Veteran firefighter of 35 years, Jeff Bober, was recently named the 2011 Emergency Vehicle Technician of the Year by the Illinois Fire Apparatus Mechanics Association. Bober has served since January 1977 when he was first appointed as a paid-on-call firefighter with the West Dundee Fire Department, according to a recent article in The Courier-News.
In January 1981 Bober was appointed to the Palatine Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic, but through the years has remained dedicated and committed to the West Dundee Fire Department. Since the mid-SO’s he has served as the Department’s Apparatus & Equipment Mechanic and is presently serving as a shift lieutenant responsible for an ambulance and engine company.
In this position Bober is responsible for an entire stable of emergency vehicles including two ambulances, two engines, two ladder trucks, two support vehicles, and a mass casualty incident response trailer. In addition he also supports two rescue/recovery boats, a children’s fire safety trailer, two station back-up generators, and an assortment of equipment, including hand and power tools.
Bober has been a member of the Illinois Fire Apparatus Mechanics Association since 1994 and holds a number of Emergency Vehicle Technician certifications in ambulance and fire apparatus. He also serves as the annual coordinator of the Underwriters Laboratories Aerial and Ground Ladder Examinations for the four fire departments commonly known as the Quad Com Fire Departments: Carpentersville, East Dundee, Rutland-Dundee Townships, and West Dundee.
Photo courtesy of the Illinois Fire Apparatus Mechanics Association at http://www.ifama.net/