September 11, 2018 Update
The City of Lake Forest, the Village of Libertyville, Libertyville Fire Protection District and the Rockland Fire Protection District (RFPD) all approved the Fire and Ambulance Service Intergovernmental Service effective October 1, 2018.
Under the terms of the agreement, the City and Village will jointly provide the residents of the RFPD with the same high-quality fire and EMS service currently enjoyed by the residents of Lake Forest and Libertyville. This innovative partnership provides all residents with financial efficiencies, optimal resource allocation, and a long-term, sustainable strategy for years to come.
The Lake Forest City Council has also directed the City Manager to submit a similar proposal to the Village of Lake Bluff, further expanding the boundaries of a regionally-consolidated Fire and EMS program.
On December 7, 2017, the City of Lake Forest and the Village of Libertyville presented a joint draft proposal for Fire, Emergency Medical and Fire Prevention Services to the Rockland Fire Protection District. Lake Forest and Libertyville believe the proposal is a comprehensive and cost-effective partnership, providing residents of the RFPD with the long-term benefits of full-time services from two professional fire departments, more efficient initial emergency response forces and more effective back-up support.
The proposal includes the employment opportunity for existing volunteer personnel to continue to service the community and to train with other members of the Lake Forest Fire Department, as well as possibly using, repurposing or selling existing fire apparatus, equipment and facilities, all benefiting RFPD taxpayers.
Lake Forest and Libertyville firefighters and paramedics have worked side by side with the dedicated volunteers of the RFPD for many years. The City of Lake Forest and the Village of Libertyville have provided or are now providing emergency services to the District.
The communities initiated discussions in 2012 on improving efficiencies and the economic benefits associated with joining forces. Conversations have continued, and earlier this year, the RFPD Board requested a proposal from both Libertyville and Lake Forest. After thoughtful consideration, both municipalities concluded that by working together, a plan could be developed that focuses on high-quality, full-time services from their two professional fire departments providing: 1) enhanced emergency and fire response and 2) improved cost-effectiveness to all residents of the District.
The City of Lake Forest and the Village of Libertyville believe this proposal meets the important goals of enhancing services, reducing costs and respecting the values and traditions of the RFPD.