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House fire in Crystal Lake, 4-15-17

Photos from Steve Redick of apparatus at the scene of a house fire at 4005 Illinois Street in Crystal Lake within the Nunda Rural FPD 4/14/17. A Box Alarm for tenders was called to provide a water supply.

Crystal Lake FD fire engine

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Cary FPD tender

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Nunda Rural FPD mini pumper

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Nunda Rural FPD Engine 41

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Grayslake FPD tanker

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Union FPD tanker

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Algonquin-Lake in the Hills fire engine

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McHenry Township FPD fire truck

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Round Lake FPD fire engine

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Mundelein Fire Department Truck 431

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Fox Lake FPD fire engine

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Fox River Grove FPD tanker

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Nunda Rural FPD Engine 45

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Nunda Rural FPD Engine 41

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New engine for Crystal Lake

Production photos of the new engine being built for Crystal Lake at Spartan ERV so 215160

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New ambulance for Crystal Lake

From the Foster Coach Sales Facebook page:

Brand new custom Horton conversion on an E450 chassis

New ambulance for the Crystal Lake FD

New ambulance for the Crystal Lake FD. Foster Coach Sales photo

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New tender for Crystal Lake

From the Interstate Emergency Vehicles Facebook page:

Crystal Lake Fire Department, Crystal Lake, IL. New U.S. Tanker built on a Kenworth T-800 chassis and a 3,000-gallon, elliptical poly-tank wrapped with mirror finished stainless steel.

new elliptical FD tender on Kenworth T800 chassis

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Woodstock Fire Rescue District news (more)

Excerpts from the WoodstockIndependent.com:

The first of several changes to come for the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District has been announced since the village of Lakewood declined to renew its emergency services contract with the department.

WFRD Chief Ralph Webster said the deputy chief position will be eliminated by April 30 in an effort to save money and ultimately restructure the department. Eliminating the position, currently held by Deputy Chief Terry Menzel, 59, of Woodstock, will save the district about $150,000.

WFRD employees have been aware future potential cuts and decreased work hours are likely since the department lost the Lakewood contract. “We’re facing a significant loss of revenue,” Webster said. “When we took the Lakewood contract, we told the department that there would be changes if we ever lost the contract. It’s not like this was dropped on everyone at the last minute.”

WFRD was contracted to provide fire rescue services to Lakewood for the past five years. During that time, WFRD staffed Lakewood’s only fire station, at 6570 Haligus Road, independent of its staffing at its Woodstock stations. The Lakewood Village Board voted Nov. 24 not to renew a $750,000 annual contract with the WFRD, opting instead to sign a slightly cheaper agreement with the Crystal Lake Fire Department.

Woodstock’s proposal contained set 1.5-percent increases for each of the subsequent four years. The CLFD cost about $744,000 the first year and had subsequent increases built in based on a formula using the village’s property tax base. CLFD will continue working from its own Bard Road station – built years ago when it previously was contracted to provide fire services for Lakewood – but will not use the Haligus Road station.

The two contract proposals were close in cost. That factor, combined with closing a fire station on Haligus Road, left Webster questioning the move.

In restructuring for the future, the WFRD will create two battalion chief positions to serve under the fire chief. Webster has been working with union leaders to address the reduction in staff and work hours. It is possible longtime, part-time employees of the district could lose their jobs.  At the same time, WFRD leaders are trying to restructure the district to align with future needs. WFRD is the result of the 1993 merging of Woodstock Rural Fire Protection District, the Woodstock Rescue Squad and Woodstock City Fire Department.

“We’re trying to push the organizational structure along,” Webster said. “Internally, it makes a lot of sense. We may be reducing some of the part-time positions. We don’t know which ones yet, and there may be a reduction in wages. We’ll be meeting with people in those groups soon. We’re kind of seeing an end of an era.”

Webster said more changes will be announced as decisions are made. The WFRD Board of Trustees next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Station 3, 2900 Raffel Road.

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Woodstock Fire Rescue District news

Excerpts from the NorthwestHerald.com:

There will have to be some changes made in the Woodstock Fire Rescue District after its contract was not renewed with the village of Lakewood, Woodstock Fire Chief Ralph Webster said.

Woodstock has staffed Lakewood’s only fire station on Haligus Road for the past five years and the station now will be closing. There are 12 Woodstock Fire Rescue District employees who staff the station, Webster said. He is working on a plan to keep as many of the 12 employees as possible, but they can’t keep everybody.

“There’s gonna have to be some change,” Webster said. “Either reduction in hours spread across all employees, or actually the elimination of some positions.”

The Lakewood Village Board voted, 3-1, with one trustee abstaining to go with a slightly cheaper contract offered by the Crystal Lake Fire Department that tied increases to the village’s tax base over renewing its contract with the Woodstock Fire Rescue District.

Woodstock’s agreement would have cost $750,000 the first year and increase by 1.5 percent each of the next four years, according to a letter sent by Webster to the village. The village also would pay an annual $25,000 capital contribution to go toward equipment purchases.

Under the new agreement, the Crystal Lake Fire Department will continue to operate its Bard Road station – a station that was built when Crystal Lake handled Lakewood’s fire service with serving that territory in mind – with the current staff of four to five personnel, Crystal Lake Fire Chief Paul DeRaedt has said.

Crystal Lake Fire Department services will cost about $744,000 the first year, a number that is based on applying the Crystal Lake Rural Fire Protection District’s tax rate to the village’s property tax base, according to a draft agreement. The underlying calculation would dictate the fee each year for the length of the 10-year agreement, which can be renewed in five-year increments four times.

Webster said he will be presenting his plan to the Woodstock Fire Rescue District Board of Trustees after the new year, and implement changes starting in February.

For Lakewood, the change means it would not be responsible for building a new fire station in the future, and the village can sell its fire equipment and pay off that internal loan, Lakewood Village Manager Catherine Peterson previously said in a memo to the board.

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Lakewood signs new agreement with Crystal lake

From Topix.com:

The decision will, as one trustee put it, “change the face of Lakewood” by closing the village’s only fire station on Haligus Road and operating out of a Crystal Lake station on the other side of town. The Lakewood Village Board voted, 3-1, with one trustee abstaining Tuesday night, to go with a slightly cheaper contract offered by the Crystal Lake Fire Department that tied increases to the village’s tax base over renewing its contract with the Woodstock Fire Rescue Protection District.

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3-Alarm fire in Crystal Lake, 11-3-15

Excerpts from WGNTV.com:

One person was injured in a fire at a single-family home in unincorporated Crystal Lake

Just after 6:30 a.m., firefighters arrived on the scene at 6015 Blue Court and found a fully-involved fire.

One resident was treated and transported with undisclosed injuries. No firefighter injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage to the residence and its contents are estimated to be $300,000.

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Early shot of the fire scene.

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Early shot of the fire scene.

From Tim Olk at the scene of the 3-Alarm fire in Crystal Lake at 6015 Blue Court (11-3-15).

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New are ambulance deliveries

Ron Wolkoff found these ambulance deliveries on the Foster Coach FaceBook page:

Crystal Lake F450/Horton
Elwood E450/Horton
Norwood ParkE450/Horton
Plainfield F550/Horton
Thornton F450/Horton
Troy F550/Horton
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Brand new Ford F450 chassis on a custom Horton conversion for Crystal Lake. Foster Coach Sales photo

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Brand new Ford F550 chassis on a custom Horton conversion for the Troy FPD. Foster Coach Sales photo

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Brand new Ford F450 chassis on a custom Horton conversion for Thornton. Foster Coach Sales photo

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Brand new Ford F550 chassis on a custom Horton conversion. for Plainfield. Foster Coach Sales photo

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Brand new Ford E450 chassis on a custom Horton conversion for the Norwood Park FPD. Foster Coach Sales photo

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Brand new International 4300 chassis on a custom Horton conversion for Elwood. Foster Coach Sales photo

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New in-house alert system for Crystal Lake

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The Crystal Lake City Council unanimously approved buying a new firehouse alert system for all three of the city’s stations …

The new alert system has been something the Crystal Lake Foreign Fire Insurance Tax Board … has been working on for two years, Fire Rescue Chief Paul DeRaedt said.

The system … may reduce the department’s response times by getting the firefighters out the door quicker. Information about the [call] will come in as the dispatcher is taking the call, appearing on a screen and notifying the firefighters that they should start to head for their vehicles.

In the future, the alerts also may be limited to [the] one station that needs to respond instead of all three, as is currently the case…

Low bidder APS Firehouse Alerting of Westminister, Maryland, was awarded the contract at just less than $130,000, according to city documents.

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