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Barrington Fire Department news

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Barrington officials announced Thursday the hire of John Christian as the new fire chief, effective next month. Christian comes from the Grayslake Fire Protection District, where he’s been chief since 2009.

He started 33 years ago at the Grayslake Fire District, which covers about 25 square miles in Grayslake, Third Lake, Round Lake Park, Round Lake Beach, and unincorporated areas of Lake County. He has experience in heading a fire department that must navigate train blockages to handle emergency calls — a longtime issue in Barrington.

Christian is a past president of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association and served in the Illinois Army National Guard 1/131st Infantry, where he was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1994. He was a captain in Grayslake when he became fire chief in 2009.

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Fatal fire in Round Lake Park, 3-14-19

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A Round Lake Park man who died in a fire last week was identified Tuesday as Gregory Gauvain by the Lake County Coroner who said that an autopsy showed Gauvain died from fire related injuries.

In a statement from the fire department … “Prior to arrival, reports were given that there was one victim outside and possibly one victim still inside the residence. One of the victims was a neighbor who suffered from smoke inhalation while trying to rescue an occupant. The male patient was transported in stable condition. The second victim was a female resident who suffered burn injuries and smoke inhalation but managed to escape. She was also transported in stable condition.”

Fire Chief John Christian said Friday that the victim was found in the kitchen and the fire was in the living room area.

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Grayslake FD wins tax hike

The Lake County News-Sun reports that the Grayslake FPD was successful in passing a tax hike

In a recession-fueled funding pinch, the Grayslake Fire Protection District asked its residents for a tax increase through a referendum and they were rewarded Tuesday with a yes vote. With all 30 precincts reporting at 9 p.m., the unofficial “yes” vote totaled 5,003 or 54 percent of the vote. The “no” votes totaled 3,979, or 44 percent.

“We’re up by 54 percent so I think we feel pretty comfortable with that,” said Fire Chief John Christian, referring to the absentee and provincial ballots yet to be counted.

“I’m grateful to the voters,” he said.

The referendum was needed, he said, to ensure the department’s equipment and staffing keeps pace with service demands in the multi-community district.

The ballot question — requesting a tax rate increase of .16 percent per $100 of assessed valuation — was voted on by roughly 32,000 voters in Fremont Township, Grayslake, Gages Lakes, Wildwood, Third Lake and parts of Round Lake Park and Round Lake Beach.

According to the fire district, the increase would mean the owner of a home that has a market value of $100,000 would pay $53.32 more per year. The owner of a home with a market value of $300,000 would pay $159.96 more a year, officials said.

The district has operated on 9 percent less funding during the last five years, officials said. Expenses, however, have not gone down. The district operates three stations, the newest located near Saddlebrook Farms in Grayslake. Without a revenue increase, district officials indicated that a station may have to close in 2015 or 2016.

thanks Dan

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