Rescue Fire Fighter (ARFF) Team
Township Fire District Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter (ARFF)
team was started in the fall of 2007 because of the Fire District having
the responsibility of covering Lewis University Airport (LOT). The
District took over coverage in 2004 from the Village of Romeoville
through intergovernmental agreement and, as a result, a need for ARFF
coverage of the busy regional airport was realized.
LTFPD acquired (2) surplus 1992 Amertek airport vehicles from the
Minnesota DNR in the fall of 2006 with the intention of providing
protection to the airport. Each vehicle carries 1000 gallons of
water and 130 gallons of foam (3% AFFF). Rescue #5 in housed at
Station #5 on the north side of LOT and Rescue #6 in housed at Station
#6 on the south side of LOT.
conjunction with the acquisition of the ARFF vehicles, the Fire District
also made a commitment to train members in ARFF. So far, 8
firefighters, 2 lieutenants, and 1 Captain are Illinois OSFM certified
ARFF members. All team members undergo annual training in
compliance with FAA and OSFM standards in addition to training other
members of the Fire District in ARFF Procedures.
Team Members include:
Lt. Michael J. Lopina – Team Leader,
Lt. John O’Connor, Lt. Troy Galetti, Lt. Arthur Jacobs, FF Jim Gutierrez,
FF Matthew Collier – Assistant Team Leader, FF Scott Campbell, FF
Brandon Voight, FF Ross Grady, FF Tom Clifton & FF Nick Felber.
The Lockport Township Fire
was established in 2006. We have eight members certified to the
level of Dive Rescue 1 through Dive Rescue International. We are
equipped with dry suits and full face Aga masks. As a team, we
have the ability to perform surface rescue, under water rescue and
recovery. We can assist the police with evidence/weapons recover
and documentation. Our team trains monthly with the Joliet Fire
personal also are trained in surface ice rescue and ice diving. The
Dive Team operates out of a 2002 Workhorse Van and pulls a 19 foot Zodiac
boat with a 115 horse power motor and a Humming Bird side sonar system.
The side sonar allows us to see images similar to an ultra sound.
To date we have assisted Joliet Fire Department by diving for a possible
bridge jumper, we have responded to calls in our district involving a car
in a retention pond, a car in the I&M canal and assisted both the
state police and the FBI in their investigation of the Peterson case.
Dive Team Members include:
FF Thomas Fulton-Team Leader, FF Andrew Fitzgerald-Asst.
Team Leader, Capt. Kevin Pastore,
Capt. John O'Connor,
Lt. David Izquierdo, FF Brian Dobczyk, FF Chris Kozak, FF Michael Callans,
FF Jeff Young, & FF Josh Fitzgerald.
Swift Water Team Members
FF Thomas Fulton-Team Leader,
Capt. Kevin Pastore,
David Izquierdo, Lt. John O'Connor,
Lt. Michael Lopina, FF Brain
Dobczyk, FF Chris Kozak-Asst.
Team Leader, FF Michael Callans, FF Andy Fitzgerald,
FF Thomas Fulton, FF Mike Rodeghero, & Dario Diaz.
R.O.V. Team (Remote
Operated Vehicle) Team Members include:
FF Thomas Fulton-Team Leader,
Lt. John Matthews, FF Corey Alsip,
FF William Lambert- Asst. Team Leader, FF
Brandon Voight-Team Leader, FF Patrick Kelly, FF Daniel Sullivan
& Nick Felber & FF Doug Sweeney
The Lockport Township Fire
District Hazardous Materials
formed in January of 2011.
team is comprised of eight members that
are trained to a technician level as set by law. This team works in
conjunction with federal, state, and local agencies including USEPA,
Illinois EPA, Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Metropolitan Water
Reclamation District, Cook County Sheriffs Police Bomb Squad, and local
Public Works in order to properly handle the special needs of this type
District conducts training with local
railroad and pipeline companies to
ensure that all members have hands on
experience. This training uses props to
ensure a proper response to leaks,
spills, and fires of hazardous
materials. Many members have also
participated in federal training
programs offered locally and around the
is a part of
MABAS 19 and is supplied with
more skilled equipment and technicians
in case of complicated hazardous
materials calls. All LTFPD Haz-Mat
Team members are also members of the
Southwest Hazardous Materials Response
Team, MABAS 22.
FF Michael Femrite- Team Leader, FF
Thomas Clifton- Asst. Team Leader,
Capt. James Grady IV, Lt. Michael
Lopina, Lt. Dale Jacobs, FF Matt
Collier, FF Jason Vorrier & FF Phil
Lockport Township Fire District Fire Investigation Team
was formally organized in 1993. Initially, the team was comprised of
seven State of Illinois-Certified Fire Investigators and one State of
Illinois-Certified Arson Investigator.
Lockport Township Fire Investigation Team’s mission is to investigate
the origin and cause of all fires within our fire district for the
prevention of future fires. Fire causes are classified as accidental,
incendiary, natural, or undetermined at the conclusion of an
investigation. Our Fire Investigation Team, along with the Will County
State’s attorney’s office and multiple law enforcement agencies
within our fire district, has been successful in the identification,
arrest, and conviction of persons involved in arson-related crimes. Our
team assists and can be assisted by other fire departments with the
investigation of fires through the MABAS box alarm system. ATF, OSFM, and
accelerant K-9’s from other agencies are utilized as resources, as
the team is made up of (9) State of Illinois-Certified Fire Investigators and (2)
State of Illinois-Certified Arson Investigators, three of which have been on the team
since its inception. We attend monthly team training on various fire
investigation topics to keep current with our field/policies and to
satisfy our state-mandated re-certification hours. The team uses a
recently purchased Fire Investigation Vehicle that replaced our older
unit. The new vehicle was custom designed by our team members for our
needs. The vehicle is self-supported with a generator, HVAC, scene
lights, office area, and a tool/equipment area. It is used for fire
investigation equipment storage/transport, as well as interviewing and
support functions. The OFI Vehicle is housed at Station Four.
Dan Martis - Team Leader & Training Coordinator,
FF Tina Pirc, FF Jason Pytlewski,
FF Dan Mullner- Asst. Team
FF Brent Hullinger, FF Tom Clifton, FF Jason Vorrier,
FF Brandon Voight & FF Curtis Cwudzinski.
Lockport Township Fire District Technical Rescue Team (TRT) was formed in 1993 under the leadership of
then Lt. Dave Skoryi with 8 members. The Team is responsible for
specialized rescue such as; High Angle, Confined Space, Trench and
Structure Collapse. They operate out of a 35’ Enclosed Trailer
pulled by a 2007 GMC ¾ ton Pick-Up and a Pierce 100' Ladder Tower.
Lockport TRT Team was one of the original members of the Combined
Agency Response Team (CART) (www.cartrescue.com).
As a member of the CART Green Team (Joliet Fire Department, Lockport Fire
Department & Homer Fire Department), the 41
members train together every month under the leadership of FF Hutto. The Green Team is one of 39 deployable teams in the
State of Illinois up to 72 hours of operation.
Force #1 is deployable up to 10 days of operations anywhere in
Illinois or the United States.
Capt. Kevin Pastore, Lt. Robert Vargo, Lt. Dave
Izquierdo, Lt. Troy Galetti, FF Matt Collier, FF Tom Fulton,
FF Mike Rodeghero-Asst. Team Leader, FF Ross Grady,
Hutto- Team Leader, FF Jim Vickerman, & FF Michael Femrite.