Archive for December 20th, 2011

Barrington village and fire district disagree on staffing

The Daily Herald has another article about to the Barrington Fire Department. This time, the article points to a disagreement between the village and the fire district over staffing.

The village of Barrington has denied a request by the Barrington Fire Protection District for the hiring of seven additional firefighter/paramedics to help serve the district’s larger area surrounding the village.

So fire district trustees Monday came up with a backup suggestion that the village move one person per shift from the fire station in Barrington to the one in Barrington Hills.

“Maybe if the village had one fewer person here (in Barrington), they might see our issue more clearly,” fire district Trustee Tom Long said.

The fire protection district is a separate taxing body serving a 46-square-mile area outside of Barrington. But the district has historically contracted the services of the Barrington Fire Department — inflated to serve the larger area.

The village has recently begun pursuing ideas to find cost savings in its fire protection services, so the fire district’s request could hardly have come at a worse time.

The article goes on to mention a study by the Illinois Fire Chief’s Association which recommends the additional personnel. The entire article can be found HERE

Previous posts about issues concerning the Barrington Fire Department can be found HERE, HERE, and HERE.

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Roberts Park FD escorts Santa

Martin Nowak provided the following note:

The Roberts Park Fire Protection District continued the Santa tradition that was started by the Justice Fire Department, ever since Roberts Park took over (JFD) back in 2005.  Ambulance 3R leads Engine 31 with Santa riding along.

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