Video from Larry Shapiro of the House fire in Barrington, 1-29-17
gallery of photos is at Shapirophotography.net
Video from Larry Shapiro of the House fire in Barrington, 1-29-17
gallery of photos is at Shapirophotography.net
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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.
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Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:
Lt. James Feit retired from the Barrington Fire Department after 43 years on the job, a feat believed by fire officials to be among the longest tenures in the village’s history.
Starting as a part-time employee in his early 20s, Feit, now 65, rose through the ranks to become the village’s fire marshal, a job that Barrington Fire Chief Jim Arie said Feit excelled at.
Arie said Feit was instrumental in the village’s passing of a 1995 ordinance that required all Barrington construction projects to come installed with a sprinkler system.
“It is a huge safety improvement in terms of protection and minimal loss,” Arie said. “We were the second village in the state to adopt it after Long Grove.”
Arie said among the things that the department will miss about Feit is his dedication to safety.
“He always had in the back of his mind the concern and the safety of the firefighters,” Arie said. “He always provided our guys with feedback if he thought something was a safety concern. He always very attuned to that and sensitive to that.”
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 imminent upgrade of Barrington’s fire insurance rating is being hailed by village officials as validation of their fire department’s realignment after the Jan. 1 split from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District.
Effective Aug. 1, the Insurance Services Office will upgrade the village’s public protection classification from a 4 to a 2 — putting it in the top 1.5 percent of all fire departments in the U.S., according to the village
While it’s less likely the improved rating will make an impact on homeowners’ insurance rates, Barrington Fire Chief Jim Arie is encouraging commercial property owners to tell their insurance agents of the change. The Insurance Services Office’s classifications are based 50 percent on the resources of the local fire department, 40 percent on access to water and 10 percent on communications, Arie said.
Prior to Jan. 1, the village’s fire department provided services for properties within the fire protection district, which covers 48 square miles in parts of Barrington Hills, Lake Barrington, South Barrington, Inverness and unincorporated Cook, Lake and McHenry counties. With the split, the fire protection district formed its own department to serve those areas.
As a result, Barrington’s fire department no longer covers large areas outside the village that don’t have fire hydrants.
Barrington officials say the upgraded rating also attests to the reconfigured fire department’s ability to do its job competently.
The Lake County News-Sun has an editorial about the current relationship between the Barrington Fire Department and the Barrington Countryside Fire District.
When fire departments compete over who gets what truck and whose salary and pensions come out of which wallet, residents can only hope the debate does not damage the point of having a fire department.
Just put out the fire, save property and protect lives.
Citizens expect the fiscal administration of fire departments to be efficient. But when fire departments argue over jurisdictions and resources, the result can be hard feelings.
Without oversimplifying the tortured separation of firefighting duties around Barrington, it’s safe to say there are hard feelings.
Civic leaders in Antioch eventually resolved decades of feuding over emergency services by merging and ending the debate about overlapping and redundant efforts.
In Barrington, civic leaders took the opposite approach. After arguing for years over who should pay for what service in the 45 square miles around Barrington, the village and its neighboring communities went their own ways.
When the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District officially disconnected from Barrington this year, it was almost all about money. As a “paper district,” it paid Barrington for protecting tony suburbs.
Barrington leaders said they paid too much for fire protection they didn’t use.
The first real test of that divorce decree occurred on April 9. A residential fire broke out at 1025 S. Grove St. that day, and Countryside fire trucks took 5 minutes, 35 seconds to reach the rural address.
The Barrington fire chief said his trucks at a station just down the road could have reached the house in less than three minutes. But Barrington fire trucks were never called even though the departments have reciprocal service agreements.
Barrington’s fire chief said two minutes in a house fire can mean the difference between lives saved and lives lost.
If anything, the event was a warning, not to the fire departments, but certainly to the people around Barrington.
Dividing fire service may have cured one problem, but it’s caused another, far more dangerous one.
The Barrington-Courier Review has a brief article on the relationship between the two Barrington fire department.
Despite last week’s clash between the Barrington Fire Department and Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District about the way a recent fire was handled, the two sides are still working to forge a mutual aid pact.
“Slim as it might be, it will still be an operational relationship,” Fire District Trustee Paul Heinze said Wednesday during a report to the Barrington Hills Village Board. “The essence of the difficulty is that they [Barrington Fire Department] want enormous free support from us.” Heinze noted that district’s 46-square-mile territory proves much more costly to serve than the department’s 5 square miles. He listed the costs of manpower, wear and tear on equipment, and exposure to hazardous conditions as ongoing points of contention.
“We’re interested in drafting something that is equitable and balanced,” he said.
The differing service demands were among the factors that led the agencies to split effective Jan. 1.
Heinze also provided Barrington Hills officials a report about the district’s first 100 days operating independently. Its crews responded to 398 calls during that time, including requests for 198 ambulance services and 43 vehicular accidents. The district doubled its manpower at each of its two stations and purchased a new ambulance during the first 100 days, he added. The district’s ability to get water to areas without hydrants also has improved.
“You’ll be pleased to know we have two, 3,000-gallon tenders, one at each station,” he said, adding that the district acquired a backup tanker.
While there is no aid agreement in place, the two entities remain on the same box alarm system. District crews will be dispatched to serious emergencies in the village.
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The Barrington Courier Review has an article about a new assistant chief for the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District.
After serving the Barrington Fire Department for 24 years, Donald Wenschhof has been hired as the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District’s assistant chief. Wenschhof, a veteran firefighter and paramedic who joined the district last month, rose through the ranks at the village department from an on-call firefighter and paramedic to lieutenant and most recently assistant chief.
Wenschhof said he could not pass up the opportunity to help create an entirely new fire agency.
“The opportunities here for public service and professional growth far outweigh anywhere else,” said Wenschhof, who has lived in the district for 33 years. “Years from now, I want to look back and be able to say I helped build an operation that serves residents better than anything they had before.”
According to a fire district new release, Wenschhof was integral to the district board’s efforts to reduce emergency response times. In 2011, the district upgraded its alert system at its Barrington Hills and Lake Barrington fire stations. Wenschhof’s background in computer programming and system networking helped implement the new equipment online and synchronize it with emergency dispatch operations, fire district officials said.