An integral part of Will County EMA's mission is to provide for adequate emergency response capabilities within the local community. One of the most direct ways in which Will County EMA accomplishes this is through the coordination of specialized emergency response teams. Within the Agency, there are four key divisions which are comprised of a volunteer force that carry out specialized emergency response duties.
Field Services Division
Division Chief - Dan Rankovich
Assistant Chief - Art Vidmar
Volunteers provide field support to our emergency operations. Functions include:
Deployment and operations of our mobile incident command vehicle and our Illinois Transportable Emergency Communications System for IEMA Region 3
Severe weather spotting
Auxiliary communications and support
Mobile lighting and power
Support to local agencies
Public Preparedness Group
Division Chief - Vacant
Assistant Chief (Interim Division Chief)- Michi Dubes
Assist at safety fairs and expos, speaking with visitors about the importance of being prepared in the event of an emergency/disaster, before it strikes, through: informing about hazards and emergencies that may affect them or their family; encouraging the development of an emergency plan; encourage the collection and assembly of a disaster supplies kit; inform where to seek shelter from all types of hazards; inform of the community warning systems; learn what to do for specific hazards; practice and maintain your plan.
Search and Rescue Team
Division Chief - Allen Matza
Assistant Chief - Sandy Studer
Our volunteers are specially trained and certified in search and rescue incident assessment, management, operations, theory, tactics & strategy, and other necessary skills to successfully resolve technical search and rescue incidents. The team also utilizes trained search dogs and handlers. The SAR team trains primarily for wilderness, vertical, and flood/swiftwater rescue environments.
Hazardous Materials Team
Division Chief - Brian Ciszczon
Assistant Chief - Eugene Satrun
Our volunteers are certified in hazardous material response and mitigation for leaks, spills, and fires. The team is composed of OSHA, NFPA, and OSFM certified personnel from the fire service, industry, and emergency management. The team is trained to the specialist level and supported by industrial hygienists. The team provides emergency mitigation, containment, and control of all types of hazardous material.
Our Agency would not be able to fulfill its mission without the hard work and dedicated service of volunteers. Our unpaid professionals contribute countless hours in order to serve their fellow citizens, and make Will County a safer place to live. We are always interested in speaking to local citizens who share our dedication to community service. If you feel that your time and skills might be useful to our Agency, and would like to explore the volunteer opportunities available with our Agency, please visit our How To Become A Volunteer page.
If you have any questions, or would like further information on the Field Response Divisions, please contact our office.