In the early years, almost every able-bodied man helped the fire department in one way or another. Volunteers may or may not have had gear and they learned by experience. Today, training is a priority and both gear and training is regulated by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
In 1949, new firefighters were assigned a long coat, hip boots, helmet and striped cotton gloves; there were no air masks. A new firefighter now receives a helmet, leather boots, coat, and bunkers, and gloves as well as a personal air mask.
Each firefighter is trained in firefighting, extrication, water rescue, forcible entry, carbon monoxide (CO) and gas detection instruments, and hazardous material identification and mitigation. Many are Emergency Medical Technicians whether they are at the Basic or Paramedic level. Each firefighter is also encouraged to learn the specialized training that is available to them. Firefighters have also been trained in other specialized fields to help with specific emergencies. Many firefighters have specialized and high-tech training backgrounds in various work fields, and are able to bring that knowledge to an emergency scene.
At least one new recruit class is held every year as well as the Basic Operations Firefighter Certification Class. Training continues every week with drill night and other specialized trainings. All firefighters are trained in CPR and must maintain current certification.
The Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office mandates that all fires are investigated for cause and origin. The department has a team of state-certified investigators ready to respond. The IL State Fire Marshal’s Fire Investigator is also requested on any suspicious fires, on any high dollar fires, where anyone is injured, or in the event of a fatality.
In the early years, if you had an emergency in the Harlem-Roscoe Fire District you dialed 3-4341 to get help. It was a party line and would ring into the fire station, and the home of the Fire Chief as well as a few of the firefighters’ homes or businesses. The siren could be set off at the fire station and a couple of the Chiefs had a button at their home or business. The first firefighter to the fire station would write where the fire was on a black board such as fire at Brown Farm.
Harlem-Roscoe Fire today has Dispatchers on duty 24/7 at their Dispatch Center located in their Fire Station #1. It has the latest advancements in dispatching, computerized equipment and software. A computerized mapping program shows the dispatcher where every fire hydrant is located in the district as well as business floor plans and information such as hazards. The dispatcher also sends the address via a group text to firefighter’s cell phones. And before responding, the volunteer firefighters can send a text to dispatch showing them on a monitor who is responding.
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Meetings are held every fourth Thursday (except November and December) at Talcott Library, 101 East Main St, Rockton, IL 61072
- Academic scholarships for Hononegah H.S. students
- Camp Scholarships for junior/senior high school students
- "Adopt a Resident" at Fair Oaks Nursing Home
- Holiday "Giving Tree" - collecting needed items for community organizations.
- Sponsorship of various public library projects
- Annual "Make a Difference Day"
- Contributions to local organizations
OUR ANNUAL ART & CRAFT FAIR IS A MAJOR FUNDRAISER THAT ASSISTS IN OUR PHILANTRHOPHIC PROJECTS
President: Cindy Wellen
Joe Sosnowski - IL 69th State Representative
Joe Sosnowski is a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, first sworn in to represent the 69th district in 2010.
The district he represents includes the municipalities of Belvidere, Caledonia, Capron, Cherry Valley, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Roscoe, South Beloit, Timberlane, Illinois.
Sosnowski grew up in Carol Stream, Illinois where his father worked as a carpenter and his mother raised four children. Joe attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and after graduation, Joe was elected as a City of DeKalb Alderman. While in DeKalb, Joe worked as a property manager for student apartments.
Joe's wife Roxanne was born in Belvidere, Illinois and attended local schools graduating from Northern Illinois University College of Law in May 2004. Roxanne's family continues to reside in the Boone/Winnebago County area.
Joe and Roxanne moved to Rockford in 2004 and quickly became involved in local issues. Joe ran for City of Rockford First Ward Alderman and was elected in the spring of 2005 and re-elected in 2009. In 2010, he successfully ran for State Representative in the 69th Legislative District.
He currently serves on the following House committees: Transportation Regulation, Roads and Bridges; Appropriations -- Elementary and Secondary Education; Cities and Villages; and Aging
Protecting and preserving natural land and water is the best way to ensure we all have clean air and water now and in the future.
Natural Land Institute (NLI) serves as a regional environmental land trust and accepts donations of properties, buys land, manages natural areas, and helps landowners establish legal agreements (conservation easements) that permanently protect the conservation values of their land. NLI owns 21 private preserves and holds more than 50 conservation easements.
Nygren Wetland Preserve, located west of Rockton, is the largest preserve that is privately owned by NLI and has public access with a wildlife overlook (3714 W. Rockton Rd.) and the 2.5 mile Dianne Nora Nature Trail that is open year round for hiking, snowshoeing and skiing.
As a private non-profit land conservation organization, NLI has protected more than 16,000 acres of natural land since 1958. Land preservation efforts are focused in 12 northern Illinois counties.
To find our more become a member and receive the Land & Nature newsletter and the Notes from the Field, as well as news and information about events throughout the year. The easiest way to join is by signing up online for the monthly membership or an annual membership level is also available.
To get involved you can call or email our office and let us know what your interests are. Visit the volunteer page on our website to read about ongoing weekly and monthly stewardship opportunities. Volunteers are also needed for events, as well as the Marketing & Membership and Education committees.
The source of water provided by the District is four wells drawing from sand and gravel aquifers. These wells are capable of producing over 20 million gallons per day.