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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