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 staggered terms.
Fire Chief Al Yancey, Jr. 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 Districts 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 Fire Officer, Fire/Arson Investigator, and EMT-B. In 2008 Chief Yancey will be granted the title of Chief Executive Officer by the United States Fire Administration – National Fire Academy.
Chief Yancey began his fire service career in 1988. Prior to becoming Chief at Minooka Fire Protection District he served as fire chief in the suburbs of Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to that he served as firefighter, captain, deputy chief and two years as Fire Chief for Makanda Township Fire Department in Carbondale, Illinois, the department where his fire service career began.
Chief Yancey serves as the chairman of the Volunteer Combination Officer Committee of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, is a member of the Southern Illinois University Fire Service Management Program Advisory Committee, a field staff instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute, and is active in his local church. He is married with two children and they reside in the Village of Minooka.
Deputy Chief William Collins, CFPS is the Bureau Chief of Fire Prevention and Community Outreach. Chief Collins provides a bureau that is proactive to the needs of a growing community. 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 outlines programs for public education, plans fire prevention efforts in coordination with the Village of Minooka and Channahon Code Enforcement and Zoning Divisions.
Chief Collins is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist 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. Questions about fire prevention, inspections, codes, etc. will be directed to Chief Collins.
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 15 years and a paramedic for 13 years.
Cindy is an American Heart Association CPR/First Aid Instructor, American Red Cross Babysitting Instructor, Child Seat Safety Technician, and Juvenile Fire Setters Intervention Specialist.
Joseph Casella is the Fire Prevention Officer for the Minooka. Inspector Casella has fire service and fire prevention experience. His primary responsibilities are educating business owners on Fire and Life Safety Code compliance, while conducting inspections on a regular basis.
Prior to joining the Minooka Fire Protection Districts, Inspector Casella served in the Homewood Fire Prevention Bureau. He and his staff of twelve inspectors conducted an average of 2,100 inspections annually.
Sheri Gresham is the Fire District's Administrative Assistant. She manages the front office operations which include file maintenance and organization, data entry, and managing accounts payable and received. Sheri is also the secretary to the Board of Trustees and Fire Commissioners where she is responsible for recording, filing and posting meeting agendas, minutes and ordinances as well as disseminating important information to staff and trustees. Sheri has been apart of the Administrative staff since 1999.
Megan is the District's part-time Office Assistant/Receptionist. Her job includes data entry, filing, ambulance billing and assisting the District's administration with daily activities. She also assists the Fire Inspector with Firehouse Data Entry. Megan joined the Administraive staff in October 2011.