By Kathy Turner
The Glen Carbon Village Board on Tuesday, June 13, heard a presentation from Chief Jason Whittaker about past activities and plans of the Fire Protection District. Chief Whittaker, attending the meeting with Deputy Chief Hood, reported statistics for the year 2022.
There were 1977 calls to service by the fire department in 2022, a large increase in service calls over prior years. Most of those calls were EMS and medical calls. Whittaker pointed out that the large number of nursing and rehabilitative homes in the area impact the number of EMS calls. They also assist neighboring departments when requested.
Service by the department is handled by the chief, the deputy chief and full-time and part-time firefighter/paramedics. There are a total of 11 career firefighters/paramedics in the department and 13 part time. There are also 36 paid on-call firefighters in the Village.
Chief Whittaker reported that the 2022 average responses were 5.43 per day. Whittaker also spoke of improvements to both fire stations over the past year and planned upgrades over the next year.
He reported that a focus continues to be engagement with the community in ‘non-emergency’ situations. This is accomplished with monthly neighborhood visits, collaborative events with the police department and offerings such as free CPR classes held the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the fire station.
In other action on Tuesday, the Village Board witnessed the swearing-in of two new police officers for the Village. Mayor Bob Marcus administered the oath to Officer Mitchell Reynolds and Officer Christopher Nicholas.
Chief Todd Link introduced both officers. Both recently completed the training academy and graduated with very high honors. Officer Mitchell received his undergrad from Lindenwood University and comes from Hillsboro, Illinois. Officer Nicholas graduated from SIUE and hails from Petersburg, Illinois. Their hiring brings the total force to 36 part time and full time officers.
Finally, the Board approved an agreement with TWM, Inc. to begin design of the Glen Carbon Road Shared Use Path Phase I. Phase 1 will be constructed on the north side of Glen Carbon Road from Oakdale Lake Drive (Schon Park) to just past Lakewood Drive. The shared use project is being funded primarily by grant funds (2/3 the total cost) with construction anticipated in 2025.
The next meeting of the Village Board will be held on Tuesday, June 27.