The Union Fire Department has been keeping busy this past winter! The big snow in early February was a test of our abilities. Our newest brush truck, 1569, did very well in plowing through the snow to get to stranded motorists, as well as a stranded ambulance. With the assistance of our trustee, Roger Heimsoth, and his tractor, the Union firemen were able to get the ambulance and bring them to Union. Many of you have probably noticed that there is a Marengo Rescue ambulance in the fire department. The Union Fire Department now has four EMT-B’s (Emergency Medical Technician’s), authorized by Marengo Rescue, to respond to calls if we are available! Furthermore, Marengo Rescue is working closely with the Union Fire Department to permanently house an ALS (Advanced Life Support) ambulance in Union, with a manned crew from 6a.m.- 6p.m., seven days a week. This will better serve the community; and will provide a faster response to areas outside of Union.

Spring is here! Everyone will be out and about and raking yards and trimming trees. With that said, please keep in mind there are burning restrictions that exist for McHenry County as well as for the Village of Union itself. Remember not to burn on windy days. Also, do not burn anything within 100-feet of a garage (or other building), or within 50-feet of a home. In some cases, local authorities may ask the Union Fire Department to come out and extinguish your fire. Please contact the Union Fire Department with any questions at 815-923-4488.

The Union Fire Dept is looking to expand our roster. If you live in the Village of Union, or surrounding area (within the Union Fire Protection District), please call the fire department for information, or e-mail, info@ufpd.org. Look for information in the upcoming months on an Open House to be held at the Union Fire Protection District fire.station. More than 250 people attended last year’s event; and it was a great success!

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