Posts Tagged Countryside Fire Protection District

As seen around … Hawthorn Woods

Countryside FPD firefighters at the scene of a recent car fire in Hawthorn Woods; #CountrysideFPD; #carfire; #JimmyBolf;

Jimmy Bolf photo; #CountrysideFPD; #carfire; #JimmyBolf;

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Area fire apparatus on order

From Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment Magazine; #FireTruck;; #FireTruck;

thanks Keith

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Double fatal fire in Vernon Hills, 3-19-23; #fatalfire; #VernonHills; #CountrysideFPD;

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2-Alarm fire in Mundelein, 9-18-21

This from Max Weingardt:

Countryside fire protection district Second a Alarm 26236 Maple Ave 9/18/21

Firefighters battle house fire

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New engine for Countryside FPD (more)

Wet down and push in for new Countryside FPD fire engine

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House fire in Lake Forest, 5-31-19

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Friday morning’s Code 4 in Lake Forest at 182 Linden Ave

Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Squad 51 at night

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aftermath of house fire

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Lake Forest fire engine at night

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Lake Forest FD command post

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HME/Metz tower ladder

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Lake Forest FD fire engines at night

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New engine for Countryside FPD (more)

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Pierce Countryside FPD, IL 32597

Countryside FPD fire engine

Pierce composite

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Countryside Fire Protection District news

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A change is coming for Countryside Fire Protection District Fire Chief Jeff Steingart, who recognized his life’s dream as a boy and stayed with it until retiring last week. Steingart, 55, started with Countryside as a paid-on-call firefighter in 1982 and was hired as a full-time firemedic in January 1986. He steadily advanced, serving as a lieutenant and fire prevention bureau director, captain and shift commander, and assistant and deputy chief before being named to the top spot in 2006.

Last week was Steingart’s last in the office. A Change in Command ceremony with a traditional fire department walk-out is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at district headquarters, 600 N. Deerpath Drive, Vernon Hills. Deputy Chief Chuck Smith will be sworn in as the new chief.

Steingart grew up in Hawthorn Woods and became a Mundelein Fire Department Explorer at 13. After graduating from Stevenson High School in 1981, he took an EMT class, worked for a private ambulance company, and then the Highwood Fire Department before joining Countryside full-time.

Countryside covers 24 square miles, including portions of Vernon Hills, Hawthorn Woods, Long Grove, Kildeer, Indian Creek and unincorporated Lake County. Activity has increased significantly since 1982 when Countryside personnel responded to 1,391 calls. Last year, the total was 4,918.

Steingart’s resume includes dozens of awards, recognitions, certifications, and affiliations. He has been a member of the MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) Division 4 all-hazards incident management team since 2014 and president since 2016.

He is proud of Countryside’s ISO rating improving from Class 5 to just shy of Class 1, and the department’s recent reaccreditation by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International for a fifth consecutive year.

A 30-year resident of Vernon Hills, Steingart plans to stay put and will remain involved in the fire service. He’s been hired as director of strategic planning and administration for the Wauconda Fire Protection District, a part-time civilian position.

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House fire in Prairie View, 1-3-19


The Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD was dispatched for a reported house fire at 4:26AM Thursday morning (1/3/19) on North Apple Hill Lane in Prairie View. Responding units from nearby Station 51 saw a glow in the sky and the response was upgraded to a working fire. Arriving companies found a two-story house that was fully engulfed by fire. The house was believed to be vacant and undergoing some renovation. The ladder pipe from Truck 53 went into service right away along with three hand lines as the entire operation was defensive. 

Lincolnshire-Riverwoods and Grayslake trucks were at the scene along with two engines from Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, one each from Lake Forest and Countryside, Buffalo Grove Quint 27, squads from Deerfield-Bannockburn and Libertyville, a Long Grove ambulance, and chief officers from Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, Countryside, Libertyville, Long Grove, and Deerfield-Bannockburn.

Firefighters at night house fire scene

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Countryside FPD news

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The Countryside Fire Protection District has achieved an Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 2 rating; an improvement of the previous Class 3 rating from 2010. The rating scale is from 1 to 10, Class 1 represents the best. Countryside joins only 4.5% of fire department in Illinois that are a Class 2. (89 out of 1,970 IL fire departments).

ISO’s Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS), evaluates four primary categories of fire suppression — fire department, emergency communications, water supply, and community risk reduction. An ISO field representative visited Countryside and fire district staff provided him with comprehensive data and maps of fire responses, standard operating guidelines, water systems & fire hydrants, apparatus & equipment, staffing, training, dispatch operations, fire prevention and education programs.

Well established partnerships and collaboration with other area fire agencies in the form of automatic/joint responses and water departments that test and maintain fire hydrants contributed to the success of the improved rating. Additionally, the district’s Fire Prevention Bureau rated high in the community risk reduction category for the fire inspection, fire & life safety education and fire investigation programs.

Through the Public Protection Classification (PPC®) program, ISO evaluates municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. ISO is an international company, which insurance companies use when determining homeowners’ insurance rates. The new rating could potentially decrease business and residential insurance premiums. 

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