Archive for August 19th, 2017

Downers Grove Fire Department news

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Downers Grove Fire Chief James G. Jackson Sr. will retire Aug. 31 after 30 years with the department.

“First and foremost, Jim is a firefighter. He’s used his expertise in fire science and incident response to make our community safer,” Village Manager Dave Fieldman said in the release. “His engaging leadership style has created great relationships throughout the village.”

Under Jackson’s leadership, the department attained many honors and distinctions. Most notably, the department achieved an ISO I status and established nationally recognized education programs. His leadership brought advancements in technology, community outreach, labor relations and data-based initiatives for the community, the release stated.

“I’ve always talked about making your mark on the organization and leaving the department in a better place, but most importantly it’s about making sure the firefighters have the training and tools they need to help them serve the community with excellence,” Jackson said in the release.

Jackson began his career in Downers Grove in 1987. He rose through the ranks as firefighter, lieutenant and deputy chief. He served on many committees, continually initiating model improvements. He was named interim fire chief in 2009 and became chief in February 2010. Jackson also served as president of the DuPage Fire Chiefs Association.

“Our community has benefited greatly from Chief Jackson’s many talents and dedication to the fire service, and he will be sorely missed,” Mayor Martin Tully said in the release.

The selection of an interim fire chief, who will serve until a permanent appointment is made, is underway.

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New squad for Clarendon Hills (more)

Found this on the Pierce Flickr page:

Pierce Village of Clarendon Hills, IL 30266

Clarendon Hills FD squad

Pierce Village of Clarendon Hills, IL 30266. Pierce composite

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Harlem Roscoe Fire Department news

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation reached out to the Harlem-Roscoe Fire Department to help with a young child’s wish, and on Sunday, August 13, 2017, the firefighters had the opportunity to help make a Chase’s wish come true.

Harlem-Roscoe Fire Chief Don Shoevlin says. “It was Chase’s wish to go to Disney. Well the foundation got that part done, then reached out to us. We were more than happy in being part of the beginning to his unbelievable journey.”

The fire department arrived at Chase’s home and escorted him and his brother to the tollway in the firetruck with the lights flashing.

Chief Shoevlin added, ” We can only hope and wish that his “WISH” will be the most memorable for him and his family. Thank you for asking us to be a part of it.”

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Of interest … JJC 11th Annual 9/11 Tribute


It is that time of the year again when we honor those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Attached is the information for the JJC 11th Annual 9/11 Tribute. We would like to invite you and your department to participate in this event. Please share this information with anyone who might be interested in attending.

Thank you,

Edward F. Vasil

Environmental,  Health & Safety Manager

Joliet Junior College

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