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New tanker for Libertyville

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New Pierce tender for Libertyville. Pierce photo

Libertyville FD Tender 3

New Pierce tender for Libertyville. Pierce photo

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New Pierce tender for Libertyville. Pierce photo

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Libertyville Fire Department news

Excerpts from  abc7chicago.com:

A home in the 1700-block of Sunnyview Avenue was leveled by an explosion in unincorporated Libertyville Wednesday afternoon. No one was home at the time and no injuries were reported.

No surrounding homes appeared to have been damaged in the blast, but neighbors said they heard and felt the explosion. Some area residents were evacuated.

For 32 years, Gerry Bailey shared the home with his wife and two dogs. Fortunately, he wasn’t home. 

It’s not clear what caused the explosion. Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives are assisting fire officials with the investigation.

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New ambulance for Libertyville

From the Foster Coach Sales Facebook page:

Brand new horton conversion on a Ford F550 chassis

Libertyville Fire Department ambulance

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Horton Type I ambulance on Ford F550 chassis

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Knollwood Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

More than 100 people attended a Monday meeting to hear about a proposal for Libertyville to take over fire services for the Knollwood Fire Department.

“We feel there is capacity at Station 3 to provide services,” said Libertyville Fire Chief Rich Carani at the Knollwood Fire Station, 14 N. Skokie Highway, Lake Bluff. “There’s equipment there and there’s not a lot of calls, so it’s underutilized.”

In 2016, the Libertyville Fire Department received a total of 4,278 calls. Of those, Carani said, 1,716 were handled by Station 1, 1,802 by Station 2 and 766 by Station 3 at 13415 Atkinson Road, which is adjacent to the area covered by Knollwood Fire Department, which is just shy of a square mile.

Carani said the distance to calls would be up to 1.5 miles or about 3.2 minutes – assuming no delays due to traffic. Service, said Carani, would cost 30 percent less than that incurred by the Knollwood Fire Department and would be the same cost as paid by Libertyville residents. Specifically, the Rockland Fire Protection District, which is the taxing body for the Knollwood Fire Department, levies $620,000 and Libertyville would charge $380,000.

Station 3 is staffed by three firefighter-paramedics 24 hours a day, Carani said in response to questions from attendees. If firefighter-paramedics are away on another call – which he said happens 28 percent of the time – firefighter-paramedics would respond from one of the other two stations, which would increase response times.

Knollwood residents would not be responsible for existing pension obligations of Libertyville firefighters if an agreement is signed, said Brian O’Connor, attorney for the Rockland Fire Protection District.

The proposal by Libertyville is in the early stages, said O’Connor. Karl Snoblin, chairman of the board of trustees of the Rockland Fire Protection District, said it had also reaching out to Lake Forest, which is currently working on a proposal to take over fire services for Knollwood.

If another fire department provides fire services for Knollwood, Trustee Dan Rogers said it would be a long-term contract. He suggested 50 years with renewal scheduled for 40 years.

Residents questioned how Green Oaks Senior Living, scheduled to open at 14595 W. Rockland Road this fall would impact call volume at Station 3. Green Oaks will have 200 units, according to its website. Carani said that could mean an additional 200 calls per year for Station 3.

Libertyville has handled ambulance services for Knollwood the last two years – before that Lake Forest was responsible – and is currently in negotiations with Knollwood to renew that contract for five years.

Knollwood had a population of 1,613 in 2015 with 642 housing units, according to the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census. It has an all-volunteer fire department of about 50 people.

The proposal by Libertyville comes in a time of increasing costs for many North Shore fire departments. The city of Lake Forest, for example, is concerned about how to pay increasing pension costs for firefighters required by the state of Illinois and has recently begun discussion with neighboring municipalities on some form of sharing firefighting services.

In related news, a referendum will be on the April ballot asking voters in the Rockland Fire Protection District if the three trustees should be elected by voters rather than appointed by the Lake County Board.

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Knollwood Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Trustees from the Rockland Fire Protection Board – which oversees the Knollwood Fire Department – met with Libertyville officials to hear a proposal from the department about taking over firefighting services, according to Libertyville Fire Chief Rich Carani. The Libertyville Fire Department has provided ambulance service to Knollwood for the last two years.

The proposal will likely be discussed at the Jan. 9 meeting of the Rockland Fire Protection District board scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Knollwood Fire Station, 14 Skokie Highway, Lake Bluff.

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Libertyville Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Dailyherald.com:

Three dogs died in a house fire Tuesday afternoon in Libertyville. “(The dogs) were overcome by the smoke,” Libertyville Assistant Fire Chief Robert Key said.

Firefighters were called to a single-family home just after noon on the 400 block of West Lincoln Avenue. The home’s owner arrived to discover the blaze, which was extinguished quickly, but the two-story home was damaged heavily by smoke and left uninhabitable.

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Box alarm fire in Libertyville, 7-5-16 (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Firefighters folded an American flag outside a fire-damaged Libertyville home Tuesday at the scene of a house fire in the 500 block of Fairhill Road.

Grayslake firefighter/paramedics Mike Higgins, Ian Mandigo and Ryan Schaefer removed the flag from the front of the home after Countryside Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Steingart told the men to take down the flag because it was in the way.

“Out of respect for the flag, we started to fold it,” Higgins said.  “We had it nice and tight … we wanted to give it back to the homeowner that way.”

Jeff Rudolph posted the photo of the firefighters folding the flag on Facebook.

“They could have left it hanging and it probably would have gotten torn down by crews walking in and out or they could have removed it and just balled it up and set it somewhere, but they knew the respect the flag deserved. They went the extra step … in a day and age when many disrespect our flag, the members of our nation’s fire service always respect and honor what that flag means.”

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Box alarm fire in Libertyville, 7-5-16

The Libertyville FD pulled a box alarm for a house fire at 17391 Fairhill Road just after 2PM on Tuesday, 7/5/16.

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House fire in Green Oaks, 3-24-16

Libertyville firefighters along with automatic-aid companies were sent to 1470 Greenbriar Drive in Green Oaks (Libertyville FPD) just after 1AM when a homeowner, awakened by a smoke alarm, noticed a van outside had caught fire and was spreading to the attached garage.

The first arriving engine reported flames through the roof of the garage and made an initial quick attack with their deck gun. After the tank water was drained, the engine was nursed by a tanker that arrived after them and a hand line went into operation. A shuttle was setup with successive tankers nursing the Libertyville tanker and in turn the engine in the driveway.

The alarm was elevated to a Box Alarm which brought several tankers (tenders) to the neighborhood that is without hydrants. Though the garage and contents were heavily damaged, the fire did not communicate into the house.

The box was struck out about an hour later and companies began to pickup.

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Pierce fire engine with ail-burt light tower at fire scene

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attached garage destroyed by fire

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Pierce fire engine with ail-burt light tower at fire scene

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firefighters with house line at night fire scene on the rain

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Libertyville FD promotions and awards

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Two Libertyville firefighters who will be promoted to top spots next week share more than a long tenure on the department.

Mike Pakosta, is being promoted to deputy chief, and Mike Hall will be promoted to lieutenant taking Pakosta’s place on the same shift. They are hometown guys and childhood friends who met when they were 9 years old.

In 2002, Pakosta began his tenure in Libertyville. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2014 and will become the first deputy chief the department has had in about 25 years, as the position has been vacant due to budget considerations.

The Libertyville fire department has 41 full-time employees and six or seven of them are Libertyville natives, according to Chief Rich Carani.

Also Tuesday, firefighters Mike Stanek, Tom Pitel, Mike Grempka, Justin Haedt, Andrew Yarc and Jered Woodward will be recognized for an award sponsored by Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital recognizing team efforts that save lives.

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