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Tinley firefighters help local child through 'Fire Buddies' program
Posted: May 27, 2022

Members of the Tinley Park Fire Department recently delivered gifts to a Tinley Park child battling a serious illness as part of the Project Fire Buddies program.
 
First responders went big, showing up in shiny fire trucks with sirens blasting and lights flashing to deliver a new crib, diapers, baby wipes and clothes to Theodora, a child who is battling GM-1 gangliosidosis. Her two older sisters each received an iPhone 13 with phone service, and the family received a $400 gas card to help offset the cost of traveling to doctor appointments.
 
Project Fire Buddies is an organization of first responders who are dedicated to supporting Chicago-area families with critically ill children. Visit www.projectfirebuddies.org for more information.

Project Fire Buddies Program recipients receive gifts

 


Steve Klotz resizedMeet Your Fire Chief: Steve Klotz
Issued: Feb. 14, 2022

Steve Klotz is the Village's fire chief. He has been in the fire service industry for more than 40 years and most recently held the position of battalion chief for the Bedford Park Fire Department. He joined the Village in 1993 and has been serving as deputy chief of fire suppression since 2013.

Chief Klotz was instrumental in converting the volunteer fire department to a part-time organization in 2001. He has worked closely with neighboring communities to set up automatic-aid agreements, overseen the construction and operation of Fire Station 47, served as incident command for numerous fires and large-scale events, and was part of the Unified Command COVID-19 response for the mass vaccination site for the State of Illinois.


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Reda named Deputy Fire Service Administrator
Issued: Feb. 14, 2022

Daniel Reda recently was appointed to the position Deputy Fire Service Administrator. Dan has been a firefighter with Tinley Park for 26 years and has risen through the ranks from firefighter, engineer, lieutenant, captain and assistant chief, and has been serving as Interim Deputy Fire Chief since June 2021. In addition to his time in Tinley Park, he has held varying ranks in other fire departments in his fire service career, including serving as the Chief of the Blue Island Fire Department since December 2017.

Dan has been instrumental in developing policy for the Tinley Park Fire Department as well as various training programs and oversees the scheduling program for the department. He holds numerous Office of the State Fire Marshal certifications including Chief Fire Officer and has a Bachelor’s Degree in occupational health and safety. Dan has been incident commander or part of the Incident Command team at numerous fires and large-scale events in both Tinley Park, MABAS 24 and other neighboring MABAS Divisions.


Steve LorendoSteve Lorendo named Fire Marshal
Issued: Feb. 14, 2022

Steve Lorendo recently was appointed to the position Fire Marshal. Steve has been serving the Village of Tinley Park for 21 years. His career in the fire service began in 2000 as a probationary firefighter in Tinley Park. While serving on the Fire Department, he received his Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Firefighter III, Fire Apparatus Engineer and OSFM certifications.

In November of 2006, he accepted the full-time Fire Inspector position in the Tinley Park Fire Prevention Bureau and currently holds multiple fire prevention related certifications including OSFM Fire Prevention I & II, Fire Investigator, Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Specialist and Fire and Life Safety Educator. He has a Bachelors Degree in fire science and a Masters of Public Administration Degree in emergency service management.


Deputy Fire Chief Dan Riordan retires
Issued: Jan. 7, 2022

Dan RiordanThe Tinley Park Fire Department on Friday will hold a walk-out ceremony for Deputy Fire Chief Dan Riordan, who retired after 40 years of dedicated service to Tinley Park.

 
Dan began his career with the Tinley Park Fire Department in 1981, quickly rising through the ranks. He began working in the Fire Prevention Bureau in December 2001 and was promoted to Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention in 2015.
 
Dan received an Associates in Applied Science – Fire Science Technology degree in 2005. He's a Certified Plan Examiner, Fire Code Official, Building Official and Fire Marshal, and recently received his NICET II certifications.
 
Dan strove to set high standards for the Fire Prevention Bureau. With his leadership, dedication, commitment and tireless efforts, the Bureau became the first accredited municipality by the International Accreditation Service in 2012. The Bureau has since been reaccredited in 2016 and 2020.
 
During his career, Dan spearheaded seven Run for Your Life Safety 5K Run/Walks, raising more than $116,000.00 for the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance and their prevention programs. Over the years, he also has campaigned for fire sprinklers in commercial and residential buildings. He has reviewed many plans, revised many codes and has kept firefighters safe, as well as making Tinley Park a fire-safe community.
 
Congrats Dan, and enjoy your much-deserved retirement! 

Help 'Keep the Wreath Red' this holiday
Issued: Nov. 24, 2021

The Tinley Park Fire Department is urging everyone to help “Keep the Wreath Red” now through Jan. 2. The Fire Department has placed a wreath illuminated with red bulbs in front of each of the four fire stations. If a fire occurs during the holiday season in which holiday decorations are determined to be involved, one of the red bulbs will be changed to a white bulb. This will serve as a reminder of the safety precautions that should be taken during the holidays. Help provide a safe environment by following these good practices:

  • Don't overload extension cords or power strips.
  • Keep trees and decorations away from space heaters.
  • Keep live trees properly hydrated.
  • Turn off decorative lights when you're not home.
  • Properly use lights designated for indoor and outdoor use.
  • Don't leave candles unattended.

The Tinley Park Fire Department wishes all residents a happy and fire-safe holiday season.


Fire Department holds first retiree's breakfast 
Issued: September 25, 2021

The Tinley Park Fire Department recently held its first semi-annual breakfast for the department's retirees at Station 47. Twelve retirees attended and enjoyed the fellowship and reminiscing of old times with Village officials, fire chiefs and crew members.

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Tips for a safe July Fourth celebration
Issued: July 2, 2021

As you gear up to celebrate Independence Day this weekend, the Tinley Park Fire Department would like you to keep these helpful safety tips in mind:

  • The best way to determine if firework material is acceptable in the Village of Tinley Park is this – if you need to light it, it’s prohibited.
  • Don’t let young children to play with fireworks under any circumstances. Sparklers, although prohibited, are considered by many the ideal “safe” firework for the young. Sparklers can burn at more than 1,800 degrees and can easily ignite clothing. Children can’t understand the danger involved and cannot act appropriately in case of an emergency.
  • Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened by the fireworks. Keep your pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose or get injured.

For more information, please visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.


Claudette Flowers announces retirement 
Issued: June 25, 2021

Claudette Flowers
Claudette Flowers will retire from the Tinley Park Fire Department on June 30. Claudette has decided it’s time to set her keyboard aside and enjoy time with her mom, daughter Becky, family and friends, while venturing out for some road trip travels!

Claudette has graced the Tinley Park Fire Department with her quiet demeanor for the past 21 years. She began her journey at the Village on June 26, 2000. When she first started at the Fire Department, she worked with scheduling inspections and fire prevention duties, but quickly began to move along to other tasks, such as payroll, Fire Association event planning and Chief management. During her 21-year reign, Claudette managed three fire chiefs, including Robert Bettenhausen, Ken Dunn and Forest Reeder, as well as numerous Deputy and Assistant Chiefs.

In 2007, Claudette was promoted to office coordinator and mastered every task performed by the office staff members. Her knowledge spans fire prevention, fire suppression, MABAS, billing, personnel, insurance, budget and payroll, to name a few. She was instrumental in moving the office from the typewriter age into the age of technology, making sure everyone was up on their Microsoft skills, and ultimately moving the Fire Department into the age of FireHouse.

Claudette upholds IAS quality assurance standards and works hard to live by the Fire Department motto of, “We serve others, not ourselves." Selfless, kind and compassionate are just a few of the words one would use to describe her. Leading by example, she works effortlessly with a level of pride and dedication backed with integrity, grace and knowledge.

An enthusiastic photographer, Claudette could always be found behind the lens capturing the essence of the Fire Department and its members on film for posterity. Her personalized greeting cards are second to none. She even enlisted the rest of the office staff to help create Christmas, birthday, retirement and party invitations for Fire Department members and special events. An avid crafter, her creative resources inspired the design of numerous posters for the annual Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s Camp I Am Me Burn Camp.

Always a willing participant, Claudette could be found sharing her talents at charity and public outreach events, lending a hand whenever or wherever needed. She would willingly open her heart to assist the needs of other fire departments, Village departments, outside organizations and individuals. The Village is certain the word "no" is not part of her vocabulary, as there is nothing Claudette won’t tackle, help with or add a special touch of her magic to!

Her gentle spirit, abundant knowledge and kind heart will certainly be missed. The Village extends its heartfelt thanks for her dedication to the Village and the Fire Department. We wish her the absolute best as she ventures out to enjoy life outside the fire station walls.


Fire Prevention Bureau receives IAS Accreditation 
Issued: Feb. 18, 2021

Fire Department CertificateThe Village is always excited when a team accomplishes success and proves accountability to its community. The Tinley Park Fire Prevention Bureau "survived" its second re-accreditation process. This wouldn't have been possible without dedicated staff who believe that all the little tasks done daily mean the big picture outcomes of the organization. Back in 2012 when the IAS contingent of Ron Coleman, Preet Bassi, Ian MacDonald and Dave Douglas walked into the Fire Department office, the challenge began and staff never looked back.


Village recognizes first responders
Issued: Feb. 17, 2021

The Village Board recently recognized Tinley Park Fire Department and Kurtz Ambulance personnel for life-saving actions during separate cardiac arrest calls on Oct. 9, 2020 and Nov. 30, 2020. The Village Board also recognized the Fire Department for life-saving actions during a residential fire on Dec. 1, 2020. The Village is very proud of its first responder heroes!


 

Illinois Fire Safety Alliance 2020 Virtual Camp "I Am Me" Virtual Fire Apparatus Parade
The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance's Camp "I Am Me" went virtual in 2020. Johnson Controls gathered video of fire apparatus from the Chicago area to put together a Virtual Fire Apparatus Parade for the children that attended Camp. Sit back and enjoy the parade!


 

Eagle Scout Flag

Eagle Scout Project

Eagle Scout Eric Randall of Troup 237 made the pictured flag for his Eagle Scout Project. It was presented to the Village in honor of all Tinley Park first responders.

The flag currently hangs in the Public Safety Building at 17355 68th Court. The Village thanks Eric for this beautiful work of craftmanship.



Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

The Tinley Park Fire Department recommends that you regularly check and change the batteries in your smoke alarms. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Smoke alarms save lives!

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