m., those warnings coalesced when a stalled CN train bisected the village during the afternoon rush. Among the thousands of vehicles caught in the jam were ambulances headed to Good Shepherd Hospital with two patients from a DUI crash at Ela Road and Northwest Highway.

“Do we have any idea where this stopped train is extending from?” a Barrington paramedic radioed in a video provided by the village last week. “I’m not sure which direction I should head in.”

As firefighters quickly found out, all four CN crossings — at Main Street, Hough Street (Route 59), Northwest Highway and Lake Zurich Road — were inaccessible, and trains on an intersecting rail line also backed up.

While traffic gridlock spiraled, Barrington police who had coalesced south of the tracks to handle the DUI crash reached out to neighboring departments. “Can you please let Lake Zurich PD, Lake County and Barrington Hills know on our northwest side we have no officers on right now. So if we need assistance we’ll be calling them,” a dispatcher asked.

Some desperate commuters ducked under train cars to reach the opposite side. “There are numerous people who are actually crawling over the train that’s stopped here,” a 911 caller reported. “It’s getting more and more dangerous — there are kids doing it as well.”

Nearly one hour later, the train started moving again.

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Barrington and Lake Zurich Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Later this spring, both the Barrington and Lake Zurich fire departments will start using the Phoenix G2 Fire Station Alerting System, which can save firefighters up to 60 seconds when they are responding to emergencies. The system assists dispatchers, who will be able to type pertinent information during 911 calls straight into a computer-aided system.  The system then automatically alerts the appropriate fire stations, saving time since dispatchers will no longer have to stop their conversations with 911 callers to dispatch firefighters.

The system has lights and speakers in every station which alert firefighters while scrolling message boards provide them with addresses and how much time has elapsed since an alert was made.

Barrington officials approved $54,300 for the system, while Lake Zurich officials approved $56,500 for the new equipment.

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Barrington Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Barrington and Lake Zurich are demanding in a federal lawsuit that a Canadian trucking firm replace gear they say was ruined during cleanup of a hazardous chemical that spilled after a fiery crash last year.

Westbound Northwest Highway near Hart Road in Barrington was closed for three days while hazardous materials crews cleaned the area after a Xan Systems Inc. semitrailer truck rear-ended a pickup truck March 7, causing the chemical spill. 

The truck driver initially reported the substance that spilled was vegetable oil. Several hours later Xan Systems told officials it was methylene diphenyl diisocycanate. Barrington and Lake Zurich firefighters who worked the scene did not wear protective gear under belief they were handling vegetable oil.

Barrington and Lake Zurich seek more than $75,000 in damages to cover the equipment and cleanup costs.

“As a direct and proximate result of the gear and equipment exposure to methylene diphenyl diisocycanate, the gear and equipment were rendered unusable and without value,” according to the lawsuit.

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House fire in Barrington, 1-29-17 (more)

Video from Larry Shapiro of the House fire in Barrington, 1-29-17

gallery of photos is at Shapirophotography.net

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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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New ambulance for Barrington

From the Fire Service, Inc Facebook page:

Village of Barrington, IL FD final inspection at Wheeled Coach.

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