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 became the current Fire Chief on May 1, 2017. Chief Slazes has been with LVFPD since January 5, 1993 as a Paid on Premise Firefighter/Paramedic and later as a Shift Commander.
Deputy Chief Adam Becker became the current Deputy Chief on January 2, 2019 . DC Becker has been with LVFPD since 2001 as a Paid on Premise Firefighter/Paramedic and later as a Shift Commander. DC Becker is coming to us from his full-time position at the Skokie Fire Department, where he served for over 15 years, achieving the rank of Lieutenant.
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.
Trustee Ingrid Skidmore has been a board member since May 2019. She is currently the Treasurer of the Board. Ingrid resides in Lake Villa.
Erin Pron is the District’s Office Manager. She works under the direction of the Trustees and the Fire Chief assisting with payroll and benefits, record keeping, billing issues, & day to day operations.
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.
Submit the Request
The Freedom of Information Act Form may be downloaded here, and once completed may be mailed, faxed, emailed, or brought to the District Office using the information below.
If you do not use this form, the following instructions will help you complete your FOIA request:
- Please make your request for records in writing. You may submit your written request in person, by mail, fax, or email. Please direct your request to the following:
- Lake Villa Fire Protection District
Attn: FOIA Officer
910 E. Grand Ave.
PO Box 269
Lake Villa, IL 60046
Fax: (847) 356-3161
- Lake Villa Fire Protection District
- Indicate if this request is for commercial purposes.
- Be as specific as possible when describing the records you are seeking.
- Indicate whether you would like copies of the requested records or wish to examine them in person. Remember, the Freedom of Information Act is designed to allow you to inspect and/or receive copies of the records. It is not designed to require a public body to answer questions.
- Provide your name, company/organization name (if applicable), address, email, and phone number.
- Sign and date the request.