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Welcome to the Newport Township Fire Protection District web page. We are located in northeast Illinois in Lake County. Our headquarters station one is located in Wadsworth across from the Post Office, and station two is located on Old Hwy 41 just south of the Wisconsin border. We are proud to serve the people who live, work and travel within Newport Township.


Open Burning Considerations

Wednesday, April 29, 2015   Provided by Lake County Health Department

Burn only during daylight hours.

Fire must be attended at ALL times.

A person 18 years of age or older is required to be present.

Fire must be of manageable size. Piles no larger than 5’X5’x5’ are required in most areas.

Fire may not pose a danger to the safety of any building, structure or nearby trees and vegetation. At least 25’ distance is required in most areas.

Must have a sufficient source of water, dirt or sand to extinguish the fire PRIOR to lighting it.

Burn only on calm days to prevent wind from spreading sparks or flames.

Smoke should not present a hazard to visibility on roadways.

Additionally for those living in Newport Township...

Please notify the fire department prior to burning so that we are aware why there is smoke in the area and prevents an emergency response.  847-336-1080

Never – Ever use gasoline as an accelerant to start a fire.

Only landscape waste that was generated from the property can be burned. Landscape waste cannot be brought onto the property for burning.

Construction waste (sawn lumber) is considered trash and prohibited to burn

Please be considerate to neighbors. Check wind direction before lighting.

In the Village of Wadsworth, open burning is prohibited within 1000’ of an occupied school.

For questions or information on conducting larger field burns, contact our fire prevention office at 847-336-1080 or email 



Smoke Detector Keeps Chirping??

Sunday, January 11, 2015   In addition to replacing the smoke detector batteries every six months or so, you should also consider replacing the entire smoke detector 5 to 7 years.
Smoke detectors beep or chirp not just when they needed a new battery but also when the smoke detector needed to be replaced.

Smoke Detectors..... Let’s go through a quick checklist of things you can do to try to figure out why your smoke detector is chirping regularly:

1. Is there Smoke? If there is smoke, get out of the house. If there is no smoke, go to step 2!

2. Check the Batteries: Obviously this is the first thing to check and replace. Don’t use rechargeable or “cheapy” batteries here. All the smoke detectors I’ve ever seen want alkaline batteries. I don’t usually splurge for “name brand” batteries, but I do for my smoke detectors. Use a new, fresh pack from the store. Really. It does make a difference.

3. Check the Expiration Date: As you just read, smoke detectors and other devices like them usually have expiration dates. Even if you’re off by a year or so, you’re probably better off replacing the whole unit ahead of schedule.

4. Clean It Out: Yes, smoke detectors usually mount on the ceiling or in high places, but that doesn’t mean they are immune from dust collection, cobwebs or even nesting bugs and spiders. When you have your smoke detector down you can try blowing it out with a can of compressed air.

5. Read the Manual: Don’t still have the manual? You can find most online now if you use Google and search for the brand of the smoke detector as well as the model. Still can’t find it? Go to step 6.

6. Call the Manufacturer: This is sort of a last resort and they will likely tell you to do some of the same things that are listed here. That being said, they might have some other tricks or they might know if a particular batch of smoke detectors had any issues or recalls.

If you need any assistance, please call the fire station at 847-336-1080.




Wednesday, December 31, 2014   Newport Fire District is urging the public to stay off the ice.  Although we have had a polar vortex this time last winter, the public may have a misconception of safe ice. With the recent fluctuations in temperature, a thaw, then freeze effect, it weakens ice. There really is no sure answer.  You cannot judge the strength of ice just by its appearance, age, thickness, temperature or whether or not the ice is covered with snow.  Strength is based on all these factors plus the depth of water under the ice, size of the water body, water chemistry and currents, the distribution of the load on the ice and local climatic conditions.  There are several bodies of water in Lake County and we do not want any tragedies to occur. 

If someone falls through ice and you are around to help?  First, call 911.  There is a good chance someone near you may have a cell phone.  Resist the urge to run up to the edge of the hole as this most likely would result in two victims in the water.  Also do not risk your life to attempt to save a pet or other animal.  Shout to the victim to encourage them to hold on to the edge, stay calm and reassure them help is on the way.  Reach – If you can safely reach the victim from shore, extend an object such as a long branch, ladder or jumper cables to the victim.  Throw – Toss one end of a rope or extension cord with a loop to the victim.



Second Station Added

Tuesday, June 3, 2014   Newport Fire District is now operating out of two stations.  Our second station is located at 43320 N. US Highway 41.  This location has reduce the response time to medical emergencies and fires that occur in the North portion of our Fire District. 



Fireplace / Wood Stove Alert

Thursday, January 30, 2014   All modern wood stoves and fireplaces are designed and tested to ensure that when properly used they will work well and not be hazardous.  This testing does not involve fuels other than seasoned firewood. As a result, none of the safety features, instructions or clearances provided by the manufacturer is valid if the stove or fireplace is being used as an incinerator.  Wood stoves and fire places are designed to burn clean, dry, uncoated, untreated wood and just enough plain newspaper to get the fire started.  

Please, have your fireplace inspected and the chimney cleaned each year.

Place a fire extinguisher where it can be reached quickly.

Never leave the fireplace unattended and always have a screen in place.

Please see link for more information



Structure Fire Footage_Water Shuttle

Sunday, January 26, 2014 



Remodeling of the Fire Station

Sunday, June 2, 2013   The original fire station was established on Caroline Ave in the mid 1940’s as a volunteer organization. Many additions were added over the years and by 1980 the station had a meeting room, office and a total of eight bays to house the equipment. In the mid 1990’s the fire district began staffing the station due to the lack of available volunteers during the daytime when the members were at their full time jobs.  The staffing has continued to grow through the recent years along with increased call volumes.

There are currently five paid personnel on duty 24/7 that are certified firefighters and paramedics. In the night hours, there are additional volunteer firefighters - paramedics that sleep in the station. Because the station was originally designed as a volunteer organization, there were no living and sleeping areas for the staff. 

For many years we got by sleeping on folding cots in various areas of the building.  In 2007 a double-wide trailer was placed in the rear parking lot for our firefighters to live in while on duty at night. This has provided basic sleeping quarters, washrooms and a kitchen. The trailer was only meant to be a temporary solution to our outdated facility.

It’s 2013, and remodeling is underway. The south half of the structure will have functional office space, living quarters for the 24 hour staff and an ADA compliant meeting room. Several needed mechanical updates to the building will be incorporated including the new septic system which was recently completed.

 Please check back for updates and pictures and progress moves forward.




Stroke Signs and Symptoms

Sunday, April 28, 2013   Stroke Signs and Symptoms

If you notice any signs or symptoms of a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. The chance that you will survive and recover from a stroke is higher if you get emergency treatment right away.

What to Look For

Stroke can affect your senses, speech, behavior, thoughts, memory, and emotions. One side of your body may become paralyzed or weak.

The five most common signs and symptoms of stroke are

·             Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg.

·             Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding others.

·             Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

·             Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, or loss of balance or coordination.

·             Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Signs of a stroke always come on suddenly. If your symptoms go away after a few minutes, you may have had a "mini-stroke," also called a transient ischemic attack (TIA). TIAs do not cause permanent damage but can be a warning sign of a full stroke—you should still get help immediately.

If you or someone else experiences one or more signs or symptoms of stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. Every minute counts!



What Are the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013   Not all heart attacks begin with the sudden, crushing chest pain that often is shown on TV or in the movies. In one study, for example, one-third of the patients who had heart attacks had no chest pain. These patients were more likely to be older, female, or diabetic. The warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack aren't the same for everyone. Many heart attacks start slowly as mild pain or discomfort. Some people don't have symptoms at all. Heart attacks that occur without any symptoms or very mild symptoms are called silent heart attacks.

Chest Pain or Discomfort The most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. This includes new chest pain or discomfort or a change in the pattern of existing chest pain or discomfort.

Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center or left side of the chest that often lasts for more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain. The feeling can be mild or severe.

Heart attack pain sometimes feels like indigestion or heartburn.

Chest pain or discomfort that doesn't go away or changes from its usual pattern (for example, occurs more often or while you're resting) can be a sign of a heart attack.

All chest pain should be checked by a doctor.

Other Common Signs and Symptoms Other common signs and symptoms of a heart attack include new onset of:

  • Upper body discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach
  • Shortness of breath, which may occur with or before chest discomfort
  • Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), vomiting, light-headedness or sudden dizziness, or breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Sleep problems, fatigue (tiredness), or lack of energy
Not everyone having a heart attack has typical symptoms. If you've already had a heart attack, your symptoms may not be the same for another one. However, some people may have a pattern of symptoms that recur.

The more signs and symptoms you have, the more likely it is that you're having a heart attack.

Act Fast The signs and symptoms of a heart attack can develop suddenly. However, they also can develop slowly—sometimes within hours, days, or weeks of a heart attack.

Know the warning signs of a heart attack so you can act fast to get treatment for yourself or someone else. The sooner you get emergency help, the less damage your heart will sustain.

Call 9–1–1 for help right away if you think you or someone else may be having a heart attack. You also should call for help if your chest pain doesn't go away as it usually does when you take medicine prescribed for angina.

Do not drive to the hospital or let someone else drive you. Call an ambulance so that medical personnel can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the emergency room.



Cooler Weather -- Prepare Furnace

Saturday, September 29, 2012   The first day of fall has passed, and judging by the nip in the air, cooler temperatures are on their way. But before you make the shift from air conditioning to turning on the heat there are a few things you need to do to make sure your home is winter ready.

Here’s what you can do to be ready:

First and foremost, have a newer carbon monoxide detector in your home with fresh batteries.

1.       Have a complete furnace tune-up done professionally before winter weather hits — not just to ensure reliability and energy savings, but also for your family’s safety.

2.       Check and replace your furnace filter monthly. This will help keep the air clean in your home and keep your furnace operating efficiently.

3.       Replace your furnace’s igniter every five years. Igniter failure is the leading cause of furnace breakdowns.

4.       Clean humidifiers and change the filters — a neglected humidifier can waste gallons of water per hour, as well as breed mold and bacteria.

5.       If you don’t have a humidifier, consider investing in one. Humidified air holds heat better, and allows you to turn down the thermostat.

6.       Change the batteries in your thermostat. It’s a good idea to do this when you change your clocks to “fall back.”

7.       Make sure your vents are open and not obstructed by beds, dressers or curtains.

8.       If you have a fireplace, make sure the flue is closed when it’s not in use.

9.       Remember that bedrooms located over garages will always feel colder than the rest of the house. A heated garage can help with that.

As always, we highly recommended that there is a smoke or heat detection device in your garage. Several home fires start in the garage and the resident is unaware until the fire grows and begins leaking smoke into the house.  



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