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Annual Report

Preserving the Past While Advancing Into the Future….

Table of Contents Facilities Board of Trustees Board of Fire Commissioners Command Staff Message from the Fire Chief Administrative Staff Apparatus/Legacy Lane Dedication OFPD Celebrates 125th Anniversary OFPD History Memorials Awards Years of Service Awards Unit Commendation Awards Awards Night Citizen Awards OFPD by the Numbers Incidents by Station Area Apparatus Staffing Significant Incidents Mutual Aid Fire Investigations Emergency Medical Services Finance Training Training Academy 2018 Swearing In of Probationary Firefighters (2018 Academy) Specialty Teams Water Rescue & Recovery Technical Rescue Haz Mat IL Task Force Urban Search & Rescue Team Communications/Dispatch Support Services Fire Prevention Bureau Fire & Life Safety Education Senior Advisory Council Human Resources/Staffing Promotions Retirements In Memorium Honor Guard Cadet Program Apparatus

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Administration 9790 West 151st Street Orland Park, Illinois 60462 (708) 349-0074 Phone (708) 349-0354 Fax www.orlandfire.org

Station 1 9790 West 151st Street

Station 4 16515 South 94th Avenue

Station 2 15100 80th Avenue

Station 3 15101 West Wolf Road

Station 5 8851 West 143rd Street

Station 6 17640 South Wolf Road

Training Facility 10728 West 163rd Place


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 administration of the District.

Through the direction of President Evoy and the Board of Trustees, the Orland Fire Protection District staff is held L to R: Trustee/President Pro Tem John Brudnak, Trustee James Hickey, Trustee/Board accountable to the Board of Trustees for delivering the President Christopher Evoy, Trustee/Treasurer Jayne Schirmacher and Trustee/ Secretary Craig Schmidt highest quality of services to our residents. OFPD Board President Christopher Evoy administers the Deputy Chief’s Oath of Office to Nicholas Cinquepalmi on 6/05/19

The accomplishments of our District in 2019 were the direct result of our Board’s dedication to the Orland Fire Protection District’s mission of serving our residents.

Board of Trustees 2020 Meeting Dates

Legal Counsel

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


January 28, 2020 February 25, 2020 March 24, 2020 April 28, 2020 May 26, 2020 June 23, 2020

July 28, 2020 August 25, 2020 September 22, 2020 October 27, 2020 November 17, 2020 December 15, 2020

On May 21, 2019, Board Trustees Secretary Jayne Schirmacher and President Pro Tem John Brudnak were sworn in for a second 6-year term.

Board of Fire Commissioners 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.

Board of Fire Commissioners 2019 Meeting Dates January 6, 2020 February 3, 2020 March 2, 2020 April 6, 2020 May 4. 2020 June 1, 2020 July 6, 2020 August 3, 2020 September 14, 2020 October 5, 2020 November 2, 2020 December 7, 2020

Fire Commissioner/Chairman Matthew Rafferty administers the Oath of Office to newly promoted Engineer Jason Postma on 6/11/19

Fire Commissioners: Glenn Kraemer, Brian O’Neill, and Chairman Matthew Rafferty

Legal Counsel

Attorney Eric Stach DelGaldo Law Group, LLC Berwyn, IL


Command Staff Fire Chief /Administrator Michael Schofield was appointed by and is held accountable to the Board of Trustees. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer and is the highest-ranking officer in the Fire District. He is responsible for aligning the entire Fire District with the vision of the Board of Trustees.

Deputy Chief Nicholas Cinquepalmi was appointed by and is held accountable to the Board of Trustees. He serves as the Deputy Chief and as Acting Fire Chief in the Fire Chief’s absence. The Deputy Chief oversees the work of the Administrative and Operations Chiefs, which includes: Training, EMS, Special Ops, Dispatch, Risk Reduction & Life Safety, Physical Resources and Technical Resources Division.


First Responders were honored at Andrew High School T-Bolts’ season home opener vs the Oak Forest Bengals. Prior to the game, both schools honored area First Responders with an on field ceremony. The Police and Fire Chiefs, as well as many rank and file First Responders from Orland Park, Tinley Park, Oak Forest, and Orland Hills were recognized. (Pictured front center: Fire Chief Mike Schofield and Deputy Chief Nick Cinquepalmi)

Command Staff

Administrative Chief Daniel Smith manages the Orland Fire Protection District’s Administrative Services, which include: Fire Prevention, Dispatch, Information Technology and Officer Development.

Operations Chief David Piper manages the Orland Fire Protection District’s Operational Services, which include: Suppression, Emergency Medical Services, Specialty Teams and Training.

Shift Battalion Chiefs Shift Battalion Chiefs are responsible for a shift of Firefighter/Paramedics. Each monitors and manages the day-to-day operations of our six fire stations on his shift. Each station has one Shift Lieutenant who reports directly to the Battalion Chief.

Battalion Chief William Leddin Shift 1— Black Shift

Battalion Chief Robert Stachnik Shift 2— Red Shift

Battalion Chief Joseph Moore Shift 3— Gold Shift


Message from the Fire Chief Dear Board of Trustees & Residents of the Orland Fire Protection District: I’m am very humbled to serve as the Chief Administrator of the Orland Fire Protection District. Though I have served as a member for over 40 years, my excitement at coming to work each day has never diminished. As Fire Chief/Administrator, I am pleased to present the 2019 Annual Report. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the Board of Fire Commissioners and all the members of the Orland Fire Protection District, we wish to thank our community for all their support. The Fire District is 50 years-old, though our department’s humble beginnings began in 1894 as a small volunteer department. In 2019 we celebrated our 125th anniversary by bringing back many of our former volunteers to our celebration held on July 20, 2019, where we showed off our history and memorabilia. Today we are the largest and busiest fire district in the State of Illinois, and our path was created by Volunteers who laid the foundation to what we have become. The Orland Fire Protection District is proud to retain our exemplary ISO 1 rating, as well as our rating as an internationally accredited agency, for providing the highest and most professional emergency response services to residents in need. We are proud that the United State Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling recognizing the authority of the Orland Fire Protection District to require all commercial buildings to send fire-alarm signals directly to the Fire District’s dispatch center using one contractor rather than several, which cause response delays and increased costs to taxpayers. That ruling is the result of the hard work of our legal counsel, James J. Roche & Associates, one of the best in the legal field. Our cardiac “save rate” remains one of the highest in the nation. Over 60% of cardiac patients in our district survive, compared to under 7% nationwide. That is a significant achievement that comes as a result of our community education programs, teaching everyday citizens to start emergency procedures during those first few minutes of an emergency, as our lifesaving team arrives at the scene. The OFPD hosts several educational and informational meetings for our residents including: Friends & Family CPR/AED Training, Community Emergency Response Training, monthly “Coffee and Conversation” gatherings featuring a variety of pertinent topics, annual/semi-annual fun and informative senior events, as well as safety programs in all schools in the District. Additionally, every year we host an Open House, which is more than just about fun for families and young people. We demonstrate the latest in lifesaving strategies and equipment, and show how effectively installing sprinkler systems in homes can stop fires quickly before the spread and damage of property and loss of lives. We have done all this by holding down costs, and with minimal increases in property taxes. The safety of our residents is our primary concern, and we will do everything to save lives, respond quickly to emergency calls, put out fires at homes and businesses with as little damage as possible, and respond to whatever lifesaving need is presented to us. I want to thank all of our Firefighters, Staff, Fire Commissioners and the Board of Trustees for their commitment, and the public for their continuing trust in our emergency response services. Respectfully,

Mission Statement Fire Chief


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.

Administrative Staff Fire Prevention Bureau

Gerry Strunka Executive Assistant

Joan Pickens Admin. Assistant Support Services

Patrick Collier

Betsy Dine

Fire Prevention Bureau Supervisor

Fire Inspector

Public Life & Safety Educator


Human Resources


Kerry Sullivan Finance Director

Mike Ercoli

Lucy McGlynn Human Resources Director

Mary Coughlin Assistant Finance Director


Lori Gromala

Communications Director

Dispatch Supervisor

Mike Angel

HR Assistant

IT Technician

Support Services


William Neumann

Stephanie Koenig


Lieutenant Jim Hynes Support Services

Lieutenant Mark Duke EMS

Lieutenant Michael Siefert Training Officer

Mark Koczwara Building Maintenance Technician


Apparatus/Legacy Lane Dedication On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the OFPD held a Dedication Ceremony for the following:

Ambulance #3 in Honor of the late Firefighter/Paramedic Donald Piscitello (Served 1994-2011) Don Piscitello was a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Orland Fire Protection District from 1994 to 2011. He was an outstanding paramedic and those that knew Don are better people for knowing him. He was larger than life, calm under pressure, had a smile that lit up a room, and a knack for telling stories. Firefighter/ Paramedic Piscitello made a difference in this organization. Don retired in 2011, and passed away suddenly in 2016. Don’s wife Cathy accepted this honor on behalf of her late husband Don.

Donald Piscitello 1958-2016

Legacy Lane Dedication On April 27, 2019, the OFPD also dedicated "Legacy Lane," which is in the main hallway of our Administration Building outside of our Board Room. Legacy Lane holds a picture of all retired OFPD personnel with their title at retirement and years of service. This reminds all that each and every retired member of the OFPD helped make the Orland Fire Protection District what it is today.


Apparatus/Legacy Lane Dedication Truck #4 In Honor of the late Fire Chief Arthur Granat, Sr. (Served 19571988) & Retired Deputy Chief Arthur Granat, Jr. (Served 1968-2006) The Granat Family not only played a major role in the creation of the Fire District, but also in the former Village of Orland Park Fire Department. Art Granat, Sr. led a group of motivated volunteers that protected our region with dedication, pride, commitment and fundraising—to maintain the ability to respond with well-trained people. His no-nonsense style of leadership paved the way to what became the Orland Fire Protection District and what you see here today. Art Granat, Jr. (Artie) was no less committed than his father. A tad bit softer in tone but no less dedicated to the fire department. Artie came through the ranks, was a leader, mentor and motivator to the young fire fighters—never losing his passion, pride and dedication to the Orland Fire Protection District.


OFPD Celebrates 125th Anniversary The Orland Fire Protection District celebrated their 125th Anniversary, going back to the beginning in 1984, and the most recent 50 years as a Fire District. We shared a timeline of our rich history as part of our annual Open House held on July 20, 2019, sharing many interesting exhibits and stories. Former and current Command Staff shared stories of the rich history of Orland Fire.


OFPD Celebrates 125th Anniversary


OFPD Celebrates 125th Anniversary History Timeline 1890

Village Hall built on Beacon Street


Village of Orland Park incorporated


Earliest indication of a fire department in the Orland area


Sanborn Fire Insurance map shows 14 volunteer firemen had a hand-pump engine, hose cart and 500’ of hose and operated out of the Village Hall/Firehouse on Beacon Street


First known major fire in the Orland area. Flames destroy 2 saloons and a general store in Alpine, a settlement at 167th Street & 108th Avenue


First known Fire Official—Fire Marshal Peter Pitts


First record showing Fire Department receiving appropriation from Village—$100


Village asks permission to attach lines to Chicago Telephone Company poles for the use of a fire alarm system to be installed by the Orland Park Volunteer Fire Department Village appropriates $100 for a new hose cart


Village purchases 30’ extension ladder for Fire Department


Village pays American LaFrance Co. $13.88 for 12 complete charges for fire extinguishers


Trustee Charles Nicolai appointed Fire Marshal Village appropriates $355 for new cart and 300’ of 2.5” hose Village passes Ordinance to begin conversion of wooden water mains to cast iron and installation of 23 fire hydrants


Franklin Loebe joins Fire Department as Volunteer


Village purchases chemical truck from Prospect Fire Company under Fire Chief Carl Quigley


John Helenhouse appointed Fire Chief


Volunteers respond with chemical truck to Chicago during conflagration. They didn’t make it to the stockyards but did battle a house fire


Bill Young begins a 50 year association with the Fire Department


Village begins charging Palos Park $150 for “stand by coverage”


Volunteers begin to receive $1 per call


Village appropriates $3,500 for purchase of first modern pumper –1940 Ford

1941 to 1945

During World War II, Volunteers organized air raids and blackout drills


Chief John Helenhouse informs Village Board that the Fire Department is no longer a Village Department. Thus begins the infamous “Fire Truck Squabble” which received coverage from Chicago newspapers. Helenhouse claimed the Ford pumper was owned by the Volunteers, not the Village.


Village files lawsuit in Cook County for return of fire truck. Ultimately Helenhouse loses his post as Fire Chief and the Village retains the engine George Steinhagen appointed Fire Chief by the Village


Village enacts Ordinance to create a “Volunteer Fire Department of Orland Park”


Art Granat, Sr. joins the Fire Department


OFPD Celebrates 125th Anniversary History Timeline 1947

Formation of Fire Department Women’s Auxillary


Construction of Water Tanker for rural areas by volunteers from 1940 International

1949 to 1951

Melvin Doogan serves as Fire Chief

1951 to 1953

Bill Young serves as Fire Chief

1953 to 1957

Paul Voss serves as Fire Chief


Volunteers elect Art Granat, Sr. as Fire Chief, beginning a 29-year tenure (the longest served)


Volunteers construct a new firehouse on Beacon Avenue


First ambulance (Cadillac) purchased through a fundraiser


Formation of Orland Fire Protection District after referendum approved


Art Granat, Sr. appointed first full-time Fire Chief

1974 1974

Firehouse #1 opened at 9790 W. 151st Street


New LaFrance engine put in service


LaFrance 100’ aerial ladder put in service

2nd Ambulance put in service (van-type)

First 3 full-time firefighters hired for shift operations


6 additional firefighters hired for shifts


New ambulance purchased to replace original Cadillac


Firehouse #2 at 15100 S. 80th Avenue opened 9 additional full-time Firefighter/Paramedics hired Tanker purchased for rural areas


Deputy Chief and 7 Lieutenants promoted to first full-time positions


Another LaFrance engine purchased Third ambulance purchased to become 3rd paramedic unit


Acquire land for Firehouse #3 at 151st & Wolf Road


Class 5 ISO Rating received


Receipt of $400,000 grant to construct Regional Training Center Art Granat, Sr. made Construction Project Manager of new buildings 2 more Lieutenants promoted; 5 Firefighter/Paramedics hired


$8 million bond referendum approved Sworn personnel grows to 27 First Collective Bargaining Agreement signed with Local 2754 First Board of Fire Commissioners appointed


OFPD Celebrates 125th Anniversary History Timeline Construction began on Firehouse #3, Maintenance & Training facilities 3 more Lieutenants appointed Acquire land for Firehouse #5 at 8851 W. 143rd Street


Robert M. Buhs appointed second full-time Fire Chief 2 Engines, 1 aerial tower, 1 snorkel, 1 heavy-rescue, 3 ambulances put in service Opticom Traffic System became operational Maintenance & Training facilities opened Sworn personnel rises to 32 Land acquired for Firehouse #4 at 16565 S. 94th Avenue


Shift Commanders promoted: William Bonnar, Sr., Terry Hyland, Art Granat, Jr. Southwest Hazardous Materials Response Team became operational New engine placed in service Firehouses #3, #4 and #5 opened 9 Lieutenants promoted; 21 Firefighter/Paramedics hired


Class 4 ISO Rating received Sworn personnel rises to 55. Paid-on-Call grows to 40 New ambulance purchased from EMS funds Fire District grows to 35 square miles


4 Lieutenants promoted Administration/Communications building opened 58 sworn personnel listed on roster LaFrance 100’ aerial and LaFrance engine refurbished and put back in service Remodeling of Firehouse #1 completed First 5 elected Trustees sworn in


Firehouse #6 at 17640 S. Wolf Road opened Sworn personnel increases to 71 4 Lieutenants promoted making a total of 24 Fire Dispatch operations began. 4 full-time Dispatchers hired Received IFSA Grant Award for best Fire Prevention program in State


Class 2 ISO Rating achieved Full-time manpower grew to 81 with hiring of 4 Firefighter/Paramedics 2 new ambulances, 1 light-duty squad placed in service Deputy Administrator for Support Operations hired


2 new Lieutenants promoted

OFPD Celebrates 125th Anniversary History Timeline 2 new Lieutenants promoted


Fire District celebrates 100 years of fire protection in Orland and 25th Anniversary of formation of Fire District 3 Lieutenants promoted and 5 Firefighter/Paramedics hired Paid-on-Call Program used to supplement manpower ends 1st Place IFSA Fire Prevention Award for Class 2 departments MABAS 19 formed


Stratetic Plan complete Safety Trailer purchased with Grant EMS Coordinator assigned to Day Shift


Require new Firefighter Personnel to hold EMT-P Certification Fire Prevention Bureau authorized to hire 1 full-time employee EMS Director appointed Station 2 remodeled


2 CAIRNS IRIS purchased (first generation of thermal imagers Great flood occurs in July Awarded the Government Officers Finance Award (GOFA Winner NFPA Learn Not to Burn Program


94 Full-Time Firefighters hired since 1989


Line of Duty Death of Battalion Chief William Bonnars, Sr.


The District responds to Amtrak Train derailment in Bourbonnais on March 19th All front-line apparatus becomes ALS equipped


Rank of Engineer established—30 promoted Restructuring of OFPD—2 Battalion Chiefs move to days OFPD Dive Team purchased new boat, trailer and motor


Trustee Margaret Schofield passed away District received 2001 Life Safety Award Rescue Tax approved at general election


OFPD receives federal grant—standardize MABAS RIT Training (1,000 persons trained across 3 MABAS divisions) and repairs at Training Facility Pension Fund Settlement/Agreement—District funds an additional $2,010,000 MVCC Institutional Agreement of Affiliation for Fire Officer I and Fire Officer II certification at the District allowing 2 students at no cost to District Administration Building named after Joseph Barbaro (22 years of service as a Trustee)


Intergovernmental Agreement with Cook County 911


OFPD Celebrates 125th Anniversary History Timeline $50,000 grant from 2004 Assistance to Firefighters grant—apparatus (funding is 70% of the entire $500,000 grant)


Twins delivered in parking lot

Donated District vehicles to Bogalusa Mississippi FD $25,000 received from IL First Grant—used at Training Facility Major flooding incident at Orland Square Mall due to water main brake-mitigated by the District (severe damage) Hurricane Katrina deployment Assist Chicago—EMS—train derailment Minimum manning raised from 21 to 26 AFG/DHS Grant for Quint truck purchase ($310,000)


Humanitarian Medals awarded to personnel for Katrina deployment Participation in Western Illinois’s Internship Program Purchased Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Record Management System (RMS) ($500,000) IBEW Local 134 Telecommunicators Labor Agreement Purchased six (6) Zoll monitors with 12 lead cardio monitors IPRF Grant Money for safety equipment ($45,000) Referendum approved by the voters in November for $8 million reissue fire protection bonds (Apparatus: 3 Engines, 1 Tower Ladder, 2 Ambulances; Training Building and future Station, Headquarters addition, facilities, communications upgrade and potential land acquisition) Implementation of 10 dedicated ALS Companies (4 Engines, 2 Trucks, 4 Ambulances) from previous jump company responses


VEBA established (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association Plan) District’s 30th EMS Anniversary Fatal car vs. school bus accident 2-11 EMS Box Assist Chicago—EMS—Marathon heat emergencies


First Citizen Fire Academy and Fire Station neighborhood BBQ programs started Radio alert fire alarms started—notable call reduction identified Cadet program started


Training Center Opened—built from referendum funds Blue Card Command Program started IPRF Grant—$67,700 for building of the Command Training Center (CTC) Motorola Grant—15 Portable and Mobile radios for CTC ($50,000) Surface supplied Air System purchased/in-service for Dive Team 5th Ambulance put in service


Minimum manning increased to 28

OFPD Celebrates 125th Anniversary “Service 1” Company staffed peak period (manning increased soft 30 minimum-1 year trial) Line of Duty death—Lieutenant Raymond Marquardt


IPRF Grant—$84,250 for building of the Command Training Center (CTC) IL Dept. of Commerce grant—Training Facility $56,250 Opening of the Command Training Center (CTC); 1st in the state and only a dozen in the country Approval of Target Safety online training platform for Fire/EMS record management system Construction started on new headquarters - combining/remodeling of Station 1 and Admin.


Approval of Proclamation to the District Firefighters Local 2754 and Orland Central Dispatch Local 134 for their extraordinary work regarding blizzard IL Public Risk Fund Grants: $65,100 for Opticom purchases and $12,486 for Blue Card Training $150,000 in simulators funding and opening of EMS Sim-Lab at Training Center Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) of $302,400 for the Officer-in-Training for Excellence Program training 450 Officers from 45 surrounding departments in Blue Card Incident Command New Headquarters opened after a major remodel project (Station 1/Admin.) 1 Battalion Chief and 1 Deputy Chief position eliminated Suspension of hiring for 11 promoted Firefighters, numerous personnel changes


$20,000 grant awarded by Firehouse Subs


Silver Award presented by the American Heart Association for save rate of STEMI patients 2 new Engines in service Station 5 remodeled Lieutenant Pete Vassios receives the Award of Valor for the rescue of a citizen from a house fire Firefighter Wes Peak dies while suffering a medical emergency enroute to report for shift


Orland CART Team responds to Coal City EF3 Tornado


Retired Firefighter Don Piscitello passed away Command Vehicle donated to Robbins Fire Dept. The District has a 47% VF save rate and a 4-year VF save rate of 39.8%


The District receives an ISO Class 1 Rating The District has a 65% VF Rate Agreement with Cook County Department of Homeland Security and University of Illinois Training Funding (-1 million + renewing) to host/teach for Rescue Task Force (RTF), Blue Card Command, Advanced FEMA Motorola Radio Grant—45 new portable radios for $278,182 Bleeding Control Kits (B-Con) for all 19 schools in District Accreditation process began


Orland Fire Protection District receives Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), becoming 1 of about 240 agencies in the nation to achieve the elite distinction


History Pumping Station—Early 1900’s While firefighting in the Orland Park area dates back to the mid-1800s, the earliest record of a fire department is 1894, two years after the Village of Orland Park was incorporated as a municipality in the State of Illinois. A department flag with the year 1894 sewn on it was also discovered. The early volunteer department consisted of a four-man, hand-pulled pumping engine, a hose cart with 500 feet of hose, and 14 members. They used the woodframe building on Beacon Avenue, which doubled as a village hall and firehouse, to store their equipment. The sixblock farming community was guaranteed a good water supply because of a wooden water system and elevated water tower erected in 1892. Orland Park volunteer firefighters were also photographed with Mayor John Humphrey in front of the two story village hall and fire station at 14415 South Beacon Avenue. Bucket brigades probably operated before the organized Orland Park Volunteer Fire Department but no records exist. According to the Illinois State Water Survey, "A public water supply was installed by the village of Orland Park in 1897." Cement sidewalks replaced wooden in the early part of the century with bright over the street gasoline lighting replacing the kerosene street lights in 1905 when the population was just under 370.

The former village hall was converted into a firehouse in 1894 and was initially used by 14 volunteer firemen who responded to emergencies with a hand-pump engine and a hose cart with 500 feet of hose


History Petition for Organization of Fire Protection District, 1969 It starts with a cover letter being signed by the then Township Supervisor, Village President and Fire Chief presenting and asking the citizens to vote for a fire protection district which would run separately from the Village... As early as the 1800’s Orland had a Volunteer Fire Department where volunteers would leave their jobs to respond to a call. They were not paid more than $1 to have their clothes cleaned. They had a very good reputation with the citizens of Orland and helped all people as much as humanly possible with limited resources. The only funds they received were solicited. IN 1968 THE VILLAGE BOARD ADOPTED A RESOLUTION TO CUT OFF FIRE PROTECTION SERVICE, EXCLUDING AMBULANCE, TO UNINCORPORATED RESIDENTIAL AREAS, EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER, 1969.

Immediately after this announcement, concerned firefighters, and township and village residents, formed a task force committee to study conditions and short and long-range issues. The solution believed the wisest was for the consolidation of a fire protection district. That way, the district could levy taxes without further election authorization at a rate of $1.25 for every $1,000 of assessed real estate property owned. The first year it was projected that would translate into $23,540 and wouldn’t occur until 1971, when the county tax bill was issued. In lieu of revenues collected, the Trustees were permitted to issue tax anticipation warrants not to exceed the anticipated revenue. The administration of the district was under the jurisdiction of a 3-man Board of Trustees who were appointed by the Circuit Court. 2 would be selected by the Village Board and 1 from unincorporated area would be selected by township officials. The Volunteer Firemen would continue as they currently did, without compensation, under the direction of the Fire Chief. The Fire Chief was responsible for reporting all activities to the Board of Trustees. It was deemed that equipment used by the department was deficient due to depreciated status, although maintained as best as possible by the firemen. 2 pieces of equipment were deemed qualified to remain in operation: a pumper purchased in 1963 and an ambulance purchased in 1966, with all of the rest being replaced under a scheduled modernization program. Residents were encouraged to support this petition as calls had increased 400% from 1961 to 1968 and three serious disasters had occurred, which took lives and caused severe property loss. It was imperative that qualified equipment must be available in an area that was experiencing extreme growth, and much larger growth anticipated in the near future. On October 4, 1969 the voters voted yes to a separate taxing body—a Fire Protection District.


History Chief Granat receives a symbolic Ambulance “Key” The Residents of Orland Park attended the Firemen’s Annual Fall Dance on Saturday, November 20, 1965 at Silver Lakes Country Club. All contributors to the Orland Park Ambulance Committee were asked to attend the dance. Henry Anderson, who started this campaign, petitioned for a new ambulance for the Volunteer Fire Department, after a rescue squad saved the life of his young son. Up to this point, patients went to the hospital on the panel truck Ambulance Committee Officer Hank used by the rescue squad. “They have made it work in emergencies, but it’s a Anderson presents Chief Art Granat with the Gold Key at the 11/20/65 far cry from an ambulance,” said Chief Granat. Dinner Dance One of the highlights at the dance, was the presentation of a symbolic gold ambulance key given by the Orland Park Ambulance Committee. The Fund topped their $15,000 goal by raising $15,050 in total for their new ambulance. Chief Granat, at the request of the Board of Directors, placed the order for this much needed piece of equipment — their new ambulance, which was to include an Automatic Heart-Lung Resuscitator (HLR). The HLR takes the place of two men working on an individual simultaneously, and performs artificial circulation and artificial respiration by means of completely controllable external cardiac compression and lung ventilation. Citizens of the Orland Park Fire area contributed generously with their time and money to make this ambulance a reality. They were very proud of this accomplishment. The Village of Orland Park will maintain the new vehicle as it does the firefighting equipment.

Orland Fire Becomes a Fire Protection District, 1969 Arthur Granat Sr., the seminal figure who would later serve 29 years as Fire Chief and the longest tenure of any Orland Fire Chief, joined the volunteer ranks in 1946. Elected Fire Chief in 1957, Granat Sr. led the department as it transitioned from a predominantly rural service, to a more suburban-oriented one. In 1969, he was instrumental in forming the Orland Fire Protection District after voters approved a referendum the previous year. Chief Granat became the first full-time employee of the Fire District in 1973, and was later honored with the dedication of the Orland Fire Protection District Training Facility in his name. The Granat Family not only played a major role in the creation of the Fire District, but also in the former Village of Orland Park Fire Department. Art Granat, Sr. led a group of motivated Volunteers that protected our region with dedication, pride, commitment and fundraising, to maintain the ability to respond with well-trained people. His no-nonsense style of leadership paved the way to what became the Orland Fire Protection District and what you see here today.


History Alpine Fire, 1912 On November 11, 1912, Orland area’s first major fires occurred when a small settlement known as Alpine, located near 167th Street and 108th Avenue, called for help. The blaze started when a housewife left a roast in the oven and it caught fire. She tossed the roast outside, but the flames consumed the wooden sidewalks and eventually spread to the wooden homes. Before the fire, residents of Alpine stocked up on winter supplies, which included large amounts of kerosene. It is believed that this also was a contributing factor to the severe damage. Orland’s volunteer fire department assisted the town, hauling their equipment over nearly two miles of wagon-rutted, non-paved dirt roads only to arrive too late. By the time the department arrived, much of the small town was already destroyed, since there was no central water system. Homerding’s, Schaffert’s Saloon, and Albert Cooper’s two-story General Store with a dance hall in the rear, had burned to the ground. The railroad depot was saved, thanks to a locomotive tender containing water that extinguished the flames. The depot, which was claimed to be the “most ornate railroad depot between Chicago and St. Louis,” was a busy shipping point for local farmers and cattle raisers. This blow seriously crippled the dreams of Alpine. Shortly after the fire, the railroad depot was no longer used. It was torn down during WWII, leaving Alpine a vacant site. Around 1941, Cook County officially announced the “disappearance” of Alpine when it was removed from the state’s sales tax list. By the 1980s, the barren site was overgrown with weeds and any homes in the area were of much more recent vintage. Alpine has risen. Alpine Heights is a subdivision in Unincorporated Cook County. Orland Park used the same streets and street names with a new tract of homes built over the old home-site.

Fire Destroys Rafacz Farm Hog Barn, 1969 On September 30,1969, a fire destroyed the hog barn on the Andrew Rafacz & Sons Farm at 151st & 88th Avenue at approx. 7 a.m. There were over 800 hogs in the structure and it was believed that approximately 100 perished in the fire. The 40’ wide and 185’ long structure was destroyed. The backfire from a tractor that was being used to scrape the concrete feeding platforms on one side of the barn was blamed for the blaze. A draft carried the flame to the roof, and in a matter of minutes the whole structure was on fire. Firemen from Orland Park, Tinley Park and Palos Park battled the blaze and prevented it from spreading to nearby buildings.


History Biddle Fire, Deadliest Fire in Orland, 1968 A pre-dawn fire destroyed an Orland Township home, and killed five members of one family, including three children, and seriously injuring a sixth child, on December 30, 1968. Among the dead were Marian “Buddy” Biddle, 50, a factory worker; two sons, Matthew 9, and Daniel 7; a daughter, Georgieanne 15; and Biddle's father-in-law; John Hunt, 80. Fire Chief Arthur Granat said the fire was discovered shortly before 6 a.m. by Mrs. Noreen Biddle, mother of the children, who was returning home after driving a daughter to a train station at approximately 5:45 a.m., finding heavy smoke and an orange glow in the living room. Jean Marie Biddle, 16, survived by jumping from an upper story window. Two other Biddle sons, ages 19 and 14, and a 16-year-old daughter were injured while escaping the blaze. The older son told a sheriff's deputy that he attempted to go back into the house to help the others, but flames blocked the entrances to the home. He ran to a neighbor's house and called the Orland Park Fire Department at 5:52 a.m. Minutes later, the first engine arrived on the scene led by Chief Arthur Granat. The house was engulfed in flames on their arrival. A short time later the roof collapsed sending charred debris through the first floor and into the basement.

Firefighters were hindered in fighting the fire by the lack of hydrants in the area. This rural area did not have hydrants on every corner. Seven water tankers from Orland Park, Mokena, Homer, Palos Park and Palos Heights carried water to the scene. Fiftyeight firemen from five departments battled the fire, which was a 1 ½ story, eight room frame home on the 15800 block of 113 th Court in Orland Park. A new heating unit installed in the house two months previously was being investigated as the cause of the fire. Firefighters later found three of the victims' bodies buried under rubble in the basement and two others in the rear of the house. "They never had a chance to get out," said Orland Park Fire Chief Arthur Granat.

Blaze Guts Car Dealership, 1986 4 Hurt as Welder’s Torch Sparks Smoky Orland Fire On May 13, 1986, a fire set off by a welder’s torch destroyed the Regent Ford Car Dealership on 156th & Harlem Avenue. Firefighters from Orland and various southwest suburban fire departments battled the stubborn, hot and smoky fire from 4:22 p.m. until nearly 8 p.m. when the fire was struck out. Efforts were slightly hampered by mini explosions coming from inside the building and from the deadly fumes that billowed from burning tires, plastic and various automotive chemicals. 2 Orland Firefighters and 1 Tinley Park Firefighter were transported to Palos Hospital for smoke inhalation but were released in good condition. A 71 year-old man was cut by flying glass as he walked near the area but was in good condition. Regent employees inside the 300’ x 300’ steel frame building said a spark from a welder’s torch in the service area of the building touched off a can of paint thinner setting off a race to evacuate the 55 employees and the dozens of cars inside the building.


History Melrose Firework Factory Disaster, 1972 At the sound of the first medium sized blast, Chief Arthur Granat, had a good idea what his all-volunteer department would be doing for the next few hours. Chief Granat’s thoughts on handling such an emergency came to him. Knowing his area well, and knowing the potential of the fireworks plant, he knew immediately what had happened. Explosions completely leveled the Melrose Display Fireworks Company, which covered 5 acres and employed about 25 people when this accident occurred. This devastating explosion took place at 165th and 104th Avenue on Monday, March 6, 1972 at 2:01 p.m. Triggering a series of chain reaction explosions; the roof started to fall and windows began to break as some employees heard and started for the door. They were lucky enough to get out of the “coffee break” building alive, and remembered jumping into ditches at the time of the explosion. Blasts leveled all but two buildings. Fire Chief Arthur Granat and his volunteer firemen responded to the plant just after the second and largest of all explosions occurred at 2:08 p.m. Due to the size of the fire, Orland sent four engines, one tanker, one rescue squad and one ambulance-a total of 34 men responded. The Chief contacted Mokena to cover the South end of the plant, and asked Palos Park, to move to the Orland quarters. A total of 21 community fire departments responded with 32 pieces of equipment. Thirty-two police squads, and various agencies, including county and state units, responded to this disaster. State and Chicago Fire Department and Police helicopters responded. 3 employees died in the fire and 16 were injured. An explosion of unknown origin started in the mixing shed and spread throughout the plant. The plant was preparing fireworks for the exploding scoreboard at White Sox Park. It is claimed that the body count would have been much higher if the majority of the workers had not been on a coffee break in a different building when the first explosion occurred. The “coffee break” building was leveled by the second explosion. Impact of the explosions was so fierce that 16 of the 18 buildings were destroyed along with 15 automobiles. The parking lot of the factory, was hit by walls of flames and searing heat. All of the cars in that area were devastated. Two magazines, containing 12,600 pounds of explosives, were undamaged, which was “miraculous.” Employees were filling M-80s with flash powder in the mixing shed, and an explosion occurred "possibly as a result of a spark or friction igniting spilled powder on the floor. This explosion was felt as far away as 25 miles. It was heard as far away as Gary, Indiana and broke windows at the Walgreen’s Drug Store at Vermont and Western Ave., Blue Island. Windows were blown in throughout the Orland Plaza, and plate glass was shattered at Kosnar’s Drugstore, nearly three miles from the blast. Windows and light bulbs at the Andrews Corporation were shattered, as well. Phone service was temporarily knocked out in Orland Park. To this day, the cause of Orland Firework Factory Disaster is still unknown.


Memorials Battalion Chief William Bonnar, Sr. Memorial On February 25, 2019, the District held a memorial service for Battalion Chief William Bonnar, Sr., a beloved member of the Orland Fire District. This date marked the 21st anniversary of Chief Bonnar’s death in the line-of-duty. Battalion Chief William Bonnar, Sr. Line-of-Duty Death—February 25, 1998

Kathy DeLair, daughter of the late Battalion Chief William Bonnar, Sr. and sister of retired Battalion Chief William Bonnar, Jr., created an amazing American flag made out of fire hose, to memorialize her father's service to the OFPD from 1972 until his line of duty death in 1998; her brother's 40+ years of dedicated service to the OFPD from 1976 until his 2017 retirement; and to the dedicated men and women of the OFPD for their service and commitment to the citizens they serve. The flag was dedicated at B/C William Bonnar, Sr.'s annual memorial service and will remain in the apparatus bay of Station 1 as a reminder of the Bonnar Family's loyal and dedicated service to the Orland Fire Protection District, as well as the dedicated service of all OFPD personnel.


Memorials 9-1-1 Remembrance Memorial

On September 11, 2019, 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 18th year.


Awards GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting 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, 2018. 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 11th consecutive year!

IL Society of Fire Service Instructors Instructor of the Year In February, 2019, Lieutenant Scott Olinski was awarded Instructor of the Year for 2018 at the Instructor conference in Peoria, through the Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors. This is a tremendous honor that puts Lieutenant Olinski in an elite group of past recipients and firefighters that have excelled in the advancement of education and training throughout the State of Illinois. It takes a special person that is filled with drive and a willingness to accept personal sacrifice to help others all in the name of professional development. Lieutenant Olinski has worked very hard for each and everyone at the Orland Fire Protection District, as well as impacting firefighters throughout the region and state.


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

OFPD Operations Chief (and former award recipient ) David Piper and Lieutenant Scott Olinski

L to R: IL State Fire Marshal Matt Perez, Personnel Standards and Education Division Manager Mitzi Woodson, Lieutenant Olinski, IFSFI Vice President Brian Thompson and President Zack Riddle

Awards Golden Boot Award In January, 2019, the Orland Fire District received the Golden Boot Award again this year from the Muscular Dystrophy Association for OFPD Firefighter Local 2754’s great work in raising funds for this very important annual fundraising event.

Excellence in EMS Public Education On Monday, May 20, 2019, the Orland Fire Protection District received an Excellence in EMS Public Education Award at the Silver Cross EMS System National EMS Week Awards Lunch held at Harrah's in Joliet. This award is given in recognition of exemplary contributions as EMS educators to the community in demonstrating outstanding achievement in public education, injury prevention and health promotion for EMS in Illinois, and we are honored to have received it!

SAG (Special Achievement in GIS) Award In July, 2019, the Orland Fire Protection District was honored to be awarded a SAG (Special Achievement in GIS) Award. Organizations who are setting new precedents throughout the GIS community are awarded after being personally selected by Jack Dangermond, President and founder of Esri. The Orland Fire Protection District received the award for its use of GIS technology to achieve Accredited status through CPSE. Lieutenant Steve Rivero and Lieutenant Dan Ritchie received the Special Achievement in GIS Award on behalf of the District this week at the ESRI user conference. This is a proud moment for the District as it stands out among over 100,000 other organizations using this technology. Great job Steve & Dan!


Years of Service Sworn Personnel

The following employees celebrated milestone anniversaries in 2019:

40 Years:

Fire Chief Mike Schofield

35 Years:

Lieutenant Scott Olinski

30 Years:

Lieutenant Scot

Lieutenant Randy



30 Years:

Administrative Chief Dan Smith

30 Years:

Lieutenant Sean Merck



Ray Marquardt

Deputy Chief Nick Cinquepalmi

25 Years:

Firefighter Jerry Slisz

Lieutenant Brian Martin

20 Years:



Matt Burke

Joe Oram

Years of Service Sworn Personnel The following employees celebrated milestone anniversaries in 2019:

5 Years:

Firefighter Justin Dublin





Matt Giermala

Mark Hogan

Matt Hoover

James Logan

Firefighter Marty Majda

Engineer Jason Postma

Engineer Brian Paliga

Firefighter Steve Prohaska

Non-Sworn Personnel The following employees celebrated milestone anniversaries in 2019:

15 Years

10 Years

5 Years

Kimberly Coffou

Gayle Enright





Dawn Neehouse Dispatch 12/15/14


Unit Commendations On January 4, 2019, Paramedics were dispatched for a cardiac arrest. On arrival a 57 year-old male was found with AED attached and Police Department stating one shock had been delivered. Assessment found patient to be pulseless and was then moved to the floor where compressions and ventilations were initiated. Patient attained ROSC, a 12 lead ECG was transmitted and patient was transported to Palos Hospital with a pulse and blood pressure. Crew:

William Leddin, Joseph Leddin, Brett Buenzow, Stephen Kovats, Timothy Wopinek, James Mazurkiewicz, Michael Meyrick, Jeffrey Ruchniewicz, James Wooten, Brian Thompson

On January 30, 2019, Paramedics were dispatched to the residence for the patient experiencing trouble breathing. On arrival, a 71 year-old male was found on the bathroom floor with CPR being performed by the Orland Police Department. Patient was pulseless and CPR was performed, along with ventilation and medication delivery. After approximately 20 minutes, ROSC was attained and the patient was transported to Silver Cross Hospital with a pulse, blood pressure and spontaneous respirations. Crew:



Robert Stachnik, Justin Dublin, Joseph Miller, Joseph Mandekich, Brian Paliga, Daniel Ritchie, Chad Erickson, Brian Myhre, John Purtill, Kory Tuburan, Charles Duer

Jonathan Kendra, Stephen Carter, Jeffrey Sheldon, Timothy Kirincic, Mark Duke

On February 11, 2019, Paramedics were dispatched to the extended-care facility for the 46 year-old female in cardiac arrest. Staff was performing CPR, and assessment revealed patient in a pulseless cardiac rhythm. CPR and medications were administered by Paramedics, along with ventilations. After 1520 minutes the patient attained ROSC. Patient was delivered to Palos Hospital with a pulse and blood pressure. Crew:

Daniel Smith, Sean Merck, James Pape, Jeffrey Uthe, James Wooten, Daniel Koenig, Daniel Turner, Michael Siefert, Thomas Rafferty

On February 19, 2019, Paramedics were dispatched to a 71 year-old male unresponsive in a vehicle. The patient was moved to the ground where CPR was initiated, along with ventilations and medication. After approximately 15 minutes, the patient attained ROSC and was transferred to Palos Hospital with a pulse and blood pressure. Crew:

On January 15, 2019, Companies were dispatched to a structure fire, where one occupant was unaccounted for. A 91 year-old male was located by fire companies and care was transferred to the ambulance crew. Patient was exposed to heavy smoke conditions for approximately 10-15 minutes, was unconscious with labored breathing. It was decided to intubate the patient and the medication assist protocol was followed. The intubation was successful and the patient was oxygenated, bringing ETCO2 from 26-35mmHg. There were no other obvious injuries and the patient was delivered to Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Joseph Moore, Scot Gorecki, Ray Marquardt, Travis Herrin, Charles Stoltz, David Nagel, Dale Weber, John Cortilet

On March 3, 2019, Paramedics were dispatched to a residence for a 71 year-old female in cardiac arrest. The Orland Police Department was on scene performing CPR, and the Paramedics continued the resuscitation after finding the patient in asystole. The patient regained and lost pulses numerous times during the 30 minute resuscitation and then attained ROSC. The patient was delivered to Palos Hospital with a pulse and blood pressure. Crew:

Daniel Smith, Robert Stachnik, Joseph Mandekich, Justin Dublin, Joseph Miller, Vincent Piatak, Robert Winkelman, Ryan Bouche, Charles Murray

Unit Commendations On March 11, 2019, Paramedics were dispatched to the dialysis center for the 47 year-old male in cardiac arrest. Staff was performing CPR. Paramedics assessed the patient, who was determined to be in VF. After 20 minutes of resuscitation and 4 defibrillations, the patient attained ROSC and was transferred to Palos Hospital with a pulse, blood pressure and spontaneous respirations.

On March 19, 2019, Paramedics were dispatched to the extended-care facility for the 70 year-old male in cardiac arrest. Staff was performing CPR and had applied an AED. Paramedics continued the resuscitation, and the patient regained and lost pulses numerous times before being delivered to Palos Hospital with a pulse and blood pressure.

Crew: William Leddin, Donald Andersen, Brian Agle, Robert Murphy III, Michael Haran, Matt Giermala, Mark Hogan, Stephen Rivero, Erick Johnson, Mark Duke


On March 27, 2019, Paramedics were dispatched to the unresponsive person in a vehicle. Assessment revealed a 54 year-old female was found in VF and was defibrillated after CPR. The patient attained ROSC and spontaneous respirations. The 12 lead ECG indicated the patient was having a MI. The patient was transported and delivered to Palos Hospital with a strong pulse and blood pressure, although still unresponsive.

On April 3, 2019, Paramedics were dispatched to the extended-care facility for a cardiac arrest. Staff were performing CPR on a 90 year-old female. Paramedics took over the resuscitation and after 38 minutes, the patient attained ROSC and was transported to Palos Hospital with a pulse and blood pressure.


Daniel Turner, Thomas Rafferty, Daniel Koenig, Adrian Puente, James Pape, Marc Ganz, Ryan Bouche, James Karp

On April 4, 2019, Paramedics were dispatched to the residence for an unresponsive 43 year-old female. Patient was found in cardiac arrest and assessment revealed VF. After a 25-minute resuscitation, delivery of medications and 2 defibrillations, the patient attained ROSC. The patient was delivered to Palos Hospital with a pulse and blood pressure. Crew:


William Leddin, Stephen Rivero, Erick Johnson, Jeff Anderson, Paul Pokorny, Gerald Bohne, Steven Prohaska, Zachary Zweizig, Chad Erickson

Edgar Tums, James Logan, Erick Johnson, Brian Martin, Thomas Eisel, Isaac Salazar, Douglas DePersia

Joseph Moore, James Logan, Nick Pycz, Marc Ganz, Daniel Koenig, Brian Martin, Douglas DePersia, Shaun McDonald, Edgar Tums

On April 27, 2019, Paramedics were dispatched to an extended-care facility for an unresponsive patient. The patient was a 93 year-old female with shallow breathing. The breathing was assisted with a BVM, at which time the patient went into cardiac arrest. After a 25-minute resuscitation, the patient attained ROSC. Post resuscitative care was performed and the patient was delivered to Palos Hospital with a pulse and blood pressure. Crew:

Thomas Panzica, Charles Stoltz, David Nagel, John Cortilet, Marc DeSardi


Unit Commendations On June 25, 2019, Paramedics were dispatched to a residence on Windsor Drive for an unresponsive male, upgraded to cardiac arrest. Dispatch gave CPR instruction to the victim Ronald Pietrzak’s wife, Marguerite. She performed CPR on him until Orland Park Police arrived. Orland Park Police Officers Zach Gruztius, Jan Krzystyniak and Chris Pratl continued CPR and applied an AED that advised and delivered defibrillation. OFPD Paramedics arrived and moved the victim to the floor, continued CPR and initiated ALS care including cardiac monitor, IO and medications. Shortly after administration of medications and CPR, the victim attained ROSC and spontaneous respirations. The victim was transferred to the ambulance and delivered to Palos Hospital in need of the cardiac cath lab and was discharged home neurologically intact. Dispatch: Crew:

Kristine Wessel William Leddin, David Popp, Joseph Mandekich, Chris Locus, Daniel Ritchie, Timothy Sierazy, Keith Fontana, Brian Paliga, John Cortilet

On July 29, 2019, Paramedics responded to a residence for the cardiac arrest. The Orland Police Department was on scene performing CPR on a 74 year-old male. Assessment revealed the patient was in VF. After 30 minutes of resuscitation and 2 defibrillations, the patient attained ROSC. The patient was transported to Silver Cross Hospital with a pulse and blood pressure. Crew:

William Leddin, Thomas Panzica, Joseph Oram, Lawrence Wishba, Walter Rafacz, Daniel Fagan, Carl Kwasigroch, Brandon Klekamp, Matt Giermala

On June 26, 2019, Paramedics were dispatched for a heart attack on Pepperwood Trail. Dispatchers Lee Jones and Desiree Breese received a 2nd call stating CPR in progress and upgraded to a full arrest response. Jesse Cruz was cutting the grass when his father-in-law collapsed. He initiated CPR and yelled to his neighbor Scott Jennings to call 9-1-1. He continued CPR as Orland Hills Police arrived on scene, Officer James Molloy, Officer Michael Dill and Officer Uri Duran placed the AED on the victim, Albert Bramasco, and a shock was delivered. Battalion Chief Moore arrived on scene, witnessed the shock delivered and continued CPR. Engine 2/Ambulance 2/Truck 4 arrived and performed ALS care, including Cardiac Monitoring, IO and medications. The victim attained ROSC and spontaneous respirations and was transferred to the ambulance. On arrival at Palos Hospital ER, he regained consciousness and was taken to the cardiac cath lab.

The victim was discharged several weeks after surgery, neurologically intact. The success of the call can be attributed to early recognition of cardiac arrest, initiation of CPR, early access to 9-1-1, rapid dispatch, application of AED, delivery of defibrillation and the follow up care provided by Paramedics.



Lee Jones & Desiree Breese

Joseph Moore, Matthew Johnson, Thomas Panzica, Eric Petravich, Shaun McDonald, Edgar Tums, David Nagel, Keith Radke, Matthew Hoover

On August 1, 2019, Paramedics were dispatched to the residence for a cardiac arrest. A 76 year-old male was determined to be in cardiac arrest. CPR was initiated and assessment revealed the patient in VF. After 15 minutes of resuscitation and several defibrillations, the patient attained ROSC. The patient was transported and delivered to Palos Hospital with a pulse and blood pressure. Crew:


Marc Ganz, Orlando Lopez, Nick Pycz, Isaac Salazar, Thomas Eisel, Daniel Ritchie, Eric Petravich, Martin Majda

Unit Commendations On August 16, 2019, crews responded to a residence for a patient having chest pain. The patient showed a STEMI on the 12 lead. The patient went into V-Fib twice, and was defibrillated twice, after which ROSC was attained and the patient regained consciousness.

On August 29, 2019, crews responded to the residence for a 70 year old female who had a syncopal episode. Arrived to find Pt lying on bed supine, unresponsive, agonal breathing, weak pulse. Pt went into cardiac arrest and High Performance CPR was initiated. After several rounds of CPR and medication administration, patient attained ROSC and was delivered to the ER with a pulse and blood pressure.


Crew: Gerald Bohne, Stephen Kovats, Mark Reichert, Brett Buenzow, Steven Prohaska, Timothy Wopinek, Brian Agle, Michael Pericht

Joseph Moore, Russell Ricobene, Matt Giermala, Douglas DePersia, Eric Petravich, Martin Majda

On September 24, 2019, crews responded to the residence for a medical emergency and found a 83 year-old male in cardiac arrest. Crews performed High Performance CPR, and after several rounds of CPR and medications, the patient attained ROSC. Post resuscitation care revealed a STEMI and the hospital was alerted. The patient arrested again enroute to the hospital, but attained ROSC again prior to arrival at ER.


David Piper, David Nagel, Walter Rafacz, James Logan, Keith Radke, Charles Stolz, Shaun McDonald, Brandon Klekamp, Jeffrey Sheldon, Brandon Toth

On November 9, 2019, crews responded to a doctor’s office for difficulty breathing. On arrival, the crew found the 58 year-old male patient in cardiac arrest. Crews performed High Performance CPR and ALS procedures, including medications. During the resuscitation, the patient transitioned through asystole, PEA and Bradycardia, finally attaining ROSC. Pt remained unresponsive throughout transport but did maintain a pulse and blood pressure and was delivered to the ER. Crew: James Mazurkiewicz, Joshua Girdick, Brett Buenzow, Michael Meyrick, Daniel Fagan, Brian Thompson, Michael Pericht, Timothy Wopinek

On December 17, 2019, crews responded to an extended care facility and found the 77 year-old male in cardiac arrest. High Performance CPR was initiated. An airway obstruction was discovered and removed. After several rounds of CPR the patient obtained ROSC. Post resuscitative care was performed, and the patient was delivered to the ER with a pulse and blood pressure.

Crew: Joseph Moore, Matthew Johnson, Keith Fontana, James Logan, Travis Herrin, Brian Myhre, Joseph Oram, Edgar Tums, Brandon Toth


Awards Nights On October 3, 2019, the Orland Fire Protection District held an Awards Nights to honor those receiving Unit Commendations for the period January, 2019 through December, 2019; as well as those celebrating a milestone anniversary with the Orland Fire Protection District in 2019.


Citizen Awards On August 27, 2019 the Battalion Chief William Bonnar, Sr. Lifesaving Awards were given for the following incidents: On June 25, 2019 at 2217 hours, Paramedics were dispatched to a residence on Windsor Drive for an unresponsive male, upgraded to cardiac arrest. Dispatch gave CPR instruction to the victim Ronald Pietrzak’s wife Marguerite. She performed CPR on him until Orland Park Police arrived. Orland Park Police Officers Zach Grutzius, Jan Krzystyniak and Chris Pratl continued CPR and applied an AED that advised and delivered defibrillation. OFPD Paramedics arrived and moved the victim to the floor, continued CPR and initiated ALS care including cardiac monitor, IO and medications. Shortly after administration of medications and CPR, the victim attained ROSC and spontaneous respirations. The victim was transferred to the ambulance and delivered to Palos Hospital in need of the cardiac cath lab and was discharged home neurologically intact.

Cardiac Arrest Survivor Ronald Pietrzak presented Orland Park Police Officers with their B/C William Bonnar, Sr. Lifesaving Awards (Picture 1: Officer Jan Krzystyniak Picture 2: Officer Zach Grutzius Picture 3: Officer Chris Pratl Picture 4: Officers with Police Chief Tim McCarthy and Deputy Chief Joe Mitchell) On June 26, 2019 at 12:08, Paramedics were dispatched for a heart attack on Pepperwood Trail. Dispatchers Lee Jones and Desiree Breese received a 2nd call stating CPR in progress and upgraded to a full arrest response. Jessie Cruz was cutting the grass when his father-in-law collapsed. He initiated CPR and yelled to his neighbor Scott Jennings to call 9-1-1. He continued CPR as Orland Hills Police arrived on scene, Officer James Molloy, Officer Michael Dill and Officer Uri Duran placed the AED on the victim, Albert Bramasco, and a shock was delivered. Battalion Chief Moore arrived on scene, witnessed the shock delivered, then continued CPR. Engine 2/Ambulance 2/ Truck 4 arrived and performed ALS care, including Cardiac Monitoring, IO and medications. The victim attained ROSC and spontaneous respirations, and was transferred to the ambulance. On arrival at Palos Hospital ER, he regained consciousness and was taken to the cardiac cath lab. The victim was discharged several weeks after surgery, neurologically intact. The success of the call can be attributed to early recognition of cardiac arrest, initiation of CPR, early access to 9-1-1, rapid dispatch, application of AED, delivery of defibrillation and the follow up care provided by Paramedics.

Cardiac Arrest Survivor Albert Bramasco presented Orland Hills Police Officers with their B/C William Bonnar, Sr. Lifesaving Awards (Picture 1: Officer James Molloy Picture 2: Officer Michael Dill Picture 3: Officer Uriel Duran Picture 4: L to R: Fire Chief Michael Schofield, Award Recipients: Scott Jennings, Brandon Cruz, Christopher Cruz, Jesse Cruz, Survivor Albert Bramasco, Orland Hills Police Officers Molloy, Dill and Duran Picture 5: Mr. Bramasco presenting awards to his son-in-law Jesse Cruz, neighbor Scott Jennings and Grandson Brandon Cruz)


OFPD By the Numbers The performance of emergency responders is often measured by the time it takes personnel to arrive on the 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.

NFPA 1710 Response Guidelines: 

One minute (60 seconds) for dispatch

One minute (60 seconds) for turnout time for EMS; one-minute, twenty seconds (80 seconds) for FIRE

Four minutes (240 seconds) or less travel time for the arrival of the first-due engine company at a fire suppression incident and 8 minutes (480 seconds) or less travel time for the deployment of a full first alarm assignment at a fire suppression incident (15-17 firefighters)

Four minutes (240 seconds) or less travel time for the arrival of a unit with first responder or higher level capability at an emergency medical incident (with 5 personnel). *Note: all Orland Fire Companies and Ambulances are Paramedic/ALS equipped.

The fire department shall establish a performance objective of not less than 90% for the achievement of each

response time objective.

Three Segments of Response Time Call Processing:

Turn Out:



Unit Notification to Responding

Active Driving to the Scene

911 Call to Unit Notification

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 6 minutes and a fire call in under 6:20 minutes for 90% of all incidents


OFPD By the Numbers The Orland Fire District has continued to see an increase in the number of incidents to which it responds over the past ten years. Incident volume has increased 34% from 2009 to 2019.


OFPD By the Numbers


OFPD By the Numbers


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.


Apparatus Staffing 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.

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.


Fire Truck

Fire Engine

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Staffed by 2 Paramedics Advanced Life Support 12 Lead Cardiac Monitor

Staffed by 3 Firefighter/ Paramedics Advanced Life Support Carries Manpower Ladders, Fire Pump, Water, Tools

Provide Advanced Life Support medical service Life saving medications Transportation to hospital

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Rescues Ventilation Support the Fire Engine Crew

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Staffed by 3 Firefighter/ Paramedics Advanced Life Support Carries Manpower Fire Pump, Hose, Water, Tools Extinguish the fire Vehicle Extrication Advanced Life Support


Significant Incidents House Fire—14200 Block of 84th Avenue On January 15, 2019, Firefighters from the Orland Fire Protection District received a 9-1-1 call at 4:50 PM reporting a fire in a two-story split-level home consumed in heavy smoke at the 14200 Block of 84th Avenue in Orland Park. One resident was outside the building and informed Firefighters that two other individuals were still inside the home. Using a handline, Firefighters entered the smoke-filled home in search of the missing residents. The Firefighters were able to rescue two people from inside the building. All three members of one family were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene. One of the victims, the father in his 90s, was in critical condition and was transported to Christ Hospital for continued treatment. Another victim, the mother in her 90s, was treated at the scene and released. A full still alarm was called to provide manpower to the scene and support. The Illinois State Fire Marshall and Orland investigators were on scene investigating the cause of the fire. The Orland Fire Protection District was assisted by neighboring fire districts including from Palos Fire, Oak Forest, Tinley Park, Homer, Lockport, Crestwood, New Lenox and Matteson.

1 Dead, Bystander Wounded In Orland Square Mall Shooting On January 21, 2019 at approximately 6:45 p.m., OFPD Firefighter/ Paramedics were dispatched to the Orland Square Mall center food court area where it was reported a 19 to 20 year-old old man was shot and killed. It was reported the victim fled after he was shot in the chest and collapsed near an escalator a short distance from the mall's H&M store, where he was found by first responders. Witnesses stated two men were involved in an altercation and one of the males pulled a handgun and fired multiple times striking the victim. OFPD Paramedics performed life saving skills on the victim who did not survive.

House Fire—8500 Block of Hemlock Street On February 17, 2019, at approx. 9:30 pm, Firefighter were dispatched to the 8500 block of Hemlock Street for a house on fire. The residents were home at the time of the fire and noted smoke upstairs. Orland Fire arrived on scene with smoke showing from the roof and quickly moved in to extinguish the fire in a second floor wall and attic. Orland Fire responded with four engines, an aerial ladder, and three ambulances. They were assisted on scene by Crestwood and Tinley Fire Departments. There were no injuries but the family of three was displaced. The fire was determined to be unintentional and caused by a faulty metal fireplace chimney.


Significant Incidents Two House Fires Within One Hour of Each Other On April 21, 2019 at approx. 5:06 p.m., the OFPD was dispatched to the 7900 block of 143rd Street, for reports of smoke coming from an abandoned house. Just as Firefighters were getting that situation under control, they received another call for a dryer fire that was beginning to spread in a townhome in the 15700 block of Chesterfield Lane at 6:01 p.m.

Orland Park Police and Cook County Sheriff's Deputies closed 143rd Street westbound from Harlem Ave. to 82nd Ave to allow for emergency vehicle staging on 143rd Street which was the only point of access to the structure. OFPD Engine 6 providing water supply from a hydrant on Chateau Court, just south of The long, narrow gravel driveway of the abandoned house proved difficult the of the abandoned house for larger fire trucks to get to the structure. The abandoned house was in unincorporated Orland Park which falls under the police jurisdiction of the Cook County Sheriff's Office. Through the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS), fire/rescue units from neighboring departments, including Tinley Park and Crestwood, changed quarters to cover some of the empty Orland fire stations which were on scene at the abandoned house fire. Battalion chiefs from neighboring MABAS agencies, as well as a ladder truck from Palos, were also on scene providing assistance. ComEd's assistance was also required, as a live power line had fallen near the back of the house, posing a major safety concern. ComEd cut power to the downed line while firefighters continued to extinguish the flames. Just less than one hour after their dispatch to the abandoned house fire, Orland Central Dispatch received a call at 6:01 PM for a dryer fire that was beginning to spread in a townhouse in the 15700 block of Chesterfield Lane. Thankfully for MABAS, the units from Tinley Park and Crestwood were already stationed at Orland Fire stations and quickly arrived on scene at approximately 6:05 PM with an Orland ambulance that was also available. Residents were already safely evacuated and the incident was quickly reported under control at approximately 6:08 PM. Firefighters remained on scene for about a half hour to assist with smoke ventilation and cleanup so that the residents could safely return to their homes. Command for both scenes was terminated around 6:25 PM with no injuries at either incident. The cause of the abandoned house fire is being investigated by OFPD.

Woman Fatally Injured In Orland Hills House Explosion On April 28, 2019, OFPD Firefighters/Paramedics were dispatched to the 16700 Block of 93rd Avenue for a fire. Firefighters found a 60-year-old woman lying in the front yard of the house. She had been burned but was conscious. A fire blazed in the living room behind her. The woman was transported to Silver Cross and, later, transferred to the burn unit at Loyola Medicine for further treatment. The woman's husband and a neighbor also were at the scene and were not injured. Fire crews rescued two family dogs, gave them oxygen and took them to PAWS for evaluation. The house was left uninhabitable. The Orland Fire Protection District Investigation Team and Illinois State Fire Marshals Office are investigating the cause of the fire. Multiple fire crews from the Orland Fire Protection District helped with fire control, search and rescue, and emergency medical treatment.


Significant Incidents House Fire—14200 Block of Woodward Drive On Saturday, July 6, 2019 at approximately 2:24 p.m., OFPD Firefighter/ Paramedics were dispatched to the 14200 Block of Woodward Drive for a fire. Landscapers alerted a woman and three children to a fire that ravaged their attached garage, and was quickly spreading to their home. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the garage of the two-story single family residence consumed by fire that was quickly spreading to the inside of the home. Multiple arriving fire crews were able to quickly contain and prevent the fire from spreading. A full-still alarm was called to provide additional manpower and equipment to the scene, and to cover Orland Fire stations. The fire had gutted the garage, destroyed a vehicle parked in the garage and caused serious damage to the home. The family fled through the front door and were unaware of the fire until they had been alerted to the flames by the landscapers whose fast action in reporting the fire and calling 911 may have saved their lives. They were all able to escape the fire without injury. The family was evaluated by fire personnel on the scene. Orland Fire Investigators said that the cause of the fire was debris that had been thrown out by the family that had been burning. The family had doused the debris with water and put it in a plastic bag. The debris reignited causing the fire, the Orland Fire District Investigation Team said. Other fire departments providing coverage and manpower including: Tinley Park, Crestwood, Palos, North Palos, Palos Heights, Lemont and Homer.

New Lenox Assist 20600 Block of Amherst Court On August 3, 2019, the OFPD assisted the New Lenox Fire District with a box alarm fire that occurred outside the Village of New Lenox limits at the International Chimney Corporation in the 20600 Block of Amherst Court. Both directions of I-80 were shut down due to brush fires caused by the blaze, as scores of area Firefighters battled the commercial structure fire in New Lenox near I-80. New Lenox Fire learned of the blaze around 4:30 p.m. Once the fire trucks got to the street, they found two buildings fully engulfed. New Lenox Fire "went to a defensive approach right away, calling it a fully involved structure fire. A foam task force was called in from Elwood due to the chemical burning. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Fatal Crash Shuts Down 159th Street In Orland Hills On the afternoon of December 23, 2019, OFPD Emergency personnel responded to a crash on 159th Street near 91st Avenue in Orland Hills. A box truck and three other cars were involved in the crash, sustaining major damage. 159th Street was closed between 91st Avenue and 88th Avenue for several hours, as the investigation unfolded. At least two people were injured and taken to area hospitals immediately after the crash. One victim later died from her injuries and the conditions of the other victim(s) was not known.


Mutual Aid 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 regularlyrequested 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.

Mutual Aid Received From: Blue Island Fire Department Crestwood Fire Department Frankfort Fire Protection District Homer Fire Protection District Lemont Fire Protection District Lockport Fire Protection District Mokena Fire Protection District New Lenox Fire Protection District North Palos Fire Protection District Northwest Homer Fire Protection District Oak Forest Fire Department Palos Fire Protection District Palos Heights Fire Protection District Peotone Fire Protection District Tinley Park Fire Department


Fire Investigations

Fire Investigations

Battalion Chief Bill Leddin

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 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. The OFPD partners with our local police departments (Orland Park, Orland Hills, and 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. We also work with our law enforcement partners on fires that are determined to be accidental.

In 2019, the Orland Fire District Origin and Cause Team investigated all fires within the Orland Fire District. These are not only structure fires, but also include vehicles, vegetation, and other free-standing structures. In 2019 there were 3 intentionally set fires, which included structures and vehicles, and those 3 fires are still under investigation. Unlike other crimes, there is no statues of limitations on arson cases, and they are never closed until a conclusion is achieved. Many of these cases are closed with the help of information received from citizens. One intentionally-set fire was an arson fire set in a crowded clothing store in Orland Square Mall at the start of the holiday season. The fire was investigated in conjunction with the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office. We had two fire fatalities in 2019. One was due to a resident smoking at home while using oxygen to help her breathe. The homeowner, a senior citizen, was left alone while her husband went shopping. Her husband was able to help by moving the victim to the front lawn. Unfortunately, she later succumbed to her injuries from smoke inhalation. We continue to target our seniors when it comes to fire safety messages. Our second fire fatality occurred when an occupant set their car on fire intentionally and remained in the vehicle. The occupant died of self-inflicted burns and smoke inhalation. In 2019, the Orland Fire Origin and Cause Team continued to stay on top of the latest trends in fires involving electronics and other devices. Many of these trends were a result of recalls involving lithium batteries and how their batteries were charged. We continue to monitor fires involving clothes dryers and exhaust fans. Many of these fires could have been prevented by proper maintenance and servicing. We alert our residents when problems arise and use these incidents to educate our residents on fire safety. We continuously work closely with manufacturers and our insurance partners to gather current information involving fire hazards. The Orland Fire District Origin and Cause Team converted two shipping containers into four complete burn cells that we are able to use to simulate room and content fires. We use these rooms for in-house training of personnel. We continue to schedule training classes on scene safety, interviewing techniques, and photography training. Our fire investigators train on NFPA 921 and continue to work toward national certifications. The Orland Fire District Origin and Cause Team continues to train at a higher standard. We open up our monthly team trainings to our neighboring departments so we can train together. This helps us form partnerships with our neighbors. We continue to be a liaison to our residents and ensure that we work for them in helping them get their lives back together. Our investigative team works with homeowners from the moment we respond to their incident until they are ready to move back into their home. We strive to make sure that our residents are able to get on with their lives.


Fire Investigations Juvenile Fire Setters Program The Orland Fire District Origin and Cause Team has three state Interventionist on our team. The goal of our interventionists is to work closely with law enforcement and parents to assist juveniles when a fire is suspected of being caused as a result of a juvenile. In 2019, the team responded to two requests for help within the Orland Fire District to assist parents and law enforcement this year. Our program participants can be recommended to the team by parents, law enforcement, and the juvenile court system. We meet with the juvenile and their parents on the dangers of fire and promote fire safety. Parents accompany the juvenile throughout the training process. Our goal is to help identify potential problems and help the family get additional help if needed. Our program is very successful, and we have not had any reoccurrences involving juveniles that we have assisted. The team will be sponsoring a class for interventionists next spring, and it will be open to all neighboring departments. Our fire setters formed a coalition with other area neighboring departments within MABAS 19, and it continues to thrive. This coalition allows its members to receive additional trainings and to be able network with other departments with similar concerns and issues. This partnership allows us to work with other mental health professionals and gives us greater resources to better help our residents. Our team is on call for all task force call outs involving juveniles and their fires. Our members are now working with four other MABAS divisions to form additional alliances and to reach more juveniles in need.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Battalion Chief William Leddin held the District’s very first Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) pilot class in the Spring of 2016. Since that time we have completed our sixth CERT training class in the Fall of 2019. During this class, 11 more volunteers participated in the nine week training class. Our CERT members participate in a graduation ceremony at the end of the training program and are recognized by Chief Schofield and the Orland Fire District Board of Trustees. The Orland Fire District CERT Team currently has 65 certified members and has logged hundreds of hours of training in emergency management and are looking forward to adding additional hours in 2020. CERT training scheduled for 2020 is Severe Weather Spotting in early Spring and Advanced Shelter Management. Previous CERT classes have participated in the National Weather Service Severe Weather Spotters class. A full scale disaster drill is scheduled for Summer 2020 as well. We want our team to render their families safe before helping neighbors and residents, although our CERT members are ready and willing to help their neighbors and friends, as well as neighboring communities.

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Battalion Chief Bill Leddin distributed CERT Certificates of Completion to the 5th CERT Class who finished the 8 week training program at the BOT meeting

We are proud to report that ten percent of our current CERT members are registered nurses, some of which have retired only to come back and volunteer for the Orland Fire District. These nurses, in addition to all our members, are looking to give back to our community. We look forward to working with our CERT volunteers.


Emergency Medical Services Orland Fire District takes great pride in the services we provide to the communities of Orland Park, Orland Hills and Orland Township. Orland Paramedics may arrive at your emergency on fire apparatus and ambulances. The computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system sends the closest fire company and ambulance to guarantee help arrives as soon as possible. All of our fire apparatus carry Advanced Life Support (ALS) equipment, just like the ambulances, since 1996. All of our Firefighters are also Paramedics. Emergency Medical Services Administrator

Lieutenant Mark Duke

In January of 2011, the Orland Fire Protection District committed to utilizing simulation to provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education. Orland EMS Simulation Training Center provides high quality education programs that

not only meet mandated training requirements, but more importantly address patient quality care initiatives and patient and provider safety, through the use of simulation training, education and research. Orland Fire District training is provided in a safe, non-threatening teaching-learning environment which allows providers to:  Practice safely and effectively  Develop critical thinking and situational awareness  Implement psychomotor and communication skills  Encourage student role development to meet professional standards of care The use of simulation in training promotes patient safety and quality pre-hospital care. Clinical competency is validated, while improving the efficiency of EMS providers. Situational awareness and safety is enhanced through simulation of potentially hostile or otherwise dangerous situations. Critical thinking is promoted and team concepts in patient care are developed, using realistic simulation scenarios. In 2012, Orland EMS was the first suburb in Illinois to begin the implementation of High Performance CPR, similar to cities like Seattle, Washington; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, that have Cardiac Arrest save rates of over 50%. That is a stark contrast to most communities that do not utilize the High Performance model and have save rates in the single digits. Orland Fire District had a cardiac arrest save rate of over 55% in 2019. Orland 9-1-1 Emergency Medical Dispatchers impact survival rates by giving CPR instruction over the phone. Every minute that CPR is not performed, decreases the chance for survival by 10%. Our goal is to have every Orland resident trained in CPR and AED use. We provide CPR for the public, free of charge. Our mission will permit us to continue providing the best EMS in the area, even as call volume continues to rise. Our highly-trained and experienced Paramedics provide unequaled service, utilizing the best technologies available. We are prompt, efficient and effective in bringing you the help you need and deserve when you call 9-1-1.


Emergency Medical Services Tactical Emergency Casualty Care/Rescue Task Force Tactical Emergency Casualty Care / Rescue Task Force is a class based on best practices, designed to decrease preventable death from incidents as a result of Active Shooter and Hostile Events. 5 classes were conducted onsite and 2 classes offsite—with over 170 total participants from nearly 50 Fire Departments and jurisdictions.

Bleeding Control Basic Course “STOP the Bleed” The Bleeding Control Basic (B-Con) Course or "STOP the Bleed" is designed for individuals who have little or no medical training, but who may be called upon as immediate responders, to provide initial trauma care and bleeding control to a victim of traumatic injury, prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS) or in an austere environment. The B-Con course is a joint product of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians’ Prehospital Trauma Life Support. Each student is provided with a Bleeding Control Kit. There is an effort that began in 2019 and will continue beyond 2020,to have all of the teachers in Orland School District 135 trained in this life-saving course.


Emergency Medical Services CPR Training In January, 2019, the Orland Fire Protection District and the Palos Fire Protection District worked together on high-performance CPR training. In doing so, it not only enhances the care each District provides to their residents, but brings personnel together to work and learn from each other.

On January 23, 2019, OFPD retired Lieutenant Chris Smith and retired Engineer Robert Palermo taught the Orland Junior High Eagles lifesaving CPR skills. Chris and Bob teach all OFPD CPR classes for certification purposes or a Friends & Family class. You can visit our website at www.orlandfire.org for a complete list of upcoming classes.

Difficulty Airway Class There were 5 Difficult Airway classes conducted at our training facility and 2 offsite classes at local fire departments. There were close to 200 participants from over 30 EMS agencies. The Difficult Airway class is designed to give pre-hospital personnel the education and confidence they need to effectively and efficiently manage virtually any airway issue they may encounter.


Emergency Medical Services EMS Appreciation Barbecues The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) was instrumental in establishing EMS Week when President Gerald Ford declared November 3 – 10, 1974 as the first “National Emergency Medical Services Week.” This annual observance continued for four more years, and was then reinstituted by ACEP in 1982. Orland Fire District shows gratitude to the EMS providers by providing an annual cook out for three consecutive days for each of the shifts. We can never take a day off from providing service to our community but providing a meal and acknowledging a job well done is a gesture of appreciation that is well received. EMS Administrator Lieutenant Mark Duke does the cooking, with some help from the Fire Prevention Bureau Supervisor Mike Ercoli and Life & Safety Educator Betsy Dine. Much thanks to Administrative Assistant Joan Pickens who helps organize these barbecues, prepares the wonderful sides and desserts and makes sure it is the best it can be!

“Beyond the Call” There are a good number of Orland residents that frequently need our help in everyday life due to their medical conditions. One such resident had been falling frequently while trying to navigate between his electric scooter and recliner. Discussion with the resident’s occupational therapist revealed the transfer plane was too steep. The Crew made the decision to construct a platform for the recliner and effectively reduced the resident’s frequency of falling. Lieutenant Matt Johnson, Engineer Ray Marquardt and Firefighter Travis Herrin went above and beyond to provide aid to our resident!


Emergency Medical Services Teen Bridge Center On August 13, 2019, the OFPD Firefighter/Paramedics visited the Bridge Teen Center for a presentation on what it takes to be a Firefighter, what a day in the life of a Firefighter looks like and why would anyone want to be a Firefighter. Next, there was a Questions & Answer period and then a guided tour of our fire apparatus, with an explanation of the equipment and a look at the protective gear. In addition, the importance of being prepared was discussed and how the students themselves can save a life. Lastly, the students learned/reviewed CPR and practiced what they learned, including calling (9-1-1), performing compressions and applying an AED.

L to R: Firefighters Sheldon, Navarro, Engineer Pycz, Lieutenant Ganz and Firefighter McDonald

Soon to be retired Lieutenant Marc Ganz and crew put on a faux concert for the teens

Centennial Lifeguards Train With Orland Firefighters With summer, comes swimming and the possibility of pool injuries. In June, 2019, the Orland Park Lifeguards trained with the Orland Fire District Paramedics. This training has been conducted annually since 1998.

Orland Centennial Pool Lifeguards with OFPD Personnel after Training 2019


First group of Orland Centennial Pool Lifeguards who trained with OFPD Personnel 1998

Emergency Medical Services The Challenge A 2019 report from the American Heart Association suggests the incidence of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is 356,461 annually. Of those treated by emergency medical services, only 10% survived.

Orland Fire District has a 2019 save rate of 59% for patients found in VF Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can be defined as cessation of cardiac mechanical activity, as confirmed by the absence of signs of circulation.  Approximately 18.7% 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 2013-2017 Census Bureau statistics indicate 21.9% of the Orland Park Community was over 65 years of age or older. Over the next 15 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.

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 Cardiac Arrest Survivors Celebration Dinner On November 14, 2019, the Orland Fire Protection District held its 2nd Annual Cardiac Arrest Survivor Dinner in the Administration Building Boardroom. This dinner is to celebrate all of those who survived cardiac arrest and their guest, along with family, neighbors, police officers, dispatchers and the paramedics who saved their lives. After a welcome from Fire Chief Mike Schofield and a prayer led by Chaplain Pastor John Vogel, we had a delicious dinner provided by Winston's Market. Next, Teri Campbell, Director of Illinois Heart Rescue, was our special guest speaker. OFPD EMS Administrator Lieutenant Mark Duke spoke of the extensive training Orland Fire's personnel go through to respond to these emergency calls and why we have one of the highest save rates in the state. Next, survivors themselves and even their spouses got up to tell their stories, expressing gratitude for those that saved them, and how important it is for everyone to know CPR as many who were here to tell their story had help from a family member or police officer initially until crews arrived. It was a wonderful evening and we appreciate all who attended!


Finance 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 in Financial Reporting Finance Director Kerry Sullivan

In 2019, the District received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This is the 11th consecutive year the District has received this prestigious award. The CAFR can be found on the District’s website at www.orlandfire.org.

Distinguished Budget Presentation Award GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award was received by the District for 2018 and 2019. The 2020 budget has also been submitted for consideration.

2020 Budget The 2020 budget document, which serves as the financial plan for the upcoming year, was further expanded from prior years and can be found at www.orlandfire.org/aboutthedistrict/publictransparency/ budgets/ The costs to achieve the District’s mission are primarily offset by property tax revenue. Increases in property tax revenue are limited by tax rate ceilings and property tax caps. Other sources of revenue includes ambulance service fees, grant revenue, dispatch service fees, and fire prevention fees. The 2020 Budget gives priority to programs and services that provide the greatest benefit to District residents. The 2020 Budget represents the efforts of District staff in reviewing their operations, streamlining them when possible and investing in improvements to daily operations to benefit the safety of District residents and employees. A Capital Fund Five Year Financial Plan was updated with the 2020 budget to help anticipate and plan for funding needs for capital items. As an overview, total revenue and expenditures for all funds combined for the 2020 Budget, 2019 Budget and 2018 Actual are presented below.

Total Revenue Cook County Grant Total Revenue Excluding Grant Total Expenditures Cook County Grant Total Expenditures Excluding Grant

2018 Actual $35,367,630 782,926

2019 Budget $36,061,714 1,000,000

2020 Budget $37,609,160 1,200,000




$34,244,821 860,271

$35,561,128 1,000,000

$37,117,853 1,200,000





Training Introduction The Training and Safety Officer of the Orland Fire Protection District is responsible for the delivery of emergency response training and education programs for members of the department, other outside agencies, and the members of the community.

Training & Life Safety Officer

Lieutenant Mike Siefert

The driving force of the Training Division is ensuring that the men and women of the Orland Fire Protection District are well trained and prepared to respond to any emergency. The Training and Safety Officer of the Orland Fire Protection District works Monday-Friday, which allows for a more consistent approach in the management and delivery of our training program. The focus

of the Orland Fire Protection Districts training program for our personnel is to provide a realistic, pertinent, and safe training environment for members of our organization, as well as our guests. The Training Division’s main goal is to maintain a level of professionalism through our training program. The Orland Fire Protection District will continue to strive towards the growth and development of our personnel, while maintaining a state of the art training facility for our Firefighters and Paramedics.

2019 Training Overview The Orland Fire Protection District certifies our personnel to the standards set forth by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshall. The certification and recertification program established by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshall manages a program of training and certification that has developed standards, utilizing input from State Certification Advisory Committee members for training, testing, and certifying all levels of firefighting. In 2019, members of the Orland Fire Protection District earned 65 certifications through the Office of the State Fire Marshall. The certifications achieved in 2019 range from firefighting related courses, to fire prevention and technical rescue certifications. The challenge for the training division is ensuring that our training program captures all training activities our members perform, in order for our members to maintain their certifications through the Office of the State Fire Marshall. In July of 2019, the State Fire Marshall began requiring a recertification over four years for the Rope Operations, Hazardous Materials Operations, Company Fire Officer, and Advanced Fire Company Officer certifications. While the recertification process through the Office of the State Fire creates a unique challenge for the Training Division, we have already accounted for this process. The Orland Fire Protection District annually schedules our annual training sessions to account for these certifications, meaning our members are conducting the necessary training to maintain their certifications as part of their daily training activities.


Training Members of the Orland Fire Protection District participated in 26,405 training hours for our members in 2019. The 26,405 hours of training performed by our members consists of daily training topics or “quick drills� that the company officer conducts daily with their company. In addition to daily training, companylevel training is done with multiple companies or fire stations participating in a variety of topics at our training facility or other locations. Our company level training is done with three-six companies or fire stations practicing a wide range of skills from Emergency Medical Services, Firefighting, and Special Rescue Operations. From 0800-1400 daily, the Training Division rotates companies through these training scenarios at our training facility or locations within the Orland Fire Protection District. Training sessions are objective-driven, meaning our personnel must meet established benchmarks and standards during their training sessions.

Vision The Orland Fire Protection District Training Division has a vision to develop a training organization that provides the highest quality training for the Orland Fire Protection District, as well as other departments throughout the region and state that utilize our campus/classes. Our training is structured to identify standard conditions, deploy standard actions, to deliver standard outcomes. Our state-of-the-art training props and facilities, virtual reality and scenario-based simulation centers, and quality instructors will provide training and certification.


Training MABAS 19 Training The Orland Fire Protection District and our surrounding departments, continue to train together to improve interoperability. Training officers from each of our neighboring departments meet every month to discuss relevant training topics, issues, and challenges facing each agency, and future training events. The MABAS 19 training officers have collaborated to revamp our existing three-year training plan and update the training plan to a four-year training plan. Given the amount of training required by the Office of the State Fire Marshall, it was necessary to ensure each department can capture all of the training necessary for the re-certification of several Office of the State Fire Marshall courses in an appropriate time-frame. The MABAS 19 Training Officers also plan at least two Light and Fight sessions annually. These live fire scenarios typically are a more extensive scale event that involves multi-agency and multi-company operations. This year our agencies focused on “may day� training at the MABAS 19 division level. A livefire scenario, coupled with downed and trapped firefighters in an adjacent structure, re-enforced the need for training sessions that involve all aspects of the fire ground. These scenarios started as a typical live-fire event that transitioned into an event that required the development and growth of the incident command structure, thus giving chief officers, fire company officers, and firefighters each specific training to their job functions.


Training Illinois Fire Service Institute/Cook County Department of Homeland Security The partnership with Cook County Department of Homeland Security, the Orland Fire Protection District, and the Illinois Fire Service Institute entered its third year. Our collective efforts between these three agencies have enabled the Orland Fire Protection District to host numerous Office of the State Fire Marshall courses for our personnel. The delivery of these courses at our training facility allows the Orland Fire Protection District to certify our staff in many State fire certifications at a fraction of the cost due to this grant funding. Grant funding from the Cook County Department of Homeland Security has also enabled fire departments in Cook County to send their personnel to training courses hosted here at our Training Facility. In 2019 the 214 Orland Personnel received training through the Department Homeland Security. 1618 firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement officers, and government employees within Cook County received training totaling 41,635 hours of training through this partnership. The partnership and funding from Cook County Department of Homeland Security also allow for our members and outside personnel to utilize a tool and equipment cache purchased through the Department of Homeland Security funding for classes and refresher training.


Training Academy 2019 On March 1, 2019, 10 new firefighters began their careers with the Orland Fire Protection District. The candidates were placed in a 10-week training academy that provides the candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to function at a high level with the Orland Fire Protection District. The 10-week academy encompasses all aspects of their job; 4-weeks of EMS training, 4-weeks of firefighting training, and 2-weeks of shift preparation skills that included driving and district familiarization. While each candidate came to the Orland Fire Protection District with some experience, their 10-week training program was designed to be challenging, yet rewarding for each of them. The training they completed was an intense program designed to place each of them in stressful and real-life scenarios. The Orland Fire Protection District and its training staff are committed to providing the very BEST Firefighter/Paramedic to our residents. Upon completion of their 10-week training academy, candidates were placed on shift with a mentor and a company officer to continue to monitor and track their progress. The 2019 candidates will complete their probationary year on March 1, 2020. While their initial training is complete, each will continue to hone and develop their skills as Firefighter/Paramedics with the Orland Fire Protection District.


Brian Nanak

Jason Smith

Brandon Toth

Orlando Lopez

Sergio Navarro

Justin Shanklin

James Schultz

Michael Pericht

Eric Petravich

Anthony Kaskadden

Training Academy 2019


Swearing In of Probationary Firefighters The Orland Fire Protection District hired 9 new Firefighter/Paramedics for our 2018 Training Academy. The group began its orientation in March, 2018 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 14, 2019. The Oaths of Office were administered by Fire Commissioner Brian O’Neill.

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: Jeff Anderson

R. J. Proctor

John Cortilet

Jeffrey Sheldon


Jeff Anderson R. J. Proctor John Cortilet Jeffrey Sheldon Daniel Mejdrech

Johnathan McKendry Ryan Bouche Dale Weber Chris Locus

Dan Mejdrech

John McKendry

Ryan Bouche

Dale Weber

Chris Locus


Water Rescue & Recovery MABAS 19 Dive Team

Water Rescue & Recovery

The Orland Fire District has 18 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. This response area covers about 450 square miles which includes a variety of water ranging from numerous retention ponds, rivers and navigational water ways.

Firefighter Dan Ritchie

Team Training Team training was conducted twice a month which consisted of:    

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Annual Swim Test and SCUBA skills review Ice Diver Training Scenario based training (surface and subsurface) Surface Supplied Air training Swift Water Technician Training Sonar Training Underwater Evidence Recovery Training Water Craft Training

Orland Station 5 crew standing on the levee break in Hardin, IL during rescue deployment

On top of the monthly team training, we had multiple members attend more advanced training. Firefighter Zweizig and Firefighter Proctor completed a Train the Trainer course for our MABAS sector scan sonar and our new, high definition, side scan sonar. These two members will be leading the sonar training for the MABAS 19 Water Rescue Team in 2020. These sonar units are utilized to help locate victims or objects of interest quickly, minimizing the amount of time a diver needs to be in the water. With the number of flood incidents on the rise, 6 members took part in special, swift/flood water training in South Bend, IN to be better prepared to handle these high risk calls. Lieutenant Purtill, along with Firefighters Zweizig, Ritchie, Erickson, Andersen, and Hogan completed a rigorous, 40-hour course that went over boat operations, PPE, and rescue techniques for these dangerous situations.


Water Rescue & Recovery MABAS 19 Dive Team Our team responded to 8 incidents in 2019. These incidents included multiple calls for cars into ponds, people trapped in a low head dam, and searching for a missing individual after a train incident by Hickory Creek.

Rescue Deployment to Hardin, IL One of these incidents was a 9-day deployment down to Hardin, IL to assist with rescue and humanitarian operations for the flooded region. Orland sent 4 members: Chief Piper, Lieutenant Purtill, Engineer Erickson and Firefighter Ritchie. Orland members assisted one resident and his dog out of his flooded home, filled and stacked hundreds of sandbags, shuttled fresh groceries into town, and transported medical patients across flooded areas to waiting ambulances.

MABAS 19 Boat Crew standing on the levee break

MABAS 19 members assisting a resident and his dog out of his house

MABAS 19 Members clearing a 2-story house

Dave and Tebow getting a ride back to dry land

Lieutenant Purtill running vital supplies to the flooded town of Hardin

Tebow the dog and his owner Dave were grateful to be back on dry land


Technical Rescue Team

Technical Rescue Team

Firefighter Tom Panzica

In 2019, the Orland Fire Protection District Technical Rescue Team was dispatched to compromised structure calls. One call consisted of a pickup truck into a condo building which compromised the second floor. The team’s assignment was to shore up the second floor so the towing company can remove the truck deeming it safe for the residence to retrieve their items until the structure can be fixed. The team also responded to a call consisting of a mutual aid call to shore up a commercial structure’s exterior wall. A vehicle hit the wall a few days prior when someone noticed the wall shifting. Then team was assigned to stabilize for safety until a construction company and the owner can decide how to fix.

The Orland Fire Protection District Technical Rescue Team faced many challenges in 2019. As we designed and outfitted our new response squad it put the team at a disadvantage having our equipment staged in the bay at station 2. Thanks to the district in the purchase of the new squad and the Technical Rescue Team’s effort with loading the squad the new squad was placed fully in service by the end of the year. This allowed the Orland Technical Rescue team to respond more efficiently and safely. The Orland Technical team is made up of multiple disciplines. Each of the disciplines requires an array of different tools and techniques to search for and rescue victims. 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 to serve the citizens of the district and provide for the safety of the team members. Now that Orland Fire is ISO 1 and Accredited, we need to maintain a team ready to deploy in a safe manner with proper equipment and safe squad ready to roll. A lot of the current members of our Technical rescue team has reached the point in their career of retirement. To be deployable to assist other rescue teams Mutual Aid Box Alarm System has a standard of 30 members per color team must be deployable to be sent to assist these other rescue teams. As senior members retire the team must replace members with younger members. It takes approximately three years to achieve all the certification to be deployable. The Technical Rescue team faces a challenge every year with CART Central board having developed a standard training program to assure that all Central board technical rescue teams stay proficient in all disciplines at the Technician Level. This 4-year training program is based on achieving approximately 25 hours per year of training within each of the 10 disciplines. This is a very difficult challenge considering training for any discipline or department is financially driven. The Office of the State Fire Marshal is changing a lot of there curriculum for the disciplines. With this change they are adding continuing education to maintain individual certifications. Research has proven that if a skill is not practiced within a 90-day period the individual begins to lose proficiency. We as a team will have to be creative with our training and work with the District to bring our budget back up to achieve these requirements. As weather becomes more devastating the more the need will be for technical rescue teams. A well trained teamed means a more efficient rapid search and rescue of a victim.


Technical Rescue Team Our new members have obtained over 1000 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. The CART central board organizes multi agency training with management from every agency to demonstrate the importance of calling the team early given the specific specialty of the technician skills by each member. Training is very physical and demanding. It is very important for members to attend as many drills throughout the year given that every month is a different discipline. As the culture of the fire service changes so must the structure of the teams. The Orland Fire Technical Rescue team is moving toward taking on another discipline with Heavy Rescue given the skill set and tool cache front line companies can’t carry proper tools to complete these tasks safely. Team Members have trained a lot throughout the year: 

Received 800 hours of training in OSFM Rescue Courses

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Constructed shoring systems for building collapse Shored live intersecting trenches Performed Confined Space Rescue Performed Collapse Technician Rescue and shoring Trench Rescue @ Local 150 Rope Rescue in Lockport

Validated 24 team members in Confine Space Technician during annual C.A.R.T. validation.

The Orland Fire Protection District's Technical Rescue Team and its members continue to be leaders of technical rescue throughout the State and the Chicagoland area. The Orland Fire Technical Rescue Team belongs to Illinois CART MABAS Blue Team which consists of 60 members.

2019 Shoring and stabilizing incidents




Battalion Chief Joe Moore

The Hazardous Materials Bureau spent 2019 preparing for the changing hazards to the area. Time was spent on training members on equipment, best practices and new hazards. The challenge is to continue to prepare for response to Hazardous Material calls small and large. From Carbon Monoxide calls to leaking tankers, the Haz Mat Bureau prepares the members of the department to identify and initiate the correct response. We continue to improve the equipment and 12 hours of continuing education of all members.

Those at the Technician level receive additional education and classes to improve the understanding of new hazards and equipment. The new technician class is 80hours over two weeks. All technicians need an additional 12 hours of training each year. A select few volunteer to be members of the Southwest Hazardous Materials Response Team and at least six more drills and classes to further develop their understanding to hazardous materials response. The classes were provided with the cooperation of the Cook County Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency and Illinois Fire Service Institute. Additional training and drills were with the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) for equipment updates and refresher training. Also there events with local pipeline companies and Cook County Department of Public Health.

2019 Orland Fire Haz Mat Responses:   

139 Carbon Monoxide Calls 122 Natural Gas Leaks 27 Fuel Spill Investigations 22 Chemical Spills or Leaks Decontamination Training at the CTC

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4 Team Drills – 97 Man hours of Orland Team Training 1 Member to Haz Mat Technician B Class 17 Active Team Members

Squad 3 dressing area for response at Lockport FPD—March Chlorine Leak


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Paradigm Pipeline Meeting Regional Meetings with Cook County Department of Public Health Update of Haz Mat Equipment on Squad 3 Assist with Open House – Haz Mat Display of Vehicle and Equipment Review with newly hired firefighters

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Decontamination Drill Foam Training First In Drills Monitoring Carbon Monoxide Incident Drill Global Harmonization System

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7 Active Orland Fire District personnel 12 Team Drills for 100 Man hours of SWHMRT Training Bio-Watch training

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Chlorine Leak in Lockport – March Chemical Fire in Lockport – July Chemical Reaction in Mokena – July Rollover Semi on Interstate 80 in New Lenox – December

An overhead view of the overturned Semi from the December response to New Lenox

Mokena response for the drum explosion/release



Technician training at the CTC


Illinois Task Force 1 – Urban Search and Rescue Team 2019 IL-TF1 is a state team formed of first responders and specialist from around the state of Illinois. The Orland Fire Protection District currently has seven members that assist with team operations. The team has 210 members divided into three team of 70 personnel who are on call for one month. The team follows the organization guidelines and equipment requirements of FEMA USAR teams. Members of the fire district who are currently on the team are: Lieutenant John Purtill – Rescue Manager, Engineer Ray Marquardt – Rescue/Heavy Rigging, Lieutenant Keith Fontana – Medical Specialist, Battalion Chief Joe Moore – Planning Team Manager, Firefighter Dan Ritchie –Structural Specialist, Engineer Chad Erickson and Firefighter Mark Hogan as Rescue Specialists. Each member attends drills during the year, in addition to department training for nearly 100 hours of training. Training for 2019 included: monthly drills and additional topics for Rope Tech, Switftwater, and a FEMA Structures Specialist. IL-TF1 participated in the May multi Urban Search and Rescue Team Drill in Indiana.

In May IL-TF1 deployed a 10-member Type 3 Swiftwater Team to Hardin and Anna Illinois for Spring Flooding. Orland members assisted as MABAS 19 Swiftwater Team. Also, several were used to support the deployment with planning, processing and in the Task Force Operations Center.

Trip to Dwight, IL

Convoy to Dwight, IL

Engineer Marquardt driving to Dwight

Lieutenant Purtill working as Safety Officer at Dwight, IL



Communications Director Bill (“Stuey�) Neumann

The Orland Fire Protection District operates a Fire & EMS only Communications/Dispatch Center that provides 911 EMS and Fire service to the residents of the Orland Fire Protection District. Under contract, Orland Central Dispatch also provides the same services to residents of Oak Forest, Lemont, Calumet City, Country Club Hills, Blue Island, Merrionette Park and Garden Homes. In 2020, Orland Central Dispatch will start dispatching for Palos Fire Prevention District. Our Dispatch team consists of a Director, Supervisor and 12 Full-Time Telecommunicators. The Supervisor position and 2 Full-Time Telecommunicator positions were added in 2019, due to the growth of the center and the increase in call volume. The Center is staffed with 3 Telecommunicators 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In 2019, Orland Central processed over 30,000 calls for service. Besides the departments contracted with the Center, Orland Central is the Mutual Aid Box Alarm (MABAS) Dispatch Center for Division 19, which covers 12 Southwest Suburban communities. Some departments require assistance for incidents beyond their resources and capabilities. MABAS was systematically designed to provide speed of response and resources to these stricken communities during such an emergency. In 2019 Orland Central handled 19 requests through the MABAS Division 19 System. Orland Central is also the back-up Communications Center for RED Center in Northbrook. RED Center serves as the primary dispatch center for the State of Illinois when a coordinated statewide response of firefighting and EMS personnel and equipment is needed. Orland Central is responsible for the coordination of any suburban response needed for an assist to the Chicago Fire Department for incidents south of 22nd Street in Chicago. Orland Telecommunicators participate in ongoing Continuous Education provided by APCO (Association of Public-Safety Communications Officers) and the Silver Cross EMS System on a monthly basis. The Telecommunicators also participate in Incident Command, MABAS, and Blue Card Simulator training with the Orland Firefighters. The Center utilizes the Tri-Tech Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system that works along with automatic vehicle locators (AVL) in the fire rigs to dispatch the closest equipment to a call. Orland Central Dispatch is constantly using new technology to improve service to the public and the departments that it serves.


Communications/Dispatch In 2019, the center started using the RapidSOS life-saving technology. The RapidSOS Portal allows Orland Central to access life-saving additional data at no cost by supplying accurate Cellular Telephone locations to the Telecommunicator. This information is invaluable when a 911 caller is unable to speak, or the caller does not know their location. Orland Central Dispatch is always searching for ways to stay on top of the constantly changing field of Emergency Communications.

Lori Gromala Hired as New Dispatch Supervisor In July, 2019, the Orland Fire Protection District hired Lori Gromala as a full-time Emergency Communications Shift Supervisor to assist in managing and the operation of the Public Safety Answering Point and District Dispatch Communications Centers. In addition to the oversight of the PSAP and District Dispatch personnel and operations, Lori will be integral in various projects for the fire district’s Communications Division such as Next Generation 911 System, First Net Communication System, National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), and Radio Communications System upgrade. This position reports directly to the Director of Communications, William (“Stuey”) Neumann. Welcome Lori!

Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Dispatching At the August 27, 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting, Dispatcher Kristine Wessel received an Award for Excellence In Emergency Medical Dispatching for a call on June 25, 2019 at 2217 hours, where Paramedics were dispatched to a residence on Windsor Drive for an unresponsive male, upgraded to cardiac arrest. Dispatch gave CPR instruction to the victim Ronald Pietrzak’s wife, Marguerite, who was able to perform CPR on him until Orland Park Police and OFPD Paramedics arrived.

At the August 27, 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting, Dispatchers Desiree Breese and Lee Jones (not present) received an Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Dispatching for a call on June 26, 2019 at 12:08, where OFPD Paramedics were dispatched for a heart attack on Pepperwood Trail. Dispatchers Lee Jones and Desiree Breese received a 2nd call stating CPR in progress and upgraded to a full arrest response. The victim was discharged several weeks after surgery neurologically intact. The success of the call can be attributed to early recognition of cardiac arrest, initiation of CPR, early access to 9-1-1, rapid dispatch, application of AED, delivery of defibrillation and the follow up care provided by Paramedics.


Support Services 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 systems, in addition to welding, fabrication, building maintenance, HVAC systems, multiphase 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: 

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.


Support Services Facility Maintenance General Repairs – The OFPD employs 1 full-time and 3 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. Station 3 – In 1986, Station 3 was originally constructed with 2 west facing, reverse gables. These gables featured exposed trusses that served as both structural, as well as architectural features. Unfortunately, exposure to the elements compromised portions of the trusses, requiring extensive repair. Additionally, each year we experienced an issue with numerous birds nesting under the roof structure, the resulting droppings created a health hazard for our personnel. Once the trusses were repaired, the gables were enclosed to protect the structural members and help mitigate the bird issue. The exterior color scheme of the building was updated and new, energy efficient, LED, exterior, lighting was installed. The majority of this work was performed by Orland Fire personnel at a substantial to the Fire District.

Station 3 – West facing gables enclosed and new lighting installed Station 3 - Exterior painting completed

Station 3 – Replaced and relocated sign

Station 1 - Overhead doors and door operators were replaced. These doors operate numerous times each day and night, in all weather conditions, and are vital to our quick response times

Orland Fire Building Maintenance Personnel replaced the roof-top HVAC at OFPD, Administration Building. This unit heats and cools our Dispatch Center


Fleet Maintenance 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, as well as 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.

OFPD vehicles are extremely well maintained which is imperative given the need for 100% reliability and the severe duty associated with emergency response

Technical Rescue Squad

A former beverage truck was purchased and re-purposed into a technical rescue squad at a substantial cost savings to the Fire District. This vehicle carries specialized equipment and is used during events requiring specialized rescue

This ambulance went into service in June of 2019 and replaced a unit from 2008


New aerial ladder in action

SCBA/Tools/Hose/Supplies Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus 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. Our current SCBA’s were purchased in 2010, and we will be researching replacement of our current units in 2020 due to age, wear-and-tear, in addition to improved features and technology in today’s models.

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. Pictured: 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.


Fire Prevention Bureau Mission Statement Fire Prevention Bureau Supervisor

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.

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 2019 to bring greater challenges as we set loftier goals to ensure the safety of the public and our Firefighters.

Fire Prevention Bureau Activities for 2019: 

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 July.

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

Fire Prevention Bureau Personnel made 3851 field contacts in 2019.


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

The Fire Prevention Bureau helped businesses with evacuation planning.

Conducted fire and evacuation drills with schools and businesses.

Installed smoke detectors and smoke detector batteries for senior citizens within the Fire District.

2019 Inspection Breakdown: Less than 5000 sq. ft. commercial inspections: Greater than 5000sq. ft. commercial inspections: Restaurant Inspections: Multi-family Inspections: Re-inspections: Final occupancy inspections: Complaint investigations: School inspections: Rough inspections: Carnival inspections: Haunted House Inspections: Fireworks inspections: Kiosk inspections (Mall): Group Home Inspections: Tent inspections:


991 291 250 401 1001 318 40 34 251 3 1 2 20 16 5

3624 Total FPB Inspectional Activities for 2019:

Fire Prevention Bureau Supervisor Mike Ercoli, Fire & Life Safety Education Coordinator Betsy Dine and Fire Inspector Patrick Collier



Hydrostatic test of sprinkler systems:


Fire alarm acceptance tests:


Fire pump tests:


Hood fire suppression system tests:


Underground flushes:


Knox Box:


Misc. events:





Fire & Life Safety Education

Fire & Life Safety Educator Betsy Dine

The Fire & Life Safety Education Division delivers instruction throughout the District. The Educator is directly responsible for Community Risk Reduction throughout the District. Community Risk Reduction (CRR) is a process to help communities find out what their risks are and develop a plan to reduce the risks viewed as “High Priority”. Once it is viewed as High Priority, programs are coordinated and implemented to reduce that risk. Our goal is to properly follow and abide by our Department’s Community Safety Mission. The Fire and Life Safety Educator is responsible for the effective supervision and education of the different at-risk programs that are implemented throughout the District.

Community Risk Assessment (CRA) is an important first step in the CRR process. It is a comprehensive evaluation that identifies, prioritizes, and defines the risks that pertain to the overall community. The CRA informs the CRR plan and results in a full understanding of the community’s unique risks, capabilities, and characteristics related to the following profiles: Demographics



Building stock


Past loss & event history

Community service organizations

Public safety response agencies

Critical infrastructure The Fire and Life Safety Educator develops, coordinates, presents, oversees and evaluates each program throughout the District. Our goals and objectives are established each year and include curriculums and programs to reduce the risk of injury, harm or death. The District offers numerous classes and programs to help reduce that community risk. The District must follow the annual budget guidelines and all programs are approved by The Chief and Board of Trustees.

IL American Water Grant Thanks to IL American Water for a generous grant we received to support the purchase of turnout gear for our 2020 Junior Cadet Camp. This summer program is for teens between the ages of 13 and 17 years old, and gives the Junior Cadets an opportunity to explore Fire Rescue & EMS. This class provides a combination of classroom and side-by-side training with our current Cadets and Firefighters, and gives a glimpse into what a career as a Firefighter/Paramedic entails.


Pictured L to R: OFPD Battalion Chief R.J. Stachnik, IL American Water Municipal Advocate Natalee Cedillo, IL American Water Operations Supervisor Tom Harrell, and OFPD Fire & Life Safety Educator Betsy Dine

Fire & Life Safety Education Coffee & Conversation Public Education Event Statistics Block Party: 15 Car Seat Checks: 75 CPR Classes: 28 Fire Drills: 15 Fire Extinguisher Classes: 5 Parade: 3 Public Display: 53 Safety Lecture: 50 Station Tours: 26 Senior Events: 16 Stand By: 2 Career Days: 3 Family Walks/Runs: 4 Engine, Truck and Ambulance Show & Tell: 50 Adopt A Firefighter lessons: 160 Learn Not to Burn Lessons: 64 Public Education Meetings: 33 Direct Marketing: 45,000-55,000

This free program is held on the fourth Thursday of every month at the OFPD Administration Board Room. It is presented by the Orland Fire Protection District and Aishling Companion Home Care. Our mission is to continue to provide our community with resources to assist them in their everyday lives. The sole purpose and goal of our group is to provide current education by quality providers in and about our community.

Total Public Reached in 2019: 45,000—55,000 people

One of our guest speakers at Coffee & Conversation this year was OFPD Trustee-Treasurer, Jayne Schirmacher. Jayne is a Broker Associate with Keller Williams Realty and spoke on the topic: Real Estate for Seniors: What are your Options? Jayne addressed various real estate issues--in particular, downsizing your home.


Fire & Life Safety Education Junior Cadet Camp Fire & Life Safety Education Coordinator, Betsy Dine, coordinated our 2nd annual Junior Cadet Camp for children ranging in the ages of 13-16 years old. Our Junior Cadets were offered a glimpse of an opportunity to explore Fire Rescue & EMS. This class provided a combination of classroom and side-by-side training with our current Cadets and Firefighters. Each Junior Cadet left with a better sense of responsibility and that he/she will be more accountable for their actions in their family and their community. We hope that by exposing the Junior Cadets to the skills of firefighters and EMS and the rules that they must follow to achieve success, he/she will have a better idea about what it takes to become a successful individual in the future.


Fire & Life Safety Education Kids Fire & Life Safety Camp Our annual Kid’s Fire & Life Safety Camp is geared to children in the 8-12 years old group age category. We offer various safety topics that create awareness and prevention of injury, harm or death. This camp is interactive and fun for the children. In addition to a variety of topics, they now know about unintentional injuries and how they can prevent them in the future.



Fire & Life Safety Education Annual Open House / Anniversary Celebration The heat didn’t deter us! Thank you to all who came out for our annual Open House on Saturday, July 20, 2019. The Open House was extra special this year as we were celebrating Orland Fire’s 125th Anniversary and 50 years as a Fire District. The event included many demonstrations by our sworn personnel in extrication, rope rescue, EMS, dive, side-by-side burn, as well as a timeline and exhibits on the History of Orland Fire to celebrate this special year! Former and current Command Staff shared stories of the history of Orland Fire. 

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Thanks To: Cook County 17th District Commissioner Sean Morrison who presented Chief Schofield with a Resolution of the Board of Commissioners of Cook County to acknowledge our rich history and services and education we provide to the residents of our district. Congressman Dan Lipinski who had the OFPD recognized at the Proceedings and Debates of the 116th Congress, First Session on July 19, 2019, and had a staff member present us with the Congressional Record at our event; There were so many great activities for kids from bounce houses and water ball, to a fire pole (thanks Oak Lawn Fire) just to name a few. As always, thanks to Joyce from the Township who did face painting, and the Home Depot who did various building projects with the kids! Crosstown Exotics brought some very cool reptiles for all to check out; Thanks to Joey’s Hot Dogs for their generosity in offering a hotdog, pop and chips to all who attended; Thanks to Cook County Bomb Squad, SWAT and the Senior Service; Thanks to our donors who helped sponsor this event, those who provided items for our gift baskets or gift baskets, and all the vendors; Thanks to the Orland Township for the use of their stage and to the Village of Orland Park for the use of their picnic tables and fencing; Thanks to all who supported our raffles and bought our anniversary commemorative T-Shirt. Sale proceeds benefited the Orland Fire Foundation, whose mission is to share our fire and life safety message to kids and seniors; Thanks to retired personnel who helped with the history of Orland Fire, especially Bill Bonnar, Jr., Mike Baruch, Bob LaMantia, Bob Morris, Art Granat, Jr., Bob Buhs; Thanks to the Honor Guard, Specialty Teams, Cadets, CERT, SAC, Community Service workers and personnel and their friends and family; Thanks Chris and Bob – CPR Training Team; Thanks to Stephanie Koenig and Michelle Leddin for all the great pictures; Thanks to Chief Schofield’s Assistant Gerry Strunka, who worked closely with Fire & Life Safety Educator Betsy Dine to incorporate the Anniversary/History aspect of this event into the already very successful annual Open House, by together: planning this event, designing our anniversary tshirt, anniversary logos, delving into the history and putting together the history boards, pictures boards, timeline, and display tables; and OFPD Fire Prevention Bureau for putting on another great event!

Fire & Life Safety Education Annual Open House / Anniversary Celebration


Fire & Life Safety Education Fire Station Tour With a Preschool Group and their Parents

On November 15, 2019, this preschool group and their families had an annual Fire Safety talk with our Fire & Life Safety Educator, Betsy Dine, and a station tour with our Firefighters. The children learned the importance of “Get out and Stay out”, “Don’t Hide, Go Outside” “Go to your Meeting Place and Call 9-1-1 for an Emergency”, “Know the Sound of your Smoke Alarm” “Never Go Back Inside for Anything” ...along with other important fire safety messages. They also saw one of our Firefighters dress in his “turnout gear” to show the children not to be afraid of a Firefighter and to let them know that they are there to help.

Pilot Passport to Wellness Health Fair Our Pilot Passport to Wellness Health-Fair was a big success this year. The Orland Fire Protection District, Aishling Companion Home Care and Coffee & Conversation, held this event on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Orland Fire Protection District Administration Building Board Room. We had a great showing at this event. Each participant received a bag of information and a game card that ultimately brought them to each vendor table to receive information that each vendor had to offer to them. They received a give-a-way from each vendor and a stamp on their passport card which made them eligible to move on to the next table. Once their card was full, they put their completed card in a box and were entered to win a raffle prize if their card was drawn. The baskets were donated by each vendor, lunch was donated by Winston’s Market and dessert was donated by Nothing Bundt Cake. Thank you to all of our vendors that provided information and give-a-ways to all of our senior residents that attended our pilot event. Orland Fire Protection District loves its Seniors and we love to provide them with as much FREE education as possible.


Fire & Life Safety Education Senior Safety Christmas Luncheon On Friday, December 6, 2019 the Orland Fire Protection District held our Annual Senior Christmas Luncheon. Our guests started arriving at 9:30 and were entertained by beautiful Christmas music played by Lisa Gumina, (on saxophone) accompanied by her father, Mike Priolo, (on piano) and her father-in-law, Felix Gumina, (on bass). Everyone at the party loved their music and couldn’t stop talking about how beautiful it was and what a nice treat it was for them to hear. Aishling Dalton-Kelly, from Aishling Companion Home Care, played a mind-enhancing memory trivia game! Our guests loved going back in time, trying to remember the answers to this fun trivia game. A delicious lunch from Winston’s Market was set up and served by our S.A.C. members and dessert was donated by Orland Park's, Nothing Bundt Cake. Thank you Chief Schofield for allowing us to throw such a great Christmas celebration again this year! Also, thank you for the help from Joan Pickens, Mike Angel, Jerry Slisz, Senior Advisory Council members, and Aishling for helping us make this year’s luncheon educational and entertaining. A fun time was had by all!


Senior Advisory Council (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.

2019 SAC Accomplishments: 

Developed and provided Safety Presentations at meetings and district sponsored events.

SAC exhibited at the Orland Health and Fitness and Sportsplex for a few days twice a year distributing safety information and talking to seniors about the district.

Distributed SAC materials and safety messages throughout the district at our drop off locations. In total we have10 locations.

Communicated with on duty OFPD staff, paramedics, and fire house personnel to find out senior populations’ concerns/needs from their interactions.

Participated in Ride-Alongs with Battalion Chiefs to learn more about the day to day operations of our district.

Spoke at several homeowner’s associations and discussed safety topics and promoted the use of Knox Boxes for seniors in the district.

Supported district sponsored events such as the luncheons, open house and Taste of Orland.

Distribution of OFPD’s Safety Messages: SAC has ten locations throughout the District to distribute OFPD’s safety materials to seniors and families. To date, the group has over 40 different topics such as:   

Winter Holiday Safety Electrical Safety; and Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Safety

These drop off venues include: Library History Museum Cultural Arts Center Sportsplex Orland Park Village Hall


Frank Loebe Center George Browns Commons Orland Hills Village Hall Fitness Center Orland Township

Joining the Senior Advisory Council The Orland Fire Protection District would like to invite you to become a member of the Senior Advisory Council. To print an application, visit our website at: www.orlandfire.org. You will find the application on our “Senior Advisory Council” page, under the menu tab, Community Outreach. Send application to: Orland Fire Protection District 9790 W. 151st Street Orland Park, Illinois 60462

Senior Advisory Council (SAC) Purpose of Senior Advisory Council The OFPD established the Senior Advisory Council (SAC) in 2009. SAC’s main purpose is to “identify and address specific needs of the senior residents of our district” with respect to health and safety. In general, advisory councils may perform the following tasks: •

Studying of issues

Performing independent research

Participate in District activities

Educate seniors about health and safety issues recommended by staff and District analyzing the impact of policies on the senior population within the District

Make recommendations to the Board of Trustees based on thoughtful and unbiased discussions from a senior perspective

Top Goals for SAC in 2020 

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Continue to reach out to HOA groups and try to obtain email addresses so we can email safety messages to them. Resume speaking engagements such as the Coffee & Conversation. Maintain our community outreach to seniors in the district by participating in health fairs, visiting fitness centers and being visible in venues that support seniors.

SAC members volunteering their time at the Special Anniversary Open House

SAC members pictured with Fire Chief Schofield and Board President Evoy

SAC Members 2019 Sheila Dragovich John R. Meister Susan Stratton

Diana Husband Carolyn Newkirk Wayne Stuart

Rosemary Ihle Janice Pierhal Caryl R. Tietz

Raymond Mackey Mane Pritza Curt Unander

Kathleen McElligott Gail Spytek

Rosemaria DiBenedetto, Presiding Officer


Human Resources

Human Resources Director Lucy McGlynn

“The Department of Human Resources provides services and support to the employees of the OFPD in ways that embrace the district’s mission of devotion to duty and tradition of excellence.”

The Human Resources Department (HR) originates and leads Human Resources practices and objectives that will provide services and support to the employees of the Orland Fire Protection District in ways that embrace the District’s high performance culture. HR is committed to hiring, compensating, and developing the district’s workforce to ensure its ability to serve the citizens by strategically partnering with other district departments. We are dedicated to the fair and equitable treatment of all individuals whether citizen, applicant or employee by providing support, advice or guidance in an ethical, courteous and timely manner. Under the leadership of the OFPD Board of Trustees, Board of Fire Commissioners, and Fire Chief, Michael Schofield, the Department of Human Resources is dedicated to support our workforce of approximately 150 employees by striving to provide programs and services designed to support the OFPD and its employees in the achievement of the organizations mission and objectives. HR supports and provides comprehensive assistance in a wide range of services to the organization and its employees in the areas of personnel services including but not limited to legal compliance, labor negotiations, risk management strategies to help control costs and reduce injuries, classification/compensation, recruitment/selection, equal employment opportunity, employer/employee relations and negotiations, supervisory coaching and counseling, group insurance/benefits administration, workers' compensation and light duty programs, performance management, mandated leave tracking, employee assistance program, and employee professional and promotional development. The District’s personnel system and programs are administered in accordance with federal, state, and local laws, district personnel rules and its employee bargaining groups, and resolutions adopted by the Board of Trustees—all of which govern the relationship between the District and its employees.

In 2019, the Human Resources Department 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.


Human Resources Promotional Testing Process Human Resources is responsible for the management and administration of all OFPD promotional testing exam processes for the purpose of creating promotional eligibility rosters; these include: Entrylevel Firefighter/Paramedic, Engineer, Lieutenant and Battalion Chief. All promotional exam processes are administered in accordance with the requirements of all applicable Illinois State Statutes, the OFPD 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.

2019 Staffing SWORN STAFF





Communications Director Dispatch Supervisor Telecommunicators Telecommunicators, Part-Time Maintenance

Fire Chief Deputy Chief Administrative Battalion Chief Operations Battalion Chief Shift Battalion Chief EMS Lieutenant Maintenance Lieutenant Training Lieutenant Sworn Administrative

1 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 10


Shift 1

Shift 2

Shift 3









Firefighter/ Paramedic




Sworn Shift


Total Sworn


Human Resources Director HR Assistant Executive Assistant Administrative Assistant Finance Finance Director Assistant Finance Director Finance Assistant

1 1 1 1 1 1 1


Fleet Maintenance Technician Building Maintenance Technician Part-Time Seasonal Employees Total Non-Sworn

IT Technician


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

1 1 11 3 2 1 1 31

Total Sworn


Total Employees


1 1 1


Human Resources Firefighter Testing/Eligibility List/Hiring of Probationary Firefighter On September 28, 2019, the Human Resources Department held the Entry-Level Firefighter Exam at the Elements Conference Center in Orland Park for the purpose of creating an eligibility roster for that of Entry-Level Firefighter/Paramedic. 248 applications were received. Out of the 186 who tested, 134 achieved a passing score and 52 failed the exam. Next steps in the exam process were oral board interviews with the Chiefs’ panel beginning 10.28.19. After a lengthy, competitive process, the OFPD Board of Fire Commissioners successfully approved the 2019 OFPD Final Eligibility List for Firefighter/Paramedic. Pay rate for the position of Firefighter/ Paramedic is negotiated between the OFPD and the Orland Professional Firefighters International Association of Firefighters Local #2754. Eligibility testing for Firefighter/Paramedic occurs every other year. The Orland Fire Protection District is an equal opportunity employer, and a proud member of the Firefighters Diversity Recruiting Council. The OFPD Board of Fire Commissioners successfully certified the final eligibility lists for Firefighter/ Paramedic (effective October 23, 2019 – October 23, 2021). In March, the OFPD welcomed 9 new probationary Firefighter/Paramedics selected from the 2017 OFPD Commission Certified Firefighter/Paramedic Eligibility List. Candidates underwent an in-depth, comprehensive pre-employment background investigation and medical review process prior to their conditional offer of employment, followed by a 10 week in-house training academy. Eligibility testing for firefighter/paramedic occurs every other year. HR 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.

Our Culture The Orland Fire Protection District is committed to diversity and inclusion. We stand for mutual respect and equity within our work environment where team members have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Embracing our diverse perspectives and ideas allows us to be innovative and effective in how we build the OFPD community. Together, we are better.


Promotions March 5, 2019—1 Lieutenant and 2 Engineers The Orland Fire District held a promotional ceremony on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Fire Commissioner Brian O'Neill administered the Lieutenant Oath of Office to Carl Kwasigroch, and the Engineer Oath of Office to Tom Panzica and Brian Paliga. Jim Strzechowski was also administered the Engineer Oath of Office as he was promoted in May, 2018, but was unable to attend the May, 2018 ceremony.


Promotions June 5, 2019—Battalion Chief and Deputy Chief On June 5, 2019, Lieutenant Robert (R.J.) Stachnik was sworn in as Battalion Chief by Fire Commissioner Glen Kraemer and Battalion Chief Cinquepalmi was sworn is as Deputy Chief by Board President Chris Evoy.


Promotions June 11, 2019—4 Engineers On June 11, 2019, 4 Firefighters: Jason Postma, Brett Buenzow, James Logan and Chad Erickson, were sworn in as Engineers by Fire Commissioner Matt Rafferty. Chief Schofield talked about what an important and, at times, difficult job being a Fire Engineer truly is. Orland Fire's Engineer testing is a difficult and grueling process and he's confident that these 4 gentlemen worked very hard and will do a great job for the OFPD and its residents.


Promotions June 18, 2019—6 Lieutenants On June 18, 2019, Fire Commissioner Glenn Kraemer administered the Lieutenant Oath of Office to: Firefighter Mike Siefert, Engineer Steve Rivero, Engineer Steve Kovats, Engineer Matt Johnson, Firefighter Dan Ritchie and Firefighter Wally Rafacz at a ceremony held at Parkview Church.


Promotions June 18, 2019—6 Lieutenants On June 18, 2019, Fire Commissioner Glenn Kraemer administered the Lieutenant Oath of Office to: Firefighter Mike Siefert, Engineer Steve Rivero, Engineer Steve Kovats, Engineer Matt Johnson, Firefighter Dan Ritchie and Firefighter Wally Rafacz at a ceremony held at Parkview Church.


Promotions September 3, 2019—1 Lieutenants & 2 Engineers On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, Engineer Chad Erickson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and Firefighters Matt Giermala and Doug DePersia were promoted to the rank of Engineer. Fire Commissioner Glenn Kraemer administered their Oaths of Office at the ceremony.



Congratulations to all promoted in 2019!


2019 Retirements


2019 Retirements


In Memorium


In Memorium


Honor Guard

Honor Guard

Lieutenant Dave Nagel

There are currently 17 members in the Orland Fire Protection District Honor Guard. Nine of those members are also involved with the AFFI State Honor Guard. The mission of the Honor Guard is to preserve the honor of fallen firefighters, and to post colors for promotional ceremonies and special district functions. Memorial Services in 2019 included the Battalion Chief Bonnar Sr. memorial, the wake and funeral procession for Deputy Chief Morgan, the 9/11 Remembrance ceremony, the memorial for George Hoffman, and the wake and funeral for Retired Chief McCastland. The Honor Guard also posted colors at four promotional ceremonies on March 5th, June 5th, June 11th, and September 3rd. Other Fire District events attended by the Honor Guard included posting colors at Awards Night, the Class of 2018 swearing in, and Open House.

To prepare for these events, the Orland Honor Guard Members participated in seven drills held throughout the AFFI Honor Guard’s 4th District. The Orland Honor Guard hosted an AFFI Honor Guard drill on June 8th at the CTC that utilized the drone to take instruction videos of marching formations. In addition, several Honor Guard members traveled to Collinsville, IL in January for the AFFI Honor Guard induction ceremony where Firefighter Bryan Kluever and Firefighter Zach Zweizig were inducted into the AFFI Honor Guard.


Cadet Program

Cadet Program

Lieutenant Josh Girdick

The year 2019 was again an exciting year for the Orland Fire Cadet Program. As a result of Cadets being granted preference points by the Board of Commissioners on entry level selection for Firefighter/Paramedic positions with the Fire District, the Orland Fire Cadet Program has it's first Cadet hired for a full-time position as a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Fire District. In addition, the program continues to have Cadets successfully challenge and receive 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. Currently, the program has eleven Cadets that are diligently completing their didactic and practical objectives as they work towards obtaining their Basic Operations Firefighter certification in the summer of 2020.

Cadets are responsible for completing their didactic learning on-line and then attending meetings on Saturdays held at the the Fire District's Training Facility to complete their practical objectives. As we move into 2020, the Orland Fire Cadet Program is looking to build on its successes from 2019 and continue to improve the program that is offered to its Cadets. The Cadet Program will be looking to take on new Cadets in the lat summer or early fall of 2020 after doing recruitment in both the local high schools and community colleges. Overall, the Cadet Program will continually strive to achieve its mission of providing individuals with a strong foundation to build upon as they pursue a career within the fire service.


Apparatus 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 1, 4, 7

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 2, 3, 5, 6, 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   


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

Apparatus 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. Incident Command, Chief and Staff Officers, Headquarters

Fire Prevention Bureau Staff vehicles are provided to the Fire Prevention Bureau Supervisor, Fire Inspectors and to the Public Fire & Life Safety Educator

Support Vehicles

Support vehicles are provided for the in-house maintenance crews. Building Maintenance, Fleet Maintenance, Utility


Orland Fire Protection District Administration Building 9790 West 151st Street Orland Park, IL 60462 (708) 349-0074 www.orlandfire.org

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