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Mission Statement The Orland Fire Protection District’s staff is dedicated to preserving life and property while valuing full accountability to each other and the people we serve.

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Board of Trustees/Fire Commissioners Command Staff Message from Fire Chief Facilities Incidents by Station Area Annual Events District News District Donations Memorials Awards Years of Service Unit Commendation Awards Response Times OFPD By the Numbers Incidents Mutual Aid Emergency Medical Services Training Specialty Teams Water Rescue & Recovery Technical Rescue Haz Mat

3 4 5 6 7 8-10 11-15 16-17 18-19 20-21 22-24 25-27 28 29-31 32-34 35 36-41 42-45

Support Services Finance Communications/Dispatch Fire Investigations Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Fire Prevention Bureau Fire & Life Safety Education Senior Advisory Council Human Resources/Staffing Swearing In of Probationary Firefighters (‘15 Training Academy) Promotions Retirements Honor Guard Cadet Program Apparatus

50-52 53 54-55 56 57 58-59 60-61 62-63 64-65 66-67 68-73 74-75 76 77 78-79

46 47 48-49

Board of Trustees Meeting Dates: January 24, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 28, 2017 Pictured: (left to right) Trustees John Brudnak, Jayne Schirmacher, Christopher Evoy, James Hickey and Blair Rhode

April 25, 2017 May 16, 2017 June 27, 2017 July 25, 2017 August 22, 2017 September 26, 2017 October 24, 2017 November 28, 2017 December 19, 2017

Board of Trustees As elected officials, the Board of Trustees are the executives of our District. Trustees meet a minimum of once each month to approve, discuss, and direct the Fire Chief in the operation of the District. Through the direction of President Evoy and the Board of Trustees, Orland Fire Protection District staff is held accountable to the Board of Trustees for delivering the highest quality of services to our residents. The accomplishments of our District in 2016 were the direct result of our Board’s dedication to the Orland Fire Protection District mission of serving our residents.

Trustees Christopher Evoy

Blair Rhode

Jayne Schirmacher




John Brudnak

James Hickey

President Pro-Tem


Board of Fire Commissioners

Pictured: (left to right) Commissioners Craig Schmidt, David Wagner and Matthew Rafferty

The Board of Fire Commissioners are appointed by the Board of Trustees. The function of this Board is to conduct the testing of new Firefighter candidates, promotional processes and potential discipline process.

Fire Commissioners Meeting Dates: January 9, 2017

July 10, 2017

February 6, 2017

August 7, 2017

March 6, 2017

September 11, 2017

April 3, 2017

October 2, 2017

May 1, 2017

November 6. 2017

June 5, 2017

December 4, 2017

Commissioners Craig Schmidt


David Wagner


Matthew Rafferty

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Command Staff Fire Chief Michael Schofield was appointed and is held accountable by the Board of Trustees. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer and is the highestranking Officer in the Fire District. He is responsible for aligning the entire Fire District with the vision of the Board of Trustees.

Battalion Chief (Day Shift) William Bonnar, Jr. manages the Orland Fire Protection District’s Operational Services, which include: Suppression, Emergency Medical Services, Specialty Teams, and Training; as well as the District’s Administrative Services, which include: Fire Prevention, Dispatch, I n f o r m a t io n Technology, and Officer Development. Each of the above areas is overseen by a Lieutenant who reports to Battalion Chief Bonnar.

Battalion Chiefs (Shift) Shift Battalion Chiefs are responsible for a shift of Firefighters and Paramedics. Each monitors and manages the day-to-day operations of his shift. Each station has a staff of two Shift Lieutenants who report directly to the Battalion Chief.

Battalion Chief Daniel Smith Gold Shift 4

Battalion Chief Nicholas Cinquepalmi Red Shift

Battalion Chief Gregory Ferro Black Shift

I am honored and humbled to serve as the Fire Chief of the Orland Fire Protection District. I have the opportunity to work with a dedicated and hardworking Board of Trustees who are committed to putting our citizens first while keeping costs in line. A little about myself, I have lived in Orland since 1973. I am a graduate of St. Michael’s School and Providence Catholic High School. I married my wife Kathy in 1983 at St. Michael’s Church. We have six children: Nicole, Stephanie, Michael III, Andrew, Kathleen and Jacqueline.

The Orland Fire District has the distinction of leading the area in cardiac arrest saves. We have an EMS Sim Lab at our training site that tests our medics in every type of simulation they might see on the streets. The Arthur Granat Regional Training Center is the region’s state-of-the-art training facility, allowing our firefighters to train in many different types of scenarios. This site also boasts the only fire collapse simulator in the State of Illinois. Built in the 1990’s, it also has an array of special simulators that allows training for trench rescue, above grade rescue, below grade and Haz-Mat, to name a few. The majority of this site was built from grant funding. The Arthur Granat Regional Training Center also is the site of many training classes, bringing in not only the Chicago Fire Department , but departments from outside the state. The success of the Orland Fire Protection District in entrenched in the Board of Trustees, past and present—the dedicated men and women who serve today, and those who came before us. All of this could not have been done without the support of our community. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

Respectfully Submitted,

Michael Schofield Fire Chief

Message from the Fire Chief

I have been in the fire service since 1977, when I became a cadet right here in Orland. As a volunteer/paid –oncall firefighter, I met so many great members of the community who worked very hard building the foundation of this organization, which is a premier fire district in the state. I have worked under every fire chief who has served the Orland Fire District, including Arthur Granat Sr., the first Chief. I was the last firefighter hired under his command and I am honored to continue his dedication to the district and community.

Legal Counsel

Attorney James Roche James J. Roche & Associates Chicago, IL


Administration 9790 West 151st Street Orland Park, Illinois 60462 (708) 349-0074 Phone (708) 349-0354



Station 1 9790 West 151st Street

Station 3 15101 West Wolf Road

Station 5 8851 West 143rd Street

Training Facility 10728 West 163rd Place


Station 2 15100 West 80th Avenue

Station 4 16515 South 94th Avenue

Station 6 17640 South Wolf Road

Incidents By Station Area

The density charts below depict the locations of Fire, EMS and Other incidents throughout the District. Areas shaded in yellow and red represent an increase in call volume in that area of the District. The red shaded areas had the greatest number of emergency calls during the past year.


Kids Fire & Life Safety Camp July, 2016

District Annual Events

The camp is for children ages 8-12 and is limited to a maximum class size. It is free of charge for Orland Fire District residents and a small fee for out-of-district residents. Each participant receives a Kids Fire & Life Safety Camp T-shirt, a certificate of completion, a CD containing pictures from the week, and a binder containing hand-outs and activities.

This year, we hosted our annual Kid’s Fire & Life Safety Camp from July 12th-15th. Our camp provided boys and girls ages 8–12 with a lot of safety information, while having fun and making friends. The camp is designed to be entertaining and educational, while providing the campers with the knowledge to keep themselves out of harm’s way. The program accommodates up to 40 children in activities from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. each day.

The Injury Prevention Team at Advocate Children’s Hospital and Advocate’s Injury Prevention Specialist Alix McNulty presented Bicycle Safety, Poison Prevention, Concussion and a Distracted Driving scenario.

Orland Fire Prevention District Firefighters presented hands-on first-aid training. The campers were able to view, firsthand, emergency response equipment including the Fire District ambulances.

The American Red Cross Team presented topics that included emergency preparation, weather safety, pool safety, CPR and stranger danger.

Gordon Bowe, from Operation Lifesaver, discussed the importance of Train Safety. Operation Lifesaver is working to change people's behavior around railroad tracks and crossings.

Information on our 2017 Kids Camp will be available in the spring on our website:


Open House—September 24, 2016

District Annual Events Our annual Open House was held on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Fire District Training Center, 10728 W. 163rd Place in Orland Park. The Open House featured a wide range of demonstrations showcasing how firefighters address various emergency situations. Various major fire equipment used for emergency responses were on display, along with fire equipment and clothing firefighters wear and carry when battling fires or responding to emergencies. A mass casualty scenario was set up and CPR demonstrations were offered as well. The event featured face painting, free give-a-ways, Cook County Sherriff displays, Orland Hills Police, Orland Park Police, Walgreens offered flu shots, Bridge Teen Center, Orland Township, Orland Park Library, Home Depot, American Red Cross, Aishling Companion Home Care, Resource 55, and Johnson Learning Center, K-9 Comfort Dogs, and kid’s stations galore. Our (SAC) Senior Advisory Council was on hand, as always, helping with everything, including a table with their own outreach information and material.


Seniors’ Christmas Luncheon

District Annual Events

The Orland Fire Protection District’s Fire Prevention Bureau held its annual Senior Christmas luncheon on Thursday, December 1, 2016 in our Administration Board Room. An amazing lunch from Winston’s Market was served by members of our Senior Advisory Council, and several speakers made this event complete. A representative from the State Treasury Department was here to help our guests locate money they might not be aware is due them. Special guests from Oak Street Health and Platinum Home Health informed our seniors about different options and programs that can help them in their planning for the future. Oak Street Health passed out great prizes and Platinum Home Health brought delicious cookie trays to share with our guests. The guest speakers were from Aishling Companion Home Care. Their mission and goal is keeping loved ones home, happy and healthy. They played numerous games with our seniors that sparked their memories. Our day was not complete without BINGO. All guests went home with special gift bags. Thank you to all that participated in this event—especially Orland Bakery and Nothing Bundt Cakes for their generous donation of desserts for the luncheon. Fun was had by all!


Visits from Super Bowl Champ Denver Bronco’s #79 Sandburg High School alum, and Fire Chief Mike Schofield’s son, Michael Schofield is a Super Bowl Champion. The Denver Broncos, who drafted Schofield in the third round of the 2014 NFL draft, defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in the Super Bowl on February 7, 2016. Schofield, standing 6foot, 6-inches tall, weighing 300 pounds, was starting right offensive tackle helping to protect Peyton Manning, a five-time NFL MVP, likely NFL Hall of Famer and legend of the game in what was his final outing as a quarterback. Michael was kind enough to bring his Super Bowl ring in on visits home so that many in the community could get his autograph, try on his Super Bowl ring, and ask him many questions.

District News Visiting with his Dad, Chief Schofield, and some members of the Senior Advisory Council; Administrative Staff; and with the children at the Children’s Fire & Life Safety Summer Camp. Michael’s message to the children is to always do their best, make right choices and avoid those friends and situations that can lead them to make bad choices—especially regarding drugs and alcohol.


IL Fire Safety Alliance Fundraiser On April 20, 2016 IL Fire Safety Alliance held a fundraiser at the Orland Park Chick-fil-A to not only raise money to support the IFSA’s mission, but to promote fire safety and burn prevention awareness to members of the Community. OFPD’s Life & Safety Educator Betsy Dine, along with OFPD employee Joan Pickens, volunteered their time to help out with this very worthwhile cause. Their table was filled with very informative information on fire safety and burn awareness, along with some great giveaways.

District News

Chinese Delegates Tour OFPD Training Facility On September 14, 2016, the Orland Fire Protection District participated in a professional public affairs exchange program from China, and hosted 8 delegates from The Shanghai Delegation team for Regional Coordinated Development and City Planning and Management Innovation at our Training site. Visiting members participated in high-performance CPR demonstrations, Incident Command Training and Communications systems over a 3-hour period. The Shanghai Delegation team for Regional Coordinated Development and City Planning and Management Innovation is composed of 16 high-profile government officials from Shanghai Municipal. With diverse educational backgrounds and work experiences in finance, technology, public administration, social development, etc., the delegates were not only able to experience politics, culture and livelihood in United States, but study various social aspects in technological innovation, urban planning/safety, government services, social security, environmental protection, etc.

“A Day of Hope—Because Recovery Is Real” Orland Fire Protection District is a member of the Orland Park Substance Awareness Forum (OPSAF), which was started by Orland Park Mayor Daniel McLaughlin in 2014, and is a multidisciplinary group of agencies that work together to establish community-wide resources for those dealing with substance abuse and addiction. On Saturday, September 17, 2016 the Orland Fire Protection District participated in a resource fair called “A Day of Hope...Because Recovery is Real” at Orland Square Mall. The day included raffles, live entertainment, recovery speakers, testimonials, music and many giveaways, with the goal of offering resources to those addicted or family members and friends affected by the addiction of a loved one.


OFPD Administrative Staff members Joan Pickens and Gerry Strunka represent OFPD in A Day of Hope

Orland Fire Protection District Local Heritage Exhibit & Presentation On Saturday, October 22, 2016, the Orland Park History Museum featured Orland Fire Protection District’s Local Heritage Exhibit & Presentation. Most of the District’s historical artifacts, documents and photographs were on display. Chief Schofield, Battalion Chief Bonnar, and retired POC Lieutenant LaMantia made presentations on the history of the Orland Fire Protection District.

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In July, 2016, Firefighters Doug DePersia, Justin Dublin, Isaac Salazar, Kory Tuburan, Jason Postma and Chad Erickson participated in "Fire Up a Cure" to raise both awareness and money for childhood cancer. The event took place at Saint Xavier in Chicago. Teams participate in a variety of events from Tug-o-War to Wing Eating contests, specifically for the purpose of raising money for the Foundation. OFPD’s group was assigned two kids that would be "Captains" of our team. The team did well overall, and took First Place in the Fire Engine Push.

Team participating in Fire Truck Push—Took 1st Place

Team posing with their Team Captains Jack and Ryne and families

OFPD Fire Up a Cure Team: Justin, Isaac, Kory, Doug, Jason and Chad

District News

Team Captains Visit Fire House


The Team told Captains Jack and Ryne’s families they would like to do something special for the boys to say thanks for being such great captains, and invited the boys over for a special visit to the firehouse. On December 19, 2016 Jack and his family came to spend the day and on December 20, 2016 Ryne and his family spent the day with us as well. Each boy was picked up with the Snorkle, along with their brothers and 1 parent. Off-duty personnel donated their time to drive and pick the boys up, while on-duty crews at Station 5 set everything up. The Orland Fire District provided catering, and the money for us to get each child one gift. After a FULL tour of the station and all the equipment and apparatus, the kids had dinner and opened gifts. The families and kids were all smiles the entire time and everyone had a blast. The Team wishes to thank Chief Schofield, Battalion Chief Bonner, Battalion Chief Ferro, Fire & Life Safety Educator Betsy Dine and Receptionist Joan Pickens for all their help and quick-acting to make everything go off without a hitch.

Jack’s Story In the fall of 2015, Jack had developed a slight limp. After some imaging and lab work, which both came back “perfect”, we were referred to a pediatric orthopedic specialist for further investigation. A few weeks passed and though Jack’s limp got worse, he never complained of pain. We go in to see the orthopedic doctor and after a thorough exam and a review of the labs and images, we were told that the most likely cause of Jack’s condition was Perthes Disease – a disruption of blood supply to the hip, causing a weakening and necrosis of the ball joint of the femur. We had were told to go ahead on our vacation and we’d have follow-up imaging about a month later to see if the Perthes had progressed. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned. While on a cruise, the waters were a bit rough and Jack took a very minor tumble in our stateroom. Immediately, Jack was in complete agony. We took him to the ship’s medical office and were told to continue the regimen of pain meds that we had already been administering. He spent the remainder of the trip unable to stand or walk. When we returned to Chicago, we immediately brought Jack in to see the orthopedic doctor for x-rays. We were told that Jack had a pathological fracture in his right femur and that we should get Jack over to Advocate Children’s Hospital immediately, where he was admitted and scheduled for surgery. The leg would be set with pins and screws to stabilize the fracture and they would also perform a biopsy of the femur cells. The surgery went well and Jack settled into his room, somehow maintaining a pretty positive attitude about the ordeal he had just experienced. After a couple of days, a couple of people that we did not recognize came into Jack’s room. Jack’s dad asked one of them if he was a doctor. When he said yes, he then asked “of what?” The reply: “oncology and hematology.” In the middle of December, 2015, Jack was officially diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma – a bone tumor had destroyed the upper portion of his right femur. Right after Christmas Jack started his chemotherapy treatments. He was also sent to Rush University Medical Center to meet with Dr. Gitelis to determine what our surgical options were for saving his leg. After about four months of chemo, Jack was finally ready for surgery this past April. He had the top several inches of his femur removed and replaced with a custom made metal implant. Though we were nervous for our son, Jack never waivered or expressed any apprehension. As far as he was concerned, that surgery meant getting back up on his feet one day soon and that was enough for him. The surgery went great and not more than two days later, Jack was already up on the leg and putting weight on it for the first time in months. During one of the surgical follow-up visits at Rush, we were given the best possible news, that the biopsy of the portion of Jack’s leg that had been removed revealed that the chemo had been successful. The tumor showed 100% necrosis – no living cancer cells!

Jack’s Visit, December 19, 2016

Ryne’s Story

During his scheduled screening in February, 2016, the unimaginable happened. Two tumors had been discovered on his liver. Ryne was immediately scheduled to get surgery for his port reinsertion (it had just been removed a month prior), and began a more intense treatment with chemotherapy and radiation. Ryne is a fighter. With his strength, and his amazing oncology team, he will continue to push through all his challenges.

Ryne’s Visit, December 19, 2016

District News

Ryne began his journey in June 2015. During his kindergarten physical, Ryne had a fever and signs of dehydration. After being treated for the fever, he was free to go home to get rest and fluids, and was to return for a follow-up in two days. The next day, Ryne's dehydration had only worsened. He was rushed to the hospital where after several tests, he was diagnosed with a Stage 2 Wilms Tumor (kidney). He underwent surgery to remove the tumor along with his right kidney, and began his 18 rounds of chemotherapy. His routine screenings showed that everything was gone. After every screening, the family felt relief that it was all gone.


Donation of Fire Engine to Moraine Valley Fire Science Academy in Honor of Fallen Firefighter Daniel Capuano On May 18, 2016, Cook County 17th District Commissioner Sean M. Morrison joined the Orland Fire Protection District to present a fire engine to the Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) Fire Science Academy, to further the MVCC Fire Science Academy’s ability to provide the very best training in preparing students entering the fire services field.

District Donations

The fire engine was dedicated and named in honor of the late Chicago Firefighter Daniel Capuano, who died December 14, 2015 in the line of duty. Firefighter Capuano’s company was dispatched to a fire in a vacant warehouse and while searching through heavy smoke, the 15-year veteran with Chicago, and a part-time firefighter in Evergreen Park for more than 16 years, fell down an elevator shaft. He died hours after the fall. Several local fire departments attended the dedication and participated in a ceremonial procession to begin the event.


OFPD washing and doing final review of engine before delivering to Moraine Valley Community College

District Donations

Donation of Command Vehicle to Robbins Fire Department

On November 18, 2016, the Orland Fire District donated a 2005 Ford Expedition to the Robbins Fire Department, which will be used as a command vehicle. OFPD worked with Commissioner Sean Morrison’s office to find where there was a need in neighboring communities, and were very pleased to be able to donate it to Robbins Fire Department.


Battalion Chief William Bonnar, Sr. Memorial On February 25, 2016, the District held a memorial service for Battalion Chief William Bonnar, Sr., a beloved member of the Orland Fire District. This date marked the 18th anniversary of Battalion Chief Bonnar, Sr.’s death in the line of duty.

Battalion Chief William Bonnar, Sr. Line-of-Duty Death


February 25, 1998

9-1-1 Remembrance Memorial On September 11, 2016, the Orland Fire Protection District held its annual memorial service to remember those who so tragically lost their lives to terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This year’s ceremony marked the 15th year.


Lieutenant Raymond Marquardt Memorial On September 14, 2016, the District held a memorial service for Lieutenant Raymond Marquardt, a beloved member of the Orland Fire District. This date marked the 7th anniversary of Lieutenant Marquardt’s death from a line-of-duty illness.

Lieutenant Raymond C. Marquardt Sr. November 16, 1938 to September 14, 2009

February 11, 1958—June 24, 2016


In Memory of Retired Firefighter Donald Piscitello

“Don was a member of Chicago Firefighters Local 2, and the Orland Professional Firefighters Local 2754. He was an outstanding paramedic for the Orland Fire Protection District, and those that knew Don are better people for knowing him. He was larger than life, calm under pressure, and had a smile that lit up the room. He had a knack for telling stories that would have your side hurting because you laughed so hard. Don you will be missed, you made a difference in this organization, and as long as we keep telling our Don stories you will live on, you will always be our brother.” Fire Chief Michael Schofield



GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Pictured L to R: Mary Coughlin (Assistant Finance Director), Kerry Sullivan (Finance Director) and Mary Jane Christ (Finance Assistant)

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the OFPD Finance Director Kerry Sullivan by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2015. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by government and its management. The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story. Congratulations to the OFPD finance team for receiving this award for the 8th consecutive year!

Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Award Orland Fire Protection District has received the American Heart Association’s Mission:










implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience a STEMI, or ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a type of heart attack caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication. Orland Fire District paramedics can identify patients with STEMI’s utilizing cardiac monitors that can transmit your 12 Lead ECG to the hospital so the appropriate care may be assembled prior to your arrival. Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Silver award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for the entire year, and treat at least eight STEMI patients for the year.


Art Miller presented the EMS Silver Award to Chief Michael Schofield at OFPD’s 6/22/16 Awards Night

Muscular Dystrophy’s Golden Boot Award On December 20, 2016, Kelsey Tomko of Muscular Dystrophy Association presented MDA’s Golden Boot Award, their highest honor, to Orland Firefighters’ Union Local 2754. President Wally Rafacz, accepted on behalf of the Union, for Local 2754 raising $15,845 in 2016 for this very worthwhile cause. MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. Together with their supporters, Pictured L to R: Board President Christopher Evoy, Fire Chief Michael Schofield, Union President Wally Rafacz, MDA Rep. Kelsey Tomko and Trustee John Brudnak

Battalion Chief William Bonnar, Sr. Life Saving Award On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, the Orland Fire Protection District Tuesday honored Chicago Police Officer Sgt. Cindy Guerra for her role in saving the life of Cortez, a 12-year-old boy, from drowning during a backyard pool party in Orland Park. On Saturday, July 16, 2016, at a pool party celebrating a school graduation at Guerra’s cousin’s Orland Park home, Taylor [Cortez’s sister] came up and alerted an adult “that Cortez was at the bottom of the pool,” Guerra recalled. She said another police officer, helped her lift the boy out of the pool. Guerra gave the boy CPR, saving his life. Cortez was with his mother, sister Taylor and relatives at the board meeting and said he was grateful to Sgt. Guerra for saving his life.


Guerra, a 22 year Chicago Police veteran, said she was overwhelmed by the public response to what she was “something that comes naturally” to first responders such as police and firefighters who are trained to save people’s lives. Fire Chief Schofield presented Guerra with the William Bonner, Sr. Life Saving Award, named after a longtime Orland Fire Battalion Chief who, before joining the Orland Fire Protection District, was a Paramedic with the City of Chicago in the 1970s. “We are very honored to have Chicago Police Sergeant Cindy Guerra here today, and especially Cortez, whose life Cindy saved,” Schofield said in presenting the award to Sgt. Guerra. “Firemen, Policemen, or Paramedics...whether we are on duty or not on duty, we are always ready to respond.” Guerra thanked the Board for the honor, saying that she just acted out of training and instinct to help. “You don’t do things to expect accolades or praise. You just do it. You act instinctively. To be recognized like this is overwhelming. I appreciate it and am so grateful.” Schofield said it was important to remind the public that first responders like firefighters and police officers perform acts of heroism to save lives all the time.


Sworn Personnel

Years of Service

The following employees celebrated milestone anniversaries in 2016:


30 Years

25 Years

25 Years

25 Years

Ray Marquardt

David Dutkiewicz

Guadalupe Quintanilla

John Teninty









20 Years

20 Years

20 Years

20 Years

Carl Kwasigroch

Daniel Koenig

John Purtill

Nick Pycz









20 Years

20 Years

20 Years

20 Years

Stephen Rivero

Lawrence Wishba

Mark Duke

Tom Eisel



Lieutenant/EMS Supervisor






Sworn Personnel 20 Years

20 Years

Michael Haran

Jim Hynes

Michael Meyrick







20 Years

20 Years

20 Years

Robert Winkelman Engineer



10 Years

10 Years

10 Years

10 Years

Travis Herrin

Matt Johnson

Vince Piatak

David Popp

Mark Reichert











10 Years

10 Years

Brett Buenzow

Josh Girdick

James Strzechowski

Robert Griffin III

Brian Myhre











10 Years

10 Years

10 Years

Years of Service

James Pape Firefighter/Paramedic

10 Years


Non-Sworn Personnel

Years of Service

The following employees celebrated milestone anniversaries in 2016:

35 Years

25 Years

Michael Morgan Fleet Maintenance 11/01/81

Scott Langraf Fleet Maintenance 07/08/91

15 Years

Kristine Wessel Dispatcher 04/05/01

15 Years

Suzanne Dietz Dispatcher 09/11/01

5 Years

Joan Pickens Receptionist 06/07/11


15 Years

10 Years

10 Years

William Neumann Communications Director 10/06/01

Mary Coughlin Asst. Finance Director 06/05/06

Mary Jane Christ Finance Assistant 09/06/06

5 Years

5 Years

Lucy McGlynn HR Director 06/16/11

Gerry Strunka Executive Assistant 11/07/11


A Unit Commendation Award is awarded individually to each member who performed within a unit which exhibited exceptional professional skill and conduct during a coordinated action.

January 8, 2016 Paramedics responded to a call for an 84 year-old female in cardiac arrest. On arrival, paramedics initiated CPR and advanced life support interventions, which ultimately contributed to the victim regaining a pulse and respirations upon arrival at Silver Cross Hospital.

Engineer Kwasigroch Firefighter McLaughlin Lieutenant Gorecki Firefighter McDonald

Paramedics responded to a roadside call for the unconscious 74 year-old male. On arrival, the patient was observed in the front passenger seat of a vehicle and the patient’s daughter was attempting CPR. The patient was moved from the vehicle to the roadway where CPR and advanced life support was initiated. The initial cardiac rhythm was PEA. The patient regained a pulse and blood pressure and was spontaneously breathing on delivery to Palos Community Hospital. Responders: Firefighter Hogan Firefighter Andersen Lieutenant B. Leddin Engineer Kovats Firefighter Reichert Lieutenant J. Leddin Engineer Griffin III Firefighter Thompson Acting Fire Chief Schofield

January 27, 2016

February 1, 2016

Paramedics responded for a cardiac arrest. On arrival, paramedics found a 61 year-old male with agonal respirations and no pulse. Police performed CPR and delivered one shock with their defibrillator prior to arrival of paramedics. CPR and advanced life support interventions were initiated. The patient regained a pulse while enroute to Palos Community Hospital.

Paramedics responded for a victim unresponsive but breathing. On arrival, paramedics found an 83 yearold male patient who was in cardiac arrest. CPR and advanced life support interventions were initiated. The patient regained a pulse prior to arrival at Palos Community Hospital.

Responders: Lieutenant Fontana Lieutenant Johnson Firefighter Myhre Engineer Winkelman Lieutenant B. Leddin

Firefighter Sierazy Engineer Rivero Lieutenant Olinski Firefighter Proctor

Responders: Firefighter Kendra Firefighter Schick Firefighter Reichert Lieutenant B. Leddin Engineer Kovats Lieutenant Wishba Engineer Pokorny Firefighter Pluth Battalion Chief Cinquepalmi

February 5, 2016

April 15, 2016

Paramedics responded to a call for difficulty breathing. On arrival, the paramedics found a 47 year-old male patient in cardiac arrest. CPR was initiated along with advanced life support interventions. The patient regained a pulse and was transported to Palos Community Hospital.

Paramedics responded to a call for an unresponsive person at a fitness facility. On arrival, a 78 year-old male was found slumped on the ground near the swimming pool. Paramedics initiated CPR and advanced life support interventions including defibrillation and medication administration. The patient regained a pulse after 30 minutes of CPR and was transported to Silver Cross Hospital.

Responders: Firefighter Paliga Firefighter Schick Lieutenant Moore Engineer Meyrick Firefighter Hogan Lieutenant Bohne Engineer Griffin III Firefighter Kendra Battalion Chief Cinquepalmi

Responders: Firefighter Popp Lieutenant Johnson Firefighter Myhre Engineer Mandekich Battalion Chief Smith

Unit Commendations

Responders: Lieutenant Reeder Firefighter Stoltz Firefighter Hoover Engineer Marquardt Battalion Chief Ferro

January 23, 2016

Engineer Winkelman Engineer Rivero Lieutenant Stachnik Firefighter Johnson



A Unit Commendation Award is awarded individually to each member who performed within a unit which exhibited exceptional professional skill and conduct during a coordinated action.

April 16, 2016

Unit Commendations

Paramedics responded to a 79-year-old male in cardiac arrest with the family performing CPR. Paramedics took over CPR and performed advanced life support interventions, including defibrillation and medication administration. The patient regained a pulse and spontaneous respirations prior to arrival at Palos Community Hospital. Responders: Firefighter Flavin Firefighter Kendra Lieutenant Bohne Engineer Nietfeldt Firefighter Ricobene Lieutenant J. Leddin Engineer Pycz Firefighter Smith Battalion Chief Cinquepalmi

June 13, 2016 Paramedics responded to a call for a patient choking but found an 83 year-old female in cardiac arrest. Paramedics initiated CPR and advanced life support interventions including defibrillation. The patient regained pulses and blood pressure and was transported to Palos Community Hospital. Responders: Lieutenant Fontana Firefighter Teninty Engineer Kwasigroch Lieutenant Stachnik Firefighter Agle

Paramedics responded to a 73 year-old female patient in cardiac arrest. Paramedics initiated CPR and advanced life support interventions, from which the patient regained a pulse within 10 minutes. The patient was transported to Silver Cross Hospital. Responders: Firefighter Popp Lieutenant Johnson Firefighter Myhre Engineer Nietfeldt Battalion Chief Smith

Firefighter Frawley Engineer Winkelman Lieutenant Murphy Firefighter Puente

July 2, 2016 Paramedics responded to a call for a 52 year-old male patient in cardiac arrest. Paramedics found CPR in progress by family members. Paramedics continued CPR and initiated advanced life support interventions including medication administration, defibrillation, and intubation. The patient regained a pulse and was transported to Silver Cross Hospital. Responders: Firefighter Sierazy Firefighter Jones Firefighter Oram Engineer Radke Battalion Chief Ferro

Firefighter Strzechowski Engineer Dunne Lieutenant Merck Firefighter Rafacz

August 25, 2016

August 30, 2016

Paramedics responded to a call for an 84 year-old female having a heart attack. Paramedics found the patient in cardiac arrest, initiated CPR and advanced life support procedures, including intubation, defibrillation, and medication administration. The patient regained a pulse and was transported to Palos Community Hospital.

Paramedics responded to a call for the 65 yearold male in cardiac arrest. Police on the scene were doing CPR as paramedics arrived. CPR was continued and the patient cardiac rhythm was PEA. Advanced life support care was initiated and the patient regained a pulse and blood pressure. Post resuscitative care showed the patient with a STEMI. The patient was transported to Palos Community Hospital.

Responders: Firefighter Siefert Lieutenant Tufts Firefighter Piatak Engineer Pycz Battalion Chief Ferro


Firefighter Miller Lieutenant Johnson Firefighter Popp Engineer Winkelman Battalion Chief Smith

May 17, 2016

Firefighter Panzica Engineer Kovats Lieutenant Martin Firefighter Salazar

Responders: Firefighter Slisz Engineer Griffin III Lieutenant Merck Engineer Mazurkiewicz Firefighter Buenzow Lieutenant Fontana Engineer Pokorny Engineer Haran Battalion Chief Cinquepalmi


Paramedics responded for an 87 year-old male in cardiac arrest. The cardiac rhythm was asystole, CPR and advanced life support interventions were initiated, including king tube placement and medication administration. The patient regained a pulse and was transported to Silver Cross Hospital.

Paramedics responded to a call at an extended care facility for an 81 year-old female in cardiac arrest. Paramedics took over CPR from the staff and initiated advanced life support interventions. The patient regained a pulse and was transported to Palos Community Hospital.

Responders: Firefighter Majda Lieutenant Reeder Firefighter Stoltz Engineer Dutkiewicz Battalion Chief Ferro

Responders: Firefighter Agle Firefighter Andersen Lieutenant Moore Engineer Meyrick Firefighter Schick Lieutenant Wishba Firefighter Popp Firefighter Pluth Battalion Chief Cinquepalmi

Firefighter McLaughlin Engineer Winkelman Lieutenant Tufts Firefighter Piatak

November 10, 2016

December 11, 2016

Paramedics responded to an extended care facility for a 90 year-old female in cardiac arrest. Paramedics took over CPR from staff and initiated advanced life support procedures. The patient regained a pulse and was transported to Palos Community Hospital.

Paramedics responded to an incident for an unknown medical situation. Paramedics found a 52 year—old female in cardiac arrest. CPR was initiated, along with advanced life support interventions. The patient regained a pulse and was transported to Palos Community Hospital.

Responders: Firefighter Sierazy Lieutenant Fontana Engineer Walsh Engineer Mandekich Battalion Chief Smith

Responders: Firefighter Jones Lieutenant E. Johnson Lieutenant Fontana Engineer Winkelman Battalion Chief Smith

Firefighter Proctor Lieutenant Olinski Lieutenant Stachnik Firefighter Johnson

December 24, 2016 Paramedics responded for the cardiac arrest and on arrival found a 65 year-old female with CPR being performed by the patient’s daughter. Paramedics continued CPR and initiated advanced life support interventions and the patient regained a pulse. Post resuscitative care included a dopamine drip to increase heart rate and blood pressure and a 12 lead ECG that identified a STEMI. The patient was transported to Palos Community Hospital. Responders: Firefighter Teninty Lieutenant Nagel Firefighter Salazar Firefighter Panzica Battalion Chief Ferro

Firefighter Slisz Firefighter M. Johnson Engineer Kovats Firefighter Frawley

Unit Commendations

August 31, 2016

Firefighter DePersia Engineer Radke Lieutenant Ganz Firefighter Piatak


The performance of emergency responders is often measured by the time it takes personnel to arrive on scene of the emergency call. Many steps take place prior to the arrival of a paramedic at your side or a Firefighter with a hose full of water. The steps include call processing time in the dispatch center, notification to the appropriate fire station, crews suit up and mount apparatus, response of apparatus from fire station to scene, arrival of personnel and assembling of equipment, and then intervention. Orland Fire District uses a national guideline as our benchmark of performance. The benchmark (NFPA 1710) is used throughout the country to measure performance of career fire departments. NFPA 1710 requires four-person companies on fire apparatus responding in a timely manner to both fire and EMS calls.

Response Times

NFPA 1710 Response Guidelines:


▪ One minute (60 seconds) for dispatch ▪ One minute (60 seconds) for turnout time ▪ Four minutes (240 seconds) or less for the arrival of the first-arriving engine company at a fire suppression incident and/or 8 minutes (480 seconds) or less for the deployment of a full first alarm assignment at a fire suppression incident (15-17 Firefighters) ▪ Four minutes (240 seconds) or less for the arrival of a unit with first responder or higher level capability at an emergency medical incident ▪ Eight minutes (480 seconds) or less for the arrival of an advanced life support unit at an emergency medical incident, where this service is provided by the fire department ▪ The fire department shall establish a performance objective of not less than 90 percent for the achievement of each response time objective.

Three Segments of Response Time Call Processing:

Turn Out:



Time from alarm to responding

Active driving to the scene

Response time is a measure of how quickly we can respond to your emergency. Our goal is to be on the scene of an ambulance call in under 4 minutes and a fire call in under 6 minutes.

The Orland Fire District has continued to increase the number of incidents to which it responds over the past ten years. Incident volume has increased 19% from 2007 to 2016 and 3% over the previous year. The graph shows a decrease in 2008 and 2009 which was due to commercial building owners changing from a telephone line connection for their fire alarm to a radio alarm connection. This change has resulted in a reduction of false alarms as well as reduced expense for business owners.

Ten Year Call History

8,388 8,298



8,393 8,515 8,036 8,155









OFPD Location Response 6,000 5,000

Residential Units


Commercial/Mercantile 4,000



Educational Facility


Outdoor, Roadways, Walk-ins



1,038 454





Health Care and Detention Facilities Assemblies

OFPD By the Numbers



9,103 9,263

OFPD Location Response Residential Units

7% 8%

Educational Facility Other


Commercial/Mercantile 55% 13%

Outdoor, Roadways, Walk-ins Health Care and Detention Facilities

5% Assemblies 1%




2,500 2,000 1,500









OFPD By the Numbers

Assist Physically Disabled



Assistance, Other

Emergency Provide Provide Basic Provide First Medical Advanced Life Life Support Aid & Check Services, Support (ALS) (BLS) for Injuries other



60 50 40 30 20 10 0


11 11 1










10 2





Currently the Orland Fire Protection District staffs a minimum of five Ambulance crews, four Engine companies and two Truck companies daily; all staffed by Paramedics with Advanced Life Support equipment.


Staffed by 2 Paramedics  Advanced Life Support  12 Lead Cardiac Monitor Primary Function: Provide advanced life support medical service; life-saving medications

 Carries Manpower  Ladders, Fire Pump, Water, Tools

Primary Function: Rescues; ventilation; support the fire engine crew

Fire Engine

 Carries Manpower  Fire Pump, Hose, Water, Tools Primary Function: Extinguish the fire

OFPD By the Numbers

Fire Truck

Why Do We Send an Ambulance and a Fire Truck to Medical Emergencies? The Orland Fire Protection District utilizes a Computer Aided Dispatch system that identifies the closest available unit in order to respond as quickly as possible to each emergency. All of our units are staffed with paramedics and equipped to provide Advanced Life Support. This flexibility on response provides the best medical care to those in need. The dynamic response platform may result in a fire truck arriving before or in conjunction with an ambulance for medical emergencies. Regardless who arrives first, the combination of units brings up to five paramedics to each emergency. If the emergency does not warrant all of the paramedics, the extra paramedics return, leaving the appropriate amount of help needed to address the situation.



Working Fires 2016 12/25/16 12/14/16 11/3/16 10/8/16 9/03/16

Building Building Building Building Building

Fire Fire Fire Fire Fire


Building Fire

16700 Block of Haven Avenue

8/24/16 7/24/16 7/19/16

Building Fire Building Fire Building Fire

15700 Block of Ravinia Avenue 15300 Block of Treetop Drive 15600 Block of Westminster Drive


Building Fire

9900 Block of El Cameno Real Drive

7/03/16 7/01/16 6/12/16 5/15/16 5/15/16 5/01/16

Building Building Building Building Building Building

14000 Block of Persimmon Drive 15700 Block of Ravinia Avenue 14200 Block of Wolf Road 14300 Block of Woodland Avenue 17200 Block of Lakebrook Drive 8800 Block of Meadowview Drive


Building Fire

14600 Block of John Humphrey Drive


Building Fire

15200 Block of Huntington Court


Building Fire

9100 Block of Lincoln Court


Building Fire

8800 Block of 167th Place

2/25/16 2/24/16

Building Fire Building Fire

8900 Block of Clearview Drive 9200 Block of 162nd Street

2/14/16 2/09/16 1/15/16

Building Fire Building Fire Building Fire

17200 Block of Deer Trail 17600 Block of Greenfield Court 14800 Block of Oakcreek Court

Fire Fire Fire Fire fire Fire

14100 Block of Michael Drive 9800 Block of Treetop Drive 15700 Block of Deerfield Court 16100 Block of Quail Court 11200 Block of Cameron Parkway

RED SHIFT On January 14, 2016 at approximately 3:15 p.m., three people were taken to hospitals after an accident at 135th Street and 88th Avenue. Firefighters extricated two trauma patients from the wreckage, with assistance from the Palos Fire Protection District. Two persons were taken to Christ Hospital for treatment and are reported in good condition. A third victim was taken to Palos Community Hospital for treatment, also in good condition.

GOLD SHIFT On January 15, 2016, OFPD personnel were dispatched to the 14800 Block of Oakcreek Court for a possible fire called in by homeowner. Fire units arrived with smoke showing from the front door. Initial crews moved quickly to locate and extinguish the fire in the walls and above the ceiling in the lower level. Homeowners were home at the time of fire. The fire originated in the wall between the garage and lower level. The cause was ruled accidental from the homeowner repairing frozen pipes. There were no injuries.

GOLD SHIFT On February 14, 2016, a family escaped a near tragedy in the 17200 block of Deer Trail with a minor injury and minor damage to their home. Just before 5 p.m., a new hover board was plugged in for the first time in a family room outlet. Shortly after, there were several explosions that shot burning pieces of the hover board across the room. A window shade and part of the couch had started burning but were extinguished by the homeowners. The fire was out on arrival of the Orland Fire District but they did use power fans to clear the house of smoke. Smoke detectors were operational and alerted other family members to the fire. One person was evaluated but did not want to be transported to the hospital. 32

BLACK SHIFT On February 24, 2016 at 20:36 hours, the Orland Fire Protection District responded to a significant fire in the 9200 Block of 162nd Street. Upon arrival at the scene, crews encountered heavy fire in a rear bedroom and throughout the attic space. The homeowners were out of the building on arrival of the first fire companies. The fire was brought under control in about an hour. No one was injured on the scene but the building sustained heavy fire damage and was uninhabitable. The cause of the fire was being investigated.

GOLD SHIFT On April 5, 2016, OFPD personnel responded to a fire alarm activation at a senior housing facility in the 14600 block of John Humphry Drive, due to the sprinkler system operating. The initial crews reported a water flow alarm and investigated to find smoke in the basement with water flowing from a sprinkler head. A fire extinguisher was used to completely extinguish the smoldering material. The smoke that was confined to the basement and workshop area was removed by firefighters using power fans. Because the fire was controlled quickly no residents had to be moved or evacuated and normal operations were maintained throughout the incident. All floors were evaluated for hazards and deemed safe. Fire damage was limited to a desk and items on the shelves above.

On May 1, 2016 OFPD personnel responded to a call around 1:25 p.m. after a fire damaged a garage at a residence in the 8800 block of Meadowview Drive in Orland Hills. Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke conditions in the building. The fire damage was limited to the garage area of the home, which is where the fire is thought to have started. No injuries were reported.




On May 3, 2016 at approximately 8:15 p.m. OFPD personnel responded to a report of a collision in the 9200 Block of 167th Street. Two vehicles collided head-on at a high speed and two people were transported .


BLACK SHIFT On August 10, 2016 at approximately 11:30 p.m. OFPD personnel responded to an accident at 167th & LaGrange Road. The two-car accident closed two directions of traffic at the 167th Street and LaGrange Road intersection, and resulted in injuries. The cars were heading north and south on LaGrange Road when they struck head on. The two drivers were taken to Silver Cross Hospital for non life-threatening injuries. No one else was in the vehicles.

RED SHIFT The Orland Fire Protection District used a hook-and-ladder truck (Tuesday, August 23, 2016) to rescue a village employee who became sick while working on one of the village’s water towers near 147th and 88th Avenue in Orland Park. The employee had climbed up the water tower’s internal ladder system of steps and platforms to the top when he reported that he was sick and unable to come down on his own. The Orland Fire Protection District sent the Hook and Ladder truck to the scene and used a “tower ladder” with a basket just before 2 p.m. to remove the employee through an escape hatch located on the bottom of the tower “bulb.” Firefighters also set up a system to ease him down the inside ladder which consisted of several hundred steps and platforms. Firefighters determined the tower ladder would be the safest and most efficient way to extract the individual through the escape hatch located about 75 feet above ground.


BLACK SHIFT On September 3, 2016, a fire was reported at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Cameron Parkway. Firefighters observed smoke and fire in a second-floor bedroom window. One person had to be rescued after returning to the burning building and was transported to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox for undisclosed injuries. A second person was evaluated at the scene but not transported. A report that a second person was unaccounted for proved to be untrue after firefighters did a search of the four units. The fire was extinguished in about 20 minutes, with assistance from the Mokena and Homer Township Fire Protection Districts. Fire damage was limited to one unit, which was deemed uninhabitable..

RED SHIFT On September 10, 2016 at approximately 12:35 a.m., OFPD Firefighters and Paramedics responded to an accident in a construction zone involving an auto and a pickup in the 10400 block of 159th Street. A woman, believed to be in her early 20s, was pinned inside the auto and two other people, a male and a female, were in the pickup. The rescue efforts to extricate the woman took about 15 minutes, and all three victims were taken to Silver Cross Hospital. The accident was a head-on high-speed crash.

BLACK SHIFT On December 14, 2016 at 6:21 p.m., crews were dispatched to the 9800 block of Treetop Drive for a fire in a three story six unit apartment building. Upon arrival crews found heavy fire in a third floor unit that had extended to the attic. All occupants had exited the building prior to arrival. Heavy fire damage was sustained in that third floor unit and the attic space. Water and other damage was heavy throughout the rest of the building. This fire went to a box alarm and the fire was controlled with the help of many of our surrounding communities. The fire is currently under investigation and the building was tagged as uninhabitable for occupancy by the Orland Park Building Department. One firefighter was treated at the scene for a minor injury.



On December 25, 2016 Orland firefighters were called to the 14100 block of Michael Drive on Christmas night for a problem with a fireplace. Firefighters arrived within three minutes of receiving a 9-1-1 call from the resident just after 8:30 p,m. First arriving units reported heavy smoke from the garage with a fire in the back of the garage. Walls, chimney, and ceiling were quickly opened to expose the hidden fire and extinguish it in about ten minutes. Fire damage was limited to the inside of the frame chimney and some openings adjacent to it. The residents were home at the time of the fire and escaped without injury. Orland Fire was assisted by Palos Fire as several other neighboring departments covered the Orland stations. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Orland Fire Protection District provides mutual aid to and receives mutual aid from other fire departments. Along with handling incidents within our own jurisdiction, Orland Fire is regularly requested to assist surrounding agencies with their incidents. The request may be to cover a fire station for subsequent incidents or to assist with personnel and equipment on the scene. A single incident can be taxing to the resources of any fire department which has resulted in mutual-aid agreements pre-arranging the assistance prior to an incident and specifying who responds with what personnel, apparatus and equipment. The Orland Fire Protection District is a member of MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) Division 19.

2016 Mutual Aid Given Includes:

Country Club Hills Fire Department

Crestwood Fire Department

Frankfort Fire District

Homer Township Fire District

Lemont Fire District

Lockport Fire District

Mokena Fire District

New Lenox Fire District

Oak Forest Fire Department

Oak Lawn Fire Department

Palos Fire District

Palos Heights Fire District

Tinley Park Fire Department

Mutual Aid

2016 Mutual Aid Received Includes:

Country Club Hills Fire Department

Frankfort Fire District

Homer Township Fire District

Lemont Fire District

Mokena Fire District

Morris Fire Protection District

Northwest Homer FPD

Oak Forest Fire Department

Palos Fire District

Tinley Park Fire Department

New Lenox Fire District Palos Heights Fire District


Orland Fire District has over 100 Paramedics that maintain certifications in various medical disciplines that exceed the Illinois Department of Public Health requirements. Some of the additional certifications and descriptions are:

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training focuses on the treatment of cardiac arrest, stroke and other life threatening medical emergencies, as well as the skills to deploy advanced interventions.

Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is recognized globally as the leading educational program for prehospital emergency trauma care.

Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) provides comprehensive instruction for the emergency care of infants and children.

EMS Supervisor Lieutenant Mark Duke

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

EMS training is conducted utilizing our state-of-the-art simulation lab. Every type of stressful and difficult medical or traumatic situation can be recreated through simulation. Skills and abilities are built and knowledge gained through this hands-on teaching and learning environment. OFPD’s highly-trained medical personnel respond in Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances and ALS fire apparatus. When you call for help, the closest available ambulance and fire apparatus is dispatched simultaneously which ensures help is arriving as soon as possible. Advanced technologies are brought to every emergency. One of those technologies are cardiac monitors that can transmit your 12 Lead ECG to the hospital so the appropriate care may be assembled prior to your arrival there. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), commonly used to treat sleep apnea, is utilized prehospital for the treatment of acute respiratory failure and may preclude the need for the patient to be intubated and placed on a ventilator. Other advanced technologies include video laryngoscopes and Intra-osseous drills that save time when seconds count and life is in the balance. Power assisted cots and ergonomically designed stair chairs make patient movement and transition of care less stressful for the patient while providing a measure of safety for our personnel.

Orland Fire District provides unequalled emergency medical services delivered by the best trained paramedics utilizing technologically advanced equipment.

Transports by Hospital Hospital


Advocate Christ Medical Center Palos Community Hospital Silver Cross Emergency Care

9 409 10 4

EMS Calls Breakdown


2% 4% Trauma 9%





Respiratory Stroke/CVA

Average Patient Age 1,400 1,200 939

1,000 800 525

600 200 -


1,156 1,035

750 585 454

251 286



91 27 2,134 903 3 945 34 11

Silver Cross Hospital South Suburban Hospital Other



72 72 111



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Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can be defined as cessation of cardiac mechanical activity, as confirmed by the absence of signs of circulation. Approximately 23% of SCA victims present with an initial rhythm of Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) or Ventricular Tachycardia (VT) that is an unorganized heartbeat. Survival rates of over 50% can be obtained with early chest compressions (CPR) and electrical shock (defibrillation) of VF or VT. Every minute that CPR is not being performed and no defibrillator is available decreases the victims’ chance of survival by 10%. Nearly 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the home where no defibrillator is available but CPR can be initiated while help is on the way. The median age for out of hospital cardiac arrest is 66 years of age.

In 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 19.1% of the Orland Park Community was 65 years of age or older. Over the next 16 years, it is estimated that the over 65 population will make up over 30% of the Orland Park population. The Community Cardiac Arrest Rescue Enterprise (CARE) addresses the emerging trend, saving lives by engaging the entire community.

Orland Fire Protection District has a 47% VF save rate for 2016 and a 4 year VF save rate of 39.8%

Chain of Survival What we know for certain is that successful treatment of cardiac arrest and particularly VF is associated with quick delivery of care. The chain of survival with its 5 links of early 9-1-1 access, early CPR, early defibrillation, early advanced care and early post resuscitative care illustrates the most critical elements of addressing sudden cardiac arrest.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

A recent report from the American Heart Association suggests the incidence of out-ofhospital cardiac arrest is 326,200. The average survival rate is 10.6% and survival with good neurologic function is 8.3%. Nearly one in three victims survives when the arrest is witnessed by a bystander.


Illinois Heart Rescue In the spirit of our cardiac arrest life-saving program “Cardiac Arrest Rescue Enterprise” (“ C.A.R.E.”) Orland Fire District provides support to Illinois Heart Rescue (ILHR) with help from Laerdal Medical to provide Resuscitation Academies to all areas of Illinois.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

In 2016, ILHR held Resuscitation Academies in Springfield, Glenview “NIPSTA” and Peoria. The day begins with Science and CPR updates followed by an overview of the successful resuscitation program that Orland paramedics provide. Breakout sessions are provided to educate participants about Dispatch Assisted CPR, High Performance CPR and Pre-Hospital Temperature Management of resuscitated patients. The most important step in a successful resuscitation is bystander CPR. It cannot be overstressed how important it is to learn CPR. Orland Fire District provides monthly CPR classes, as well as training on request from businesses, schools, faith-based and community groups. Hundreds of laypersons and healthcare workers are trained by Orland Fire District annually. Check our website or call the main number for information on CPR classes. Orland paramedics receive countless hours of training each year. In addition, Orland EMS provides training opportunities for other Fire Departments, police, EMS agencies and hospital staff, and 2016 was no exception.

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Life Guard Training at Centennial Pool

Every spring, at the beginning of swim season, Orland paramedics conduct training with lifeguards from Centennial Pool. Medical emergencies, pool extrication, immobilization of patients with suspected neck or spine injuries and CPR are the usual topics of the training.


Resident Physician Training for Advocate Christ Medical Center In October, 2016, Orland hosted nearly 50 resident physicians from Advocate Christ Medical Center. This event has been taking place every 3 years, over approximately 15 years. After introductions, the groups were sent to different stations to experience the patient care perspective from the paramedic responders’ view. They extricated a patient that was pinned under a vehicle, performed confined space rescue, provided an advanced airway to patients trapped in a vehicle, assessed and treated a trauma patient while being hindered by low light, smoke and noise and extricated a patients hand from a meat grinder and a machine.

It is important for us to conduct training based on best practice models for worst case scenarios, utilizing simulation. We don’t want to think that bad things will happen here, but we must be prepared. We continue to train with Orland police in the event that lives must be saved while they provide protection to our paramedics.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Active Threat Training with Orland Police and Orland Fire


Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

EMS Awards Luncheon


Every year Silver Cross Hospital acknowledges calls that are nominated for outstanding performance and patient outcome. 2016 was no exception and while not everyone nominated was available to attend, those that did enjoyed the afternoon, the food and the thanks for a job well done. Pictured: EMS Supervisor Lt. Mark Duke, Battalion Chief Nick Cinquepalmi, Fire Chief Mike Schofield, Battalion Chief Greg Ferro, Lt. Joe Moore, Lt. Larry Wishba, Firefighter Larry Warszlak

EMS Appreciation Week The OFPD held it’s annual EMS Provider Appreciation Barbecues over a 3-day period (5/25 to 5/27), to thank each shift of our sworn personnel, as well as local EMS providers, who all provide exceptional emergency services to the community. EMS Supervisor Lt. Mark Duke did the grilling with help from members of the Fire Prevention Bureau.

Cook County Overdose Prevention Program To establish guidelines and regulations governing the distribution and utilization of EVZIOÂŽ, the auto-injector form of Naloxone, to police departments throughout Cook County with the objective of reducing the number of fatalities due to opioid overdoses. EVZIO is a prescription medicine used in adults and children for the treatment of an opioid emergency such as an overdose or a possible opioid overdose with signs of breathing problems and severe sleepiness or not being able to respond. EVZIO is to be given right away and does not take the place of emergency medical care. Get emergency medical help right away after the first dose of EVZIO, even if the person wakes up. It is safe and effective in children for known or suspected opioid overdose. It is used to temporarily reverse the effects of opioid medicines.

EMS Supervisor Mark Duke, and OFPD IT Tech Mike Angel provide training on the use of the auto injector EVZIO for the treatment of an opioid emergency

Below is the list of Police Departments, Forest Preserves, and Universities taking part in the program. We have administered 20 different cases and saved 17 lives thus far with this program.

Willow Springs PD

Rolling Meadows PD

Homestead PD

Palos PD

St. Xavier University

Lincolnwood PD

Hillside PD

University Park PD

County Cook PD

Golf PD

Lansing PD

Westchester PD

Berkeley PD

Lyons PD

Hometown PD

Chicago Ridge PD

La Grange PD

Olympia Fields PD

Oak Forest PD

Chicago Heights PD

North Riverside PD

Park Ridge PD

Glenwood PD

South Holland PD

Countryside PD

Palos Heights PD

Burnham PD

Park Forest PD

Westchester PD

Hardwood Heights PD

Thornton PD

Northfield PD

Melrose Park PD

Riverside PD

Lynwood PD

Skokie PD

Schiller Park PD

Palos Hills PD

Midlothian PD

Orland Hills PD

Oak Park PD

Blue Island PD

Steger PD

Worth PD

FP of Cook County

Posen PD

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

With the help of Cook County (17th District) Commissioner Sean Morrison, we have a developed a policy which provides training to the police departments throughout Cook County. Commissioner Morrison and the Orland Fire Protection District applied for the grant to help with the epidemic of overdoses throughout Cook County. Training is provided by Orland Fire Protection District and meets all guidelines. This program is recognized by the Illinois Department of Services Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. To learn more about the Public Act 096-0361 go to


MISSION The Orland Fire Protection District Division of Training is organized to provide the highest quality training and education to all of our members. We will provide realistic, relevant, and referenced training to ensure skill proficiency in all facets of our profession.

Lieutenant David Piper Training Supervisor

The Orland Fire Protection District Training Division has worked diligently to develop a training program to ensure that we provide an all-hazards training curriculum. Our program encompasses initial training and continuing education for our members in many different areas covering any type of incident we may encounter.


Orland Fire Protection District has adopted the certification program offered through the Illinois State Fire Marshal Office (OSFM). The OSFM certification program outlines a standard curriculum to be delivered for each discipline or class. The classes taught and utilized for training at OFPD are:

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Basic Operations Firefighter Advanced Technical Firefighter Arson Investigator Company Fire Officer Advanced Fire Officer Chief Fire Officer Instructor I, II, & III Fire Service Vehicle Operator Fire Apparatus Engineer Hazardous Materials Operations Hazardous Material Technician Technical Rescue Awareness Structural Collapse Operations Structural Collapse Technician Trench Operations Trench Technician Rope Operations Rope Technician Vehicle Machinery Operations Vehicle Machinery Technician Water Operations Water Technician

The initial courses are varying in length from twenty hours to one hundred twenty hours. Once a member has passed the course and OSFM state exam, they will receive a certificate for that discipline or course. The certified member will use the OFPD training program to maintain their skills and proficiency for each certification or discipline area. The Orland Fire Protection District training program had a very productive year in training. Our firefighters logged over twenty-six thousand hours of training averaging over two-hundred and fifty hours per firefighter. Our training is guided by the Illinois State Fire Marshal, Secretary of State, Occupational Health and Safety Association, National Fire Protection Agency and local and federal statutes. The OFPD training program is


designed to meet both the mission of the district as well as the training division. We assure the each firefighter receives training in the following areas.

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Firefighter Training Driver Training Hazardous Material Training Officer Training Special Rescue Training Live Fire Training Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus General Compliance Training

The ability to provide the highest quality training to our members is the cornerstone of our training program so Orland Firefighter / Paramedic professionals maintain the highest level of skill proficiency and provide the very best possible service to our residents.

Special Rescue Training

OFPD has partnered with Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI), the state fire academy to provide training to the area. The partnership with IFSI provides an avenue to deliver high-quality training to the local area. The courses delivered at Orland Regional Training Facility allow Orland Firefighter/Paramedics to attend certification courses and provide an opportunity for other local departments to train at our state -of-the-art training facility.

Orland Fire Protection District is an all hazards fire department. When an emergency happens within the district and someone calls 911, we respond with highly-trained professional Firefighter/Paramedics. Our training on all types of emergencies is vital to our ability to serve the residents of the Orland Fire Protection District. Our special rescue training includes, trench, rope, collapse, confined space, and other special types of emergencies.


IFSI Training

Illinois American Water Grant This generous grant from IL American Water allows us to purchase a trench simulation for our Training Center. This will greatly assist the Orland Fire Protection District in training and preparing not only our Orland firefighters, but many other surrounding areas’ firefighters as well. The simulation will allow us to train firefighters’ critical decision-making skills in a safe “ environment. With this equipment, we can train in mitigating emergency incidents at a much higher level—giving them an experience that is realistic and relevant.”

Lieutenant David Piper Training Officer

Natalee Cedillo and Tom Harrell of Illinois American Water presenting Chief Schofield with the $700 Grant check on 12/15/16


Incident Command Training


Since our Command Training Center (CTC) opened in 2010, we have trained over one thousand incident commanders from around the country. The CTC uses high-fidelity simulations to train incident commanders in how to manage an incident safely and efficiently. We continue to develop more simulations, train more incident commanders and provide quality continuing education for current incident commanders.


MABAS 19 Training Light -n- Fight Incident Command Training OFPD and surrounding departments train together in the event there is an event that requires more than one agency to respond. Orland Regional training facility was utilized for one of these training events. Each of the departments within our Mutual Aid Box Alarm Division 19 (MABAS 19) send one company to the training event. A scenario is developed and the company respond and work together to mitigate the incident. The ability to bring departments together enhances our interoperability and cohesiveness in the event a real emergency incident happens.

Training Facility The goal for the Orland Fire Protection District Regional Training Facility is to provide our people with the most realistic training environment while maintaining a high degree of safety. The district strives to provide our companies with the opportunity to train on all the hazards that might be encountered each and every day we respond to emergency incidents. The Orland Fire Protection District utilizes the Illinois State Fire Marshal Certification Program as a guide to develop and deliver our training program. Our training facility provides a means to maintain a high level of proficiency in our “All Hazards Response� of service delivery. The Orland Regional Training Facility is continually looking to provide quality training in fire, rescue, emergency medical services, fire prevention and education and specialized rescue. 2016 saw the completion of our special rescue prop. The prop allow us the ability to train on confined space, rope and high angle rescue, Hazardous Materials and many other scenarios. A grant provided funding to add an additional fire hydrant on the training ground to facilitate different scenarios and ability to run multiple scenarios simultaneously. The grant funding also allowed for the resurfacing and replacement of the training grounds.


Heavy Extrication Class OFPD is continuously looking for ways to provide high-quality training to all of its members and other local emergency responders. A heavy extrication class sponsored by Genesis Rescue Systems was an opportunity for area emergency responders to learn and train on various rescue emergencies.


Water Rescue & Recovery MABAS 19 Dive Team The Orland Fire District has 10 members that are part of the MABAS 19 /22 Water Rescue and Recovery Team. Our team responds to all water related incidents involving rescue or recovery within the Mabas 19/22 jurisdiction and beyond on an as needed basis. Our primary goal for 2016 focused on new diver certification training, general scenario based team training, sonar training, maintaining current equipment thru annual equipment inspections, service and replacement.

Firefighter Edgar Tums

Specialty Teams

The following are some highlights for 2016:

Responded to 9 incidents

Training conducted twice a month and consisted of the following:

Over 300 hours of training (Orland team members)

Annual Swim Test and SCUBA skills review

Scenario based training sessions (surface and subsurface)

Surface Supplied Air training

Swift Water Technician training (Fox River)

Underwater Evidence Recovery training

Ice Diver training

Sonar training, Sector Scan (Kongsberg Sonar),Side Scan, Down Imaging (Hummingbird)

Firefighter Ritchie does a dive demonstration At the OFPD annual In 2016, our newest Orland team members: Marty Majda, Matt Delestowicz Open House

and Mark Hogan completed their diver certification training. All three trained hard throughout the year and have achieved 6 different certifications: Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Public Safety Diver (ERDI 1 and ERDI 2). These classes took approximately 8 months to complete, which included bookwork, classroom, pool training and open water training. Congratulations to all three on their achievement! In 2016, we also had an introduction class on sonar technology for team members and first responders and started to establish a sonar response team utilizing our first responders. This program is still a work-in-progress for 2017.

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will focus on scenario based training, swift water training, sonar training and equipment maintenance.

Technical Rescue Team The Orland Fire Protection District Technical Rescue Team was dispatched to 6 incidents in 2016. One incident consisted of rescuing a Village of Orland employee from atop the Water Tower off of 143rd Street.

Water tower rescue

The remaining responses in the district were for vehicles that had impacted structures causing a partial collapse of the structure. The services provided at the vehicle versus structure incidents, were to assess the structural damage and construct the appropriate shoring system. These actions allowed the residents to continue to occupy the structure until permanent repairs could be made.

Firefighter Tom Panzica

1670 and NFPA 1006 compliance. The Orland Fire Protection District's technical rescue team and its members continue to be leaders in the area of technical rescue throughout state and Chicagoland area.

One other challenge the Technical Rescue team faces is the CART Central board has developed a standard training program to assure that all Central board technical rescue teams stay proficient in all disciplines at the Technician Level. This is a 3-year training program based on achieving approximately 100 hours of training within each of the 10 disciplines. The changes in the 2017 training requirements put forth by the Central board, brings forth a financial challenge. We as a team will have to be creative with our training to achieve these requirements. Our new members have obtained 720 hours of grant funded training through the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF). The training was in OSFM certification rescue courses. We were able to recoup tuition, salaries and any back fill overtime.

Specialty Teams

The Orland Fire Protection District Technical Rescue Team faces many challenges logistically on an annual basis. The Technical Rescue Team is made up of multiple disciplines. Each of the disciplines requires an array of different tools. All of the tools need to be maintained and updated both for efficiency and the safety of the operator. We have been very fortunate to be able to acquire a valuable cache of equipment in order to serve the citizens of the district and provide for the safety of the team members. Over the past few years, the team has been placed in a difficult situation by the team having to respond to incidents and training with trailers. The trailer situation brought a whole new challenge to the team, because the members had to obtain a higher classification of drivers’ license than the rest of the fire district members. To overcome this challenge, the team has all achieved their Class A Non CDL license. However, this means that only twenty-one firefighters can drive the squad to the scene of an incident.

Received 720 hours of training in OSFM Rescue Courses Trained over 840 hours. Training consisted of:

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2016 High Line Validation Constructed shoring systems for building collapse Shored live intersecting trenches Breeched concrete at the Lombard Company and Orland Training site using electric and hydraulic hammers and saws Performed Confined Space Rescue Performed High Angle Rope Rescue Trench vacuum and air knife use All Blue Team drills were mutual aid training exercises with the CART Black Team. Mutual aid drill on concrete breaching and breaking with MABAS Division 21 Validated 21 team members in Rope Technical Rescue – High Line during annual C.A.R.T. validation. Completed training and certified four members in various rescue courses to the technician level. These members are now trained to the technician level in all disciplines of technical rescue. This moves our organization to our objective of NFPA. The Orland Fire Protection District's technical rescue team and its members continue to be leaders in the area of technical rescue throughout state and Chicagoland area. 47

Hazardous Materials Team Member Training 

Technician Classes at Orland FPD run by the Illinois Fire Service Institute:

Technician A 45 hours: Lt Purtill and FFs Paliga, Siefert, Flavin, Agle, Panzica Technician B 40 hours: Lt. Purtill and FFs Paliga, Siefert, Flavin, Agle, Panzica, Jones

Lieutenant Joe Moore

Explosives Injury Class: Lt. Fontana attended the two day class on explosive injuries, hosted at Malcolm X College and run by the Texas AM Engineering Extension Program

Flammable Liquids Class by Rail

FF Paliga, FF Giermala and FF Agle, attended the CN Rail Class at Lockport

Southwest Hazardous Materials Response Team (SWHMRT)

Specialty Teams

SWHMRT Drills            

January - Fit / Suit Test February - Meter Review March - CN Rail April - Mock Incident at Lemont May - Citgo Visit May - Leak Monster June - Decon at Lockport September - Rail at Alsip September - Meet/Greet with MABAS 24/27 at Orland October - Decon with Dive Team November - Science at Homer Fire December - Review and Planning

Level A Pipe-patching evolution

SWHMRT Responses 3 Advisory Responses:

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January - Blue Island (Industrial Building Fire) March - Lemont (Tanker Roll over) October - Crestwood (Chlorine Leak)

Chlorine Kit Training

SWHMRT Deployment to Marseilles Members of Orland FPD with the SWHMRT deployed in a Statewide Exercise to Marseilles Illinois on June 20th to June 21st. A 24 hour operation of a 10 person SWHMRT with a 10 person CART team and 5 person US&R ILTF-1 support element. Operations went well and much was learned by operating together at the National Guard Base overnight.

Western Shelter Air Conditioner Repair A cooperative effort was done between MABAS, SWHMRT and Orland FPD to repair the AC unit for the Western Shelter used on the Marseilles Deployment.


Drum Response Evolution

Hazardous Materials Orland Fire Protection District Team Orland - Natural Gas Leak on West Ave 8/29/16 Spiller Pays report generated to recover some cost from the long response to a 3-4" Natural Gas line struck by construction company on West Ave. Assisted Police and NICOR with protecting the area while work was done to repair the line.

Orland Team Drills 

January 29 - Level A Dressing Drill

April 29 - 306/406 Review and Drill

September 30 - Level A Dressing Drill / Science

December 2 - Year Review and Planning for 2017, Review of Monitoring

Orland Department Drills Product Control Drill - May

Foam Drill - July

Mass Decon - September HazMat Team Drill at Station 3

Types of Calls 

Carbon Monoxide Calls: 121

Natural Gas Leaks Inside and Outside: 87

Hazardous Spills or Leaks: 30

Hazardous Conditions: 12

Air Monitoring

Foam Operations Drill

New 4 Gas Meters, Q RAE3s

Deployment and change over to new 4 Gas Meters - RAE Systems: QRAE 3. Training and operation on the new meter and calibration station was accomplished in January. The new meters are on all first responding apparatus, BC Car, CART Trailer and Haz Mat Squad

New Single Gas Meters, Toxi RAEs

Deployment of CO Meters on Ambulances 2,3,4,5 and 6. This will allow for quicker analysis if CO is a contributing factor to a call for an illness in a home or business

Specialty Teams

HazMat Team Demonstration at OFPD Open House—Dressing and Leak Monster


The Orland Fire Protection District’s (OFPD) Support Service Bureau consists of six specialized areas committed to aggressively maintaining the Fire District’s buildings, vehicles and equipment. Safety, reliability and readiness are priorities as well as running a cost-effective and efficient maintenance operation. Support Service encompasses the maintenance and repair of OFPD: Facilities, Fleet Vehicles, SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus), Tools, Equipment and Hose, as well as the procurement and distribution of various supplies.

Support Services Lieutenant Jim Hynes

We take no shortcuts when working on any OFPD emergency vehicles, buildings or equipment. Emergency equipment is very unique, extremely complex and quite challenging to maintain and repair. Given the nature of the fire service, this equipment is subject to extreme and less than ideal operating conditions which not only result in significant wear and tear but demand a very high and specialized level of technical skill. Orland Fire Protection District technicians possess a keen knowledge and understanding of auto and truck, mechanical, emission control and fuel injection

Support Services

systems, in addition to welding, fabrication, building maintenance, HVAC systems, multi-phase commercial electrical systems and communication systems. What sets our people apart is their level of expertise with the technical intricacies specific to fire, EMS, emergency equipment and building systems and maintenance. All equipment is serviced regularly and thoroughly maintained as part of the Orland Fire Protection District’s Preventive-Maintenance Program. About the program:  Reduces costly breakdowns and increases reliability  Staffed with trained, certified, highly-skilled and very valued technicians  Fleet of 60 pieces of fire apparatus, ambulances, specialty equipment and support vehicles combined  Six fire stations, Headquarters building, Fleet Maintenance building and three Training buildings  Utilizes a cost-conscious, cost-effective, common sense approach  Ongoing initiative to exceed operational demands and increase efficiency  Pride and professionalism are the expectation  Safe work practices and safe equipment are a must The Support Service Bureau provides behind the scenes services that are essential to effective Fire, EMS, and Rescue Operations. Serving the community is the privilege of every Orland Fire Protection District employee, not only those responding to fires, EMS calls or other emergencies, but also those people behind the scenes repairing our facilities and fire apparatus, in addition to performing other essential functions. In the end, every Orland Fire Protection District employee fulfills a vital role that allows our organization to help others in times of need. Helping others is truly our privilege.

Facility Maintenance General Repairs – The OFPD employs 1 full-time and 2 part-time building maintenance technicians with extensive backgrounds in HVAC, plumbing, electrical and building maintenance systems. Most repairs are handled in house which allows us to address issues in a prompt, efficient manner which keeps costs down and minimizes any impact to operations. Roof Replacements were performed in 2016 at Stations 2, 3 and 4 – Many of our facilities are approaching 30 years of age and in the case of Station 2, 36 years of age, which warranted the replacement of the roofing materials due to age and wear. The roofs at Stations 3 and 4 were 30 and 27 years old respectfully. A competitive bid process was used in addition to a thorough check of references and interviews to select roofing contractors. All work performed carries extensive warranties and received certification from the roofing material manufacturer upon completion. Station 4 Floor Coating - Our Fire Stations have quartz floor systems in each of the apparatus bays. The apparatus bay floor at station 4 needed replacement in 2016. A competitive bid process was used to select the flooring contractor and a new, quartz, slip-resistant floor was installed. Station 2 Concrete Apron Repair – The concrete driveway apron at Station 2 was repaired in 2016. Cracked, defective portions of the concrete apron were removed and replaced with new concrete. Station 3 Driveway Repair – A portion of the asphalt driveway at Station 3 was torn out and replaced with concrete to prevent the reoccurring failures that we had experienced with asphalt. A competitive bid process was used to select the contractor.


Extensive improvements to our training campus were completed in 2016. These include:

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Resurfacing of the parking lot and driveway Installation of a 6” water main and fire hydrant Completion of structural rescue simulator Replacement of glass block windows in OFPD Training Center. Numerous glass blocks had cracked leaving expensive training equipment exposed to the weather. We received bids of over $50,000 to replace these windows. However we used OFPD personnel to replace the broken windows for less than $20,000.

Fleet Maintenance General Repair and Maintenance – The OFPD employs two ASE certified technicians who maintain approximately 60 pieces of equipment. All OFPD fire apparatus, ambulances, and support vehicles are serviced at regular intervals in addition to annual certifications and testing. OFPD vehicles are extremely well maintained which is imperative given the need for 100% reliability and the severe duty associated with emergency response.

These ambulances are state-of-the-art and provide the latest safety and patient care features. A rechassied unit uses an existing patient care module (rear of the ambulance) which is totally refurbished, completely upgraded and placed on a new cut-away van chassis providing a new engine, transmission, tires, brakes, etc.. This process provides nearly the same end product as buying a new ambulance at a $40,000 cost savings. We did purchase a new ambulance due to the lack of a suitable patient care module for a rechassis and secondly because buying new ambulances on regular intervals while also using a rechassis program provides for a balanced, reliable fleet.

Support Services

Delivery of 1 new and 2 Rechassied Ambulances

In 2016, the Orland Fire Protection District donated a 1999, Pierce, Fire Engine to the Moraine Valley Fire Academy. This unit served the OFPD for many years and was replaced by a new fire engine earlier in the year. In addition to installing MVCC lettering and graphics, the OFPD Fleet Maintenance Bureau performed a very thorough inspection and made numerous repairs to this vehicle prior to it being donated . This vehicle will help train hundreds of future firefighters and was dedicated to Fallen Firefighter Dan Capuano of the Chicago Fire Department, who had attended the MVCC Fire Academy during the 1990’s.


The Orland Fire Protection District donated a 2005 Ford Expedition to the Robbins Fire Department, which will be used as a command vehicle. This vehicle was replaced by a new vehicle and was due for retirement. The OFPD Fleet Maintenance Bureau thoroughly inspected and repaired this vehicle prior to being donated. The OFPD tries very hard to work with and assist neighboring communities that are less fortunate. This donation was a great opportunity to do just that.

Support Services

Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus – are worn by firefighters to protect them from inhaling toxic and super-heated gases found in fires and hazardous environments. Compressed air is stored at a pressure of 4500 psi in cylinders worn on each firefighter’s back similar to a backpack. Due to the extreme pressure and exposure to hostile environments this equipment must be thoroughly tested and maintained. The OFPD practices a regimented routine of daily, weekly and annual testing, maintenance and repair of each SCBA.

Tools & Equipment The OFPD utilizes thousands of various pieces of equipment used for anything from vehicle extrication to thermal imaging cameras used to find victims in smoke filled, zero visibility environments. This equipment must also be extremely well maintained and kept in a constant state of readiness so that it can be reliably deployed in any emergency. (Shown are the latest advancements in vehicle extrication tools, battery powered “Jaws of Life”)

Hose Each OFPD fire engine carries nearly 3000 feet of various diameter fire hose. These hoses are designed to operate at pressures ranging from 80 psi to as high as 250 psi. Each length of hose is tested annually and repaired in house by OFPD personnel.

Supply OFPD Support Service maintains an inventory of basic cleaning supplies and paper goods which are distributed to all facilities on a per order basis.


The Finance Department is responsible for all financial activities and financial functions of the district, including preparing the annual budget and property tax levy, paying employees, paying vendors, collecting revenue, investing funds, recording receipts, expenditures, and other financial transactions, and preparing financial reports.

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Finance Director Kerry Sullivan

In 2016, the District received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Report from the Government Finance Officers Association for the 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. This is the 8th consecutive year the District has received this prestigious award. The CAFR can be found on the District’s website at

Final Payments on Series 2007 Bonds The final payment on the Series 2007 Bonds was paid in 2016 and no debt has been issued to replace the Series 2007 Bonds. The debt service levy for the 2007 Bonds was abated back to taxpayers in its entirety.

Budget in Review Budgeted revenue for 2016 was $32,209,580. Approximately 85.3% of revenue is from property taxes. The Board of Trustees abated $1,206,000 of the property tax levy in 2016 for District taxpayers. Ambulance fees represent 7.5% of budgeted revenue. The remaining 7.2% of budgeted revenue is from other sources such as dispatch service fees, tower space rentals, contributions toward health insurance, interest earnings and other miscellaneous sources of revenue.


Budgeted expenditures for 2016 total $32,209,519 of which $1,206,000 was for debt service on the Series 2007 Bonds, $1,637,078 was for payments on the Series 2012 debt certificates, and $1,077,250 was for capital projects. Approximately 86% of budgeted expenditures are for personnel related costs. Capital project expenditures included new cardiac monitors, communication equipment, a station roof replacement, a new ambulance, and lease payments on two engines. The 2016 budget was amended to adjust for grant and capital expenditures. The graph below describes budgeted 2016 expenditures by major category.


Communications Director William Neumann


The Orland Fire Protection District (OFPD) operates a fire service only communications/dispatch center, providing emergency medical, fire, and rescue dispatching service to the community it serves. These services are also being provided as a contracted service to the cities of Oak Forest, Calumet City and the Lemont Fire Protection District. On October 3, 2016, Orland Central began dispatching for Country Club Hills Fire Department. In 2016, OFPD processed 23,115 alarm incidents for the center. Orland Central Dispatch is the primary dispatch center for three Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Divisions (19, 22, and 24) covering much of the south and southwest suburban area. At the time these Southland communities request assistance for incidents beyond their resource capabilities, communications are passed on to Orland Central; alerts and requests for mutual aid to that agency along with incident communications are through Orland Central. In 2016, Orland Central handled 291 requests through the MABAS system for these three divisions. Orland Central is the back-up to the primary statewide MABAS Communication System operated out of RED Center in Northbrook. Activation for assets and specialty equipment/teams is done through these two centers in the event of a large incident or disaster in the State or those surrounding Illinois. Orland Central is also the back-up dispatch center for the Chicago Fire Department Englewood (South) Fire Alarm Office. Orland Fire employs a Communications Director, 10 full-time and 6 part-time dispatchers that operate the dispatch center with three staffed positions 24 hours a day. Orland Central conducts monthly training and continuing education for all dispatchers through APCO and Target Solutions. Dispatchers participate in department drills as well as drills with RED center on deploying resources during natural disasters. Dispatchers are also encouraged to attend classes given by APCO and MABAS. By July 1, 2017, and except as otherwise provided in this Section, Emergency Telephone System Boards, Joint Emergency Telephone System Boards, qualified governmental entities, and PSAPs shall be consolidated as follows, subject to subsections (b) and (c) of this Section: (1) In any county with a population of at least 250,000 that has a single Emergency Telephone System Board, or qualified governmental entity and more than 2 PSAPs, shall reduce the number of PSAPs by at least 50% or to 2 PSAPs, whichever is greater. Nothing in this paragraph shall preclude consolidation resulting in one PSAP in the county. (2) In any county with a population of at least 250,000 that has more than one Emergency Telephone System Board, Joint Emergency Telephone System Board, or qualified governmental entity, any 9-1-1 Authority serving a population of less than 25,000 shall be consolidated such that no 9-1-1 Authority in the county serves a population of less than 25,000.

Dispatcher Teaches 9-1-1 Call Procedures to Kids Camp

Dispatcher Kimberly Coffou taught the children about proper 9-1-1 caller techniques. The children were split into groups and were able to experience making the emergency calls and learning what information is asked at that time; as well as on the side of the Dispatcher who receives the call and learning that process. 54

OFPD’s UAV (Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle) In 2016, Orland Fire Protection District was authorized by the FAA for the use of a UAV (Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle) The licensed obtained was a Certificate of Authorization (COA) and is an authorization issued by the Air Traffic Organization to a public operator for a specific UA activity. The UAV has already been proven to be a valuable tool for the fire service, not only in our District, but surrounding communities as well where we assisted on different incidents from dive, large brush fires, structure fire, person searches training with local lifeguards. The District will be seeking grant proceeds for future purchase of a UAV with infrared capabilities. William (“Stuey”) Neumann, the Director of Communications, oversees the program and is training Battalion Chiefs as pilots. Additional UAV will be added to the command vehicle for fast deployment.

Oak Forest House Fire

TRT Training at CTC

Extrication Training at CTC

Orland House Fire

Manhattan Dive

Orland Pool Combined Training

Battalion Chief Dan Smith learns about operating an UAV; Director of Communications, Bill Neumann, demonstrates operation of a UAV


Homewood Dive

Orland Park House Fire


The Orland Fire District Origin and Cause Team is responsible for investigating all fires that occur within the jurisdiction of the Orland Fire Protection District. The fire district is mandated to investigate all fires and determine whether these fires were accidental or incendiary in nature. These fires include structures ( whether occupied or vacant), vehicle fires and all other types of fires ( i.e. grass, rubbish ). The Orland Fire District partners with our local police departments ( Orland Park, Orland Hills, Cook County) when a fire is determined to be suspicious or incendiary in nature. Intentionally set fires are criminal in nature and are set for a variety of reasons, such as personal or financial gain, as well as crimes against a person. Fire Investigations Lieutenant Bill Leddin

In 2016, the Orland Fire District Origin and Cause Team investigated over 150 fires within the Orland Fire District. In 2016, there were 11 intentionally set fires, including structures, vehicles including a boat, as well as 7 fires that are still under investigation. Unlike many other crimes, there is no statues of limitations on arson cases and they are not closed out until a conclusion to the case is achieved. Many of these cases are closed with the help of information received from citizens about a fire and its nature.

Fire Investigations

The Orland Fire District Origin and Cause Team works closely with many local police jurisdictions within the fire district. Depending on where the suspicious fire occurs within the Orland Fire District, the team can work with the Orland Park Police Department, The Orland Hills Police Department, or the Cook County Sheriffs Police Department. The Orland Fire District also partners with the Illinois State Fire Marshals Office, The Cook County Sheriffs Bomb Squad, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). We are also members of the MABAS 19 Origin and Cause Team, as well as the Will-Cook-Grundy Fire Investigation Task Force. The Orland Fire District responded to over 24 mutual aid fire investigations as well. We currently have 12 certified fire investigators on the team. In 2016, our investigators continued to participate in the recertification program with the Illinois State Fire Marshals Office, and continue to train monthly. Of our 12 fire investigators, 4 of them are currently certified Arson Investigators. The Orland Origin and Cause Team attends monthly in-house training as well as participating in monthly task force and MABAS training. The Orland Fire District Origin and Cause Team trains to stay current on the latest techniques, as well as staying on top of recalls and safety alerts that we can then relay to our residents. In 2016, team members logged over 1500 hours to satisfy state and local team requirements. This included classroom, seminar, and monthly team training, as well as online monthly training. In February of 2016, the Origin and Cause Team started to see an increase in fires nation-wide involving hover boards and cell phones causing fires and exploding while charging. Many of these devices were left unattended and unsupervised while their batteries charged. One of residents had a new hover board explode while charging in the house. The explosion caused damage to the floor and contents in the family room. The homeowner was also burned trying to extinguish the fire. The Orland Fire District took to the media the next day to warn consumers about the dangers of unregulated hover boards. Many of these hover boards were Christmas gifts that were beginning to come out with warmer weather. We met with The Consumer Product Safety Commission that week and expressed our concerns. That very week, the CPSC issued a warning that hover boards were dangerous and stopped all sales until the industry could regulate these devices. February 2016 defective hoverboard fire

The Orland Fire District Origin and Cause Team also addressed other issues that we felt were fire hazards and dangers that we have encountered during the year. We wrote articles warning residents on the dangers of bathroom exhaust fans, as well as whole house fans. A rise in these fires prompted the warnings. We also addressed dryer fires and cleaning vents, as well as the dangers of trying to extinguish fires without notifying the fire department. The messages were always call 911 before attempting to extinguish a fire no matter how small it may seem. We will continue to address current issues and fire hazards and put these messages on the District’s website and Facebook posts so that our residents stay informed on these important matters. The Orland Fire District Investigation Team is planning more training in 2017, as well as sponsoring a number of classes, including training through the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office. We will continue to utilize our burn cells to conduct in-house training for our personnel. We are planning on conducting an advanced vehicle fire class as well as photography training. We will continue to be a liaison to our residents and ensure that we work for them in helping them get their lives back together. We want them to know that we are there to assist them during the days and weeks to come.


Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Lieutenant William Leddin, under the direction of Fire Chief Michael Schofield, started the Orland Fire Protection District’s (OFPD) very first Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT is made up of volunteers from throughout the OFPD. The very first pilot class was held during Spring 2016. The class was made up largely of members of the OFPD’s Senior Advisory Council (SAC). The first class was made up of twelve students that met weekly for 9 weeks to become CERT certified. The class taught various topics including first aid, fire extinguishment, scene safety and disaster preparedness. Members of the class also took a tornado spotter and severe storm safety class. The class had to take a written test as well as a live practical before obtaining their certification. The second CERT training class was held in the Fall of 2016. During this class 8 more volunteers participated in the 9-week training class. The second class was taught the very same topics and scenarios that the first class underwent. The class ended with a written test as well as team practical. The Orland Fire District’s CERT Team has logged over 550 hours of training in 2016, and they are looking forward to adding additional hours in 2017.

Certificates of Completion On August 23, 2016 Chief Schofield and Lieutenant Bill Leddin presented the CERT Spring Class with their Certificates of Completion at the Board of Trustees’ meeting.

Fire Investigations

The Orland Fire District currently has 20 certified CERT team members and is looking to hold additional training classes in 2017. The CERT team continues to meet and hold additional trainings to better prepare the team for deployment in the event of an emergency within the Orland Fire District. The team will be able to assist the fire district perform many important functions. The CERT team can be used in the event of an emergency. The members can open and staff shelters within the fire district and have training on district facilities. The team can also assist the OFPD in the event that we have a long-term incident, and can assist in rehab of emergency personnel. Our volunteers are confident that they can and will be there in the event of any emergency within the Orland Fire District. For further information, visit our website at

The fall class was done by the end of December and received their Certificates of Completion at the January, 2017 Board of Trustees’ meeting.

August 2016 CERT Graduation

January 2017 CERT Graduation

CERT Team all received their emergency backpacks after the January, 2017 Board meeting. The backpack contains items that will help them with various emergencies (i.e. hardhat, flashlight, etc.)


Mission Statement It is the mission of the Fire Prevention Bureau to educate the community about the benefits of proper safety practices, and to identify and eliminate hazardous conditions which pose a threat to life, property and the environment.

Fire Prevention Bureau

Fire Prevention Supervisor Mike Ercoli


The Fire Prevention Bureau protects people by eliminating potential emergency situations before they occur. We use the term “proactive firefighting” to describe how we analyze new building plans in an attempt to anticipate potential life-safety issues. We also use this term to describe how we look for potential life-safety hazards while doing our annual inspections and bring them to the property owner’s attention. Our public education programs are designed to address current life-safety issues that we see occurring within the Fire District. Ultimately the goal of the Fire Prevention Bureau is to keep emergencies from occurring; thus keeping people out of harm’s way.

We believe that fire prevention plays a crucial role in making our community safer. Inspection, enforcement and public education work together to not only identify and correct safety issues, but also to help change people’s attitude toward safety. Through the diligence and hard work of the members of the Orland Fire District’s Fire Prevention Bureau, we have been able to achieve our annual goals. We anticipate fiscal 2017 to bring greater challenges as we set loftier goals to ensure the safety of the public and our firefighters.

Fire Prevention Bureau Activities for 2016 

The Fire Prevention Bureau inspected the commercial occupancies, multi-family occupancies, public/private schools, daycare centers and group homes within the District.

Fire Prevention Bureau members taught life-safety classes for several Condo Associations, businesses and senior groups.

Fire Prevention Bureau members participated in the planning and implementation of our Kids Safety Camp event in July.

Fire Prevention Bureau members participated in the planning and implementation of our annual Open House in October.

Fire Prevention Bureau personnel attended continuing education courses and seminars throughout the year.

Fire Prevention Bureau Personnel made 5031 field contacts in 2016.

The Fire Prevention Bureau hosted a Senior Safety Luncheon in December.

2016 Inspection Breakdown Less than 5000 sq. ft. commercial Inspections:


Greater than 5000 sq. ft. commercial Inspections:


Restaurant Inspections:


Multi-family Inspections:


Re-Inspections: Final occupancy Inspections:

1,423 215

Complaint Investigations:


School Inspections:


Rough Inspections:

132 3

Haunted House Inspections:


Fireworks Inspections:


Kiosk Inspections (Mall):


Group Home Inspections:


Tent Inspections: Total:

8 3,900

Total FPB Inspectional Activities for 2016

Inspections: Problem fire alarm checks:

3900 910

Hydrostatic test of sprinkler systems:


Fire alarm acceptance tests:


Fire pump tests: Hood fire suppression system tests: Underground flushes: Misc. events:


8 44 8 20

Fire Prevention Bureau

Carnival Inspections:


Fire Prevention Supervisor Mike Ercoli teaching a group of campers about fire safety


Fire & Life Safety Education

Fire & Life Safety Betsy Dine


The Public Education Division provides education on several fire and life safety issues. The job of the Fire and Life Safety Educator is to coordinate and implement the Department’s Community Public Safety Mission. The Fire and Life Safety Educator delivers and manages public events for the fire district throughout the year. The educator is responsible for the effective supervision and education of the different programs that are implemented. The educator develops, coordinates, presents and oversees the fire and life safety programs in the schools. All public education activities presented in and for the department are coordinated by the Public Educator. Everyone needs to be made aware of making smart choices to reduce the risk of injury, harm or death. Some of the programs in which we offer are Fire & Life Safety programs, First Aid/CPR, station tours, car seat installations, fire extinguisher training, fire drills, senior citizen home safety, apartment/condo safety, business evacuation planning and emergency preparedness. We also offer a Kid’s Camp each summer implementing strategies to teach fire and life safety topics to children between the ages of 8-12. Our safety trailer has created awareness to all, preparing everyone that visits, on the topics of evacuation and weather preparedness. The trailer has turned out to be an essential tool to our organization. Our Senior Advisory Council has assisted us during our Safety Luncheons and have proven to be essential to our Senior Programs.

Public Education Activities in 2016 

Conducted numerous station tours for several schools, girl/boy scout troops, misc. community members.

Conducted numerous car seat checks

Public/Parochial School safety lectures

Conducted Fire Safety and weather preparedness in our safety trailer tours

Senior citizen safety lectures and luncheons

Health and safety fairs throughout the town including the Orland Township and Sportsplex

Planned and conducted the Children’s Fire & Life Safety Camp

Planned, prepared and coordinated the Annual Open House

Collected and donated toys for the Treasure Chest Foundation

Collected and donated toys to the Toy Box Connection

Learn Not To Burn Program

During the third grade school year, the Orland Fire Protection District Fire & Life Safety Education Coordinator, Betsy Dine, presents 7 different firesafety lessons, lasting one-hour each. Each month we focus on a different fire safety topic, followed by a question and answer discussion period. At the conclusion of each presentation the children are given information and handout materials to help reinforce the fire safety message at home. Homework is given after each lesson.

Kids Fire & Life Safety Camp 2016

Our Fire & Life Safety Education Coordinator, Betsy Dine, coordinates the annual Kid’s Fire & Life Safety Camp for children ranging in the ages of 8-12 years. We offer various safety topics that create awareness and prevention of injury, harm or death.

Block Party: 12 Car Seat Checks: 130 CPR Classes: 18 Fire Drills: 23 Fire Extinguisher Classes: 05 Parade: 05 Public Display: 35 Safety Trailer: 04 Safety Lecture: 42 Station Tour: 18 Senior Events: 05 Stand By: 02 Other: 02 Career Days 03 Family Walks/Runs 02 Engine, Truck and Ambulance Show & Tell 34 Adopt A Firefighter 130 Learn Not To Burn 48 Total Events: Total Attendees:

“Adopt a Firefighter” Program

Pictured: Lieutenant Stachnik with a class from Center School

518 8,000 +

Prepares and responds to citizens on a broad scope of public safety issues. Coordinates events to include Fire Prevention Week/Month. Schools received fire & life safety education instruction throughout the district. Our programs are organized and cover state guidelines, implementation and evaluation. Awareness, preparedness and prevention are our goal. Keeping our community safe is Orland Fire Protection District’s mission! One of our Fire Cadets teaches a child his EDITH (EXIT DRILLS IN THE HOME)

Fire & Life Safety Education Coordinator, Betsy Dine, arranges for a teacher and classroom to “adopt/take care of” their own firefighter. It is through their “very own” firefighter that the students and teacher learn about fire safety and injury prevention. Five lessons, each lasting 20 minutes, were developed based on the NFPA and Risk Watch behaviors. The firefighter and teacher become partners in scheduling, teaching, and reaching the students with ageappropriate lessons and family activities.

Fire & Life Safety Education

Public Education Event Statistics for 2016


Message from the Volunteers The Senior Advisory Council would like to thank the Orland Fire Protection District by providing its services to the local community and its senior residents. Our volunteers are grateful to be a part of the OFPD‘s mission to educate the public on fire safety. The SAC hopes to attract more volunteers and participate in various events.

Senior Advisory Council (SAC)

About the SAC The Senior Advisory Council’s mandate is to serve as a liaison between the District’s senior population and fire district officials. The SAC also coordinates and sponsors educational programs for various groups of seniors including: homeowners’ associations, community groups and the public at large on issues that include safety tips, CPR training, Knox Boxes and 911 calls. SAC members also serve as volunteers at various fire district events.

Some 2016 Events and Activities: 

Continued recruiting new members —adding 6 by year’s end

Publicized SAC in the OFPD Annual Report and in local village and township publications

Researched and worked to establish a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program with members of SAC participating

Studied feasibility of hosting a “round-table” event with seniors in the community

SAC engaged in collecting and updating Association/Senior groups contact information so we can begin further outreach to senior populations.

Worked on and finalized a 9-1-1 flyer

Printed and disseminated district information at various community events

Members of SAC who completed the CERT pilot program and received their Certificates of Completion at the August, 2016 BOT Meeting (Pictured with Chief Schofield , Lt. Leddin, and Trustees Brudnak, Schirmacher, Rhode and Board President Evoy) 62

Senior Advisory Council Members Mane Pritza and John Meister participating in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

Some SAC Goals for 2017: 

Develop and provide Safety Presentations to groups

Increase scope of Communications with other Community organizations

Conduct survey in the community on senior issues

Communicate further with OFPD staff regarding SAC activities

Coordinate and work more with OFPD Public Education & Fire Prevention Bureau

Promote other OFPD Programs (Community Care, CERT, CPR)

Continue expanding outreach in the community with senior population

Senior Advisory Council Secretary Diana Husband with Member Eric Steckhan helping at OFPD’s annual Open House

Join the SAC The Orland Fire Protection District would like to invite you to become a member of the Senior Advisory Council.

Senior Advisory Council (SAC)

Some members of the Senior Advisory Council with Board President Christopher Evoy and Chief Michael Schofield at his swearing in ceremony in March, 2016

To print an application, visit our website at: You will find the application on our “Senior Advisory Council” page, under the menu tab, Community Outreach.

Some members of the Senior Advisory Council helping Life & Safety Educator Betsy Dine with her Senior Safety Christmas Luncheon

Send application to: Orland Fire Protection District 9790 W. 151st Street Orland Park, Illinois 60462


As Human Resource Director for the OFPD, I am committed to cultivating and embracing the District’s superior service-oriented culture through the development, implementation and administration of sound policies and programs that ensure the successful recruitment, development and retention of exceptional and diverse talent for public service.

Human Resources Director Lucy McGlynn

Under the leadership of our Board of Trustees, Board of Fire Commissioners and Fire Chief Michael Schofield, Human Resources is dedicated to support our workforce of approximately 171 employees by striving to provide best HR practices and objectives in leadership, legal compliance, labor negotiations, risk management services, classification and compensation, recruitment and selection, as well as the administration of our superior benefits that promote health, wellness, and a sound work/life balance to the employees of the Orland Fire Protection District. Human Resources provides programs and services designed to support the OFPD and its employees in the achievement of the organizations mission and objectives.

Human Resources

In 2016, the Human Resources Division successfully launched multiple initiatives to promote an effective, efficient and equitable organization including expanding our professional development curriculum to include increased eLearning opportunities, webcasts and online job aids to increase employee engagement in professional development.

“The Division of Human Resources is committed to cultivating and embracing the District’s superior service-oriented culture by providing innovative and efficient talent solutions in the recruitment, development, and retention of exceptional and diverse talent for public service.”

To help employees maximize health, Human Resources continues to offer annual health screenings, assessments and coaching to all firefighters in an effort to provide early detection, a reduction of health issues, and to motivate employees toward living healthier lifestyles. In all areas of work, the Division of Human Resources firmly upholds the tenets of confidentiality, accountability, and trust. Over the past year, the Human Resources Division has made significant advances in streamlining benefit services offered to OFPD employees in announcing the rollout of an innovative digital HR communications tool called HRConnection, developed in coordination with our benefits solution team, the Horton Group. By redesigning work and leveraging technology, this innovative application has proven to be an instrumental tool in simplifying search and providing easy access for important OFPD employee benefit information 24-hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week. Not only has this shared services approach resulted in a more efficient benefits administration process, it has also reduced costs associated with duplication and administrative paperwork. Under the direction of the OFPD Board of Fire Commissioners, the Human Resources Division is responsible for the administration of all promotional testing processes for the purpose of creating promotional eligibility rosters for entry-level

Firefighter/Paramedics, as well as the rank of Engineer, Lieutenant and Battalion Chief. These promotional processes are conducted in accordance with the requirements of the applicable Illinois State Statutes, the Board of Fire Commissioners Rules & Regulations, and the current CBA between the Orland Professional Firefighters Local #2754 and the OFPD. Promotional eligibility testing for entry-level Firefighter/Paramedic occurs every other year. Promotional eligibility testing for the rank of Engineer, Lieutenant and Battalion Chief occur every three years as negotiated between the OFPD and the International Association of Firefighters Local #2754. Human Resources will continue to ensure the highest levels of integrity and fairness in all promotional testing processes for the OFPD for all concerned. The Orland Fire Protection District is an equal opportunity employer, and a proud member of the Firefighters Diversity Recruiting Council.

From 2015 Training Academy and Probation, to OFPD Firefighters Sworn In March 2016


Over the past year, HR has leveraged technology as a tool for a more efficient administration process of our workers’ compensation system to ensure a more efficient delivery of benefits. This application allows us to immediately enhance and change the antiquated processes through on line claim reporting & generation, review, loss experience access, updated critical events, and participation in all major claims decisions regarding injured workers. In addition, based on trending of both historical and current loss data of our claims, we successfully negotiated a significant reduction in total premium equal to $9,611.00. In addition, we also built an Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) reporting tool that is attached to the workers’ compensation e-services system which is a statewide reporting tool for all public agencies including the OFPD. By redesigning work, sharing resources, and leveraging technology, we have reduced overtime costs, duplication, and administrative work. An unexpected byproduct of this reorganization has been improved retention as individuals have more varied and broader responsibilities that make their work more engaging. The Division of Human Resources remains dedicated to our responsive and progressive organization and strives to maintain a culture of service excellence through effective training, technology and adapting to the changing needs of the community we serve.




Administration Human Resources Director Human Resources Assistant Executive Assistant Receptionist

1 1 1 1

Finance Finance Director Assistant Finance Director Accounting Assistant

1 1 1

IT IT Technician (full-time)


Fire Prevention Fire Prevention Supervisor Fire Inspector Fire & Life Safety Educator

1 1 1

Communications/Dispatch Communications Director Telecommunicators Telecommunicators, Part-Time

1 9 6

Maintenance Fleet Maintenance Technician Building Maintenance Technician Maintenance, Part-Time

2 1 2

Summer Employees


Fire Chief


Administrative Battalion Chief


Shift Battalion Chief


EMS Lieutenant


Maintenance Lieutenant


Training Lieutenant


Sworn Administrative




Shift 2 Shift 3









Firefighter/ Paramedic




Sworn Shift

Total Sworn


Human Resources



Total Non-Sworn Total Sworn

Total Employees

39 116

155 65

Swearing In of Probationary Firefighters

The Orland Fire Protection District hired 9 new firefighter/paramedics. The group began its orientation in March 2015 with an intense 9-week academy to provide them with all of the skills necessary to be successful with the Orland Fire Protection District. All the candidates successfully passed the academy and were released as probationary firefighters, functioning under the direction of a company officer as they worked to complete their one-year probationary period. All 9 candidates successfully completed the probationary period and were sworn in on March 23, 2016. The Oath of Office was administered by Fire Commissioner Craig Schmidt.


The Board of Trustees, the Board of Fire Commissioners and The OFPD Command Staff are proud to welcome the following 9 new firefighters to the Orland Fire Protection District family:

Shaun McDonald

Zachary Zweizig

Marc DeSardi

Jonathan Kendra

Chad Mezzera

Garrett Flavin

Joseph Miller

Matthew Delestowicz

Daniel Fagan

Swearing In of Probationary Firefighters


Lieutenant Gregory Ferro Promoted to Battalion Chief


On March 23, 2016 Lieutenant Gregory Ferro was sworn in as a Battalion Chief of the Orland Fire Protection District by Fire Commissioner Craig Schmidt. Greg started his career in Orland in 1997 as a Firefighter/Paramedic, bringing along 15 years of previous firefighting experience, with 10 of those years being full-time. In 2006, he was promoted to the position of Engineer and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2011. During his time in Orland, Battalion Chief Ferro has been active in many committees and programs to help improve the operations of the Orland Fire Protection District. Areas of activity include Fitness, Pre-plans, contract negotiations, policies, and Honor Guard. B/C Ferro has also continued his education throughout his career with a Master’s Degree (MBA) and the Chief Fire Officer Certification (CFO) being the most notable. Currently B/C Ferro is the shift chief on the Black Shift. He manages the day-to-day operations of his shift that includes 6 stations and 28 to 36 personnel.


Lieutenant Gregory Ferro Promoted to Battalion Chief

Promotions 69

Appointment of Acting Chief Michael Schofield to Fire Chief


After recently celebrating 30 years with the Orland Fire District, Michael Schofield was sworn in as Fire Chief/ Administrator on Tuesday, 3/29/16 by Orland Mayor Daniel McLaughlin. Board President Christopher Evoy spoke of the Board's confidence in and deep respect for Chief Schofield stating the Board of Trustees is confident he will lead the OFPD in the right direction. Retired OFPD Fire Chief Robert Buhs spoke of the qualities of a Fire Chief and what the Chief's bugles represent in his conferment speech, and the OFPD's attorney James Roche spoke about his admiration of the Schofield Family, having worked with Chief Schofield's mother, the late Margaret Schofield, in her capacity as the OFPD Board President and as a fellow Orland resident. Another former Chief and mentor of Chief Schofield's, Jack McCastland was in attendance, along with many local fire chiefs who have been friends and have worked with Chief Schofield over the years. The room was filled to capacity with many additional well wishers including former OFPD Trustee Patricia Corcoran, Attorney Burt Odelson, Senator Michael Hastings, former Cook County Commissioner Liz Gorman and her husband Jerry Gorman; Village Manager Paul Grimes and many other Village officials; Police Chief Tim McCarthy and much of his Command Staff; Orland Fire District sworn and non-sworn personnel; and Schofield family and friends.


Appointment of Acting Chief Michael Schofield to Fire Chief

Promotions 71

Appointment of Firefighters to Engineers


On June 14, 2016, Firefighter Russ Ricobene and Firefighter Brian Myhre were appointed to Engineer by Fire Commissioner Craig Schmidt. Fire Chief Schofield pointed out just how difficult, stressful and vitally important this position truly is. He was very impressed with how these gentlemen did through the testing process and cannot stress enough how important it is to have an experienced Engineer on the apparatus at all times. Whether driving an ambulance, an engine, or a fire truck, the Engineer handles a multitude of tasks on a daily basis. Just a portion of these tasks are: knowing the still districts and those next to you to which you respond, and the best and quickest response routes while driving safely and delivering the crew to the scene in a timely manner; daily inspection of their rig and its tools and equipment--knowing the equipment and how to operate it; positioning the fire apparatus at an incident so it will function most efficiently and to protect your firefighters; operate your pump at working fires and knowing how and when to put a supply line under power.


Appointment of Firefighters to Engineers

Promotions 73

Accounting Assistant Pat Stadnicki Retires


Pat Stadnicki, a valued member of the administrative staff, retired from the Orland Fire Protection District this month after 20 years of service. A farewell luncheon was held in her honor on Friday, April 22, 2016.

Happy Retirement Pat! We will miss you! 74

Engineers Warszalek and Nietfeldt Retire

Engineer Larry Warszalek and Engineer Scott Nietfeldt retired in May, 2016. Engineer Warszalek had been with the Orland Fire Protection District for 26 years, and Engineer Nietfeldt had been with the Orland Fire District for 27 years. We wish them a healthy & happy retirement! Thank you for your many years of service to the Orland Fire District and the Community!

Retirements 75

Honor Guard

The Orland Fire Protection District Honor Guard carries the traditions of the fire service in providing honors to fallen comrades, celebrations of service milestone and assisting with special district events. The Honor Guard members also participate in training with the State of Illinois Honor Guard, the State of Illinois and National Firefighter Memorial Service.


Orland Events for 2016

District Events for 2016

BC Bonnar Sr. Memorial Service

AFFI Convention/Training in St. Charles

Promotional Events

District / State Drills - 13

Awards Nights

State Memorial Service in Springfield

Engine Dedication at MVCC

National Memorial Service - Colorado Springs, CO

Oak Park Lieutenant - Line of Duty Death

Retired FF Don Piscitello - Wake and Funeral

15th 9/11 Memorial Service

Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant - Wake

Lt. Marquardt Memorial

Palos Park PD - Wake

Open House Flag Raising

Orland Drills - 5

2016 was an exciting year for the Orland Fire Cadet Program. For the first time, the program successfully had several Cadets challenge and pass their State Certification for Basic Operations Firefighter through the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshall. By providing the opportunity to obtain this certification to individuals between 16 and 21 years of age, the Orland Fire Cadet Program starts Cadets on a path to a successful career in the fire service. As we move into 2017, the Orland Fire Cadet Program is looking to build on its successes from 2016 and provide an even better program to its Cadets. The Cadet Program will be taking on new Cadets in the spring of 2017 along with instituting a Ride-a-long Program that will give Cadets the experience of the day-to-day activities that a firefighter encounters. Overall, the Cadet Program will continue to achieve its mission of providing individuals with a strong foundation to build upon as they pursue a career within the fire service.

Lieutenant Josh Girdick

Firefighter Isaac Salazar

Cadet Program 77

Fire Trucks Fire trucks are equipped with a variety of aerial ladders and ground ladders of various types and lengths that help firefighters reach fires. Fire trucks also carry specialized equipment for forcible entry, ventilation, and search and rescue tasks. Trucks: 2, 6, 7 Snorkel

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1987 Spartan / Darley Truck went into service in 1988 At one time, it carried the designation “Rescue One” and responded to all major incidents Currently in reserve status for rescue and elevated fire streams

Equipped with 55 foot articulating boom and platform and Darley LDM single stage fire pump— pumps 1500 gallon per minute.


Fire Engines Fire engines, also commonly known as pumpers, are equipped with a variety of hoses of different lengths and widths that pump water. This water can come from either the internal tank of the engine or other outside water sources, such as hydrants. Engines: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

Ambulances Ambulances are used to deliver immediate advanced medical care to sick or injured patients and to transport these patients to the hospital. Ambulances: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Squad Vehicles Because some emergencies require special assistance, squad vehicles are provided to each specialty team in order to properly aid in these special situations. Squad: 2, 3, 5, 7 Arson Vehicle

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1998 Ford Converted Ambulance Went into service in 1998 as Ambulance 5 Reassigned in 2005 as Arson Squad and is equipped for fire investigations

Squad Boats Squad Boats are used to aid the Water Rescue & Recovery Team

Staff Vehicles Staff vehicles are provided to the fire chief, battalion chiefs and bureau supervisors. Command Staff, Fire Prevention Bureau

Support vehicles are provided for the in-house maintenance crews.


Support Vehicles

Building Maintenance, Fleet Maintenance, Utility


Orland Fire Protection District Administraton 9790 West 151st Street

Orland Park, IL 60462 P:hone | (708) 349-0074 Website |

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