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Palatine Rural FPD to sell ad space on apparatus

The Daily Herald has an article about a new revenue source for the Palatine Rural FPD:

[The Palatine Rural Fire Protection District] is about to become what it believes is the first fire service in Illinois to sell advertising space on trucks and ambulances … last week [they] lost a bid for a tax hike, the revenue the ads will bring is badly needed at a time when calls are increasing and property tax income is falling.

“We’re kind of in a desperate situation here,” Chief Hank Clemmensen said. “The money we get from these ads will be critical to our operation, unfortunately.” Clemmensen said the ads, which he pledges will be tasteful, will go on the sides near the rear of the Inverness-based district’s only fire truck and on the back of the district’s lone ambulance. “It’s not going to look like a race car,” he said, adding that he will have final approval on the ads.

The district is working to sell ad space through Arizona-based Public Safety Advertising, which was founded by a firefighter looking to help struggling fire departments boost revenues without having to further burden their taxpayers.

Clemmensen said he has been thinking about putting ads on his vehicles for some time as he’s watched district revenues fall but didn’t know how to get started. The district, he said, lost $300,000 alone from 2012 to 2013, a 9 percent decline.

Last Tuesday, voters rejected the proposed tax hike that would have increased revenues by $200,000. A little more than 1,100 of the district’s nearly 20,000 registered voters cast ballots on the referendum, with about 54 percent voting no.

Clemmensen said even if the tax increase had passed, he would have gone ahead with the advertising plan, which was approved unanimously by the district’s board March 10. Now the money is even more desperately needed than before, he added.

The chief said Public Safety Advertising estimated his district would get between $20,000 and $25,000 per year from the ads.

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Barrington FD & Barrington CFPD still negotiating mutual aid

The Barrington Courier-Review has an article with states that as the year-end separation nears, there is no mutual-aid agreement yet between the Barrington Fire Department and the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District.

With less than two weeks until the Village of Barrington’s Fire Department and the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District begin operating independently, the two sides have still been unable to come to terms on a mutual aid agreement.

The Barrington Village Board previously set a goal to have a deal in place by its Dec. 16 meeting, but the topic was not brought before trustees.

Barrington Fire Chief James Arie said the village has reached out with proposals, but has yet to receive a response from officials at the district. The agreements detail support plans that would go into effect in an emergency across jurisdictional boundaries. Meanwhile, the village has secured automatic aid agreements with neighboring departments in Lake Zurich, Long Grove and Palatine while continuing to negotiate with additional agencies in the area.

“We’ve got resources around us that are prepared to respond to our needs on a daily basis,” said Arie, adding that Barrington firefighters are eager to begin independent operations Jan. 1.

The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District also moved forward with its independent fire response plan this week by finalizing an automatic aid agreement with the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District. Approved Dec. 16, officials on both sides said the agreement provides residents with high levels of fire and emergency medical services.

According to a district press release, the agreement calls for the Countryside Fire Protection District to provide a fire engine or water tanker vehicle as needed, for all structure fires in Palatine Rural’s jurisdiction. The Barrington district also will send a truck to all Palatine Rural-based calls generated by automatic fire alarm systems.

In return, Palatine Rural will provide an Advanced Life Support engine for Barrington Countryside calls that occur south of Lake-Cook Road, and will provide initial fire and paramedic response for calls on the district’s eastern edge, according to the press release.

“As we begin discussing how our respective organizations might help each other, our only consideration was to ensure that any agreement assisted in fulfilling our mission to provide excellence in service,” said District Fire Chief Jeff Swanson. “That is the benchmark of everything we do. We are very comfortable with the agreement and we will meet regularly over the next year to keep it that way.”

The agreement, which will take effect Jan. 1, was formally approved by the district’s Board of Trustees on Dec. 16. The Palatine Rural Board of Trustees is expected to approve the agreement at a special meeting later this month.

“This agreement between Palatine Rural and Barrington Countryside has taken a bit longer than expected, but it ensures that our residents will receive a premier level of fire and emergency medical service,” Palatine Rural Fire Chief Hank Clemmensen said.

The district board also approved the purchase of a new 3,000 gallon water tanker. Officials said the tanker will vastly improve the district’s ability to deliver large amounts of water to areas that do not have fire hydrants.

“We were very fortunate to find a stock unit that met our needs,” Rowan said. “It avoids us having to wait eight months for the tender to be built.” The $205,000 vehicle, which arrived at district headquarters in mid-December, was manufactured by Minnesota-based Midwest Fire Equipment firm Luverne.

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Palatine Rural to lose BC positions

The position of Battalion 7 in MABAS Division 1 from the Palatine Rural Fire District will be removed at the beginning of May and Battalion 15 from Rolling Meadows will cover both districts. The two departments have entered into an agreement whereby the three existing Palatine Rural Battalion Chiefs will be reassigned to other duties including the new position of Training and Safety Officer for both departments.

The Daily Herald has an article which summarizes the new arrangements.

In an effort to operate more efficiently, the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District and the Rolling Meadows Fire Department recently agreed to reorganize and combine certain resources.

The departments last month entered into an intergovernmental agreement to share a training/safety officer and battalion chiefs.

Scott Mohr of Inverness-based Palatine Rural was promoted to assistant chief. He’ll work out of the Rolling Meadows Plum Grove Road station and be responsible for all training and safety for both departments.

The new partnership also reassigns Palatine Rural’s three battalion chiefs — two to administration and one to an engine as a company officer. Rolling Meadows’ battalion chiefs will provide incident command coverage on all three Palatine Rural shifts beginning May 1.

“Rolling Meadows wanted a training officer but couldn’t afford it, and my battalion chiefs weren’t being used to their fullest capacity because we don’t have a lot of calls,” (Palatine-Rural Chief Hank) Clemmensen said. “It’s a much more efficient way to operate.”

The complete article can be found HERE.

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Local chief to head IAFC

From an article in the Daily Herald.

(Palatine Rural FPD) Chief Hank Clemmensen has been elected president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs for a 1-year term effective August 2012.

Since the role requires a ton of travel — he expects to be on the road 300 days of the year — he’ll likely take a 10-month leave of absence from work at the Inverness fire station on Ela Road.

The district’s fire board would name an interim fire chief to take his place, an arrangement worked into the three-year contract Clemmensen recently signed to continue as Palatine Rural’s chief.

The complete article can be found HERE.

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