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FIRE LINE The Richmond Township Fire Protection District

Winter - January 2011

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Total reconstruction of the rear parking lot and alleyway was completed in only 2 weeks.

DISTRICT AWARDED STATE GRANT TO REPAIR PARKING LOT The Richmond Township Fire Protection District, with the help of Illinois State Senator Pamela Althoff, secured an $80,000 state grant to completely reconstruct the parking lot and alleyway that crumbled under the weight of the fire trucks. With the help of Senator Althoff, the Richmond Township Fire Protection District was able to secure an $80,000

concrete surface that is able to support the heavy vehicles that pass over it daily. The work was completed two weeks later.

Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant from

The department would especially like to thank the following

the State of Illinois to completely reconstruct the rear parking lot

businesses and residents

and alleyway leading to the truck and ambulance bays. The

for their donations of time

surface was crumbling and breaking apart under the weight of

and/or materials to help

the large fire trucks and ruts as deep as four inches had formed

us complete the job and

in front of each truck bay.

restore the landscape. A

A feasibility study determined that the best solution was to

BIG thank you goes out

demolish the existing lot and create a sub-base and surface that

to: Castle Gardens for 27

is specifically engineered to withstand the repeated traffic and

trees and shrubs,

weight of the department's heavy trucks.

Pavement Solutions for

In the Spring of 2009, Chief Gallas sought the help of

parking lot striping,

Senator Althoff, whose efforts enabled the district to secure an

Landscape Concepts for

$80,000 grant, enough to completely fund the project.

a huge load of mulch,

The work was awarded to Swederski Concrete, who submitted the lowest pricing. Crews began work began on

and Mike Sheets for his time and equipment.

October 11, 2010, to reconstruct a new sub-base with an 8-inch


Local Contractor Swederski Concrete was awarded the contract for the parking lot, thus keeping the grant dollars in our local economy.


Rick M. Gallas 2010 was an exciting year for the department as we were awarded two major grants. The first was the Assistance to Firefighters federal grant (AFG), which was awarded in March for a total of $130,000. This grant allowed us to purchase an exhaust extraction system for our fire station that will eliminate the carcinogenic diesel exhaust fumes emitted when diesel-powered vehicles are started in our building. This makes our station much safer to live in on a 24/7/365 basis, as well as for those who visit us. After the installation was complete, our firefighters washed the walls and ceilings in the two apparatus bays back to a clean, white state. We were also able to purchase a new compressor and fill station for our air pack (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus) cylinders with the AFG grant. Air is now put into the cylinders in a much safer condition so that we can breathe clean air while in hostile environments, such as a house or structure fire. As discussed on page one of this newsletter, RFD also received an $80,000 DCEO grant from the State of Illinois to reconstruct our parking lot and alleyway. We are very grateful to Senator Althoff for helping us secure this grant.

Continued from the Chief...

OTHER 2010 MILESTONES During 2010, Recruit Members James Moore, Nick Buchanan, Rik Sprow, Rusty Mundorf, Crystal Guy, and Matthew Jackson received their badges and full membership into the department. All have completed their Illinois State Firefighter Certification as well as IDPH certification as Illinois Emergency Medical Technician Bs. James and Crystal graduated from the Arlington Heights Fire Academy for their fire certification, which is a 7-week, full-time course. The 2010 recruit class includes David Plazyk, Melissa McDarrah, Dan McGraw, Paul Loiacono, and former 10-year member, Janice McAdrews, who decided to come out of retirement and return to us as a POC. Welcome back, Janice! All of our recruits are at various stages of achieving the certifications and training required of all department members. I am very pleased to announce that several of our members are gearing up to take the Paramedic Entrance Exam that will occur in May of 2011. These members are currently EMT-B’s and include: Rusty Mundorf, Rik Sprow, Crystal Guy, Eric Schwind and Melissa McDarrah. The paramedic program is an intense 18+ months of education that encompasses hundreds of hours of time to complete

class work, hospital clinical work and infield training. Two of our members have recently been hired by full-time career departments. Nick Buchanan was hired by Arlington Heights Fire and Brad Drabant was hired by Glenview Fire. Congrats to both, who will remain with us at RFD as well! 2010 was the busiest year in the history of the department. Our department responded to 659 calls in 2010. This is an increase of over 300 calls in the past five years. What I am most proud of as Chief, is that whether the call was fire or EMS related, we responded rapidly and in force, with enough personnel to handle whatever emergency was presented to us. This could not have happened without the dedicated members that form the Richmond Fire Department. Men and women who live in your neighborhood and willingly respond at all hours of the day and night, to help you, our residents, during your time of need. These are special men and women and I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to lead them. If you are interested in becoming a part of this dedicated team, the next recruit class will be chosen in May of 2011. And finally, you can keep in touch with us in 2011 by visiting our web site. You can find us at Have a safe and healthy 2011! Chief Rick Gallas

Richmond Firefighters at The Burndown

Front Row (L-R): Myra Patyk, Eric Schwind, Jim Moore, Ryan Gallas. Back Row (L-R): David Plazyk, Rusty Mundorf, Jay Marshall, Nick Buchanan, Brad Drabant, Paul Loiacono


A Firefighter’s Education by Captain George Taylor, T.O. Most people go to school, graduate from college, and then get a job. Once they enter the workforce, most people are done with the school portion of their education. Well that is not the case for the members of the Richmond Township Fire Protection District, or any other fire service employee for that matter. In the fire service, there are many hours of further and continuing education courses that are offered so firefighters may stay abreast of new technologies that are introduced on a regular basis. The fire service is governed by not only the municipalities and fire districts they protect, but also the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Illinois Department of Labor, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Insurance Services Organization, responsible for housing insurance rates of a community.   The state regulates all firefighter certifications.   IDOL and ISO monitor all of the training and continued

education required for safety and insurance ratings. The state certifications a firefighter can obtain are numerous and are dependent on the requirements of the fire department and the level of education a firefighter wishes to achieve. IDOL and ISO require 240 hours of initial firefighter training, quarterly Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) training, quarterly fire company training, yearly physicals, drivers training, blood-borne pathogen training, hazardous material training, technical rescue training, fire officer training, fire prevention training, and training with surrounding fire departments. The Richmond Township Fire Protection District provides regular training for all to keep up with the requirements. All new and older employees are encouraged to continue their education and obtain certifications in as many firefighting disciplines  as possible to provide the best care and safety for the members of the department and the residents they serve and protect.   For 2010, the Richmond To w n s h i p F i r e P r o t e c t i o n D i s t r i c t accumulated over 6,000 hours of training for its members.   - Captain Taylor


Live Fire Training in Richmond Live fire training is one of the best m e t h o d s f o r a fi re fi g h t e r s t o maintain their firefighting skills, but these days they are few and far between. The McHenry County Conservation District donated three buildings to the fire district for this purpose, providing our members with two months of great training opportunities. Thank you MCCD.

Your Elected, Richmond Twp. Fire District Trustees The trustees of the Richmond Township Fire Protection District are as follows: Ben Petersen - President Tom Van Daele - Secretary Bill Foley - Trustee

Important Dates in 2011 • 4th Annual Ward Weber Memorial Poker Run - July 10th, 9 a.m. • 5th Annual AFFF Bike Ride and Community Pig Roast October 9th. • Fire Prevention Week Open House - October 9th, 11 a.m.

One of three buildings donated for live fire training



Fire has two, fully equipped (ALS) ambulances, as well as an ALS response If you didn’t know it, your fire fire engine, and an ALS response car. Our department is staffed 24 hours per day, average response time for 2010, for all inseven days per week, 365 days per year town calls was 4.07 minutes. with cross-trained Firefighter / EMS What is most significant is the fact that personnel. The in-station “duty crew” is Richmond Fire continues to be the only fire supported by 30+ dedicated Paid-On-Call department in all of McHenry County who (POC) members, who are also crossdoes not bill their own residents for trained. Our POC’s respond to the fire ambulance services. Your fire district station from their homes every time a call is trustees intend to keep it this way for the dispatched, to backfill and assist the “on foreseeable future, as they feel that the cost duty” personnel and to get ready for the of an ambulance should never be a factor next call. for its residents to consider when calling Our department has run as many as 9-1-1 for a medical emergency. four simultaneous calls and we have been able to handle them entirely with Richmond By The Numbers in 2010 personnel and equipment. The response goal for our in-station crew is to be on the Total Calls for 2010 = 659 (+13%) road within one minute of dispatch during Avg. Number of Calls Per Month = 55 the day, and two minutes during the night to any emergency that we are dispatched to. Sixty-seven percent of our emergency responses are medical in nature and require an ambulance response. When it comes to cardiac medical emergencies, it is critical to have advanced life support (ALS) capabilities because survivability depends upon a quick initial response from your local fire department. As a result, Richmond

YOU SHOULD KNOW The Richmond Firefighter’s Association raised over $2,500 in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, which is O c t o b e r. In addition to selling specially made pink T-shirts the

Avg. Reaction Time = 1.07 minutes Avg. Response Time = 4.78 minutes # of EMS Responses = 379 # of Fire Responses = 54 # of Accident Responses = 80 # of Times Mutual Aid requested = 7 # of Times Mutual Aid provided = 117 Highest # of Calls in a week = 17 Most Active Day of the Week = Friday/105 Most Active Hour of the Day = 5 pm / 40 Most Active Month = July / 70

The Richmond Firefighter’s Association is fortunate to have a sister organization called the Richmond Firefighters Auxiliary. Members include wives and friends of the firefighters who meet on the third Tuesday of each month. Our auxiliary is the main group behind our senior citizen functions, Breakfast with Santa, Firefighter Family Christmas party, and when there is a major incident in Richmond, this dedicated group of women will come together at all hours of the day to

firefighters wore the T-shirt as a part of their duty uniform for the entire support the firefighters with sandwiches and month of October to show their support. other energy replacement foods and drinks. Money raised for this event was donated to Thank you ladies, you’re awesome! the Centegra Sage Cancer Center in McHenry. Our plans are to repeat this event, so be sure to stop by the fire station, or see us at one of the home football games during the months of September and October to purchase your “Pink Crew” Tshirt.

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RICHMOND TWP. CERT Did you know that Richmond Township has an officially recognized CERT team that is sponsored by the Fire Department? If you live in Richmond, Spring Grove, Hebron or Wonder Lake and would like to know more about how you can be involved with this volunteer group, trained to help our community during disaster or crisis, stop by the fire station and talk with Chief Gallas. A new training class will be forming in the Spring and you can be a part of it!

RFD Residents are not billed for ambulance service.

Senior Citizen Day at the FD The Richmond Fire Department sponsors a get-together for our local senior citizens at the fire house on a quarterly basis. This is an excellent way for our Medics and EMTs to get to know our senior citizen population better and vice versa. Our next Senior Day is scheduled for Feb. 27, 2011 beginning at 1 p.m. A luncheon will be served to go along with an afternoon of Bingo and prizes. If you are a Richmond-area senior citizen and would like to attend, just call in your RSVP prior to Feb. 27th. You can call the station at 815-678-3672. If you have a senior friend that you’d like to bring that does not live in our fire district, no problem. Just RSVP for Next them when you Senior Citizen make your reservation. Day 2/27/11 See you in February!

Fire Line - Winter 2011  

Officical newsletter of the Richmond Township Fire Protection District

Fire Line - Winter 2011  

Officical newsletter of the Richmond Township Fire Protection District