On December 17, 2010 the District moved in to Fire Station #3 and the station became fully operational and closed the temporary fire station on 183rd Place.
On April 8, 2011, Thomas Wiencek passed away. Thomas Wiencek had been associated with the Mokena Fire Protection District from 1976 – 1986; he left the Mokena Fire Protection District at the rank of Assistant Fire Chief.
Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Cirelli was sworn in at the August 23, 2011 Board of Trustees' meeting. A/C Cirelli has been promoted from within the department after 20 years of service. A/C Cirelli joined the Mokena Fire Protection District in 1991 as a volunteer. His promotional track took him to Training Officer in 2000 and to Lieutenant on March 13, 2001.
On September 14, 2011, Charles Manhart passed away.
Charles Manhart had been associated with the Mokena
Fire Protection District since December 1, 1960.
In December 2011, the Mokena Fire Protection District began
conducting Fleet Maintenance & Repair services for the
Manhattan Fire Protection District, Fire and EMS apparatus.
On December 4, 2011, Firefighter Jerome Johnson retired from the Mokena Fire Protection District. Jerome Johnson joined the Mokena Fire Protection District on May 1, 1990 and became full-time on July 1, 1995.
On March 6, 2012, the Mokena Fire Protection District was
re-accredited by the Center for Public Safety Excellence
Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI)
for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s
voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program.
The Fire District is one of 149 agencies worldwide that
have achieved Accredited Agency status with the CFAI.
Currently, there are over 34,000 fire departments
alone in the United States. This puts Mokena Fire District
in the top .3% of fire departments in the United States to receive this status.
On June 1, 2012, Chief Ted Golden retired from the Mokena Fire Protection District. Ted Golden joined the Mokena Fire Protection District on June 11, 1980 as a volunteer. His promotional track took him to Lieutenant in June 1983, Assistant Fire Chief in August 1984, then to Fire Chief in September 1991.
Howard Stephens was sworn in as the Fire Chief at the June 12, 2012 Board of Trustees' meeting. Chief Stephens has been promoted from within the department after 21 years of service. Chief Stephens joined the Mokena Fire Protection District in 1991 as a volunteer. His promotional track took him to Lieutenant on October 24, 1995 and Assistant Fire Chief on November 14, 2000.
Fire Commissioner Don Feipel passed away on June 21, 2012.
Don Feipel had been associated with the Mokena Fire
Protection District since November 12, 1996.
In July 2012, the Mokena Fire Protection District began conducting
Fleet Maintenance & Repair services for the
Tinley Park Fire Department.
On July 9, 2012, the Fire District took delivery of a 2012 Chevrolet
Express utility Van. This van replaces a 1997 Ford E-250 utility van.
July 31, 2019, Lieutenant Joseph Shefcik retired after 21 years, 4 months of Full-Time service and 27 total years of service to the Mokena Fire Protection District (Volunteer & Full-Time combined).
July 6, 2015, the 2000 Seagrave Engine was sold to Great Lakes Fire Apparatus.
August 1, 2014, the Fire District ISO rating was once again evaluated and was adjusted to reflect an ISO Class 1 rating. Of over 49,000 Fire Departments nationwide, there are only 60 which have received the ISO Class 1 rating and only 3 in Illinois.
Former Trustee Richard Erickson passed away on September 15, 2012. Richard Erickson was
Trustee from 1973 – 1994.
In August 2012, the Fire District ISO rating was once again evaluated and once again remained steady at a Class 3 rating.
Chris Surdel was sworn in as Fire Commissioner on August 14, 2012. Chris Surdel replaced Fire Commissioner Don Feipel.
On November 20, 2012, the Fire District responded to the Enbridge Pipeline, located within the Chi-Cap Pipeline facility, who experienced a crude oil leak of a 20” transmission line. The amount of crude oil actually leaked was approximately 900 barrels (42 gallons per barrel = 37,800 gallons). This was the largest crude oil leak that the Fire District had experienced at the tank farm facility and within the boundaries of the Fire District.
On January 17, 2013 the District received $300,000 in the form of a donation from the estate of Adeline S. Czerwinski and Raymond J. Czerwinski upon their death.
On April 28, 2010 a ground breaking ceremony was held at the site for Fire Station #3 located at 10855 W. 183rd Street. In attendance were Trustees William Haas, Stephen Hoblin, Robert Hennessey, Kenneth Blank and Fire Chief Ted Golden along with many members of the fire district.
October 8, 2019, Stephen Hoblin was appointed as Fire Commissioner for the Mokena Fire Protection District; to finish out the vacated term of Paul Coverick.
On January 27, 2018, Engineer Marcie Hoag resigned after ten (10) years of service with the Mokena Fire Protection District, to move her family to a different state and pursue different career opportunities.
December 10, 2019, Firefighter Ryan Bennett retired from the Mokena Fire Protection District with a Duty-Disability.
July 30, 2019, Former Fire Chief Fred Rauch passed away at his home in Vandalia Michigan. Fred was Fire Chief from 1971 - 1979.
Former Volunteer Firefighter, Bernard Hoogstra passed away on May 15, 2014
Juanita Manhart (wife of Chuck Manhart) passed away on May 21, 2014
Chief Delbert Yunker passed away on May 13, 2013. Delbert Yunker actively served the MFPD from April 4, 1964 – 1991; during this time he proudly and honorably served as Fire Chief from 1979 – 1991.
On July 9, 2013, the Fire District took delivery of a 2014 Horton Ambulance on a Freightliner cab & chassis; this ambulance replaces the 2006 Horton Ambulance that was returned to reserve status.
On November 16, 2012, the 1998 75’ quint, originally purchased from Seagrave Fire Apparatus, was sold to the Hackberry Fire Protection District, under the jurisdiction of the Cameron Parish Police Jury, located in Cameron Louisiana.
James Cirelli passed away on April 11, 2013.
James Cirelli proudly served as the
department photographer for many years.
In February 2010 the Fire District took delivery of a 2009 Horton Ambulance. This replaces a 1996 Road Rescue Ambulance that was returned to reserve status.
On February 13, 2018, Firefighter Adam Shefcik was promoted to the rank of Engineer.
May 22, 2015, The District took delivery of a 2015 Spartan (cab & chassis) / Alexis (body) Fire Engine. This Engine will replace the 2000 Seagrave Engine
May 12, 2015, Lieutenant Richard Campbell was sworn in as Assistant Chief Richard Campbell (to become effective on May 16, 2015); Engineer James Cresto was sworn in as Lieutenant James Cresto (to become effective on May 16, 2015); Firefighter Kenneth Berger was sworn in as Engineer Kenneth Berger (to become effective on May 16, 2015).
May 11, 2015, Firefighter / Paramedic Stewart Romadka started working Full-Time for the Mokena Fire Protection District.
May 4, 2015, the Mokena Fire Protection District took delivery of a 2015 Polaris Ranger 6X6 utility vehicle equipped with brush firefighting capabilities. Through a competitive grant process, this equipment, at a cost of $19,000, was completely purchased and donated by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
On May 7, 2018, Daniel Reimer was hired as a Full-Time Firefighter for the Mokena Fire Protection District.
May 2019, After 20 years of service to the Mokena Fire Protection District, Trustee Kenneth Lenz did not run for re-election; Trustee Dennis Burkhardt was elected to fill this position.
February 10, 2020, Kirk Blank and Demetrius Nolan both were hired as a Full-Time Firefighter for the Mokena Fire Protection District.
November 2, 2020 Engineer Mark Rojek was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and Firefighter Todd Conwell was promoted to the rank of Engineer.
The Mokena Fire Protection District celebrated the 100th Anniversary on July 4, 2017 through a community based celebration which was tied to the annual 4th of July parade
On March 21, 2017, the Mokena Fire Protection District was re-accredited by the Center for Public Safety Excellence Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program.
August 15, 2019, Fire Commissioner Paul Coverick retired from the Mokena Fire Protection District after 23 years, of service.
November 2, 2020, Lieutenant Edward Peppler retired after 15 years, 0 months, 9 days of Full-Time service to the Mokena Fire Protection District.
August 13, 2019, Engineer Tim Boomsma was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and Firefighter Pete Cantore was promoted to the rank of Engineer.
July 20, 2020, the Mokena Fire Protection District hired Thomas Murray as a Fire Marshal, to work along side of Lt. Mark Sickles in the Fire Prevention Bureau.
July 24, 2020, new MSA G1 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) were placed in-service on the Mokena Fire Protection District apparatus. Funding for this purchase was secured from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The purpose of the AFG program is to protect the health and safety of the public and the firefighting personnel against fire and fire-related hazards.
The total grant budget approved was $205,875.00; which is broken down as follows:
$196,071.42 in Federal funding and the Mokena Fire Protection District was required to contribute funds equal to or greater than 5.00 percent of the Federal funds awarded, or $9,803.58. In specific, the AFG grant allowed the Mokena Fire Protection District to replace its current inventory of aging SCBA’s; which was previously purchased through the 2003 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG).Type your paragraph here.Type your paragraph here.