Please join us in welcoming our newest Board of Trustees (BOT) member, Mr. Robert Baish. He was appointed at the November BOT meeting to fill a vacant seat on the board. There were three highly qualified applicants to fill this seat and after serious deliberations the board made the unanimous ap-pointment of Mr. Baish. We look forward to further strengthening the pur-suit of our mission with the filling of this vacancy.

Our Fire Prevention Week Open House was another success thanks to all of you who were able to share a part of your day with us. We had almost 1,000 residents of our fire district attend and along with our personnel who helped plan, organize and deliver our programs, this annual event is becoming something not-to-miss! Plan ahead for Saturday, October 8, 2016 and we hope to see you here.

We hope you’ve had your wood burning fireplace cleaned in preparation for the winter season and ask you to practice sound fire safety when using your home fireplace. You can always contact us for any specific ques-tions regarding fire safety in your home and please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

We’ve had our last “Chat with the Chiefs” for 2015 and look forward to seeing more of you at the 2016 quar-terly “Chats,” the first of which is Wednesday, January 27th at the Plainfield Police Department. This is an op-portunity for you, our residents, to meet with and ask questions of your chiefs; John Konopek, Plainfield Police Department, Mike Veseling, Oswego Fire Protection District and myself.

We have started the work to refresh the strategic plan for the fire district and have included 3 citizens on the committee for this effort. We look forward to a first quarter completion of the rough draft for considera-tion by the Board of Trustees approval and adoption.

You’re also invited to visit our “new” website at at your convenience. We believe you’ll find the updated site more user-friendly and loaded with information and valuable links that will be of interest to all of you.
We’ve all made it through our first significant snowfall of winter and as a reminder from our last issue of On The Scene we want you to consider what happens to the fire hydrant in front of your home or on your block when the snow accumulates. Remember, if you can’t see it, neither can we. Please think about “adopting” your hydrant. Call our Fire Prevention office at 815.436.5335 for further information on how you can help us help you.

With winter continuing her steady grip upon us please remember to Stop the Texts and Stop the Wrecks! Texting and phone calls can wait. And as always,

Be careful out there…

David S. Riddle, Chief