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New ambulances for Lake Villa

This from Jeff Rudolph:

Lake Villa FPD took delivery of 2 Ford F 550 4×4/AEV ambulances. They will replace the 09 Osage, and the 13 AEV. An additional unit will be purchased in 2018, making all 4 frontline and 1 reserve units identical. Jeff Rudolph

Lake Villa FD ambulances

Two new Type I AEV ambulances for the Lake Villa Fire Department. Jeff Rudolph photo

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Lake Villa Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

There were no injuries in an early Tuesday morning fire in Lake Villa that destroyed a single-family home whose owner is out of town, according to Lake Villa Fire Department Chief Frank Slazes.

Investigators with the Lake Villa Fire Department and Lake County Sheriff’s Office are looking to determine the cause and origin of the fire that was called in by neighbors at 12:47 a.m. in the 20600 block of Lakeview Avenue.

“At first, we couldn’t see much because of the fog, but when we rounded the corner, we could see the house was fully involved with fire,” said Slazes.

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A story of thanks to the Lake Villa FPD

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

“Your house is on fire!” were the words of my neighbor on my wife’s cellphone as we walked to our car at O’Hare International Airport (Jan. 17, 2016).

Instantly my wife got very upset and I tried to calm her by telling her it’s probably a chimney fire and it will be ok. So many calls of concern came in as we drove home, we finally had to turn off the cellphones. The drive to Lindenhurst seemed to take forever.

As we turned into the neighborhood we raced to beat a fire truck coming down the road. I could no longer try to act calm — I had to get there. We turned the corner to reality — reality that our lives are now changed forever.

I think there were four fire trucks, a couple police cars and ambulances strewed throughout the neighborhood, hoses everywhere and people — lots of people. As I got closer I could see our personal items past the broken windows and the charred front door. The smell was nothing I had ever experienced before … actually none of this I had experienced before.

As I walked up, scared to get in the way, I was greeted by neighbors and friends but I kept walking to get a closer look. It was then I was greeted by firemen all working hard to save houses. It about 8 p.m. now, and there was ice, snow, water everywhere. I could see teams of firemen trying to get to the flames. Sounds of a circular saw cutting holes in my home. At the time, I couldn’t figure out why they would cut holes in my walls. Didn’t they realize I’d have a lot of work to do to fix all of this? Didn’t they know how hard it would be fix those holes?

I was greeted by a big fireman named Greg Phillips, who was covered in ice from the water. He greeted me to tell me how sorry he was. He told me the severity of the fire and that my home would be a total loss. He answered every question I had and explained what they struggled with.

When I think of those conversations today, I think about how difficult that has to be, to tell a family their lives will change.

For the next several hours, I watched as the firemen worked in freezing cold temperatures, never once leaving the area. At 2:30 a.m., the fire was out. It was so bad they had to cut my living room floor open to flood my basement to put out the last flames.

As I walked around to thank this dedicated group of guys, I would pat them on their backs and watch as ice slide off their coats. They walked like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz, they were so frozen.  With the temperature now falling to 26 below zero, they struggled to roll their hoses. They couldn’t roll up the hoses like normal because they were so frozen — they called in a pickup truck to come and they just piled the hoses in the best they could.

Slowly these trucks powered down, each man exhausted from the work and the time of day. They had just worked about 10 hours in the freezing cold, putting their lives at risk so my neighbors and I could keep our houses. Yet, each of them, one by one came over to tell me how sorry they were for my loss. They all took a moment to ask about my daughter, who was in the house when the fire started, and to make sure she was OK. These are all people I had never met, yet did so much for my family that night.

Here is what I learned — the Lake Villa Fire Protection District is a force filled with volunteer firefighters. These guys do this because they like the work but they also have other jobs as well. As a volunteer, they don’t do this full time and so when they left my home at 2:30 a.m., they had to rush home to get some sleep before they went to their day-to-day jobs that next morning. Almost like they were never out fighting a big house fire until 2:30 a.m.

There is no way I could ever repay all the neighbors and friends who stood by our side through all of this. One neighbor who I never really knew very well stood out there in the 26-below temperatures with me and made sure I had blankets and jackets to keep me warm. People gave us clothes, donations and offers to do anything that is needed. The Lindenhurst Police department kept vigil on the smoldering ruins and kept the gawkers away — all the officers waving and asking if we are OK. You can’t repay that kind of stuff, but only know that when it’s their turn, you’re there for them as well.

The reason for my story is I took the fire department for granted. My kids loved to see them at the parades because the trucks are cool. Trust me, you only want to see those trucks in a parade but when they are in front of your house — the guys inside them become cool. You don’t plan for fires, they are unexpected, which is why I guess we have our fire departments. I’ve always been a guy who waves during the parade and moves on. I drive by the fire houses all the time and don’t think anything of them.

Not anymore. These guys are volunteers — doing it because they like that work. They work to help us, those who just wave during the parades. They work to save our memories, our families and the things we love. They work so we can sleep at night and wake up in the morning. It sounds silly to say this, but they are my heroes.

My family lost everything in the fire, but the point is these guys didn’t give up. They fought during the worst weather Chicago could throw at them, they worked through personal injury, and yet they all still care enough to keep going.

This weekend is Lake Villa Days, a time when everyone gathers to have fun. I’ve been going there each year for a long time. We go for the good bands, the cold beers and to see friends and have a great night.

This year, I will go for a different reason. The event is sponsored by the Lake Villa Firefighters Association and I’m going to honor the firemen. I’m going to thank every one of these guys I can find. I’m going to find Greg Phillips and thank him along with all the guys who worked so hard to help my family. The guys who work around the clock to make us safe, put their lives at risk and have golden hearts.

I hope that after reading this, you too will go for a different reason. Please take a moment to thank a firefighter if you see them at Lake Villa Days. They are some very special and talented people who deserve more recognition than a wave during a parade.

They are our heroes … trust me.

thanks Dan

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Working fire in Lindenhurst, 1-17-16

This from Jeff Rudolph:

1/17/2016
Around 8 pm reports of a house on fire in the 2800 block of Glenarye Dr. in Lindenhurst began flooding FoxCom dispatch. Lake Villa FPD units arrived to find a large, two-story home well-involved. Companies went defensive and protected exposures on both sides. Mutual aid from Antioch, Gurnee, and Newport arrived to assist, but with a combination of the high winds, extreme cold temps, and the body of fire found on arrival, the home was a total loss. Exposures on either side recieved minor damage. Jeff Rudolph

fire engine coated with ice at fire scene

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female firefighter coated with ice at fire scene

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house fire at night

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female firefighter coated with ice at fire scene

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house fire at night

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2015 Lake County Fire Expo, 5-16-15 (more)

This from Asher Heimermann:
The annual Fire Safety Expo hosted by the Lake County Fire Chief’s Association was held at Gurnee Mills on Saturday, May 16th.
Apparatus from Gurnee, Lake Villa, Waukegan, North Chicago, Newport Township, Fox Lake, Antioch, Grayslake, Libertyville, Lake Forest and numerous other agencies were on site.
There were presentations and demonstrations from area fire departments as well as Police K-9, Illinois State Police.
Lake Villa FD Dive Unit

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Waukegan FD bomb squad

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Wauconda Fire District fire truck

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Libertyville FD tower ladder

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high angle rescue team demonstration

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high angle rescue team demonstration

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Lake Villa FD updates

This from Jeff Rudolph:

The buggy is the new Battalion 24, 2015 Chevy Tahoe

Brush 243 – 2015 Ford F550/ EJ Metals 8-gpm, 2800-psi high-pressure 300/10A

Brush 244 – 2015 Ford F550/ EJ Metals 8-gpm, 2800-psi high-pressure 300/10A

Lake Villa FD Battalion 24

New Chevy Tahoe for Lake Villa Battalion 24. Jeff Rudolph photo

New Ford/EJ Metals brush units for the Lake Villa Fire Department

New Ford/EJ Metals brush units for the Lake Villa Fire Department. Jeff Rudolph photo

New Ford/EJ Metals brush unit for the Lake Villa Fire Department

New Ford/EJ Metals brush unit for the Lake Villa Fire Department. Jeff Rudolph photo

New Ford/EJ Metals brush unit for the Lake Villa Fire Department.

New Ford/EJ Metals brush unit for the Lake Villa Fire Department. Jeff Rudolph photo

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Garage fire in Lake Villa, 3-15-15

Images from Tim Olk of a garage fire on Rt59 south of Grand in Lake Villa

fireman fights garage fire

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firemen fight garage fire

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firemen fight garage fire

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fireman after fighting a garage fire

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Lake Villa Fire District fire engine

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Lake Villa FD Station 4

This from jeff Rudolph:

Here’s an update on Lake Villa Station 4. The engine is the Arrow XT E244, here’s a shot of the ambulance and station, and move the 89/90 Mack/Pierce  here as Reserve E244

Jeff

Lake Villa FD Station 4

Lake Villa Station 4. Jeff Rudolph photo

Lake Villa FD Ambulance 244

Lake Villa Ambulance 244. Jeff Rudolph photo

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web site updates

The long overdue job of updating department profiles on the site has finally begun:

MABAS Division 1:

MABAS Division 3:

MABAS Division 4:

  • Antioch: added Ambulance 211R and the rehab bus
  • Grayslake: added Station 3
  • Lake Villa: added Station 4 and hopefully unscrambled the ambulances
  • Waukegan: added Truck 1634 and the department patch

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New engine for Lake Villa

This from Jeff Rudolph

Lake Villa E 244 2013 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/1000. Set to run out of station 4 when opened

 

Lake Villa Fire Department

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Lake Villa Fire Department

Lake Villa’s new Pierce engine alongside the old Mack CF/Pierce engine. Jeff Rudolph photo

 

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