The Fire District Administration includes one full-time Chief,
one full-time Deputy Chief and one part-time Deputy Chief, one full-time
Administrative Assistant, one part-time Office Assistant, a full-time Fire and
Life Safety Educator and a part-time Fire Prevention Officer.
Minooka Fire Protection District is governed by a five members
board of trustees comprised of residents of Minooka Fire Protection District.
Many of the trustees are life long residents of Minooka. They are your
neighbors and friends. Each trustee is appointed by the Grundy County Board at
Chief Yancey provides leadership and service for
the men and women of the Fire District; guiding the organization during a
period of rapid change in the community and the organization. The Fire
Chief manages a multi-million dollar budget, develops policy and procedure for
effective, proactive service to the citizens, represents the Fire District's
interest in local, state, national and international issues that affect the
organization, and represents the Fire District before the Board of
Trustees. The chief is also responsible for incident command at major
incidents in and around the District.
Chief Yancey holds an Bachelors Degree if Fire Service Management from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and an Associates Degrees in Administration of Justice from John A. Logan College in Carterville , Illinois. Chief Yancey is a Certified Executive Fire Officer by the United States Fire Administration – National Fire Academy, Certified Fire Officer II, Illinois EMT-B, and a National Incident Management System (NIMS) Certified Incident Commander & Planning Section Chief.
Chief Yancey began his fire service career in 1988 as a recruit firefighter in a volunteer department in downstate Illinois where he served for 14 years rising through the ranks of captain, deputy chief and becoming the department’s first full-time fire chief. Chief Yancey also served as the first full-time fire chief of a department in the suburbs of Louisville, Kentucky where he led the organization through change to improve the service to a growing community. Chief Yancey has served the people of Minooka as their fire chief since August 2003.
Chief Yancey serves as the chairman of the Volunteer Combination
Officer Committee of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, secretary of the Western Will County Communications Center (WESCOM) and Vice-President of the Des Plaines Valley Fire Chiefs Assoc. – MABAS Division 15. He is married with two children and they reside in the Village
Deputy Chief William Collins is primarily responsible for assisting with fire prevention, code compliance, and plan review activities around the District. He joined the Minooka Fire Department in 1980 as a cadet rose through the ranks as Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief and Interim Fire Chief on three occasions.
Chief Collins is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) through the National Fire Protection Association, Professional Grade Member with Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Professional Grade Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and maintains State of Illinois Certified Firefighter III, Hazardous Material Incident Commander, Certified Instructor I and various Fire Prevention, and Fire Officer level certifications, including an Associates Degree in Fire Science and Bachelors Degree in Fire Service Management from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale.Deputy Chief Collins serves in the command staff at moderate to major incidents, serving as incident commander, operations, or plans chief.
Chief Collins serves on various local committees and national fire protection/disaster committees, is co-owner of local businesses and is the fourth generation living and working on the family farm. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters with their 4H and FFA live stock projects and is active in his church.
"Firefighter Cindy" is the Fire and Life Safety Education
Coordinator for Minooka and Channahon Fire Protection Districts. She was
hired full time with the districts in October 2007 as part of a partnership
between the two fire districts. Cindy has been in the fire service for 18 years
and a paramedic for 16 years.
Cindy is an American Heart Association BLS CPR/First Aid Instructor, Safe Sitter Babysitting Instructor, Child Seat Safety Technician, and Juvenile Fire Setters Intervention Specialist.
"Chaplain Brent" has served the Minooka Fire Department as chaplain since 2011. In his role, he is available to the Minooka Fire family in any way that they may need assistance in dealing with the emotional stress that a fire career brings and is available to the families of fire department members in ways that can offer them encouragement and help. He is also a point person for the victims of the tragedies that the department responds to. He helps families walk through the crisis of a home fire or the pain caused by a tragic accident, by offering them comfort and helping them through the next steps. Chaplain Brent is a member of the Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains and the Federation of Fire Chaplains. He also serves as point person and trainer within the MABAS 15 division of department chaplains.
Sheri Gresham is the Fire District's Administrative Assistant. Sheri is responsible for management of the administrative functions of the District and front office operations. Sheri’s primary responsibility is bookkeeping and accounts manager for the District’s finances, as well as serving as the filing secretary for the Board of Trustees activities such as meeting minutes, agendas and recording ordinances and resolutions passed by the Board. Sheri also serves as the direct administrative assistant for the Fire Chief in management of the District’s administrative resources. Sheri has served Minooka Fire District since 1999.
Megan is the District's Administrative Clerk. Her responsibilities include reception desk to greet the public visiting the District, she is also responsible for maintenance of the Districts files, ambulance billing, and fire prevention bureau clerical duties. Megan assists the administrative assistant with daily activities and serves as the filing secretary for the Board of Fire Commissioners. Megan has served Minooka Fire District since October 2011.