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Advisory panel to consider 3 fire service proposals

CAMPTON HILLS – The St. Charles Countryside Fire Protection District will have three proposals for fire protection to consider, after the Citizen Advisory Committee vets and weighs the strengths of each one.

Committee chairman Chris Baldwin saidá at a meeting Wednesday in Campton Hills that the three proposals came from the St. Charles Fire Department, Metro Paramedic Services Inc. and AES American Emergency Services.

Baldwin said the committee would meet again from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at 40W304 LaFox Road, Unit C, Campton Hills, to score each standard returned in the requests for proposals.

“We’re not making a recommendation,” Baldwin said. “We’re giving our scorecards to the board.”

The district currently gets its fire service from the St. Charles Fire Department and ambulance service from Tri-City Ambulance.

The board expects choose a company by February. The plan is to open two stations, east and west of the Fox River, each to be equipped with tankers, engines and ambulances. The stations are also to have 17 to 19 full-time staff in addition to paid-on-call and paid-on-premise firefighters.

District officials announced last month they wanted to change its operations to open other fire and ambulance stations, which would lower response time for emergency services for residents of Wayne, Campton and St. Charles townships.

Advisory committee member Greg Benson said they would assign a numerical value to each requirement of the responses to their requests for proposals. A 3 would signify exceeding the standard; 2 would signify meeting the standard; 1 would partial compliance; and 0 would signify non-compliance.

The committee may also decide to weight various aspects of the proposals, Baldwin said.

After the committee meeting, the fire protection district held its last meeting, as its name change to Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District goes into effect Saturday.

Its new website is which also links from the old district’s name,

After a closed session, the board voted to establish the position of technical director/fire rescue, with an appointment to be announced within 48 hours.

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