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Fire district names assistant chief

LAKE BARRINGTON – A new assistant chief has joined the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District.

Donald Wenschhof III, a 24-year veteran firefighter and paramedic, will serve local residents under Chief Jeff Swanson.

Swanson said he believes Wenschhof's experience will prove invaluable as district officials move forward their plans to improve service.

"We are extremely fortunate to welcome Don to our team," Swanson said. "His knowledge of the district and his track record of implementing operational solutions that speed response time and deliver consistently-improving levels of service match perfectly with the culture of excellence we are building here."

Wenschhof, who has lived in the district for 33 years, said he could not pass up the opportunity to help with the newly independent fire department.

"The opportunities here for public service and professional growth far outweigh anywhere else," Wenschhof said. "Years from now, I want to look back and be able to say I helped build an operation that serves residents better than anything they had before."

Established in 1940, the district serves portions of Barrington Hills, South Barrington, Lake Barrington, and Inverness; and portions of unincorporated Cook, Lake and McHenry Counties.

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