LAKE BARRINGTON – Surrounded by hundreds of family members, friends, and localleaders, the 70 members of the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) received their official service badges during a March 6 pinning ceremony that embraced the fire service’s rich traditions.
The ceremony, held at district headquarters, 22222 N Pepper Road in Lake Barrington, emphasized the district's commitment to recognizing the dedication and professionalism of each firefighter, as well as their commitment to serving district residents.
“We have worked to develop a culture that honors the importance of each individualfirefighter, but together, we will do far more than any of us could do alone,” BCFPD Jeff Swanson explained. “Everyone here makes up the ‘we.’ We deliver excellencein service to all who live in, work in, and visit the district.”
District president Tom Rowan joined Swanson in presenting each firefighter withtheir individual badge, which was then pinned to their uniform by family members. Thenewly-pinned firefighters then took the oath of service.
“Every firefighter performs an act of bravery once in his career. That is when he takesthe oath of service,” Swanson said, quoting the New York City Fire Department’sDeputy Chief of Rescue Operations, Raymond Downey, who was lost on 9/11. “Afterthat, everything is in the line of duty.”
Swanson also thanked the neighboring Fox River Grove Fire Protection District,Hoffman Estates Fire Department, Lake Zurich Rural Fire Protection District andWauconda Fire District for providing emergency response coverage to the BCFPD duringthe 45-minute ceremony, so that its on-duty personnel could attend.
The district's services are part of a series of automatic aid agreementswith the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District, Buffalo Grove FireDepartment, Carpentersville Fire Department, Cary Fire Protection District, East DundeeFire Protection District, Fox River Grove Fire Protection District, Lake Zurich Rural FireProtection District, Long Grove Fire Protection District, Palatine Rural Fire ProtectionDistrict and Wauconda Fire District. A long-standing relationship is in place with the Hoffman Estates Fire Department.
Established in 1940, the BCFPD serves portions of Barrington Hills, South Barrington, Lake Barrington and Inverness; and portions of unincorporated Cook, Lake and McHenry Counties.
Visit www.bcfpd.org or call 224-848-4800 for information.