Posts Tagged Grayslake Fire Department

House fire in Hanesville, IL 4/9/15

Excerpts from the

An apparent lightning strike Thursday afternoon set the roof of a house on fire in Hainesville.

A 911 call came in at 12:20 p.m. for a house fire in the 200 block of Big Horn Drive, officials said, and first-responding crews arrived to find a quarter of the roof on fire.

flames through roof of house struck by lightning

Mark Typlin photo

smoke from roof of house on fire

Mark Typlin photo

house fire scene

Tim Olk photo


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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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Grayslake Fire Station 3

Jeff Rudolph visited the newest station for the Grayslake Fire Protection District and submitted images to update the website.

Grayslake Fire Protection District

Grayslake Fire Protection District Station 3. Jeff Rudolph photo

Grayslake Fire Protection District

Grayslake Engine 2722 is housed at Station 3. Jeff Rudolph photo

MABAS Division 4 & 5 Wildland Team

Also housed at this fire station is the Division 4 &5 wildland team Unit 6973, a 1994 Ford F-800/Boise Mobile 750/500/20A. This unit is X-US Forest Service. Jeff Rudolph photo


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4th Alarm house fire in Wadsworth 4-30-13 (pt 4)

More from Scott Peterson:

Not an inclusive photo gallery but many of the apparatus at Newports 4th alarm.

Beach Park FPD Tender 1265

Beach Park FPD Tender 1265. Scott Peterson photo

Bristol, WI Tender 5214

Bristol, WI Tender 5214. Scott Peterson photo

Countryside FPD Tender 411

Countryside FPD Tender 411. Scott Peterson photo

Grayslake Tender 2761

Grayslake Tender 2761. Scott Peterson photo

Gurnee Engine 1311

Gurnee Engine 1311. Scott Peterson photo

Libertyville Engine 463

Libertyville Engine 463. Scott Peterson photo

fire engines at fire scene

Engine and tender from Newport Township. Scott Peterson photo

Newport Engine 1458

Newport Engine 1458. Scott Peterson photo

Newport Township FPD

Newport Tender 1411. Scott Peterson photo

North Chicago Engine 4

North Chicago Engine 4. Scott Peterson photo

Pleasant Prairie WI Tender 5612.

Pleasant Prairie WI Tender 5612. Scott Peterson photo

Somers WI Tender 6361

Somers WI Tender 6361. Scott Peterson photo

Town of Salem Tender 5868

Town of Salem Tender 5868. Scott Peterson photo

Twin Lakes WI Tender 6565

Twin Lakes WI Tender 6565. Scott Peterson photo

Winthrop Harbor Truck 1731

Winthrop Harbor Truck 1731. Scott Peterson photo

Zion Fire Department

Zion truck. Scott Peterson photo

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Fox Lake Box Alarm 1-23-13

This from Jeff Rudolph:

12/23/2013 .Fox Lake pulled a box alarm for a fire at 35859 Hunt around 1630 hrs today. First engine had a basement fire extending through the roof. Jeff Rudolph


Antioch fire engine tanker

Antioch tanker filling the portable tank. Jeff Rudolph photo

firefighters opening a roof

Firefighters open the roof. Jeff Rudolph photo

Fox Lake ambulance

Fox Lake ambulance. Jeff Rudolph photo

Fox Lake fire department engine at fire scene

Fox Lake pumper/tanker drafting from a portable tank. Jeff Rudolph photo

firefighter cutting into a roof

Venting the roof. Jeff Rudolph photo

Grayslake fire engine Seagrave

Grayslake was mutual aid with an engine. Jeff Rudolph photo

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new ambulance for Grayslake

This from Matthew Goss:

Hey CAF Admins,

 Love the website, you guys do a fantastic job. I saw Grayslake had their new ambulance come in at Advocate Condell Thursday afternoon. Its a 2012 Ford F-450/Road Rescue Ultramedic Type 1 ambulance listed as 2740. I do not know what station it is out of, but I’m thinking it’s Station 3. The guys i talked to said they got it in service a week or two ago. If you want to update the website showing it that’d be great. I did not get a picture as Condell’s ambulance bay was full at the time.
Keep it up
Matthew G

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Divers recover swimmer in Grayslake (update)

Tim Olk was in Grayslake yesterday as divers searched for a missing boater and submitted a few images from the scene.

Grayslake Fire Dept 4th Alarm Side Scan Sonar Box And 3rd Alarm Divers Box Gages Lake
divers search for drowned man in Grayslake

Divers and several boats search for a missing man in Grayslake. Tim Olk photo

fire department divers search lake for missing man in Grayslake IL

Multiple fire department dive teams assembled to assist the Grayslake Fire Department. Tim Olk photo

fire department divers search for drowned man

Divers enter the search area from a boat. Tim Olk photo

Tim has more images HERE.

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New apparatus coming to area departments

The following departments have new vehicles coming.

Gurnee has two units due late this summer:

  • an EONE Cyclone II engine
  • a Road Rescue Type I ambulance on an F-450 4×4 chassis

Grayslake has one unit coming this summer:

  • a Horton Type I ambulance on a F-450 4×4 chassis
Bridgeview has one unit coming this summer:
Broadview has one unit coming this summer:
  • a Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance on a F-450 4x chassis
Bolingbrook has two units coming this summer:
Aurora has three units coming towards the end of the year:
  • two EONE engines on Cyclone chassis
  • one EONE 95′ tower ladder with no pump and no water tank on a Cyclone chassis
Oak Lawn recently received one new unit:
  • a Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance on a Ford F-450 4×4 chassis


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Divers recover swimmer in Grayslake

The Chicago Tribune reported that:

Searchers find body in lake where man went missing

Divers pulled a body from Gages Lake at about 3:20 p.m. in the area where they had been looking for a swimmer who had gone missing late Monday night, an official said.

John Christian, chief of Grayslake Fire Protection District, said the body was found in the middle of the lake in about 40 feet of water – the same area where crews had been using sonar throughout the day looking for the missing man.

Lake County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Sgt. Karen Kates said the missing man was 44, and lived in Lake County. But authorities have not identified the body as that of the man they had been searching for.

Crews were used sonar this morning to search Gages Lake in unincorporated Grayslake for signs of a man who jumped off a pontoon boat Monday night and has not been seen since, Christian said.

A man swam up to a resident who lives on the lake at about 9:30 p.m. Monday and said he was looking for a friend of his, Christian said. Rescue crews searched the surface of the lake until about midnight. Authorities also confirmed that it does not appear the missing man swam to another shore of the lake. The search resumed at about 5:30 a.m. with sonar.

“It appears they were swimming off the boat and the boat got away from them,” Christian said.

The complete article and video footage is HERE.

Thanks Chris

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Grayslake FPD opens Station3

The Daily Herald has an article about the opening of Grayslake Fire Protection District Station 3.

Grayslake Fire Protection District has opened a new station designed to improve response times to the Saddlebrook Farms development in Round Lake Park and nearby areas.

Built at Peterson Road and Route 60, the district’s third firehouse debuted at 7 a.m. Monday. It’ll be staffed 24 hours a day with three firefighter/paramedics.

Funding for the third station was approved in a 2008 tax-increase referendum. An owner of a $200,000 market value home was projected to pay an extra $100 annually to the fire district.

About $2.2 million was budgeted for the 10,000-square-foot firehouse in unincorporated Lake County. It’s a single-story structure with equipment and truck areas, firefighter dormitory rooms and offices.

The fire district doesn’t include only the namesake village. Third Lake, Round Lake Park, Round Lake Beach and unincorporated Lake County areas of Wildwood, Gages Lake, Highland Lake and Fremont Township also are within its boundaries.

The complete article can be found HERE.

thanks Chris

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