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Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Plans for a 102-unit senior complex on Euclid Avenue in Palatine are on hold amid village council concerns over whether ambulance service could be provided to the property in a timely manner.

Grandbrier of Palatine would be on nearly 5 acres on Euclid across the street from Harper College. The seniors complex would occupy a site where National Technical Systems operated until moving in January.

But Palatine Fire Chief Scott Andersen raised concern at Monday’s village council session about paramedics being unable to reach Grandbrier residents fast enough in medical emergencies. He said Palatine has a six-minute, 30-second benchmark for ambulance response times, which would unlikely be achieved for the Grandbrier because it’s on the periphery of the department’s coverage area.

Village council members agreed to table the Grandbrier proposal. They said Grandbrier representatives will have an opportunity to meet with Andersen in an effort to devise an acceptable plan for medical staffing capable of assisting residents 24 hours a day and bridging any ambulance gap in emergencies.

“What level of service would I need as a comfort level within that facility?” Andersen said. “That would be an equivalent of advanced life-support level of service that you would get with certified paramedics in the state of Illinois.”

Under the plan, the former National Technical Systems building would be demolished to accommodate the assisted living and memory care facility. There would be a three-story building with 70 assisted-living rental units and a one-story section with 32 apartments, including three companion suites designed for seniors with dementia.

Grandbrier Senior Living development director Chris Rintz said after the meeting that he’d want to meet with Andersen as soon as possible. He said the company does not have an alternative site in Palatine and that the village has profound need for the proposed upscale, private-pay facility.

Rintz, who is Winnetka’s village president, told the Palatine council that the plan already called for 24-hour-a-day, state-qualified medical professionals on site. He said registered nurses would be on duty 16 hours a day, with other coverage from licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants.

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Palatine Fire Department Open House

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Palatine FD host 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

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House fire in Palatine, 8-16-17

Palatine FD press release

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Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Three people were injured Thursday afternoon when a Palatine Fire Department ambulance responding to a call was struck by another vehicle.

The crash happened about 2 p.m. when the ambulance was westbound on Palatine Road at Rohlwing Road and was struck by a van that was northbound on Rohlwing. The ambulance rolled onto its side. Two other vehicles sustained minor damage after being hit by the van and a traffic signal.

Two firefighter/paramedics who were in the ambulance and the driver of the van were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Palatine FD offers loaner life jackets

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Box Alarm fire in Palatine, 5-20-17

Palatine firefighters were called to 1054 N. Glenview Court for a structure fire after midnight on Saturday (5/20/17). Units arrived to find heavy fire in the rear and through the roof in an end unit of a three-story, four-unit, multi-family structure. Palatine police officers were already evacuating residents as Engine 81 advanced a line to the rear. The alarm was upgraded to a Code 4 and then a MABAS Box Alarm bringing units from Palatine Rural, Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Wheeling, Lake Zurich, and Barrington. 

The fire was under control prior to the arrival of Box Alarm companies who were returned shortly after arriving in staging. A cat was rescued from one of the units and returned to it’s owner by a Palatine firefighter.

Spartan tower ladder at fire scene

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Firefighter in PPE covered with insulation after overhaul

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Firefighters rest after battling a blaze

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scene of townhouse fire

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Firefighter brings cat from fire building

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flames burning through chimney

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aftermath of townhouse damaged by fire

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aftermath of townhouse damaged by fire

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Ferrara fire engine on a hydrant

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Palatine FD Squad 85 Spartan ERV

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fire trucks with chevron striping on scene at night

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Fire Service News

Excerpts from ilnews.org:

With the state’s deficit spending on autopilot because of the 21-month-long budget standoff in Springfield, Illinois’ backlog of bills is climbing toward $13 billion.

Some local governments have taken steps to work together to create efficiencies, resulting in savings to taxpayers.

Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti recently identified the shared fire protection services in Rolling Meadows and Palatine as an example of local taxing bodies doing it right.

“Eliminating duplication, sharing of services, and consolidating entire governmental bodies should be considered at all levels of government from the bottom to the top,” Sanguinetti said. “You share personnel, you share equipment, you share expertise, and that translates into savings. It’s a win-win situation.”

The city of Rolling Meadows, the Village of Palatine, and the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District are doing exactly that with their intergovernmental agreement to operate as a single entity, according to the Rolling Meadows Fire Chief Scott Franzgrote.

“We’ve been working on this project that we call RPM, which stands for Rural Palatine Meadows, for about five years now,” Franzgrote said. “Our guiding principles are to leverage our combined resources to provide better service to our combined communities, to provide a safer work environment for the firefighters in our three jurisdictions, and to see if there are ways that we can do better for the taxpayers by finding efficiencies within our operations.”

One of the ways the three departments have streamlined operations is by changing the way their personnel train on the job.

“Everyone is now trained the same way,” Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz said. “With the equipment, Rolling Meadows might use one type of saw to cut through a roof in a fire, whereas Palatine uses a different one, so now we are purchasing all the same equipment and we are all trained on the same equipment so there are no missteps on the scene. A Palatine fireman can now go to a rural rig and be able to know exactly where the equipment is.”

Each department also champions different specialized services to eliminate duplication.

“Rolling Meadows is where the hazmat team is,” Schwantz said. “In Palatine, we house the dive team. We pay a stipend to Rolling Meadows as does Rural to handle, train, and equip their hazmat team. The same is true with Rolling Meadows and Rural towards Palatine with the dive team.”

While creating efficiencies and improving services were the driving force behind the arrangement, it also has resulted in cost savings.

“In 2016, we were scheduled to replace a technical rescue van that we’ve had since the 1970s and, because of this effort we are working together here, we were able to downsize the purchase,” Franzgrote said. “It was going to be a medium duty rescue squad for the City of Rolling Meadows, which was going to cost about $300,000, but we were able to reduce that to a light-duty squad and we probably saved around $125,000.”

And while the local governments haven’t quantified the total savings, they offered other examples of how they have reduced costs.

“Rolling Meadows and Rural, they each make a payment to Palatine to provide the dive rescue. So we make roughly $25,000 a year in revenue and for those communities, it’s far cheaper to pay us than to try and staff their own dive and rescue program,” Palatine Village Manager Reid Otteson said. “For us, it’s a revenue enhancement, which means I don’t have to go levy $25,000 more in property taxes.”

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Chicagoareafire.com website update (more)

With the help of Palatine FD Battalion Chief Doug Hoyt, the Palatine Fire Department station listings have been updated and are current.

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