Friday, November 2, 2012
Mutual aid agreements on the table after impending split with village.
Fire protection personnel representing seven surrounding districts met in Barrington on Thursday, Nov. 1 to share ideas and plans for the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD). The meeting was an informal gathering to generate ideas for future service after the impending split with the village of Barrington’s fire department at the end of 2013. An impasse on staffing and equipment needs over the past several years led to the split. BCFPD is talking with surrounding fire departments about starting new mutual-aid agreements. Districts represented at the meeting included Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Cary, Carpentersville, East Dundee, Fox River Grove, Hoffman Estates, Long Grove, Palatine Rural and Wauconda. Tom Long, …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Barrington Village Manager Jeff Lawler calls statements made at a recent Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District Board of Trustees meeting "untrue."
The dispute between the village of Barrington and the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) continues to flare this week. Village Manager Jeff Lawler said many statements made by the BCFPD Trustees at Monday’s board meeting were simply untrue. “We can’t have a reasonable discussion if the facts aren’t straight,” Lawler said. Tension between the village and the BCFPD is high due to a dispute that led to the end of their intergovernmental agreement. The BCFPD wants to add an additional water tender to the fleet and hire more staff at the district’s expense. The village says these additional costs are unnecessary. Lawler said although the district is willing to pay staff and equipment fees, the Barrington taxpayers will …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Trustees saw opportunities to more clearly identify station locations
The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) has completed installation of distinctive new signage at its fire stations in Barrington Hills and Lake Barrington, part of a long-term effort by District officials to upgrade facilities to better serve the public. The new signs at Fire Station #2, 120 W. Algonquin Road, Barrington Hills, and Fire Station #3, 22222 N. Pepper Road, Lake Barrington, are part of a comprehensive program undertaken by District officials, who saw the need to more clearly identify the locations of the District’s two primary stations. “The fire station signs are designed to help District residents identify the fire stations that serve them,” explains BCFPD President Tom Rowan. “The signs also make it …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Even sparkers may be extremely dangerous
More fires occur in the United States on July 4th than on any other day of the year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Nearly half of those fires are caused by fireworks. That is why Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) officials want residents to enjoy a safe Independence Day holiday by leaving fireworks displays to trained professionals. Thousands of people – most often children and teenagers – are also injured or burned each year while using illegal fireworks to celebrate the holiday. Even sparklers, long considered a “safe” alternative, may be extremely dangerous. The tip of a lit sparkler burns at temperatures ranging from 1,800 degrees to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit – hot enough to cause …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Fire District Trustees select 2012-13 officers
Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) trustees re-elected Tom Rowan to serve a second consecutive term as Board President during its May 21 meeting. Board members also re-elected: Trustee Paul M. Heinze continues his service as a BCFPD Board member. Tom Rowan: President Mr. Rowan has managed the Fire District’s Website and public information efforts since his appointment to the Board in 2008. A District resident for the past 22 years, he served as Fire District Treasurer prior to being elected President in 2011. An advertising professional with more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Rowan is President and CEO of a firm that specializes in advertising, communications and web content. He earned a bachelor’s degree in …
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Replace batteries when changing clocks.
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 11. Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) officials recommend that residents ensure the effectiveness of their home’s smoke alarms this weekend by following a good rule of thumb: replace alarm batteries when changing the clocks. Residents should also test smoke alarms once per month, following the manufacturer’s instructions. For more information, contact the Fire District at 847-304-3600 or visit www.bcfpd.org.