About Us

History

The Lake Villa Fire Protection District is a special district, unit of local government, with limited powers granted by State law. The powers of the Lake Villa Fire Protection District are several, extending to fire suppression and prevention, rescue, and emergency ambulance service.

The Fire District can engage in the acquisition, establishment, maintenance and operation of stations, facilities, vehicles, apparatus and equipment for the prevention and control of fire within the District, along with emergency ambulance service.

The Fire Districts boundaries include the Village of Lake Villa, the Village of Lindenhurst and Lake Villa Township.

The District board includes 3 trustees with 3-year terms, that are appointed by the Lake Villa Township board.

The Lake Villa Fire Protection District was incorporated in 1936.

The Lake Villa Township Fire Protection District staffs four fire stations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  The daily on-duty manpower consists of 13 cross trained Fire and EMS personnel (3 at each station), plus a Shift Commander.   In addition, the District employs four full-time positions:  Fire Chief, Chief Engineer, Fire Bureau Investigator, and Training Officer.  To sufficiently staff the daily manpower, the District employs nearly 100 part-time Firefighter/EMT/Paramedics.

The long-term plan of the District Board and Fire Administration is to add a Deputy Chief, three Battalion Chiefs, and twelve Lieutenants.  This model staffs each station with a full-time Lieutenant and one shift supervisor (Battalion Chief) at the headquarters station.  These full-time positions will enhance the current level of service to the District by providing consistent personnel on each shift for emergency responses.  In addition, these supervisors will aid the current full-time staff in mitigating the many administrative issues that arise in an organization of this size.

Fire Chief

Doug Slazes

Fire Chief Doug Slazes has been with LVFPD since January 5, 1993 as a Paid on Premise Firefighter/Paramedic and became the current Fire Chief on May 1, 2017.

Trustees

President

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

Treasurer

Trustee Lori Heitman has been a board member since January 2008. She is currently the Treasurer of the Board. Lori resides in Lake Villa.

Secretary

Trustee Romie Johnson has been a board member since April 2011. He is currently the Secretary of the Board. Romie resides in Lake Villa Township.

Administration

Administrative Assistant

Erin Pron is the District’s Administrative Assistant. She works under the direction of the trustee’s and the fire chiefs assisting with record keeping, billing issues, & day to day operations.

General Meeting Dates

The following dates have been approved for the general monthly meetings of the Lake Villa Fire Protection District. Meetings will be held at the Lake Villa Public Safety Building 910 East Grand Avenue, Lake Villa, IL 60046

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.

Meetings will commence at 7:00 p.m.

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 be held at the Lake Villa Public Safety Building 910 East Grand Avenue, Lake Villa, IL 60046

Meetings will commence at 6:30 p.m.

Agendas

View or download the agenda for the next upcoming general meeting.

Minutes

View or download meeting minutes from the last meeting or from our extensive archives from years past.

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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