Guest editorial: Thank you, Rod Fabrizius

By on September 30, 2010

by Kelly Callaghan
Fire Chief
Elburn and Countryside
Fire Protection District

Kevin Peterson
Fire Chief
Maple Park and Countryside
Fire Protection District

The Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District and Maple Park and Countryside Fire Protection District would like to express our gratitude to Rod Fabrizius for his continual support over the years. Rod has been instrumental in helping us provide the highest level of training for our personnel.

Training of our personnel is of the utmost importance in keeping our firefighters, paramedics and EMTs safe, as well as providing us with the experience needed so we can respond in the most efficient manner possible at the scene of an accident. We train with our personnel on a regular basis by creating scenarios and practicing extraction skills. By doing so, we are better prepared to help the individuals in our districts in their time of need.

To train in this manner, vehicles are needed for extricatioin purposes. Rod Fabrizius has continually helped us with this need by providing the vehicles for us to destroy in training. Rod has also worked closely with training to create many different scenarios, whether it be a car flipped over on its roof, one vehicle on its side and the other on its roof, or a two-vehicle head on accident. Each type of accident has a different need and training skill. Rod donates his time, provides the vehicles and utilizes his equipment to set up the scenarios all at no cost to the taxpayers.

We strive to provide the highest level of care to all the residents in our districts, as well as the individuals that are just passing through. We are truly grateful to have supportive, professional and caring citizens, such as Rod, who understand the importance of working together to make our community a safer place for all.

Thank you Rod.