Archive for October 2nd, 2018

East Dundee and Countryside Fire Protection District news

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On Friday, the East Dundee and Countryside Fire Protection District Board voted to give 90 days notice of its intent to opt out of the agreement approved in 2016 which had West Dundee Fire Chief Randy Freise taking the helm of both departments.

At the time, both East and West Dundee officials heralded the intergovernmental agreement as taking another great step toward a functional consolidation.

Freise began overseeing both entities Jan. 1, 2017. The agreement called for the cost of the chief position to be shared equally by each village, including salary and benefits. In terms of hierarchy, the East Dundee Fire Protection District’s deputy chief began reporting to Freise, and Freise reported to both the West Dundee village manager and the East Dundee Fire District Board. Freise recently announced his intent to retire in August of 2019.

After approving Freise’s leadership over both departments, East and West Dundee also agreed to share the services of its fire prevention officer. Other cost-saving opportunities as a result of the joint management have included shared training, programs, vehicles and apparatus.

Mark Guth, president of the East Dundee Fire Protection District, said Friday’s decision came down to terminating the agreement or terminating one of the department’s full-time personnel.

“It costs us $80,000 a year for the shared chief. It’s running us into a $100,000 deficit,” Guth said. “It’s mandated that we operate on a balanced budget.”

“We don’t have the money,” added Trustee John Bonkoski. “Randy’s done a great job. We know it’s going to be a step in the wrong direction, but we have to look at our taxpayers. We can’t afford it. That’s the bottom line.”

“My concern for the district and the department is that this is going to be a big step backward,” Freise said. “I think we’ve accomplished a lot these last two years. A lot of things aren’t seen behind the scenes that we’ve accomplished. Fire prevention has improved by leaps and bounds. Every agreement we’ve made has been a success. We’ve been building on small victories and working toward a functional consolidation. All these years we’ve tried to improve service by working together I feel today has taken a big step backward.”

The concept would continue through an intergovernmental relationship expanded to include the Rutland-Dundee Fire Protection District as well as the Village of West Dundee to share and coordinate the overall administration, management and clerical support for all employees responsible for fire services under one management team.

Rutland-Dundee Chief Richard Thomas said in a letter to the West Dundee village manager dated Sept. 25 that Rutland fire trustees recently discussed at great length the concept of joint fire management services.

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New engine for Round Lake

The Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District has ordered a pumper from Custom Fab & Body with a Spartan Metro Star cab and chassis, a  1,250-gpm pump, and an 800-gallon water tank.  Delivery in June 2019.

thanks Ron

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Elk Grove Village Fire Department news

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Elk Grove Village Fire Chief Richard Mikel has been named 2018 Fire Chief of the Year by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association. He will receive the award at the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association Annual Conference in Peoria on Oct. 16.

Mikel won the award in the category of Career Fire Chief with a population over 25,000. He oversees a department of 94 full-time employees and four fire stations that provides fire protection to 33,000 residents, 22 shopping centers, and the largest industrial park in North America.

Elk Grove hired Mikel as chief in 2012, after he spent the previous two years as the deputy fire chief of administration for Downers Grove. Before that, he served 26 years with the Naperville Fire Department, starting as a firefighter/paramedic and rising through the ranks to become the deputy fire chief of operations.

Mikel currently is overseeing the construction of two new fire stations, a $9.5 million, four-bay station serving the west side of the village, and a $15-million, four-bay station and training tower serving the village’s industrial park. The new stations will replace facilities that are 42 and 47 years old, respectively. 

thanks Scott

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