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Administration/Chiefs

While the Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for the District’s operations, the Administration Division is charged with managing its daily operations. The Division includes the Fire Chief, the Deputy Chief of Operations, and the Deputy Chief of Support Services.

These three chiefs supervise other officers, firemedics, and staff responsible for specific areas of the District’s daily operations. In addition to that supervision, some of the other functions of the Division include budgeting, personnel management, staff development, intergovernmental relations, and public affairs. The three administrative chiefs also respond to local and mutual aid calls to provide command support during emergency operations.

Administrative Chiefs

Ed Heinz
Deputy Chief – Operations

Deputy Chief – Operations
Serving Since 2000
Fire Officer 2/Paramedic
AAS Fire Science
Blue Card Command
Fire Apparatus Engineer
Fire Department Health &
Safety Officer
Fire Department Incident
Safety Officer
Hazmat Technician
Wildland Firefighter

Emergency Operations
Planning
Health & Safety Officer
Lake & McHenry County
Fire Departments
Hazmat Team

Jeff Steingart
Fire Chief

Serving Since 1982
Fire Officer 3/Paramedic
BS Fire Service Management, Southern Illinois University
AAS Fire Science, College of Lake County
Blue Card Command
Fire Apparatus Engineer
Fire Investigator
Fire Prevention Officer 2
Advanced Wildland Firefighter
Emergency Response to Terrorism
FEMA Urban Search & Rescue Task Force Leader
NFA All Hazards Incident Management Team
NFA Incident Command System for Structural COllapse
NFA Leadership 1, 2 & 3
Hazmat Incident Command
Hazmat Te

Chuck Smith
Deputy Chief-Support Services

Serving Since 1997
Fire Officer 2/Paramedic
BS Fire Service Management, Southern Illinois University
AAS Fire Science Technology, College of Lake County
Blue Card Command
Fire Apparatus Engineer
Fire Prevention Officer 1
Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist
Diver
Sonar Technician
Wildland Firefighter
Lake & McHenry County Fire Departments Sonar Team
Lake & McHenry County Fire Departments Wildland Team
Member, Illinois Fire Chiefs Association
Member, Lake County Fire Chiefs A

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