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The Barrington Public Safety Building houses the fire and police departments, but its 911 dispatch service has been handled by Round Lake Beach-based CenCom. The village plans to switch to Northwest Central Dispatch, which is based in Arlington Heights. (Daily Herald file photo)

Barrington plans to join Northwest Central Dispatch System, which provides 911 services to its neighboring communities, in a move that will be beneficial to the village, officials said.

The agreement with Northwest Central Dispatch System was approved by the village board Monday.

The move also will entail state approval for Barrington to join a different 911 board, the NWCD Emergency Telephone Systems Board.

“We’ve already begun the process,” Police Chief Dave Dorn said. “I don’t anticipate any issues.”

The village’s yearly contract with its current emergency dispatch system, CenCom, is $340,000. The contract with Northwest Central Dispatch is $330,000, village spokeswoman Patty Dowd Schmitz said.

Barrington has used CenCom for more than 20 years, Dorn said. About a year ago, the police and fire departments began looking into switching to a new provider, and after vetting three of them, the selection landed on Northwest Central Dispatch, he said.

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BCFPD Pepper

The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District will host an open house and community blood drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at Station 38, 22222 N. Pepper Road in Lake Barrington.

Guests can enjoy an outdoor “breakfast with the firefighters” beginning at 8 a.m. that will include a variety of packaged food items. The department’s newest aerial ladder truck will be showcased at 9 a.m. Vehicle extrication exercises will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and station tours will be offered throughout the day.

The mobile blood donation clinic will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in partnership with the nonprofit Vitalant. Register online in advance at vitalant.org (use group code 763A). Walk-ins also are welcome.

Guests should wear face masks inside the station and practice social distancing.

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Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District broke ground on a $5 million fire station at 1004 S. Hough St.

Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District broke ground in late May for a new Fire Station 39 — the district’s third fire station — at 1004 S. Hough St. in an unincorporated area near the village.

Fire Station 39, at a cost of $5 million, will be the district’s third fire station. Officials said it will allow the district to respond to more than 90% of all emergency calls in six minutes or less.

“Today is a very exciting and important day; one that is seven years in the making,” Fire Chief Jim Kreher said.

The station is slated to be funded by reserves, though there has been some discussion about possibly financing a portion of the project — all without a tax rate increase, officials said. The station also will help reduce insurance premiums for some property owners, particularly in the eastern section of the district, officials said.

The project includes the work of Chicago-based Studio 222 Architects and Pepper Construction (of course) of Lake Zurich.


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Mulch Fire

A mulch pile continued to burn Tuesday at Down To Earth Landscaping along Old Sutton Road near South Barrington. The wind carried embers from the fire started Monday and charred an estimated 30 acres at Spring Creek Forest Preserve, across the road from the landscaping company. – Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Firefighters doused smoldering ashes Tuesday at the source of a fire from the previous day at a South Barrington-area landscaping company that also charred about 30 acres of nearby Spring Creek Forest Preserve.

Firefighters responded at 3:42 p.m. Monday to a fire started by spontaneous combustion of mulch piles at Down to Earth landscaping in unincorporated Cook County on Old Sutton Road, East Dundee Fire Protection District Chief Jason Parthun said. The wind carried the embers and spread the fire northeast, he said.

“The fire spread to neighboring house part of their property, got more things going in that property, and then moved into the brush and field and forest preserve,” he said.

More than 20 agencies from northern Illinois helped in the firefighting effort, and a large command area was created with three separate operations, Parthun said. A tender shuttle brought in about 200 gallons of water and the fire was brought under control at 11:22 p.m., he said.

Firefighters ensured the fire didn’t jump over Route 59 or Penny Road in South Barrington, he said.

Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District firefighters arrived about 5 p.m. and used Route 59 as a fire break, Chief Jim Kreher said. The fire in that area was under control in roughly two hours, Kreher said.

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EdFirefly, An American Paint Horse, who is affectionately known as “Phoofie” found herself in a precarious situation. “I noticed she was down which is not normal for horses to do,” said resident Sarah Quinn. She called her son-in-law to help raise Firefly and they quickly discovered they needed additional assistance.

Quinn called VBHPD. Sgt. David Kann and Ofc. Brian Baird arrived on the scene, assessed the situation and called in the necessary resources.

“We were overcome with emotion. It was so nice to have the community support you. It was wonderful,” said Quinn.

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Related: “Firefighters Called to Help Rescue a Horse, County Line Rd West of Bateman Rd

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BCFPDBarrington-Countryside firefighters and paramedics responded about 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2021 to a call for help to rescue a horse in the block of 100 West County Line Road in Barrington Hills.

Firefighters received a report that the horse’s leg was stuck in a hole in the ground, and was injured.


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Cook County Zoning Board of Appeals members are expected to make a recommendation in September on whether Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District should be allowed to build a new station its leaders say is needed to improve service on the agency’s east side.

The zoning panel Wednesday concluded a two-session public hearing that featured testimony on the proposal, which calls for a 10,000-square-foot station on roughly 5 acres at 1004 S. Hough St. The land sits just outside the borders of Barrington Hills and Barrington in unincorporated Cook County.

The advisory panel is being asked to recommend a special-use permit allowing the station in a residential neighborhood zoned for single-family homes.

Barrington Hills resident Thomas McGrath, whose Hawthorne Road house is on the western border of the site, submitted a petition signed by fellow homeowners opposed to the proposal.

“Believe me, the 50 people who signed the petition who live in the exact location they want to put this fire station do not believe it will increase their happiness or their well-being, so (the district) does not meet that standard of (county) approval,” McGrath said.

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Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District officials want to build a new station on this unincorporated Cook County property at 1004 S. Hough St. It would be just outside Barrington and Barrington Hills village limits.

Citing concerns about increased noise and traffic, several homeowners are opposing Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District’s second attempt to build a new station.

Fire Chief James Kreher said the proposal is part of the district’s longtime desire for a third station that would improve response times for residents in Inverness and nearby areas.

However, Barrington Hills resident Thomas McGrath said about 50 village residents — representing nearly all homeowners living in the area immediately surrounding the site where the station would be built — have signed a petition against the fire district’s plan that will go before the Cook County Zoning Board of Appeals.

“The 24-hour operations with increased noise, emergency vehicle traffic and 24-hour lighting is absolutely out of place for a residential area,” said McGrath, whose Hawthorne Road house is on the western border of where the fire district wants to build.

Before construction can occur, Barrington Countryside must start with an online public hearing before the zoning panel at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The district needs a special-use permit for the firehouse because the Hough Street land is zoned for single-family homes.

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The Cook County Zoning Board of Appeals has posted their July 8th meeting agenda, including the following:


SU-20-01 Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District has petitioned the Cook County Zoning Board of Appeals for a Special Use in the R-3 Single Family Residential District. The Special Use is requested to construct a Fire/EMS Station. The subject property is located within the 15th District, with the common address 1004 S. Hough Street, Lake Barrington, Illinois 60010.

The public hearing will be at 10:00 AM, and will be conducted remotely. A copy of the complete agenda can be accessed here.

Written public comments on this item will be accepted until 3:00 PM on July 6, 2020, at ZBA.Emails@cookcountyil.gov All comments will be read aloud at the meeting with three minutes allotted for each commenter, though every effort will be made to read statements in their entirety.

Related: Village posts unofficial notice of Cook County Zoning Board public hearing regarding proposed Hough Street fire station,” “Here we go again!, “New Fire Station to Help Save Lives, Protect Property

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Several area police departments say they’ve seen increases of up to 300 percent in the number of noise complaints they have received for fireworks.

As the Fourth of July holiday nears, several police departments in the north and northwest suburbs say they’ve seen increases of up to 300 percent in the number of noise complaints they have received for fireworks.

Although officials say the actual number of complaints is nowhere near what Chicago police are seeing, they say the percentage increases in fireworks complaints when compared to last year are worth noting in Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights, Highland Park and Barrington.

Barrington Assistant Police Chief John Burke reports nine fireworks complaints since March 1, and of those complaints, seven have been since June 6. When looking at the same time period from last year, Burke said the village received only two fireworks complaints between March 1, 2019, and June 29, 2019.

He said no citations had been issued as of June 29. The citations are processed through an administrative process, he said, and fines are $250 per citation. All fireworks are confiscated by police, Burke said, and turned over to the Cook County Bomb Squad.

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