Stable owner, others receive safety award

By on October 15, 2010

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District on Monday recognized individuals from two local businesses and a school for exemplary fire prevention practices.

During the district’s board meeting, Fire Marshal Alan Isberg presented the 2010 Henry S. Parmalee Business Award in Fire Safety to Home Depot in Geneva; Lily Lake Elementary School and Burlington Central School District; and Grand Prix Equestrian in Maple Park.

“They have not just done the normal, they have gone above and beyond,” Isberg said.

Isberg said the award’s namesake, Parmalee, invented the fire sprinkler in the 1870s.

Grand Prix Equestrian owner Ginna Frantz accepted the Paramalee award for her business’ contribution to local fire protection. She recently completed a three-year project to enhance fire safety at her horse farm, including installing several public fire hydrants on the property at her own expense, Isberg said.

“I thank you for the challenge you took on,” Isberg said.

Frantz decided to install the hydrants and other fire safety improvements after 32 horses died in a barn blaze on Francis Road in Kaneville Township Oct. 4, 2005.

“She wanted to make sure her horses were safe,” Isberg said.

The hydrants are connected to a pond on her property. Elburn Fire Chief Kelly Callaghan said that about a week ago, they came in handy.

“We used the hydrants at her farm to put out a barn fire down the street,” Callaghan said.

Frantz said during the award ceremony that she was “proud and honored to have been able to provide that service for the community.”

Jessica Lawton, site manager at Grand Prix Equestrian, also received a Parmalee award for maintaining the fire hydrants at the farm.

Isberg commended Lily Lake Elementary for its fire safety improvements to the school, its speedy evacuation of the school during a practice fire alarm, and its emergency access plans, which he said other schools in the state are drawing upon to create their own. Lily Lake principal Trent Lange accepted the award on behalf of the school, at which Elburn firefighters conducted fire safety drills recently during Fire Prevention Week.

Home Depot Safety manager Bob Brockmann received the Parmalee award for his efforts on behalf of the business to aid the Fire Department and the village of Elburn with materials such as fire extinguishers and evidence cans. Isberg also thanked him for hosting the annual Kids Safety Day at the store. The Fire Department takes its hazard house demonstration to the event.

Photo: Elburn Fire Marshal Alan Isberg (center) and Elburn Fire Chief Kelly Callaghan presented a fire safety award to Ginna Frantz, owner of Grand Prix Equestrian in Maple Park, on Monday. The Elburn and ountryside Fire Protection District honored her for a project that included installing several public fire hydrants on the property at her expense. Courtesy Photo