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North Park FPD news

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A $300,000 donation to the North Park Fire Protection District will serve as the financial foundation for a new centrally located fire station the district has wanted for about 20 years. An anonymous donor provided the gift last year. The money was used to purchase an acre of land at 1017 Harlem Road from the village and to pay for engineering and architectural work. The land cost about $25,000. The district purchased a second acre next to the first in September. Chief Joel Hallstrom hopes to build a $3.5 million fire station on those two acres in the next decade.

The district started planning for a new station about two decades ago as it watched the community and coverage area change, leaving its decades-old stations in locations not as ideal as they once were and perhaps adding vital seconds and minutes to their response times.

The Machesney Park board of trustees unanimously voted to approve a special-use permit for the fire station to go up in a neighborhood of homes and small businesses.

The North Park Fire Protection District has three fire stations and all are decades old. Stations at 2191 Harlem Road in Loves Park and 3924 N. Alpine Road in Rockford were built in the late 1940s. The newest one — 600 Wood Ave. in Machesney Park — was built in the 1960s. Because of annexations, the stations aren’t considered as centrally located as they once were.

About 50 volunteer firefighters protect nearly 20,000 residents within a 15-square-mile coverage area in portions of Machesney Park and unincorporated Winnebago County. Hallstrom said a new station would mean the closing of at least two other stations and the administrative offices on Ramona Terrace.

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Voters rejected three tax increase proposals

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Fire districts are looking at tight budgets and possible service cutbacks after voters rejected three tax increase proposals on Tuesday.

The North Park Fire Protection District asked voters to approve a property tax increase to pay for replacements for aging equipment — a $17,000 expense. The measure was rejected by 56 percent of voters. The increase, had it been approved, would have resulted in a $33.33 property tax increase over 12 months for a home valued at $100,000.

The defeat of the referendum means that North Park Fire may curtail fire assistance to ambulances on emergency calls. North Park Fire also may postpone a planned consolidation on a donated 2-acre site that’s more centrally located within the three districts it serves.

The New Milford Fire Protection District also asked for a property tax increase to pay for new equipment. The increase would have resulted in a $32 annual tax increase on a home valued at $100,000. It was rejected by nearly 61 percent of voters. New Milford’s fire operations haven’t seen a tax increase since the 1980s, and the budget has had to account for rising equipment costs.

The Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District sought a tax increase to pay future pension costs. The measure would have resulted in a $1.72 annual property tax increase for the owner of a $100,000 home. It was rejected by 57 percent of the voters.

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Worth Garage Fire 7-4-12

This from Keith Grzadziel

North Palos FPD had a Full Still for an attached garage fire in Worth around midnight at 6805 W. 114th St. Fire initially came in as a brush fire next to the garage. Crews arrived with a fully involved garage with communication inside the house. Fire was struck within 10 minutes. Crews from Bridgeview, Chicago Ridge, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights and Roberts Park assisted North Palos.

(sorry about poor pics)

North Palos FPD garage fire in Worth  7-4-12

Keith Grzadziel photo

North Palos FPD garage fire in Worth  7-4-12

Keith Grzadziel photo

North Palos FPD garage fire in Worth  7-4-12

Keith Grzadziel photo

Orland FPD had a 3-11 yesterday afternoon for the fully involved townhome at 15035 Mayo Dr. in Orland Park. 3 out of 4 units totally destroyed.

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New area apparatus orders from Smeal

Smeal Fire Apparatus is building the following new apparatus for area departments:

The Phoenix FD will be taking delivery of an engine built with a 2011 Spartan Metro Star cab and chassis. This vehicle will have a 1,500-gpm pump, 750-gallon water tank, and 20-gallon foam tank. Delivery is expected early in the summer.

– The North Park FPD will be taking delivery of a 75′ quint on a Spartan chassis. No information is available about this unit except that it was built as a stock piece.


Thanks to Bill Friedrich for the information.

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