Archive for October 12th, 2014

As seen around … Country Club Hills

This from Dylan Konchan:

Country Club Hills Fire Department responded to a house fire with entrapment at 4136 177th St. Companies found the victim inside, and transported to South Suburban Hospital.

Pierce aerial ladder

Hazel Crest truck. Dylan Konchan photo

Pierce fire truck black over red

Oak Forest truck. Dylan Konchan photo

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Glenview Deputy Chief promoted to Fire Chief

This from the Village of Glenview:


October 7, 2014 – Deputy Fire Chief Ralph Ensign has been picked to become the Glenview Fire Department’s new chief. Ensign will succeed Chief Wayne Globerger, who retires December 19, 2014 after 27 years with the department.

A native of Northfield and graduate of New Trier High School, Ensign joined the Glenview Fire Department in February 2008 as Deputy Fire Chief. He started his fire service career as a firefighter/paramedic with the Winnetka Fire Department in 1976, after earning a bachelor’s degree in fire service management from Southern Illinois University. He served as temporary Fire Chief of the Winnetka Fire Department in 2010, while a permanent chief was sought.

Hired by the Highland Park Fire Department in 1978, he was promoted to lieutenant in 1989; to captain in 1991, and left in 2008 as a battalion chief. Ensign has also been a paid-on-call and paid-on-premise firefighter with the Northfield Fire-Rescue Department, where his father retired as assistant chief in 1979.

As Deputy Fire Chief, Ensign has been responsible for managing daily operations for the department’s more than 80 employees and five fire stations. For the last two years, a major task for Ensign has been planning and managing construction of a replacement fire station in the downtown Glenview area. The new Fire Station 6 being built just south of Village Hall, at 1215 Waukegan Road, is expected to be operational by the end of the year.

Ensign was a founding member of and assisted in the development of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division III Hazardous Materials Response Team.

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Glenview Fire Chief to retire

This from the Village of Glenview:


October 7, 2014 – After 27 years with the Glenview Fire Department – eight of them as Fire Chief – Wayne Globerger has announced his retirement. Globerger’s last day with the department will be December 19, 2014.

Globerger began his career with the Knollwood Fire Department in Lake County and then spent two years with the St. Augustine Fire Department in Florida. He joined the Glenview department in 1987 as a firefighter/paramedic and moved steadily up the ranks. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1996, to captain in 2001 and to deputy chief in 2003, becoming responsible for managing daily operations for the department’s more than 80 employees and five fire stations.

Under Globerger’s leadership, the department reconstructed Fire Station 7 at 3507 Glenview Road; remodeled Fire Station 8 at 1901 Landwehr Road; and planned the replacement facility for Fire Station 6, which is now under construction south of the Village Hall at 1215 Waukegan Road. A joint fire/police fire investigation team was implemented. In 2012, the Villages of Glenview and Northfield began sharing the response capabilities of an aerial ladder truck, an arrangement that more effectively and efficiently uses resources.

In September 2005, Globerger led a crew of about 60 Illinois firefighters in Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish following Hurricane Katrina.

He has served as the president of the MABAS Division III Executive Board since 2010. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA) since 2008 and since 2011 as Chairman of the Fire Core Cost Containment Committee for Northwest Municipal Conference’s Suburban Purchasing Co-op.

“Looking back at my career, it’s been wonderful,” Globerger said. ”I’ve enjoyed working with Village staff, the public and my peers. I will miss the people who have touched my life.”

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