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Spring Grove FPD news

Excerpts from the nwherald.com:

Spring Grove Fire Protection District Chief Rich Tobiasz has announced retirement plans, and a hunt for his replacement is underway.

He started his career in the fire service in 1974 and worked with the Fox Lake Fire Protection District for eight years before joining the Spring Grove district in 1982. He became chief in 1993 and has helped usher in a new era for the district. When he started, and until he took over as chief, the department was not staffed, and emergencies were handled on a volunteer, on-call basis. Firefighters were paid per call. Now the department staffs a five-person team 24/7.

Tobiasz said he plans to stay in the area for now. He will continue to teach agriculture at McHenry County College and is a member of the McHenry County Master Gardeners, which is sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension.

The fire district’s board has reviewed applications for the chief position, which comes with an annual salary range of $75,000 to $105,000. Tobiasz makes about $89,000. The candidates will go through an assessment process, and a panel of outside fire chiefs will recommend a few of those people to go through the formal interview process with the board. The goal is to have a decision made by March, so Tobiasz can retire April 30, which is the end of the fiscal year. If all goes according to plan, the new chief would start May 1.

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Spring Grove Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the Chicagotribune.com:

Firefighters were called to a two-story frame house about 5:45 p.m. Friday in the 9800 block of Hunters Lane in Spring Grove according to Lt. Todd Robel of the Spring Grove Fire Protection District.

“They made entrance to the house and realized it had been burning” possibly for some time, said Robel.

Firefighters found one person dead on the dining room floor.  It took firefighters about an hour to extinguish the smoldering blaze. There was no evidence of foul play.

A Saturday autopsy determined Erik K. Whalen-Pedersen, 61, suffered smoke and soot inhalation, according to the McHenry County coroner’s office.

The victim lived there alone and was pronounced dead on the scene. There was evidence a cat also lived there but the pet was not located.

The fire’s cause remains under investigation.

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House fire in Spring Grove, 7-17-16

This from Jeff Rudolph:

07/17/16
Lightning from Sunday morning’s storm struck a house on Rudolph Ct. in Spring Grove. Crews where able to quickly contain and extinguish the fire, holding the response to a full still. The area has no hydrants so tenders nursed into Spring Grove’s engine. Jeff Rudolph

McHenry Township FPD engine

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Fox Lake FD tender

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Spring Grover FD pumper/tanker at fire scene

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Spring Grover FD tender at fire scene

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firefighters at fire scene

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McHenry Township FPD tender

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Richmond FD ambulance

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Brush fire in Spring Grove, 4-16-16

This from Steve Redick:

Happened on a small job in what I think was Spring Grove. There was a massive header due to rubber play matting that was burning. The Spring Grove tanker is one massive rig!
Spring Grove Fire Department tanker

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aftermath of small brush fire

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Richmond Fire Department engine

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Spring Grove Fire Department ambulance

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Spring Grove Fire Department tanker

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Spring Grove Fire Department brush truck

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Spring Grove Fire Department brush truck

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Spring Grove Fire Department tanker

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New ambulance for Spring Grove FPD

Martin Nowak spotted this update to the Horton Emergency Vehicles Facebook page.

new Spring Grove ambulance

New Horton ambulance for Spring Grove FPD. Horton Emergency Vehicle photo

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The color of fire trucks (part 7)

MABAS Division 5 encompasses McHenry County. There are 18 departments in the division and several had non-red apparatus over the years. Only three departments had fleets that were lime green and white or yellow; the Nunda Rural Fire Protection District, the Lake in the Hills station of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District, and the Woodstock Rural Fire Protection District (now part of the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District). According to the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District website, in October of 1993, the Woodstock Rural Fire Protection District, Woodstock City Fire Department, and Woodstock Rescue Squad merged together to form the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District.

Eight other departments had red fleets, but at one time each had a unit that was painted differently. (Crystal Lake, Hebron, Harvard, the Marengo Rescue Squad, Richmond, Spring Grove, Union, and Woodstock City)

The Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department  purchased a small rescue squad in 1982 that conformed to the Department of Transportation (DOT) specifications, one of which required that it be delivered painted lime green.

Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department 1982 E-ONE rescue squad

Crystal Lake bought this 'DOT' spec rescue squad from E-ONE in 1982. Bill Friedrich photo

 

The Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District had a brush truck which was blue in contrast to the rest of the fleet that was painted red.

Hebron Alden Greenwood Fire Protection District brush unit 805

Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Brush 805 was a unique unit within their fleet painted blue. It was on a 1973 GMC chassis with a Stahl body. It carried 250 gallons of water with a pumping capacity of 450 gallons-per-minute. Bill Friedrich photo

 

The Harvard Fire Protection District and the Harvard Rescue Squad ran out of the same station. The Rescue Squad had an orange and white squad which was the only piece with this paint scheme.

Harvard Rescue Squad 1977 Welch

The Harvard Rescue Squad had this 1977 Ford/Welch unit. Bill Friedrich photo

 

The Richmond Fire Protection District had a rescue squad that was painted white.

Richmond Fire Protection District rescue squad

This 1967 Dodge/Stahl unit ran as Squad 1451 for the Richmond Fire Protection District. Bill Friedrich photo

 

The Spring Grove Fire Protection District had a squad unit and a tanker that were painted white.

Spring Grove Fire Protection District Rescue 1807

The Spring Grove Fire Protection District had this 1977 GMC Step Van that was modified by department personnel. It was Rescue 1807. Bill Friedrich photo

 

The Union Fire Protection District ran a white Ford/Darley engine in 19__ which was the only lime green piece in the fleet.

Union Fire Protection District 1975 Ford Darley tanker

Engine 1505, a 1975 Darley on a Ford L-Series chassis was the only lime green unit that the Union Fire Protection District ran with. It had a 750-GPM pump and carried 1,000 gallons of water. Bill Friedrich photo

 

The Woodstock City Fire Department purchased a Seagrave quad in 1967 that was painted white, and  they also had a white brush truck, a 1969 Dodge W300/Welch 250/200.

City of Woodstock Fire Department 1967 Seagrave Quad

The City of Woodstock Fire Department ran this 1967 Seagrave Quad as Engine 1734. It had a 1,000-GPM pump and 300 gallons of water. Bill Friedrich photo

 

The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire District had two stations in years past. The apparatus at the Lake in the Hills station was painted yellow. They had a 1968 IHC/Welch squad and there were two additional pumpers at the Lake In the Hills station that were painted chrome yellow;  a 1972, IHC Cargostar-Alexis  750/750, and a 1975, IHC Cargostar-Bean  750/1000.

Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District 1968 Welch rescue squad

Trucks at the Lake in the Hills fire station used to be yellow and the apparatus at the Algonquin station were red. This 1968 IHC/Welch rescue squad was on of three yellow units. Bill Friedrich photo

 

The Nunda Rural Fire Protection District changed their fleet from lime green/white to red/black.

Nunda Rural Fire Protection District Engine 1336 FMC

The Nunda Rural Fire Protection District trucks used to be painted lime green and white like the 1984 Ford C8000/Darley 1250/1000 shown here. Bill Friedrich photo

 

When the Woodstock Rural Fire Protection and the Woodstock City Fire Department were separate entities, the rural apparatus was painted lime green & white.

Woodstock Rural Fire Protection District Spartan Darley top-mount engine

The Woodstock Rural Fire Protection District ran this 1986 Darley with a Spartan 4-dr CFC cab. The top-mount pump panel controlled a 1,000-GPM pump and the engine carried 1,00 gallons of water. Larry Shapiro photo

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