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4-Alarm fire in Johnsburg, 1-6-19

A house at 3904 N Pitzen Road in Johnsburg was destroyed by fire Sunday (1/6/19). The incident was elevated to a 4-Alarm fire by the McHenry Township FPD.

Firefighters battle fire in a large house with flames through the roof

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Firefighters battle fire in a large house with flames through the roof

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Firefighters battle fire in a large house with flames through the roof

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Firefighters battle fire in a large house

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Firefighters battle fire in a large house

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Firefighters battle fire in a large house

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fire truck at fire scene

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fire truck at fire scene

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Firefighters with hose line battle a fire

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Firefighters with hose line battle a fire

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house in Johnsburg IL destroyed by fire

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house in Johnsburg IL destroyed by fire

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house in Johnsburg IL destroyed by fire

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Firefighters with hose line battle a fire

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house in Johnsburg IL destroyed by fire

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house in Johnsburg IL destroyed by fire

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house in Johnsburg IL destroyed by fire

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house in Johnsburg IL destroyed by fire

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LDH large diameter hose supply line in street

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McHenry Township Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the northwestherald.com:

The McHenry Township Fire Protection District recently honored firefighters, officers, paramedics, and Board of Trustee members for a total combined 600 years of volunteer or part-time service to the 60,000 residents in the 56-square-mile fire district. Additionally, the recently sworn-in members were honored for achieving goals toward earning firefighting, EMT, and paramedic certifications. 

“This annual event allows us the opportunity to gather together as a group to recognize and honor the many years of service of our dedicated personnel here at the McHenry Township Fire Protection District,” Chief Tony Huemann said.  “This year we had members recognized for five years and up to 50 years of service to the organization – not many companies can boast of that length of service or commitment by their personnel. We continually have many each year who reach those high number of years of service.”

More than 170 MTFPD members, community dignitaries, and family members gathered to congratulate those recognized for their years of service.

Those members honored included Lt. Mike Kempster, 20 years; Diana St. Clair, 25 years; Bill Comstock, 30 years; Leora Foreman, 35 years; Capt. Dave Karls, 35 years; Mark Diedrich, 40 years; Trustee Chris Bennett, 50 years; and Capt. Joe Foreman, 39 years of service and Officer of the Year award.

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McHenry Township FPD news

Excerpts from the nwherald.com:

At 5:10 p.m. on Saturday (8/4/18), the McHenry Township Fire Protection District was dispatched to the 400 block of North Mineral Spring Drive after a report that there was an explosion inside a garage. The home is on a dead-end street in unincorporated McHenry with no fire hydrants.

Firefighters spent 30 minutes battling a fire that engulfed the garage and were able to stop it before spreading to the house. The garage was declared a total loss. The cause of the explosion – so powerful that it blew one of the walls a foot away from the base of the garage – still is under investigation.

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McHenry Township FPD news

Excerpts from the nwherald.com:

The McHenry Township Fire Protection District (MTFPD) recently announced new partnerships with McHenry Township, Nunda Township, the village of Holiday Hills, the village of Johnsburg, and the village of Lakemoor, allowing for the purchase and installation of four additional outdoor warning sirens in the area protected by the fire district.

The MTFPD signed intergovernmental agency agreements and shared the cost of the sirens located at Ringwood Road west of Pioneer Oaks, Ringwood Road west of Johnsburg Road, the Holiday Hills Village Hall, and with the cooperation of the owner of the Pistakee Country Club as one of the sirens was located on their property.

“The outdoor warning sirens are part of a comprehensive approach towards mass alerting for tornado and severe weather events. Tornadoes are one of the most destructive severe weather events that often result in serious injuries and loss of life,” Fire Chief Tony Huemann said. “With the addition of the new sirens strategically located throughout the McHenry Township Fire Protection District, we have achieved our goal of improving severe weather alerts.”

Nine total sirens have been purchased over the past three years. Three sirens were installed in 2017 and two sirens were installed in 2015. All nine sirens are connected to the city of McHenry dispatch center, where they can be activated simultaneously.

Residents should also incorporate other alerting methods such as monitoring the weather conditions from local news services, radio and television and purchasing a weather alert radio.

The outdoor warning sirens will be activated for a tornado warning issued for McHenry County and directly threatening the community. However, the warning sirens will not include an “all clear” siren tone and residents are urged to tune to local media for specific weather information.

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McHenry Township Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the Northwestherald.com:

The McHenry Home Depot donated supplies to the McHenry Township Fire Protection District to build six dollhouse training props for a fire dynamics burn demonstration later this month.

“We are pleased that Home Depot partnered with us for this important training exercise,” Chief Tony Huemann said. “The generous donation of plywood and other supplies was used to build structures resembling large dollhouses that will allow our firefighters to get hands-on experience in a unique and creative fire and smoke flow demonstration. This is learning beyond the classroom.”

Kevin Tracz, a McHenry Township Fire Protection District resident and a firefighter in a neighboring community, volunteered his time to construct six dollhouse structures using the donated wood. As part of the training, the dollhouses will be burned, and fire behavior will be simulated by opening windows and venting the roof to show fire and smoke flow paths.

“This is a safe and visual method to show the dangers of poorly timed or undisciplined ventilation,” Huemann said. “We are very appreciative of the sponsorship of materials for this event from our friends and neighbors at the McHenry Home Depot.”

This training exercise will be in conjunction with a live burn of a house in Johnsburg at the end of May. For information about the training, call the district at 815-385-0075.

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House fire in McHenry Township, 8-16-17

Excerpts from the NWherald.com:

house fire in McHenry, IL

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A Wednesday morning fire left a McHenry home uninhabitable, according to a news release from McHenry Township Fire Protection District.

Firefighters responded about 6:15 a.m. to a house fire in the 3600 block of Grand Avenue, McHenry, and flames were coming from second floor windows when crews arrived.

The fire was confined to two rooms on the second floor, and other areas of the house sustained smoke, heat and water damage.

A jogger alerted the resident of the home that the house was on fire. No operational smoke detectors were found inside the residence. No one was injured in the fire, the cause of which is under investigation.

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McHenry Township Fire Protection District Live Fire Training

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 McHenry Township Fire Protection District live-fire training

barn engulfed in flames

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McHenry Township FPD tower ladder at barn fire

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McHenry Township FPD engine drafting at barn fire

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McHenry Township FPD tender at barn fire

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McHenry Township FPD tower ladder at barn fire

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barn engulfed in flames

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barn engulfed in flames

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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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McHenry Township Fire District news

This from Michael Maida:

I attended the McHenry Township Fire District Station 5 grand opening.  The station will have a engine, ambulance, brush truck, and two trailers.  The engine is a 2009 Pierce. There will be 5 firefighters/paramedics on duty at a time.  I had the opportunity to witness the flag raising ceremony and the engine backing into quarters.  The neat thing with this station is whenever they get a call, there are red LED light strips in the ceilings that light up for 90 seconds.

Engine 42 was also at the open house, I was able to stop by station 1 and get a picture of the new Ambulance 51,

Sincerely,

Mike Maida

flag raising at new fire station

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flag raising at new fire station

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fire engine being pushed into new fire station

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fire engine being pushed into new fire station

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McHenry Township FPD Engine 45

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McHenry Township FPD Engine 42

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McHenry Township FPD Ambulance 54

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McHenry Township FPD Engine 42

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McHenry Township FPD decal

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McHenry Township FPD Ambulance 51

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While I was at the open house, Engine 42 responded to a EMS run.  I was told they receive around 5,000 calls a year and 80% are EMS.

Mike

McHenry Township FPD Engine 42

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McHenry Township FPD Engine 42

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McHenry Township FPD Engine 42

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McHenry Township Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from MySuburbanLife.com:

A group of McHenry Township Fire Protection District employees went shopping Thursday morning for an item that some of its most high-risk callers don’t have – smoke alarms.

Seniors are some of the most frequent callers to the department, and the reason why it’s implementing the Remembering When Program starting in September. The four-day program will bring in presenters to educate seniors and their caregivers on ways to prevent falls and fires.

“We’re just trying to help them stay safe and not visit the ER,” said Rebecca Rosner, McHenry Township Fire Protection District public education coordinator. “That’s the No. 1 reason they go to the ER, is falls.”

People 60 and older made up about 45 percent of the department’s EMS calls in 2015, Rosner said.

“The No. 1 goal there, obviously, is to make sure that our seniors are safe,” McHenry Township Fire Protection District Chief Tony Huemann said. “The secondary part of the byproduct of that is it reduces our call volume and allows us to answer other calls.”

Huemann said sometimes when the department responds to a senior’s home, a smoke alarm may be beeping because it’s out of battery, but the senior does not hear it.

Part of the program will include house visits to seniors, where firefighters will meet with seniors to make sure their alarms are working and help make a fire exit plan.

If alarms need to be replaced, the fire department will use the 75 smoke alarms they picked up Thursday through a $500 donation from Meijer in McHenry.

“We’re recognizing the fact that we need take care of the at-risk people in our community,” Huemann said.

The sessions will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 10 and 24 and Oct. 1 and 8 at the McHenry Recreation Center, 3636 Municipal Drive, McHenry.

For information or to RSVP, contact Rosner at 815-669-5379 or rosnerrebecca@fire.mtfpd.org.

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