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Lockport Township FPD news

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Five members of the Lockport Township Fire District were promoted at a ceremony on Wednesday.

Deputy Chief Paul Hertzmann was promoted to fire chief. Hertzmann became the acting chief in August when Fire Chief David Skoryi retired after a 37-year career. The board of trustees appointed Hertzmann on Oct. 1. He began his career with the fire district in 1989 and has served in multiple capacities, including fire inspector, EMS coordinator, lieutenant, battalion chief, and deputy chief.

Battalion Deputy Chief Ed Rossetto was promoted to deputy chief. Rossetto started with the fire district as a paid on-call and was hired full time in 1996. He’s served as a fire investigator, pension board member, an insurance board member, lieutenant, captain, and battalion chief.

Mike Gale was promoted to battalion chief. He first started as a paid on-call firefighter and was hired full time in 1995. He was the longest-serving EMS coordinator of the district for 20 years. He will be the shift commander for black shift.

Lt. Mike Lopina was promoted to captain. Lopina started with the fire district in 2000 and has served as a fire inspector and is the coordinator for the district’s airport firefighting and rescue team.

James Kozek was promoted to lieutenant. Kozek joined the district in 2004. He is an instructor and mentor to many newer members of the fire academy.

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New fire station for Lockport Township FPD (more)

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In 1960, Don “Randy” Randich stood in the new Lockport Township Fire Protection District Station 1 building as fellow firefighters dedicated it.

Fast-forward to 2017. Randich sat in the new Station 1 building, dedicated Friday, as the only living member of the first crew at the old station.

“I was a firefighter for 42 years and went through six chiefs. Back then the station was considered one of the best fire stations in the state of Illinois,” Randich said. “This [building] is unbelievable and beautiful. I came here today to meet all of my friends, like one big family.”

Chief David Skoryi, Station 1 Capt. John Batusich, district trustees, current and former firefighters, an honor guard, other officials, and community members dedicated the new Station 1 building with a traditional hose and coupling ceremony Friday morning.

The ceremony opened at 10 a.m. with words from Skoryi, as well as Batusich. The attendees then went outside through the new bi-fold doors for a flag-raising ceremony where the Lockport Township Firefighters Local #1544 Honor Guard placed the flags on the poles attached to the building.

Afterward, fire chaplain the Rev. Mark Hein prayed and then trustees Paul Siegel, Henry Meader, Dave Palya, Bill Kendziora and Gordon McCluskey, as well as union President Pat Kelly and Batusich, held the fire hose for the coupling ceremony.

Skoryi said in 2010 the senior staff and board of trustees decided the building needed a remodel to address issues with the older facility. Some of the concerns brought up involved sewer lines; electrical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; the need to remodel living quarters to accommodate male and female firefighters; the lack of room for larger vehicles; asbestos; and the need for technological upgrades.

After the group met with architects, the costs reached 75 percent of a new building, and the district was advised to rebuild.

Demolition began May 25, 2016. The ambulance crew was temporarily relocated to Station 6 and the fire engine to Station 4.

Skoryi said the district wanted to make the new building look old to fit into historical downtown Lockport. Outside there are seven arches to represent the seven-arched bridge on Ninth Street, the apparatus room has bi-fold doors that replicate those found in an old firehouse, and instead of a flagpole, the flags are at an angle on the building.

Inside, it’s nothing but state-of-the-art dispatch systems with red LED lights and sign boards. The rooms are bigger, there are heated floors in the apparatus room, and there’s room for larger trucks and a diesel exhaust capture system.

The original Station 1 was located in the 100 block of East 10th Street from 1897 to 1902, then it relocated to the Adelman Garage from 1902 to 1937, and to the City of Lockport Building from 1938 to 1960, when the building was moved to its current location at 828 E. Ninth St.

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Lockport Township FPD wants new fire station

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Lockport Township Fire Protection District officials are trying to convince residents that it’s time to replace a 57-year-old fire station near the city’s downtown.

“We are limited in height and cannot place many of our vehicles into this station,” wrote Fire Chief David Skoryi in a letter last month to surrounding residents. “… Fire department operations have changed significantly since 1960.”

He estimates costs to be about $3.5 million for a new building at 828 E. Ninth St., the site of the aging station.

A local activist said: “There are quite a few residents that are fed up with the spending of the fire district.” He and a group of other residents in the past have publicly objected to other building and spending projects in the township.

Some residents are even looking to disconnect from the district because its property taxes are second only to the school district.

Skoryi contends in his letter that the public expects firefighters and paramedics to respond to an increasingly broader array of emergencies … and that fire engines today are larger and carry much more equipment than they did in the 1960s so firefighters can respond to more than just fires.

The current building was built during a time when firefighters were volunteers and ambulance service was provided by the local funeral home, and has become inadequate for current firefighting operations. The district employs about 90 people and serves a population of 77,000 people.

The old Station 1 building, one of six stations in the district, is centrally located in Lockport and does not include separate private spaces for female firefighters. The district currently employs four female firefighters. It also contains asbestos as insulation which have to be carefully removed as part of the project because it can cause health problems.

The project will be presented at the Lockport Planning and Zoning Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the downtown City Hall.

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