The Carpentersville Fire Department is closer to having its first comprehensive strategic plan in place.
But, noted Fire Chief John-Paul Schilling, it's still a work in progress.
"It's a lot of work. It's not anything that's going to be done quickly but we want to do it right," he said during his update to village trustees at Tuesday's board meeting.
The process came as a result of the "100 Day Plan" Schilling was tasked with when he took the helm of the fire department last June by Village Manager Mark Rooney. The initiative's overall objectives, established through the collaborative efforts of village administration, battalion chiefs, and executive board members of the fire department's full and part time unions, included improving and/or increasing communication, improving training, safety, and risk management, and increasing personnel collaboration through the creation of various committees.
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Firefighters have extinguished a house fire at 209 Bethal Road and are now working the remaining hot spots as of 11:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Lebanon and Troy crews are assisting O’Fallon crews on scene.
According to O’Fallon fire captain Frank Shewmaker, the fire started in a laundry room fuse box. The first floor of the two-story home was fully involved, and flames also got into the attic ceiling, Shewmaker said.
The occupants of the house got out safely about 8:30 p.m., he said.
Shewmaker said the fire caused “pretty significant damage to the house,” but there were no injuries.
A fire at a west suburban Aurora home left four people displaced Sunday night and caused an estimated $25,000 in damages.
A neighbor called 911 shortly after 10 p.m. after seeing flames coming from a rear attic window of the one-story, single-family home in the 600 block of Second Avenue, according to a statement from the Aurora Fire Department. The neighbor went into the home and warned the residents, who were then all able to exit safely.
The blaze was extinguished just more than an hour after firefighters’ arrival, fire officials said. No injuries were reported, but the American Red Cross was called to the scene to help the home’s four residents with housing after the building was deemed uninhabitable.
Officials from the Fox River and Countryside Fire Protection District are hopeful that voters will approve a tax increase referendum in the April 4 consolidated election.
The district is seeking an increase to nearly 53 cents up from 27 cents per $100 of equalized assessed value. The new rate would boost its levy to nearly $5 million, officials said.
The money will help replace its aging fleet and equipment, provide for adequate staffing and reduce its debt.
Based on feedback, fire board President Bob Handley said things are looking brighter for the referendum to pass, as opposed to a similar request in 2015, which voters rejected.
“Who knows – it’s a tax referendum,” Handley said. “We seem to be getting a lot of positive feedback from everybody. But you never know until election day.”
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