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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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New Glenview fire station passes first hurdle

The Chicago Sun-Times has an article about the new headquarters fire station for Glenview getting plan commission approval.

The Glenview Plan Commission has approved the final site plan for the new fire station to be built at 1815 Glenview Road.

Approval came at a meeting that also served as a public hearing, allowing residents to voice their concerns and make suggestions about the new station. Most concerns raised by the public were about lighting and noise from trucks entering and exiting the station. In response to worries about noise, Deputy Fire Chief Ralph Ensign said the trucks use sirens and horns only when absolutely necessary, even during the day. The new traffic design at the intersection in front of the future station also allows trucks to pull out without horns and sirens.

When it comes to lights, Jeff Brady, Glenview’s director of planning, said proposed landscaping and fences act as a buffer. The fire department is also using new trucks with headlights situated lower than before, which keeps them from shining into windows.

Before commissioners approved the final plan and conditional-use permit, they made suggestions to architects from the AT Group, which is managing the project, regarding the appearance of the building. Most notable was the discrepancy between the residential style of the administrative portion of the building and the commercial style of the station portion.

“It looks like two different buildings,” said commission member Mark W. Igleski.

The administrative portion, which will hold offices, was designed in a more residential style, with high ceilings and peaked gables, aspects that concern commission member Ellen Dickson.

“This is not a residence,” she said. “Basically we’re building empty space for looks. … I would strongly encourage the Village Board to not mix their metaphors and allow a civic building to look like a civic building.”

The suggestions will be considered when the plan is reviewed by the appearance board Wednesday. If there are no problems with the final design, the final plan could go under review at the Sept. 17 Village Board meeting.

Full plans and previous posts can be found HERE.

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