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About Us

HISTORY

Celebrating the past . . . moving forward into the future.

In 1931 a group of civic minded men, bravely began to meet the growing need to help protect the Lake Villa community from fires that threatened to destroy businesses and homes of their neighbors. Before this, neighboring fire departments answered calls in the village, but it quickly became apparent that more immediate assistance was needed to save buildings or even put the fires out before getting out of control rather than waiting for the surrounding fire departments to arrive.

A dance was hosted in July of 1931 to begin raising funds for the first fire truck which was finally purchased for $5,300.00 in June of 1933. That same year, Fred Hamlin was named as the first fire chief for the Lake Villa Fire Volunteer Department, thus establishing a rich history of dedicated volunteers who served the community. By 1940 the township was able to build the first fire station which still stands in the historical downtown area at 68 East Grand Avenue. The Lake Villa Fire Protection District was officially incorporated in 1936.

Today the Lake Villa Fire Protection District celebrates over 90 years of dedicated men and women who continue to protect and care for the people, schools and businesses in the Village of Lake Villa, the Village of Lindenhurst and the Lake Villa Township. There are presently three fire stations staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The District employs full-time career membership consisting of a: Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, Battalion Chiefs, Lieutenants and Firefighter/Paramedics. At a moment’s notice these dedicated men and women are ready for the call to duty helping to maintain a safer community in Lake Villa and neighboring communities.

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Fire Chief

Doug Slazes

Fire Chief Doug Slazes became Chief on May 1, 2017. He has been with LVFPD since January 5, 1993

Adam Becker

Deputy Chief

Deputy Chief Adam Becker became Deputy Chief  on January 2, 2019 . DC Becker has been with LVFPD since 2001.

Trustee President

James Stout

Trustee James “Jim” Stout has been a board member since May 2008. He is currently the President of the Board.

Trustee Treasurer

Ingrid Skidmore

Trustee Ingrid Skidmore has been a board member since May 2019.  She is currently the Treasurer of the Board.

Trustee Secretary

Howard Schnitzer

Trustee Howard Schnitzer has been a board member since January 2023. He is currently the Secretary of the Board.

Administration

Heather Welsch

Heather Welsch has been the administrative assistant since 2023.

Board of Trustees
General Meeting Dates

The following dates have been approved for the

general monthly meetings of the Lake Villa Fire

Protection District.

 

General monthly meetings will be held on the first

Monday of the month except for holidays, those

meetings will be held on the following Monday. 

All meetings are held at:

Station 2

910 E. Grand Ave.

Lake Villa, IL 60046

Meetings will commence at 5:00 PM.

2024

January 8
February 5
March 4
April 1
May 6
June 3
July 1
August 5
September 9
October 7
November 4
December 9

Commission Agendas
& Minutes

All meetings are held at:

Station 2, 910 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa.

Pension Board
Meeting Dates

The following dates have been approved for

the Quarterly meetings of the Lake Villa Fire

Protection District Pension Board. Meetings

will commence at 8:30 AM.

All meetings are held at:

Station 2, 910 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa.

2023

February 7
May 2
August 1
November 7

 

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

The Lake Villa Fire Protection District requires all requests to inspect or copy public records to be submitted to us in writing.  We encourage requests to be submitted on the form provided via the link located on this page, or in the District Office.  The Lake Villa Fire Protection District FOIA Officer will review all written requests in any form.

The FOIA Officer will respond to each written request to inspect, copy or both in a manner consistent with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.  Requests made for all commercial purposes will be responded to within 21 business days upon receipt.  All other requests will be responded to within 5 business days from the day after the request is received.

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