Administration – (Herrmann)
D/C Herrmann and Chief Robinson attended the Kanecom Users Group Meeting on January 9th in Geneva where the new dispatching software was discussed and questions were answered. It should be in service in March.
January Board Meeting Highlights: Tender Chassis Payment approval, 1432 repair update, Sikich Audit presentation, WR Meadows donation update, Model A repair payment approval, Sexual Harassment Ordinance approval, Lt. Larson Training Conference approval, SCBA Grant update, Monthly report update.
We applied for a $240,000 grant in January through FEMA for 28 new SCBA’s, spare bottles, masks, RIT Packs and an air compressor with fill station.
D/C Herrmann and Lt. Larson met with Brian Thompson Coordinator at ECC on January 18th regarding a firefighter internship program which is something we are looking to develop.
The Part time Lieutenants written exam was given to 6 candidates on January 20th.
D/C Herrmann and FF Sheri Stadie met with the Chamber of Commerce Director in January to discuss the involvement of the fire department at this year’s Chamber of Commerce Events scheduled throughout the year.
D/C Herrmann attended the Hampshire Township Senior Citizens Luncheon at the Township Building on January 25th.
D/C Herrmann met with Lauren Rohr a reporter from the Daily Herald Newspaper in January and an article was published regarding the fire district referendum.
We applied for a $26,000 Grant from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal for 10 sets of turnout gear in January. We were denied the Grant in June.
Trustees Brian Pechtold and Steve Gustafson attended the Illinois Fire Protection District Trustee Conference in Oak Brook in January.
D/C Herrmann and Lt. Larson reviewed the final response cards entered in the new dispatching program at Kanecom with Bill Linder on February 13th.
February Board Meeting Highlights: 1432 repair update, Kanecom Dispatch response program update, 2017 Final Report, January Final report, SCBA Grant update, OSFM grant update, Road Ranger Grant update, FM Global Grant update, Elected Official expense reimbursement, Awards Dinner date.
D/C Herrmann spoke at the Hampshire Henpeck HCE Luncheon on February 20th. He did a presentation on residential fire safety and spoke about the upcoming fire district referendum to 12 people.
D/C Herrmann provided 20 citizens with statistics and information on February 6th on the upcoming referendum and asked them to provide the information to neighbors, friends and family.
D/C Herrmann provided 150 citizens with statistics and information on March 3rd on the upcoming referendum and asked them to provide the information to neighbors, friends and family.
Gold Shift and D/C Herrmann attended the Hampshire High School Walk In on March 14th. Students and staff spent 17 minutes reflecting on the 17 students killed in the Florida School shooting last month.
D/C Herrmann and Police Chief Thompson met with Laura Shraw the Park District Director and went over the safety plan for the Colour Me Lucky 5K Race in March.
March Board Meeting Highlights: Ratification of hiring an attorney for a disability claim, Approval of District Investment policy, Trustee annual wage update, Discussion of PSEBA Ordinance, Economic Interest Statement update, FF McBride Award, Monthly Report, Liability Insurance renewal update.
The practical exam of the Part time Lieutenants test was given to the 4 remaining candidates in March.
April Board Meeting Highlights: Harry Meadows Death, New PT FF Hire, Career Academy update, Referendum update, Trustee training at Cherry Valley recap, EMS skid unit surplus, Monthly report, PT Lt. exam, Tentative budget, Computer project update.
D/C Herrmann and Lt. Larson attended former Hampshire Firefighter Dan Nicholson’s Swearing In as a Lieutenant with the Hanover Park Fire Department on April 19th. Dan was one of the first students to attend our Hampshire High School Career Academy in 2002.
D/C Herrmann and FF Sheri Stadie met with Dan Caruso of the Boy scouts of America. The Boy scouts approached us and proposed we start an internship program. After a lengthy discussion we decided it was not a good time for us to start this program due to cost and staffing.
D/C Herrmann attended a several meetings with District 300 Administration and Area Fire Chiefs to discuss a proposal by the School District to change their fire evacuation procedures due to recent active shooter events. The group will continue to meet and will agree upon a policy in the future.
100 members and Honorary members attended the Annual Department Awards Dinner at Joe’s Place in Marengo on April 27th. Andrew Baumann of Kanecom Dispatch received an outstanding contribution award, Karissa Schneff received the citizens award, Service awards were given to: FF Derick Kameyer and FF Brad Porto 5 years, Firefighters Lindsay Gehringer, Jeremy Schwab and Scott McBride 10 years, Lt. Eric Larson 15 years, FF Sheri Stadie 25 years. Steve Gustafson was honored on his retirement after 40 years of service. Firefighters Scott McBride and Aaron Thompson received a life - saving award, Company citation for outstanding service was awarded to: Lt. Eric Larson, Lt. Erik Carlson, Lt. John DePauw, Lt. Jay Rasmussen, FF Brad Porto, FF Sheri Stadie, FF Jeff Fester, FF Joe Schwab, FF Scott McBride, FF Garick Penrod, FF Sam Shepherd and D/C Herrmann. Callback FF of the year was awarded to. Lt. Jay Rasmussen and FF Sheri Stadie. Probationary completion was awarded to FF Sam Shepherd and FF Joe Recchia.
D/C Herrmann and Chief Robinson met with Chief Nixon from Fox River Fire Protection District and Chief Crocetti from Pingree Grove Fire Protection District on May 3rd to discuss how the four departments (Burlington also) could work at the operational level together to include training, staffing and response.
D/C Herrmann met with Cassandra Austin from the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce in May to discuss how the Chamber could assist the fire department with helping fund equipment purchases.
The interviews were conducted with the 4 remaining candidates for the Part time Lieutenant’s exam in May. The eligibility list was finalized in June.
D/C Herrmann accepted a check (Donation) for $500.00 from the farmers who are currently farming our land at the corner of Melms and Harmony Road.
D/C Herrmann and Lt. Larson attended the 25th Anniversary of the Illinois Firefighters Memorial and Medal of Honor Ceremony in Springfield on May 8th.
May Board Meeting Highlights: Referendum approval, Internship program, Monthly report, PT Lt. Exam Eligibility list, Land use donation, FB Post outstanding service, Rt. 20 call outstanding service, Lt. DePauw recognition, Emily McAlpin Oath of Office.
D/C Herrmann met with Brandon Bowen a Graduate of Western Illinois University in Fire Administration in May. Brandon requested to do his internship program with our department during the summer months. Brandon was approved to complete it with us.
Chief Robinson, D/C Herrmann and Lt. Larson attended the retirement party of Rutland Dundee Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Bob Brogan on May 17th. Bob retired after 41 years in the fire service and he was heavily involved in the Division 2 training.
Chief Robinson, D/C Herrmann and Financial Director Remakel met with the collective bargaining employees on May 17th to discuss the unions new contract proposal. Several items were discussed and will be brought back to a meeting in the near future.
D/C Herrmann and Police Chief Thompson met with the Summer on State committee on May 22nd to go over the safety plan for their upcoming event on June 9th.
D/C Herrmann worked with the Village of Hampshire to have the blacktop in front of the fire station repaired as it was breaking up really bad.
D/C Herrmann met with Mark Zaslavsky with Tax Exempt Leasing Corp. on May 25th to possibly lease a new fire engine next budget year. The meeting went well and Mark will be brought back in the months ahead to do a presentation for the Board.
D/C Herrmann, Lt. Marlowe, and Black shift attended the wake of Julie Mustard on May 26th. Her husband John requested our presence at the wake as he was extremely happy with the services we had provided. Julie was revived after suffering cardiac arrest unfortunately she died two days later from a brain bleed.
Brandon Bowen completed his Western Illinois Internship Program with our department during the summer months, Brandon worked 300 hours.
Emily McAlpin was sworn in as a Part time Firefighter / EMT at the May Board Meeting.
D/C Herrmann and Lt. Larson met with the Hampshire Police Department, Todd Rowling (Dist. 300 Safety Officer) and Andrew Baumann from Kanecom at the Hampshire Middle School in May to test radio communications within the school to assure good communications in the event of a major incident. The communications were good with some minor issues that will be looked in to.
D/C Herrmann attended the Kanecom Communication Meeting on June 5th. Topics discussed were the response cards, two additional cards will need to be created for outside unknown fires and Dumpster fires. The Kanecom finances and activity for the month reports were also discussed.
D/C Herrmann met with all department employees one on one in June and July to give them an opportunity to discuss any issues they may have with the organization and to discuss all of the things they like with the organization. See full report.
D/C Herrmann completed the annual evaluations of all full-time staff and part time officers in May and June.
June Board Meeting Highlights: Letter from Citizen John Mustard, FT Testing contractor discussed, Traditions Policy, hiring of part time personnel, Discussion of future apparatus leasing, Monthly report, Fester resignation, Heine Thank you, 1421 build status, New development update, Matthew Mariani recognition, Prevailing wage, Internship program. Closed session for ongoing litigation and union contract.
Financial Director Remakel and D/C Herrmann completed the process for the families of deceased members Harold Veenstra, Don Benchley, Ron Nussbaum, Don Oranger and Charlie Reiser to receive the death benefit payout.
Chief Robinson and D/C Herrmann finalized the contract with the union after several meetings in May and June.
D/C Herrmann and Police Chief Thompson met with the Hampshire Park District staff in June to discuss the safety plans for the upcoming Music under the Oaks festival and the 70th anniversary celebration.
D/C Herrmann completed a Department Traditions Procedure that spells out new hire and promotional ceremonies, service awards, chiefs award, citizens award and commendations.
July Board Meeting Highlights: Kane County Death Benefit update, PT hiring update, Monthly report discussion, FT Testing contract approval, Union Contract approval, Part time wage increase.
D/C Herrmann, Lt. Larson and EMS Coordinator Stadie met on August 1st to finalize all of the Emergency Operations Plans for the Coon Creek Festival.
Chief Robinson and Police Chief Thompson met with the Coon Creek Festival Staff and the Hampshire Park District Staff on July 16th to finalize the safety Plans for the festival and race. They also met with the Rod Club for the upcoming Rod Run Car Show Safety Plan.
D/C Herrmann met with Todd Rowling from District 300 on August 3rd to discuss the radio communications issue that occurred at the Middle School shooter drill in July. A solution to the problem was discussed and Todd will be talking to the District 300 Board.
August Board Meeting Highlights: Tender 1421 Status update, Sale of 1429 discussion, FT testing update, Purchase of a CPR Device discussion, Benchley Donation, Brush truck loan discussion, Brat Dinner/Open House update, Monthly Report, Steve Gustafson Engel Award recipient, Oath of Office for New PT FF/EMT’s Joshua Morgan and Mark Clauss.
D/C Herrmann, Chief Robinson, Lt. Larson, and President Thompson met with First Net AT&T representatives on August 16th to discuss the possibility of using their phone network which takes immediate priority in emergency situations. The phones will be demonstrated in the near future.
A mandatory department meeting was held on August 21,22, and 23 to discuss numerous department administrative and operational items. See meeting minutes.
D/C Herrmann lead Black shift in a moment of silence at our 9/11 memorial on September 11th.
D/C Herrmann, Lt. DePauw, Lt. Carlson and President Thompson flew to Lyons South Dakota to do the final inspection on the New Tanker 1421 on September 13th and 14th.
September Board Meeting Highlights: Update on Tanker 1421 delivery, update on SCBA grant, sale of EMS skid unit, update on sale of tanker 1421, leasing fire apparatus presentation scheduled, proposal to hire a mechanic, CPR machine update, whippur logo FFITB, distribute blankets to board from FFITB, impact fee request.
D/C Herrmann, Lt. Rasmussen and EMS Coordinator Stadie attended the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing on September 12th. The Chamber was raising funds for the fire department to assist us with the purchase of a CPR machine.
D/C Herrmann and Chief Robinson attended the grand opening of the Copper Barrel Restaurant on September 24th.
We received notification from FEMA that we received the AFG Grant for new SCBA’s in September. The grant is for $181,000. An SCBA committee has been formed and they will have the process completed within 6 months.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie attended a seminar on September 27th at Paramedic Billing Services to get updates on current EMS Billing Practices.
D/C Herrmann worked with Dr. Scarpino of District 300 to add additional portable radios programmed with the public-school frequencies to all of our fire apparatus. 3 additional radios were purchased by District 300 and added to the ambulances and second engine.
The written Exam for the Full-time testing process was administered by Stanard Testing on September 22nd at the Hampshire High School. D/C Herrmann and Lt. Larson did the candidate orientation prior to the written exam.
The Hampshire Township Cemetery Board requested addresses be posted at the cemeteries. We had addresses assigned by the Kane County Building Department and we installed fire number signs at each cemetery.
D/C Herrmann and EMS Coordinator Stadie met with Centegra Occupational Health on September 26th to discuss costs and scheduling for next year’s annual physicals.
The Office of The State Fire Marshal Audited our Training Records on October 1st.
An RPZ water valve had to be replaced at Rt. 20 and Dietrich Road on October 7th. This project involved shutting off the water to the entire Rt. 20 and I-90 area for 12 hours. This included all Industrial Parks, truck stops, restaurants and Hotel. An Emergency Operations Plan was developed to include auto aid from surrounding communities with Tankers and Engines for any fire alarms or reported fires of any type. Additional personnel were put on duty to staff the tanker.
Fire Prevention Bureau - (Herrmann)
D/C Herrmann conducted the final inspection at the Hampshire Animal Hospital (126 Park) on January 4th which had an addition added on; the building had a fire alarm system installed.
D/C Herrmann conducted the final fire alarm inspection at Pet Ag. Inc. (255 Keyes Ave.) on January 3rd. A wireless communicator was installed to replace the phone lines.
D/C Herrmann conducted the final life safety inspection at Leading America Inc. (130 Arrowhead Dr. units 12 and 13) on January 16th.
D/C Herrmann completed a building plan review in January for a proposed north addition to the Stanley Tool Inc. Building at 200 Stanley Drive.
D/C Herrmann conducted the final fire alarm and life safety inspection at Minnihan’s Pub at 1000 S. State Street Unit A on January 29th.
D/C Herrmann conducted the Fire Sprinkler System Hydro test on the new south addition at Stanley Tool Inc. (200 Stanley Drive) on January 30th.
D/C Herrmann, FF Karalas and FF Kameyer completed the annual fire inspection at St. Charles Borromeo School on February 8th.
D/C Herrmann conducted the plan review on the new fire alarm system proposal for Stanley Tool Inc. on March 19th.
D/C Herrmann conducted a site plan review of the new proposed Loves Truck Stop at Rt. 20 and Tang Blvd in April.
D/C Herrmann inspected the food tents and general public areas at the Summer on State Festival on June 9th where several violations were corrected.
D/C Herrmann completed a fire alarm plan review for Ross Storage at 105 Rinn Street in June.
D/C Herrmann completed the fire inspection at Rome Enterprise Fireworks Sales Tent on Brier Hill Road in June.
D/C Herrmann met with the fire alarm contractor and electrician at the Copper Barrel Restaurant on State Street that’s under construction to discuss proposed changes to the fire alarm system and emergency lighting on July 10th.
D/C Herrmann did the final inspection at the Grace Christian Daycare building (New business) on Keyes Ave. in July.
D/C Herrmann did the final inspection at the Superior Fire and Security building (New business) on Centennial Dr. in July.
D/C Herrmann did the final inspection at the Psychic Reader (New business) on Oak Knoll Dr. in August.
D/C Herrmann took a complaint that the Super 8 Hotel was storing mattresses under the stairwell to the second floor in August. The mattresses were removed.
D/C Herrmann and Lt. Larson completed the fireworks inspection at Coon Creek on Saturday August 4th.
D/C Herrmann completed the Carnival and Tent Inspections at Coon Creek Festival on Thursday August 2nd.
D/C Herrmann completed the final inspection of the Stanley Tool Inc. Warehouse addition (200 Stanley Dr.) on August 9th.
D/C Herrmann completed the plan review for the kitchen Hood suppression system for the new Arby’s Restaurant at 201 Loves Crossing.
D/C Herrmann completed the final fire alarm and inspection at Ross Storage (105 Rinn) on August 21st.
D/C Herrmann completed the final fire alarm testing on 6 fire alarm systems at WR Meadows Inc. 300 Industrial Drive Buildings A, B, D, M, N and P on September 4th. Each system had a new Keltron communicator installed so each was tested to assure it reported to Kanecom.
D/C Herrmann completed the fire alarm plan review for WR Meadows Building B on September 7th. The building requires a new panel due to a lightning strike.
D/C Herrmann completed the final fire alarm and life safety inspection at the Copper Barrel Restaurant (172 S. State St.) on September 17th.
D/C Herrmann completed the final fire alarm and life safety inspection at 130 Arrowhead Drive units 4-7 on September 28th.
D/C Herrmann completed the final fire alarm inspection at WR Meadows Building B on October 3rd.
Public Education / Relations – (Stadie)
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie attended the Hampshire High School Career Day on March 7th. She had a booth with a fire department display and answered any questions students had about a career in the fire service.
D/C Herrmann and Firefighter Sheri Stadie attended the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce Expo on March 10th at the Hampshire Middle School. We had a booth where fire safety materials were handed out including smoke detectors. Numerous questions were answered regarding department operations and the upcoming referendum.
Red shift installed smoke detectors for a resident in the 16N000 Block of Glen Oaks Drive on March 16th.
Red shift Gave a fire Truck Ride home from Gary D. Wright Elementary School to Rhyder Rodriguez on March 16th. His family was the high bidder at the GDW fundraiser.
Gold shift provided EMS Standby at the Hampshire Township Park District Colour Me Lucky Run on March 17th at Seyller Park.
Black shift escorted the Easter Bunny (Hampshire Park District Program) with Engine 1411 to 17 residences on March 24th.
We hosted the annual two-day High School Career Academy on April 5th and 6th. 9 high school students attended the course. The course involved firefighting operations, SCBA, hose line advancement, search and rescue, vehicle extrication, paramedic skills and a written exam. A graduation lunch was held at the conclusion.
We conducted Operation Prom at Hampshire High School on April 27th for 200 students. Other agencies that participated were Pingree Grove and Burlington Fire Districts, Kanecom Dispatch, Kane County Coroner, Hampshire Police Department and Allen’s Towing.
Red shift conducted a fire drill at the Hampshire High School (1600 Big Timber Road) on April 30th. 1800 students and faculty evacuated in under 3 minutes.
Firefighter Sheri Stadie gave a fire station tour to a family of 5 on May 10th. The children also received goodie bags.
Firefighter Mike Siegmann gave a fire station tour to a mom and child on May 17th. The child also received a goodie bag.
Gold Shift attended the Memorial Day Service at the Hampshire Middle School on May 28th.
Gold shift attended the Summer on State Street Fesival on June 9th where they handed out goodies and displayed the Engine and Ambulance.
D/C Herrmann volunteered to be in the Serve Pro Dunk Tank at the Summer on State Street Festival on June 9th.
Black shift displayed the Engine and Ambulance and handed out goodies at the Hampshire Farmers Market in June.
Red shift attended the 70th anniversary party of the Hampshire Park District at Bruce Ream Park on Saturday June 23rd. The Engine and ambulance were on display and goodies were handed out.
Gold shift attended a Block Party in the Lakewood Subdivision on June 30th.
Gold shift attended the Hampshire Farmers Market and handed out goodies and displayed the Engine on July 21st.
Black shift conducted smoke / CO detector checks at several multifamily residences in July.
Personnel handed out goodies to the kids and sold t-shirts and history books at the Coon Creek Festival August 2-5.
Gold shift attended the Faithway Baptist Church Bible Camp and sprayed their Slip N Slide for the kids to cool down.
Gold shift conducted smoke / CO detector checks at several multifamily residences on August 11th.
Gold shift attended a Block Party on Bristol Drive on August 11th and handed out goodies and displayed the fire engine and ambulance.
Black shift displayed the apparatus and handed out goodies at the Hampshire Farmers Market on Saturday August 18th.
Gold shift conducted a fire drill at the Hampshire Middle School on August 23rd where 1100 students and staff members evacuated in 3 minutes and 5 seconds.
Black shift and D/C Herrmann conducted a fire drill at Hampshire High School on August 30th where 1900 students and staff members evacuated in 3 minutes and 59 seconds.
Red shift and D/C Herrmann conducted a fire drill at GDW Elementary School on August 31st where 875 students and staff members evacuated in 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
Black shift and D/C Herrmann conducted a fire drill at Hampshire Elementary School on September 5th where 500 students and staff members evacuated in 1 minute and 20 seconds.
Lt. DePauw and Lt. Rasmussen participated in the Burlington Parade with Tower 1431 on September 9th. Retired FF Jeff Blazier participated with our Model A.
D/C Herrmann and Public Education Coordinator Stadie conducted a fire drill at Minerllac Inc. on September 11th.
D/’C Herrmann and Public Education Coordinator Stadie conducted a fire extinguisher class at Minerllac Inc. on September 11th.
Red shift participated in the Touch A Truck at the Farmers Market on September 15th at the Hampshire Commons Shopping Center.
Red shift conducted a fire drill at Little People Playtime Pre school on September 18th where all students and staff evacuated in one minute.
We held our Open House / Brat Dinner on Saturday September 22nd. Approximately 115 people attended the Open House. There were fire truck rides with the 1931 Model A, there was a jumpy house and we had the Safety House.
We attended the Hampshire Craft Show at Bruce Ream Park on Saturday September 22nd. Gold shift attended with the Engine and Sparky made an appearance.
Red shift conducted a fire drill at the Hampshire High School on September 24th where 1900 students and staff evacuated in 3 minutes and 44 seconds.
Black shift conducted a fire drill at Little People Playtime on September 26th where all students and staff evacuated in under two minutes.
Black shift attended the Sever Weather Drill at Hampshire Elementary School on September 26th.
Public Education Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught first aid to the Brownies Troop (4) on September 26th.
Red shift conducted a fire drill at Gary D Wright Elementary School on September 27th where all 875 students and staff evacuated in under 3 minutes.
Red shift with Engine 1411 lead the Food Pantry Crop Walk at their annual parade on Sunday September 30th.
Black shift taught public education (Dress up firefighter, Stop/Drop/Roll, Sit in fire truck) to 30 preschoolers at Little People Playtime on October 2nd. (5@1hr)
Red shift conducted a fire drill at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School on October 4th where 100 students and staff evacuated in 1 minute and 50 seconds. (4@.5)
Fire Training Division - (Larson)
All three shifts conducted Ice Rescue Training in January at the Pond on Jake Court.
January Fire Training Topics: Fire station tour policy review, Ice Rescue, Pre-plan Hampshire commons, Ice Rescue SOP review, NIOSH investigation report, Gas trac review, Ropes and knots, Smoke detector policy review, Engineering calculations review, Vertical Rescue sop review.
D/C Herrmann, Lt. Larson, Lt. Marlowe and Lt. DePauw attended the Charleston 9 seminar at the Huntley Fire Department on January 19th.
All three shifts went to Elgin Community College (Burlington Campus) and completed the ladder truck driver’s simulator in January.
D/C Herrmann taught a fire inspection class to all three shifts in February. We also toured two buildings at WR Meadows to look at a sprinkler system, fire alarm system, elevator, and special dry chemical fire suppression system.
February Fire Training Topics: Airbag system review, Hazardous Material review, Hose load review, Public assist SOP review, SCBA mod A review, Bougie tube review, 1432 Drivers training, portable generator review, vehicle fire sop review, 100.10 sop review.
Red shift conducted live fire training at the Elgin Community College Public Training Center in Burlington on March 10th. Burlington and Pingree Grove Fire Departments also participated.
All three shifts conducted forcible entry training at the Elgin Community College Public Training Center in Burlington in March.
March Fire Training Topics: RIT review, 100.08 policy review, Positive Pressure fan review.
April Fire Training Topics: Wheel Chocks review, PPE inspections, Haz Mat Decon, Mutual aid policy review, Lock out – tag out policy, Fire Investigations policy review, salvage operations, Tower Operations stoke basket.
All three shifts attended the MABAS Division II training at the Huntley Training Tower in April. Training involved live fire, RIT and forcible entry.
Red Shift trained the Pingree Grove Fire Academy Class on aerial ladder operations and climbing on Saturday April 21st.
All shifts completed the annual SCBA consumption drill in April.
FF Sheri Stadie completed the Life Safety Educator course and certification in April / May.
May Fire Training Topics: Brush truck operations, SCBA Cascade review, SCBA rescue procedures, Structural collapse review, four gas monitor review, 1432 pumping multiple lines, Fire alarm policy review, Fuel spill response policy, Hose testing policy review, firefighting foams, facility maintenance, apparatus washing.
Firefighter Katie Jansen completed her orientation in May.
June Fire Training Topics: Fuel spills policy, Kodiak stabilizers, Apparatus involved in MVA policy, PH stick review, Command Bag review, water rescue, Elevator emergencies, Train Derailments, Mercury spills, CO incidents.
Gold shift trained on search and rescue operations at a home donated by the village on State Street on June 15th.
All shifts trained on first in Engine Company Operations at the training house on State Street on the week of July 16th.
July Fire Training Topics: Physical fitness SOP, SCBA Consumption Drill, Smoke ejector fan, Preplan Wellhouse #9, Dumpster fires.
All shifts trained on Search and Rescue Operations including Vent/Enter/Search at the training house on the week of July 23rd.
D/C Herrmann attended the Commercial Kitchen Hood Inspection class at B&F Code Consultants in Elgin on July 31st.
All shifts completed ground ladder training at the training house the week of August 6th. Ladders were placed for horizontal and vertical ventilation and rescue.
Red shift conducted hose testing on August 7th.
August Fire Training Topics: Ground ladders, Knox box usage SOP, Basement fires, 1 ¾” hose line lead outs, Structure fire SOP review.
All shifts completed basement fire training at the training house on the week of August 13th.
All shifts conducted a walkthrough with the PGFPD of the new Townhomes at Rt. 47 and Rt. 72 in Pingree Grove the week of August 27th.
Red shift conducted a walkthrough with the Burlington Fire Department at the Central High School on Plato Road on August 28th.
D/C Herrmann did Command Training with all three shift officers during the week of August 27th.
D/C Herrmann did Command Training with Lt. Carlson on August 28th.
All shifts completed commercial hose line advancement and ground monitor training the week of September 10th.
All shifts completed a fire apparatus equipment compartment location and operation test the week of September 17th.
Bill Linder from Kanecom conducted response card training to all staff officers on September 19th.
Joshua Morgan and Mark Clauss completed their department orientation in September.
All shifts completed RIT Training at the State Street Training House the week of September 24th.
D/C Herrmann taught fire inspection class to Black shift on September 26th.
Lt. Larson, Lt. Marlowe, and Lt. DePauw attended Project Mayday Seminar at the Huntley Fire Department on September 20th.
September Fire Training Topics: Cutters Edge saw, Structural collapse SOP, RIT, Apparatus generators, Confined space Rescue SOP, Ventilation.
Officer Training and Development - (Herrmann / Larson)
January Staff Meeting and Training Highlights: Fuel spill review, CPR recertification dates, Drivers training at ECC dates, Animal Hospital FA system information, uniform status, Charleston 9 review, Kanecom dispatch software update, email reminders, scheduling software review, 1432 status, SCBA grant status, Inspection class, Out the door time issue, 1431 headset update, School radios update.
February Staff Meeting and Training Highlights: High School portable radios, Ambulance radio issue, 1431 Headsets, Red book Troubles logged, Referendum, Kanecom dispatch software, Inspections, Electric Bill, Awards Dinner, FF injury ticket generated, Budget due, live fire training dates, state fire marshal Cont. Ed requirements, Hampshire Animal Hospital walk through, Lt. Carlson reviewed the Wiser Haz Mat research app.
March Staff Meeting and Training Highlights: Awards dinner update, Apparatus Drivers Training, FT employees maintain a phone, vote reminder, 3/20 dispatch change, School portable radio update, budget review, 1431 tool mounting, personnel evals., fire number project, water tower paint update, hydrant flag project, staff mtg. date change, red book filling out, ambulance equipment movement, CO call review, HS fire alarm call review, tactical scenario at 121 West Jefferson Street.
April Staff Meeting Highlights: Awards Dinner reminder, School radio Training, Employee evaluations, emails, budget discussion, IPRF grant purchases, new dispatching CAD discussion, IPAD mounts 1432, 1431, Tools missing, Drivers training, Red book fill out, pre-emption lights, Rt. 20 call follow up, FF probation, daily drug sign off, 1437 pump switch issue, uniform purchasing.
May Staff Meeting Highlights: Awards Dinner follow up, Dispatching issues, Evaluations status, Post Run Checks, Class A Project, Window replace project, Response changes and policy change review, 32 hose tarp issue, Blonskij termination, upcoming construction, Drivers / pump training, Landscape project, Emily McAlpin new hire, A/C issue, Fire number and hydrant projects, JD skid unit status, follow up on accident from Friday, Outstanding service recognition, Burlington call meeting, weed eater status, meetings with personnel not working, Photo date, Station Maint., Brandon Bowen internship, Sheri Stadie went over the minutes from the Sherman EMS Liaison meeting, Consumption drill, apparatus maint. Issues. We went over the new Decon procedures for after structure fires.
May Target solutions Officer Training: Leadership and Ethics
June Staff Meeting Highlights: Kanecom update, Under Oaks Update, IPRF Grant money, Training update, Physicals update, Intern Program, PT Hire , FT Testing update, Ross FA System, Evals, Hose Testing and consumption drill update, PT resignations, Driver / pump time status, New Chaplain, Station Maint. In book SS, Water tower paint update, we discussed and critiqued the Melms Road construction accident, the Rt. 20 fatal accident with extrication, and the State Street House fire.
D/C Herrmann spent 6 hours with each shift Lieutenant in July conducting Command Training. The day was spent in the field and going to numerous buildings within the district to discuss firefighting strategy and each Lieutenant was in the Command Role for the scenarios. The scenarios involved a balcony fire in a two-story townhome with extension to the attic, a basement fire in a two-story townhome, heavy fire in rural industrial building, attic fire in a large two-story house in a rural setting, heavy fire from front windows on a one-story home in the village with entrapment, Garage fire in a duplex, a Mayday scenario was conducted as well as a gas leak in a townhome and a CO leak in a townhome. We also reviewed fire alarm panel and sprinkler control valve locations in several businesses. The first hour of the day was spent on discussing each Lieutenants job responsibilities and ongoing projects and time management skills were discussed.
July Staff Meeting Highlights: South Elgin new frequency, FT testing for FF in September, Response changes, Joshua Morgan new PT hire, Coon Creek Ops discussion, IPRF grant discussed, Sale of 1431 discussed, SOP’s on Flash drive, safety Committee discussion, upcoming physicals and training was discussed. Active shooter SOP was reviewed, AFA responses was reviewed.
D/C Herrmann spent 2 hours with Lt. Rasmussen doing Command Training on Saturday August 11th.
August Staff Meeting Highlights: Discussion on finishing up evaluations, hose test and consumption drill. Discussed fire number and hydrant flag projects. We discussed fire inspection status. We toured Ross Storage building, looking at the new fire alarm system. We toured Wirecs Apartments (555 Prairie Street) and discussed building construction, layout and fire suppression tactics. We toured the additions at Stanley Tool and looked at the fire suppression systems and building layout.
D/C Herrmann conducted acting officer training with FF Lindsay Gehringer and FF Jon Collins on September 7th. Two first in fire scenarios were completed.
September Staff Meeting Highlights: SCBA Grant update, New blower to be purchased, Review of response plans and out of qts. Communication, Tomaselli OOS, Inspections status, Undercarriage washing training, Host test status, Consumption drill status, Ballistic Vests status, 1421 Headset status, 1421 status, 1411 Jake Brake status, Aaron Thompson mechanic, Homecoming week status, Copper Barrel walk through to review building layout, construction and fire alarm and suppression systems. Flu shots 10/2 at 6 p.m. IPAD review for pre-plans.
FF Zack Rice and FF Garick Penrod started the Acting Officer Program in September.
EMS Division - (Stadie)
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie attended the American Heart Association CPR Instructor refresher course at Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry on January 24th.
EMS Training Topics January: Bloodborne Pathogens, Sexual Harassment, Code of Ethics SOP review, Cold emergencies SOP review, Walk in Patients Sop review, Pt. assessment sop review, GEA policy 103,104,105 and 106 review, capnography review, SMO review-obese pts, withholding resuscitate efforts.
Sherman Hospital taught Toxicology for Paramedic Continuing Education at the station in February.
February EMS Training Topics: CPR review, Needle cric review, Airway obstruction sop review, Mass casualty policy review, GEA policy 201,202,203 review, King LT review, Drug assisted intubation.
March EMS Training Topics: GEA sop review 204, 205, Megacodes, Workplace violence review, EMS Health and Wellness, 1411 EMS equipment review, 12 Lead EKG’s.
Sherman Hospital taught Head injury for Paramedic Continuing Education at the fire station in April. Medical scenarios were conducted using the training mannequin as well.
The Command Staff (Herrmann, Larson, Stadie) coordinated a shooter drill to be held at the Hampshire Middle School in August. The Hampshire Police Department, Kanecom Dispatch and several other fire departments were part of the planning.
April EMS Training Topics: Suctioning, Tracheotomy patients, GEA Policy 212, Glascow Coma scale, Trauma care.
Sherman Hospital taught Paramedic Continuing Education at the station in May, Paramedic skills evaluations was the topic.
Sherman Hospital provided lunch for EMS Week to all shifts during the week of May 21st.
Red shift stood by with an ambulance at the Hampshire Police Department Candidates practical exam at the Hampshire High School on May 2nd.
Lt. Larson and EMS Coordinator Stadie attended the Elgin Fire / Police Department shooter drill at Elgin High School on June 12th.
EMS Training Topics May: Drawing up Meds, Restraints review, Rule of 9’s review, Narcotic drug review, conceal carry review, Invalid assist review, Helicopter review, Burns review, Heat Emergencies review, Diabetic emergencies review, post taser care review.
Red shift provided EMS Standby at the Hampshire Park District 70th Anniversary Celebration at Bruce Ream Park on June 23rd.
June EMS Training Topics: GEA policies 215, 216,217, 302, 303, 304, 218, 301, Mass casualty review, multiple pt. SMO review, Triage, Oral and nasal airways, eye emergencies, 12 leads.
Chief Robinson and D/C Herrmann attended the Paramedic Graduation Ceremony at the Holiday Inn in Elgin on June 28th for Firefighter Zack Rice who graduated from the Advocate Sherman Hospital Program.
An active shooter drill was conducted at the Hampshire Middle School on July 24th in coordination with the Hampshire Police Department. Burlington and Pingree Grove Fire Departments and Kanecom 9-1-1 also participated. See full report.
July EMS Training Topics: Active shooter SMO, CAT Tourniquet, Stokes basket, KED review, SMO Helmet removal, GEA policy review 304, 401, 402, Medications, Muscoskeletal Trauma, Handling firearms SOP, Hare Traction, Epinephrine.
We provided EMS Standby at the Coon Creek Festival August 2nd through August 5th on Townplace Road. 6 people were treated at the tent during the 4 days.
We provided EMS and fire Standby at the Coon Creek Festival Fireworks on Saturday August 4th. Pingree Grove, Burlington and Genoa assisted us. (12@2hrs)
We provided EMS Standby at the Coon Creek Run on Sunday August 5th. Burlington assisted us. (12@2hrs)
We provided EMS standby at the Coon Creek Parade on Sunday August 5th. Burlington assisted us. (11@2 hrs)
We provided EMS Standby at the Serosun Farms 5K Run on Saturday August 4th. (2@2hrs)
We provided EMS Standby at the Early Times Street Rod Car Show at Seyller Park on August 12th. (2@7hrs)
All shifts completed cardiac arrest mega code training the week of August 20th.
All Personnel completed their annual physicals with Centegra Hospital in August.
August EMS Training Topics: Foreign Body removal, Megacodes, Zoll monitor.
A new Zoll Monitor X series was purchased for $32,000 and will be placed in service on the primary ambulance. All personnel completed training on it in August. Funding was provided by the District, the firefighters Assoc. and the FFITB.
All ALS and BLS apparatus had their annual State Inspections in August.
We provided EMS standby at the Hampshire High School football game on August 31st.
We provided EMS standby at the Hampshire High School football game on September 14th.
We provided EMS Standby at the Hampshire High School football game on September 28th.
We provide EMS Standby at the Hampshire Middle School for the funeral of Barb Taylor on September 30th at the request of District 300 due to a large crowd.
September EMS Training Topics: Spinal Immobilization, Backboarding, Vehicle accident SOP.
EMS Coordinator Stadie and FF Cameron Letheby attended an active shooter seminar at Fox River Fire Department on September 27th.
EMS Continuing Education in October was intubation, SMO test and report writing.
We provided EMS Standby at the Hampshire High School football game on October 5th.
CPR Division - (Stadie)
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught CPR to 2 citizens on January 10th.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught First Aid to 10 Girl Scouts on January 17th.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught CPR to 1 citizen on January 27th.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught CPR to 1 citizen on January 29th.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught CPR to 7 Boy scouts on February 12th.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught CPR to 6 Boy Scout Leaders on February 24th.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught CPR to 8 Boy Scouts on February 26th.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught CPR /First Aid to 8 Employees of WR Meadows on February 27th.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught CPR/First Aid to 8 Employees of WR Meadows Inc. on February 28th.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught first aid to one citizen on March 5th.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught CPR / AED to 6 Boy Scouts on March 7th.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught a Babysitting Class sponsored by the Ella Johnson Library on March 10th.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught CPR / AED Training to 4 Hampshire Police Department Explorers on March 19th.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught CPR / AED training to 4 citizens on March 31st.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught CPR / AED training to 6 members of the Hampshire White Riders Club on April 23rd.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught CPR / AED training to 2 citizens on April 28th.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught CPR / AED training to 9 employees at Minerallac Inc. on June 21st.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught CPR / AED training to 3 citizens on June 23rd.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught CPR / AED to 1 citizen on August 1st.
EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadie taught CPR /AED to 7 employees at Little People Playtime in September.
EMS Coordinator Stadie taught CPR / AED training to 2 citizens on October 3rd.
Drivers Training Division - (Larson)
Personnel completed a driver’s course at the Elgin Community College Public Safety Center in Burlington on March 12th.
FF Cameron Letheby completed his drive and operator time on brush 1437 in April.
A driver’s license check was performed on all department personnel by our insurance carrier in May.
D/C Herrmann completed 1 ½ hours of Drivers / Pump Training with FF Shepherd on September 25th.
D/C Herrmann completed 1 ½ hours of Drivers / Pump Training with FF Aaron Thompson on September 26th.
Apparatus Maintenance - (DePauw)
Engine 1411 had a front intake switch replaced in January.
Tower 1431 platform gyroscope had to be replaced in January.
Tower 1431 air tank valve had to be replaced in January.
Engine 1411 had the primer replaced in March.
IPADS were put in service on 1431 and 1432 in May.
1432 returned in March after having numerous repairs made including the pump. It was out of service for 3 months.
Repaired broken seat arm rest on 1451 in January.
Several lights were replaced on Engine 1411 in January.
1451 headlight repaired in February.
New Command light in service in 1401 in February.
1455 Winch control repaired in February.
Compartment door stops replaced on 1431 in February.
Replaced several bulbs on 1451 in February.
Replaced 1401 battery in March.
Replaced 1402 Tablet mount in March.
Replaced 1403 wiper blades in April.
Replaced warning lights on 1432 in May.
Installed IPAD mounts in 1431, 1432 and 1411 in May.
Repaired 1411 window in May.
1451 Headlight socket was replaced in June.
1432 Warning Lights repaired in June.
1437 New tires in June.
1411 Rear Compartment door repairs in June.
1451 Brake system repairs in June.
1411 Window repairs in June.
1437 Generator cord repaired in July.
1451 Headlight repaired (again)
Engine 1411 had Preventive Maintenance performed by Certified Fleet in August. Numerous repairs were made to it.
Both ambulances had their DOT safety check on September 24th.
1402 had a headlight replaced in October.
Replaced chains on discharge caps on 1432, 1411 and 1437.
Tools / Equipment - (DePauw / Marlowe)
Radio Headsets were installed in Tower 1431 in February. The Headsets were purchased with Impact Fee Money.
Air One Inc. completed the fit testing on all SCBA masks in March.
Replaced adaptors for Brush 1437 in May.
Ordered 50 gallons of foam in May to replace foam that has been used.
1432’s compartments were reorganized and all tools mounted in June.
1431 Cutters Edge saw repaired in June.
Vehicle undercarriage washer built and put in service in July.
Cleaned all tools on Engine 1411 in July.
Red shift continued with hose test on September 27th.
Gold shift continued hose test on October 4th.
All ground ladders were tested by CFS on September 30th.
Station Maintenance - (Marlowe)
The annual inspection on the station fire alarm system was completed by Fox Valley Fire and Safety on February 1st.
The annual service on all fire extinguishers was completed in June.
Black shift edged around and trimmed the landscaping in June.
All shifts completed their monthly station maintenance assignments.
The front windows on the station were replaced in September due to rotting of the existing windows.
Uniform Shoe Decon station was put in service in the rear bay in September.
Safety Committee – (Stadie)
The Safety Committee met on January 23rd and reviewed the past 6 month’s employee injuries and discussed prevention. The development of a cancer prevention policy was started; we reviewed the Infection Control Policy and approved a shoe decontamination station.
The Safety Committee met on April 22nd and finalized the cancer prevention policy and the shoe decontamination station.
The Safety Committee met on August 26th and discussed the cancer prevention policy to include Decon and the boot decontamination station. The policies will be complete and presented at the September meeting. There were no injuries in the last few months.
Fire Hydrants / Fire Numbers - (Larson)
Gold shift uncovered a snow buried fire hydrant at Florence and Como Circle that was called in by a citizen on February 9th.
We continued to replace rural fire number signs in June, July, August and September.
Red shift continued with the installation of fire hydrant flags in September.
Quartermaster - (Marlowe)
Lt. Marlowe and FF Sheri Stadie attended a gear maintenance class at the Huntley Fire Department on May 23rd.
Box Card Committee – (Marlowe)
The Box Card committee met in March and revised and made several changes to our Box Alarm Cards.
Honor Guard - (DePauw)
The Honor Guard posted colors at the Hampshire High School Girls Basketball Game on Friday January 5th.
The Honor Guard posted colors at the Hampshire High School Girls Basketball Game on January 20th.
The Honor Guard posted colors at the Hampshire High School Girls Basketball Game on January 26th.
The Honor Guard posted the colors at the Hampshire High School Girls Basketball Game on January 31st.
The Honor Guard posted colors at the Girls Regional Basketball Games Hosted by Hampshire High School on February 13th.
The Honor Guard posted colors at the Girls Regional Basketball Championship (Rockford Boylan vs. Rockford Harlem) Hosted by Hampshire High School on February 15th.
On April 13th Chief Robinson, D/C Herrmann and Lt. Larson attended the wake of Harry Meadows the owner of WR Meadows who was a long-time supporter of the Hampshire Fire Department.
On May 3rd we attended the wake for former President of the Fire Board Herb Heine at Fredricks Funeral Home. 14 members attended.
D/C Herrmann and Lieutenant DePauw attended the Elgin Area Firefighter Memorial at Elgin Fire Barn Museum on May 12th. Retired Hampshire Firefighter Albert Gehringer who passed away in 2017 was recognized. Albert served our department from 1961 to 1978.
The Honor Guard posted colors at the Opening Ceremonies of the Hampshire Farmers Market at Hampshire Commons in June.
Attended the wake for FF/PM JP Kilanski of the Algonquin Fire Department in July.
On August 23rd we attended the wake of Honorary Member Dave Jones who was one of the original Paramedics on the department.
On August 24th we attended the wake of Art Stadie, former member Dave Stadies father, EMS Coordinator Sheri Stadies father in law and FF Lindsay Gehringer and FF Kyle Stadies grandfather.
On Friday September 21st D/C Herrmann and Red shift attended the wake of Craig Breda, his son Joe and Wife Darlene served our department.
Foreign Fire Insurance Tax Board - (Marlowe/Larson)
The FFITB met in March and approved the purchase of updating the department photo board and to purchase an award backdrop. Cancer dogs were also approved to evaluate all department members and all members will receive a department blanket.
The FFITB met in June and approved purchasing structural firefighting gloves for all employees, two uniform polo shirts for all employees, Helmet shields, Chamber Area Guide Advertisement and they put $5,000 towards a new cardiac monitor.
The FFITB met in September and purchased mounting equipment for the squad extrication equipment and they bought a digital copy of the Department logo. They also purchased additional Class A uniforms for members.
The FFITB purchased shift photo banners and placed them in the training room and bay floor.
Fire / EMS Association - (Stadie)
An Association meeting was held on February 6th to discuss this year’s golf outing, bowling fundraiser, the department open house and a possible department picnic. There were 8 members in attendance.
The Association met in June to discuss and plan for the August Golf Outing and the September Open House.
The Association held its annual golf outing on August 10th where there were 30 golfers. The Association made around $6,000.
Firefighter Pension Board – (DePauw)
January 31st Pension Board Meeting Highlights: Financial situation presentation by Old Second Bank, FF Maki hearing status, Chief Robinson application.
February 14th Pension Board Meeting Highlights: Pension Disability update, Minutes review from January Meeting, Discussion on election of positions, Training.
May 9th Pension Board Meeting Highlights: Election of Officers, Maki disability status, Old Second Investment replacement, Review financial statements and payment of bills, DOI compliance, Investment report.
2018 Department Accomplishments
Fire Protection District