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 Technician
Tech Rescue Technician
US Department of Justice WMD Incident Command System
Lake & McHenry County Fire Departments Technical Rescue Team
Lake & McHenry County Fire Departments Wildland Team
Member, Illinois Fire Chiefs Association
Member, Illinois Professional Firefighters Association
Member, Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors
Member, International Fire Chiefs Association
Member, Lake County Fire Chiefs Association

Chief Steingart began his fire service career with Countryside in 1982 as a paid-on-call member. During his paid-on-call years, Steingart worked as a firefighter/paramedic and later lieutenant for the Highwood Fire Department until being hired in 1986 as a full-time career firefighter with Countryside. Chief Steingart’s 27 year career has seen him ascend quickly through the ranks to his current position as Fire Chief for the District, a position which he has held since 2006. His assignments have included Fire Marshal, Training Officer, and Accreditation Officer. Steingart presently serves as a member of the MABAS Technical Rescue Team Committee and the Lake County ETSB Board and is the past chairman of both the Lake & McHenry County Fire Departments Specialized Response Teams and the Lake County Fire Chiefs. In 2008, Chief Steingart responded with a contingent of Illinois firefighters to Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike where he was assigned as a task force leader. Steingart also serves as adjunct faculty with the College of Lake County and as a field instructor for the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute.