Archive for December 6th, 2012

New ambulance for Darien Woodridge FPD

This from Lt. Jim Skrabel:

Here is a sneak peek of one of the new ambulances (two were delivered) to Darien-Woodridge. These are Med-Tech ambulances on Ford 450 chassis. The ambulances are numbered 89 & 90. Darien-Woodridge stations will be changing to 88, 89, & 90  following the new numbering system Du-Com is using.

Darien Woodridge FPD Ambulance 89 Ford Medtec

New 2012 Ford F450/Medtec ambulance for the Darien Woodridge FPD assigned as Medic 89. Jim Skrabel photo

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Lake Zurich looks into consolidating fire stations

The Daily Herald has an article which outlines discussions to reduce the number of fire stations in Lake Zurich:

 Lake Zurich’s elected officials agreed Wednesday night to further explore a conceptual plan to close two firehouses and replace them with a new station in an effort to provide the affected areas with the same coverage at less cost.

In addition, the preliminary idea raises the possibility of building a new headquarters fire station on Route 12 and moving village operations into the structure for a Lake Zurich government complex.

Fire Chief David Wheelock provided a presentation at Wednesday’s village board committee meeting showing how consolidating two firehouses into one station, along with the Lake Zurich government operations, might initially save up to $70,000 annually. He said additional savings would come from eliminating long-term capital costs from future budgets by having three fire stations instead of four.

Wheelock said the three-station model would be staffed with four fire companies while continuing to provide the same service levels.

One of the fire stations under scrutiny is No. 1 on South Buesching Road, which is the administrative headquarters and owned by Lake Zurich village government. The other station in the conceptual closure plan is No. 4 on Field Parkway in Deer Park owned by the Lake Zurich Rural Fire Protection District, a taxing agency separate from the village.

The rural fire protection district would own the new station on Route 12, between Cuba and South Old Rand roads. A memo states the village could “creatively finance” the project.

Under the concept plan, administrative, operations and fire prevention services would be in 26,000 square feet of office space divided between two floors. In a memo, Village Administrator Jason Slowinski said if Lake Zurich government also moves to the new building, it would provide a “more safe, healthy and positive experience for village employees, residents and guests” as opposed to the current facility at 70 E. Main St.

The entire article is HERE.

thanks Ron

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