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Spring Grove FPD news (more)

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Spring Grove FPD news

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Spring Grove Fire Protection District Chief Rich Tobiasz has announced retirement plans, and a hunt for his replacement is underway.

He started his career in the fire service in 1974 and worked with the Fox Lake Fire Protection District for eight years before joining the Spring Grove district in 1982. He became chief in 1993 and has helped usher in a new era for the district. When he started, and until he took over as chief, the department was not staffed, and emergencies were handled on a volunteer, on-call basis. Firefighters were paid per call. Now the department staffs a five-person team 24/7.

Tobiasz said he plans to stay in the area for now. He will continue to teach agriculture at McHenry County College and is a member of the McHenry County Master Gardeners, which is sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension.

The fire district’s board has reviewed applications for the chief position, which comes with an annual salary range of $75,000 to $105,000. Tobiasz makes about $89,000. The candidates will go through an assessment process, and a panel of outside fire chiefs will recommend a few of those people to go through the formal interview process with the board. The goal is to have a decision made by March, so Tobiasz can retire April 30, which is the end of the fiscal year. If all goes according to plan, the new chief would start May 1.

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Plainfield Fire Protection District news

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Plainfield Fire Protection District Fire Chief David Riddle recently announced that he is retiring. He talked about the number of challenges and accomplishments the district had including the groundbreaking of its new headquarters to train not only its own personnel but regional and national emergency service personnel. The district received its ISO Class 1 rating in November 2017 and is exploring becoming an accredited fire agency through the Center for Public Safety Excellence. The district also expects recognition from the Government Finance Officers Association for abiding by the standards outlined in its Excellence in Financial Reporting program.

Plainfield Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton said he will be sworn in as the new chief Tuesday. He’s been with the department since 1994 and has been a deputy chief since 2005.

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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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Kankakee Fire Department news (more)

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At a cost outlined not to exceed $19,500, the Kankakee City Council hired the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association to search for a new fire chief at Tuesday’s council meeting … [and] the money would come out of the fire department’s budget.

The fire department has been under the direction of acting Chief Phil Perkins since the retirement of Chief Ron Young at the end of November.

If all goes as planned, Mayor Nina Epstein said the new chief could be hired as early as June 1. Anyone with the necessary education and experience can submit a resume.

Young was the city’s third-longest serving fire chief before his retirement. He served 12 years as chief. He had been with the department since February 1984.

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Kankakee Fire Department news

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Kankakee Fire Chief Ron Young — the third longest-serving fire chief in Kankakee’s history — will be leaving the 50-person department. His last day will be Nov. 30.

The Illinois Fire Chiefs Association will coordinate the search to replace Young. Assistant Fire Chief Phil Perkins will serve as interim chief.

Young, 55, has spent his entire career as a member of the fire department. He was hired at the age of 22, on Feb. 7, 1984, and spent about 33 years with the department. He worked his way through the department and served as assistant chief for eight years before taking the department’s top spot upon the resignation of then-Chief Richard Kamerad.

Young’s 12-year stint as chief is the city’s third longest, behind that of Roy Marquart’s 18-year tenure [1935-53] and John Marquart’s 14-year stint [1961-75].

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Elk Grove Fire Chief to retire

Elk Grove Fire Chief David Miller is retiring July 1st. The Daily Herald published an article chronicling his career on Thursday.

Elk Grove Village officials announced the resignation of Fire Chief David Miller after 38 years of service during Tuesday night’s village board meeting.

Miller, who joined the Elk Grove Fire Department in 1973 as a firefighter/paramedic, rose up the ranks to the top firefighter post in June 2006. His last day with the department is July 1.

Under his leadership, the fire department has been able to maintain a Class 2 ISO rating held by less than 1 percent of fire departments nationwide.

The full Daily Herald article can be found HERE.

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