LAKE BARRINGTON – Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District firefighters successfully tested and equipped the district's newest tender for front line service less than 48 hours after the vehicle's arrival April 29. The new vehicle entered service May 1 and is based at Station Two, 120 West Algonquin Road, Barrington Hills.
District Fire Chief Jeffrey Swanson said it often takes weeks to one month for a newly acquired vehicle to enter service. Swanson said the firefighters did an "outstanding job" acting quickly.
"Their dedication and thoroughness exemplify our mission to provide the highest levels of service to our residents," Swanson said.
The new vehicle, Tender 382, was manufactured by Midwest Fire Equipment in Luverne, Minn. A group of district officials arrived in Luverne April 27 to oversee final road and equipment testing, according to an official press release from the district.
Another new vehicle, Tender 381, entered service in the district's Station One in Lake Barrington in January. Each tender is capable of carrying 3,000 gallons of water to fire scenes which increases the supply of water available to fight fires throughout the district, especially in areas where there are no fire hydrants, according to the release.
Swanson said that, in total, district firefighters can now bring 8,500 gallons of water to fire scenes – "far more than ever before."
Both tenders are expected to remain in service for at least 20 years, according to the release.
Established in 1940, the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District services portions of Barrington Hills, South Barrington, Lake Barrington and Inverness; and portions of unincorporated Cook, Lake and McHenry Countries.
Visit ww.bcfpd.org for information.