Mount Prospect has agreed to pay the Elk Grove Rural Fire Protection District nearly $2 million over the next three years.
The state requires the village to pay the fire protection district a five-year prorated tax levy payment for newly annexed properties formerly served by the district. But trustees on Tuesday agreed an accelerated three-year plan presented to the board by Fire Chief Brian Lambel, under which the village would provide payments of $665,000 to the district for each of three years.
The agreement, which has also been approved by the fire district's board, precludes court proceedings between the village and the district, Lambel said.
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Around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, a Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District / Kurtz EMS Service Ambulance was involved in a crash on Interstate 39 in Marshall County, according to a press release from fire chief Tracey Steffes.
The Advanced Life Support Ambulance had just transported a patient to Peoria Medical center and was returning to Morris,
The ambulance was in the process of passing a semi tractor trailer on Interstate 39, which is a four-lane highway, when a gust of wind caused the driver of the ambulance to over correct, according to the release.
"The ambulance proceeded to skid down the highway coming to a rest in the northbound ditch" the press relase said.
The driver was able to exit the ambulance and call for assistance.
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In an effort to increase staff diversity, the Urbana Fire Department hosted a breakfast Thursday for influential community members who can recruit and recommend potential firefighter candidates.
Fire Chief Brian Nightlinger said pastors, affiliates from Parkland College and the University of Illinois, leaders of community groups and city council members were invited to the gathering. They were all given packs of small cards to hand out to anyone they think could be a good fit for the department.
Elizabeth Borman, assistant human resources manager for the city, cited a 2006 study from the International Association of Fire Fighters' diversity initiative that concludes that the best method for recruiting a diverse department is word of mouth — one reason for the card strategy.
A fire tore through a home in north suburban Lake Forest on Thursday morning.
Crews responded at 9:39 a.m. to the blaze on North Avenue west of Buena Road, where smoke was pouring from the basement and first two floors of the house, according to the Lake Forest Fire Department.
Before firefighters arrived, police officers had helped escort two elderly people out of the home, officials said.
Firefighters from seven nearby departments were called in to assist. It took half an hour to put out the flames, and no one was hurt, officials said.
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Buffalo Grove firefighter/paramedic Mark Anderson was recently promoted to lieutenant.
Fire Chief William "Mike" Baker said the lieutenant's position opened up with the retirement of Lt. Wendill Bills, a 33-year veteran. "We're looking for more of the same for Lt. Anderson," Baker said.
Anderson has been with the department for 25 years full time.
"It feels wonderful," Anderson said after the swearing-in ceremony at a recent meeting of the Buffalo Grove village board. "It's a privilege to work for a great town like Buffalo Grove."
Baker said, "He has always been somebody who has contributed to the department."
Illinois Daily Herald
We've seen several devastating house fires across the Tri-States over the last few months.
In some cases, families lose everything, especially during fires in rural areas where water can be limited and response time can be longer.
However, firefighters say most of these life-changing fires can be prevented with residential fire sprinklers. They're almost unheard of in the Tri-State area but some homeowners have them and Quincy firefighters are increasingly educating the public about how they can save lives and reduce extensive property damage.
"Watching those fires that happen in the rural part of Adams County," Liberty, Illinois, homeowner Ken Sparrow said. "That's what got me thinking about it."