News from the Marengo Fire and Rescue District

This past month the Marengo Fire/Rescue Districts hosted a Hazmat Operations class. The class was taught by the Illinois Fire Service Institute. We had many neighboring departments from the area who participated in the class. The departments involved were: Algonquin, McHenry, Woodstock, Wonder Lake, Harvard, Crystal Lake, Huntley, and Marengo. With our district having two major highways, railroad, and agriculture within its boundaries, we have a higher-than-normal chance for a hazmat incident. By hosting and participating in this class, our members will be better prepared to respond if an incident should arise.

We are also offering free blood pressure checks at Brandt’s Pharmacy in Marengo on the first Monday of every month from 3-5p.m., and a CPR class on the second Tuesday of every month at our Station 1. High blood pressure can be one of the leading causes of many medical conditions. By having your blood pressure checked regularly, you can help prevent heart attacks and strokes, which are two major causes of death today. Regular doctor visits can help diagnose and treat this condition. Also, regular exercise and proper diet will help. If you have any questions regarding this or on fire prevention, please feel free to contact us at 815-568-8912.

As a reminder from last months’ article, we are excepting applications for our June test. Applications must be completed and turned in at 120 E. Prairie Street at the Marengo Fire Protection District no later than June 1, 2011.