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Welcome to the home page of the Professional Firefighters of Lake Zurich Local #3191.  Our Local was chartered in 1987.  Local #3191 is composed of Firefighter/Paramedics and Lieutenants totaling 51 100% active members strong!  We are proud members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois (AFFI).  




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Lake Zurich fire fights for larger federal radio grant

Phil Rockrohr

Pioneer Press

$218,000 federal grant to help finance Lake Zurich Fire Department radio needs

October 5, 2015, 3:30 PM

When Lake Zurich was offered a grant for $100,000 less than it needed to buy new radios, acting Fire Chief John Kelly

remained determined, he said.

"A Washington, D.C., FEMA official called, asked a couple of questions and asked me to put in exactly what we wanted,

" Kelly recalled. "I did it and called him back, and he said OK. It just took a phone call and a couple, few sentences of an

amendment. The guy understood and restored the financing."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which oversees the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to

 Firefighters Grant program, awarded Lake Zurich a $218,850 grant to buy 43 radios that will allow the Fire Rescue Department

to continue communication with area police and aid partners as they transition to a new radio system, Kelly said.

Lake Zurich must match at least 10 percent of the grant to cover the full cost of about $240,000, he said.

Incoming Fire Chief John Malcolm, who takes over Oct. 19, praised Kelly for taking the initiative to secure federal money

and free up local dollars for other uses.

"It's always a great thing for the department and the community that you can take advantage of grants and have money

available for other projects," Malcolm said.

Lake Zurich plans to purchase 23 dual-band portable radios and 20 single-band mobile radios, Kelly said. The new radios

will allow fire rescue personnel to communicate with Lake Zurich, Kildeer and Hawthorn Woods police, who are transitioning

soon with Lake County police to the StarCom 21 statewide trunked radio system, he said.

"It's a key piece of equipment we use," Malcolm said. "Interoperability is paramount in what we do. We have to be able to talk

to other staff and the police department and our automatic aid partners, so we can communicate with them."

As the transition to Starcom 21 occurs in the coming months, the current radio frequencies used by Lake Zurich firefighters

will become extinct, Kelly said.

The trunked StarCom 21 radio system is a computer-controlled two-way radio system that allows the sharing of relatively few

frequency channels among a large group of users, he said.

“It could be Lake Zurich or a Lake County talk group," Kelly said. "There are so many (channels) within each frequency. A

particular segment of the trunk is open, and you can talk on it. If you don't have the radio and programming, you're not going to

be able to hear it. The radio signal and computer system decides how to assign you within a talk group."

Assistance to Firefighters Grants are awarded through a competitive application process to fire departments, emergency

medical services organizations and state fire training academies, he said.

"They put out an announcement annually," Kelly said. "They lay out guidelines of how to apply, steps you need to go through,

specifically about what funding is available. There is a peer review. If you do not fill it out correctly, the computer kicks out

your application and you're done."

Phil Rockrohr is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Press.

Twitter @PhilRockrohr

Copyright © 2015, Chicago Tribune



Fire Chief John Malcolm Accepts New Position as Fire Chief in Lake Zurich
Posted Date: 9/11/2015 1:15 PM

Acting Village Manager Dave Strahl today confirmed that Fire Chief John Malcolm is retiring from the Village of Mount Prospect to accept the position of Fire Chief in Lake Zurich. Chief Malcolm started his career with the Village in 1986 as a firefighter/paramedic. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1994 and to Deputy Chief in 1998. Chief Malcolm has been serving as Fire Chief for the Village since November 2010. Malcolm’s last day with the Village will be October 9.

As the Mount Prospect Fire Chief, Chief Malcolm developed, managed, and maintained all aspects of a $13 million budget for three fire stations, 28 vehicles, and 74 full-time employees, restructuring the Fire Department’s staffing and deployment model to meet the budget priorities set by the Mayor and Village Board in 2010. Chief Malcolm has been involved in many programs and committees over his 29-year career and the Department was recently awarded a $1.3 million grant to hire six firefighters to staff Engine 13.

Chief Malcolm said, “I’m honored to have served the Village of Mount Prospect for 29 years and I want to thank Mayor Juracek, Village Trustees, and Mr. Strahl for their support. I had the pleasure of working with some great people in the Fire Department and the Village.”

Chief Malcolm currently serves on the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance as an appointed Director and is Vice President of MABAS Division 1. He also serves on committees at Northwest Central Dispatch and Northwest Community Hospital. Chief Malcolm received numerous commendations over his 29-year career.

Acting Village Manager Dave Strahl said, “I am sorry to see John leave, for he is a highly qualified professional who I have enjoyed working with in numerous capacities during his fire service career here, but understand the need to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves and wish him all the best. I will be evaluating our options regarding the Fire Chief position going forward.”

Chief Malcolm said, “I’m looking forward to my new role in Lake Zurich. I’m honored to be selected as the community’s new Fire Chief and to be able to serve the residents of Lake Zurich and the Lake Zurich Rural Fire Protection District.”

“I want to thank the residents of Mount Prospect for their support and for allowing me to serve as their fire chief,” Chief Malcolm added,” We accomplished a great deal over the years and we couldn’t have done it without the support of the Mayor, Village Board, and every member of the Fire Department.”





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August 1, 2013



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