Elburn Fire Protection trustee
Two candidates will vie for a seat on the Elburn Fire Protection Trustee Board
Steve Fuller is one of two candidates challenging for an open trustee seat on the Elburn Fire Protection District Board on April 9.
Fuller’s education includes an associates degree in applied science and environmental control from Waubonsee Community College, training at the Illinois Fire Service Institute, and fire officer training at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. He’s also an Illinois State Commercial Driver’s License examiner for fire apparatus drivers.
Fuller, 62, is currently employed by the Kane County Regional Office of Education as a health and life safety Inspector for all Kane County public schools.
As a former fire marshal and assistant fire chief, Fuller was active with the Safety Town Program and many other public education forums on fire safety. He performed a public service of reviewing building and fire codes, ensuring that all new construction and current buildings in the community were safe from fire. And he’s a current member of the St. Charles Firefighter Pension Fund Board of Trustees.
Fuller defines the role of Fire Protection District trustee as a board member who is respectable, and a responsible fiduciary to the citizen taxpayers of the Fire Protection District.
“As a former fire command officer, I realize a commitment to the basic principles of providing emergency services to the community,” he said. “‘Protection’ represents a wide range of emergency services the fire department provides to protect its citizens. These include fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical services, and other essential operations—all in the name of reducing the loss of life and the incidents and effects of fire.”
He feels he can make a difference in assisting citizens in making decisions concerning Elburn’s fire protection.
“I will assist citizens in making decisions concerning budgets; fire protection officials must accurately describe the effect on total cost if additional or fewer resources are applied to particular prevention or suppression efforts,” Fuller said. “If elected, I will do my best to see (that) this happens during my term.”
Fuller said he has an extensive background in all matters relating to fire service and municipal government. He retired after spending 38 years in the fire service, rising through the ranks to the position of assistant fire chief. And during his career, he was appointed to the fire marshal position, responsible for code administration and fire investigations.
“I served as the Fire Department’s operations officer, training division and support services, where I was in charge of managing the specifications and acceptance service testing of all new fire apparatus. and the maintenance of station facilities,” he said. “My record of exemplary service speaks for itself.”
If elected, Fuller’s top priorities will include expanding the Fire District’s Board of Trustees to a five-member panel.
“The action will allow for better business to be conducted on important matters related to the district,” he said.
Additionally, Fuller wants to study the effects of future growth issues facing the Elburn Fire Protection District—issues that, in his words, will be “a real concern when the economy improves.” He also notes the need to improve response times to the Fire District in the northwest area.
“I am not surprised about the many complaints generated from the far west areas of the district,” he said. “Residents pay a substantial amount of money for fire and ambulance service, and expect arrival of emergency equipment within a reasonable time frame.“
In order to achieve such goals, Fuller said he’ll need better cooperation with neighboring departments for mutual aid, while entertaining a study for a future land purchase suitable in the northwest region of the Fire District.
“The goal is to improve emergency response times and continue to educate the community on fire safety,” he said.
Elburn Fire Protection District trustee candidate James Childress did not reply to the Elburn Herald’s election questionnaire.